NOSSCR Forum Archive, 2010 – 2017

 

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Alphabetical Listing of Topics L – S

L | M | N | O | P | Q || S
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LACK OF COUNSEL

Month/Page/Year
Supreme Court Update - Lamay v. Commissioner, petition for certiorari denied Feb/15/10
SSA Revises "Opening Statement" HALLEX (I-2-6-52) Apr/7/11
HALLEX I-2-6-52 (revised 4/18/11) Apr/26/11
Wiszowaty v. Astrue, 861 F.Supp.2d 924 (N.D.Ind. 2012) May/15/13
Andrews v. Astrue, 917 F.Supp.2d 624 (N.D.Tex. 2013) Sept/16/13
   

LATE APPEAL

Month/Page/Year
Good Cause for Late Appeal - use of SSR 91-5p June/3/11
Practice Tip: SSR 91-5p: Mental Incapacity and Extending the Deadline to Appeal Aug/6/13
Hinton v. Astrue, 919 F.Supp.2d 999 (S.D.Iowa 2013) Sept/16/13
Judicial Review of Dismissals Jan/6/14
A Missed Time Limit to Request a Hearing? New Seventh Circuit Decision Could Help Aug/1/14
Civil Action Extension of Time Requests Require Good Cause Aug/2/14
   

LAY WITNESSES

Month/Page/Year
Practice Tip: Credibility of Lay Witness Evidence(Kilbourne v. Commissioner of Social Security) Apr/21/11
   

LAY WITNESS TESTIMONY

Month/Page/Year
Smith v. Colvin, 9 F. Supp.3d 875 (E.D. Wis. 2014) Jan/24/15
   

LISTINGS OF IMPAIRMENTS

Month/Page/Year
Final Rule on Hearing Loss Listing June/5/10
Final Rule on Extension of Expiration Dates for Several Listings June/5/10
SSA Issues Proposed Changes to Mental Disorders Listings - Comments Due November 17 Aug/1/10
Issues in Proposed Changes to Mental Disorders Listings – Comments Due November 17 Sept/1/10
Institute of Medicine Reports to SSA on Cardiovascular and HIV Listings Oct/5/10
Listings/Grids Subscription Order Form for 2011 Oct/21/10
SSA Reopens Comment Period on Mental Disorders Listings Nov/7/10
Listings/Grids Subscription Order Form for 2011 Nov/12/10
SSA Issues Final Changes to Endocrine Disorders Listings – Diabetes is Deleted Apr/1/11
Federal Register Update: Proposed change to listings on Multiple Body Systems for non-mosaic Down syndrome Oct/10/11
Listings/Grids Subscription Order Form for 2012 Nov/9/11
Federal Register Update: ANPRM on evaluating language and speech disorders Feb/10/12
GAO: SSA Can Do More to Modernize Disability Programs (Modernizing SSA Disability Programs: Progress Made, but Key Efforts Warrant More Management Focus (June 2012)) July/11/12
Listings/Grids Subscription Order Form for 2013 Dec/15/12
Proposed rule to revise Respiratory System Disorder Listing Feb/4/13
Proposed rule to revise Genitourinary Disorders listing Feb/4/13
Final rule on Congenital Disorders (multiple body system) listing Feb/4/13
SSA Finalizes Changes to Visual Disorders Listings Mar/2/13
Proposed Change to Growth Disorders Listing May/15/13
Federal register update: ANPRM on Hearing Loss and Disturbances in Labyrinthine-Vestibular Function Sept/5/13
Extension of expiration dates for Genitourinary Impairments and Hematological Disorders Sept/5/13
SSA Proposes Changes to Hematological Disorders Listings Nov/1/13
Listings/Grids Subscription Order Form for 2014 Nov/25/13
Extension of Mental Disorders Listings Dec/6/13
SSA Proposes Changes to Cancer Listings Dec/7/13
Listings/Grids Subscription Order Form for 2014 Dec/13/13
SSA Proposes Changes to Listings Feb/12/14
Comment Periods Extended for HIV Infection and Neurological Listings Proposed Changes Mar-April/2/14
Final Rule Revises Genitourinary Disorders Listings Oct/7/14
Federal Register Update: Extension of Listings Jan/3/15
Perkins v. Colvin, 45 F. Supp.3d 1137 (D. Ariz. 2014) Apr/20/15
Three Listings Change: Cancer, Hematological Disorders, and Growth
   Disorders in Children
May/3/15
Listing 11.03 and Migraines May/4/15
Acquiescence Ruling on Listing 1.04A Sept/4/15
Respiratory System Listings (3.00 and 103.00) Undergo Changes June/1/16
SSA Seeks Input on Hematological Disorders June/14/16
Updated Neurological Listings (11.00 and 111.00) Change Evaluation of Epilepsy, Cerebral Palsy, and Other Impairments July/1/16
SSA Studies Congenital Disorders July/11/16
SSA Releases Updated Listings on HIV and Immune Systems Disorders Dec/4/16
   

LITIGATION DELAY

See JUDICIAL REVIEW
Month/Page/Year
   

LOU GEHRIG'S DISEASE

Month/Page/Year
ALS and Date Last Insured June/4/10
   

LUPUS

Month/Page/Year
SSA Holds Compassionate Allowance Hearing on Autoimmune Disease Mar/1/11
Borgos-Hansen v. Colvin, 109 F.Supp.3d 509 (D. Conn. 2015) Mar/19/16

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MEDICAL EXPERTS

Month/Page/Year
Hall v. Colvin, 18 F.Supp.3d 144 (D.R.I. 2014) Nov/17/15
HALLEX Provisions Altered Feb/3/16
Emergency Message Clarifies When a Medical Expert is Required Oct/12/16
Fischer v. Colvin, 831 F.3d 31 (1st Cir. 2016) Jan/34/17

MEDICAL RECORDS

Month/Page/Year
State Payment Rates for Medical Records Apr/10/15
Free Medical Records in Oregon Feb/32/16
Practice Tip: Harness the Power of HITECH for Medical
Records Requests
Mar/12/16
State Laws and Regulations on the Cost of Medical Records May/12/16
Practice Tip: Obtaining Medical Source Statements from the VA July/3/16
Some Simple Solutions for Addressing Common HITECH Issues Oct/10/16
   

MENTAL IMPAIRMENTS/ INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES

Month/Page/Year
McGregor v. Astrue, 993 F. Supp.2d 130 (N.D.N.Y. 2012) Jan/25/15
Vorhis-Deaton v. Commissioner of Social Security, 34 F. Supp.3d 809 (S.D. Ohio. 2014) Apr/20/15
Woll v. Commissioner, 94 F.Supp.3d 1198 (D. Or. 2015) Jan/22/16
When Social Security and Gun Control Policy Meet Jan/7/16
SSA Releases New Mental Impairment Listings Oct/1/16
Psychiatric Review Technique Form Jan/11/17
SSA Prepares to Launch Two New Demonstrations Apr/7/17

 

MISC. MATERIALS

Month/Page/Year
SSDI Beneficiaries and “Disparate Treatment” Mortgage Lending Discrimination Jan/3/16
When Social Security and Gun Control Policy Meet Jan/7/16
Are State-Administered State Supplements “Past-due Benefits”? Feb/12/16
Reporting Language Access Issues Mar/13/16
Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget Releases “SSDI Solutions" Apr/6/16
Changes to States' Food Stamp Rules May Affect Disability Claimants Apr/8/16
Emergency Message on Lead in Flint May/19/16
Reports of Interest on Social Security Benefits, Solvency and Processes July/16/16
If Your Client's a Mover, Get Shaking on Reporting Address Changes Oct/4/16
Going to the Chapel? If It's in Louisiana, You May Need a Birth Certificate Oct/5/16
Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget Pushes for SSA Changes Dec/10/16
How Will Justice Gorsuch Affect Social Security Jurisprudence? Apr/5/17

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NATIONAL ADJUDICATION TEAM ("NAT")

Month/Page/Year
Will New Senior Attorney Program Help to Reduce ODAR Backlogs? June/15/15
NAT, NSU, VSU, AA - What is the Role of the ODAR “Senior Attorney”
   Or “Attorney Advisor”?
Nov/1/15
HALLEX Provisions Altered Feb/3/16
   

NEUROLOGICAL IMPAIRMENTS

Month/Page/Year
SSA Proposes Changes to Listings Feb/12/14
Comment Periods Extended for HIV Infection and Neurological Listings Proposed Changes Mar-Apr./2/14
Practice Tip: Direct Examination and VE Cross-Examination Questions: Short Term Memory Plus Attention and Concentration Limitations July/12/14
Migraine headaches Letter to the Editor June/3/15
   

NEW EVIDENCE RULE

Month/Page/Year
Final Regulations Issued on Submission of Evidence Mar/1/15
New “All Evidence” Rules: The Known and the Unknown By Eric Schnaufer, Esq., Evanston, IL Mar/1/15
Update: New Evidence Submission Regulations Apr/1/15
"All Evidence" Submission Regulations: What Now? May/2/15
Member Survey Shows Challenges with New Evidence Rules Oct/1/15
   

NON-ATTORNEY FEE WITHHOLDING
See also: ATTORNEYS' FEES

Month/Page/Year
New Law Makes SSI Fee Withholding and Non-attorney Fee Program Permanent Feb/1/10
IRS to Issue IRS Form 1099s in January 2011 Dec/1/10
Is the User Fee Included in the Amount of Fees Received on Form 1099? Jan/1/11
Problems with Incorrect Forms 1099-MISC Continue Apr/20/11
Federal Register Update: Revisions to Direct Fee Payment Rules Aug/6/11
Electronic Services Use Required for Fee Withholding Sept/2/11
Next Exam for Non-attorney Representatives Scheduled May/2/12
Recent Law Review Article on SSA Non-attorney Practice May/9/12
SSA Announces Next Exam for Non-Attorney Direct Fee Payment Eligibility Dec/2/12
User Fee Remains at 6.3% in 2014 Dec/6/13
2014 Examination for Non-Attorney Fee Withholding Jan/3/14
Contacts: Fee-Related Issues Mar-Apr./4/14
Upcoming Examination: Direct Payment to Eligible Non-Attorney Representatives Oct/2/14
New Procedures for Form SSA-1695 Oct/4/14
OIG Report on Fee Petition Payments: SSA Can Improve the Process Oct/16/14
User Fee Remains at 6.3% in 2015 Dec/1/14
1099-MISC Forms to Be Sent in January 2015 Dec/2/14
SSA Issues Form 1099-MISC: Some Change in Procedures; Review Form 1099-MISC Now to Avoid Tax Problems Later Jan/1/15
Federal Register Update: Revision to Direct Fee Payment Rules Jan/3/15
SSA Issues Form 1099-MISCs
Review Form 1099-MISC Now to Avoid Tax Problems Later
Jan/1/16
SSA Announces Next Exam for Non-Attorney Direct Fee Payment Eligibility Feb/33/16
2017 User Fee Unchanged Jan/10/17
Registration Open for Non-Attorney Representative Exam Jan/11/17
   

