Social Security Administration: Administrative Review Process for Adjudicating Initial Disability Claims
GAO-06-640R: May 16, 2006
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GAO reviewed the Social Security Administration's (SSA) new rule on the administrative review process for adjudicating initial disability claims. GAO found that (1) the rule amends SSA's administrative review process for applications for benefits that are based on whether one is disabled under title II of the Social Security Act or applications for supplemental security income payments that are based on whether one is disabled or blind under title XVI of the Act; and (2) SSA complied with applicable requirements in promulgating the rule.
Social Security Administration: Administrative Review Process for Adjudicating Initial Disability Claims, GAO-06-640R, May 16, 2006
Pursuant to section 801(a)(2)(A) of title 5, United States Code, this is our report on a major rule promulgated by the Social Security Administration (SSA), entitled Administrative Review Process for Adjudicating Initial Disability Claims (RIN: 0960-AG31). We received the rule on
The final rule amends SSA's administrative review process for applications for benefits that are based on whether one is disabled under title II of the Social Security Act or applications for supplemental security income payments that are based on whether one is disabled or blind under title XVI of the Act.
Enclosed is our assessment of SSA's compliance with the procedural steps required by section 801(a)(1)(B)(i) through (iv) of title 5 with respect to the rule. Our review indicates that SSA complied with the applicable requirements.
If you have any questions about this report, please contact James W. Vickers, Assistant General Counsel, at (202) 512-8210.
Kathleen E. Wannisky
Managing Associate General Counsel
ANALYSIS UNDER 5 U.S.C. sect. 801(a)(1)(B)(i)-(iv) OF A MAJOR RULE
ISSUED BY THE
SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION
"ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW PROCESS FOR
ADJUDICATING INITIAL DISABILITY CLAIMS"
(i) Cost-benefit analysis
The SSA's Office of the Chief Actuary estimates that the final rule will result in increased program outlays over the next 10 years during the transitional period of implementing the new procedures of $1.427 billion.
(ii) Agency actions relevant to the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. sections 603-605, 607, and 609
The Commissioner of SSA has certified that the final rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities.
(iii) Agency actions relevant to sections 202-205 of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995, 2 U.S.C. sections 1532-1535
The final rule does not contain either an intergovernmental or private sector mandate, as defined in title II, of more than $100 million in any one year.
(iv) Other relevant information or requirements under acts and executive orders
Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. sections 551 et seq.
The final rule was issued using the notice and comment procedures found at 5 U.S.C. 553. On
Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. sections 3501-3520
The final rule contains an information collection that is subject to review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under the Paperwork Review Act. SSA has submitted the required information to OMB for its review and approval.
Statutory authorization for the rule
The final rule is promulgated under the authority found in titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act.
Executive Order No. 12866
The final rule was reviewed by OMB and found to be an economically significant regulatory action.
Executive Order No. 13132 (Federalism)
SSA states that the final rule does not have federalism implications under the order.