Follow the CDR evaluation process in the order shown, in nearly every case. However,
use a flexible approach as a way to facilitate appropriate continuances.
If the Disability Determination Services (DDS) receives evidence that clearly establishes
continuing disability, stop development and process a continuance. Skip evaluation
process steps as necessary to process a continuance, but do not skip steps in a cessation.
Examiners must develop for all impairments and vocational issues prior to making a
cessation determination (except for Group II exceptions).
Do not skip any step that could affect outcome, and do not use this flexibility as
a way to routinely consider steps out of order.