Any published, official policy issuance; i.e., SSA regulations, rulings, Program Operations
Manual System (POMS), administrative messages, and emergency messages. For an explanation
of policies and operating instructions see 20 CFR §404.1633 and 20 CFR §404.1602 .
Do not, under any circumstances, use the Office of Disability Programs’ policy memorandums,
PolicyNet Questions and Answers, adjudicating components’ Administrative Letters,
or other similar written guidelines to justify or explain the deficiency.