Social Security Not Scheduling Hearings, But Judges Are Hearing Cases

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Posted on Oct 15, 2013
The Social Security Administration has been affected by the partial Federal Government shutdown, but for disability benefit applicants, some services continue. At the hearings offices, cases already scheduled for hearing are going forward with a skeleton staff at the hearings offices. However, according to one Portland, Oregon Administrative Law Judge, decision writers have been deemed "non-essential," so that favorable rulings from the bench cannot be reduced to a written decision.

Social Security is also continuing to help applicants at Local Branch Offices with disability benefit appeals, and continues to accept online appeals. Local Branch Offices also issue critical payments for those meeting criteria for such benefits.

Our office anticipates some delay with the scheduling of recent hearing requests, as well as scheduling of pending cases in the hearings office. We continue to monitor the situation, and will provide periodic updates.

We recommend checking frequently at to learn of any changes in the services offered by the Social Security Administration.