NON-ENGLISH SPEAKERS

Month/Page/Year
Spanish Additions to the SSA Website Mar/2/11
NOSSCR Survey: Spanish- Speaking Claimants May/10/11
SSA Extends Spanish Language Online Services Nov/3/11
   

NOSSCR

Month/Page/Year
Forum Articles Index: January - December 2009 Jan/16/10
Congratulations to New ALJs May/2/10
New Orleans NOSSCR Conference Has record Attendance May/1/10
Congratulations to a New ALJ May/2/10
NOSSCR Sustaining Members and Brief Writers May/21/10
NOSSCR Helps Katrina Victims June/1/10
Improving Appeals Council Practice July/1/10
Congratulations to New ALJs! Aug/2/10
NOSSCR Survey - Continuing Disability Investigations (CDIs) Aug/23/10
Chicago NOSSCR Conference Has Record Attendance Sept/1/10
Congratulations to a New ALJ Sept/2/10
NOSSCR Survey: Representation at the State Agency Level Sept/23/10
NOSSCR Board of Directors - 2010-2011 Oct/6/10
NOSSCR Council of Past Presidents - 2010-2011 Oct/9/10
Listings/Grids Subscription Order Form for 2011 Oct/21/10
NOSSCR Membership Logo Nov/2/10
Listings/Grids Subscription Order Form for 2011 Nov/12/10
NOSSCR's Sustaining Members and Brief-Writers Nov/16/10
Survey Results: Representation at the State Agency level Dec/1/10
Use of NOSSCR Membership Logo Dec/2/10
Forum Articles Index: January - December 2010 Jan/16/11
NOSSCR Members Respond to Survey on ERE Mar/6/11
Senator Harkin Commends NOSSCR Mar/20/11
NOSSCR is Now on Facebook! www.facebook.com/nosscr.org Apr/2/11
Baltimore NOSSCR Conference Is A Success May/1/11
Congratulations to New ALJ! May/2/11
NOSSCR Survey: Spanish- Speaking Claimants May/10/11
NOSSCR Sustaining Members List May/22/11
Congratulations to a New ALJ June/2/11
NOSSCR comments on proposed rule to eliminate requirement to recontact treating sources (Final rule issued Feb 2012) June/10/11
NOSSCR Comments to SSA on Fee Petitions June/18/11
Congratulations to New ALJs July/2/11
EAJA Survey Results July/12/11
Congratulations to New ALJs! Aug/2/11
ODAR Updates Hearing Level and Appeals Council at San Antonio NOSSCR Conference Oct/1/11
NOSSCR member elected State Bar President-Elect Oct/2/11
Listings/Grids Subscription Order Form for 2012 Nov/12/11
NOSSCR Sustaining Members and Brief writers Nov/18/11
NOSSCR letter to Commissioner Astrue and ODAR Deputy Commissioner re: new ODAR policy on ALJ identity Dec/3/11
President's Message- Opposing View: Disability benefits remain a vital lifeline Feb/3/12
Representing Claimants at the Initial and Reconsideration Levels: NOSSCR Members' Surveys Results Feb/14/12
President's Message Mar/2/12
Scapegoating Social Security Disability Claimants (and the Judges Who Evaluate Them. ACS Issue Brief) Mar/8/12
NOSSCR Sustaining Members and Brief writers May/25/12
House Hearing on SSA Appeals Process – Witnesses Provide Divergent Opinions (June 27, 2012) June/1/12
NOSSCR Statement for the Record: Hearing on Social Security Disability Appeals Process (June 27, 2012) July/14/12
New NOSSCR Poll Finds 83% of Likely Voters Believe SSDI Benefits Should Not Be Cut Oct/1/12
NOSSCR's "COLA" Adjustment (dues) Oct/2/12
NOSSCR Sustaining Members and Brief Writers Nov/18/12
Nomination Form - Eileen P. Sweeny Distinguished Service Award Nov/83/12
Listings/Grids Subscription Order Form for 2012 Dec/15/12
President's Message Jan/2/13
Forum Articles Index 2012 Jan/12/13
President's Message - attorney fee issues Feb/2/13
2012 List of Available Materials Feb/20/13
Social Security Disability: Fact v. Myth Apr/1/13
President's Message - Contacting Congress Apr/2/13
NOSSCR Statement for the Record: Hearing on Fair and Consistent Disability Decisions (Mar. 20, 2013) Apr/18/13
NOSSCR Conference Features Key Congressional and SSA Speakers May/1/13
NOSSCR "Supreme Court Day" May/2/13
NOSSCR Testifies at House Oversight Committee Hearing on SSDI June/1/13
NOSSCR Testimony before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (T. Sutton) June/13/13
NOSSCR Sustaining Members and Brief Writers June/23/13
Statement of Richard Morris, Esq. at Padro settlement hearing July/10/13
NOSSCR Comments: Proposed rules re: Changes to Scheduling and Appearing at Hearings Aug/14/13
The new NOSSCR website is live Aug/20/13
NOSSCR Comments on SSA's Administrative Finality Rules (9/13) Sept/11/13
NOSSCR San Diego Conference Features "Action" Oct/1/13
Stay Current About NOSSCR and Social Security Developments Nov/2/13
Listings/Grids Subscription Order Form for 2014 Nov/25/13
In Memoriam: Sam Boyce Dec/1/13
NOSSCR Launches Young Members Committee Dec/2/13
NOSSCR Provides Help for Letters to the Editor Dec/2/13
Listings/Grids Subscription Order Form for 2014 Dec/13/13
NOSSCR Sustaining Member List Dec/16/13
NOSSCR Responds to SSDI Attacks Jan/2/14
NOSSCR Changes Email Addresses Feb/2/14
2013 List of Available Materials Feb/14/14
Comments on NPRM on Submission of Evidence Mar-Apr/11/14
Highlights from the Indianapolis NOSSCR Conference May/1/14
Interested in Running for the NOSSCR Board? May/2/14
Congratulations to Professor Dubin May/2/14
Jon C. Dubin Acceptance Speech May/9/14
Thinking of Filing a Federal Court Appeal? Help Is Available! June/2/14
Indianapolis Conference Materials are Available June/2/14
Comments on ACUS evaluation of self-reported symptoms June/8/14
NOSSCR Sustaining Member List and Brief Writers June/20/14
Message Research on SSDI Shows a Path Forward July/13/14
NOSSCR Fall Conference Aug/2/14
Thanks to Attendees and Speakers at Las Vegas Conference! Sept/2/14
Limited Las Vegas Materials Are Available Sept/2/14
Welcome New Deputy Director of Government Affairs Stacy Cloyd Sept/2/14
Las Vegas Congressional Representative is Featured Speaker at NOSSCR Conference Oct/1/14
NOSSCR Young Members Committee Oct/2/14
Exhibitor Discounts on NOSSCR Website Nov/2/14
NOSSCR Sustaining Member List and Brief Writers Dec/12/14
Mark Your Calendars for the Spring 2015 NOSSCR Conference! Jan/2/15
What’s New on NOSSCR’s Website Jan/3/15
NOSSCR Spring Conference Feb/2/15
Still time to register for NOSSCR Spring Conference Mar/2/15
NOSSCR Conference Features Senator, Expert, and ODAR Leadership Apr/1/15
NOSSCR Conference Materials Available Apr/1/15
Conference speakers answers available Jun/1/15
NOSSCR Sustaining Members List Jun/15/15
NOSSCR Selected as the National MS Society’s Service Provider of the Month Aug/2/15
ODAR Leadership Updates NOSSCR Members at Denver Conference Nov/1/15
Changes in NOSSCR Staff Dec/2/15
Deputy Commissioner Answers NOSSCR Questions Jan/1/16
NOSSCR Member Serves as Panelist at SSA Forum on Time Off Task Apr/7/16
NOSSCR Member Honored for Pro Bono Work by American Bar Association Apr/8/16
Survey Responses Yield Helpful Tips for NOSSCR Members May/7/16
SSA Leadership Provide Updates at NOSSCR Conference June/1/16
NOSSCR Announces Two Awards June/9/16
Free Webinar on Function Reports July/3/16
SSA Answers Conference Questions Aug/5/16
Advocacy Efforts on "Program Uniformity" Regs Continue Sept/5/16
Advocacy Efforts Continue on iAppeals Submission Process Sept/12/16
NOSSCR Offers New Catalog of Online Education Opportunities Oct/6/16
SSA Leadership Presents at NOSSCR's Seattle Conference Nov/1/16
NOSSCR Board Includes New Members, Makes Policy Changes Nov/3/16
Awards and Scholarships Dec/11/16
Forum Articles Index: January to December 2017 Jan/27/17
2016 List of Available Materials (Nos. 2116-2150) Feb-Mar/19/17
Survey Says: Hearing Office Scheduling Practices Vary Tremendously Apr/8/17

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OBESITY

Month/Page/Year
Norman v. Astrue, 694 F.Supp.2d 738 (N.D. Ohio 2010) Sept/20/10
Practice Tip: ALJ Reliance on DDS Physicians and Obesity (Kaminski v. Astrue) Dec/15/10
Solsbee v. Astrue, 737 F.Supp.2d 102 (W.D.N.Y. 2010) May/18/11
Dogan v. Astrue, 751 F.Supp.2d 1029 (N.D.Ind. 2010 Sept/21/11
Sawyer v. Astrue, 775 F.Supp.2d 829 (E.D.N.C. 2011 Dec/17/11
Arnett v. Astrue, 676 F.3d 586 (7th Cir. 2012) June/20/12
Three Reforms to Reshape the Obesity Analysis (C. Pashler) Oct/4/13
Practice Tip: Obesity: Four Small Tips with Big Gains Oct/5/13
Guerra v. Astrue, 918 F.Supp.2d 1180 (D.Kan. 2013) Nov/24/13
Goins v. Colvin, 764 F.3d 677 (7th Cir. 2014) Oct/19/14
   

OFFICE OF GENERAL COUNSEL (OGC)

