The Social Security Administration (SSA) has tested several disability process initiatives
to improve the disability determination process. Some of those tests have been stand-alone
tests, while others tested various combinations of modifications to the disability
determination procedures. In 1997, we tested the Disability Redesign Full Process
Model (FPM). The FPM initially tested four initiatives, the:
Single Decisionmaker model,
Elimination of Reconsideration, and
Adjudication Officer model.
DI 12015.001, Introduction – Disability Redesign Tests.
combined a test of the elimination of the Appeals Council request for review with
the FPM and tested the elimination of the Appeals Council request for review as an
adjunct to the FPM test;
identified the most successful elements of the FPM pilot and used them to create the
Disability Redesign Prototype model; and
began testing the Disability Redesign Prototype model in the Disability Determination
Services in 10 States in October 1999.