NOSSCR Forum Archive, 2010 – 2017

 

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Alphabetical Listing of Topics, T – Z

 T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z
T 

TAXES

Month/Page/Year
Tax Bill Cuts Payroll Tax by 2% for One Year Jan/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
Practice Tip: When Fraudulent Tax Returns Affect Social Security Benefits Aug/12/12
Review Form 1099-MISC Now to Avoid Tax Problems Later Jan/3/13
The Government Giveth and, Occasionally, Taketh Away: SSDI and Federal Income Tax Jan/12/14
1099-MISC Forms to Be Sent in January 2015 Dec/2/14
   

TECHNOLOGY

Month/Page/Year
Recent Reports of Interest: SSA technology modernization: Improved Planning and Performance Measures Are Needed to Help Ensure Successful Technology Modernization. (Apr 2012) June/11/12
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
House Hearing on Use of Technology in SSI Program Aug/15/12
   

TERMINATIONS

 

Attmore v. Colvin, 827 F.3d 872 (9th Cir. 2016)

Month/Page/Year

 

Oct/21/16

   

THROMBOCYTOSIS

Month/Page/Year
Practice Tip: Thrombocytosis (Nevels v. Astrue) May/9/11
   

TRANSFERABLE SKILLS

Month/Page/Year
Focus: Transferability of Skills (Casillas v. Astrue) Mar/6/10
Brown v. Colvin, 146 F.Supp.3d 489 (W.D.N.Y. 2015) Aug/21/16
   

TRAVEL REIMBURSEMENT

Month/Page/Year
Recent HALLEX Revisions (I-2-0-70 – reimbursement for travel) July/7/11
Letter from Glenn Sklar on Travel Reimbursement and declining video hearings Oct/16/11
   

TRIAL WORK PERIOD
See WORK INCENTIVES

 
   

TRUSTS

Month/Page/Year
Trusts and SSI Eligibility Apr/19/15

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U 

UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS

Month/Page/Year
Letter to the Editor: Re: Considering Additional Types of Disability or Legal Relief for Your Social Security Clients" June/3/10
CALJ Memo on Unemployment Insurance Benefits – REMINDER (August 2010) Aug/10/10
Practice Tip: Social Security Disability Beneficiaries with Unemployment Insurance Overpayments Feb/16/12
Recent Reports of Interest (Unemployed Older Workers: Many Experience Challenges Regaining Employment and Face Reduced Retirement Security (April 2012)) June/11/12
Recent Reports of Interest: Receipt of SSDI and Unemployment Insurance (July 2012) Oct/20/12
The Unemployment Rate and Older Workers: Are They More Likely to File for SSDI? Feb/17/13
Senate Bill Would Reduce SSDI Benefits by Receipt of Unemployment Benefits (S. 1099) June/3/13
Employment and other characteristics of claimants during economic downturns (Center for Retirement Research 2013) July/6/13
OIG Report: Impact of Increases in State Unemployment Rates on the Social Security Administration's Disability Programs: Evaluation Report (July 2013) July/8/13
Selected Congressional Bills: SSI and unemployment benefits (S.1099 and HR 1502) July/12/13
SSA Actuary: Allowance rates Drop During Economic Downturns Oct/9/13
Washington DC Update: Congress Addresses Alleged New York Fraud Scheme and UI-SSDI offset Jan/1/14
Congressional Record–Senate [on UI/DI offset] Jan/8/14
President Proposes 2015 SSA Budget [Legislative Proposals] May/20/14
Ghanim v. Colvin, 63 F. 3d 1154 (9th Cir. 2014) Oct/19/14
Bill Would Reduce SSDI Benefits by Concurrent Receipt of Unemployment Benefits Mar/4/15
Kennedy v. Colvin, 45 F. Supp.3d 950 (N.D. Iowa. 2014) Apr/21/15
Williams v. Colvin, 24 F.Supp.3d 901 (N.D. Cal. 2014) Mar/18/16
Cole v. Colvin, 831 F.3d 411 (7th Cir. 2016) Nov/21/16
   

