Program Operations Manual System (POMS)
A series of disability work simplification initiatives which can improve productivity
in the disability program while maintaining a high quality work product have been
developed. One initiative is to suspend, during FY 87, the preparation of summary
decision rationales as previously required by DI 26515.000. Because these summary decision rationales largely contained information documented
elsewhere in the file, it is felt that they were duplicative and therefore do not
need to be repeated separately. The chart in DI 26516.005 shows the issues that are currently required to be rationalized/documented in the
disability decisionmaking process and where they will usually be documented in the
file so that they do not have to be repeated in a separate summary decision rationale.
If these issues are not documented elsewhere in the file, the simplified procedures
provide that a brief supplemental rationale be prepared (see DI 26516.005). Specific instructions, outlining these situations, are provided in DI 26516.010.
During the one-year simplification period, a study will be conducted to determine
the effect of the new procedures on the accuracy and consistency of decisionmaking.
After the study, a decision will be made regarding the ongoing preparation of decision
rationales needed to document our disability determinations.