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SSA RIN: 0960-AH86 Publication ID: Spring 2018 
Title: Removing Ability to Communicate in English as a Vocational Factor 

We propose to revise existing disability evaluation rules relating to the ability to communicate in English.  Specifically, we will clarify that an inability to communicate in English is not tantamount to illiteracy or inadequate verbal communication.  Rather, an inability to communicate adequately verbally or in writing in any language will be the effective standard.   The proposed revisions will reflect current research, analysis of our disability program data, Federal agency data about workforce participation, and comments we received from the public in response to an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

Agency: Social Security Administration(SSA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Fully or Partially Exempt 
CFR Citation: 20 CFR 404.1564, part 404 subpart P app.    20 CFR 416.964   
Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 402    42 U.S.C. 405(a) to 405(b)    42 U.S.C. 405(d) to 405(h)    42 U.S.C. 416(i)    42 U.S.C. 421(a)    42 U.S.C. 421(h) to (j)    42 U.S.C. 422(c)    42 U.S.C. 423    42 U.S.C. 425    42 U.S.C. 902(a)(5)   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  08/00/2018 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: None 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
Public Comment URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Daniel O'Brien
Director, Office of Retirement and Disability Policy
Social Security Administration
Office of Vocational, Evaluation, and Process Policy, 6401 Security Boulevard,
Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone:410 597-1632

William P. Gibson
Social Insurance Specialist, Regulations Writer
Social Security Administration
Office of Regulations and Reports Clearance, 6401 Security Boulevard,
Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone:410 966-9039