TN 12 (08-23)
GN 01050.080 Jurisdiction Based on Cross- Referrals
The folders relating to different SSN's are cross-referred in certain situations to
ensure prompt and accurate handling of those records where entitlement or payment
can be affected by events on either claim.
The cross-referred folders will be stapled together in the following situations, though
both records may not normally be serviced by the same program service center (“out-of-area SSN”):
Where benefits are payable on more than one earnings record, of which one is a survivor's
benefit and the other is benefits paid to a wage earner on their behalf; (e.g., A
and D benefits).
Where children are awarded benefits based on combined earnings records of two wage
Where a spouse (B or B1) is also entitled to widow's (widower's) benefits, the D4
or D5 folder will be attached to the folder under which the B or B1 benefits are being
In all cases where an “out-of-area” claims folder is stapled to the back of another folder, a cross-reference record
must be established in the case control system. Establishment of this record and the
actual stapling of the folders is done by the records analysis clerk.