DI 81020.010 Paper Folder Indicators (PFI)
Most disability claims are established in the Electronic Disability Collect System (EDCS). For a majority of these claims, the Certified Electronic Folder (CEF) is the agency’s official record. Sometimes, a CEF exclusion exists, so a paper folder must be created for the entire case. (See Certified Electronic Folder (CEF) Exclusions - DI 81010.030, for more information about CEF exclusions). In order to tell what kind of folder has been created for each disability claim, eDib displays PFIs.
PFIs inform case processing components if:
It is extremely important that the PFIs are set correctly. Receiving offices reject jurisdiction of an electronic case if they do not receive a paper folder within the present number of days established for their office by the Regional Office (RO) when the PFI indicates a paper folder for the current claim is being sent (see Electronic Folder Interface (EFI) Download - DI 81020.005B.).
NOTE: For eCDR PFIs, see Transferring the Electronic Continuing Disability Review (eCDR) - DI 81010.240B. and Receipting an eCDR -DI 81020.205E.
B. Field Office (FO) Initially Establishes PFIs During Case Transfer
During the case transfer process, the FO indicates:
It is the responsibility of the Disability Determinations Services (DDS) to:
C. Verifying Paper Folder Indicators (PFIs) at Case Receipt
The DDS uses PFIs during case receipt to determine whether:
DDS should view and update PFIs on the DDS case processing system or on eView.
1. PFIs for the Current Filing
This PFI notifies the DDS if the current filing is a CEF or a paper folder.
a. PFI Indicates a current CEF
If the PFI indicates the current case is a CEF:
b. PFI Indicates a Current Paper Folder
If the PFI indicates the current case is a paper folder:
NOTE: If receipt of the paper folder is not within 30 days, reject jurisdiction back to the transferring office with a reason “Receipt of paper folder not within 30 days.”
2. PFIs for a Prior Filing
This PFI notifies the DDS if a prior paper folder is associated with the current filing and if it is being mailed to the DDS.
a. PFI Indicates Sending a Prior Paper Folder
If sending a prior paper folder to the DDS, the PFI indicates that:
The transferring office is sending a paper folder from a prior filing.
DDS receipts the case without receiving the prior paper folder if the current filing’s SSA-827 (Authorization to Disclose Information to the Social Security Administration [SSA]) is available (i.e., the SSA-827 faxed into the CEF).
If DDS does not receive the prior paper folder, update the PFI accordingly.
NOTE: If the prior paper folder is necessary to process the case, and it is not received in a reasonable amount of time by the DDS, contact the FO to determine the status of the prior paper folder.
b. PFI Indicates not Sending Prior Paper Folder
If the PFI indicates not sending a prior paper folder to the DDS:
D. Updating Prior Paper Folder Indicators (PPFIs)
To update PFIs, use the DDS case processing system and follow local procedures.
Update PFIs when:
Adding an EDCS Exclusion to an existing case after DDS case receipt.
NOTE: DDS updates the PFI upon receipt of the paper folder;
Reopening a prior filing per Certified Electronic Folder (CEF) Exclusions - DI 81010.030 and Processing Reopenings - DI 81020.115.
NOTE: DDS updates the PFI prior to closing the electronic case.
Receiving a prior paper folder after DDS case receipt. NOTE: The component with jurisdiction of the electronic folder must update the PPFI as soon as they receive the prior paper folder.