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SSA FY 2016 "Waterfall" Chart Released

July 27, 2017

As part of its budget justification document, the Social Security Administration (SSA) published its Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Workload Data Disability Appeals. 

Compared to FY 2015, Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) allowances have jumped a paltry one-percent to 46%. Dismissals increased from 18% to 20%. Appeals Council denials crept back to 82% from 83%. Good news? District Court remands jumped from 45% to 49%, while affirmances decreased from 45% to 42%. Allowances remained at 2%.

Of the initial denials that reached the reconsideration step, only 12% were allowed. New York has been spared this step in the administrative review process for many years as part of a long-term SSA pilot. Note that reinstatement of the reconsideration step in the ten “prototype” states, including New York, currently without reconsideration is included among the legislative proposals in the President’s 2018 Budget.

The chart is available at page 217 of SSA’s 2018 Congressional Justification document.


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