Here's the witness list for today's hearing before the House Social Security Subcommittee, with my description of one's witness' testimony:
The Honorable Michael J. Astrue
Commissioner, Social Security Administration
Director, Office of Disability Determination Services, Vermont Agency of Human Services, on behalf of the National Council of Disability Determination Directors
Lisa D. Ekman
Senior Policy Advisor, Health & Disability Advocates on behalf of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Social Security Task Force
Director, Education, Workforce, and Income Security Issues, U.S. Government Accountability Office
Leighton Chan, M.D. Chief, Rehabilitation Medicine Department, National Institutes of Health
Nicole Maestas, Ph.D.
- If I hear one more person involved in rehabilitation talking about "shifting paradigms" I think I'm going to start throwing things. Dr. Chan talked about a project he is working on "to create a real time functional assessment that is rapid, reliable and objective. This project assesses the feasibility of developing Computer Adaptive Test (CAT) instruments that could be considered for integration into the SSA’s disability evaluation processes. CAT methodology, coupled with Item Response Theory (IRT), is used to measure outcomes precisely across the full continuum of human functioning. IRT/CAT represents a simple form of artificial intelligence software requiring a computer for administration." I will not bore my readers with a full description of IRT/CAT except to say that the idea that it has anything to offer to disability determination is laughable from any point of view.
Senior Economist, RAND Corporation