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October 31, 2017

There are those of us who were still getting used to the transition to ODAR (Office of Disability Adjudication and Review) from OHA (Office of Hearings and Appeals).  But as of October 1, 2017, ODAR is no more.  According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), ODAR has been split into two different components:  The Office of Hearing Operations (OHO) and the Office of Appellate Operations (OAO).  OHO will continue to be led by Deputy Commissioner Theresa Gruber in Falls Church, Virginia.

OAO, which includes the Appeals Council (AC) and its Administrative Appeals Judges, has been moved to a new Deputy Commissioner-level organization: the Office of Analytics, Review, and Oversight (OARO).  Five other existing offices from different components of SSA were also incorporated into OARO.  The six offices now composing OARO are: the Office of Anti-Fraud Programs; Office of Business Improvement; Office of Quality Review; Audit Liaison Staff, from the Office of Budget, Finance, Quality and Management; the Office of Appellate Operations; and the Analytics Center of Excellence, from the Office of the Commissioner.

SSA’s rational for these changes?

Integration of these organizations with complementary missions provides an opportunity to mature our anti-fraud efforts, institutionalize and foster data analysis in our programs, improve coordination to provide oversight of the disability adjudication systems, and communicate a unified message within and outside the agency. This restructuring presents an opportunity to maximize resources and better organize efforts to explore and develop the future of analyses and oversight.

Sufficient justification for all those new signs and stationary?


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