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DDSSA ADJUDICATOR IV

The Disability Determination for Social Security Administration (DDSSA) Case Consultant is responsible for performing analytical work in the preparation of vocational eligibility determinations for

Class Code:

X190C

Job Grade:

GS09

Special Job Requirements:

None

Typical Functions:

Investigates claimants’ past vocational history by contacting claimants, former employers, and federal Social Security personnel to document past relevant work and corresponding skill level and job demand requirements for that type of work. Compares case documentation relating to claimants’ residual functional capacity ratings, mental or physical work limitations, age, and educational level to the demands required in past work and other jobs in the national economy to determine whether claimants are able to work. Writes vocational analysis reports that contain citations to specific rulings, regulations, and policies, and case documentation that support the vocational decision and reasoning as to whether claimants are capable of returning to work. Provides assistance to claims adjudicators in reviewing and making Social Security disability eligibility determinations including issues involving the establishment of disability onset date and periods of unsuccessful work attempts that are not considered substantial gainful employment. Serves as supervisor of adjudicators when necessary by reviewing the work of claims adjudicators, approving or disapproving requests for additional claimant medical or mental consultative examinations, and providing further training in the area of vocational analysis. Interprets and communicates eligibility requirements, policies, and procedures to others. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of state and federal laws and Social Security rules and regulations governing disability determinations. Knowledge of medical and mental terminology, procedures, anatomy, and disease processes. Knowledge of vocational criteria used to determine eligibility. Ability to perform vocational analysis and recognize vocational implications of various physical and mental impairments. Ability to interpret laws, rules, and regulations relating to Social Security disability program. Ability to analyze medical reports and provide advice based on laws, regulations, and procedures. Ability to prepare and present oral and written reports and information along with supporting documentation to justify reasoning of decision.

Minimum Qualifications:

The formal education equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in social work, psychology, sociology, or related filed, plus four years in Social Security disability adjudication. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.

Required Certificates:

None

Exempt:

N
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