UNSUCCESSFUL WORK ATTEMPTS

Month/Page/Year
Focus: Assessing Work Efforts as Unsuccessful Work Attempts Oct/4/11
SSA Proposes Changes to Regulations on Unsuccessful Work Attempts and Expedited Reinstatement May/1/16
Final Rule on Unsuccessful Work Attempts and Expedited Reinstatement  Oct/3/16
   

URBAN INSTITUTE

Month/Page/Year
New Report on Importance of SSDI to Disabled Workers July/1/13

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VETERANS' BENEFITS

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
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
McLeod v. Astrue, 627 F.3d 1170 (9th Cir. 2010) Feb/1/11
How Important Is Social Security to Veterans? July/5/11
Obtaining Medical Evidence from VA Facilities Sept/6/11
King v. Commissioner of Social Security, 779 F.Supp.2d 721 (E.D.Mich.2011) Jan/45/12
New SSA-DoD Collaboration Improves Process for "Wounded Warriors" May/9/12
Resource for Veterans' Advocates (NOVA) June/2/12
VA Disability Benefits Questionnaires Nov/3/12
Special Military Extra earnings Credits for Certain Active Duty Periods Nov/8/12
Military Service and Social Security Nov/10/12
A Rookie in Richmond (Bird v. Comm'r of SSA, 699 F.3d 337 (4th Cir. 2012)) Dec/1/12
Selected Congressional Bills: Allowing military families to secure SSI and Medicaid benefits for disabled children (S.1076 and HR 2249) July/12/13
New Expedited Disability Process for Veterans Feb/5/14
Recent Reports of Interest: Veterans Receiving SSDI and Who Have a 100% VA Disability Rating Aug/17/14
Hall v. Colvin, 778 F.3d 688 (7th Cir. 2015) July/17/16
   

VIDEO HEARINGS

Month/Page/Year
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
The Right to Decline Video Hearings Apr/1/11
Inspector General Issues Report on Video Hearings (Use of Video Hearings to Reduce the Hearing Case Backlog, No. A-05-08-18070 (April 2011)) Apr/6/11
Video Hearings and Credibility Findings: A Basis for Remand? Kirby v. Astrue, Holliday v. Astrue May/3/11
OIG Report – Representative Video Project, Audit No. A-05-09-19101 (Aug 2011) Aug/4/11
Letter from Glenn Sklar on Travel Reimbursement and declining video hearings Oct/16/11
OIG Report on National Hearing Centers: The Role of National Hearing Centers in Reducing the Hearings Backlog(Apr. 2012) Apr/12/12
OIG recommends Ways to Expand Video Hearings ( Current and Expanded Use of Video Hearings (June 2012)) June/1/12
SSA Issues Proposed Regulations on Video Hearing - Comments due August 26 June/1/13
Query [on audiovisual problems at hearings] May/2/14
SSA Issues Final Regulations on Changes to Scheduling Hearings July/1/14
SSA Implements Changes to Video Hearing Opt-Out Aug/1/14
Update: SSA Implementation of Video Hearing Opt-Out Process Sept/1/14
The Results are In! NOSSCR Members Share Opinions on Video Hearings Oct/1/14
ACUS Report on Video Hearings Oct/14/14
NOSSCR Comments on ACUS Video Hearing Recommendations Nov/5/14
ACUS Incorporates NOSSCR Comments on Video Hearings; Many Claimants Opt for In-Person Hearings Dec/6/14
   

VIRTUAL SCREENING UNIT

Month/Page/Year
Practice Tip Oct/11/11
Letter to the Editor Dec/2/11
   

VISUAL IMPAIRMENTS

Month/Page/Year
Federal Register Update: Visual Disorders listings revisions proposed Feb/9/12
Federal Register Update: Ruling on SGA for self-employment by persons who are blind (SSR 12-1) Nov/8/12
Leapaldt v. Colvin, 995 F.Supp.2d 1066 (D. Neb. 2014) Sept/16/15
   

