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Forum Archive, N – S

NOSSCR Forum Archive, 2010 – 2017

The monthly Forum newsletter is only available to NOSSCR members. Below is an archive of topics from past issues. Click the first letter of the topic below to see a full list. Note that the entire articles are not available online; they can only be accessed through the print editions.

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Alphabetical Listing of Topics, L – S

  • Month/Page/Year
  • Supreme Court Update – Lamay v. Commissioner, petition for certiorari deniedFeb/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
  • Month/Page/Year
  • Good Cause for Late Appeal – use of SSR 91-5pJune/3/11
  • Practice Tip: SSR 91-5p: Mental Incapacity and Extending the Deadline to AppealAug/6/13
  • Hinton v. Astrue, 919 F.Supp.2d 999 (S.D.Iowa 2013)Sept/16/13
  • Judicial Review of DismissalsJan/6/14
  • A Missed Time Limit to Request a Hearing? New Seventh Circuit Decision Could HelpAug/1/14
  • Civil Action Extension of Time Requests Require Good CauseAug/2/14
  • Month/Page/Year
  • Practice Tip: Credibility of Lay Witness Evidence(Kilbourne v. Commissioner of Social Security)Apr/21/11
  • Month/Page/Year
  • Smith v. Colvin, 9 F. Supp.3d 875 (E.D. Wis. 2014)Jan/24/15
  • Month/Page/Year
  • Final Rule on Hearing Loss ListingJune/5/10
  • Final Rule on Extension of Expiration Dates for Several ListingsJune/5/10
  • SSA Issues Proposed Changes to Mental Disorders Listings – Comments Due November 17Aug/1/10
  • Issues in Proposed Changes to Mental Disorders Listings – Comments Due November 17Sept/1/10
  • Institute of Medicine Reports to SSA on Cardiovascular and HIV ListingsOct/5/10
  • Listings/Grids Subscription Order Form for 2011Oct/21/10
  • SSA Reopens Comment Period on Mental Disorders ListingsNov/7/10
  • Listings/Grids Subscription Order Form for 2011Nov/12/10
  • SSA Issues Final Changes to Endocrine Disorders Listings – Diabetes is DeletedApr/1/11
  • Federal Register Update: Proposed change to listings on Multiple Body Systems for non-mosaic Down syndromeOct/10/11
  • Listings/Grids Subscription Order Form for 2012Nov/9/11
  • Federal Register Update: ANPRM on evaluating language and speech disordersFeb/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 2013Dec/15/12
  • Proposed rule to revise Respiratory System Disorder ListingFeb/4/13
  • Proposed rule to revise Genitourinary Disorders listingFeb/4/13
  • Final rule on Congenital Disorders (multiple body system) listingFeb/4/13
  • SSA Finalizes Changes to Visual Disorders ListingsMar/2/13
  • Proposed Change to Growth Disorders ListingMay/15/13
  • Federal register update: ANPRM on Hearing Loss and Disturbances in Labyrinthine-Vestibular FunctionSept/5/13
  • Extension of expiration dates for Genitourinary Impairments and Hematological DisordersSept/5/13
  • SSA Proposes Changes to Hematological Disorders ListingsNov/1/13
  • Listings/Grids Subscription Order Form for 2014Nov/25/13
  • Extension of Mental Disorders ListingsDec/6/13
  • SSA Proposes Changes to Cancer ListingsDec/7/13
  • Listings/Grids Subscription Order Form for 2014Dec/13/13
  • SSA Proposes Changes to ListingsFeb/12/14
  • Comment Periods Extended for HIV Infection and Neurological Listings Proposed ChangesMar-April/2/14
  • Final Rule Revises Genitourinary Disorders ListingsOct/7/14
  • Federal Register Update: Extension of ListingsJan/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 MigrainesMay/4/15
  • Acquiescence Ruling on Listing 1.04ASept/4/15
  • Respiratory System Listings (3.00 and 103.00) Undergo ChangesJune/1/16
  • SSA Seeks Input on Hematological DisordersJune/14/16
  • Updated Neurological Listings (11.00 and 111.00) Change Evaluation of Epilepsy, Cerebral Palsy, and Other ImpairmentsJuly/1/16
  • SSA Studies Congenital DisordersJuly/11/16
  • SSA Releases Updated Listings on HIV and Immune Systems DisordersDec/4/16
  • Month/Page/Year
  • ALS and Date Last InsuredJune/4/10
  • Month/Page/Year
  • SSA Holds Compassionate Allowance Hearing on Autoimmune DiseaseMar/1/11
  • Borgos-Hansen v. Colvin, 109 F.Supp.3d 509 (D. Conn. 2015)Mar/19/16
  • Month/Page/Year
  • Hall v. Colvin, 18 F.Supp.3d 144 (D.R.I. 2014)Nov/17/15
  • HALLEX Provisions AlteredFeb/3/16
  • Emergency Message Clarifies When a Medical Expert is RequiredOct/12/16
  • Fischer v. Colvin, 831 F.3d 31 (1st Cir. 2016)Jan/34/17
  • Month/Page/Year
  • State Payment Rates for Medical RecordsApr/10/15
  • Free Medical Records in OregonFeb/32/16
  • Practice Tip: Harness the Power of HITECH for Medical Records RequestsMar/12/16
  • State Laws and Regulations on the Cost of Medical RecordsMay/12/16
  • Practice Tip: Obtaining Medical Source Statements from the VAJuly/3/16
  • Some Simple Solutions for Addressing Common HITECH IssuesOct/10/16
  • 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 MeetJan/7/16
  • SSA Releases New Mental Impairment ListingsOct/1/16
  • Psychiatric Review Technique FormJan/11/17
  • SSA Prepares to Launch Two New DemonstrationsApr/7/17
  • Month/Page/Year
  • SSDI Beneficiaries and “Disparate Treatment” Mortgage Lending DiscriminationJan/3/16
  • When Social Security and Gun Control Policy MeetJan/7/16
  • Are State-Administered State Supplements “Past-due Benefits”?Feb/12/16
  • Reporting Language Access IssuesMar/13/16
  • Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget Releases “SSDI Solutions”Apr/6/16
  • Changes to States’ Food Stamp Rules May Affect Disability ClaimantsApr/8/16
  • Emergency Message on Lead in FlintMay/19/16
  • Reports of Interest on Social Security Benefits, Solvency and ProcessesJuly/16/16
  • If Your Client’s a Mover, Get Shaking on Reporting Address ChangesOct/4/16
