SSA Disability Benefits Programs: The Duty of Candor and Submission of All Evidence
About the Chairman
Paul R. Verkuil (Ver-kile), the tenth Chairman of the Administrative Conference of the United States, was sworn in by Vice President Biden on April 6, 2010. The Conference was revived by Congress in 2009 after a 15-year hiatus.... Read full bio »
At the request of the Social Security Administration (SSA), the Office of the Chairman studied the duty of candor and the submission of all evidence in Social Security disability claims. The report briefly reviewed and summarized the Social Security Act and SSA’s current regulations and practices regarding the duty of candor and the submission of all evidence. It then reviewed requirements from other tribunals, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, as well as regulations governing other agencies. It also analyzed ethical standards concerning disclosure of information by representatives. Based on the research conducted, the report presented the regulatory options available to SSA regarding future actions to improve the disability adjudication process.