VOCATIONAL EXPERT TESTIMONY

See Also, DICTIONARY OF OCCUPATIONAL TITLES

Month/Page/Year
Ellwanger v. Astrue, 642 F.Supp.2d 891 (W.D.Wis. 2009) Jan/29/10
Huizar v. Astrue, 642 F.Supp.2d 614 (W.D.Tex. 2009) Jan/29/10
Ealy v. Comm'r of Social Security, 594 F.3d 504 (6th Cir. 2010) Mar/28/10
Focus: Hypotheticals to the VE: Are They Supported by Substantial Evidence in the Record? Nordgren v. Astrue (D.Ore. 2010) Sept/6/10
Is a New SSA Occupational Information System in the Works? Dec/10/10
Martinez v. Commissioner of SSA, 692 F.Supp.2d 822 (N.D.Ohio 2010) Jan/29/11
SSA Occupational Information System: An Update May/2/11
O'Connor-Spinner v. Astrue, 627 F.3d 614 (7th Cir. 2010) June/25/11
Recent HALLEX Revisions (I-2-5-57 ) July/7/11
Tune v. Astrue, 760 F.Supp.2d 555 (E.D.N.C. 2011) July/18/11
Callahan v. Astrue, 786 F.Supp.2d 87 (D.D.C. 2011) Dec/17/11
Practice Tip: Vocational Expert Testimony Challenges Jan/24/12
Ball v. Astrue, 755 F.Supp.2d 452 (W.D.N.Y. 2010) Feb/40/12
Santos v. Astrue, 709 F.Supp.2d 207 (S.D.N.Y. 2010) Feb/40/12
How Often to ALJs Use VEs? OIG Finds Wide Variation
   (Availability and Use of Vocational Experts May 2012)
June/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
What's Next for a New SSA "Occupational Information System"? Aug/1/12
Telephone Testimony by [Vocational] Expert Witnesses: An Update (Koutrakos v. Astrue) Aug/20/12
Crisis of Confidence: The Inadequacies of Vocational Evidence Presented at Social Security Disability Hearings. Part I Aug/3/12
Crisis of Confidence, Part II (Vocational Resources) Sept/4/12
Crisis of Confidence, Part III(Mechanics of VE job identification) Oct/6/12
Can the ALJ Rely on the Vocational Consultant's Form to Satisfy Step 5? (Arnold v. Commissioner) Oct/16/12
What Information is Sent to VEs? Oct/17/12
Hill v. Astrue, 688 F.3d 1144 (9th Cir. 2012) Nov/12/12
Hill v. Astrue, 688 F.3d 1144 (9th Cir. 2012) Dec/1/12
Cohen v. Astrue, 851 F.Supp.2d 277 (D.Mass. 2012) Mar/20/13
SSA Issues Final Regulation Allowing Telephone Testimony May/1/13
New Acquiescence Ruling on Use of VE for Nonexertional Impairments May/8/14
Practice Tip: Objecting to Vocational Experts June/1/14
Practice Tip: Seeing Past the Surveillance System Monitor June/5/14
Smith v. Astrue, 961 F.Supp.2d 620 (D.Del. 2013) June/16/14
Kemp ex. rel. Kemp v. Colvin, F.3d 630 (8th Cir. 2014) June/17/14
Practice Tip: Direct Examination and VE Cross-Examination
   Questions: Short Term Memory Plus Attention and Concentration Limitations
July/12/14
Chaffin v. Colvin, 999 F. Supp.2d 468 (W.D.N.Y. 2014) Nov/16/14
Beckers v. Colvin, 38 F. Supp.3d 362 (W.D.N.Y. 2014) Apr/21/15
Bentzen v. Astrue, 46 F.Supp.3d 489 (D. Del. 2014) May/17/15
YouTube as a Source of Vocational Evidence June/5/15
Moore v. Colvin, 769 F.3d 987 (8th Cir. 2014) July/13/15
SSA Solicits Input on Vocational Factors – Comments Due November 13 Sept/1/15
Gamret v. Colvin, 994 F.Supp.2d (W.D. Pa. 2014) Sept/16/15
Warren v. Colvin, 14 F.Supp.3d 1208 (S.D. Ind. 2014) Sept/17/15
Seventh Circuit Cites NOSSCR Forum Article on VE Testimony Nov/19/15
NOSSCR Submits Comments on Vocational Factors Dec/1/15
Hartung v. Colvin, 10 F.Supp.3d 965 (W.D. Wisc. 2014) Dec/16/15
Meloni v. Colvin, 109 F.Supp.3d 734 (M.D. Pa. 2015) Mar/19/16
Pearson v. Colvin, 810 F.Supp.3d 204 (4th Cir. 2015) Apr/15/16
Forsythe v. Colvin, 813 F.3d 677 (7th Cir. 2016) May/22/16
Allensworth v. Colvin, 814 F.3d 831 (7th Cir. 2016) June/15/16
Butler v. Colvin, 172 F.Supp.3d 1221 (E.D.Okla. 2016) Jan/34/17

