From a recent study by Social Security's Office of Inspector General (OIG):
eCAT is a Web-based application designed to document the analysis made by a disability adjudicator and ensure all relevant Agency policies are considered during the disability adjudication process. eCAT produces a Disability Determination Explanation (DDE) that documents the detailed analysis and rationale for either allowing or denying a claim. ...
As of September 30, 2010, SSA had implemented eCAT in 37 sites. The Agency continues eCAT’s gradual rollout and expects completion in May 2011. ...
Our review found that SSA’s eCAT application is a useful tool in documenting the analysis of initial disability claims. ...
During our site visits, eCAT users commented that the application
We will continue following eCAT’s rollout to all levels of adjudication—field office, DDS, and ODAR.
- was a valuable training tool for newly hired examiners;
- produced comprehensive disability determinations and decision rationales;
- provided consistent uniform documentation for the disability determination;
- reinforced the disability determination process;
- streamlined the disability evaluation; and
- made it difficult to miss a step in the disability adjudication process. ...