Monthly Archives: April 2013

The Secret ALJ Policy Comes to an End (Social Security Disability)


The Social Security Administration has reviewed its decision to not disclose the name of the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) assigned to hear a case until the day of the hearing.  As a result, SSA and the hearing offices are making the following changes as a result of the review:

– As of April 20, 2013, SSA has resumed disclosing the name of the ALJ assigned to a hearing when it sends out a Notice of Hearing.  (Note: Under SSA rules, this Notice must be sent at least twenty days before the hearing, but typically SSA sends it out 60-90 days prior to the hearing.)

– In addition, as of April 20, 2013, SSA has added the ALJ’s name to the Appointed Representative Services (ARS) internet application.