II-4-0-1.Background

When SSA publishes a final regulation in the Federal Register, important information, helpful in understanding and interpreting the intent of the regulation, often is included in the preamble. When a regulation is of particular importance to OHA adjudicators, the Associate Commissioner sends a memorandum containing the entire text of the Federal Register notice (preamble and final regulations). Although OHA adjudicators have access to the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), the CFR does not include the preamble to the regulation. Therefore, unless adjudicators retain the Federal Register material OHA distributes when SSA publishes the regulation, the important information contained in the preamble is not readily available to them.