Some Senators are encouraging their colleagues to provide President Trump’s request of $12.5 billion for the Social Security Administration’s administrative budget for fiscal year 2018 in any final appropriations bill. They hope to reduce the disability appeals hearing backlog for Social Security Disability Insurance.
Adequate funding for the SSA’s administrative budget used in part to reduce the backlog is critical since that backlog has reached a record high.
Senators in favor of appropriating the full $12.5 billion say it will make significant progress at reducing the disability hearings backlog.
SSA also has a plan to improve the operations of the agency and reduce the hearings backlog called Compassionate And Responsive Service (CARES).
The CARES program aims to improve business processes, modernize informational technology systems and hire more administrative law judges and the necessary support staff.