Recommendation 2016-3 – Special Procedural Rules for Social Security Litigation in District Court encourages the Judicial Conference of the United States to develop a uniform set of procedural rules for cases under the Social Security Act in which an individual seeks district court review of a final administrative decision of the Commissioner of Social Security pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 405(g).
Recommendation 2016-4 – Evidentiary Hearings Not Required by the Administrative Procedure Act offers best practices to agencies for structuring evidentiary hearings that are not required by the Administrative Procedure Act. It suggests ways to ensure the integrity of the decisionmaking process; sets forth recommended pre-hearing, hearing, and post-hearing practices; and urges agencies to describe their practices in a...
Recommendation 2016-5 – The Use of Ombuds in Federal Agencies takes account of the broad array of federal agency ombuds offices that have been established since the time of Recommendation 90-2. The recommendation suggests that agencies and Congress consider creating additional ombuds offices where they may be of benefit.
Recommendation 2016-6 – Self-Represented Parties in Administrative Hearings offers best practices for agencies dealing with self-represented parties in administrative hearings. Recommendations include the use of triage and diagnostic tools, development of a continuum of services to aid parties, and re-evaluation and simplification of existing hearing practices, where possible.