Where a DDS is transferring a class action claim to OHO or OAO (e.g., because it finds that a current claim is pending at the hearing or appeals level) and the claimant knows that his or her claim is in the DDS, the DDS must notify the claimant and any appointed representative of the transfer using appropriate language. For example:
“We are sending the (disability/Supplemental Security Income/Social Security disability and Supplemental Security Income) claim(s) you filed on ( date of filing) to the (name of hearing office or Appeals Council). We are doing this because you asked us to review your disability under the (
name of class action) class action court case.
The review may cover the same period and issues involved in the claim you recently filed. That claim is pending in the (name of hearing office or Appeals Council).
The Hearing Office or Appeals Council may process your claims at the same time. They will contact you.”