Month/Page/Year
OGC Addresses and Jurisdictions Published Jan/7/14
   

OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL (OIG)
See also GAO and OIG Reports

Month/Page/Year
Office of Inspector General Report Finds Overpayments Rare June/3/15
Fees withheld in SSI cases not always accurate June/9/15
Inspector General Report on Fee Payments to Representatives July/1/15
Inspector General Reports on Treatment Noncompliance Aug/4/15
Inspector General Report on Effort to Eliminate the Hearings Backlog Sept/3/15
   

ONSET DATE

Month/Page/Year
Practice Tip: What Onset Date to Allege in Subsequent Applications? Jan/8/10
Rowland v. Astrue, 673 F.Supp.2d 902 (D.S.D. 2009) Apr/17/10
Query June/3/10
Dennis v. Astrue, 655 F.Supp.2d 746 (W.D.Ky. 2009) Feb/18/11
A Rookie in Richmond (Bird v. Comm'r of SSA, 699 F.3d 337 (4th Cir. 2012)) Dec/1/12
Practice Tip: Agree to Amend the Onset Date? Not So Fast! Dec/13/12
   

OTHER BENEFITS

Month/Page/Year
Considering Additional Types of Disability or Legal Relief for Your Social Security Clients. Part I Mar/1/10
Considering Additional Types of Disability or Legal Relief for Your Social Security Clients. Part II Apr/1/10
Letter to the Editor: Re: "Considering Additional Types of Disability or Legal Relief for Your Social Security Clients" June/3/10
   

OVERPAYMENTS

Month/Page/Year
House Hearing on "Improper Payments"
Mar/21/11
House Holds Hearing on Improving Payment Accuracy June/14/11
GAO Report - Disability Insurance: SSA Can Improve Efforts to Detect, Prevent, and Recover Overpayments, GAO-11-724 (July 2011) Aug/4/11
Social Security Overpayments and Civil Monetary Penalties July/1/12
GAO Report: SSI: SSA Has Taken Steps to Prevent and Detect Overpayments, but Additional Actions Could Be Taken to Improve Oversight (Dec. 2012) Dec/9/12
GAO May Overestimate 0.5% SSDI "Improper" Payment Rate Due to Factors Not Analyzed Sept/1/13
OIG Report: SSI High-error Profile Redeterminations (Sept. 2013) Oct/13/13
Karlson v. Colvin,1F.Supp.3d 480 (E.D.N.C. 2014) May/17/15
Wiles v.Colvin,13F.Supp.3d1007 (D.Neb.2014) July/13/15

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PAIN

Month/Page/Year
Ray v. Astrue, 649 F.Supp.2d 391 (E.D.Pa. 2009) Jan/29/10
Galligan v. Astrue, 656 F.Supp.2d 1067 (D.Ariz. 2009) Mar/28/10
Focus: Migraines (Moore v. Astrue) June/6/10
Letter to the Editor: Useful case law language for the Sixth Circuit in pain cases July/3/10
Genier v. Astrue, 606 F.3d 46 (2nd Cir. 2010) July/21/10
Jones v. Astrue, 623 F.3d 1155 (7th Cir. 2010) Feb/18/11
Dennis v. Commissioner of Social Security, 779 F.Supp.2d 727 (E.D.Mich. 2011) Jan/45/12
Alesia v. Astrue, 789 F.Supp.2d 921 (N.D.Ill. 2011) June/20/12
Bjornson v. Astrue, 671 F.3d 640 (7th Cir. 2012) June/20/12
Blaylock v. Commissioner, 947 F.Supp.2d 826 (N.D. Ohio 2013) Mar-Apr/20/14
Crow v. Colvin, 36 F. Supp.3d 1255 (N.D. Ala. 2014) Apr/21/15
Mascio v. Colvin,780 F.3d 632 (4th Cir. 2014) June/14/15
Adaire v. Colvin, 778 F.3d 685 (7th Cir. 2015) July/17/16
   

PAST RELEVANT WORK
      See FORMER WORK

Copeland v. Colvin, 771 F.3d 920 (5th Cir. 2014) Jan/22/16
   

POMS

Month/Page/Year
U.S. Supreme Court Update: Lockwood v. Commissioner of SSA, 616 F.3d 1068 (9th Cir. 2010) petition for cert filed (later denied) Apr/25/11
   

POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER

Month/Page/Year
A Rookie in Richmond (Bird v. Comm'r of SSA, 699 F.3d 337 (4th Cir. 2012)) Dec/1/12
Bouvier v. Astrue, 923 F.Supp.2d 336 (D.R.I. 2013) Nov/24/13
   

PRE-HEARING ORDERS

Month/Page/Year
CALJ Reminder on Prehearing Orders Apr/6/12
   

PRISONERS' BENEFITS/ FLEEING FELONS

Month/Page/Year
New Law Delays Past Due Benefits If Incarcerated, a "Fleeing Felon," or a "Probation/Parole Violator" Mar/1/10
Second Circuit Strikes Down SSA's Policy on Denial of Benefits for Violations of Probation or Parole (Clark v. Astrue, 602 F.3d 140 (2nd Cir. 2010)) Mar/3/10
Clark v Astrue, 602 F.3d 140 (2nd Cir. 2010) July/21/10
Nationwide Class Certified re: SSA Policy Denying Benefits for Violations of Probation/Parole (Clark v Astrue, Case No. 1:06-cv-15521-SHS (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 18, 2011) Mar/16/11
SSA Stops Denials and Suspensions Based on Probation or Parole Violations (EM-11032) May/5/11
CJB 11-1 Information regarding Clark v. Astrue June/16/11
Recent HALLEX Revisions (telephonic hearings for prisoners) July/7/11
Relief to 100,000 Possible in Probation/Parole Violation Litigation (Clark v. Astrue, (S.D.N.Y. Dec. 2, 2011) Jan/4/12
Relief to 1400,000 in Probation-Parole Violation Litigation (Clark v. Astrue, (S.D.N.Y. Apr. 13, 2012) Apr/10/12
Recent Reports of Interest: Beneficiaries incorrectly identified as prisoners (Oct. 2012) Oct/21/12
OIG Report: SDW Payments made to Incarcerated beneficiaries(Oct. 2013) Oct/13/13

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QUARTERS OF COVERAGE

Month/Page/Year
Bill Introduced to Provide One-Time $250 Payment July/11/10
No 2011 COLA – Benefits Will Not Increase Oct/1/10
2012 COLA is 3.6 Percent – First Increase Since 2009 Oct/1/11
2013 COLA is 1.7 Percent Oct/1/12
2014 COLA is 1.5 Percent Oct/3/13
2015 COLA is 1.7 Percent Oct/3/14
Practice Tip: MySSA Accounts Oct/5/14
Cost of Living Adjustment for 2017 Announced: 0.3% Increase Oct/3/16
   

QUICK DISABILITY DETERMINATIONS

Month/Page/Year
OIG Report: The Social Security Administration's Selection Process for Quick Disability Determinations (July 2012) Aug/17/12
Fed. Reg. Update: Quick Disability Determinations and Compassionate Allowances extended Nov/8/13

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RECONSIDERATION

Month/Page/Year
Is Reconsideration Coming Back to Prototype States? Congress Considers SSA Plan Apr/1/10
Single Decisionmakers Cannot Provide Opinion Evidence Nov/11/10
Update: Single Decision-makers Cannot Provide Opinion Evidence (Nicholson v. Astrue) Feb/6/11
Requesting Direct Fee Payment? Electronic Filing Now Required in Appeals for Reconsideration or for Hearing Jan/1/12
Correction: Electronic Appeals Requirement Includes Disability Report – Appeal (Form i3441) Feb/2/12
Representing Claimants at the Initial and Reconsideration Levels: NOSSCR Members' Surveys Results Feb/14/12
Update: Requirement to File Appeals Online May/1/12
Federal Register Update: Extension of prototypes June/5/12
Social Security Disability and SSI Disability Claims Allowance Rates-Initial and Reconsideration level by Nation, Region and State FY 2011 July/16/12
Social Security Disability and SSI Disability Claims Allowance Rates-Initial and Reconsideration level by Nation, Region and State FY 2012 Mar/19/13
Federal Register Update: Extension of prototypes July/9/12
OIG report: Single Decisionmaker Model – Authority to Make Certain disability Determinations Without a Medical Consultant's Signature (Aug. 2013) Aug/12/13
FY 2013 Disability Workload ["Waterfall Chart"] Mar-Apr/10/14
Federal Register Update: Prototype extended again July/14/14
Social Security Disability and SSI Disability Claims
   Allowance Rates, Initial and Reconsideration
   Adjudicative Level Fiscal Year 2013
July/16/14
   

REENGINEERING / REDESIGN/HPI
See DISABILITY CLAIMS PROCESS – COMMISSIONER'S PROPOSAL

Month/Page/Year
   

REMAND to DDS

Month/Page/Year
Will the New Informal Remand Project Help to Reduce the Disability Backlog? Feb/1/12
Practice Tip: Informal Remand Project Apr/11/12
   

REMAND: "Aged" Cases

Month/Page/Year
"Aged" Remands: New Process to Expedite Apr/17/12
Correction: Aged Court Remand Cases July/2/13
   

REMAND: ALJ DISCRETION

Month/Page/Year
CJB Bulletin: Remands Affected By Service Area Realignment or Permanent Case Transfers (4/21/10) Apr/14/10
   

REMAND: GOOD CAUSE

Month/Page/Year
Proctor v. Astrue, 665 F.Supp.2d 1243 (D.Colo. 2009) Mar/28/10
Jones v. Astrue, 647 F.3d 350 (D.C. 2011) Oct/17/11
   

