If the FO has to recontact the claimant prior to adjudication, e.g., to obtain additional
evidence, the FOs must ask the claimant about work activity or incarceration since
the alleged onset date.
Document the claimant’s response on any of the following:
SSA-5002 (Report of Contact) (RPOC), or
RPOC screen in MCS or MSSICS.
For certified electronic folder (CEF) cases, fax a copy of the RPOC into the EF.
For non-CEF cases, put the SSA-5002 or copy of the RPOC into the paper folder.
NOTE: If there are other pending issues, e.g., workers compensation or public disability
benefits (WC/PDB) with a particular case, consider asking or following up with the
claimant at the time of recontact.
If the claimant answers “yes” to returning to work after the alleged onset date, evaluate
the work, complete the appropriate Form SSA-820 (Work Activity Report for Self Employed
Person) or the SSA-821 (Work Activity Report – Employee), and document the SGA determination.
DI 10501.025, Responsibilities and Procedures – Work Issue Cases
DI 13010.105, Return to Work Within a Year of Onset (Title II)
DI 11010.140, Field Office (FO) and Disability Determination Services (DDS) Responsibilities in