Topic: Expediting the case
The Administration has been confronted by a significant backlog on
cases pending decision and dispositions.
In FY 2007, SSA's National Hearings Average Processing Time was 512
days for all dispositions. (see
http://www.ssa.gov/oig/ADOBEPDF/A-12-08-28036.pdf for a thorough
discussions of the whys and wherefores)
They have come up with a plan to eliminate the backlog by 2012. Some
of the initiatives they have in place may help expedite your case,
directly or indirectly. The following website contains an explanation
of the initiatives that might fit your situation. In California,
several of the hearing offices there have reduced processing time.
Some of the offices were well over the national average. Depending on
the facts of your case, it may be able to be presented under one of
the provisions for expediting the decision.