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DDS Laws, Regs & Rules

The main laws, regulations, rules, policies, and procedures that govern our work.

Federal Laws

Federal Policies & Procedures

  • Program Operations Manual System (POMS)
    The POMS is the primary source of information used by Social Security and Disability Determination Services employees nationwide to process claims for Social Security benefits. It is a more detailed set of policies and procedures derived from information outlined in the regulations and rulings.
  • Medical Listings (also known as the “Blue Book”)
    The Listing of Impairments, which includes listings for both adults and children, also appears in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).  The listings describe the medical criteria that apply for each major body system and the impairments that are considered severe enough to prevent an individual from doing any gainful work activity (or in the case of children under 18 applying for SSI, severe enough to cause marked and severe functional limitations).

Federal Regulations

Federal Rules