Everyone’s experience applying for Social Security Disability benefits will be unique. Part of this is because everyone’s individual medical and work history is different. But, potential applicants should also know that each state – like Washington DC – has its own story to tell in terms of social security disability benefit approval rates at each stage of the process, as well as waiting times at the hearing stage.

Why is State-by-State Information Important?

Specialized disability advocates (like us here at Citizens Disability) and Washington DC social security disability attorneys know all too well how important it is to understand that every state is different. It’s very helpful to know what the trends are, how long the wait times are from office to office, and what the different rates of approvals are.

Citizens Disability takes a data-driven approach to helping our clients. We want to make sure that we’re giving our clients the best possible advice at every step in the application process. We also work very hard to present the best possible case for each of our clients. Bringing together data from a wide variety of sources – including data like this, which comes from the Social Security Administration – allows us to make smart decisions when we present cases for our clients.

Finally, this information can be very helpful to applicants. Applying for social security benefits is likely a new experience for most applicants, and having an idea of what they can expect from the process can help them be engaged and involved participants with their advocates.

While your own journey may be different than the trends you see here, these tables and charts can help you understand what, on average, you can expect.

You will also find location and contact information for all the offices in Washington DC below.

Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits in Washington DC – What You Need To Know

There are generally three stages in the application process for Social Security Disability benefits: initial application, reconsideration, and the hearing. In this table, you can see how Washington DC compares to the national average (all states in America) when it comes to approval rates at each of those stages.

Initial Application (L1)Reconsideration (L2)Hearing (L3)
Washington DC37.4%11.7%45.0%
National Average35.1%12.5%53.9%
State Difference:2.2%-0.8%-8.9%

As the table shows, Washington DC has overall a worse approval rating than the national average. Washington DC is better at the Initial Application by a little, 2.2%. The last two levels, Reconsideration and Hearing, Washington DC has a lower approval rate. More drastically at the Hearing level by being 8.9% lower.

Washington DC Initial Application Approval Over Time

Reconsideration Approval Rate201820172016201520142013201220112010
Washington DC11.7%12.9%15.4%14.1%13.2%14.9%18.2%16.3%19.1%
National Average12.6%13.1%12.8%11.8%11.0%11.4%11.9%11.4%12.5%
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As the table and the below chart show, Washington DC has been getting worse over time. The average approval rate went from over 10% better to now only 1.8% better approval rating of Initial Applications going back to at least 2010. In 2018, Washington DC ranked 25th in the nation in terms of percentage approval of Initial Applications. While approval rates have declined in Washignton DC over the last few years, they still are slightly better than the national average. If you are thinking of applying for SSDI, don’t worry – there are multiple stages to the application process.

Washington DC Reconsideration Approval Over Time

Reconsideration Approval Rate201820172016201520142013201220112010
Washington DC11.7%12.9%15.4%14.1%13.2%14.9%18.2%16.3%19.1%
National Average12.6%13.1%12.8%11.8%11.0%11.4%11.9%11.4%12.5%
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As the table and the below chart indicate, Washington DC has been declining, to where they are lower than the national average when it comes to Approvals at the Reconsideration level. In 2018, Washing DC ranked 34th in the nation for highest percentage of approvals at Reconsideration. However, as you can see, in general, the chances of winning approval at Reconsideration are not particularly high. That is why many applicants must continue in the next level, the Hearing.

Washington Hearings Approval Over Time

Hearing Approval Rate201820172016201520142013201220112010
Washington DC45.0%52.4%51.0%51.6%54.7%63.9%70.0%74.2%75.2%
National Average53.9%56.8%54.7%53.4%53.7%55.5%57.7%62.5%67.2%
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As the table and the below chart indicate, Washington DC has also been declining over time, now lower than the national average when it comes to approvals at the Hearing level. In 2018, Washington DC ranked 45th in the nation for highest percentage of approvals at Hearings.

However, as you’ll see below, all individual hearing offices in Washington DC are not the same – each office has its own approval rates, and almost as importantly, waiting times. Which hearing office your case is assigned to in Washington DC may have a significant bearing on your chances for approval.

Also worthy of note is the fact that past performance is only one indicator of likely outcomes; as new data comes in, you might see that a state’s performance compared to the national average has either improved or weakened.


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Washington DC SSDI Hearing Wait Times & Approval By Office

Washington DC is part of the Social Security Administration’s “Region 3,” which is headquartered in Philadelphia. There is 1] hearing office in Washington DC. You can see waiting times for hearings & case dispositions for each office below, with comparisons to Washington DC and National Averages.

The “Hearing Wait Time (Months)” is, on average, how long it takes in between when an applicant asks for a Hearing and when that hearing occurs.

The “Average Disposition Time (Days)” is, on average, the number of days in between when an applicant asks for a Hearing, and when the Administrative Law Judge who hears their case actually makes a decision on that case.

The “Average Approval Rate” is percentage at which cases are decided in favor of the applicant.

 Hearing Wait Time (Months)Average Disposition Time (Days)Average Approval Rate (2019)
National Average15.453452.7%
Washington DC Average17.957434.2%
WASHINGTON17.957434.2%

As the table here and the chart below indicate, in 2019, Washington DC averages a longer wait time than the national average. Washington DC also has a much lower average approval rate as well, being 18.5% lower.

These waiting times and approval rates only highlight how important it can be to have a qualified representative – such as an Advocate from Citizens Disability – working on your case. The Government Accountability Office has done research that shows that an applicant who has a representative has an up to three times greater chance of being approved than a person who goes it alone.

Hearing Offices in Washington DC & The SSA Offices They Serve

These are the “Office of Hearing Operations” offices in Washington DC. These offices are where hearings are scheduled and generally conducted. Each OHO office supports a number of regional Social Security Administration field offices. You are likely (but not guaranteed) to have your hearing scheduled with a Judge who works in the OHO office that supports the SSA field office nearest to you.

Hearing Office Region 3 Washington, D.C. SSA, OHO
3rd Floor 1227 25th Street N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20037
(866) 414-6259 • (202) 254-0634 • (877) 548-8583
Hour: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Anacostia, DC Downtown/D Street, Postal Plaza
MARYLAND: Camp Springs, Greenbelt, Rockville, Silver Spring
VIRGINIA: Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Manassas

List of Social Security Administration Field Offices in Washington DC

Office NameLocationAddressCityStatePhone Number

DC DOWNTOWN

1300 D ST SW

WASHINGTON

DC

(800) 772-1213

ANACOSTIA DC

SUITE 130

2041 MLK JR AVE SE

WASHINGTON

DC

(800) 772-1213

POSTAL PLAZA DC

POSTAL PLAZA SHPG CTR

1905-B 9TH ST NE

WASHINGTON

DC

(800) 772-1213

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All data on this page is current as of July, 2019.

About Citizens Disability, LLC:

Since 2010, Citizens Disability has been America’s premier Social Security Disability institution. Our services include helping people in applying for SSDI benefits, managing the process through Reconsideration, and representing people in person at their Hearing, and if necessary, bringing their case to the Appeals Council. Our mission is to give a voice to the millions of Americans who are disabled and unable to work, helping them receive the Social Security Disability benefits to which they may be entitled. Learn more about us and disability benefits like SSDI & SSI or give us a call (800)492-3260.