REMAND v. REVERSAL

Month/Page/Year
Ademakinwa v. Astrue, 696 F.Supp.2d 107 (D.D.C. 2010) Aug/20/10
Casper v. Astrue, 706 F.Supp.2d 649 (E.D.N.C.2010) Oct/20/10
Brewes v. Commissioner of SSA, 682 F.3d 1157 (9th Cir. 2012) Nov/12/12
Pedro v. Astrue, 849 F.Supp.2d 1006 (D.Ore. 2011) Nov/12/12
Proctor v. Astrue, 665 F.SuInman v. Astrue, 920 F.Supp.2d 861 (S.D.Ohio 2013) pp.2d 1243 (D.Colo. 2009) Sept/16/13
Borino v. Astrue, 917 F.Supp.2d 166 (D.R.I. 2013) Sept/16/13
Fee v. Astrue, 944 F.Supp.2d 237 (W.D.N.Y. 2013) Mar-Apr/20/14
Yates v. Colvin, 959 F.Supp.2d 233 (N.D.N.Y. 2013) Aug/16/14
Williams v. Colvin, 1 F.Supp.3d 480 (E.D.N.C) May/17/15
Greene v. Colvin, 999 F. Supp.2d 845 (E.D.N.C.2014) Nov/16/14
Myers ex rel. C.N. v. Astrue, 993 F. Supp.2d 156 (N.D.N.Y. 2012) Jan/25/15
Morrison v. Colvin, 31 F. Supp.3d 1225 (E.D. Wash. 2012) Feb/5/15
Kaighn v. Colvin, 13 F.Supp.3d 1161 (D. Colo. 2014) July/13/15
Reynolds v. Commissioner of Social Security, 14 F.Supp3d 954 (S.D. Ohio) Sept/17/15
Meyer-Williams v. Colvin, 87 F.Supp.3d 769 (M.D.N.C 2015) Dec/15/15
Farthing v. Commissioner, 107 F.Supp.3d 839 (S.D. Ohio 2015) Feb/35/16
Morgan v. Colvin, 68 F.Supp.3d 1351 (D. Colo. 2014 ) Mar/18/16
Goutierrez v. Colvin, 67 F.Supp.3d 1198 (D. Colo. 2014 ) Mar/18/16
Wright v. Colvin, 131 F.Supp.3d 509 (E.D.N.C. 2015) June/16/16
Schultz v. Colvin, 32 F.Supp.3d 1047 (N.D.Cal. 2014) July/17/16
   

REMEDIABILITY

Month/Page/Year
Practice Tip: Assessing Noncompliance (Randall v. Astrue) May/4/10
Calhoun v. Astrue, 821 F.Supp.2d 435 (D.Mass. 2011) Failure to Follow Prescribed Treatment: Inability to Afford Treatment July/21/12
Failure to Follow Prescribed Treatment: Inability to Afford Treatment Jan/10/13
Slaughter v. Astrue, 857 F.Supp.2d 631 (S.D.Tex. 2012) Jan/29/13
Beardsley v. Colvin, 758 F.3d 834 (7th Cir. 2014) Feb/34/16
Stage v. Colvin, 812 F.3d 1121 (7th Cir. 2016) May/22/16
   

REPRESENTATION

Month/Page/Year
Update on 1099s Feb/1/10
New Online Adult Disability Report Feb/2/10
Updated Information on Forum 1099-MISC: SSA Answers Questions – online powerpoint Mar/25/10
Processing Center Phone Numbers on SSA Website Apr/1/10
Practice Tip: Video Hearings and Remands Apr/5/10
Reprint of CALJ Reminder: Claimants Right of Refusal to Appear By VTC at Place of Hearing Apr/12/10
SSA Policy for Retention of Paper Claims Folders Apr/16/10
Chief Judge Bulletin re: Providing Copy of Electronic Folder to Representatives (8/07) May/5/10
Federal Register Update: Representative Disqualification/Suspension System of Records Processing Center Phone Numbers May/15/10
Updated Information for Representatives June/2/10
SSA Reports Problems with Internet Adult Disability Report July/12/10
Letter to the Editor: Deposing the Treating Physician Aug/2/10
Multiple Representatives in the Same Firm: How to Get Paid Oct/1/10
Practice Tip: Searching the POMS Oct/5/10
How to Register for Online Access to Electronic Folders Nov/1/10
Contacts: Fee-related Issues Nov/3/10
Contacts: Problems with Effectuation of Claimants' Favorable Decisions Nov/3/10
Successive Attorneys and Fee Payment Nov/6/10
IRS to Issue IRS Form 1099s in January 2011 Dec/1/10
Practice Tip: Obtaining Post-Hearing Medical Examinations: How to Make a Difference (Page v. Astrue) Dec/3/10
How to Convert an Encrypted E-file CD Jan/1/11
Is the User Fee Included in the Amount of Fees Received on Form 1099? Jan/1/11
Top Ten Circuit Court Cases: 2010 Jan/3/11
Practice Tip: Documenting Disability Feb/3/11
Survey Results: SSA's Online Access Feb/8/11
Find Help at Medpedia Feb/39/11
The Right to Decline Video Hearings Apr/1/11
Practice Tip: Retaining Copies of Social Security Files Apr/4/11
Video Hearings and Credibility Findings: A Basis for Remand? Kirby v. Astrue, Holliday v. Astrue May/3/11
What is the Status of Electronic Services for Representatives? OIG Report: Electronic Services for Claimant Representatives. (Aug. 2011) Aug/1/11
Practice Tip: Obtaining Post-Hearing Medical Examinations: How to Make a Difference (Page v. Astrue) Aug/1/11
Letter to the Editor: Faxing evidence to the ALJ Nov/2/11
Requesting Direct Fee Payment? Electronic Filing Now Required in Appeals for Reconsideration or for Hearing Jan/1/12
Review Form 1099-MISC Now to Avoid Tax Problems Later Jan/1/12
SSA Issues Changes to Rules of Conduct for Representatives Jan/3/12
Correction: Electronic Appeals Requirement Includes Disability Report– Appeal (Form i3441) Feb/2/12
Representing Claimants at the Initial and Reconsideration Levels: NOSSCR Members' Surveys Results Feb/14/12
Contacts: Fee-Related Issues & Problems with Effectuation Mar/27/12
Practice Tip: Rule of Three for Hearing-Level Practice Apr/11/12
Update: Requirement to File Appeals Online May/1/12
Letter to the Editor June/3/12
Practice Tip: Obtaining Post-Hearing Medical Examinations: How to Make a Difference (Page v. Astrue) July/2/12
Work History Reports Aug/1/12
SSA Announces Fees for Nonprogram Services Aug/16/12
SSAB Report on Non-Profit third party assistance in filing SSI applications Aug/17/12
Hearing Preparation Checklist Sept/1/12
Are Claimants' Representatives to Blame for Delay in Scheduling Hearing? The Inspector General Reports Sept/13/12
Letter to the Editor, Re: Representation Oct/2/12
Representation at the Initial Level: SSAB Report: Filing for Social Security Disability Benefits: What Impact Does Professional Representation Have on the Process at the Initial Application Level? (Sept. 2012) Nov/6/12
Charts: Initial Level SSDI and SSI Processing Times by Type of Representation FY 2009 – 2011 Dec/16/12
Chart: Initial Level Allowance Rates; Represented Claims vs. All Claims. FY 2007-2010 Dec/17/12
ACUS Recommends Options for Submission of Adverse Evidence July/1/13
Federal Register Update: Fees for nonprogram-related information Sept/5/13
Hearing Level Processing Times: Not Looking Good Oct/6/13
Representing Claimants in the Electronic Environment: Is Paper Still Applicable? Nov/1/13
User Fee Remains at 6.3% in 2014 Dec/6/13
SSA Proposes Requirement to Submit Adverse Evidence Feb/1/14
Fee Payments Update Mar-Apr/1/14
Recent Inspector General Reports Mar-Apr/6/14
SSA Revises HALLEX on Dismissals May/1/14
Reminder: Do Not Send SSNs by Email Nov/2/14
Practice Tip, Agency Due Date: Saturdays, Non-work Days,
   Eric Schnaufer, Esq., Evanston, IL
Oct/7/15
Federal Register Update: Sharing Representative
Disqualification, Suspension and Non-Recognition Data
Jan/3/15
New Regulation Abolishes Treating Source Rule; Code of Conduct Proposed Regulations Withdrawn Jan/1/17
2017 User Fee Unchanged Jan/10/17
Fees Get Complicated When Multiple Firms Are Involved Apr/1/17
Barcode-less ERE Submission Guide Apr/14/17
   

REPRESENTATIVE PAYEE

Month/Page/Year
Federal Register Update: Transfer of accumulated benefits by representative payee – Final Rule Mar/29/10
GAO Report: Incapacitated Adults: Oversight to Federal Fiduciaries and Court-Appointed Guardians Needs Improvement, GAO-11-678 (July 2011) Aug/5/11
Representative Payees – Beneficiaries in Suspended Payment Status Pending the Selection of a Representative Payee, No. A-09-10-11065 (Feb. 2012) Feb/21/12
Recent Reports of Interest: Misuse of benefits by representative payees (Individual Representative Payees Who Misuse Benefits (May 2012)) June/11/12
Recent Reports of Interest: Direct Payment of benefits to beneficiaries with mental impairments (Sept. 2012) Oct/21/12
Improve Oversight (Dec. 2012) Dec/9/12
OIG Report: Accumulated Funds Payable to Beneficiaries or Their Representative Payees (Dec. 2012) Dec/9/12
Request for comments on individuals with certain criminal convictions as representative payees Feb/4/13
Recent Congressional Hearings: House hearing on Representative Payees. June/10/13
OIG Report: Disabled Individuals with Mental Impairments Acting as Representative Payees (Sept. 2013) Oct/13/13
Representative Payees and Conserved Funds Oct/8/15
Federal Register Update: Representative Payee Evaluation Jan/10/15
Ways and Means Committee Examining Representative Payee Program Feb-Mar/4/17
SSAB Plans Symposium on Representative Payee Program Feb-Mar/4/17
Ways and Means Subcommittees Consider Payees and Program Integrity Apr/3/17
   

RES JUDICATA

Month/Page/Year
Focus: Res Judicata and Dismissal of a Second Application (Smith v. Astrue) May/8/10
Letter to the Editor: Res Judicata/reopening July/3/10
Green v. Colvin, 61 F.Supp.3d 562 (W.D. Va. 2014) Feb/35/16
   

