The Social Security Administration (SSA) uses regulations and subregulatory guidelines
to implement disability programs established by Congress in the Social Security Act
(Act). The Act also provides State agencies the authority to make disability determinations
following SSA’s regulations and the Commissioner the authority to review these determinations.
It is with this reviewing authority that the Office of Quality Review (OQR) evaluates
the correctness of claims processed by a State agency disability determination service
(DDS) on SSA’s behalf. When OQR conducts a quality review of a claim and finds a deficiency
(for more information, see GN 04440.003C), the reviewer has the option of returning the case to the DDS for correction or
assuming jurisdiction of the claim. When an OQR reviewer assumes jurisdiction of a
claim, he or she assumes responsibility of the determination in addition to performing
the role of quality reviewer.
IMPORTANT: Once OQR assumes jurisdiction, the determination becomes Federal and affects the handling
of subsequent appeals.