TN 4 (09-14)
GN 03105.060 Reconstructing a Paper Folder for Appeals Council (AC) Review or Pending Civil Action
The Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) first attempts to locate the claims folder within ODAR. If ODAR cannot locate the folder and reconstruction is necessary, it will advise the appropriate office on what documents to reconstruct. ODAR 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.