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W 

WEIGHT OF MEDICAL EVIDENCE

Month/Page/Year
Ray v. Astrue, 649 F.Supp.2d 391 (E.D.Pa. 2009) Jan/29/10
Terry v. Astrue, 580 F.3d 471 (7th Cir. 2009) Jan/29/10
Hernandez-Devereaux v. Astrue, 614 F.Supp.2d 1125 (D.Ore.2009) Mar/28/10
Chambers v Astrue, 671 F.Supp.2d 1253 (N.D.Ala.2009) Apr/17/10
Crismore v. Astrue, 669 F.Supp.2d 1194 (D. Mont.2009) Apr/17/10
Johnson v. Astrue, 597 F.3d 409 (1st Cir. 2010) June/16/10
How Ironic? Evidence from Medical Sources July/10/10
Letter to the Editor: Deposing the Treating Physician Oct/2/10
DeLopez v. Astrue, 643 F.Supp.2d 1178 (C.D.Cal. 2009) Aug/20/10
Hargrove v. Astrue, 700 F.Supp.2d 761 (E.D.N.C. 2010) Sept/19/10
Tich Pham v. Astrue, 695 F.Supp.2d 1027 (C.D.Cal.2010) Sept/20/10
Rodriguez v. Astrue, 694 F.Supp.2d 36 (D.Mass.2010) Oct/20/10
Practice Tip: ALJ Reliance on DDS Physicians and Obesity (Kaminski v. Astrue) Dec/15/10
Practice Tip: Documenting Disability Feb/3/11
Court Remands and ALJs with Low Allowance Rates (Nealy v. Astrue; Pusey v. Astrue) Mar/11/11
Will Proposed Regulations Diminish the Treating Physician Rule? Apr/1/11
Mussi v. Astrue, 744 F.Supp.2d 390 (W.D.Pa. 2010) May/18/11
NOSSCR comments on proposed rule to eliminate requirement to recontact treating sources June/10/11
Krauser v. Astrue, 638 F.3d 1324 (10th Cir. 2011) July/18/11
SSA Issues Final Rule on Recontacting Treating Source Feb/1/12
Report Recommends Expanding "Acceptable Medical Sources" July/23/12
Griffith v. Astrue, 839 F.Supp.2d 771 (D.Del. 2012) Sept/24/12
Knighton v. Astrue, 861 F.Supp.2d 59 (N.D.N.Y. 2012) Mar/20/13
DDS Physician Codes (POMS DI 26510.0990) May/11/13
Freismuth v. Astrue, 920 F.Supp.2d 943 (E.D.Wis. 2012) Sept/16/13
Practice Tip: Submit a Medical Source's Curriculum Vitae Sept/17/13
Freismuth v. Astrue, 920 F.Supp.2d 943 (E.D.Wis. 2013) Nov/24/13
Bouvier v. Astrue, 923 F.Supp.2d 336 (D.R.I. 2013) Nov/24/13
Farringer v. Colvin, 969 F.Supp.2d 1144 (D.Neb. 2013) June/17/14
Hernandez v. Commissioner of Social Security, 989 F.Supp.2d 202 (D.P.R. 2013) Aug/16/14
Dillman v. Commissioner of Social Security, 990 F.Supp.2d 787 (S.D.Ohio 2013) Aug/16/14
