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SSA RIN: 0960-AI83 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: Intermediate Improvement to the Disability Adjudication Process, Including How we Consider Past Work 

We propose to develop intermediate improvements to reduce the burden in our current disability adjudication process as a step towards longer-term reforms to ensure our disability program remains current and supports equitable outcomes. Actions could include decreasing the years of past work we consider when making a disability determination, as well as other potential regulatory changes.

The development of this regulation was informed by a listening session conducted by our Office of Communications with advocacy groups representing claimants and beneficiaries. 

Agency: Social Security Administration(SSA)  Priority: Section 3(f)(1) Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 20 CFR 404 Subpart P    20 CFR 416 Subpart I    20 CFR 404.1560(b)    20 CFR 416.960(b)   
Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 405(a)    42 U.S.C. 1383(d)(1)   
Legal Deadline:  None

Statement of Need:

Reducing the reporting requirements for prior work to a 5-year period instead of 15 years will reduce the burden on individuals seeking disability benefits while still providing us with enough relevant information to make accurate disability determinations and decisions.

Summary of the Legal Basis:

Social Security Administration general rulemaking authority 42 U.S.C. 405(a); 42 U.S.C. 1383(d)(1). 


We make disability determinations consistent with statutes and our current regulations. Taking actions such as exploring revising the definition of past relevant work would reduce the burden on individuals and improve customer service. 

Anticipated Costs and Benefits:

We estimate that implementation of the proposed rule would result in an increase in scheduled SSDI benefits of $22.9 billion, a net reduction in scheduled old-age and survivors insurance (OASI) benefits of $6.5 billion, and an increase in Federal SSI payments of $3.9 billion in total over fiscal years 2024 through 2033, assuming implementation for all decisions made on or after May 6, 2024.



Risks not yet identified. 

Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  09/29/2023  88 FR 67135   
NPRM Comment Period End  11/28/2023 
Final Action  04/00/2024 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Mary Quatroche
Social Security Administration
6401 Security Boulevard,
Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone:410 966-4794