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