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HALLEX I-1-701

Office of Hearings and Appeals

Social Security Administration (S.S.A.)

Department of Health and Human Services

Volume I

Division I: General Subjects

Subject: Class Action Implementation

Chapter: I-1-700

June 30, 1994

Current through March 1997

I-1-701 OHA GUIDE CLASS ACTION IMPLEMENTATION--OVERVIEW

Class action implementation at the Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA) will proceed according to the following principles unless a court requires specified implementation procedures or different procedures have been negotiated with plaintiffs' counsel in settlement. Implementation with respect to a specific class action case is and will continue to be described in a Temporary Instruction (TI) tailored to each individual case.

 

 

 

HALLEX I-1-702

Office of Hearings and Appeals

Social Security Administration (S.S.A.)

Department of Health and Human Services

Volume I

Division I: General Subjects

Subject: Class Action Implementation

Chapter: I-1-700

June 30, 1994

Current through March 1997

I-1-702 COMPONENT RESPONSIBILITIES

A. Litigation Staff (ODCP) Responsibilities

Within SSA, team leadership rests with the Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Programs' Litigation Staff. Litigation Staff is responsible for coordinating all implementation-related actions, which include developing instructions and notice language, and requesting and maintaining systems data to be used in preparing implementation reports to the court. Litigation Staff provides the Office of Systems Requirements with the information necessary to identify potential class members. As part of the implementation of a class action court case, Litigation Staff, in conjunction with the Office of Information Management (OIM), uses the Civil Action Tracking System (CATS) and arranges for the printing of notices to potential class members, tracks responders, produces alerts, captures decisional data and produces management information reports, among other activities.

B. OHA Responsibilities

OHA prepares instructions and develops training, if necessary, for OHA screeners and adjudicators. Within OHA, the Division of Litigation Analysis and Implementation (DLAI) has overall responsibility for class action implementation coordination; however, the Office of Civil Actions (OCA), the Office of Appellate Operations (OAO) and the individual hearing offices (HOs) have major roles in effectuating implementation. The OCA operating divisions are responsible for controlling and reconciling the OHA alert workload. The OCA operating divisions, OAO and the HOs all have class membership screening responsibilities (see HALLEX > I-1-706 A.), while responsibility for readjudication rests with OAO and the HOs, as appropriate. Additionally, the OHA Regional Offices and other OHA Headquarters components provide support for various implementation activities.

C. Other Component Responsibilities

The Office of Disability and International Operations (ODIO) provides primary support for such operations as the scanning of responses to notices and the retrieval of claim files and association with alerts. On occasion, ODIO also provides support for the screening of cases for class membership and the readjudication of cases. The Office of Disability (OD) prepares program instructions and develops training, if necessary, for the Disability Determination Services (DDSs), which have primary responsibility for the screening and readjudication of disability cases. The Office of Retirement and Survivors Insurance and the Office of Supplemental Security Income, as appropriate, prepare instructions and training in connection with cases involving non-disability issues.

 

 

 

HALLEX I-1-703

Office of Hearings and Appeals

Social Security Administration (S.S.A.)

Department of Health and Human Services

Volume I

Division I: General Subjects

Subject: Class Action Implementation

Chapter: I-1-700

June 30, 1994

Current through March 1997

I-1-703 JURISDICTION FOR REVIEW OF CLASS MEMBER CASES

Unless a court order or settlement agreement specifically provides for a certain level of review, i.e., the administrative level at which the readjudication of class member claims will take place, or unless the issue involved is appropriate for review only at a particular level, all class member cases involving the issue of disability will receive a DDS determination. (See HALLEX > I-1-710 concerning jurisdiction questions.) However, OHA may assume jurisdiction in certain instances, e.g., when class member claims and subsequent (current) claims are consolidated at the OHA level (see HALLEX > I-1-708). Upon the receipt of a revised merits determination, a class member claimant will receive appeal rights based on the court order or settlement agreement.

 

 

 

HALLEX I-1-704

Office of Hearings and Appeals

Social Security Administration (S.S.A.)

Department of Health and Human Services

Volume I

Division I: General Subjects

Subject: Class Action Implementation

Chapter: I-1-700

June 30, 1994

Current through March 1997

I-1-704 SCOPE OF REVIEW

A. General

Based on the court order or settlement agreement, SSA will either reopen or redetermine class member cases. Reopening and redetermination refer to the scope, or time period, of the review.

B. Reopening

A reopening is a determination in which the adjudicator considers the issues through the date of the adjudication, i.e., through the current date, or through an earlier date when appropriate, e.g., when the claimant alleged a closed period of disability or when insured status expires prior to adjudication.

C. Redetermination

A redetermination is a determination in which the scope of review is limited to the period from the alleged onset date through the date of the last final determination or decision that forms the basis for class membership or, if earlier, the date through which insured status or the prescribed period was last met. However, if an adjudicator determines that a claimant was disabled on or before the ending date of the period under review, the adjudicator will proceed with full reopening of the claim, i.e., the adjudicator will consider the issues through the current date (or up to the date of any allowance on a subsequent application).

