If DDS directly receives a report that the claimant returned to work, determine if
the work activity is “clearly not SGA”. If so, follow instructions in DI 10505.003B.1.b to develop and document the work activity and continue to process the case. Notify
the FO with a message or report of contact to prevent duplicate work issue development.
If DDS has sufficient information to permit a determination of denial on medical/vocational
grounds, DDS will make the determination.
If DDS cannot make a determination on medical/vocational grounds and the work does
not meet the criteria for “clearly not SGA”, the FO makes the SGA determination. The
DDS will take the following actions:
Cease all development and send an electronic assistance request (AR) in eView to the
FO requesting SGA development. For more information on AR processing see DI 81020.100C. Electronic Assistance Requests (AR), (C) Initiating an Electronic AR and DI 81020.127 for Processing “No Determination” (ND) Claims – When the FO returns the AR to the
DDS indicating that a DDS determination is not necessary.
Annotate the case file to show the status of the medical and vocational development
in the event you need to make a DDS determination, and
Cancel any scheduled consultative examinations (CE).
If the FO determines that the work activity does not alter the case jurisdiction,
the FO will record the work information on Form SSA-823 (Report of SGA Determination).