Rule Allows SSA to Skip Step 4 if insufficient evidence of PRW

Effective today, in an effort to “promote administrative efficiency”, adjudicators are allowed discretion to skip step 4 of the sequential evaluation process in cases where there is “insufficient evidence” to determine the claimant’s past relevant work.  77 Fed.Reg. 43492 (July 25, 2012).  The National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives has expressed concerns over the amount of discretion given to adjudicators, the possibility of an undeveloped record, and the possibility of increased denials.  It will be interesting to see how this impacts the claims process.

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