Office of Disability Adjudication and Review

Claimants dissatisfied with their first appeal may file more appeals. The second appeal is processed by a hearing office within the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR). An administrative law judge makes the second appeal decision, usually after conducting a hearing and receiving any additional evidence from the claimant's medical sources or other sources.

ODAR frequently collects medical information through the DDS. However, hearing offices may also contact medical sources directly. In rare circumstances, an administrative law judge may issue a subpoena requiring production of evidence or testimony at a hearing.