  • Going to the Chapel? If It’s in Louisiana, You May Need a Birth CertificateOct/5/16
  • Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget Pushes for SSA ChangesDec/10/16
  • How Will Justice Gorsuch Affect Social Security Jurisprudence?Apr/5/17
  • 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 AlteredFeb/3/16
  • Month/Page/Year
  • SSA Proposes Changes to ListingsFeb/12/14
  • Comment Periods Extended for HIV Infection and Neurological Listings Proposed ChangesMar-Apr./2/14
  • Practice Tip: Direct Examination and VE Cross-Examination Questions: Short Term Memory Plus Attention and Concentration LimitationsJuly/12/14
  • Migraine headaches Letter to the EditorJune/3/15
  • Month/Page/Year
  • Final Regulations Issued on Submission of EvidenceMar/1/15
  • New “All Evidence” Rules: The Known and the Unknown By Eric Schnaufer, Esq., Evanston, ILMar/1/15
  • Update: New Evidence Submission RegulationsApr/1/15
  • “All Evidence” Submission Regulations: What Now?May/2/15
  • Member Survey Shows Challenges with New Evidence RulesOct/1/15
  • See also: ATTORNEYS’ FEES Month/Page/Year
  • New Law Makes SSI Fee Withholding and Non-attorney Fee Program PermanentFeb/1/10
  • IRS to Issue IRS Form 1099s in January 2011Dec/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 ContinueApr/20/11
  • Federal Register Update: Revisions to Direct Fee Payment RulesAug/6/11
  • Electronic Services Use Required for Fee WithholdingSept/2/11
  • Next Exam for Non-attorney Representatives ScheduledMay/2/12
  • Recent Law Review Article on SSA Non-attorney PracticeMay/9/12
  • SSA Announces Next Exam for Non-Attorney Direct Fee Payment EligibilityDec/2/12
  • User Fee Remains at 6.3% in 2014Dec/6/13
  • 2014 Examination for Non-Attorney Fee WithholdingJan/3/14
  • Contacts: Fee-Related IssuesMar-Apr./4/14
  • Upcoming Examination: Direct Payment to Eligible Non-Attorney RepresentativesOct/2/14
  • New Procedures for Form SSA-1695Oct/4/14
  • OIG Report on Fee Petition Payments: SSA Can Improve the ProcessOct/16/14
  • User Fee Remains at 6.3% in 2015Dec/1/14
  • 1099-MISC Forms to Be Sent in January 2015Dec/2/14
  • SSA Issues Form 1099-MISC: Some Change in Procedures; Review Form 1099-MISC Now to Avoid Tax Problems LaterJan/1/15
  • Federal Register Update: Revision to Direct Fee Payment RulesJan/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 EligibilityFeb/33/16
  • 2017 User Fee UnchangedJan/10/17
  • Registration Open for Non-Attorney Representative ExamJan/11/17
  • Month/Page/Year
  • Spanish Additions to the SSA WebsiteMar/2/11
  • NOSSCR Survey: Spanish- Speaking ClaimantsMay/10/11
  • SSA Extends Spanish Language Online ServicesNov/3/11
  • Month/Page/Year
  • Forum Articles Index: January – December 2009Jan/16/10
  • Congratulations to New ALJsMay/2/10
  • New Orleans NOSSCR Conference Has record AttendanceMay/1/10
  • Congratulations to a New ALJMay/2/10
  • NOSSCR Sustaining Members and Brief WritersMay/21/10
  • NOSSCR Helps Katrina VictimsJune/1/10
  • Improving Appeals Council PracticeJuly/1/10
  • Congratulations to New ALJs!Aug/2/10
  • NOSSCR Survey – Continuing Disability Investigations (CDIs)Aug/23/10
  • Chicago NOSSCR Conference Has Record AttendanceSept/1/10
  • Congratulations to a New ALJSept/2/10
  • NOSSCR Survey: Representation at the State Agency LevelSept/23/10
  • NOSSCR Board of Directors – 2010-2011Oct/6/10
  • NOSSCR Council of Past Presidents – 2010-2011Oct/9/10
  • Listings/Grids Subscription Order Form for 2011Oct/21/10
  • NOSSCR Membership LogoNov/2/10
  • Listings/Grids Subscription Order Form for 2011Nov/12/10
  • NOSSCR’s Sustaining Members and Brief-WritersNov/16/10
  • Survey Results: Representation at the State Agency levelDec/1/10
  • Use of NOSSCR Membership LogoDec/2/10
  • Forum Articles Index: January – December 2010Jan/16/11
  • NOSSCR Members Respond to Survey on EREMar/6/11
  • Senator Harkin Commends NOSSCRMar/20/11
  • NOSSCR is Now on Facebook! www.facebook.com/nosscr.orgApr/2/11
  • Baltimore NOSSCR Conference Is A SuccessMay/1/11
  • Congratulations to New ALJ!May/2/11
  • NOSSCR Survey: Spanish- Speaking ClaimantsMay/10/11
  • NOSSCR Sustaining Members ListMay/22/11
  • Congratulations to a New ALJJune/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 PetitionsJune/18/11
  • Congratulations to New ALJsJuly/2/11
  • EAJA Survey ResultsJuly/12/11
  • Congratulations to New ALJs!Aug/2/11
  • ODAR Updates Hearing Level and Appeals Council at San Antonio NOSSCR ConferenceOct/1/11
  • NOSSCR member elected State Bar President-ElectOct/2/11
  • Listings/Grids Subscription Order Form for 2012Nov/12/11
  • NOSSCR Sustaining Members and Brief writersNov/18/11
  • NOSSCR letter to Commissioner Astrue and ODAR Deputy Commissioner re: new ODAR policy on ALJ identityDec/3/11
  • President’s Message- Opposing View: Disability benefits remain a vital lifelineFeb/3/12
  • Representing Claimants at the Initial and Reconsideration Levels: NOSSCR Members’ Surveys ResultsFeb/14/12
  • President’s MessageMar/2/12
  • Scapegoating Social Security Disability Claimants (and the Judges Who Evaluate Them. ACS Issue Brief)Mar/8/12
  • NOSSCR Sustaining Members and Brief writersMay/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 CutOct/1/12
  • NOSSCR’s “COLA” Adjustment (dues)Oct/2/12
  • NOSSCR Sustaining Members and Brief WritersNov/18/12
  • Nomination Form – Eileen P. Sweeny Distinguished Service AwardNov/83/12
  • Listings/Grids Subscription Order Form for 2012Dec/15/12
  • President’s MessageJan/2/13
  • Forum Articles Index 2012Jan/12/13
  • President’s Message – attorney fee issuesFeb/2/13
  • 2012 List of Available MaterialsFeb/20/13
  • Social Security Disability: Fact v. MythApr/1/13
