Around 1.1 million Americans have pending disability hearings – a backlog mostly caused by the understaffed Social Security Administration offices resulting from budget cuts.
There are about 1,500 administrative law judges nationwide. Social Security Deputy Commissioner Theresa Gruber commented on the disparity between staff and those in need in a testimony to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Her May 2016 comment said, “To us, 1.1 million is not just a number; it is a line of people and their families – many of whom are in desperate circumstances.” San Diego lawyer John B. Martin said the impact of a delay in the disability hearing of a claimant can be dire. He noted “some become homeless. They’re just without income for a very, very long time.”
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