The good folks at the Administrative Conference asked that I pass along the following information about a request for research proposals. For those who may not know, the Administrative Conference is a small federal agency that conducts applied research on (and on behalf of) federal agencies. The current request (here, and desceribed below) involves research on federal court review of social security disability decisions.
"The Administrative Conference seeks proposals for a comprehensive study of the Social Security Administration’s litigation in the federal courts involving social security disability claims. The study should provide an independent analysis of the role of courts in reviewing SSA disability decisions and consider measures that SSA could take to reduce the number of cases remanded to it by courts. It should also address significant observed variances among federal courts in decisional outcomes, case management and other procedures for social security cases, the timing of review, and judicial application of agency policies and procedures. Proposals are due by October 31, 2014 and should be submitted in conformance with the attached Request for Proposals to Stephanie Tatham, at: email@example.com"
Stephanie Tatham (Admin. Confr.), the contact person, notes that: "We really need a scholar who is comfortable with empirical research because for the last five years there have been more than 12,000 annual dispositions of social security cases in federal district courts. We are able to provide the consultant with access to disposition data from the Federal Court Cases: Integrated Data Base (unfortunately without judge information). We also will have data from the Social Security Administration on bases for judicial remand identified by their analysts. Given this data, it is an unprecedented research opportunity. Of course, some supplemental research will also be necessary."