  • President’s Message – Contacting CongressApr/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 SpeakersMay/1/13
  • NOSSCR “Supreme Court Day”May/2/13
  • NOSSCR Testifies at House Oversight Committee Hearing on SSDIJune/1/13
  • NOSSCR Testimony before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (T. Sutton)June/13/13
  • NOSSCR Sustaining Members and Brief WritersJune/23/13
  • Statement of Richard Morris, Esq. at Padro settlement hearingJuly/10/13
  • NOSSCR Comments: Proposed rules re: Changes to Scheduling and Appearing at HearingsAug/14/13
  • The new NOSSCR website is liveAug/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 DevelopmentsNov/2/13
  • Listings/Grids Subscription Order Form for 2014Nov/25/13
  • In Memoriam: Sam BoyceDec/1/13
  • NOSSCR Launches Young Members CommitteeDec/2/13
  • NOSSCR Provides Help for Letters to the EditorDec/2/13
  • Listings/Grids Subscription Order Form for 2014Dec/13/13
  • NOSSCR Sustaining Member ListDec/16/13
  • NOSSCR Responds to SSDI AttacksJan/2/14
  • NOSSCR Changes Email AddressesFeb/2/14
  • 2013 List of Available MaterialsFeb/14/14
  • Comments on NPRM on Submission of EvidenceMar-Apr/11/14
  • Highlights from the Indianapolis NOSSCR ConferenceMay/1/14
  • Interested in Running for the NOSSCR Board?May/2/14
  • Congratulations to Professor DubinMay/2/14
  • Jon C. Dubin Acceptance SpeechMay/9/14
  • Thinking of Filing a Federal Court Appeal? Help Is Available!June/2/14
  • Indianapolis Conference Materials are AvailableJune/2/14
  • Comments on ACUS evaluation of self-reported symptomsJune/8/14
  • NOSSCR Sustaining Member List and Brief WritersJune/20/14
  • Message Research on SSDI Shows a Path ForwardJuly/13/14
  • NOSSCR Fall ConferenceAug/2/14
  • Thanks to Attendees and Speakers at Las Vegas Conference!Sept/2/14
  • Limited Las Vegas Materials Are AvailableSept/2/14
  • Welcome New Deputy Director of Government Affairs Stacy CloydSept/2/14
  • Las Vegas Congressional Representative is Featured Speaker at NOSSCR ConferenceOct/1/14
  • NOSSCR Young Members CommitteeOct/2/14
  • Exhibitor Discounts on NOSSCR WebsiteNov/2/14
  • NOSSCR Sustaining Member List and Brief WritersDec/12/14
  • Mark Your Calendars for the Spring 2015 NOSSCR Conference!Jan/2/15
  • What’s New on NOSSCR’s WebsiteJan/3/15
  • NOSSCR Spring ConferenceFeb/2/15
  • Still time to register for NOSSCR Spring ConferenceMar/2/15
  • NOSSCR Conference Features Senator, Expert, and ODAR LeadershipApr/1/15
  • NOSSCR Conference Materials AvailableApr/1/15
  • Conference speakers answers availableJun/1/15
  • NOSSCR Sustaining Members ListJun/15/15
  • NOSSCR Selected as the National MS Society’s Service Provider of the MonthAug/2/15
  • ODAR Leadership Updates NOSSCR Members at Denver ConferenceNov/1/15
  • Changes in NOSSCR StaffDec/2/15
  • Deputy Commissioner Answers NOSSCR QuestionsJan/1/16
  • NOSSCR Member Serves as Panelist at SSA Forum on Time Off TaskApr/7/16
  • NOSSCR Member Honored for Pro Bono Work by American Bar AssociationApr/8/16
  • Survey Responses Yield Helpful Tips for NOSSCR MembersMay/7/16
  • SSA Leadership Provide Updates at NOSSCR ConferenceJune/1/16
  • NOSSCR Announces Two AwardsJune/9/16
  • Free Webinar on Function ReportsJuly/3/16
  • SSA Answers Conference QuestionsAug/5/16
  • Advocacy Efforts on “Program Uniformity” Regs ContinueSept/5/16
  • Advocacy Efforts Continue on iAppeals Submission ProcessSept/12/16
  • NOSSCR Offers New Catalog of Online Education OpportunitiesOct/6/16
  • SSA Leadership Presents at NOSSCR’s Seattle ConferenceNov/1/16
  • NOSSCR Board Includes New Members, Makes Policy ChangesNov/3/16
  • Awards and ScholarshipsDec/11/16
  • Forum Articles Index: January to December 2017Jan/27/17
  • 2016 List of Available Materials (Nos. 2116-2150)Feb-Mar/19/17
  • Survey Says: Hearing Office Scheduling Practices Vary TremendouslyApr/8/17
  • 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. 2010Sept/21/11
  • Sawyer v. Astrue, 775 F.Supp.2d 829 (E.D.N.C. 2011Dec/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 GainsOct/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
  • Month/Page/Year
  • OGC Addresses and Jurisdictions PublishedJan/7/14
  • Month/Page/Year
  • Office of Inspector General Report Finds Overpayments RareJune/3/15
  • Fees withheld in SSI cases not always accurateJune/9/15
  • Inspector General Report on Fee Payments to RepresentativesJuly/1/15
  • Inspector General Reports on Treatment NoncomplianceAug/4/15
  • Inspector General Report on Effort to Eliminate the Hearings BacklogSept/3/15
  • 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
  • QueryJune/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
  • Month/Page/Year
  • Considering Additional Types of Disability or Legal Relief for Your Social Security Clients. Part IMar/1/10
  • Considering Additional Types of Disability or Legal Relief for Your Social Security Clients. Part IIApr/1/10
  • Letter to the Editor: Re: “Considering Additional Types of Disability or Legal Relief for Your Social Security Clients”June/3/10
  • Month/Page/Year
  • House Hearing on “Improper Payments”
  • Mar/21/11
  • House Holds Hearing on Improving Payment AccuracyJune/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 PenaltiesJuly/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 AnalyzedSept/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
  • 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 casesJuly/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
  • Copeland v. Colvin, 771 F.3d 920 (5th Cir. 2014)Jan/22/16
  • 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
  • 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
  • Month/Page/Year
  • CALJ Reminder on Prehearing OrdersApr/6/12
