I'm reposting this since no one was able to give an answer to my questions -- the closest was an answer that referred to the agency's ability to impose sanctions against those who make false or misleading statements, which has nothing to do with a failure to submit evidence.
Social Security is publishing new regulations in the Federal Register on the submission of evidence tomorrow. You can read them today.Some Questions: What's the enforcement mechanism for these requirements? If there's no enforcement mechanism, is this anything more than precatory language? As vague as these regulations are, even if there is an enforcement mechanism, is it practical to enforce them? How can you punish someone for failing to live up to a standard that you can't define in a meaningful way? Is the lack of enforceability the reason that Social Security insisted on pressing ahead with regulations that were universally condemned for vagueness and overreaching? Why worry about what these regulations say if you have no intention of trying to enforce them?