Harrisburg, Pennsylvania ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 9 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Harrisburg, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 16.0 months. The average case processing time in Harrisburg is 463 days.The Harrisburg average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 41%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Harrisburg ODAR office was last updated on 7/9/2014.

SSA, Harrisburg ODAR Office
2 North 2nd Street, 8th Floor
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17101
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Phone: (717) 782-3815 -- Fax: (717) 236-3150
eFile Fax: (717) 782-4994 (For sending evidence)

OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Average
Processing Time
Dispositions
Per Day Per ALJ
Cases
Dismissed
Cases
Approved
Cases
Denied
Harrisburg 9 16.0 months 463 days 2.2 26% 41% 33%
Pennsylvania14.2 months431 days2.225%40%35%
National Average:12.3 months400 days2.018%44%38%
Hearing Wait Time: 16.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 2.19
Average Processing Time 463 days
Cases Pending 6765
Dispositions 3399
New Cases 3659
Hearings In Person 89%
Video Hearings 11%

Comments about Judges at the Harrisburg Pennsylvania ODAR office:

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Judge: Charles Bridges
Date Posted: 6/11/2014 10:40:17 AM
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72% approval for claims. Come to Reading Pa, and meet some of these recipients. Our prison is full of them. Some of the biggest drug dealers on the east coast receiving SSD. I just read a report from 2005 thru 2013 judges approved $153 BILLION in lifetime benefits. Anybody wonder why the system is going broke?

Judge: Daniel Myers
Date Posted: 5/29/2014 3:52:32 AM
Submited By: Daniel Myers



Daniel J. Myers has served as an ALJ for Social Security since September 2009. For nine years prior to that, he was a hearing officer presiding over special education disputes throughout Pennsylvania. Prior to becoming a hearing officer, Mr. Myers represented the Pennsylvania Department of Education in administrative, state and federal courts. Judge Myers also has served as an attorney in Washington, D.C. for the U.S. Department of Education, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and the U.S. Department of Labor. Judge Myers received his J.D. from the George Washington University Law School in 1984 and a B.A. *** laude from Bradley University. He is a past president of the James S. Bowman Chapter of the American Inns of Court, a certified mediator, and a frequent speaker in special education and administrative law training programs.

Judge: JONATHAN L WESNER
Date Posted: 5/28/2014 6:56:49 AM
Submited By: Nunzie Agobi



This guy is one of the smartest judges in all of ODAR by far. A bit brusque at times, he knows how to get to the heart of the case.

Judge: Charles Bridges
Date Posted: 5/26/2014 12:29:03 PM
Submited By: LaJune Jones



I am so glad that we at least have one judge, The Honorable Judge Bridges, that truly cares about our needy.

Judge: JONATHAN L WESNER
Date Posted: 5/19/2014 10:14:02 AM
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Unfair Judge by faR

Judge: Patrick S Cutter
Date Posted: 3/4/2014 10:39:22 AM
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Judge Patrick Cutter is a wonderful judge. He is truly one of the best LAJ. in the county. He was very fair in the way he handled my case he took it step by step explaining the procedure before we ever got started. He took control of the entire hearing asking all questions that were important and concerning my case. If he didn't get the proper answer he wanted to hear, he rephrased it much easier for me to understand. He also allowed me time to explain my total conditions without interruptions. He also understood my entire situation and conditions and handle them in a very Professional matter. The hearing was lengthy but it needed to be in order to produce a fair verdict. He asks a lot about your conditions in order to be fair. Despite what other people may think of Judge Cutter. He handle the case the in the most Professiional way a judge could handle a case. I personally want to thank judge cutter, for hearing my case and giving me the proper and most fair hearing a client could receive. I Took the time to evaluate Judge Cutter because he deserves the credit for all the hard work he puts into each and every case he hears. If you are truthful with the Judge he is true to you.

