SSA or a State Disability Determination Services (DDS) may engage the services of
private consultants to prepare for or perform consultative examinations or vocational
assessments of individuals applying for disability benefits under sections 221 and
1633 of the Social Security Act. In these cases, SSA and DDS may disclose relevant
non-tax return information (including verification of Social Security numbers (SSN))
to medical and vocational consultants.
We may disclose information to medical and vocational consultants under routine uses
applicable in, but not limited to, the following systems of records:
60-0089—Claims Folders System, or
See GN 03325.000 for instructions concerning verification of SSNs.
NOTE: Medical and vocational consultant reports prepared and submitted to us under contract
become the property of SSA. In addition, records retained by medical sources pertaining
to a consultative examination performed for the Social Security program are subject
to our privacy regulations and can be disclosed only as authorized by SSA’s regulations.