What is ODAR?
The Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) is responsible for holding hearings and issuing decisions as part of the Social Security Administration's process for determining whether or not a person may receive benefits. ODAR has over 160 hearing offices located in most major cities across the nation. Each year at ODAR, more than 1,600 ALJs render over 700,000 decisions at the hearing level. These hearings are held to resolve appealed determinations involving retirement benefits, survivors benefits, disability benefits, and supplemental security income benefits.