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See instructions, Disability Determination Services (DDS) action upon receipt of informal
remand (IR) cases in DI 27520.005.
When the disability-hearing unit (DHU) receives an informal remand case from an ALJ,
refer it to a disability-hearing officer (DHO) who had no prior involvement in the
The DHO will review the case and decide if, based on the evidence available in the
case folder, we can revise the decision. Prepare a revised decision only when the
DHO can make a fully favorable decision.
Prepare an SSA-831, SSA-832, or SSA-833, as appropriate, to revise the reconsidered decision. Annotate in the Remarks section
of these forms “Informal Remand Case”.
Refer to 3.a. and b. in this subsection for notices.
Notify the ALJ’s office of the revised decision by providing it with two copies of
the DHO's favorable decision. (This action is necessary for the ALJ to dismiss the
Follow normal routing instructions and annotate the SSA-2640 to identify the case
as an informal remand.
For Title II cases do not send a notice.
For Title XVI cases, including Title XVI portion of a concurrent case, see notice
instructions and model language DI 27520.005. When appropriate, revise wording for a specific case. Prepare the notice on an SSA-L8165,
Supplemental Security Income Notice of Decision. Retain a copy of the notice in the
DHU case folder.
Do not issue a decision if an ALJ’s office remanded the case, either directly to the
DHU or by way of the DDS.
Return the case to the ALJ’s office as shown in this subsection d. See disability
decision services (DDS) instructions DI 29005.030B.2.
If the FO remanded the case, issue the partially favorable decision for revising the
reconsidered decision, follow DI 33020.030B.2.b. in this subsection.
Send the case folder to the ALJ’s office within seven calendar days of the DHU's receipt.
Forward the folder via an SSA-408 annotated “DHU action could not be taken as a result
of the pre-hearing review.”