TN 75 (08-19)

GN 04440.230 Introduction to Technical Corrective Actions (TCAs)

A. TCAs

A TCA is an instance of noncompliance with statutory, regulatory, or administrative requirements that impact effective program administration. There is no expectation for TCAs to affect the disability determination or the period of disability, but non-compliant policy case actions must be corrected. TCAs are:

  • Identified during the review process, but not covered by the formal group I or group II deficiency definitions; or

  • Identified in a non-sample case, regardless of whether the group I or group II deficiency definitions cover the incorrect action.

B. Substantive TCAs

A substantive TCA alters some element related to the conclusion in the case. Substantive TCAs include the regulation basis code TCA and incorrect actions in a non-sample case where the group I or group II deficiency definitions cover the incorrect action.

See GN 04440.231 for definitions, handling and correction of substantive TCAs.

C. Non-substantive TCAs

A non-substantive TCA does not have an impact on the conclusion of the determination.

Types of non-substantive TCAs include, but are not limited to:

  • 12-month medical evidence of record (MER)

  • Diary entry

  • Medical or vocational documentation

  • Notice

  • Determination form

  • Medical assessment form

  • Un-imaged disability determination explanation (DDE)

  • Mental impairment case

  • Unsigned consultative exam (CE)

  • Illegible or missing essential evidence

  • Capability development

  • Collateral estoppel documentation

See GN 04440.232 for definitions, handling and correction of non-substantive TCAs.

Regardless of whether the TCA is substantive or non-substantive, both types MUST be corrected.


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GN 04440.230 - Introduction to Technical Corrective Actions (TCAs) - 02/07/2014
Batch run: 08/08/2019
Rev:02/07/2014