D. Scope if Multiple Applications are Subject to Class Membership

If a class member filed multiple applications that are subject to class membership, the scope of review in a redetermination case extends through the date of the last final determination or decision on the most recent claim. However, in a multiple application situation, if the claimant alleges different onset dates or alleges that disability ceased, it may be necessary to consider disability for separate periods of time.

EXAMPLE:

In an application dated March 8, 1987, the claimant alleged disability commencing August 6, 1986. The application was denied initially on April 15, 1987, and was not appealed. In a second application, dated May 18, 1988, the claimant alleged a new period of disability commencing May 2, 1988. The claimant pursued this application through the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) level with a decision issued on February 10, 1989. In a redetermination situation, there are two time periods that need to be reviewed--August 6, 1986 through April 15, 1987, and May 2, 1988 through February 10, 1989. If the adjudicator should find that the claimant was under a disability at any point within the two time periods, he or she would then adjudicate the case from the onset date established through the current date.

 

 

 

HALLEX I-1-705

Office of Hearings and Appeals

Social Security Administration (S.S.A.)

Department of Health and Human Services

Volume I

Division I: General Subjects

Subject: Class Action Implementation

Chapter: I-1-700

June 30, 1994

Current through March 1997

I-1-705 PREADJUDICATION ACTIONS--GENERAL

A. Initial Notice and Response Process

As soon as possible after the filing of a class action complaint, Litigation Staff obtains systems identification of potential class members for purposes of claim file preservation and estimation of class size. This information is then used to prepare a CATS database. Once an adverse class action court order or settlement agreement must be implemented, Litigation Staff obtains an updated systems run to further identify potential class members and, when required, to send systems-generated notices to all potential class members. The notice includes a postage-paid reply form, which is usually returned to ODIO (or, for non-disability issue cases, to another location). Those individuals who respond to the notice within a specified time period are eligible to have their cases screened for class membership.

For those individuals who respond untimely, Litigation Staff (or the SSA component handling responses in non-disability issue cases) automatically requests the field offices (FOs) to develop for good cause for responding untimely and determine, pursuant to > 20 CFR §§ 404.911 and/or 416.1411, whether good cause exists. In cases involving mental impairment, FOs must also consider the requirements of Social Security Ruling > 91-5p (C.E. 1990-1991). For individuals whose notices are undeliverable, Litigation Staff (or another SSA component in non-disability issue cases) may arrange for a second mailing if an updated address can be secured.

B. Alert Process

Unless a timetable for completing a class action workload is mandated by a court order or settlement agreement, OD or OHA will establish the implementation timetable for the DDSs or OHA adjudicators, respectively, based on current workloads and the size of the additional workload.

Using the implementation timetable, Litigation Staff may notify OIM, on a flow basis, as responses to the class action notice are received from the potential class members, to generate folder "alerts" for the responding individuals, including those for whom good cause for a late response has been found (see HALLEX > I-1-790, Exhibit 1, for sample alert). OIM prepares and delivers to ODIO (or the SSA component handling the alert process in non-disability issue cases), a tape from CATS of the cases to be alerted. ODIO prints the tape, which produces alerts and claim file location information for all current locations except OHA. Because there is no interface with the OHA Case Control System (CCS), ODIO must manually request information for each responder concerning potential claims located in OHA. ODIO then retrieves the claim files of alerted cases in its possession and forwards them for screening to the appropriate location, usually either the program center (PC), DDS or OHA. ODIO forwards alerts for cases not in its possession to the current claim file location.

If the component receiving the alert no longer has possession of the claim file, the component forwards the alert to the new claim file location. If the component having possession of the alerted claim file is not a screening component, e.g., the component is a storage component only, the component forwards the claim file (when it is ready for release) to the location identified in the "Ship to" field on the alert.

C. Reconstruction Procedures

Generally, a claim file will be considered lost if it cannot be located within 120 days of the date the file search is initiated. ODIO, the other PCs and the Wilkes-Barre Data Operations Center will coordinate any necessary reconstruction of prior claim files. Because these components obtain all potential class member claims within the class member timeframes, or arrange for their reconstruction, prior to forwarding cases for screening, OHA reconstruction requests for potential class member cases should be rare.

Prior to requesting reconstruction, OHA will determine whether available systems data or other information provides satisfactory proof that the particular claim would not confer class membership, e.g., the DDS denied the claim on a technical basis. OHA will direct any necessary reconstruction requests to the servicing FO, along with a copy of the alert, documentation of attempts to locate the file and a covering memorandum requesting that the reconstructed folder be forwarded to OHA. OHA will send a copy of the covering memorandum to Litigation Staff for CATS purposes. If the claim file to be reconstructed had proceeded to the OHA level, the FO's reconstruction efforts will include an attempt to obtain copies of the ALJ's decision or dismissal order and the Appeals Council's disposition, if any, along with the duplicate application, etc. OHA will coordinate any problems arising from reconstruction procedures with the appropriate Regional Commissioner's office.


When OHA receives a reconstructed case for screening or readjudication, OHA will request OAO's Reconstruction and Evaluation Section to make a final attempt to locate the claim file before proceeding. The OHA component, usually the OCA operating division or an HO, will make the request through the Executive Director, OAO.

