Social Security Disability: Process Needed to Review Productivity Expectations for Administrative Law Judges, Report to the Chairman, Subcommittee on Social Security, Committee on Ways and Means, House of Representatives [open pdf - 1MB]
From the Highlights: "SSA [Social Security Administration]'s approximately 1,350 judges play a major role in processing and adjudicating requests for hearings to help ensure individuals who do not agree with the determination on their claim for Social Security disability benefits receive due process. SSA receives hundreds of thousands of hearing requests each year and has historically had a large backlog. GAO [Government Accountability Office] was asked to review SSA's productivity expectations for its judges. This report examines (1) how SSA set productivity expectations for judges and the extent to which judges have met them over time, (2) reported factors affecting the ability of judges in selected offices to meet the annual productivity expectation, and (3) SSA's management of judges' productivity."
Government Accountability Office: http://www.gao.gov/