BASIC (08-93)

GN 01732.005 How the Totalization Modules Review and Complete Claims Taken by a Field Office (FO) or the Claims Development Branch (CDB)

A. Introduction

GN 01702.001 - GN 01702.525 explains in general how field offices and CDB process claims for benefits under all of the agreements. GN 01731.205 - GN 01731.220 explains the applications and evidence obtained specifically for the agreement with Finland.

B. Procedure

Follow these steps for reviewing claims in a totalization module.

StepAction
1Review the file for the required applications and evidence listed in GN 01731.205-GN 01731.220. See GN 01704.570 for additional instructions for developing and evaluating evidence.
 If additional information is needed, request the FO or CDB to obtain it.
2Develop for proof of lag earnings, if alleged, if the claim is for disability or survivor's benefits.
3Check the file for a U.S. totalization earnings record which can be sent to the Finnish agency. If one is not in file, request it from OCRO, following GN 01704.570.
4When all of the material required above is in file, refer to the guidelines in GN 01732.210 for preparing a claims package for the Finnish Agency.

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GN 01732.005 - How the Totalization Modules Review and Complete Claims Taken by a Field Office (FO) or the Claims Development Branch (CDB) - 04/17/2014
Batch run: 04/17/2014
Rev:04/17/2014