The Social Security Administration just published current statistics regarding the workload of the hearing offices around the country, including the Portland, Maine hearing office.
The Workload Data Report shows the Portland ODAR received 976 appealed claims in Fiscal Year 2010, disposed of 771 claims, and has 2,989 pending claims as of December 2009. That is a lot of pending claims. The current average processsing time is 320 days.
The NETSTAT Report shows "the average time (in months) from the hearing request date until a hearing is held for claims pending in the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review's hearing offices. Allows users to estimate the amount of time they may have to wait for a hearing to be held." A claimant should expect to wait 11 months for a hearing in Portland, Maine.