Any clerical error which occurs in the processing of the determination or decision
after the person with authority has adjudicated it is considered an administrative
error and can be corrected at any time.
EXAMPLE 1: The CA correctly computes the PIA and benefit amount and puts the correct amounts
on the award form. However, the BA “clerically” pays the wrong amount; e.g., inadvertently substitutes a 1 for a 2. This type of
error can be corrected at any time, whether it was favorable or unfavorable to the
claimant, since the initial determination (made by the CA) was correct.
EXAMPLE 2: The CA made an incorrect initial determination and awarded a RIB of $106.50; the
correct rate should have been $98.50. In processing the award, the BA incorrectly
paid a monthly rate of $102.50. Since the action taken by the CA was an initial determination,
it can only be reopened and the $106.50 changed to $98.50 if the rules of administrative
finality permit. However, since the action taken by the BA is not an initial determination,
the $102.50 benefit amount can be changed whenever we discover it. If both errors
are discovered after 4 years, there is no basis under the rules of administrative
finality for reopening the CA's initial determination. Therefore, $106.50 is the benefit
amount we are legally required to pay. We can increase the $102.50 paid by the BA
to $106.50 effective with the first month of entitlement. This principle applies regardless
of whether the notice showed a correct or incorrect amount payable.