Electronic ARs allow one processing component to contact another for assistance, while
retaining full jurisdiction of the Certified Electronic Folder (CEF). Any office processing
a CEF (or paper cases with an Electronic Folder Interface (EFI) download) can initiate or receive an AR (e.g., Disability Determination Services (DDS), Office of Disability and Review
(ODAR) and the Office of Quality Review (OQR)).
NOTE: Field Offices (FO) receive but cannot initiate ARs.
Only offices with jurisdiction of the CEF (or a paper case with an EFI download) can
initiate an electronic AR (e.g., DDS, DQB, and ODAR). Once a processing office receives an
AR from the DQB, the receiving office has Limited Access Control (LAC) of the case
which provides the ability to categorize imaged documents. The receiving office (e.g.,
FO) can update the CEF in response to the DQB's assistance request.