If an RSDI beneficiary files for totalization benefits from the United States under
the Italian agreement, the claim cannot be immediately disallowed. A record of the
claimant's Italian earnings must be obtained from I.N.P.S. and a pro-rata PIA computed
based on combined U.S./Italian earnings. The claimant /beneficiary is then notified
that SSA will pay the higher of the two monthly benefit amounts unless the beneficiary
wishes to receive the lesser amount, in which case, he or she must inform DIO of this
decision within 60 days.