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HEARING: Chairman Johnson Announces Hearing on the Challenges of Achieving Fair and Consistent Disability Decisions

B-318 Rayburn House Office Building at 10:00 AM
March 20, 2013 — Hearing   

Focus Of The Hearing
The hearing will examine policies that have expanded the role of subjective evaluations in determining whether applicants qualify for benefits and how these policies may result in unexplained variations in decision-making, weakening public confidence in the consistency and fairness of this national program.

Witness List

Patrick P. O’Carroll, Jr.
Inspector General, Social Security Administration, accompanied by Heather Hermann, National Coordinator, Cooperative Disability Investigations Program, Office of the Inspector General, Social Security Administration

Arthur R. Spencer
Associate Commissioner, Office of Disability Programs, Social Security Administration

Kathy Ruffing
Senior Fellow, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
(Truth in Testimony)

Trudy Lyon-Hart
Director, Office of Disability Determination Services, Vermont Agency of Human Services, on behalf of the National Council of Disability Determination Directors
(Truth in Testimony)

David Hatfield
Administrative Law Judge (Retired), Wexford, Pennsylvania
(Truth in Testimony)


Chairman Johnson’s Opening Statement

SUBCOMMITTEE: Social Security