The latest statistics regarding processing times at the Social Security hearing offices show a 377 day average processing time for claims at the Manchester, New Hampshire hearing office. Processing time runs from the day the hearing office receives a hearing request to the day a decision is issued.
Social Security claims in New Hampshire do not require the intermediate step of Reconsideration. A claim proceeds from an initial denial directly to a hearing. Skipping that Reconsideration step shortens the overall waiting time by 4 months or so. As a result, the overall waiting time in New Hampshire is comparable the overall waiting time for Social Security claims in Maine.
The Manchester, New Hampshire ODAR handles Social Security claims for Vermont residents as well.