The current weeks' work pending and percentage of aged cases should not be substantially
greater than the national norm. If the DDS is not meeting or approaching the norm
in these areas, prospects need to be good for achieving this level in the near future.
The regional office should be informed of the size and type of the addtional workload.
The basis for the estimated size should be reviewed and the description of the extent
of the DDS involvement should be clear, i.e., whether it will be expected to process
such items as CDR's, appeals, and notices and to conduct, where appropriate, face-to-face
evidentiary hearings. As far as possible, the involvement should be limited only to
making the determinations of disability on initial, reconsidered, appealed, and CDR
claims leaving the notification of decision, processing of appeals, controlling of
CDR's, storge of completed cases, and other administrative matters to the requesting
agency. The requesting agencies should be asked to spell out precisely what they expect
the DDS to do and what they themselves will do in each of the above areas.