Reconsideration is the first step in the administrative review process for individuals
who disagree with the initial determination, unless a hearing is the first level of
We provide the opportunity for an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) hearing, as the first
step in the administrative review process, for revised initial determinations on non-medical
issues and determinations involving a request for waiver of an adjustment or recovery
of an overpayment. For information on reopenings and appeal rights, see GN 04001.090.
Reconsideration for Title II consists of a case review and disability hearing. The
method used depends on the issue involved.
For nonmedical issues, it is a case review.
For medical issues, it is a case review for initial claims, and a disability hearing; which is a face-to-face
reconsideration for all medical cessation cases.
For more information on reconsideration, see GN 03102.000, and for more information involving medical cessation and adverse reopening determinations,
see DI 12026.001.