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November 24, 2011

City Social Security office bucks backlog for now
By Angela Mapes Turner

Anyone filing for Social Security disability benefits expects a wait. Hoosiers appealing their cases in the Fort Wayne office have been waiting shorter amounts of time since the start of 2010, but an analysis by a Syracuse University research center suggests that might not be true much longer. Data through September show the backlog nationally has risen 9.3 percent from what it was a year ago, the fifth straight quarter the number of cases has increased, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a Syracuse University organization that gathers, researches and distributes public data. Nationally, the backlog of pending cases has continued to increase this year, the organization said in its report this month. Nationally, average processing times rose for the first time for cases disposed of this September. Almost half of all hearing offices saw their average hearing times increase compared to the previous month, the report said.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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