The Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) based in Fayetteville, North Carolina is experiencing extremely long delays in holding disability hearings. The cause for this delay is a shortage of administrative law judges (ALJs).
Fayetteville ODAR is assigned nine ALJ positions but currently only has four judges. The process of hiring ALJs is slow so it is likely the delays will continue for an extended period of time. The option available to address the backlog is to transfer cases to other ODARs for video hearings.
The disposition data on the four ALJs at Fayetteville ODAR is as follows:
Judge Eric Borda. 67.5% approval rate.
Judge John Thawley. 69.4% approval rate.
Judge Christopher Willis. 45.6% approval rate.
Judge Mark Ziercher. 28.3% approval rate.
These statistics come from the ALJ disposition data provided by the Social Security Administration for the time period 9/27/14 through 12/25/15.