  • 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. AstrueJune/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
  • Month/Page/Year
  • Bill Introduced to Provide One-Time $250 PaymentJuly/11/10
  • No 2011 COLA – Benefits Will Not IncreaseOct/1/10
  • 2012 COLA is 3.6 Percent – First Increase Since 2009Oct/1/11
  • 2013 COLA is 1.7 PercentOct/1/12
  • 2014 COLA is 1.5 PercentOct/3/13
  • 2015 COLA is 1.7 PercentOct/3/14
  • Practice Tip: MySSA AccountsOct/5/14
  • Cost of Living Adjustment for 2017 Announced: 0.3% IncreaseOct/3/16
  • 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 extendedNov/8/13
  • Month/Page/Year
  • Is Reconsideration Coming Back to Prototype States? Congress Considers SSA PlanApr/1/10
  • Single Decisionmakers Cannot Provide Opinion EvidenceNov/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 HearingJan/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 ResultsFeb/14/12
  • Update: Requirement to File Appeals OnlineMay/1/12
  • Federal Register Update: Extension of prototypesJune/5/12
  • Social Security Disability and SSI Disability Claims Allowance Rates-Initial and Reconsideration level by Nation, Region and State FY 2011July/16/12
  • Social Security Disability and SSI Disability Claims Allowance Rates-Initial and Reconsideration level by Nation, Region and State FY 2012Mar/19/13
  • Federal Register Update: Extension of prototypesJuly/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 againJuly/14/14
  • Social Security Disability and SSI Disability Claims    Allowance Rates, Initial and Reconsideration    Adjudicative Level Fiscal Year 2013July/16/14
  • Month/Page/Year
  • Will the New Informal Remand Project Help to Reduce the Disability Backlog?Feb/1/12
  • Practice Tip: Informal Remand ProjectApr/11/12
  • Month/Page/Year
  • “Aged” Remands: New Process to ExpediteApr/17/12
  • Correction: Aged Court Remand CasesJuly/2/13
  • Month/Page/Year
  • CJB Bulletin: Remands Affected By Service Area Realignment or Permanent Case Transfers (4/21/10)Apr/14/10
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 TreatmentJuly/21/12
  • Failure to Follow Prescribed Treatment: Inability to Afford TreatmentJan/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
  • Month/Page/Year
  • Update on 1099sFeb/1/10
  • New Online Adult Disability ReportFeb/2/10
  • Updated Information on Forum 1099-MISC: SSA Answers Questions – online powerpointMar/25/10
  • Processing Center Phone Numbers on SSA WebsiteApr/1/10
  • Practice Tip: Video Hearings and RemandsApr/5/10
  • Reprint of CALJ Reminder: Claimants Right of Refusal to Appear By VTC at Place of HearingApr/12/10
  • SSA Policy for Retention of Paper Claims FoldersApr/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 NumbersMay/15/10
  • Updated Information for RepresentativesJune/2/10
  • SSA Reports Problems with Internet Adult Disability ReportJuly/12/10
  • Letter to the Editor: Deposing the Treating PhysicianAug/2/10
  • Multiple Representatives in the Same Firm: How to Get PaidOct/1/10
  • Practice Tip: Searching the POMSOct/5/10
  • How to Register for Online Access to Electronic FoldersNov/1/10
  • Contacts: Fee-related IssuesNov/3/10
  • Contacts: Problems with Effectuation of Claimants’ Favorable DecisionsNov/3/10
  • Successive Attorneys and Fee PaymentNov/6/10
  • IRS to Issue IRS Form 1099s in January 2011Dec/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 CDJan/1/11
  • Is the User Fee Included in the Amount of Fees Received on Form 1099?Jan/1/11
  • Top Ten Circuit Court Cases: 2010Jan/3/11
  • Practice Tip: Documenting DisabilityFeb/3/11
  • Survey Results: SSA’s Online AccessFeb/8/11
  • Find Help at MedpediaFeb/39/11
  • The Right to Decline Video HearingsApr/1/11
  • Practice Tip: Retaining Copies of Social Security FilesApr/4/11
  • Video Hearings and Credibility Findings: A Basis for Remand? Kirby v. Astrue, Holliday v. AstrueMay/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 ALJNov/2/11
  • Requesting Direct Fee Payment? Electronic Filing Now Required in Appeals for Reconsideration or for HearingJan/1/12
  • Review Form 1099-MISC Now to Avoid Tax Problems LaterJan/1/12
  • SSA Issues Changes to Rules of Conduct for RepresentativesJan/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 ResultsFeb/14/12
  • Contacts: Fee-Related Issues & Problems with EffectuationMar/27/12
  • Practice Tip: Rule of Three for Hearing-Level PracticeApr/11/12
  • Update: Requirement to File Appeals OnlineMay/1/12
  • Letter to the EditorJune/3/12
  • Practice Tip: Obtaining Post-Hearing Medical Examinations: How to Make a Difference (Page v. Astrue)July/2/12
  • Work History ReportsAug/1/12
  • SSA Announces Fees for Nonprogram ServicesAug/16/12
  • SSAB Report on Non-Profit third party assistance in filing SSI applicationsAug/17/12
  • Hearing Preparation ChecklistSept/1/12
  • Are Claimants’ Representatives to Blame for Delay in Scheduling Hearing? The Inspector General ReportsSept/13/12
  • Letter to the Editor, Re: RepresentationOct/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 – 2011Dec/16/12
  • Chart: Initial Level Allowance Rates; Represented Claims vs. All Claims. FY 2007-2010Dec/17/12
  • ACUS Recommends Options for Submission of Adverse EvidenceJuly/1/13
  • Federal Register Update: Fees for nonprogram-related informationSept/5/13
  • Hearing Level Processing Times: Not Looking GoodOct/6/13
  • Representing Claimants in the Electronic Environment: Is Paper Still Applicable?Nov/1/13
  • User Fee Remains at 6.3% in 2014Dec/6/13
  • SSA Proposes Requirement to Submit Adverse EvidenceFeb/1/14
  • Fee Payments UpdateMar-Apr/1/14
  • Recent Inspector General ReportsMar-Apr/6/14
  • SSA Revises HALLEX on DismissalsMay/1/14
  • Reminder: Do Not Send SSNs by EmailNov/2/14
