The adjudicating component should:
Submit a formal rebuttal letter or memorandum with the case folder to the reviewing
component that states why policy does not support the deficiency. A copy of the letter
or memorandum will also be sent to the Center for Disability (CD) or Center for Disability
Program Support (CDPS);
Provide medical consultant (MC), psychological consultant (PC), or vocational consultant
(VC) analysis, as appropriate, supporting the rebuttal; and
Take appropriate development actions on any issues not in dispute upon receipt of
If DDQ’s resolution requires corrective actions, the adjudicating component must:
Take all corrective actions specified in the resolution; then,
Send the MDF paper folder via an overnight carrier to the reviewing component.
Consultation requirements when a medical issues is the basis for the rebuttal
If a medical issue is the basis for the rebuttal, obtain a written analysis from the
appropriate adjudicating component MC and PC and ensure that it addresses the issues
described in the reviewing component return.
EXCEPTION: Adjudicating component single decision-makers (SDM) have the option of preparing
the written medical analysis instead of obtaining one from the appropriate MC or PC(s),
provided SDM authority applies to the case.
Consultation requirements when a vocational issue is the basis for the rebuttal
If a vocational issue is the basis for the rebuttal, obtain a written analysis from
an adjudicating component VC (or an adjudicating component staff member experienced
in vocational issues if there is no VC on staff) and ensure that it addresses the
issues described in the reviewing component return.
Late submittal of the rebuttal
To submit a rebuttal after the 30-calendar day timeframe, include a full explanation
of any unusual circumstances that justify a late submittal in the rebuttal letter
NOTE: The reviewing component will not accept a late rebuttal submitted without the required
Routing of the rebuttal letter
To route a rebuttal letter or memorandum:
Prepare the rebuttal letter or memorandum after completing any additional development
actions not in dispute directed by the SSA-1774-U5 or SSA-847.
Place any additional medical or vocational evidence and analysis statements in the
Send the rebuttal letter or memorandum and MDF via an overnight carrier to the reviewing
Send a copy of the rebuttal letter or memorandum to the CD or CDPS.