 

 

 

HALLEX I-1-706

Office of Hearings and Appeals

Social Security Administration (S.S.A.)

Department of Health and Human Services

Volume I

Division I: General Subjects

Subject: Class Action Implementation

Chapter: I-1-700

June 30, 1994

Current through March 1997

I-1-706 SCREENING AND NOTICE PROCESS

A. OHA Component Responsibilities

ODIO will forward alerts to OHA, along with any additional claim files, when a potential class member claim or a current claim is pending or stored at OHA, or when the potential class member claim is an OHA-jurisdiction case. ODIO will forward, or request other components to forward, claim folders and alerts for potential class members to the responsible OCA operating division. OCA has primary responsibility for coordinating class membership screening in OHA. Specifically, the OCA operating division(s) that has responsibility for the state(s) or circuit(s) which the class action encompasses will control and account for OHA's class membership screening actions. Responsibility in OCA for screening region-wide class actions that may involve overlapping division responsibilities is determined on a class action-by-class action basis.

OAO or an HO will screen any alerted, unscreened claims when it is necessary to consider consolidation with a pending claim (see HALLEX > I-1-708 below).

DLAI develops instructions for screening, including a screening sheet (if not already developed by Litigation Staff), in connection with its preparation of the required TI. DLAI also provides any necessary training on the screening process, as well as guidance on any questions arising from that process.

B. Screening Procedures

The OCA operating division will screen all inactive potential class member claims under OHA jurisdiction, unless a subsequent (current) claim is pending in OHA or the potential class member claim file is attached to a pending claim file. The OCA operating division will forward alerts and any associated claim files to an HO or OAO, as necessary.

1. Pre-Screening Actions

Prior to screening an individual case, the screening component will obtain appropriate systems information to determine whether:

ä there is a subsequent claim pending at any administrative level or in court;

ä there are additional claims within the class dates which have not been associated;

ä the claimant has received a determination/decision on a subsequent claim which is fully favorable with respect to the time period at issue in the potential class member claim and thus provides a basis for determining that the claimant is not a class member eligible for class relief; or

ä the claimant has received a determination/decision on a subsequent claim which may provide a basis for determining that the claimant is not a class member eligible for class relief, on the basis of res judicata.

The screening component will also:

ä obtain the files for all unassociated claims that fall within the class dates, as well as any inactive claims that postdate the class period (which potentially provide a basis for screen-out or for limiting class relief); and

ä if necessary, request reconstruction of any potential class member files for claims that cannot be located, unless, as indicated in HALLEX > I-1-705 C., available systems data or other information provides satisfactory proof that the particular claim would not confer class membership.

2. General Screening Principles

Absent a specific provision in the court order or settlement agreement, the following screening principles apply:

ä a claimant who received a partially favorable decision will not be screened out as a class member if all other class membership criteria are met;

ä if the determination/decision on a claim filed subsequent to the claim being screened applied the standard or criteria mandated by the court order or settlement agreement and adjudicated the entire time period at issue in the claim being screened, the claimant will be screened out as a class member not entitled to relief (the screener must carefully review the required standard or criteria, and compare the evidence and determination/decision on the subsequent claim with the evidence in the class member claim);

ä whether the term "final decision of the Secretary" (if not otherwise defined) also includes ALJ or Appeals Council dismissals or Appeals Council denials of review will be determined individually for each class action; and

ä the receipt of a determination/decision on a subsequent claim which is fully favorable with respect to the time period at issue in the potential class member claim is a basis for a determination that the claimant is not a class member eligible for class relief only if the individual has received all benefits to which he or she could be entitled based on the potential class member claim.

 

3. Post-Screening Actions

ä The screener, whether in OCA, OAO or an HO, will place the original screening sheet in the claim file and forward one copy, for reporting purposes, to:

Attn: (insert name of class action) Class Action Coordinator

Division of Litigation Analysis and Implementation

Suite 702, One Skyline Tower

5107 Leesburg Pike

Falls Church, VA 22041-3200

HO personnel may also forward material to DLAI by telefax, using telephone number (703) 305-0655.

The need for additional copies will be determined by the requirements of the particular class action.

ä If the OCA operating division determines, for an OHA-jurisdiction class member case, that a subsequent claim is pending at the initial or reconsideration level, it will annotate this information on the covering route slip transmitting the case to the adjudicating component, for the component's use in considering consolidation (see HALLEX > I-1-708 concerning consolidation), and will expedite the case. Additionally, if the OCA operating division determines that a subsequent claim is pending in OAO or an HO, the OCA operating division will notify the OAO branch chief or HO manager, as appropriate, by telephone that it is transmitting a class member case for consolidation consideration, and will expedite the case.

ä If the OCA operating division determines, on screening of an OHA-jurisdiction class member case, that a non-OHA component has jurisdiction for readjudication, the operating division will, after sending any required notice, forward the case to the non-OHA component. The operating division will also notify DLAI of the change in jurisdiction, for DLAI's coordination with Litigation Staff.

