Retention Date: Indefinite
|Intended Audience:||All ODAR Hearing Level Personnel|
|Originating Office:||ODAR Office of the Chief Administrative Law Judge|
|Title:||Remands Affected by Service Area Realignment or Permanent Case Transfers-ACTION|
|Type:||Chief Judge Bulletins|
|Link To Reference:||HALLEX I-2-1-57; HALLEX I-3-7-42|
Summary: This is a clarification of policy regarding the routing of remands in cases affected by service area realignments and permanent case transfers. Remands should be processed by the hearing office servicing the claimant’s current residence address.
Exceptions to this rule:
Service Area Realignment
The Appeals Review Processing System (ARPS), in conformance with HALLEX I-3-7-42, is programmed to send all remands to the hearing office servicing the claimant’s current residence address as set out in DOORS. Remands of service area realignment cases in which the hearing office servicing the claimant’s address has changed since the initial hearing will remain at the servicing hearing office and will not be transferred to the hearing office of the ALJ who heard the case.
Permanent Case Transfers
Remanded cases returning to the hearing office servicing the claimant’s current residence address which were heard in another hearing office as a result of a permanent case transfer, will be heard by an ALJ in the servicing hearing office. HALLEX I-2-1-57 will be updated to reflect this policy.