After receiving the IRR notification, the designated reviewing component staff contact
takes the following actions:
identifies the original program leader (PL) who approved the deficiency, and
assigns the IRR in the IRR web-based tool to the PL or other designated OQR staff
that was not involved in the original return.
The reviewing component has 10 calendar days to respond to the IRR. When the review is complete, the reviewing component staff
code the IRR web-based tool,
prepare a narrative response to the IRR in the IRR web-based tool, and
include policy and procedural references to support the response.
When the IRR response is ready for review, the PL, or staff designee, will inform
the Branch Chief (BC) or other designated OQR manager. The BC, or other designated
OQR manager, will return the IRR to the PL, or staff designee, if declining to sign
the IRR response. The PL, or staff designee, will make the requested changes and resubmit
the IRR to the BC, or other designated OQR manager, until achieving concurrence. The
BC, or other designated OQR manager, will close the IRR in the IRR web-based tool.
This action uploads the IRR response to the CEF and the tool notifies the adjudicating
component by email that it is available to review.
If the reviewing component agrees that the adjudicating component’s determination
was policy compliant, the reviewing component will rescind the deficiency, code and
clear the case according to normal business processes.
If the reviewing component disagrees with the adjudicating component’s IRR rationale
for policy compliance and affirms the deficiency, the adjudicating component will
take corrective actions or prepare an RPC or OQR Rebuttal.
If the adjudicating component decides to complete the required corrective action,
the adjudicating component will return the case to the reviewing component after completing
the actions. The reviewing component will code and clear the case according to normal
If the reviewing component rescinds or corrects the deficiency, the IRR web-based
tool will send a system-generated email notification to the OQR Reports Branch to
ensure that it is recorded.