TN 5 (04-21)
GN 03105.060 Reconstructing a Paper Folder for Appeals Council (AC) Review or Pending Civil Action
The Office of Hearings Operations (OHO) first attempts to locate the claims folder
within OHO. If OHO cannot locate the folder and reconstruction is necessary, it will
advise the appropriate office on what documents to reconstruct. OHO will request any
necessary medical redevelopment from the Disability Determination Services.
Folder reconstruction for the AC usually requires full reconstruction since the AC
examines the entire file to determine whether the evidence in the case supports the
administrative law judge’s decision. Full reconstruction means printing and including
all information and documentation available on the electronic system in the reconstructed
folder. For more information on reconstructing claims folders, see GN 03105.010.