A change of position (COP) occurs when a policy or legal precedent previously adhered
to in the adjudication of cases, which was correct and reasonable when made, is changed
as a result of subsequent court decisions or other applicable legal precedents or
new policy considerations.
The rules in this section are the rules which we follow in COP. However, if the implementing
instructions with any specific COP vary from these, follow the implementing instructions.
Instructions issued at the time of the COP will advise what constitutes a questioning
in writing by SSA in that particular COP situation.