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SSA: DWPI going to 95%

If you’re an AA for SSA you know what this means. Has anyo lawst09/12/18
is that for the hearing level or appeals council? dcm198309/12/18
The dwpi is for the hearing level only I believe. I’m not lawst09/12/18
Where did you hear that from? hopelesslyunemployed09/12/18
Like 10 union emails. No one in my office is happy about it. downwardslope09/12/18
I agree. This target is not realistic. I would love to see newkid50409/12/18
I think both the national average and the median are between downwardslope09/12/18
In my experience, it's fairly exceptional to finish a favora lawst09/12/18
According to the union response, 2/3 are under the 95% (cont downwardslope09/14/18
Management at SSA is probably increasing the quota because t john0909/14/18
I have heard that there are lots of legacy SAAs who are poor downwardslope09/14/18
If this means you will be required to do more cases in less izzymandelbaum09/12/18
Interesting. I have not heard anything at NCAC about an inc hopelesslyunemployed09/12/18
DWPI isn't that bad. Those who can't reach 95% probably sho sarah890109/13/18
The SSI and SSDI programs are a waste of taxpayer money, and dcm198309/13/18
I hate to get political but this dumb decision has the Dope daseason09/14/18
So what are we going to do? I’m bugging out. @izzymande misery12309/20/18
lawst (Sep 12, 2018 - 10:04 am)

If you’re an AA for SSA you know what this means. Has anyone else heard the quota standard is increasing? What are your thoughts?

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dcm1983 (Sep 12, 2018 - 10:06 am)

is that for the hearing level or appeals council?

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lawst (Sep 12, 2018 - 10:12 am)

The dwpi is for the hearing level only I believe. I’m not on the appeals council and am not familiar with their metrics.

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hopelesslyunemployed (Sep 12, 2018 - 7:57 pm)

Where did you hear that from?

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downwardslope (Sep 12, 2018 - 8:09 pm)

Like 10 union emails. No one in my office is happy about it. Let’s just say we don’t have an amazing setup for fast production. I can imagine if you have great instructions, short files, and senior attorneys to do the more difficult files, everyone can do it, but if not, it will be more challenging.

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newkid504 (Sep 12, 2018 - 8:18 pm)

I agree. This target is not realistic. I would love to see management try to understand the instructions provided. Many of which are incomplete, contain inaccurate information, and/or illegible. Then on top of that you have voluminous files to review.

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downwardslope (Sep 12, 2018 - 10:38 pm)

I think both the national average and the median are between 91 and 93% so I don’t know what they are trying to achieve by making the benchmark higher than how most people are doing now. I know they made favorables more streamlined, but if you are in an office where they don’t do many favorables and primarily give them out in overtime, that is not going to help you very much. I think in my office it seems like 1/2 to 2/3 of favorables that are not in overtime have at least 1000 pages and you hope that the instructions direct you to some records, but a lot of times it is 3000 pages with no direction whatsoever.

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lawst (Sep 12, 2018 - 10:45 pm)

In my experience, it's fairly exceptional to finish a favorable in under 3.94 hours. So favorables don't really help me out. However, it's much more common for me to finish an unfavorable in under 10.5. Still, 95% is going to be fairly difficult to achieve.

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downwardslope (Sep 14, 2018 - 7:29 am)

According to the union response, 2/3 are under the 95% (contrary to Sarah8901’s response that 120% is easy). I am not sure that they are aware of how poorly cases are worked up, how bad instructions are, how voluminous files are, how long it takes to review a file that has more than 20 medical opinions, and the list goes on.

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john09 (Sep 14, 2018 - 7:58 am)

Management at SSA is probably increasing the quota because there are no good exit options for SSA AAs. Historically, tons of attorneys transferred to the Board of Veterans Appeals, but the tide appears to be turning given working conditions at the Board. I hate to see SSA become like VA.

FYI, attorneys at the Appeals Council has are required to maintain at least a 70 percent production standard each month.

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downwardslope (Sep 14, 2018 - 8:13 am)

I have heard that there are lots of legacy SAAs who are poor, slow writers and they want to try to purge them to try to give the current AA core advancement opportunities. I think there are also quite a few AAs who have been around for a while who may need to go as well. I know that in my region there are a couple of offices that have a reputation for having these SAAs. Keep in mind that the vast majority of us are not in DC and have no interest in going to DC, so moving to the BVA was not an option. With more OMHA offices opening, this is an option for many.

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izzymandelbaum (Sep 12, 2018 - 8:42 pm)

If this means you will be required to do more cases in less time I hope not. The cases we review at the AC and federal court level are...less than stellar.

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hopelesslyunemployed (Sep 12, 2018 - 9:22 pm)

Interesting. I have not heard anything at NCAC about an increase in production standards. From the e-mails I have got, it looks like the backlog is going away fairly quickly, so not sure what production will be like if no more backlog.

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sarah8901 (Sep 13, 2018 - 5:28 pm)

DWPI isn't that bad. Those who can't reach 95% probably should find something else. I routinely write above 120% every month, and there are others in my office well above 150% every month. Anything less than 100 is unsatisfactory and a waste of taxpayer money.

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dcm1983 (Sep 13, 2018 - 7:27 pm)

The SSI and SSDI programs are a waste of taxpayer money, and you could probably do 200% if you read less and wrote less. What's your point?

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daseason (Sep 14, 2018 - 4:21 pm)

I hate to get political but this dumb decision has the Dope 45 administration written all over it. It still amazes me that I had coworkers who voted for him.

The congressional Republicans created the disability claim backlog with their unnecessary hiring freeze. To combat the backlog problem, they started hiring again and offering unlimited overtime for decision writing. Then the employees including the decision writers start to make a serious dent into that backlog this fiscal year.

Then they do this to unload some of the dead weight in the decision writing unit? Haha

First of all, the DWPI is an imperfect gauge on decision writer production. There are intricacies with every draft decision.There are quality considerations to account for this as well.

These are entitlement benefits, by raising the bar like this for production only, you are inviting errors in unfavorable decisions and naturally remands.

And how do you jump from a benchmark of 80 to 95 based on such an imperfect gauge called the dwpi?

Wouldnt it is sensible to gradual raise it from 80 to 85 and see what happens in aggregate and then raise it to 90 if all is good.

You are just inviting lawsuits and eventual scrutiny into the DWPI by doing this.

This is like the Muslim travel ban, just an impulsive and thoughtless move.

Too bad the decision writers union is weak, I don't think they would have pulled such a dumb move if it wasn't.

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misery123 (Sep 20, 2018 - 7:25 pm)

So what are we going to do? I’m bugging out.

@izzymandelbaum I feel your pain. I’m going to have to write garbage decisions so I can stay employed.

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