RESIDUAL FUNCTIONAL CAPACITY

Month/Page/Year
Chief ALJ memo re: Evaluation of Single Decision-maker RFC Assessments (note: this memo is later rescinded) June/10/10
Chief ALJ Memo on SDMs Rescinded – To Be Reissued Aug/11/10
Revised Memo-Chief ALJ Memo on the evaluation of Single Decision-maker RFC Assessments Sept/13/10
Single Decisionmakers Cannot Provide Opinion Evidence Nov/11/10
Ray v. Astrue, 718 F.Supp.2d 65 (D.D.C. 2010) Dec/16/10
Update: Single Decision-makers Cannot Provide Opinion Evidence (Nicholson v. Astrue) Feb/6/11
Bard v. Social Security Administration, 736 F.Supp.2d 270 (D.Me. 2010) Mar/25/11
Vincent v. Astrue, 752 F.Supp.2d 914 (N.D.Ind. 2010) Sept/21/11
Practice Tip: Is the ALJ's RFC Supported by the Record (Eakin v. Astrue) Dec/9/11
Federal Register Update: Extension of prototypes June/5/12
Practice Tip: The Impact of a Prior ALJ's RFC Finding July/13/12
Solicitation of comments for the International Classification of Functioning Disability and Health (ICF) Jan/7/13
Olsen v. Astrue, 858 F.Supp.2d 1306 (M.D.Fla. 2012) Jan/29/13
Wiszowaty v. Astrue, 861 F.Supp.2d 924 (N.D. Ind. 2012) Apr/21/13
Guerra v. Astrue, 918 F.Supp.2d 1180 (D.Kan. 2013) Sept/16/13
Perry v. Colvin, 945 F.Supp.2d 949 (N.D. Ill. 2013) Mar-Apr/21/14
Wojciechowski v. Colvin, 967 F.Supp.2d 602 (N.D.N.Y. 2013) June/16/14
Shew v. Colvin, 956 F. Supp.2d 1046 (E.D. Mo. 2013) Oct/18/14
Murphy v. Colvin, 759 F.3d 811 (7th Cir. 2014) Jan/24/15
Perez-Marty v. Commissioner of Social Security, 39 F. Supp.3d 144 (D.P.R. 2014) Apr/21/15
Carillo-Years v. Astrue, 671 F.3d 731 (9th Cir. 2011) June/20/12
OIG Report (Significance of Administrative Finality in the Social Security Administrations' Programs (July 2012)_ Aug/17/12
SSA Asks for Comments on Reopening Rules Aug/1/13
NOSSCR Comments on SSA's Administrative Finality Rules (9/13) Sept/11/13
Perry v. Colvin, 945 F.Supp.2d 949 (N.D. Ill. 2013) Mar-Apr/21/14
Wojciechowski v. Colvin, 967 F.Supp.2d 602 (N.D.N.Y. 2013) June/16/14
Shew v. Colvin, 956 F. Supp.2d 1046 (E.D. Mo. 2013) Oct/18/14
Fourth Circuit Tackles RFC Assessments and Credibility Boilerplate,
   Mascio v. Colvin 780 F.3d.632 (4th Cir.2015)
May/1/15
Karabinas v. Colvin, 16 F.Supp.3d 206 (W.D.N.Y. 2014) May/16/15
Knuutila v. Colvin, 127 F.Supp.3d 1146 (D. Colo. 2015) May/23/16
Gartzke v. Colvin, 129 F.Supp.3d 1040 (D.Or. 2015) June/16/16
Williams v. Colvin, 134 F.Supp.3d 358 (D.D.C. 2015) Aug/21/16
Monroe v. Colvin, 826 F.3d 176 (4th Cir. 2016) Nov/21/16
   

RETIREMENT

Month/Page/Year
Reports Address Future Fiscal Implications for Disability Program (Congressional Budget Office, SSDI: Participation Trends and Their Fiscal Implications (7/22/10); GAO, Social Security Reform: Raising the Retirement Ages Would Have Implications for Older Workers and SSD Disability Rolls, GAO-11-125 (11/2010) Nov/10/10

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SAME-SEX COUPLES

Month/Page/Year
Supreme Court Decision Impacts Social Security and SSI Eligibility for Same-Sex Spouses (U.S. v. Windsor) June/1/13
SSA Begins Processing Claims for Same-Sex Couples Aug/1/13
SSA Begins to Pay Some Surviving Spouse Benefits for Same-Sex Couples Dec/4/13
Update: SSA Policy on Benefits for Same-Sex Couples Aug/3/14
Update: SSA Same-Sex Marriage Policy Oct/1/14
Supreme Court Holds in Obergefell v. Hodges, 576 U.S. ___, No. 14-556
   (June 26, 2015) that the U.S. Consitution Requires Recognition
   of Same Sex Marriages: What Impact on SSA Policy?
June/1/15
Update on SSA Policy re Same Sex Marriage July/7/15
New Emergency Message on SSI Same-Sex Marriage Overpayments Apr/12/16
New Social Security Ruling on Reopening after Supreme Court Decisions Feb-Mar/5/17
Claimants Denied Benefits Because of Overturned Laws on Same-Sex Marriage Obtain Recourse from SSA Apr/8/17
   

SCHOOL ATTENDANCE

Month/Page/Year
Kaighn v. Colvin, 13 F.Supp.3d 1161 (D. Colo. 2014) July/13/15
   

SEIZURES

Month/Page/Year
Seizure Disorders (Logan v. Astrue, SD Ohio, Jan. 24, 2011) Mar/1/11
Practice Tip: Documenting Seizures Jan/26/13
Williams v. Astrue, 861 F.Supp.2d 688 (E.D.N.C. 2012) Mar/21/13
SSA Proposes Changes to Listings Feb/12/14
Silvers v. Colvin, 67 F.Supp.3d 570 (W.D.N.Y. 2015) Jan/22/16
My Seizure Diary is a Helpful Tool Mar/3/16
Gibbs v. Colvin, 155 F.Supp.3d 315 (W.D.N.Y. 2015)   Sept/17/16
   

SEVERITY

Month/Page/Year
O'Bosky v. Astrue, 651 F.Supp.2d 1147 (E.D.Cal. 2009) Feb/15/10
Wichman v. Astrue, 857 F.Supp.2d 618 (W.D.Tex. 2012) Jan/29/13
Henning v. Colvin, 943 F.Supp.2d 969 (N.D. Iowa 2013) Mar-Apr/20/14
Miller v. Colvin, 943 F.Supp.2d 961 (N.D. Iowa 2013) Mar-Apr/20/14
   

SIDE EFFECTS OF MEDICATION

Month/Page/Year
Witkowski v. Colvin, 999 F. Supp.2d 764 (M.D.Pa. 2014) Nov/16/14
   

SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF JOBS

Month/Page/Year
Duran v. Astrue, 654 F.Supp.2d 1298 (D.Colo. 2009) May/20/10
Law Review Article on Step 5: Overcoming Gridlock Jan/11/11
Beltran v. Astrue, 676 F.3d 1203 (9th Cir. 2012)(later amended & superseded) July/20/12
Beltran v. Astrue, 700 F.3d 386 (9th Cir. 2012) Jan/28/13
Practice Tip: Seeing Past the Surveillance System Monitor June/5/14
Herrmann c. Colvin, 772 F.3d 1110 (7th Cir. 2014) June/14/15
Hensley v. Colvin, 89 F.Supp.3d 1323 (M.D. Fla. 2015) Dec/15/15
Hamilton v. Commissioner, 105 F.Supp.3d 223 (N.D.N.Y. 2014) Feb/35/16
   

SIT & SQUIRM

Month/Page/Year
Kirby v. Astrue, 731 F.Supp.2d 453 (E.D.N.C. 2010) Mar/25/11
   

SMOKING

Month/Page/Year
Practice Tip – Smoking: Credibility and Noncompliance (Deso v. Astrue; Waters v. Astrue) Dec/6/11
Letter to the Editor, Re: Smoking – Credibility and Noncompliance Feb/17/12
   

SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION See Also, ELECTRONIC DISABILITY PROCESS (eDIB) , DISABILITY CLAIMS PROCESS– COMMISSIONER'S PROPOSAL

