DI 27021.001 Simplified Rationale Background
Disability work simplification initiatives were developed to improve productivity and maintain high quality in the disability program. One initiative allows disability examiners the option to prepare a supplemental determination rationale if there is duplicate information documented elsewhere in the file.
NOTE: The summary determination rationale, as outlined in DI 27020.001, may still be prepared when required by Disability Determination Services (DDS) management, e.g., for training purposes.
B. Simplified Rationale preparation at the reconsideration level
The chart in DI 27021.005 – Reconsideration Documentation and Supplemental Rationale Preparation shows:
Issues that are currently required to be documented and rationalized in the disability decision making process;
Where the issues are usually 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 permit preparation of a supplemental rationale according to the instructions in DI 27021.005 – Reconsideration Documentation and Supplemental Rationale Preparation.
NOTE: The simplified rationale instructions are in place until the nationwide launch of the electronic claims analysis tool (eCAT). DDS sites currently using eCAT, should follow the procedures provided to their staff.