FIT Not Working For Judge Posner
Social Security essentially requires that something it calls Findings Integrated Template (FIT) be used in drafting decisions for Administrative Law Judges (ALJs). FIT employs a lot of what lawyers call boilerplate to justify denials. Anyone familiar with FIT can tell that the FIT boilerplate is no longer working at the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. It is particularly not working for Judge Posner on that Court. In case you are not familiar with him, Judge Posner is an extraordinary writer (although this opinion is not one of his best efforts). Other judges do not always agree with Judge Posner but they always pay attention to what he has to say.