When a claimant files for a reconsideration of an initial medical determination, but
fails or refuses to complete the necessary forms or to provide additional evidence
to support the request, the DDS has jurisdiction and makes a determination based on
the evidence in file, as outlined in DI 23007.000 Failure to Cooperate.
NOTE: The FO should make a reasonable effort to complete the appropriate forms (e.g.,
SSA-3441-F6, SSA-827) and secure supporting evidence before forwarding the reconsideration
to the DDS as outlined in DI 81010.150 Processing Claims Appeals of Medical Decisions in Electronic Disability Collect System
(EDCS). The DDS is required to follow up on FO requests for required forms by making
a new written initial request; DI 22505.014A.