Shew v. Colvin, 956 F. Supp.2d 1046 (E.D. Mo. 2013) Oct/18/14
Kunik v. Colvin, 996 F. Supp.2d 751 (N.D. Iowa 2014) Nov/16/14
Cox v. Astrue, 993 F. Supp.2d 169 (N.D.N.Y. 2012) Jan/24/15
Morrison v. Colvin, 31 F. Supp.3d 1225 (E.D. Wash. 2014) Feb/5/15
Practice Tip: When the Doctor Recommends Reducing or Ending Substance Abuse Aug/1/15
Jacoby v. Colvin, 72 F.Supp.3d 1154 (D. Ore. 2015) Aug/11/15
Dealing with “Bad” Doctors Sept/1/15
Russell v. Commissioner of Social Security, 14 F.Supp.3d 921 (S.D. Ohio 2014) Sept/16/15
Reynolds v. Commissioner of Social Security, 14 F.Supp3d 954 (S.D. Ohio) Sept/17/15
Crosse v. Colvin, 73 F.Supp.3d 169 (N.D.N.Y. 2014) Sept/17/15
Correction and Update: “Bad” Doctors Litigation Oct/2/15
Dickey v. Colvin, 74 F.Supp.3d 1118 (N.D. Cal. 2014) Oct/16/15
McCarthy v. Colvin, 66 F.Supp.3d 315 (W.D.N.Y. 2014) Oct/16/15
Does a CDI Unit Report Support Discounting a Treating Source Opinion? Nov/1/15
Dominguez v. Colvin, 808 F.3d 403 (9th Cir. 2015) Feb/34/16
Franz v. Colvin, 91 F.Supp.3d 1200 (D.Or. 2015) June/15/16
Keener v. Colvin, 133 F.Supp.3d 1160 (S.D.Ind. 2015) June/15/16
Garcia v. Colvin, 162 F.Supp.3d 1096 (D.Or. 2016) Oct/22/216
New Regulation Abolishes Treating Source Rule; Code of Conduct Proposed Regulations Withdrawn Jan/1/17
Brown v. Colvin, 845 F.3d 247 (7th Cir. 2016) Feb-Mar/17/17
SSRs Change to Reflect New Rules on How Evidence is Weighed Apr/3/17
Dale v. Colvin, 823 F.3d 941 (9th Cir. 2016) Apr/18/17
Moon v. Colvin, 139 F.Supp.3d 1211 (D.Or. 2016) Apr/18/17
   

WEIGHT OF MEDICAL EVIDENCE – ATTORNEY REQUESTED

Month/Page/Year
Punzio v. Astrue, 630 F.3d 704 (7th Cir. 2011) June/25/11
   

WEIGHT OF MEDICAL EVIDENCE – EXPLANATION REQUIRED

Month/Page/Year
ALJ Failure to Provide "Good Reasons" for Rejecting Treating Physician Opinions (Napier v. Astrue, Dukes v. Astrue) June/23/11
Jones v. Astrue, 647 F.3d 350 (D.C. 2011) Oct/17/11
Cole v. Astrue, 652 F.d 653 (6th Cir. 2011) Dec/17/11
Foster v. Astrue, 826 F.Supp.2d 884 (E.D.N.C. 2011) June/21/12
Chambers v. Astrue, 835 F.Supp.2d 668 (S.D.Ind. 2011) Sept/24/12
Neydavoud v. Astrue, 830 F.Supp.2d 907 (C.D.Cal. 2011) Sept/24/12
Hill v. Astrue, 698 F.3d 1153 (9th Cir. 2012) Jan/28/13
   

