When an FO initiates the Informal Remand of a hearing request to the DDS, the DDS
examiner must review the case immediately and prepare a revised allowance (or continuance,
in the case of a Continuing Disability Review (CDR)) if possible based on the evidence
in the folder. This chapter provides instruction for IRs in which the official folder
is paper. DDSs that have the necessary upgrade to their case processing software can
now process ODAR IRs electronically.
If the DDS cannot make a fully favorable revised determination based on the evidence
Forward the folder and the request for hearing to the Office of Disability Adjudication
and Review (ODAR) office specified on the Request for Review by Administrative Law
Judge HA-501-U5 within 7 calendar days from the receipt of the folder in the DDS; and
Indicate on the Route Slip (SSA-408) to ODAR that the DDS could not take favorable
action during the pre-Hearing review.
NOTE: Do not send a notice to the claimant in this situation.