All States are certified to process disability cases in a fully electronic environment.
After completion of the electronic certification process, in most cases, the CEF became
SSA's official folder.
The CEF is SSA's electronic disability repository of data used to store the claimant's
disability file information. The CEF is created when a disability case is entered
in the Electronic Disability Collect System (EDCS), which electronically collects
disability report information (e.g., SSA-3367-F5 (Disability Report – Field Office),
SSA-3368-BK (Disability Report - Adult), SSA-3369-BK (Work History Report), SSA-3820-BK
(Disability Report – Child), and SSA-3441-BK (Disability Report - Appeal)) and establishes
the electronic record. This information may include the claimant's own data entries
via the Internet disability report forms (e.g., i3368/i3369). All documentation is
stored in the CEF (i.e., SSA is no longer required to simultaneously maintain a paper
modular disability folder (MDF) for CEF cases).
The review component receives a National Disability Determination Services System
download and an electronic folder (EF) interface download when a case is selected
for quality review. To perform quality reviews, review components access the CEF via
eView, which is available through interfaces from the quality review case processing
system, i.e., the Office of Quality Review’s legacy system.