Before sending a claims folder to the DDS, the FO determines whether the claimant
has previously filed for any type of benefit or payment and documents prior claims
activity on the EDCS 3367 or paper SSA-3367 (Disability Report – Field Office). For
electronic folder instructions, see DI 81020.030 – Prior Folder Material.
DDS may need to review actions on claims when there is a prior determination. This
chapter explains how to determine the need for a prior folder and DDS procedures for
the retrieval of a prior folder.