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Forum Archive, T – Z

NOSSCR Forum Archive, 2010 – 2017

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Alphabetical Listing of Topics, T – Z

  • Month/Page/Year
  • Tax Bill Cuts Payroll Tax by 2% for One YearJan/1/11
  • Payroll Tax Cuts and the Social Security Trust FundSept/1/11
  • Will the Payroll Tax Cut Continue in 2012?Dec/1/11
  • Practice Tip: When Fraudulent Tax Returns Affect Social Security BenefitsAug/12/12
  • Review Form 1099-MISC Now to Avoid Tax Problems LaterJan/3/13
  • The Government Giveth and, Occasionally, Taketh Away: SSDI and Federal Income TaxJan/12/14
  • 1099-MISC Forms to Be Sent in January 2015Dec/2/14
  • 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 ProgramAug/15/12
  • Month/Page/Year
  • Attmore v. Colvin, 827 F.3d 872 (9th Cir. 2016)Oct/21/16
  • Month/Page/Year
  • Practice Tip: Thrombocytosis (Nevels v. Astrue)May/9/11
  • 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
  • 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 hearingsOct/16/11
  • TRIAL WORK PERIOD
    See WORK INCENTIVES
  • Month/Page/Year
  • Trusts and SSI EligibilityApr/19/15
  • 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 OverpaymentsFeb/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 DownturnsOct/9/13
  • Washington DC Update: Congress Addresses Alleged New York Fraud Scheme and UI-SSDI offsetJan/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 BenefitsMar/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
  • Month/Page/Year
  • Focus: Assessing Work Efforts as Unsuccessful Work AttemptsOct/4/11
  • SSA Proposes Changes to Regulations on Unsuccessful Work Attempts and Expedited ReinstatementMay/1/16
  • Final Rule on Unsuccessful Work Attempts and Expedited ReinstatementOct/3/16
  • Month/Page/Year
  • New Report on Importance of SSDI to Disabled WorkersJuly/1/13
  • 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. Asliue, 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 Exlia 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
  • 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. Asliue, Holliday v. Asliue 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
  • Month/Page/Year
  • Practice Tip Oct/11/11
  • Letter to the Editor Dec/2/11
  • 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
  • Month/Page/Year
  • Ellwanger v. Asliue, 642 F.Supp.2d 891 (W.D.Wis. 2009) Jan/29/10
  • Huizar v. Asliue, 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. Asliue (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. Asliue, 627 F.3d 614 (7th Cir. 2010) June/25/11
  • Recent HALLEX Revisions (I-2-5-57 ) July/7/11
  • Tune v. Asliue, 760 F.Supp.2d 555 (E.D.N.C. 2011) July/18/11
  • Callahan v. Asliue, 786 F.Supp.2d 87 (D.D.C. 2011) Dec/17/11
  • Practice Tip: Vocational Expert Testimony Challenges Jan/24/12
  • Ball v. Asliue, 755 F.Supp.2d 452 (W.D.N.Y. 2010) Feb/40/12
  • Santos v. Asliue, 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 (Kouliakos v. Asliue) 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. Asliue, 688 F.3d 1144 (9th Cir. 2012) Nov/12/12
  • Hill v. Asliue, 688 F.3d 1144 (9th Cir. 2012) Dec/1/12
  • Cohen v. Asliue, 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. Asliue, 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 Concenliation 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. Asliue, 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
  • 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
  • Month/Page/Year
  • Punzio v. Astrue, 630 F.3d 704 (7th Cir. 2011) June/25/11
  • 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
  • Month/Page/Year
  • Cole v. Astrue, 661 F.3d 931 (6th Cir. 2011) Jan/45/12
  • Month/Page/Year
  • Feskins v. Astrue, 804 F.Supp.2d 1105 (D.Ore. 2011) Feb/40/12
  • 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
  • Month/Page/Year
  • Practice Tip: Medical Opinion “inconsistent” with ALJ RFC Finding (Brooke v. Astrue) Feb/17/12
  • Month/Page/Year
  • Work History Practice Tip June/3/15
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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