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
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:
The official folder for the current filing is paper or a CEF; and
To expect a paper folder for the current filing or a prior filing when the case is
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.