Month/Page/Year
President's SSA FY 2011 Budget Request Includes 8% Increase Jan/1/10
OMB Fact Sheet– Proposed SSA Budget for FY 2011 Jan/14/10
SSA Asks for Comments on DAA Policy – Why? Jan/1/10
New Leadership at ODAR HQ Jan/2/10
Update: President's 2011 SSA Budget Request Includes Increase Feb/35/10
Processing Center Phone Numbers on SSA Website Apr/1/10
SSA Policy for Retention of Paper Claims Folders Apr/16/10
Congratulations to a New ALJ May/2/10
Final Rule on Change from "Wholly" to "Fully" June/5/10
Chief ALJ memo re: Evaluation of Single Decision-maker RFC Assessments (note: this memo is later rescinded) June/10/10
SSA Reports Problems with Internet Adult Disability Report July/12/10
Chief ALJ Memo on SDMs Rescinded – To Be Reissued Aug/11/10
Revised Memo-Chief ALJ Memo on the evaluation of Single Decision-maker RFC Assessments Sept/13/10
How to Register for Online Access to Electronic Folders Nov/1/10
Senators Hold Akron, Ohio Hearing on Disability Backlog Nov/1/10
Reports Address Future Fiscal Implications for Disability Program Nov/10/10
Is a New SSA Occupational Information System in the Works? Dec/10/10
Carolyn Colvin Confirmed as Principal Deputy Commissioner Jan/31/11
SSA Funding for Current Year Still Uncertain – Will Reduced Funding Lead to Longer Delays? Feb/1/11
Budget Woes and the Impact on Claimants – What Will Happen if SSA's Budget is Cut? Feb/5/11
Survey Results: SSA's Online Access Feb/8/11
SSA Holds Compassionate Allowance Hearing on Autoimmune Disease Mar/1/11
SSA's Appropriation for FY 2011 – When Will It Be Final? Mar/1/11
President Proposes Increase In SSA Budget for FY 2012 Mar/3/11
Federal Register Update: Attorney Advisor Program Extended Mar/14/11
SSA Budget for FY 2011 Is Final – What Will Happen in 2012? Apr/9/11
SSA Occupational Information System: An Update May/2/11
Budget Cuts Force SSA to Close Temporary Report Hearing Sites June/1/11
New Chief ALJ Appointed (D. Bice) July/2/11
Social Security Field Offices to Begin Closing to the Public a Half Hour Early July/19/11
OIG Report– Congressional Response Report: The Social Security Administration's Customer Service Delivery Plan, Audit No. A-07-11-01125 (July 2011) Aug/4/11
Federal Register Update: Public Forums on Accessibility for Individuals with Disabilities Aug/6/11
Federal Register Update: Review of certain determinations and decisions Oct/10/11
It's a New Fiscal Year: What About SSA's Budget? Oct/11/11
Disabled-worker awards, by selected diagnostic group, 2010 Nov/13/11
President Proposes Slight Increase for SSA in 2013: Hearing Backlog is Top Priority Feb/4/12
FY 2013 Performance Table Feb/5/12
Federal Register Update– Information collection: Claimant's recent medical treatment; Password authentication Feb/10/12
Scapegoating Social Security Disability Claimants (and the Judges Who Evaluate Them. ACS Issue Brief) Mar/8/12
House Hearing on SSA Appeals Process – Witnesses Provide Divergent Opinions (June 27, 2012) June/1/12
NOSSCR Statement for the Record: Hearing on Social Security Disability Appeals Process (June 27, 2012) July/14/12
GAO: SSA Can Do More to Modernize Disability Programs (Modernizing SSA Disability Programs: Progress Made, but Key Efforts Warrant More Management Focus (June 2012)) July/11/12
What's Next for a New SSA "Occupational Information System"? Aug/1/12
SSA Budget Issues: Impact on Service Delivery? Aug/13/12
2008 Longitudinal Disability Claims and Appeals Data Aug/14/12
SSA Announces Fees for Nonprogram Services Aug/16/12
SSA Budget Situation: Shorter Field Office Hours and Suspension of Statement Mailing Oct/5/12
OIG Report: Fiscal Year 2012 Inspector General Statement on SSA's Major Management and Performance Challenges (Nov. 2012) Nov/7/12
Settlement of Class Action Lawsuit on Generalized Bias of Five ALJs (Padro et al. v. Astrue) Jan/1/13
Twenty Years Later, SSA Publishes Procedure for Addressing ALJ Bias and Unfairness (SSR 13-1p) Jan/1/13
SSA Expands “my Social Security" Online Services Jan/5/13
Acting Commissioner is Carolyn W. Colvin Feb/1/13
How Will Sequestration Affect SSA? Feb/3/13
How Is SSA's Budget Situation Impacting Service? Mar/1/13
President Proposes 2014 SSA Budget May/2/13
Alleged ALJ Bias: Class Action Settlement Proposed(Padro et.al v. Astrue) July/1/13
Federal Register: Attorney advisor program extended July/9/13
Statement of Richard Morris, Esq. at Padro settlement hearing July/10/13
Federal Register Update: Fees for nonprogram-related information Sept/5/13
ALJ Bias Class Action Settlmenet Receives Final Approval (Padro v. Astrue, Case No. 11-CV-1788) Oct/1/13
SSA Actuary: Allowance rates Drop During Economic Downturns Oct/9/13
OIG Report: Cost Savings Planned and Achieved Through the SSA's IT Development Initiatives (Oct. 2013) Oct/13/13
Social Security Gets Straight A's for Plain Language Nov/2/13
Fed. Reg. Update: Proposed “business process vision under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 Nov/8/13
House Oversight Committee Holds Second Hearing on the SSDI Program (Nov. 19, 2013) Nov/1/13
SSA testimony before House Oversight Committee (G. Sklar) Nov/12/13
SSA Announces Two Significant Field Office Service Cuts Dec/1/13
Changes – and Limits – for Attorney Advisor Program Dec/3/13
SSA Organization Changes Dec/11/13
SSA Proposes Requirement to Submit Adverse Evidence Feb/1/14
Contacts: Fee-Related Issues Mar-April/4/14
Contacts: Problems with Effectuation of Claimants' Favorable Decisions Mar-April/5/14
President Proposes 2015 SSA Budget May/20/14
Progress Towards FY 2014 Goals [Remands] June/79/14
Carolyn Colvin Nominated to be Commissioner of Social Security July/1/14
SSA Issues Final Regulations on Changes to Scheduling Hearings July/1/14
Federal Register Update July/14/14
Recent Reports of Interest: SSA's Reduction of Field Office Hours Aug/17/14
Practice Tip: MySSA Accounts Oct/5/14
Reminder: Do Not Send SSNs by Email Nov/2/14
SSA FY 2015 Budget Update Nov/3/14
SSA Budget for Fiscal Year 2015: Administrative Budget Cut Dec/2/14
Updated Module Contact Information Mar/2/15
Social Security at 80: The Hallmark of America’s Social Infrastructure Still Providing Vital Protection for the American People Aug/3/15
Disability Research Consortium Holds Annual Meeting Aug/10/15
ODAR Unveils “CARES” Plan for Hearing Backlog Feb/1/16
SSA Changes Decryption Process for CD-ROMs Feb/14/16
SSA Issues New and Revised POMS Provisions on Borderline Age Mar/8/16
Close Can Count in More than Horseshoes: SSA’s Borderline After Rules Apr/5/16
Three New SSA Data Releases Apr/21/16
SSA Proposes Rule on Reporting Beneficiaries to Gun Control Database May/5/16    
Pilot on Agency-Scheduled Hearings Extended for One Year June/14/16
Change to U.S./Czech Agreement June/16/16
SSA Proposes Five-Day Deadline for Submitting Evidence July/1/16
SSA Proposal Would Revise Conduct Standards Aug/1/16
SSA Introduces, Then Withdraws, Dual-Factor Authentication for mySSA Aug/4/16
SSA Proposes New Rules on Medical Evidence Sept/1/16
Plan for AAJs to Hold Hearings is Suspended Sept/1/16
SSA Warns of Cutbacks Unless Congress Increases Funding Sept/8/16
SSA Releases Final "Good Cause" Rule on Excluded Medical Sources Sept/10/16
Two Pilot Programs Extended Sept/13/16
New Totalization Agreement with Hungary Sept/15/16
A Flurry of New Regulations at Obama Administration’s End               Dec/1/16
SSA Updates Technology for Filing and Tracking Appeals Dec/5/16
Social Security Launches WorkTrack in Field Offices Dec/8/16
New Regulation Abolishes Treating Source Rule; Code of Conduct Proposed Regulations Withdrawn Jan/1/17
Budget Cuts and Hiring Freeze Challenge SSA Operations Jan/1/17
Online Appeals for Non-Medical and Non-Disability Issues Now Available  Jan/3/17
Blaming a Budget Crunch, SSA Announces Fewer Statements Will be Mailed Jan/11/17
Berryhill Takes on New Role as Acting Commissioner Feb-Mar/3/17
Congress Cancels SSA "NICS" Weapons Reporting Regulation Feb-Mar/7/17
SSA Prepares to Launch Two New Demonstrations Apr/7/17
   

SOCIAL SECURITY ADVISORY BOARD

Month/Page/Year
SSAB at Full Membership–New Appointments Confirmed Sept/14/14
New Report on CDRs Affirms Use of Medical Improvement Standard Jan/1/15
SSAB Begins Technical Assistance Panel Jan/12/15
Social Security Advisory Board Hosts Policy Forum on SSI  July/5/16 
Social Security Advisory Board Undergoes Membership Transition   Oct/5/16
SSAB Plans Symposium on Representative Payee Program  
   

SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE TRUST FUNDS

Month/Page/Year
Are the Social Security Trust Funds Solvent? The 2011 Trustees Report May/1/11
Payroll Tax Cuts and the Social Security Trust Fund Sept/1/11
Will the Payroll Tax Cut Continue in 2012? Dec/1/11
Is the Disability Insurance Trust Fund Solvent? The 2012 Social Security Trustees Report Apr/1/12
What the 2012 Trustees; Report Shows About Social Security – Center on Budget and Policy Report (May 2012) May/10/12
House Hearing on 2012 Social Security Trustees Report June/5/12
Congressional Hearing Addresses Disability Trust Fund Financing Challenges Mar/6/13
What is the Prognosis for the Disability Insurance Trust Fund? The 2013 Social Security Trustees Report May/1/13
New Report on Reallocation to Strengthen DI Trust Fund May/7/13
What is the Prognosis for the Disability Insurance Trust Fund? The 2014 Social Security Trustees Report July/2/14
New Survey Finds Most Americans Would Pay More to Fix Social Security's Finances and Improve Benefits Oct/15/14
Congress Holds Hearings on SSDI Feb/1/15
President’s Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Request Would Increase SSA Administrative Funding Feb/1/15
Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget Hilds "SSDI Solutions Initiative Conference"  Aug/1/15
Social Security Trustees Renominated Aug/10/15
Personal Changes at SSA Aug/11/15
What Do Election Results Mean for Disability Benefits? Nov/1/16
   

SOCIAL SECURITY REFORM

Month/Page/Year
Website Help on How Social Security Reform Options Affect People with Disabilities Apr/4/11
   

SOCIAL SECURITY RULINGS

Month/Page/Year
Use of Social Security Rulings Evaluate Specific Impairments June/2/11
SSA Policy Change Precludes Filing of Subsequent Applications – SSR 11-1p Aug/1/11
New Ruling Addresses "Young Adults" in Disability Determinations – SSR 11-2p Sept/4/11
SSR 11-1p Procedures for Handling requests to File Subsequent Applications for Disability Benefits. 76 Fed. Reg. 45309 Aug/13/11
SSA Issues Policy Guidance on SSR 11-1p Nov/1/11
SSR 11-1p: Subsequent Disability Claims Qs & As (SSA 11/15/11) Nov/10/11
Subsequent Disability Claims Q & A (11/15/2011) Nov/10/11
New POMS Sections Address SSR 11-1p Apr/4/12
Social Security Ruling on Fibromyalgia Issued (SSR 12-2) July/1/12
Update: Posthumously Conceived Children (Rescission of AR 05-1(9)) Nov/1/12
Federal Register Update: Acquiescence Ruling on Windfall Elimination Provision exemption (AR 12-1(8)) Nov/8/12
Federal Register Update: Ruling on SGA for self-employment by persons who are blind (SSR 12-1) Nov/8/12
Twenty Years Later, SSA Publishes Procedure for Addressing ALJ Bias and Unfairness (SSR 13-1p) Jan/1/13
New SSR Addresses Evaluation of DAA (SSR 13-2p) Feb/1/13
New SSR on Period Considered in CDR Appeal (SSR 13-3p) Feb/5/13
SSA Publishes SSR 14-1p on CFS and Rescinds SSR 99-2p Mar-April/1/14
Update: SSR 11-1p May/1/14
SSR 14-2p: Evaluating Diabetes Mellitus June/2/14
SSR 14-3p: Evaluating Endocrine Disorders other than Diabetes Mellitus June/2/14
New Ruling on Interstitial Cystitis Mar/3/15
SSR 91-5p: Mental Incapacity and Extending the Deadline to Appeal Nov/3/15
SSR 85-15: A Tool for Evaluating Mental RFC, Stress, and Basic Demands of Work Dec/3/15
SSA Issues Three New Rulings 16-1, 16-2, 16-3 Mar/1/16
SSA Issues Ruling 16-4p on Genetic Testing Apr/1/16
Practice Tip: Protecting Filing Dates for New Applications With SSR 11-1p  July/11/16
New Social Security Ruling on Reopening after Supreme Court Decisions Feb-Mar/5/17
SSRs 87-6 and 93-2p Rescinded Feb-Mar/12/17
SSRs Change to Reflect New Rules on How Medical Evidence is Weighed Apr/3/17
   