WEIGHT OF MEDICAL EVIDENCE – MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELOR

Month/Page/Year
Cole v. Astrue, 661 F.3d 931 (6th Cir. 2011) Jan/45/12
   

WEIGHT OF MEDICAL EVIDENCE – NON-EXAMINING PHYSICIAN

Month/Page/Year
Feskins v. Astrue, 804 F.Supp.2d 1105 (D.Ore. 2011) Feb/40/12
   

WEIGHT OF MEDICAL EVIDENCE – PHYSICAL THERAPIST

Month/Page/Year
Practice Tip: Weighing Evidence from a Physical Therapist (Williams v. Astrue, No. 5:10-cv-212 (D.Vt. 2011) Sept/5/11
   

WEIGHT OF MEDICAL EVIDENCE – RFC CONFLICT

Month/Page/Year
Practice Tip: Medical Opinion "inconsistent" with ALJ RFC Finding (Brooke v. Astrue) Feb/17/12
   

WORK HISTORY

Month/Page/Year
Work History Practice Tip June/3/15
   

WORK INCENTIVES

Month/Page/Year
No 2011 COLA – Benefits Will Not Increase Oct/1/10
SSA Begins BOND Work Incentive Demonstration Feb/6/11
Social Security Disability: Ticket to Work Participation Has Increased but Additional Oversight Needed, Report No. GAO-11-324 July/11/11
House Holds Hearings on Social Security and SSI Disability Programs Oct/1/11
2012 COLA is 3.6 Percent – First Increase Since 2009 Oct/1/11
New Report Finds SSDI Discourages Work for "Marginal" Beneficiaries Dec/13/11
Federal Register Update: Tickets under the Ticket to Work program Jan/31/12
Tumminaro v. Astrue, 671 F.3d 629 (7th Cir. 2011) July/20/12
2013 COLA is 1.7 Percent Oct/1/12
Recent Congressional Hearings: House Hearing on "Encouraging Work" in the SSDI Program; House hearing on Representative Payees. June/10/13
GAO May Overestimate 0.5% SSDI "Improper" Payment Rate Due to Factors Not Analyzed Sept/1/13
2014 COLA is 1.5 Percent Oct/3/13
2015 COLA is 1.7 Percent Oct/3/14
No COLA in 2016 – Other 2016 Changes Published Oct/3/15
Cost of Living Adjustment for 2017 Announced: 0.3% Increase Oct/3/16
SSA Prepares to Launch Two New Demonstrations Apr/7/17
   

WORKERS' COMPENSATION OFFSET

Month/Page/Year
No 2011 COLA – Benefits Will Not Increase Mar/19/11
Application of the Workers' Compensation Offset (OIG Report: Accuracy of FY 2009 Title II Disability Insurance Benefit Payments Involving Workers' Compensation Offsets, A-04-10-11-14 (Feb. 2011) Sept/10/13
ABLE Act Becomes Law: Change in Worker's Comp Offset Age Is "Pay-For" Dec/1/14
Workers Compensation Offset Now Extends to Full Retirement Age Jan/4/16
   

WINDFALL ELIMINATION PROVISION

Month/Page/Year
When Did I Get My Windfall and Why is SSA Trying to Take it Away? Jan/23/12
Federal Register Update: Acquiescence Ruling on Windfall Elimination Provision exemption (AR 12-1(8)) Nov/8/12
Windfall Elimination No Longer Applies to Some Israeli Pensions Apr/21/16
   
 
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