Federal Register Announcement: SSA Announces Proposed Changes to Rules on Removing “Inability to Communicate in English” as an Education Category

 

 

The Social Security Administration (SSA) announced in the Federal Register on February 1, 2019, it’s proposal to eliminate the education category ‘‘inability to communicate in English’’ when it evaluates disability claims for adults under titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act (Act).

 

 

In summary, SSA states:

 

 

“We propose to eliminate the education category ‘‘inability to communicate in English’’ when we evaluate disability claims for adults under titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act (Act). Changes in the national workforce since we added this category to our rules in 1978 demonstrate that this education category is no longer a reliable indicator of an individual’s educational attainment or the vocational impact of an individual’s education. The proposed revisions reflect research and data related to English language proficiency, work, and education; expansion of the international reach of our disability programs; and audit findings by our Office of the Inspector General (OIG). The proposed revisions would help us better assess the vocational impact of education in the disability determination process.”

  

 

These changes would be made as well as other revisions in 20 CFR 404.1564 and 416.964.  SSA is asking for comments from the public to be submitted by April 2, 2019.

 

 

For a full copy of this notification, or to leave a comment on the proposed changes please visit the Federal Register – Social Security Administration index for 2019 and search by Rules, Proposed Rules and Notices. 

       

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