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The Hearing Office Has A New Name

Posted by John Kuhnlein | Oct 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

One of the topics I address most frequently is why Social Security takes so long to process disability claims. There are a variety of reasons, including funding cuts, lack of workers, and even demographics.   But some of the delay is due to the fact that Social Security is a government agency.  One thing we know about governments: they do things differently. 

Meet The New Boss . . .

A recent change at the hearing office provided fresh evidence of just how time and effort such government agencies as Social Security waste.  Rather than take productive steps to reduce the wait time for hearings, Social Security decided to  . . . change the name of the hearing office.

From OHA To OHO And All The Stops In Between

You Did What?

The agency that was called ODAR, or Office of Disability Adjudication and Review has been rebranded as OHO, or Office of Hearing Operations (I guess FUBAR was taken).  Now, don't you feel better? Sure, ODAR as slow and inefficient and saw people literally dying while they waited to see a judge. But this OHO operation is sleek and modern and brilliant in every way.

I have been doing this long enough to remember when ODAR was the Office of Hearings and Appeals, or OHA.  So, yes, you have it right: Social Security changed OHA to ODAR only to change it again to OHO.

From OHA to OHO, and the needless bureaucracy involved, tells you a lot about what is happening at Social Security.

Social Security Is Taking Care Of Those Things That Matter The Most

So, while you wait for your hearing, wondering if you will have enough food to eat, take comfort in know that Social Security has its focus on the big issues. 

This Is What You Are Doing While I Am Waiting?

Do you think changing the name of ODAR to OHO is going to make difference? Let me know your thoughts on this latest bureaucratic bungle. For some funny takes, read the comments on this blog

About the Author

John Kuhnlein

Since 1992, I have been helping the people of Southern Arizona get the benefits they are due. Before devoting all my efforts to assisting people with Social Security disability claims, I also handled such complex lawsuits as medical malpractice and products liability. I brought to my Social Security cases all the skills and attention to detail that I developed in the courtroom. I approach each Social Security disability case as if it were a million-dollar lawsuit. For the people trying to get Social Security benefits, their claim is every bit as important. Because I have personally handled so many Social Security cases, I have refined the skills I need to win your case for you. I have helped people win cases for every kind of ailment from arthritis to valley fever. At present, I am focused on helping those persons with neurological and orthopedic disorders. Because claims for people over age fifty bring additional complications, I particularly seek out those cases to work on. I regularly write about back and spine conditions on my blog. I actively seek out the latest information about orthopedic and neurological disorders to ensure I can represent my clients as effectively as possible. Because of my current focus, I regret that I am not able to take any cases for mental disorders. If you are over age fifty and suffer from any orthopedic or neurological disorder, please contact me at once.


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