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS

Month/Page/Year
Federal Register Update: Assigning SSNs for children age 13 and under Feb/4/13
Federal Register Update: Social Security Number verification Sept/5/13
OIG Report: Sensitive Information at SSA offices Oct/13/13
SSA Announces Two Significant Field Office Service Cuts Dec/1/13
   

SPEECH DISORDERS

Month/Page/Year
Federal Register Update: ANPRM on evaluating language and speech disorders Feb/10/12
   

STATE AGENCY/DDS

Month/Page/Year
OIG Finds Alabama DDS Allowance Rate "Goal" Creates Perception of Pressure to Allow Claims (Alabama Disability Determination Service's Business Process for Adjudicating Disability Claims, Feb 2010) Mar/14/10
DDS Allowance Rates by Nation, Region and State: FY 2009 Mar/26/10
Hearing Assesses Rising Workloads and Customer Service in SSA Field Offices Apr/19/10
OIG Report: Why Do ALJs Allow More Cases Than the DDSs for Certain Impairments? Aug/1/10
NOSSCR Survey: Representation at the State Agency Level Sept/23/10
Federal Register Update: Final Rule: Disability Examiners can allow QDD and Compassionate Allowance claims without MC/PC approval Oct/4/10
FY 2009 Workload Data: Disability Decisions Nov/5/10
Survey Results: Representation at the State Agency Level Dec/1/10
FY 2010 Workload Data Disability Decisions – Initial through Federal Court Feb/11/11
CE Reports and Malingering (OIG Report: Consultative Examinations at the Indiana Disability Determination Bureau, A-05-10-21061 (Mar. 2011) Mar/18/11
SSA's Response to State Furloughs of DDS Workers (OIG Report: The SSA's Response to State Furloughs Impacting Its Disability Programs, A-01-11-11116 (Mar. 2011) Mar/18/11
Senator Harkin Commends NOSSCR Mar/20/11
House Hearing on "Improper Payments" Mar/21/11
SSD and SSI Allowance Rates- Initial and Recon level FY 2010 Apr/22/11
OIG Report – SSA's Strategy for Reducing Initial Claims Backlog June/15/11
OIG Report– Failure to Cooperate Denials and Initial Claims Backlog at the California DDS June/15/11
Implementation of eCAT – OIG report: Quick Response Evaluation: The Effects of the Electronic Claims Analysis Tool, (July 2011) July/11/11
FY 2011 Workload Data: Disability Appeals Feb/11/12
Recent Reports of Interest: Resolving Issues Identified During the SSA's Quality Reviews of Disability Determinations (April 2012) June/11/12
Social Security Disability and SSI Disability Claims Allowance Rates-Initial and Reconsideration level by Nation, Region and State FY 2011 July/16/12
SSA Budget Situation: Shorter Field Office Hours and Suspension of Statement Mailing Oct/5/12
OIG Report: Access to SSA Data at the Disability Determination Services (Jan. 2013) Feb/8/13
How Is SSA's Budget Situation Impacting Service? Mar/1/13
Social Security Disability and SSI Disability Claims Allowance Rates-Initial and Reconsideration level by Nation, Region and State FY 2012 Mar/19/13
DDS Physician Codes (POMS DI 26510.0990) May/11/13
Inspector General Report Supports Use of "Symptom Validity Tests" Sept/4/13
Recent Inspector General Reports [Claimant representatives at the State Agency level] Mar-April/6/13
Federal Register Update: Prototype extended again July/14/14
Social Security Disability and SSI Disability Claims
   Allowance Rates, Initial and Reconsideration
   Adjudicative Level Fiscal Year 2013
July/16/14
Recent OIG Reports of Interest [Completeness of disability claims files] July/19/14
SSA Demonstrates Latest Version of eCAT June/13/15

 

STATISTICS

Month/Page/Year
SSA Makes New Data Available Online Jan/1/10
National Ranking Report, Average Processing Time by Hearing Office and Region 2/18/10 Feb/8/10
Hearings Held By Hearing Office: FY 2010 through 1/29/10 Mar/15/10
ODAR Processing Time By Hearing Office (Mar. 2010) Mar/18/10
ODAR Processing Times – April 2010 May/10/10
DDS Allowance Rates by Nation, Region and State: FY 2009 Mar/26/10
ODAR Processing Times by Hearing office (June 2010) July/16/10
National Ranking Report By Average Processing Time July/18/10
Disabled-worker awards, by selected diagnostic group, 2008 July/20/10
Latest ODAR Numbers: What Do They Tell Us? Aug/1/10
Latest ODAR Numbers: What Do They Tell Us? Aug/9/10
National Ranking Report by Average Processing Time (7/30/10) Aug/12/10
Final outcome of disabled-worker applications 1999-2008 Sept/12/10
National Ranking Report by Average Processing Time by Hearing and Regional Offices (9/05/10) Sept/14/10
Caseload Analysis Report – National Sept/18/10
National Ranking Report by Average Processing Time by Hearing and Regional Offices (10/20/10) Oct/14/10
FY 2009 Workload Data: Disability Decisions Nov/5/10
National Ranking Report by Average Processing Time by Hearing and Regional Offices (02/01/11) Jan/12/11
FY 2010 Workload Data Disability Decisions – Initial through Federal Court Feb/11/11
National Ranking Report by Average Processing Time by Hearing and Regional Offices (03/01/11) Feb/16/11
National Ranking Report by Average Processing Time by Hearing and Regional Offices (04/29/11) May/14/11
National Ranking Report by Average Processing Time by Hearing and Regional Offices (04/29/11) July/20/11
National Ranking Report by Average Processing Time by Hearing and Regional Offices (08/26/11) Sept/17/11
Disabled-worker awards, by selected diagnostic group, 2010 Nov/13/11
FY 2013 Performance Table Feb/5/12
FY 2011 Workload Data: Disability Appeals Feb/11/12
Hearing Office Average Processing Time Ranking Report (10/2011-3/2012) Apr/14/12
National Ranking Report by Average Process Time (5/25/12) June/16/12
Social Security Disability and SSI Disability Claims Allowance Rates-Initial and Reconsideration level by Nation, Region and State FY 2011 July/16/12
2008 Longitudinal Disability Claims and Appeals Data Aug/14/12
National Ranking Report by Average Processing Time (7/27/12) Aug/18/12
New NOSSCR Poll Finds 83% of Likely Voters Believe SSDI Benefits Should Not Be Cut Oct/1/12
National Ranking Report by Average Processing Time (9/28/12) Oct/12/12
Charts: Initial Level SSDI and SSI Processing Times by Type of Representation FY 2009 – 2011 Dec/16/12
Chart: Initial Level Allowance Rates; Represented Claims vs. All Claims. FY 2007-2010 Dec/17/12
OIG Report: Grants to the Disability Research Consortium. Congressional Response Report: The Social Security Administration’s Disability Research Consortium (Feb. 2013) Feb/8/13
National Ranking Report: Average Processing Time By Hearing Office and Region 2/22/2013 Feb/18/13
Social Security Disability and SSI Disability Claims Allowance Rates-Initial and Reconsideration level by Nation, Region and State FY 2012 Mar/19/13
National Ranking Report: Average Processing Time By Hearing Office and Region 4/26/2013 May/16/13
ODAR National Workload and Performance Summary (Aug. 2013) Sept/9/13
Hearing Level Processing Times: Not Looking Good Oct/6/13
SSA Actuary: Allowance rates Drop During Economic Downturns Oct/9/13
Caseload Analysis Report – National Oct/15/13
National Ranking Report by average processing Time Oct/16/13
Appeals Council Workload Data Available Online Nov/10/13
Disabled-Worker Awards, by selected diagnostic group, 2012 Dec/79/13
Trends at the Appeals Council in FY 2013 Feb/1/14
FY 2013 Disability Workload ["Waterfall Chart"] Mar-Apr/10/14
Progress Towards FY 2014 Goals [Remands] June/79/14
Federal Register Update: National Beneficiary Survey July/14/14
Resources on the SSDI Program July/15/14
Social Security Disability and SSI Disability Claims Allowance Rates, Initial and Reconsideration Adjudicative Level Fiscal Year 2013 July/16/14
Top 18 Cited Reasons for Remand on Appeals Council Request for Review July/21/14
FY 2010 and 2013 Decisional Allowance Rates (for ALJs with >200 dispositions) Sept/17/14
New Survey Finds Most Americans Would Pay More to Fix Social Security’s Finances and Improve Benefits Oct/15/14
Processing Times on the Increase as Pending Hearings Closes In on One Million Nov/1/14
October 2014 Processing Times Nov/10/14
ALJ Hearing Processing Times and Pending Claims: The Statistics Tell All Dec/1/14
ODAR Processing Times, December 2014 Jan/6/15
National Ranking Report by Average Processing Time May/10/15
Recent Reports of Interest: Disabled beneficiaries eligible for higher retirement benefits May/13/15
Recent Reports of Interest: Processing times at state agencies May/13/15
National Ranking Report
National Ranking Report by Average Processing Time through 7/31/15 July/10/15
Caseload Analysis Report: ODAR Workload and Performance Summary Aug/12/15
National Ranking Report by Average Processing Time through 8/28/15 Sept/14/15
National Ranking Report by Average Processing Time, through 10/30/15 Nov/12/15
National Ranking Report by Average Processing Time through 11/27/15 Dec/74/15
Top Reasons Courts Remanded Social Security Cases in FY 2015 Jan/10/16
National Ranking Report by Average Processing Time through 12/25/15 Jan/11/16
FY 2015 Workload Data Disability Appeals Feb/11/16
SSDI Initial Applications Have Declined Since 2010 Feb/32/16
New Study on Sit-Stand Option Mar/5/16
SSA Status Report on Revising Medical Listings Mar/9/16
ALJ Dispositions, Fiscal Year 2016 to Date Mar/14/16
Average Monthly Benefit and Percentage of DI Caseload by Year of Entitlement Apr/4/16
SSDI Applications Keep Decreasing Apr/12/16
Annual Statistical Supplement is a Treasure Trove of Disability Benefits Data May/4/16
Did SSA Meet its Fiscal Year 2015 Performance Goals? May/7/16
Amount of Un-Done Work To Ensure Current SSA Recipients Receive Timely, Accurate Payments May/11/16
What Happens to Denied Claimants? New OIG Report Explains May/20/16
Hearings at Offices vs. NHCs June/14/16
Circuit Court Remand Rates Vary Widely Sept/4/16
Did You Know? Oct/12/16
Non-Medical Denials Continue to Increase Nov/11/16
Data from SSA's Annual Statistical Report on the Social Security Disability Insurance Program, 2015 Nov/22/16
How Long Does It Take to Receive a Decision After a Hearing? Results Vary Widely Nationwide Jan/8/17
Did You Know? [Annual Statistical Report on the SSDI Program, 2015 (Table 50)] Feb-Mar/7/17
National Caseload Analysis Report for Month Ending 02/24/2017 –  ODAR Workload and Performance Summary Feb-Mar/8/17

