Advise the claimant that a reconsideration is a prerequisite for an administrative
law judge (ALJ) hearing, and that if he or she withdraws the request, he or she will
lose all future appeal rights on the claim or issue and that the initial determination
becomes final. If the claimant decides to withdraw his or her request for reconsideration,
advise him or her that the withdrawal request must be in writing and include the following
number holder’s name and social security number,
a statement of why the claimant wishes to withdraw the reconsideration, and
a statement that the claimant fully understands the effect of the withdrawal.
If appropriate, send the withdrawal request to the PC with jurisdiction of the request
for reconsideration. For more information on component responsibility in the reconsideration
process, see GN 03102.175.
NOTE: Never suggest to a claimant that he or she withdraw his or her request for reconsideration.
Do not accept a withdrawal of a reconsideration request if doubt exists about the
correctness of a benefit payment made.