DI 43501.001 Processing Responsibilities for Foreign Claims
A. Policy - responsibilities
Office of Disability and International Operations (ODIO), Office of International Operations (OIO), is responsible for:
Claims filed by or on behalf of individuals who use a foreign address (see DI 43505.001);
Taking claims and making disability determinations when the primary individual is using a foreign address;
Assisting Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) when necessary;
Claims filed under the international social security agreements (totalization).
B. Policy - performs DDS functions
ODIO, OIO's foreign disability examiners (FDE's) perform the full range of DDS functions. FDE's develop and adjudicate:
1. Develop and adjudicate
Continuing disability review (CDR) cases
Reconsideration of initial denials
Pre-hearing development of reconsidered cessations
Certain claims based on totalized earnings
2. Process assistance requests
FDE's process assistance requests from:
Department of State,
Foreign agencies with which we have reciprocal agreements.
C. Policy - performs ODO/PSC function
FDE's, with assistance of claims adjudicators and earnings review examiners, also perform various ODO/PSC functions. These functions are:
Screen and route cases alerted for a medical CDR.
Develop, adjudicate and review substantial gainful activity determinations for initial and continuing cases.
Screen, process and review annual CDR enforcements.
Implement Administrative Law Judge, Appeals Council and Court decisions and remands for all PC8 jurisdiction cases.