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SSA RIN: 0960-AI71 Publication ID: Fall 2022 
Title: Manner of Appearance at Hearings 

We propose changing "telephone” to "audio only” and changing "video teleconferencing” to "video.” These terms will accommodate additional hearing modalities, such as online video hearings, and provide flexibility to adapt to changing technology. We also propose to retain the opportunity for claimants to object to the manner of appearance offered, with the exception of in-person hearings. Additionally, we propose to retain the ability to mandate an "audio only” hearing in extraordinary circumstances. If a claimant fails to timely object to the manner of appearance, we will extend the time to do so if the claimant shows good cause for missing the deadline.

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 
CFR Citation: 20 CFR 404.929    20 CFR 416.1429    20 CFR 404.936    20 CFR 416.1436    20 CFR 404.944    20 CFR 416.1444    20 CFR 404.933    20 CFR 416.1433    20 CFR 404.937    20 CFR 416.1437    ...     (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)
Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 405(a)    42 U.S.C. 405(b)(1)    42 U.S.C. 902(a)(5)    42 U.S.C. 1383(c)(1)(A)   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  03/00/2023 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Jennifer Thompson
Branch Chief
Social Security Administration
Office of Hearing Operations, 6401 Social Security Boulevard,
Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone:703 605-8500