If a recipient contacts SSA to report any of the above-mentioned settlement payments,
document the information on a Report of Contact (DROC) screen, including:
the type of settlement fund;
the date of receipt (i.e. If the settlement payment was received on 10/15/2011 it
would be countable as a resource as of 11/01/2012).
NOTE: If the recipient does not provide evidence, accept the recipient’s allegation without
further development and document on DROC. However, if the recipient provides evidence
such as an award notice, please state “Evidence provided” on the DROC screen and fax
a copy of the evidence into the electronic folder. Verifying the date and amount of
a settlement payment may be useful for a future redetermination.
EXAMPLE: On DROC the claims representative inputs, “The recipient reported receipt of a $1,000
Cobell settlement payment on December 21, 2011. Exclude this money from income. Exclude
this money from resources for 1 year from the date of receipt. Recipient provided
copy of award notice.”