  • Practice Tip, Agency Due Date: Saturdays, Non-work Days    Eric Schnaufer, Esq., Evanston, ILOct/7/15
  • Federal Register Update: Sharing Representative Disqualification, Suspension and Non-Recognition DataJan/3/15
  • New Regulation Abolishes Treating Source Rule; Code of Conduct Proposed Regulations WithdrawnJan/1/17
  • 2017 User Fee UnchangedJan/10/17
  • Fees Get Complicated When Multiple Firms Are InvolvedApr/1/17
  • Barcode-less ERE Submission GuideApr/14/17
  • Month/Page/Year
  • Federal Register Update: Transfer of accumulated benefits by representative payee – Final RuleMar/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 payeesFeb/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 FundsOct/8/15
  • Federal Register Update: Representative Payee EvaluationJan/10/15
  • Ways and Means Committee Examining Representative Payee ProgramFeb-Mar/4/17
  • SSAB Plans Symposium on Representative Payee ProgramFeb-Mar/4/17
  • Ways and Means Subcommittees Consider Payees and Program IntegrityApr/3/17
  • Month/Page/Year
  • Focus: Res Judicata and Dismissal of a Second Application (Smith v. Astrue)May/8/10
  • Letter to the Editor: Res Judicata/reopeningJuly/3/10
  • Green v. Colvin, 61 F.Supp.3d 562 (W.D. Va. 2014)Feb/35/16
  • 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 ReissuedAug/11/10
  • Revised Memo-Chief ALJ Memo on the evaluation of Single Decision-maker RFC AssessmentsSept/13/10
  • Single Decisionmakers Cannot Provide Opinion EvidenceNov/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 prototypesJune/5/12
  • Practice Tip: The Impact of a Prior ALJ’s RFC FindingJuly/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 RulesAug/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
  • 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
  • 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 CouplesAug/1/13
  • SSA Begins to Pay Some Surviving Spouse Benefits for Same-Sex CouplesDec/4/13
  • Update: SSA Policy on Benefits for Same-Sex CouplesAug/3/14
  • Update: SSA Same-Sex Marriage PolicyOct/1/14
  • Supreme Court Holds in Obergefell v. Hodges, 576 U.S. ___, No. 14-55    (June 26, 2015) that the U.S. Consitution Requires Recognitio    of Same Sex Marriages: What Impact on SSA Policy?June/1/15
  • Update on SSA Policy re Same Sex MarriageJuly/7/15
  • New Emergency Message on SSI Same-Sex Marriage OverpaymentsApr/12/16
  • New Social Security Ruling on Reopening after Supreme Court DecisionsFeb-Mar/5/17
  • Claimants Denied Benefits Because of Overturned Laws on Same-Sex Marriage Obtain Recourse from SSAApr/8/17
  • Month/Page/Year
  • Kaighn v. Colvin, 13 F.Supp.3d 1161 (D. Colo. 2014)July/13/15
  • Month/Page/Year
  • Seizure Disorders (Logan v. Astrue, SD Ohio, Jan. 24, 2011)Mar/1/11
  • Practice Tip: Documenting SeizuresJan/26/13
  • Williams v. Astrue, 861 F.Supp.2d 688 (E.D.N.C. 2012)Mar/21/13
  • SSA Proposes Changes to ListingsFeb/12/14
  • Silvers v. Colvin, 67 F.Supp.3d 570 (W.D.N.Y. 2015)Jan/22/16
  • My Seizure Diary is a Helpful ToolMar/3/16
  • Gibbs v. Colvin, 155 F.Supp.3d 315 (W.D.N.Y. 2015)  Sept/17/16
  • 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
  • Month/Page/Year
  • Witkowski v. Colvin, 999 F. Supp.2d 764 (M.D.Pa. 2014)Nov/16/14
  • Month/Page/Year
  • Duran v. Astrue, 654 F.Supp.2d 1298 (D.Colo. 2009)May/20/10
  • Law Review Article on Step 5: Overcoming GridlockJan/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 MonitorJune/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
  • Month/Page/Year
  • Kirby v. Astrue, 731 F.Supp.2d 453 (E.D.N.C. 2010)Mar/25/11
  • 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 NoncomplianceFeb/17/12
  • Month/Page/Year
  • President’s SSA FY 2011 Budget Request Includes 8% IncreaseJan/1/10
  • OMB Fact Sheet– Proposed SSA Budget for FY 2011Jan/14/10
  • SSA Asks for Comments on DAA Policy – Why?Jan/1/10
  • New Leadership at ODAR HQJan/2/10
  • Update: President’s 2011 SSA Budget Request Includes IncreaseFeb/35/10
  • Processing Center Phone Numbers on SSA WebsiteApr/1/10
  • SSA Policy for Retention of Paper Claims FoldersApr/16/10
  • Congratulations to a New ALJMay/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 ReportJuly/12/10
  • Chief ALJ Memo on SDMs Rescinded – To Be ReissuedAug/11/10
  • Revised Memo-Chief ALJ Memo on the evaluation of Single Decision-maker RFC AssessmentsSept/13/10
  • How to Register for Online Access to Electronic FoldersNov/1/10
  • Senators Hold Akron, Ohio Hearing on Disability BacklogNov/1/10
  • Reports Address Future Fiscal Implications for Disability ProgramNov/10/10
  • Is a New SSA Occupational Information System in the Works?Dec/10/10
  • Carolyn Colvin Confirmed as Principal Deputy CommissionerJan/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 AccessFeb/8/11
  • SSA Holds Compassionate Allowance Hearing on Autoimmune DiseaseMar/1/11
  • SSA’s Appropriation for FY 2011 – When Will It Be Final?Mar/1/11
  • President Proposes Increase In SSA Budget for FY 2012Mar/3/11
  • Federal Register Update: Attorney Advisor Program ExtendedMar/14/11
  • SSA Budget for FY 2011 Is Final – What Will Happen in 2012?Apr/9/11
  • SSA Occupational Information System: An UpdateMay/2/11
  • Budget Cuts Force SSA to Close Temporary Report Hearing SitesJune/1/11
  • New Chief ALJ Appointed (D. Bice)July/2/11
  • Social Security Field Offices to Begin Closing to the Public a Half Hour EarlyJuly/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 DisabilitiesAug/6/11
  • Federal Register Update: Review of certain determinations and decisionsOct/10/11
  • It’s a New Fiscal Year: What About SSA’s Budget?Oct/11/11
  • Disabled-worker awards, by selected diagnostic group, 2010Nov/13/11
  • President Proposes Slight Increase for SSA in 2013: Hearing Backlog is Top PriorityFeb/4/12
