What are Acquiescence Rulings (ARs)?
ARs explain how SSA will apply a holdinga court ruling, esp. a ruling on a point of law raised in an official proceeding by a United States Court of Appeals that is at variance with our national policies for adjudicating claims. We apply the holding a court ruling, esp. a ruling on a point of law raised in an official proceeding to other cases in the same circuit when the issues involved are the same. Our rules about applying circuit law are found at 20 CFR 404.985 and 416.1485.
ARs are published in the "Notices" section of the Federal Register under the authority of the Commissioner of Social Security and are effective upon publication.
What is the effectiveness of ARs?
ARs do not have the force and effect of the law or regulations. However, they are binding on all components of SSA unless superceded, rescinded, or modified by another ruling.