The latest statistics on processing times at Social Security hearing offices have been released. The Portland, Maine ODAR is now number 3 in the country, with an average processing time of just 252 days. This is a remarkable achievement. With 5 resident ALJ's and a "guest" ALJ hearing claims by videoconference for the next few months, this number may improve even further.
At the Manchester, New Hampshire hearing office the average processing time is 346 days, which is 21st in the country. This is a substantial improvement for that office from just two months ago, when that office ranked 50th in the country with an average processing time of 418 days.
For perspective, there are 148 ODARs around the country. The bottom of the pack has processing times over 700 days.