Reconstruction of the prior evidence may be appropriate when the DDS discovers that
some or all of the evidence used in making the CPD is unreadable, unintelligible,
or missing (e.g., a piece of evidence referred to in the rationale is no longer in
To determine if it is appropriate to reconstruct a folder, the DDS will consider:
The potential availability of old records in light of their age,
Whether the source of the evidence is still in operation, and
Whether reconstruction efforts will yield substantial evidence of the basis for the
most recent favorable medical decision.
The DDS must document a reason for not reconstructing a prior folder. The documentation
can be on Form SSA-5002, or similar document. For more information, see DI 28035.025B.