Rise and Fall in Cases Pending an Administrative Law Judge Hearing: New Actuarial Study

laptop and a judge gavelThe “great recession” that began at the end of 2007 contributed to a rise in initial applications for Social Security disability benefits that peaked in 2010. This surge in initial applications led to a similar rise in appeals for a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). Because the surge in appeals for a hearing exceeded the capacity to complete hearings quickly, the number of cases that had appealed but were still pending an ALJ determination rose. In fact, the number of disability applicants with an ALJ hearing pending rose up to the end of 2016. However, with the improving economy, declining appeals, hiring more judges, additional funding provided by the Congress to address the hearings backlog in fiscal years 2017 and 2018, and implementation of the Compassionate and Responsive Service (CARES) plan, the number of cases pending an ALJ hearing declined in 2017, and is continuing to decline today. Continue reading

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Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

a family riding bikes During the month of May, we observe Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month in the United States and celebrate the accomplishments of this community. Like our great nation, the AAPI community draws strength from family and the diversity of its distinct cultures — each with its own history and range of perspectives.

Social Security’s programs serve as vital financial protection for millions of Americans. If you’re retired, become disabled or die, your benefits may extend to help care for the immediate members of your family. Among the benefits we offer to help secure your family’s financial future: Continue reading

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Just arrived! Introducing Social Security’s Top 10 Baby Names of 2017

adult holding baby feet Social Security is with you from day one, which makes us the source for the most popular baby names! For many people, Social Security starts at birth when you get your first Social Security card. We’re able to determine the most popular baby names from the prior year based on requests for Social Security numbers for newborns. And every year, the top 10 names for boys and girls can reflect cultural shifts during the prior year.

What were the most popular names of 2017? Continue reading

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Catch Up on Your Facebook Live Events

man and woman looking at laptop Social Security engages with the public in a number of ways. From blog posts like this to news articles, and printed publications to tweets, we try to speak to as many people, in as many ways, as we can. Our Facebook Live events give you concise information in an easy-to-follow conversation.

Here are the topics from recent Facebook Live events: Continue reading

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1 Million Social Security Replacement Cards and Counting

hand holding social security card Your Social Security number is your first and continuous link with Social Security, so losing your card can be frustrating. Luckily, there’s a way to replace your card when you need it, with our online replacement card service. It’s quick, easy, and free! Now, more than one million people have requested a replacement card through our service, and we’re still adding states to the list of those who can use the online service! Continue reading

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