GN 01732.005 How the Totalization Modules Review and Complete Claims Taken by a Field Office (FO) or the Claims Development Branch (CDB)
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.
Follow these steps for reviewing claims in a totalization module.
|1||Review 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.|
|2||Develop for proof of lag earnings, if alleged, if the claim is for disability or survivor's benefits.|
|3||Check 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.|
|4||When 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.|