TN 49 (08-08)
DI 11010.050 Resolving Earnings Discrepancies in Disability Insurance Benefits (DIB) Claims
A. Field Office (FO) responsibilities
The FO is responsible for identifying and developing earnings discrepancies and, when applicable, for preparing the required forms to correct the earnings record.
Earnings discrepancies can impact not only current disability claims but future benefits with SSA. When an earnings discrepancy is discovered during development of a claim for disability benefits, it is resolved regardless of whether the claim is allowed or denied.
Earnings discrepancies are developed to the point that the FO is sure that insured status is met before the official folder is sent to the Disability Determination Services (DDS) for the medical determination. The FO documents the official folder alerting the DDS that earnings are being developed.
B. Procedure - development of earnings discrepancies
Develop earnings discrepancies using the Earnings Modernization System, Item Correction Introduction to Item Correction – Overview - MSOM EM 010.001 and Earnings Records Inaccuracies Development – General - RM 03870.001. Develop all discrepancies to update the Master Earnings File (MEF).