Social Security Administration

ODAR - Vocational Expert CD's

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In Social Security disability hearings, vocational experts are called upon to render expert testimony. In order to prepare for the hearings, the vocational experts must review the case files. Therefore, a senior case technician must burn the files onto CD’s, and the vocational experts must come into the ODAR office to review them. Once the CD’s have been reviewed, they are put into the shred box to be destroyed. So in a year’s time, not only do you have the cost of the CD’s to consider, but also the SCT’s preparation time, and the cost of destroying the CD’s. Since vocational experts must be approved by the agency and under contract, would it not be feasible to develop a system similar to the one used by the representatives (ARTS) whereby the vocational experts could view the case files online in the ODAR office?

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Idea No. 12194