The Social Security Administration recently released its Performance and Accountability Report for fiscal year 2010. This report is an audit of Social Security’s finances and their agency performance. In looking at this report, specifically the agency performance section, you can see that Social Security’s plan to reduce the backlog of hearings is slowly working. For the 2010 fiscal year, Social Security processed 737,616 requests for hearing, the highest total ever. They also met their performance goals regarding the number of claims currently pending hearing; which still stands at a staggering 705,367. Most importantly for people waiting for a hearing on their disability case, the average processing time for a request for hearing is 426 days, still almost a year and a half but down 2 months from last year. But the increased speed in which the Social Security Administration hears your case does you no good if you don’t win your case. You have the right to be represented at your hearing and being represented at your hearing increases your chances of winning your case. If you have a case pending for Social Security Benefits and you have questions, please contact me.