4. Special Post-Screening Actions

If a claimant is a class member and:

ä a favorable or partially favorable determination/decision on a subsequent claim establishing an onset date within the time period covered by the class member claim has been effectuated; and,

ä at the time of effectuation, the claim now identified as a class member claim could not be reopened for payment purposes under the normal rules of administrative finality;

the screener will forward the class member claim to the effectuating component for further effectuation, i.e., further payment, based on the date of the class member claim. This is because the fact of class membership has, in effect, "reopened" the claim regardless of the rules of administrative finality.

The screener will instruct the effectuating component to return the claim file to the screening component on completion of its effectuation action, so that the screening component can send any required notice with respect to class membership and determine whether there are any remaining issues raised by the class member claim. If after further effectuation the class member has received all benefits payable based on the class member claim, the screening component will modify any class member notice to advise the claimant that he or she is entitled to no additional relief. If there is no notice of class membership, the screening component will forward the claim to the adjudicating component, under cover of a route slip indicating the case circumstances.

If during the screening process it becomes apparent that a favorable determination/decision on a subsequent claim was improperly effectuated, e.g., the effectuating component used an incorrect onset date, the screening component will, prior to sending any required notice with respect to class membership:

ä associate all claim files;

ä screen claim files, if necessary;

ä forward claim files for proper effectuation, as well as for any additional effectuation action based on the fact of class membership; and

ä instruct the effectuating component to return the claim files to the screening component on completion of its effectuation action for the screening component to send any required notice with respect to class membership and determine whether there are any remaining issues raised by the class member claim.

C. Notices

1. Notice of Class Membership

Many DDS-jurisdiction cases provide no separate notice of a favorable class membership determination. However, occasionally an OHA component may screen a DDS-jurisdiction case for the purpose of consolidating at the OHA level, e.g., OHA plans to issue a favorable decision that is also fully favorable with respect to the class member case. In this situation, OHA will give notice in the body of the decision that all class relief has been provided.

For OHA-jurisdiction cases, there may be a time lag between the date of screening for eligibility for class relief and the date that OHA processes the case, e.g., the date that a claim is scheduled for hearing. Therefore, at the OHA level, the screening component will normally give notice of eligibility for class relief at the time of screening (such notice may sometimes be given in connection with notice of action on a current claim).

 

2. Notice of Non-Class Membership or Notice That Individual Is not Eligible for Class Relief

All cases denied class membership or denied class relief will receive notice of same and of any ensuing appeal rights, in a notice tailored to the particulars of the class action and the individual claim.

3. General Notice Guidelines

The OHA screening component will:

ä use OHA letterhead paper;

ä send the original to the claimant, send a copy to the representative (if any) and place a copy in the claim file; and,

ä if the claimant is deceased, send the notice to the potential substitute party or eligible individual, if known; otherwise, send the notice in the claimant's name in care of the "Next of Kin."

On release of the notice, the screening component will forward the file(s) to the designated location for class member cases (usually an HO) or to the designated location for non-class member cases (location will be identified in the TI tailored to the particular case).

The screening component will forward to the claim file location, for action, all notices that are returned to the screening component as undeliverable.

 

 

 

HALLEX I-1-707

Office of Hearings and Appeals

Social Security Administration (S.S.A.)

Department of Health and Human Services

Volume I

Division I: General Subjects

Subject: Class Action Implementation

Chapter: I-1-700

June 30, 1994

Current through March 1997

I-1-707 PROCESSING AND ADJUDICATION

The DDS or OHA will follow the requirements of the court order or settlement agreement, as explained in the Program Operations Manual System or TI developed for implementation. If not specifically addressed by the court order or settlement agreement, or the implementing instructions, OHA adjudicators will follow all current practices with respect to scheduling, routing, developing evidence, coding, etc.

 

 

 

HALLEX I-1-708

Office of Hearings and Appeals

Social Security Administration (S.S.A.)

Department of Health and Human Services

Volume I

Division I: General Subjects

Subject: Class Action Implementation

Chapter: I-1-700

June 30, 1994

Current through March 1997

I-1-708 CASE CONSOLIDATION PROCEDURES

A. General

When a claimant has an inactive claim(s) to be reopened or redetermined under a class action court order or settlement agreement, and also has a subsequent claim pending at any administrative level, SSA may consider consolidating the claims.

Claims may be consolidated only when they have common issues. If the claims are disability claims and involve disability issues, they will be considered to have common issues regardless of the period at issue or the title(s) under which the claims were filed. Claims with common issues may be consolidated when it is reasonable to do so.

NOTE: For any case involving terminal illness (TERI), consolidation action where jurisdiction rests with different levels will depend entirely on the exigencies of the particular case, i.e., TERI procedures will always take precedence.

Absent a specific provision in the court order or settlement agreement, the following principles apply when SSA's policy is to consolidate.

B. Both Claims under DDS Jurisdiction (Resident DDS or Non-resident DDS)

The DDS will usually consolidate the claims and issue one determination. If the class member claim is under the jurisdiction of a non-resident DDS, i.e., the DDS in the State where the prior claim was adjudicated, in which the claimant no longer resides, the non-resident DDS will have jurisdiction for consolidation. A DDS-jurisdiction class member claim is generally under the jurisdiction of the DDS which made the determination to be reviewed, even if the claimant has moved out of the DDS's usual area of jurisdiction.

