Federal Register Announcement: Social Security Administration (SSA) Sets the Manner for the Appearance of Parties and Witnesses at a Hearing

 

 

The SSA announced in the Federal Register on December 18, 2019, its final rule in regard to setting the time, place, and manner of appearance for hearings at the administrative law judge (ALJ) level of the administrative review process.

 

 

In summary, SSA states:

 

 

“Our final rule states that we (the agency) will determine how parties and witnesses will appear at a hearing before an ALJ, and that we will set the time and place for the hearing accordingly. We will schedule the parties to a hearing to appear by video teleconference (VTC), in person, or, in limited circumstances, by telephone. Under this final rule, we will decide how parties and witnesses will appear at a hearing based on several factors, but the parties to a hearing will continue to have the ability to opt out of appearing by VTC at the ALJ hearings level. Finally, we are revising our rule to state that, at the ALJ hearing level, if we need to send an amended notice of hearing, or if we need to schedule a supplemental hearing, we will send the amended notice or notice of supplemental hearing at least 20 days before the date of the hearing. The date of hearing indicated in the amended notice or notice of supplemental hearing will be at least 75 days from the date we first sent the claimant a notice of hearing, unless the claimant has waived his or her right to advance notice.”

 

 

This final rule goes into effect on January 17, 2020. 

 

 

For a full copy of this notification, please visit the Federal Register – Social Security Administration index for 2019.  

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