SSA Disability Benefits Programs: The Duty of Candor and Submission of All Evidence

Project Contacts

Implementation Contact and In-House Researcher

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 resulting report briefly reviews and summarizes the Social Security Act and SSA’s current regulations and practices regarding the duty of candor and the submission of all evidence.  It also reviews requirements from other tribunals, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, as well as regulations governing other agencies.  In addition, it analyzes ethical standards concerning disclosure of information by representatives.  Based on the research conducted, the report presents the regulatory options available to SSA regarding future actions to improve the disability adjudication process.