Judge: REANA K SWEENEY
Date Posted: 2/10/2014 9:54:06 AM
Submited By: Ronald b. Gray



I have been in front of this judge in 2 very uncomfortable occasions , she is a very rude and uncompassionate person . I had 2 total knee replacement , carpel tunnel in both hands , lower bad problems , I a m to see a specialist to try to find out why I have a constant pain in my neck and arms. This judge contradicted everything my doctor s said , and found a medical expert from South Dakota to review my medical records , why didnt she get someone in pa. This Dr . sabow could not have review my medical record over night it was 170 odd pages.she very rude , quick asking questions before I had a chance to reply . I was told I could work on a assembly line, house keeping. , and some other crazy job.but then I was not to work around moving machines , chemicals,ladder stairs , stand long periods of time ect... I can't run ,jump , climb stairs or come down them very well . I cant drive for long periods 1/2 hour , sit longer then a hour ,,, I am truly living a painful life. If I could work I would but at any job they would fired for lack of production ,, I can walk 3 blocks at a time with out pain .. Look I don't want to bore anyone with my struggles but this """"""" is someone who need to be disbarred , or removed from the bench,,,,mind u I've been fight this since 2008

Judge: REANA K SWEENEY
Date Posted: 1/8/2014 9:43:23 PM
Submited By: Steve



She's smart, extremely well-educated, and completely predisposed to using her skills to kill any disability claim at any cost. Counter to a previous comment, she refused my entry to my wife's hearing (my wife was melting down) and appeal without having ever met me, and in her denial refuted the testimony and records of multiple doctors of different specialties in favor of her "experts" who had no working knowledge of my wife's case. If I had a "back of the book" law firm I'd hire her in a New York Minute, but as a citizen with a disabled wife I'd like nothing more than to see her exposed for her bias against the disabled and kicked the **** off the bench.

Judge: REANA K SWEENEY
Date Posted: 12/27/2013 1:11:33 PM
Submited By: Tracy L Parthemore



I was very happy with judge sweeney. She made a special effort to make me feel comfortable, allowed my parents in the hearing to help keep me at ease. She was extremely knowledgable on my case, and took a special effort to help me understand the hearing process, she slowed the hearing down to have me calm down as I am bipolar type 1 mixed state. The honorable judge sweeney is a consummate professional, and while I don't know the outcome of my case yet, she made me very pleased with the respect, and professionalism she has shown me during this process. Thank you

Judge: Ronald Sweeda
Date Posted: 12/5/2013 6:55:02 PM
Submited By: Ashley D. Lloyd



I received my hearing date letter in the mail today. I am very hopeful. I probably should not have read these reviews because they are frightening. I will have judge Sweeda and I have read both good and bad reviews. He has one of the highest denial rates listed on this page however I feel if I am truthful and show him how my RA really affects my life that he will approve my case. I was born with this disease and always said I would never go on disability but that is not always was God has planned for us I guess. Good Luck to those of you going through the same things and I pray that Judge Sweeda truly hears me and is understanding. I am nervous but ready to speak my case and hope for the best.

Judge: Randy Riley
Date Posted: 11/13/2013 11:04:11 PM
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Corrupt judge working to prevent deserving disabled citizens from receiving financial help. "judge not lest ye be judged" Wonder how he sleeps at night.

Judge: Patrick S Cutter
Date Posted: 2/20/2013 8:47:10 PM
Submited By: Mark Wood



I am truly impressed by Judge Cutter. I had a stress disability and he went out of his way to make me relaxed and comfortable. When the vocational expert gave his input, Judge Cutter asked great questions in order to accurately describe my disability. His highly verbal communication skills were an asset to the hearing. Legally, he was very fair and precise and explained himself well. He made his decision and sent me all the information in 8 days! He really must of worked hard to make me less stressed. Thank you Judge Cutter, you are truly one of the great ones in your profession. More people should evaluate you.

