Adjudication

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Recommendation 2016-2 – Aggregate Agency Adjudication provides guidance to agencies on the use of aggregation techniques to resolve similar claims in adjudications.  It sets forth procedures for determining whether aggregation is appropriate.  It also considers what kinds of aggregation techniques should be used in certain cases and offers guidance on how to structure the aggregation proceedings to promote both...

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Recommendation 2014-7 – Best Practices for Using Video Teleconferencing for Hearings offers practical guidance regarding how best to conduct video hearings, and addresses the following subjects: Equipment and environment, training, financial considerations, procedural practices, fairness and satisfaction, and collaboration among agencies.

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Recommendation 2015-3 - Declaratory Orders identifies contexts in which agencies should consider the use of declaratory orders in administrative adjudications.

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Recommendation 2012-3 – Immigration Removal Adjudication addresses the problem of case backlogs in immigration removals and suggests ways to enhance efficiency and fairness in these cases. Much of the recommendation was incorporated into the bipartisan immigration legislation (S. 744) that passed the Senate last year.  

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Recommendation 2013-1 – Improving Consistency in Social Security Disability Adjudication identifies ways to improve the adjudication of Social Security disability benefits claims before administrative law judges and the Social Security Administration’s Appeals Council, suggests changes to the evaluation of opinion evidence from medical professionals, and encourages the SSA to enhance data capture and reporting.

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Recommendation 2011-4Video Hearings addresses best practices for the use of video hearings by federal government agencies with high volume case loads as a means of reducing caseload backlog and conducting more efficient adjudication.