Assessing SSA's Region I Pilot Program
About the Chairman
Paul R. Verkuil (Ver-kile), the tenth Chairman of the Administrative Conference of the United States, was sworn in by Vice President Biden on April 6, 2010. The Conference was revived by Congress in 2009 after a 15-year hiatus.... Read full bio »
At the request of the Social Security Administration (SSA), the Office of the Chairman is studying the impact of the pilot program in Region I which, according to 20 C.F.R §§ 405.316, 405.331, both requires notice of the ALJ hearing 75 days prior to the hearing date, and closes the evidentiary record five days before the hearing date absent a showing of good cause. The report will review and analyze SSA’s statute and current regulations, as well as past regulatory initiatives; compare Region I with other Regions; and gather information from affected groups both within and outside of the agency. Based on the research conducted, the report will present options available to SSA regarding future actions to improve the disability adjudication process with respect to noticing of hearings and closure of the evidentiary record.