The Office of Inspector General (OIG) report on "outlier" Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) who have unusually high rates of approving disability claims and who also dispose of many cases is out.
I have to repeat what I said in response to the press reports that this was coming:
- Where did OIG find the gold standard for determining who is and who isn't disabled?
- Will OIG share this gold standard with the rest of Social Security? The agency has been seeking this gold standard for more than 50 years.
The OIG report gives essentially no information about the gold standard they found. It's not clear who administered this gold standard. What sort of training and experience did those people have?
Of course, I and others keep wondering when OIG will take a look at ALJs with low allowance rates.