The POD alerts the DDS examiner of work issues, insured status, and other non-medical
factors that may affect the established onset date (EOD). The POD is claim specific.
Before transferring jurisdiction of a claim to the DDS, the FO must enter the POD
for each Title II disability claim at the initial and reconsideration levels, including
escalated claims. The POD must be after the claimant meets all non-medical requirements.
NOTE: For EDCS reconsideration level cases, enter the POD and the POD reason in the Remarks section.
The FO does not have the capability to enter the POD on the 3367 in EDCS at the Appeals
Council or Federal Court levels.
NOTE: Although the EDCS 3367 appears on hearing level cases, EDCS does not require the form
to be completed before transferring the case to the hearing office.
For Title II disability insurance benefit (DIB) claims, the POD is the earliest possible
date that the DDS can establish onset based on non-medical factors. The POD may be
the same as, earlier, or later than the AOD. For guidance on how to consider the POD
in Title II claims, see the chart in DI 25501.220C.1.b.
Enter the POD for Title XVI supplemental security income (SSI) claims only if the
POD is different from the protective filing date or the filing date;
Consider the POD separately for each disability claim type in concurrent or multiple
Title II claims.
To complete items 3 through 6, follow detailed instructions in subsection B. Supplemental
instructions for Form SSA-3367 for specific claim types:
DIB and freeze claims with a non-blind DLI prior to filing date and an allegation
of blindness, vision problems or low vision;
NOTE: Be aware that the POD may be in a previously adjudicated period; including a period
decided by an administrative law judge (ALJ).
If the FO sets a POD in a previously adjudicated period decided by an ALJ, the DDS
does not have the authority to reopen the case but must consider whether reopening
and revising a prior determination or decision is appropriate.
The DDS only has authority to reopen if the prior determination is below the ALJ hearing
level, see DI 27510.005C.1.
If the DDS believes reopening is appropriate, the DDS completes action on the subsequent
claim and refers the prior and subsequent claims to the State or Federal Disability
Hearing Unit (DHU) or the Office of Disability Operations (ODO) to consider reopening.
See DI 27510.005C.2.
IMPORTANT: For situations when a subsequent claim has been filed while there is a prior claim
or appeal pending at the Appeals Council, follow the POD instructions in DI 12045.027C.1.e.