Reconstruction of the prior evidence may be appropriate when the DDS discovers that
some or all of the evidence used in making the CPD is unreadable, unintelligible,
or missing (e.g., a piece of evidence referred to in the rationale is no longer in
To determine if it is appropriate to reconstruct a folder, the DDS will consider the
potential availability of old records in light of their age, whether the source of
the evidence is still in operation; and whether reconstruction efforts will yield
substantial evidence of the basis for the most recent favorable medical decision.
The DDS must document a reason for not reconstructing a prior folder. The documentation
can be on Form SSA-5002 or similar document. For more information, see DI 28035.025B.