EXCEPTIONS: The resident DDS will have jurisdiction for a class action claim if: 1) the court order or settlement agreement is also applicable in the state of the claimant's current residence, e.g., a nationwide, region-wide or circuit-wide class action; 2) a face-to-face review is appropriate (cessation cases); or 3) the court order requires review by the resident DDS.

If two DDSs are involved and, at the point consolidation becomes an issue, the current claim is ready for favorable adjudication, that adjudication will proceed without consolidation. The determination-issuing DDS will notify the other DDS of the action taken on the current claim.

C. Prior (Inactive) Claim under DDS Jurisdiction; Subsequent (Current) Claim Pending in HO

Consolidation between adjudicative levels becomes an issue for the HO when it has a subsequent (current) claim pending and:

1) receives an alerted, unscreened potential class member claim;

2) receives a class member claim; 3) becomes aware of a class member claim pending DDS review; or 4) receives an alert for a DDS-jurisdiction claim.

1. HO Receives Alerted, Unscreened Potential Class Member Claim

Ordinarily, the HO will receive potential class member cases unscreened. Accordingly, HO personnel must first screen for eligibility for class relief and send any required notice (see HALLEX > I-1-706 B. and C.) If the claimant is not a class member eligible for relief, HO personnel will forward the claim file(s) to the designated location for such cases, unless it is otherwise needed for adjudication. If the claimant is a class member eligible for relief, HO personnel must determine if there is an issue common to both the subsequent (current) and class member claims.

If there is no common issue, e.g, the current claim involves waiver of overpayment, and the prior claim involves entitlement issues, the ALJ will notify the claimant of the reason(s) for not consolidating (see HALLEX > I-1-790, Exhibit 2, for sample language) (the notice may be mailed along with any required notice of class membership). HO personnel will place a copy of the notice in each claim file and will forward the prior (inactive) claim file to the appropriate DDS, using HALLEX > I-1-790, Exhibit 3.

If there is a common issue, the ALJ's consolidation action will depend on whether the hearing has already been scheduled or held.

a. Hearing Scheduled or Held

The ALJ will:

ä retain jurisdiction of the subsequent (current) claim;

ä consolidate the prior (inactive) class member claim with the subsequent (current) claim;

ä prepare and mail the customary notice of intent to consider a new issue (> 20 CFR §§ 404.946(b)/416.1446(b)) (this notice may be mailed along with any required notice of class membership);

ä if the hearing has been held and the prior (inactive) claim raises an additional issue, offer a supplemental hearing unless the ALJ is prepared to issue a favorable decision that is fully favorable with respect to the class member claim;

ä issue one decision that covers the issues raised by all consolidated claims; and

ä notify DLAI, at the address in HALLEX > I-1-706 B. 3., of the disposition of the class member claim by forwarding a copy of the decision.


EXCEPTION: The ALJ will not consolidate if the subsequent claim involves a remand with a court-ordered time limit, and consolidation would prevent compliance with the time limit.

b. Hearing not Scheduled

The ALJ will:

ä dismiss the request for hearing on the subsequent current) claim without prejudice (see HALLEX > I-1-790, Exhibit 4, for sample language) (the notice of dismissal may be mailed along with any required notice of class membership); and

ä forward all claims to the DDS for consolidation and readjudication.

EXCEPTIONS: The ALJ will not dismiss the request for hearing when a hearing has not been scheduled, if: 1) the claimant has waived his or her right to an in-person hearing and the case is ready for an on-the-record decision; 2) the ALJ is prepared to issue a fully favorable decision on the subsequent claim; 3) the subsequent claim is on remand from the Appeals Council; or 4) the subsequent claim is a TERI case.

Once the DDS has issued a determination covering the issues raised by all claims, the claimant will have the right to file a new request for hearing, if the determination is unfavorable, either in whole or in part.

c. ALJ Unable to Consolidate or Dismiss Because Exception Applies--Claimant Previously Notified of Case Transfer to OHA

The ALJ will:

ä advise the claimant, by appropriate modification of HALLEX > I-1-790, Exhibit 2, of the action taken in the case;

ä place a copy of the notice in the class member claim file; and

ä forward or return the class member claim file to the appropriate DDS for separate review (see HALLEX > I-1-790, Exhibit 3).

d. ALJ Unable to Consolidate or Dismiss Because Exception Applies--Claimant Not Previously Notified of Case Transfer to OHA

HO personnel will:

ä document the class member claim file with the reason for not consolidating or dismissing;

ä retain the class member claim file with the subsequent (current) claim; and

ä flag the class member claim file for DDS review after completion of all OHA actions, either favorable or unfavorable, on the subsequent (current) claim (see flag at HALLEX > I-1-790, Exhibit 5).

Although OHA action may, in effect, render moot (either through res judicata or through reversal) the issues raised by the class member claim, the DDS must still review the class member claim for input to CATS and notice to the claimant.

