G&G Weekly Update

On-The-Record Decision Rare in Some Hearing Offices 

An “on-the-record decision” is where a Social Security Administration administrative law judge makes a favorable decision on your case without a hearing. In Fiscal Year 2017, the Social Security Administration made over 8,000 of these decisions. Some offices make many such decisions. Fayetteville, North Carolina made 215 such decisions in 2017. Boston, MA made 98. Other offices, like Providence, RI made only 28, while some other offices had as few as 13 or 14. Even though the Social Security Administration says claimants can receive such a decision, the data show that such decision can be very rare depending on where you live.