 

STUDENT LOANS

Month/Page/Year
Federal Register Update: Student loan discharge for some disability beneficiaries Nov/8/12
Federal Student Loan Debt Discharge for Disability Sept/3/14
Executive Action on Student Loans Discharges Affects Many Beneficiaries   Apr/3/16
   

SUBSEQUENT APPLICATIONS

Month/Page/Year
Practice Tip: What Onset Date to Allege in Subsequent Applications? Jan/8/10
Focus: Res Judicata and Dismissal of a Second Application (Smith v. Astrue) May/8/10
Practice Tip: Subsequent Applications: To File or Not to File? May/4/11
SSA Policy Change Precludes Filing of Subsequent Applications – SSR 11-1p Aug/1/11
Letter to the Editor: SSR 11-1p Aug/2/11
SSR 11-1p Procedures for Handling requests to File Subsequent Applications for Disability Benefits. 76 Fed. Reg. 45309 Aug/13/11
EM-11052 REV (8/5/11) (later revised) Aug/16/11
Appeals Council memo to Office of Appellate Operations Employees: Subsequent Application Policy Change and Guidance Aug/19/11
An Update: SSR 11-1 and Subsequent Applications Sept/1/11
EM 11052 REV 2 (9/26/11) Sept/12/11
SSA Issues Policy Guidance on SSR 11-1p Nov/1/11
SSR 11-1p: Subsequent Disability Claims Qs & As (SSA 11/15/11) Nov/10/11
Subsequent Disability Claims Q & A (11/15/2011) Nov/10/11
New POMS Sections Address SSR 11-1p Apr/4/12
Update: Posthumously Conceived Children (Rescission of AR 05-1(9)) Nov/1/12
Moore v. Commissioner of Social Security, 989 F.Supp.2d 598 (S.D.Ohio 2013) Aug/17/14
   

SUBSTANCE ABUSE

Month/Page/Year
SSA Asks for Comments on DAA Policy – Why? Jan/1/10
Federal Register Request for Comments (75 FR 4900, 1.29.10) Jan/28/10
Lavallee v. Astrue, 759 F.Supp.2d 238 (D.Conn. 2011) June/25/11
EM 96200 Extended Again (to Aug. 23, 2012) Feb/15/12
Newsome v. Astrue, 817 F.Supp.2d 111 (E.D.N.Y. 2011) Sept/24/12
DAA "EM" Extended Again (to Feb. 23, 2014) Oct/5/12
New SSR Addresses Evaluation of DAA (SSR 13-2p) Feb/1/13
Recent DAA Developments (Cage v. Commissioner of Social Security and Law Review article) Feb/16/13
Smith v. Astrue, 916 F.Supp.2d 905 (S.D.Iowa 2013) Sept/16/13
Blaylock v. Commissioner, 947 F.Supp.2d 826 (N.D. Ohio 2013) Mar-Apr/20/14
New POMS on DAA Cases Sept/1/14
   

SUBSTANTIAL GAINFUL ACTIVITY

Month/Page/Year
No 2011 COLA – Benefits Will Not Increase Oct/1/10
Substantial Absenteeism, Special Accommodations, and SGA (Roop v. Astrue) Dec/2/10
2012 COLA is 3.6 Percent – First Increase Since 2009 Oct/1/11
When is Self-Employment Income SGA? May/9/12
2013 COLA is 1.7 Percent Oct/1/12
Federal Register Update: Ruling on SGA for self-employment by persons who are blind (SSR 12-1) Nov/8/12
2014 COLA is 1.5 Percent Oct/3/13
Accommodating an Accommodation Argument Nov/3/13
2015 COLA is 1.7 Percent Oct/3/14
   

SUPPLEMENTAL SECURITY INCOME (SSI) See Also IMMIGRANTS, DISABLED CHILDREN (SSI)

Month/Page/Year
SSI Beneficiaries May be Eligible for VA Benefits: OIG Report (Supplemental Security Income Recipients Eligible for Veterans Benefits (Jan. 2010) Jan/2/10
New Law Makes SSI Fee Withholding and Nonattorney Fee Program Permanent Feb/1/10
Federal Register Update: SSI- Exclusion of Certain Military Pay from Deemed Income and Resources – final rule with clarification Mar/29/10
SSI Changes re: Veterans, Members of the Uniformed Services and AmeriCorps Volunteers (HEART Act) Sept/11/10
No 2011 COLA – Benefits Will Not Increase Oct/1/10
Final Rule on SSI Installment Payments and Dedicated Accounts Jan/9/11
2012 COLA is 3.6 Percent – First Increase Since 2009 Oct/1/11
Federal Register Update: SSI and homeless individuals Jan/31/12
Unnecessary medical determinations for SSI claims – Unnecessary Medical Determinations for SSI Disability Claims, No. A-01-10-20120 (Feb. 2012) Feb/21/12
SSI in excess of federal limits – SSI Recipients Receiving Social Security Administered Payments in Excess of Federal Limits, No. A-06-10-21066 (Feb. 2012) Feb/21/12
Recent Reports of Interest: SSI beneficiaries eligible as DACs (Disabled Individuals Potentially Eligible As Auxiliary Child Beneficiaries (June 2012) ) June/11/12
Recent Reports of Interest: SSI marriage reports (SSI Recipients Who Did Not Report Their Marriage to SSA (April 2012)) June/11/12
Inspector General Questions SSI Payments to Multi-Beneficiary Households (Management Advisory Report: SSI, Payments to Multi-recipient Households (Aug 2012)) Aug/7/12
House Hearing on Use of Technology in SSI Program Aug/15/12
SSAB Report on Non-Profit third party assistance in filing SSI applications Aug/17/12
2013 COLA is 1.7 Percent Oct/1/12
Recent Reports of Interest: Foreign ATM withdrawals by SSI beneficiaries Oct/21/12
OIG Report: SSI Applicants with Earnings Received After Their Disability Onset Dates and Before Favorable Hearing Decisions (Oct. 2012) Nov/7/12
Congressional Budget Office Report: Supplemental Security Income: An Overview (Dec. 2012) Dec/9/12
GAO Report: SSI: SSA Has Taken Steps to Prevent and Detect Overpayments, but Additional Actions Could Be Taken to Improve Oversight (Dec. 2012) Dec/9/12
OIG Report: Usefulness of Department of Homeland Security Travel Data to Identify Supplemental Security Income Recipients Who Are Outside the United States (Feb. 2013) Feb/9/13
OIG Report: SSA's Development of Earnings Alerts for SSI Recipients (Dec. 2012) Feb/9/13
OIG Report: Overall Processing Times for 2010 Childhood Supplemental Security Income Claims (Feb. 2013) Feb/9/13
OIG Report: Child Support and the Supplemental Security Income Program (July 2013) Aug/12/13
2014 COLA is 1.5 Percent Oct/3/13
Legislation to Improve the SSI Program (H.R. 1601) Dec/5/13
The SSI Appeals Process: A System in Need of Change Dec/5/13
New POMS on Installment Payments of Past-Due SSI Benefits July/4/16
Four States Open ABLE Account Plans, With More Coming Soon July/5/16
Emergency Message Explains Online SSI Application and its Limitations Feb-Mar/13/17
SSA Issues Revised Emergency Message 17008 Apr/13/17
   

SUPREME COURT

Month/Page/Year
Supreme Court Update: Ratliff v. Astrue oral argument held Feb/3/10
U.S. Supreme Court Holds That EAJA Fees Are Payable to the Plaintiff (Astrue v. Ratliff) June/1/10
Letter to the Editor: Astrue v. Ratliff Leave Open 31 CFR §285.5 issues June/2/10
Supreme Court Update 2010 Feb/7/11
U.S. Supreme Court Update (Hardisty, Lockwood) Apr/25/11
U.S. Supreme Court to Decide Eligibility for Posthumously Conceived Children (Astrue v. Capato) Dec/8/11
U.S. Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument on Posthumously Conceived Children (Astrue v. Capato) Mar/1/12
Supreme Court Holds Posthumously Conceived Children Eligible Only Under State Intestacy Law (Astrue v. Capato) May/1/12
NOSSCR "Supreme Court Day" May/2/13
Posthumously Conceived Children: A Post-Supreme Court Update Aug/3/13
   

SURVIVOR'S BENEFITS

Month/Page/Year
Court Finds "After Conceived Child" Eligible for Survivors Benefits (Beeler v. Astrue, N.D. Iowa, Nov. 12, 2009) Jan/6/10
Underpaid Disabled Widow(er)s, OIG Report Feb 2011 Mar/19/11
Fourth Circuit Denies Benefits to Posthumously-Conceived Child (Schafer o/b/o/ WMS v. Astrue, No 10-1500 (4th Cir. Apr 12, 2011)) Apr/24/11
U.S. Supreme Court to Decide Eligibility for Posthumously Conceived Children (Astrue v. Capato) Dec/8/11
Practice Tip: Eligibility for Surviving Divorced Spouse Benefits Feb/10/12
U.S. Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument on Posthumously Conceived Children (Astrue v. Capato) Mar/1/12
Supreme Court Holds Posthumously Conceived Children Eligible Only Under State Intestacy Law (Astrue v. Capato) May/1/12
Update: Posthumously Conceived Children (Rescission of AR 05-1(9)) Nov/1/12
Supreme Court Decision Impacts Social Security and SSI Eligibility for Same-Sex Spouses (U.S. v. Windsor) June/1/13
SSA Begins Processing Claims for Same-Sex Couples Aug/1/13
Posthumously Conceived Children: A Post-Supreme Court Update Aug/3/13
SSA Begins to Pay Some Surviving Spouse Benefits for Same-Sex Couples Dec/4/13
Update: SSA Policy on Benefits for Same-Sex Couples Aug/3/14
Did You Know? The Lump Sum Death Benefit July/15/16

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