Social Security Disability Adjudication

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Committee: 
Social Security Disability Adjudication in stage 8. Implementation

Project Stages:

1. Gather ideas - Completed
2. Select ideas - Completed
3. Council approval - Completed
4. Picking a researcher - Completed
5. Committee consideration - Completed
6. Back to the council - Completed
7. Consideration by the full conference - Completed
8. Implementation - Current
Stage:  
8. Implementation

Contacts

Implementation Contact
202.480.2097
awilliams@acus.gov
Media
braedy@acus.gov

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. As announced in the Unified Agenda, the Administration is working on proposed regulations that would implement much of this recommendation.  

Final Recommendation

The Administrative Conference of the United States (Conference) has undertaken many studies over the years relating to the Social Security disability benefits system.[1]  It has issued a number of recommendations specifically directed at improving the Social Security Administration’s (SSA’s) initial application and appeals processes,[2] as well as other recommendations more generally designed to improve agency adjudicatory...

Implementation

At its Plenary Session on June 13-14, 2013, the Administrative Conference of the United States adopted Recommendation 2013-1, regarding the Social Security disability adjudication process. The recommendation identifies ways to improve the adjudication of Social Security disability claims before administrative law judges and the Appeals Council, suggests changes to the evaluation of opinion evidence from medical professionals, and encourages the agency to enhance data capture and reporting.

  • Read the Federal Register notice announcing the adoption of Recommendation 2013-1, available at 78 Fed. Reg. 41,352

Project Documents

Name Committee Type Date
Improving Consistency in Social Security Disability Adjudications Adjudication Recommendation June 13, 2013 Download
Social Security Disability Adjudication Recommendation with Amendments (for Plenary) Draft Adjudication Recommendation June 6, 2013 Download
Social Security Disability Adjudication Recommendation (for Plenary) Draft Adjudication Recommendation May 21, 2013 Download
Paul M. Ryan Comment Adjudication Public Comment April 5, 2013 Download
Social Security Disability Adjudication (Council redlined) Draft Adjudication Recommendation April 16, 2013 Download
Social Security Disability Adjudication (Council clean) Draft Adjudication Recommendation April 16, 2013 Download
Achieving Greater Consistency in Social Security Disability Adjudication Report (redlined) Final Adjudication Report April 3, 2013 Download
Statistical Appendix to Report on Achieving Greater Consistency in Social Security Disability Adjudication Final Adjudication Appendix April 3, 2013 Download
Achieving Greater Consistency in Social Security Disability Adjudication Report Final Adjudication Report April 3, 2013 Download
March 12, 2013 Committee Meeting Minutes Adjudication Meeting Minutes March 12, 2013 Download
Thomas Snook Comment Adjudication Member Comment April 7, 2013 Download
Kevin F. Foley Comment Adjudication Public Comment April 5, 2013 Download
April 8, 2013 Committee Meeting Agenda Adjudication Agenda April 5, 2013 Download
Social Security Disability Adjudication Recommendation (redlined) Draft Adjudication Recommendation April 1, 2013 Download
Social Security Disability Adjudication Recommendation (clean) Draft Adjudication Recommendation April 1, 2013 Download
Statistical Appendix to Report on Achieving Greater Consistency in Social Security Disability Adjudication (redlined) Final Adjudication Appendix April 3, 2013 Download
Treating Physician Rule Report Final Adjudication Report April 3, 2013 Download
NOSSCR Comment Adjudication Public Comment March 11, 2013 Download
Social Security Disability Adjudication Recommendation (revised) Draft Adjudication Recommendation March 11, 2013 Download
Daniel F. Solomon Comment Adjudication Member Comment March 7, 2013 Download
March 12, 2013 Committee Meeting Agenda Adjudication Agenda March 5, 2013 Download
David R. Bryant Comment Adjudication Public Comment March 4, 2013 Download
Statistical Appendix to Report on Achieving Greater Consistency in Social Security Disability Adjudication (revised) Draft Adjudication Appendix March 4, 2013 Download
Achieving Greater Consistency in Social Security Disability Adjudication Report Draft Adjudication Report March 4, 2013 Download
Treating Physician Rule Report (revised) Draft Adjudication Report March 4, 2013 Download
Social Security Disability Adjudication Recommendation Draft Adjudication Recommendation February 28, 2013 Download
Statistical Appendix to Report on Achieving Greater Consistency in Social Security Disability Adjudication Draft Adjudication Appendix February 28, 2013 Download
Treating Physician Rule Report Draft Adjudication Report February 22, 2013 Download
Social Security Disability Adjudication Project Outline Adjudication Outline June 1, 2012 Download
Alan Nussbaum Comment Adjudication Public Comment April 2, 2013
Alan Nussbaum Comment Adjudication Public Comment April 2, 2013
David Hatfield Comment Adjudication Public Comment May 10, 2013
Joseph Petrylak Comment Adjudication Public Comment February 28, 2013
Alan Nussbaum Comment Adjudication Public Comment March 23, 2013
Alan Nussbaum Comment Adjudication Public Comment April 9, 2013
April 8, 2013 Committee Meeting Webcast Adjudication Webcast April 8, 2013 Watch Video
March 12, 2013 Committee Meeting Webcast Adjudication Webcast March 12, 2013 Watch Video
Eli Baumwell Comment Adjudication Public Comment March 8, 2013
Alan Nussbaum Comment Adjudication Public Comment March 7, 2013
Donald Bishop Comment Adjudication Public Comment March 7, 2013
Jim Grennan Comment Adjudication Public Comment March 5, 2013

Committee Meetings & Events

April 8, 2013 Committee Meeting(Committee on Adjudication)

April 8, 2013 - 2:00 pm EDT
Location name: 
Administrative Conference of the United States
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