Judge: Daniel Myers
Date Posted: 2/5/2013 9:25:56 PM
Submited By: Justine Ellinger



I'm unsure whether Judge Myers reads these posts but either way I would just like to sincerely thank you for your decision about my case. I could imagine there are numerous cases in which the claimant tries to pull a fast one & just wants to get out of working but I truly am unable to work in my condition & I greatly appreciate you acknowledging that my disabilities are in fact real. I wish I wasn't in this situation, I was always a very hard worker & would give anything to have my life back to where it was over 4yrs ago, but unfortunately, physically & emotionally my body won't allow it. So again, I'm truly thankful for your decision to allow to get the help I need!

Judge: JONATHAN L WESNER
Date Posted: 2/3/2013 1:55:44 PM
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Not a nice Judge at all above I agree with above comment

Judge: JONATHAN L WESNER
Date Posted: 1/30/2013 8:53:09 AM
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Very scary Judge

Judge: Charles Bridges
Date Posted: 1/27/2013 4:50:26 PM
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Judge Bridges is a good man, and truly does care about the Claimants and their conditions. He is one of the few judges who doesn't get himself involved in the back and forth of asking every question he can only to deny it later. He knows when a Claimant is disabled and makes his decisions accordingly.

Judge: Randy Riley
Date Posted: 1/4/2013 11:11:09 AM
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Condescending and arrogant.

Judge: PETER V TRAIN
Date Posted: 12/16/2012 1:03:59 PM
Submited By: sherry wileman



mr train is one judge who asks proper questions to ne answered. he explained everything and went over every thing with me. Mr Train is a true judge , wasnt mean or nasty. mr train is there to determine disability and that is it...my hearing was in nov 5 and he just made his decision so i know i am waiting for desision to arrive...

Judge: Ronald Sweeda
Date Posted: 11/22/2012 6:27:13 AM
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I had my hearing on Oct.19,2012 with Judge Sweeda.He was very professional.He made sure that I understood everything that was said.That was 5 weeks ago and I am still waiting for a decision.

Judge: Ronald Sweeda
Date Posted: 11/7/2012 10:23:33 AM
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Very firm,serious, and Professional. He took everything in account for my disability at 58 years old. Awarded me my SSDI in 15 minutes!

Judge: REANA K SWEENEY
Date Posted: 8/31/2012 4:38:16 AM
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This woman has alcohol issues! I was in a high end local restaurant and observed this person being rude and condescending to employees, while chatting it up with every male at the bar! She ordered in a very demanding way, then sent her food back , when she received a new meal, she ate the entire thing then demanded to have it removed from her bill. Talk about abuse of power! Let's get this obnoxious person off the bench. Someone like this has no business making crucial decisions about a persons life when she cannot behave like a normal person in public. She is an embarrassment to her peers.

Judge: Ronald Sweeda
Date Posted: 8/17/2012 7:32:56 AM
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Has he transfered to the North Charleston,SC ODAR ? Hope not..He sounds like a real JERK

Judge: Ronald Sweeda
Date Posted: 6/15/2012 12:17:26 AM
Submited By: Jennifer Scales



I went in front of this judge on may 11th of this year 2012. I felt very intimidated by him from the minute i walked in the door. I felt he was rude and fake. I also felt it was inappropriate of him to say to me "so I hear you are in a new relationship" and "are you on the internet" and are you on facebook?" i felt very violated to say the least. i felt those questions were too personal. I also feel that he overlooked alot of aspects in my case. such as the fact that i failed my psychiatric examination. I feel that he did not give that enough consideration. I filed for my second appeal and i hope to NOT have him as a judge again.

Judge: Daniel Myers
Date Posted: 4/24/2012 12:35:19 PM
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Judge Myers reviewed my file and denied my disability case without reviewing the file's medical evidence. After notification of his mistake, he again denied and ignored medical evidence submitted. He contradicts himself in his decision and totally ignores the medical documentation submitted.

Judge: REANA K SWEENEY
Date Posted: 3/20/2012 10:43:14 AM
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Very rude ALJ. She will use any resources she can to deny claim including the opinion of several medical experts just to find one who agrees with her to deny claim. She dismisses treating source opinions and makes assertions regarding their credibility without any merit.