2. HO Receives Class Member Claim

HO personnel will proceed in accordance with HALLEX I-1-708 B. 1. above.

3. HO Becomes Aware of Class Member Claim Pending DDS Review

At any point during the hearing proceedings, HO personnel may become aware, usually based on information furnished by a claimant or representative, that a class member case is undergoing or awaiting review in a DDS. In this situation, HO personnel must consult directly with the DDS (orr followestablished coordination procedures for a particular region) to determine if there is a common issue.

If HO personnel and DDS agree that there is no common issue, both components may proceed with their actions independently.

If HO personnel and DDS agree that there is a common issue, or if there is any doubt as to whether there is a common issue, HO personnel will request the DDS to forward the class member claim file for consolidation consideration (unless the DDS is ready to issue a determination). Every attempt should be made to resolve the question without forwarding the file.

If HO personnel review the class member claim file and determine that there is no common issue, HO personnel will prepare appropriate notice to the claimant (see HALLEX > I-1-790, Exhibit 2) and return the claim file to the DDS.

If HO personnel review the class member claim file and determine that there is a common issue, HO personnel will proceed in accordance with HALLEX I-1-708 C. 1. above.

4. HO Receives an Alert for a DDS-Jurisdiction Claim

If the HO receives an alert without a claim file, HO personnel will determine whether the alerted case is located in the HO. The case that was alerted may have proceeded on appeal to OHA, or may be attached to a subsequent (current) claim that proceeded on appeal to OHA. If the alerted case is attached to a claim pending a hearing, HO personnel will proceed in accordance with HALLEX I-1-708 C. 1. above.

If the alerted case is the case on appeal, HO personnel will screen for eligibility for class relief and send appropriate notice to class members not eligible for relief. If the claimant is a class member and a hearing has not been scheduled or held, the ALJ will, subject to the exceptions and guidance for excepted cases in HALLEX I-1-708 C. 1. b. and d. above, dismiss the request for hearing and forward the case to the DDS for reopening.


If a hearing has been scheduled or held, the ALJ will continue with normal processing. If the ALJ issues a fully favorable decision, the ALJ will notify the claimant, and representative, if any, in the decision that the decision resolves the class member claim. The ALJ will also notify DLAI, at the address in HALLEX > I-1-706 B. 3., of the disposition of the class member claim by forwarding a copy of the decision. If the ALJ issues other than a fully favorable decision, or dismisses the request for hearing, HO personnel will flag the class member claim (see HALLEX > I-1-790, Exhibit 5) for forwarding to the DDS on completion of all OHA actions and expiration of any appeal period. The DDS may take any further action warranted to effect class relief.

If the HO does not have the alerted case, HO personnel will forward the alert to the OCA operating division responsible for screening, along with information about the status of the subsequent (current) claim, for OCA's further handling.

The HO will continue with processing of the subsequent (current) claim, and will consider consolidation if the alerted case is later received in the HO during the pendency of the subsequent (current) claim.

If the HO no longer has a pending claim when the alert is received, HO personnel will forward (or return) the alert to the OCA operating division for their further handling.

D. Prior (Inactive) Claim under HO Jurisdiction; Subsequent (Current) Claim Received in FO or Pending in DDS

When an FO or DDS receives a subsequent (current) claim and a prior claim(s) is pending readjudication in an HO, the FO or DDS will forward the subsequent (current) claim to the HO for consolidation consideration. The FO or DDS will notify the claimant of this action.

When the ALJ determines that the subsequent (current) claim does not have an issue in common with the class member claim pending readjudication, he or she will forward or return the subsequent (current) claim to the DDS for adjudication (use HALLEX > I-1-790, Exhibit 3, appropriately modified), and will notify the claimant of the transfer (see HALLEX > I-1-790, Exhibit 6).

When the ALJ determines that the claims have common issues, he or she will proceed with consolidation consideration pursuant to HALLEX I-1-708 C. 1. above. If, based on the principles and exceptions in HALLEX I-1-708 C. 1. above the ALJ is unable to consolidate or dismiss the class member claim, he or she will return or forward the subsequent (current) claim to the DDS (use HALLEX > I-1-790, Exhibit 3, appropriately modified) and will so notify the claimant by appropriate modification of HALLEX > I-1-790, Exhibit 6.

E. Prior (Inactive) Claim under HO Jurisdiction; Subsequent (Current) Claim Pending in HO

In the HO-jurisdiction situation (see HALLEX > I-1-703), the ALJ may consolidate common-issue claims even if, at the point consolidation becomes an issue, one claim is ready for decision. If necessary, the ALJ will offer a supplemental hearing. However, if the subsequent (current) claim is a TERI case or a time-limited remand, the ALJ will consolidate only if appropriate depending on the exigencies of the case. (When the OCA operating division coordinating the screening of potential class member cases determines that a class member has a subsequent (current) claim pending in an HO, the OCA operating division will notify the HO manager that it is transmitting a class member case, and the OCA operating division will expedite the case (see HALLEX > I-1-706 B. 3.).

