Saturday, July 28, 2007

Disability Judges being added?

This is a post...about a post...about a post. In other words, I'm commenting with regard to something someone else said, which, itself, was uttered with regard to what someone else said.

What am I talking about? A post on Charles Hall's blog titled " Astrue At ALJ Conference. In the post, Hall mentions that it may possibly be the intention of Michael Astrue (the commissioner of the social security administration) to hire up to eight hundred additional support staff for disability hearing offices around the country as well as increase the number of adminisrative law judges to 1200 by the end of the 2008 fiscal year.

Whether this is true or not, I don't know. However, additional hearing office support staff could help to move social security disability cases faster, possibly faster than simply adding more judges.

Is 1200 a good target goal for the number of ALJs? Again, I don't know. But I believe
I came across information that indicated that, in 2005, disability judges numbered 1,096 while in 1999 they numbered 1,090.

Given that, 1200 would be a remarkable increase.

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