  • FY 2013 Performance TableFeb/5/12
  • Federal Register Update– Information collection: Claimant’s recent medical treatment; Password authenticationFeb/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 DataAug/14/12
  • SSA Announces Fees for Nonprogram ServicesAug/16/12
  • SSA Budget Situation: Shorter Field Office Hours and Suspension of Statement MailingOct/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 ServicesJan/5/13
  • Acting Commissioner is Carolyn W. ColvinFeb/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 BudgetMay/2/13
  • Alleged ALJ Bias: Class Action Settlement Proposed(Padro et.al v. Astrue)July/1/13
  • Federal Register: Attorney advisor program extendedJuly/9/13
  • Statement of Richard Morris, Esq. at Padro settlement hearingJuly/10/13
  • Federal Register Update: Fees for nonprogram-related informationSept/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 DownturnsOct/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 LanguageNov/2/13
  • Fed. Reg. Update: Proposed “business process vision under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973Nov/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 CutsDec/1/13
  • Changes – and Limits – for Attorney Advisor ProgramDec/3/13
  • SSA Organization ChangesDec/11/13
  • SSA Proposes Requirement to Submit Adverse EvidenceFeb/1/14
  • Contacts: Fee-Related IssuesMar-April/4/14
  • Contacts: Problems with Effectuation of Claimants’ Favorable DecisionsMar-April/5/14
  • President Proposes 2015 SSA BudgetMay/20/14
  • Progress Towards FY 2014 Goals [Remands]June/79/14
  • Carolyn Colvin Nominated to be Commissioner of Social SecurityJuly/1/14
  • SSA Issues Final Regulations on Changes to Scheduling HearingsJuly/1/14
  • Federal Register UpdateJuly/14/14
  • Recent Reports of Interest: SSA’s Reduction of Field Office HoursAug/17/14
  • Practice Tip: MySSA AccountsOct/5/14
  • Reminder: Do Not Send SSNs by EmailNov/2/14
  • SSA FY 2015 Budget UpdateNov/3/14
  • SSA Budget for Fiscal Year 2015: Administrative Budget CutDec/2/14
  • Updated Module Contact InformationMar/2/15
  • Social Security at 80: The Hallmark of America’s Social Infrastructure Still Providing Vital Protection for the American PeopleAug/3/15
  • Disability Research Consortium Holds Annual MeetingAug/10/15
  • ODAR Unveils “CARES” Plan for Hearing BacklogFeb/1/16
  • SSA Changes Decryption Process for CD-ROMsFeb/14/16
  • SSA Issues New and Revised POMS Provisions on Borderline AgeMar/8/16
  • Close Can Count in More than Horseshoes: SSA’s Borderline After RulesApr/5/16
  • Three New SSA Data ReleasesApr/21/16
  • SSA Proposes Rule on Reporting Beneficiaries to Gun Control DatabaseMay/5/16  
  • Pilot on Agency-Scheduled Hearings Extended for One YearJune/14/16
  • Change to U.S./Czech AgreementJune/16/16
  • SSA Proposes Five-Day Deadline for Submitting EvidenceJuly/1/16
  • SSA Proposal Would Revise Conduct StandardsAug/1/16
  • SSA Introduces, Then Withdraws, Dual-Factor Authentication for mySSAAug/4/16
  • SSA Proposes New Rules on Medical EvidenceSept/1/16
  • Plan for AAJs to Hold Hearings is SuspendedSept/1/16
  • SSA Warns of Cutbacks Unless Congress Increases FundingSept/8/16
  • SSA Releases Final “Good Cause” Rule on Excluded Medical SourcesSept/10/16
  • Two Pilot Programs ExtendedSept/13/16
  • New Totalization Agreement with HungarySept/15/16
  • A Flurry of New Regulations at Obama Administration’s End              Dec/1/16
  • SSA Updates Technology for Filing and Tracking AppealsDec/5/16
  • Social Security Launches WorkTrack in Field OfficesDec/8/16
  • New Regulation Abolishes Treating Source Rule; Code of Conduct Proposed Regulations WithdrawnJan/1/17
  • Budget Cuts and Hiring Freeze Challenge SSA OperationsJan/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 MailedJan/11/17
  • Berryhill Takes on New Role as Acting CommissionerFeb-Mar/3/17
  • Congress Cancels SSA “NICS” Weapons Reporting RegulationFeb-Mar/7/17
  • SSA Prepares to Launch Two New DemonstrationsApr/7/17
  • Month/Page/Year
  • SSAB at Full Membership–New Appointments ConfirmedSept/14/14
  • New Report on CDRs Affirms Use of Medical Improvement StandardJan/1/15
  • SSAB Begins Technical Assistance PanelJan/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 
  • Month/Page/Year
  • Are the Social Security Trust Funds Solvent? The 2011 Trustees ReportMay/1/11
  • Payroll Tax Cuts and the Social Security Trust FundSept/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 ReportApr/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 ReportJune/5/12
  • Congressional Hearing Addresses Disability Trust Fund Financing ChallengesMar/6/13
  • What is the Prognosis for the Disability Insurance Trust Fund? The 2013 Social Security Trustees ReportMay/1/13
  • New Report on Reallocation to Strengthen DI Trust FundMay/7/13
  • What is the Prognosis for the Disability Insurance Trust Fund? The 2014 Social Security Trustees ReportJuly/2/14
  • New Survey Finds Most Americans Would Pay More to Fix Social Security’s Finances and Improve BenefitsOct/15/14
  • Congress Holds Hearings on SSDIFeb/1/15
  • President’s Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Request Would Increase SSA Administrative FundingFeb/1/15
  • Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget Hilds “SSDI Solutions Initiative Conference” Aug/1/15
  • Social Security Trustees RenominatedAug/10/15
  • Personal Changes at SSAAug/11/15
  • What Do Election Results Mean for Disability Benefits?Nov/1/16
  • Month/Page/Year
  • Website Help on How Social Security Reform Options Affect People with DisabilitiesApr/4/11
  • Month/Page/Year
  • Use of Social Security Rulings Evaluate Specific ImpairmentsJune/2/11
