Word is that DOJ recommended all agencies to re appoint their ALJs like SEC did. SSA has not taken this advice. It seems that SSA may not re-appoint all current ALJs. So, if you are not in favor with TPTB you need to get right or you might be on the street!
So SSA may use the new standard as a way to clean house for non-producers? Nice. Although I don't know why DOJ would be issuing such broad guidance to agencies they have no oversight of. A broad directive to all agencies would be expected from the White House, I would think.