TN 2 (02-10)

DI 10005.015 Case File Movement

A. Movement of cases between the field office (FO) and the Disability Determination Services (DDS)

The following applies when case folders are returned to the FO from the DDS.

1. Basic rules

When to return cases:

DDS should return initial claims to an FO only if:

  • A disability determination has been made, and the case is not part of the Disability Quality Branch’s (DQB) review component sample, or

  • DDS does not need to make a disability determination on the case,

  • The SSA-827 is not in the file, and

  • The FO requests the claim be returned.

When not to return cases:

DDS should not return cases to an FO if a disability determination is needed. DDS should request FO assistance, evidence, claimant contact, etc., by the most expeditious method available (e.g., EDCS Assistance Request (AR)), keeping jurisdiction in the DDS.

Exception: See “SGA issues” in Table 2, Examples, in this section.

2. Examples

The DDS should return the case when it: (no FO contact required)

The FO should request that the DDS return the case when it:

The DDS should not return the case to the FO when:

  • Failure to pursue or whereabouts unknown is an issue (DDS makes a determination), DI 11010.045.

  • The claimant moves to another state (send folder directly to other DDS after notifying the FO). See DI 11010.255.

  • Additional information is needed from the claimant (DDS contacts claimant).

  • An SSI claimant attains age 65 (DDS tells the FO; DDS still makes determination).

  • The case is part of a DQB review component sample.

DDS should contact the FO for assistance (DDS keeps jurisdiction) when it:

  • Learns a claimant has died (