  • SSA Policy Change Precludes Filing of Subsequent Applications – SSR 11-1pAug/1/11
  • New Ruling Addresses “Young Adults” in Disability Determinations – SSR 11-2pSept/4/11
  • SSR 11-1p Procedures for Handling requests to File Subsequent Applications for Disability Benefits. 76 Fed. Reg. 45309Aug/13/11
  • SSA Issues Policy Guidance on SSR 11-1pNov/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 11-1pApr/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 99-2pMar-April/1/14
  • Update: SSR 11-1pMay/1/14
  • SSR 14-2p: Evaluating Diabetes MellitusJune/2/14
  • SSR 14-3p: Evaluating Endocrine Disorders other than Diabetes MellitusJune/2/14
  • New Ruling on Interstitial CystitisMar/3/15
  • SSR 91-5p: Mental Incapacity and Extending the Deadline to AppealNov/3/15
  • SSR 85-15: A Tool for Evaluating Mental RFC, Stress, and Basic Demands of WorkDec/3/15
  • SSA Issues Three New Rulings 16-1, 16-2, 16-3Mar/1/16
  • SSA Issues Ruling 16-4p on Genetic TestingApr/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 DecisionsFeb-Mar/5/17
  • SSRs 87-6 and 93-2p RescindedFeb-Mar/12/17
  • SSRs Change to Reflect New Rules on How Medical Evidence is WeighedApr/3/17
  • Month/Page/Year
  • Federal Register Update: Assigning SSNs for children age 13 and underFeb/4/13
  • Federal Register Update: Social Security Number verificationSept/5/13
  • OIG Report: Sensitive Information at SSA officesOct/13/13
  • SSA Announces Two Significant Field Office Service CutsDec/1/13
  • Month/Page/Year
  • Federal Register Update: ANPRM on evaluating language and speech disordersFeb/10/12
  • 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 2009Mar/26/10
  • Hearing Assesses Rising Workloads and Customer Service in SSA Field OfficesApr/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 LevelSept/23/10
  • Federal Register Update: Final Rule: Disability Examiners can allow QDD and Compassionate Allowance claims without MC/PC approvalOct/4/10
  • FY 2009 Workload Data: Disability DecisionsNov/5/10
  • Survey Results: Representation at the State Agency LevelDec/1/10
  • FY 2010 Workload Data Disability Decisions – Initial through Federal CourtFeb/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 NOSSCRMar/20/11
  • House Hearing on “Improper Payments”Mar/21/11
  • SSD and SSI Allowance Rates- Initial and Recon level FY 2010Apr/22/11
  • OIG Report – SSA’s Strategy for Reducing Initial Claims BacklogJune/15/11
  • OIG Report– Failure to Cooperate Denials and Initial Claims Backlog at the California DDSJune/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 AppealsFeb/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 2011July/16/12
  • SSA Budget Situation: Shorter Field Office Hours and Suspension of Statement MailingOct/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 2012Mar/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 againJuly/14/14
  • Social Security Disability and SSI Disability Claims    Allowance Rates, Initial and Reconsideratio    Adjudicative Level Fiscal Year 2013July/16/14
  • Recent OIG Reports of Interest [Completeness of disability claims files]July/19/14
  • SSA Demonstrates Latest Version of eCATJune/13/15
  • label>STATISTICSMonth/Page/Year
  • SSA Makes New Data Available OnlineJan/1/10
  • National Ranking Report, Average Processing Time by Hearing Office and Region 2/18/10Feb/8/10
  • Hearings Held By Hearing Office: FY 2010 through 1/29/10Mar/15/10
  • ODAR Processing Time By Hearing Office (Mar. 2010)Mar/18/10
  • ODAR Processing Times – April 2010May/10/10
  • DDS Allowance Rates by Nation, Region and State: FY 2009Mar/26/10
  • ODAR Processing Times by Hearing office (June 2010)July/16/10
  • National Ranking Report By Average Processing TimeJuly/18/10
  • Disabled-worker awards, by selected diagnostic group, 2008July/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 1999-2008Sept/12/10
  • National Ranking Report by Average Processing Time by Hearing and Regional Offices (9/05/10)Sept/14/10
  • Caseload Analysis Report – NationalSept/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 DecisionsNov/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 CourtFeb/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, 2010Nov/13/11
  • FY 2013 Performance TableFeb/5/12
  • FY 2011 Workload Data: Disability AppealsFeb/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 2011July/16/12
  • 2008 Longitudinal Disability Claims and Appeals DataAug/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 CutOct/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 – 2011Dec/16/12
  • Chart: Initial Level Allowance Rates; Represented Claims vs. All Claims. FY 2007-2010Dec/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 2/22/2013Feb/18/13
  • Social Security Disability and SSI Disability Claims Allowance Rates-Initial and Reconsideration level by Nation, Region and State FY 2012Mar/19/13
  • National Ranking Report: Average Processing Time By Hearing Office and Region 4/26/2013May/16/13
  • ODAR National Workload and Performance Summary (Aug. 2013)Sept/9/13
  • Hearing Level Processing Times: Not Looking GoodOct/6/13
  • SSA Actuary: Allowance rates Drop During Economic DownturnsOct/9/13
  • Caseload Analysis Report – NationalOct/15/13
  • National Ranking Report by average processing TimeOct/16/13
  • Appeals Council Workload Data Available OnlineNov/10/13
  • Disabled-Worker Awards, by selected diagnostic group, 2012Dec/79/13
  • Trends at the Appeals Council in FY 2013Feb/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 SurveyJuly/14/14
  • Resources on the SSDI ProgramJuly/15/14
  • Social Security Disability and SSI Disability Claims Allowance Rates, Initial and Reconsideration Adjudicative Level Fiscal Year 2013July/16/14
