The budget Fiscal and Administrative Letter outlining management emphases will be
published annually, as near to September 1 as possible, to allow maximum time for
DDS's to undertake preliminary analysis and planning for budget information.
SSA will issue (1) national workload estimates by program and (2) forecasts of probable
developments pertinent to DDS financial needs, as well as more timely guides in estimating
certain cost categories. Appropriate workloads for individual DDS's are established
by the regional office and funded accordingly. If more recent experience leads an
agency to question these estimated workloads, it may submit a budget based on other
estimates. In such case, the agency must also submit with the budget a complete explanation
of the method used to estimate its own workload with necessary rationale.