NOSSCR provides the latest updates from the Social Security Administration.
OPM ISSUES PROPOSED RULES ON THE APPOINTMENT AND EMPLOYMENT OF ALJs
- On September 21, 2020, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued proposed regulations governing the appointment and employment of administrative law judges (ALJs) to implement Executive Order (E.O.) 13843 entitled ‘‘Excepting Administrative Law Judges from the Competitive Service.’’ These proposed revisions update the rules for ALJ hiring in light of the new Schedule E of the excepted service for ALJs and update the existing ALJ employment regulations to reflect other recent changes in the law. 85 Fed. Reg. 59207. Comments must be received on or before November 20, 2020.
NPRM ISSUED ON RULES REGARDING THE FREQUENCY AND NOTICE OF CONTINUING DISABILITY REVIEWS
- SSA published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on November 18, 2019 proposing to revise its regulations regarding when and how often they conduct continuing disability reviews (CDR), which are periodic reviews of eligibility required for benefit continuation. The proposed rules would add a category to the existing medical diary categories that is used to schedule CDRs and revise the criteria for assigning each of the medical diary categories to cases. The proposed rules would also change the frequency with which SSA performs a CDR for claims with the medical diary category for permanent impairments. The revised changes would ensure that SSA continues to maintain appropriate stewardship of the disability program and identify medical improvement (MI) at its earliest point.