Program Operations Manual System (POMS)
Prior to annual reporting, certain form SSA-7010-U5 evidence postings were offset
electronically. This was accomplished through the use of a screening tape. When an
evidence item was posted to the earnings record, the item was also placed on magnetic
tape for matching by EDP against incoming regularly reported wage items. The purpose
of this matching operation was to prevent duplication in whole or in part of any evidence
The evidence items were matched against incoming regular items in the following sequence:
Credit or debit—Entry 7 “matched” against an entry 1, 3, or 5, and an entry 6 against an entry 2 or 4.
Employer identification number
In any case where EDP located a regular wage item that exactly matched an evidence
item (all 6 of the items listed above), an offsetting item was generated by EDP. Where
the items only partially matched (matched on 1, 2, and 3 above, but not on items 4,
5, or 6) EDP generated an item for investigation. These partially matching items were
generated on Forms SSA-6616, Evidence Posting Investigation Cards, for clerical investigation.
The electronically generated offsets for exact matches were introduced into the following
updating of the earnings record.
Because of systems changes for annual wage reporting, the matching process for evidence
items was revised. Electronic offsets for those items that are exact matches were
discontinued, and forms SSA-6616 for partially matching items are no longer generated.
Clerical preparation of offsets is now necessary for both matching and partially matching
items. A listing showing the matching and partially matching items for which clerical
action is required is furnished after each updating. To prevent duplicate offsetting
actions, these listings should be referred to before taking an offsetting adjustment
action for an evidence posting. When an adjustment is made for an evidence item prior
to ERB's investigation of the related items shown on the listing,the listing should
be annotated by the scout to show the action taken.