  • Top 18 Cited Reasons for Remand on Appeals Council Request for ReviewJuly/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 BenefitsOct/15/14
  • Processing Times on the Increase as Pending Hearings Closes In on One MillionNov/1/14
  • October 2014 Processing TimesNov/10/14
  • ALJ Hearing Processing Times and Pending Claims: The Statistics Tell AllDec/1/14
  • ODAR Processing Times, December 2014Jan/6/15
  • National Ranking Report by Average Processing TimeMay/10/15
  • Recent Reports of Interest: Disabled beneficiaries eligible for higher retirement benefitsMay/13/15
  • Recent Reports of Interest: Processing times at state agenciesMay/13/15
  • National Ranking Report
  • National Ranking Report by Average Processing Time through 7/31/15July/10/15
  • Caseload Analysis Report: ODAR Workload and Performance SummaryAug/12/15
  • National Ranking Report by Average Processing Time through 8/28/15Sept/14/15
  • National Ranking Report by Average Processing Time, through 10/30/15Nov/12/15
  • National Ranking Report by Average Processing Time through 11/27/15Dec/74/15
  • Top Reasons Courts Remanded Social Security Cases in FY 2015Jan/10/16
  • National Ranking Report by Average Processing Time through 12/25/15Jan/11/16
  • FY 2015 Workload Data Disability AppealsFeb/11/16
  • SSDI Initial Applications Have Declined Since 2010Feb/32/16
  • New Study on Sit-Stand OptionMar/5/16
  • SSA Status Report on Revising Medical ListingsMar/9/16
  • ALJ Dispositions, Fiscal Year 2016 to DateMar/14/16
  • Average Monthly Benefit and Percentage of DI Caseload by Year of EntitlementApr/4/16
  • SSDI Applications Keep DecreasingApr/12/16
  • Annual Statistical Supplement is a Treasure Trove of Disability Benefits DataMay/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 PaymentsMay/11/16
  • What Happens to Denied Claimants? New OIG Report ExplainsMay/20/16
  • Hearings at Offices vs. NHCsJune/14/16
  • Circuit Court Remand Rates Vary WidelySept/4/16
  • Did You Know?Oct/12/16
  • Non-Medical Denials Continue to IncreaseNov/11/16
  • Data from SSA’s Annual Statistical Report on the Social Security Disability Insurance Program, 2015Nov/22/16
  • How Long Does It Take to Receive a Decision After a Hearing? Results Vary Widely NationwideJan/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 SummaryFeb-Mar/8/17
  • label>STUDENT LOANSMonth/Page/Year
  • Federal Register Update: Student loan discharge for some disability beneficiariesNov/8/12
  • Federal Student Loan Debt Discharge for DisabilitySept/3/14
  • Executive Action on Student Loans Discharges Affects Many Beneficiaries  Apr/3/16
  • 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 11-1pAug/1/11
  • Letter to the Editor: SSR 11-1pAug/2/11
  • SSR 11-1p Procedures for Handling requests to File Subsequent Applications for Disability Benefits. 76 Fed. Reg. 45309Aug/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 GuidanceAug/19/11
  • An Update: SSR 11-1 and Subsequent ApplicationsSept/1/11
  • EM 11052 REV 2 (9/26/11)Sept/12/11
  • SSA Issues Policy Guidance on SSR 11-1pNov/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 11-1pApr/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
  • 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 CasesSept/1/14
  • Month/Page/Year
  • No 2011 COLA – Benefits Will Not IncreaseOct/1/10
  • Substantial Absenteeism, Special Accommodations, and SGA (Roop v. Astrue)Dec/2/10
  • 2012 COLA is 3.6 Percent – First Increase Since 2009Oct/1/11
  • When is Self-Employment Income SGA?May/9/12
  • 2013 COLA is 1.7 PercentOct/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 PercentOct/3/13
  • Accommodating an Accommodation ArgumentNov/3/13
  • 2015 COLA is 1.7 PercentOct/3/14
  • 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 PermanentFeb/1/10
  • Federal Register Update: SSI- Exclusion of Certain Military Pay from Deemed Income and Resources – final rule with clarificationMar/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 IncreaseOct/1/10
  • Final Rule on SSI Installment Payments and Dedicated AccountsJan/9/11
  • 2012 COLA is 3.6 Percent – First Increase Since 2009Oct/1/11
  • Federal Register Update: SSI and homeless individualsJan/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 ProgramAug/15/12
  • SSAB Report on Non-Profit third party assistance in filing SSI applicationsAug/17/12
  • 2013 COLA is 1.7 PercentOct/1/12
  • Recent Reports of Interest: Foreign ATM withdrawals by SSI beneficiariesOct/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 PercentOct/3/13
  • Legislation to Improve the SSI Program (H.R. 1601)Dec/5/13
  • The SSI Appeals Process: A System in Need of ChangeDec/5/13
  • New POMS on Installment Payments of Past-Due SSI BenefitsJuly/4/16
  • Four States Open ABLE Account Plans, With More Coming SoonJuly/5/16
  • Emergency Message Explains Online SSI Application and its LimitationsFeb-Mar/13/17
  • SSA Issues Revised Emergency Message 17008Apr/13/17
  • Month/Page/Year
  • Supreme Court Update: Ratliff v. Astrue oral argument heldFeb/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 issuesJune/2/10
  • Supreme Court Update 2010Feb/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 UpdateAug/3/13
  • 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 2011Mar/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 BenefitsFeb/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 CouplesAug/1/13
  • Posthumously Conceived Children: A Post-Supreme Court UpdateAug/3/13
  • SSA Begins to Pay Some Surviving Spouse Benefits for Same-Sex CouplesDec/4/13
  • Update: SSA Policy on Benefits for Same-Sex CouplesAug/3/14
  • Did You Know? The Lump Sum Death BenefitJuly/15/16

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