TN 2 (03-19)
DI 81001.020 Paper Folder Indicators (PFIs)
There are two types of Paper Folder Indicators:
Paper folder indicator (PFI) - indicates whether an modular disability folder (MDF)
is associated with the current filing, and
Prior paper folder indicator (PPFI) - indicates whether an MDF exists for a prior
All case processing components must ensure that PFIs are accurate. PFIs inform processing
The official folder for a case is a paper MDF or a Certified Electronic Folder (CEF);
The receiving component needs to wait for the MDF for the current filing or a prior
It is extremely important that the PFIs are set correctly. Improper PFIs delay case
processing. A receiving office cannot begin development until it receives the paper
for non-CEF cases. The receiving office may reject a case if the paper case is not
received within a predetermined period (usually 30 days).
An improper PFI could also result in missed cases. If the indicators are not accurate,
the DDS will not know to look for a paper folder.
For Field Office procedures on establishing the PFI in initial classification cases
see DI 81010.085 and DI 81010.240 for electronic continuing disability review (CDR) classification cases.
For Disability Determination Services instructions to change a PFI see DI 81020.010 for initial classification cases and DI 81020.205 for CDR cases.