When the HO receives an alert for an HO-jurisdiction case without a claim file, HO personnel will determine whether the alerted case is located in the HO. The case that was alerted may have proceeded on appeal to OHA, or may be attached to a subsequent (current) claim that proceeded on appeal to OHA. If the alerted case is attached to a claim pending a hearing, HO personnel will screen for class membership and send any required notice. If the claimant is a class member, the ALJ will consolidate pursuant to HALLEX I-1-708 E. above. If the alerted case is the case on appeal, consolidation is not an issue. HO personnel will follow instructions for screening and notice and,if appropriate, for processing and adjudication of class member claims.

If the HO does not have a claim that falls within the dates for class membership, HO personnel will forward the alert to the OCA operating division responsible for screening, along with information about the status of the subsequent (current) claim, for OCA's further handling. The ALJ will continue with processing of the subsequent (current) claim, and will consider consolidation if the alerted case is later received in the HO during the pendency of the subsequent (current) claim. If the HO no longer has a pending claim when the alert is received, HO personnel will forward (or return) the alert to the OCA operating division for their further handling.

 

F. Prior (Inactive) Claim under DDS or HO Jurisdiction; Appeal on Subsequent (Current) Claim Pending at Appeals Council

Consolidation becomes an issue at the Appeals Council level when the Council receives an alerted claim(s), screened or unscreened, or receives an alert for a claim already in its possession. The Appeals Council may consolidate a class member claim with a subsequent (current) claim pending before it on a request for review, when the Appeals Council proposes to issue a favorable decision on the subsequent (current) claim and that decision is also fully favorable with respect to the issues raised by the class member claim. The Council may also direct an ALJ to consolidate a prior (inactive) class member claim and a subsequent (current) claim, when the Appeals Council proposes to remand and a common issue prior (inactive) class member claim has been associated with the subsequent (current) claim.

Accordingly, the Council's disposition of the subsequent (current) claim will determine the disposition of the prior (inactive) claim, as follows:

1. Appeals Council Decides to Issue a Favorable Decision--Decision is Fully Favorable with Respect to Prior (Inactive) Claim

OAO personnel will:

a. screen all alerted claims in OAO's possession, if unscreened (see HALLEX > I-1-706 B.); and,

NOTE: If, on screening, OAO personnel determine that an additional potential class member claim file must be retrieved, the Appeals Council will not delay action on the subsequent (current) claim (unless the additional claim file is material to the Council's consideration of the subsequent (current) claim). In this situation, OAO personnel will forward the prior (inactive) alerted class member claim to the OCA operating division having jurisdiction, with a copy of the Appeals Council's action on the subsequent (current) claim.

b. if the alerted claim(s) is a class member claim(s) and has issues in common with the claim pending review: 1) consolidate; 2) notify the claimant in the decision on the subsequent (current) claim that the decision also resolves the class member claim; and 3) notify DLAI, at the address in HALLEX > I-1-706 B. 3., of the disposition of the class member claim by forwarding a copy of the decision; or

c. if the alerted claim(s) is not a class member claim(s), send the notice of non-class membership (see HALLEX > I-1-706 C. 3.), return the claim files to the designated location if not needed for adjudication purposes and proceed with action on the subsequent (current) claim; or

d. if an HO-jurisdiction class member claim does not have an issue in common with the subsequent (current) claim:

ä forward the class member claim to the HO (modify HALLEX > I-1-790, Exhibit 3 as appropriate for the Appeals Council);

ä advise the claimant of the transfer and the reason therefor, either in any required notice of class membership or in the notice of the Council's action on the subsequent (current) claim; and

ä notify the OCA operating division of the transfer; or

e. if a DDS-jurisdiction class member claim does not have an issue in common with the subsequent (current) claim:

ä forward the class member claim to the DDS (modify HALLEX > I-1-790, Exhibit 3 as appropriate for the Appeals Council); and

ä advise the claimant of the transfer, either in the notice of the Council's action on the subsequent (current) claim or in a separate notice based on appropriate modification of HALLEX > I-1-790, Exhibit 2.

2. Appeals Council Decides to Issue a Favorable Decision--Decision not Fully Favorable with Respect to Prior (Inactive) Claim

OAO personnel will:

a. screen all alerted claims in OAO's possession, if unscreened (see HALLEX > I-1-706 B.); and,

NOTE: If, on screening, OAO personnel determine that an additional potential class member claim file must be retrieved, the Appeals Council will not delay action on the subsequent (current) claim (unless the additional claim file is material to the Council's consideration of the subsequent (current) claim). In this situation, OAO personnel will forward the prior (inactive) alerted class member claim to the OCA operating division having jurisdiction, with a copy of the Appeals Council's action on the subsequent (current) claim.

b. send any required notice to the claimant (see HALLEX > I-1-706 C.); and

c. if the alerted claim(s) is a class member claim(s) and has issues in common with the claim pending review, request the effectuating component to forward the claim files to the component having jurisdiction for readjudication, after the Appeals Council's decision is effectuated, using the following language on the transmittal sheet: "[insert name of class action] court case review needed--following effectuation, forward the attached combined files to the [DDS or HO, as appropriate]" (the DDS or HO will determine whether the Appeals Council's action has resolved all class member relief issues and will take any necessary action); or

d. if the alerted claim(s) is not a class member claim(s), return the claim file(s) to the designated location if not needed for adjudication purposes, and proceed with action on the subsequent (current) claim; or

e. if the alerted class member claim(s) does not have an issue in common with the subsequent (current) claim, follow the instructions in HALLEX I-1-708 F. 1. d. and e. above.

