TN 1 (06-86)
Adjudication in SSA is the process, involving both the DO and processing center, of
making an initial determination as to entitlement on a social security claim. Adjudicative
activities in the DO consist of a series of judgments running through the entire development
of a claim, usually culminating in the preparation of an award or disallowance form.
In making these cumulative judgments, DO personnel must not only apply a complex body
of law, regulations, and instructions, but must also avoid burdening the public with
The interrelationship between DO and processing center adjudicative responsibilities
is described in GN 01010.027 - GN 01010.028. A detailed list of DO adjudicative responsibilities is provided in GN 01010.008 and GN 01010.100.