Public Law 96-265;
Regulations 20 C.F.R. 404.1620 and 416.1020
DI 39515.001 Guidelines for Providing a QA Function
A. Policy principle
The State will provide quality assurance (QA) function to ensure that disability determinationsare made accuratelyand promptly.
NOTE:If a State agency failsto meet minimum standards of performance, SSA may imposespecific requirements in the QA area as part of SSA's plan of delivering technical and management assistanceto improve their performance.
B. Operating policy
The State agency has maximum flexibilityto designa QA function (or unit) that best suits the need of the agency as long as regulatedperformance standards are met.
C. Operating procedure
a. Workpower analysis
Indicate in your workpower analysis the QA staff and workyears needed (see DI 39503.220).
b. QA plan
Submit as part of your budget request, a QA plan that includes:
No specific reports are required other than your budget submittal, State Agency Operations Report and the State Agency Work Measurement System.
The regional office may require local reporting.
D. Related policy
The regional office can provide assistance or guidance as needed in the areas above.