SSA Informal Remand Project

On February 1, 2012, SSA began implementation of a new project designed to reduce the disability backlog at ODAR.  The Project will start at the Atlanta SSA Region, which includes Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, and other regional states.  Basically, cases will be screened by disability examiners to determine if a fully favorable decision can be granted without the necessity of a hearing.  This Project is distinct from the Virtual Screening Unit, which performs a somewhat similar task.  Only fully favorable decisions can be issued.  Apparently, the disability examiner will contact the claimant’s representative on any file reviewed and may ask for additional information, to be submitted within 10 days.  Keep in mind, only electronic cases are being screened.  The review is supposed to take 45 days. During the 45 day review, the case cannot be set for hearing.  Contact with the representative of the claimant is required.

Source: Social Security Forum Volume 34, No. 2 – February 2012;

If you need help with your Social Security Disability claim in Tennessee or Georgia, contact Patrick Cruise at The Hamilton Firm.


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