Understanding the many acronyms of Social Security

AACT Abbreviated Acount query – Title II
AAJ Administrative Appeals Judge – AC adjudicator
AC Appeals Council
ACE Average Current Earnings – factor used in WC offset calculation
ADL Activities of Daily Living
AI Aged Individual – Title XVI
ALJ Administrative Law Judge
AME Agreed Medical Examiner – WC term
AME Average Monthly Earnings – benefit calculation factor
AOD Alleged Onset of Disability or Alleged Onset Date
AR Acquiescence Ruling
AUSA Assistant U.S. Attorney
BHA Bureau of Hearings and Appeals – former name of ODAR
BO Branch Office – sub-office of a DO
BWO Blind Work Expenses
CAB Civil Actions Branch of AC
CDB Childhood Disability Benefits – Title II
CE Consulative Examination or Examiner
CFR Code of Federal Regulations
CIB Child’s Insurance Benefits – Title II
COBRA Comprehensive Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act
COLA Cost of Living Adjustment
DAA Drug Addiction and/or Alcoholism
DAC Disabled Adult Child – Title II
DED Disability Evaluation Division – the state agency
DEQY Detailed Earnings Query – Title II
DDS Disability Determination Service – the state agency
DHHS Department of Health and Human Services – former SSA parent agency
DI Disabled Individual – Title XVI
DIB Disability Insurance Benefits – Title II
DISM Same as DSM, the preferred acronym
DISM Disability Insurance State Manual
DIWC Disabled Individual, Worker or Child – Title II claim type
DJ District Judge
DLI Date Last Insured – Title II disability insured status
DLM Date Last Met – same as DLI
DO District Office – local SSA field office
DOB Date Of Birth
DOE Date Of Entitlement – Title II
DOT Dictionary of Occupational Titles
DSM Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
EAJA Equal Access to Justice Act
EOD Established Onset of Disability
EPE Extended Period of Eligibility – Title II
ER Earnings Record
FBM First Benefit Month
FBR Federal Benefit Rate – Title XVI
FIB Father’s Insurance Benefits – Title II
FMAX Family Maximum – Title II benefit limit
FO Field Office – a DO or a BO
FOIA Freedom of Information Act
GLPSC Great Lakes Program Service Center – PC4
HA Hearing Assistant
HALLEX Hearings, Appeals and Litigation Law [Lex] – OHA policy manual
HCFA Health Care Finance Administration – DHHS Medicare agency
HE Hearing Examiner – former title of ALJ
HIA Health Insurance, Part A – Medicare
HIB Health Insurance, Part B – Medicare
HOCALJ Hearing Office Chief ALJ
HOA Hearing Office Administrator
HOM Hearing Office Manager
HOSA Hearing Office Systems Administrator
HPI Hearing Process “Improvement”
IAP Interim Assistance Program – Title XVI
IAR Interim Assistance Reimbursement – Title XVI
ICD International Classification of Diseases
ID Initial Determination
IEP Initial Enrollment Periond – SMIB
IFA Individualized Functional Assessment – former SSI child dib. standard
IME Independent Medical Examiner – WC term
IRWE Impairment-Related Work Expense
ISM In-Kind Support & Maintenance – Title XVI
LMER Last Met Earnings Requirement – same as DLI
LPC Legal Processing Clerk
LSDP Lump-Sum Death Payment
MA Medical Advisor – former title of an ME
MAMPSC Mid-America Program Service Center – PC6
MATPSC Mid-Atlantic Program Service Center – PC2
MBR Master Beneficiary Record – Title II
ME Medical Expert – designated physician at OHA level
MER Medical Evidence of Record [also MEOR]
MIB Mother’s Insurance Benefits – Title II
MSS Medical Source Statement
NEPSC NorthEastern Program Service Center – PC1
NH Number Holder – “Wage Earner” – Title II
OASDI Old-Age, Survivor & Disability Insurance – Title II
OCRO Office of Central Records Operations – Baltimore, MD – PC9
ODAR Office of Disability, Adjudication and Review (formerly OHA)
ODIO Office of Disability & International Operations – Baltimore, MD – PC8
ODO Office of Disability Operations – ODIO component – PC7
OGC Office of General Counsel
OHA Office of Hearings and Appeals – former name of ODAR
OIG Office of the Inspector General
OOH Occupational Outlook Handbook
OP Over-Payment
OPIR Office of Program Integrity Review
PA Privacy Act
PASS Plan to Achieve Self Support – Title XVI
PCI Payment Cycling Indicator – staggered benefit payment dates
PE Post Entitlement – Title II
PE Post Eligibility – Title XVI
PEBES Personal Earnings and Benefit Estimate Statement – Title II
PIA Primary Insurance Amount – base benefit rate
PMV Presumed Maximum Value – Title XVI income term
POMS Program Operations Manual System – SSA claims manual
PPD Permanent Partial Disability – WC term
PPS Program Policy Statement – SSR precursor
PRUCOL Permanent Residence Under Color Of Law
PRW Past Relevant Work
PSC Program Service Center
QA Quality Assurance
QC Quarter of Coverage – Title II
QMB Qualified Medicare Beneficiary
QME Qualified Medical Examiner – WC term
RC Regional Commissioner of SSA
RCALJ Regional Chief ALJ
RFC Residual Functional Capacity
RFH Request For Hearing
RFR Request for Reconsideration
RIB Retirement Insurance Benefits – Title II
RMO Regional Management Officer
RO Regional Office – OHA management unit
RPO Regional Program Officer
RRB Railroad Retirement Board
SDI State Disability Insurance
SDM Single Decision Maker
SEPSC SouthEastern Program Service Center – PC3
SEQY Summary Earnings Query – Title II
SGA Substantial Gainful Activity
SHA Supervisory Hearing Assistant
SIB Spouse’s Insurance Benefits – Title II
SLMB Special Low-income Medicare Beneficiary
SMIB Supplemental Medical Insurance Benefits – same as HIB
SSA Social Security Administration
SSA Supervisory Staff Attorney
SSDC Social Security (Title II) and SSI (Title XVI) concurrent claim
SSDI Social Security Disability Insurance – Title II
SSI Supplemental Security Income – Title XVI
SSID SSI Disability
SSID SSI Display – computer query
SSIRD SSI Record Display – computer query
SSLP Social Security Law and Practice – West Group
SSP State Supplementary Payments – optional state SSI add-on
SSPG Social Security Practice Guide – Matthew Bender
SSRS Social Security Reporting Service – West Group
SSR Social Security Ruling
TTD Temporary Total Disability – WC term
TWP Trial Work Period – Title II
UI Unearned Income – Title XVI
UI Unemployment Insurance
UP Under-Payment
USC United States Code
USCA United States Code Annotated
UWA Unsuccessful Work Attempt
VE Vocational Expert
VR Vocational Rehabilitation
VTR Value of the one-Third Reduction – Title XVI
WC Worker’s Compensation
WE Wage Earner – Title II
WIB Widow(er)’s Insurance Benefits – Title II
WNPSC WesterN Program Service Center – PC5