If an ALJ's development request is pending in the FO for 20 days (45 days for disability
issues) and the ALJ has not requested that the development or status information be
forwarded sooner, advise the ALJ of the present status and ask whether development
should be continued.
NOTE: The ALJ may be able to get the evidence or information by scheduling a hearing and
having the parties appear before him/her.
Follow the ALJ's direction as to continuing the development, but do not keep a request
for development pending indefinitely. Whenever it appears that further efforts will
be unproductive return the request to the ALJ with a full explanation and any material