In conclusion, although SSA has deferred a major redesign of the disability decision process, the committee believes that it is paramount that the determination of disability not only be timely, understandable, straightforward, and feasible, but also provide accurate and consistent decisions that are fair to the claimant and to the government. To this end the committee believes that SSA should undertake a systematic, long-term program of research—intramural and extramural—that provides baseline information on all key aspects of the current disability decision process and subsequent evaluative data on all future change aimed at improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the work disability determination process currently in use in the United States.

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