An individual may file a new application or request reconsideration of an initial
denial at the same time they request reconsideration of a disability cessation, or
while such a request is pending. When common issue exists, the field office (FO) escalates
the new claim to the DDS and the DDS processes the new claim with the reconsideration.
A reconsideration of an initial denial is handled in the same manner as a new application.