3. Appeals Council Decides to Remand

OAO personnel will:

a. screen all alerted claims in OAO's possession, if unscreened (see HALLEX > I-1-706 B.); and,


NOTE: If, on screening, OAO personnel determine that an additional potential class member claim file must be retrieved, the Appeals Council will not delay action on the subsequent (current) claim (unless the additional claim file is material to the Council's consideration of the subsequent (current) claim). In this situation, OAO personnel will forward the prior (inactive) alerted class member claim to the OCA operating division having jurisdiction, with a copy of the Appeals Council's action on the subsequent (current) claim.

b. send any required notice to the claimant (see HALLEX > I-1-706 C.); and

c. if the alerted claim(s) is a class member claim(s) and has issues in common with the claim pending review, direct the ALJ in the remand order to consolidate the class member claim(s) with action on the subsequent (current) claim; or

EXCEPTION: The Appeals Council will not direct the ALJ to consolidate the claims if a court remand contains a court-ordered time limit and it will not be possible to meet the time limit if the claims are consolidated.

d. if the alerted claim(s) is not a class member claim(s), return the claim files to the designated location if not needed for adjudication purposes, ad proceed with the action on the subsequent (current) claim; or

e. if the alerted class member claim(s) does not have an issue in common with the subsequent (current) claim, follow the instructions in HALLEX I-1-708 F. 1. d. and e. above.

If, as noted in the above exception, a court-ordered time limit precludes consolidation, OAO personnel will:

ä forward or return the class member claim(s) to the component having readjudication jurisdiction, using HALLEX I-1-791, Exhibit 3, modified appropriately;

ä notify the claimant in the remand order of the action on the class member claim(s); and

ä place a copy of the remand order in the class member claim file(s).

4. Appeals Council Proposes to Dismiss or Deny the Request for Review or to Issue an Unfavorable Decision

OAO personnel will:

a. screen all alerted claims in OAO's possession, if unscreened (see HALLEX > I-1-706 B.); and,

NOTE: If, on screening, OAO personnel determine that an additional potential class member claim file must be retrieved, the Appeals Council will not delay action on the subsequent (current) claim (unless the additional claim file is material to the Council's consideration of the subsequent (current) claim). In this situation, OAO personnel will forward the prior (inactive) alerted class member claim to the OCA operating division having jurisdiction, with a copy of the Appeals Council's action on the subsequent (current) claim.

b. send any required notice to the claimant (see HALLEX I-1706 C.); and

c. if the alerted claim(s) is a class member claim(s) and has issues in common with the claim pending review, remand the claims to the component having jurisdiction, for readjudication (see sample language for remand to DDS at HALLEX > I-1-790, Exhibit 7);

d. if the alerted claim(s) is not a class member claim(s), return the claim files to the designated location if not needed for adjudication purposes, and proceed with action on the subsequent (current) claim; or

e. if the alerted class member claim(s) does not have an issue in common with the subsequent (current) claim, follow the instructions in HALLEX I-1-708 F. 1. d. and e. above.

G. Alerted Claim (under DDS or HO Jurisdiction) Is Pending at Appeals Council Level

If the Appeals Council receives an alert for a case that is pending appeal, OAO personnel will screen for class membership regardless of jurisdiction. If the claimant is not a class member, OAO personnel will enclose the non-class member notice with the notice of the Appeals Council's action.

If the claimant is a class member, the Appeals Council's action will depend on the Council's consideration of the merits of the request for review, as follows:

1. Appeals Council Decides to Issue a Fully Favorable Decision

OAO personnel will notify the claimant, and representative, if any, in the decision that the decision resolves the class member claim.

2. Appeals Council Decides to Issue a Partially Favorable Decision

OAO personnel will request the effectuating component to forward the claim file(s) to the component having jurisdiction for readjudication, after the Appeals Council's decision is effectuated, using the following language on the transmittal sheet: "[insert name of class action] court case review needed--following effectuation, forward the attached file(s) to the [DDS or HO, as appropriate]." The DDS or HO will determine whether the council's action has resolved all class member issues and will take any necessary action.

3. Appeals Council Finds a Basis for Remand, Unrelated to the Fact of Class Membership

The Council will proceed with the remand. If the DDS has jurisdiction for the class member claim, the Council will remand directly to the DDS for reopening (see sample language for remand to DDS at HALLEX > I-1-790, Exhibit 8).

4. Appeals Council Proposes to Dismiss or Deny the Request for Review or to Issue an Unfavorable Decision

The Council will remand the claim to the component having jurisdiction for readjudication (see sample language for remand to DDS at HALLEX > I-1-790, Exhibit 9).

 

H. Prior (Inactive) Claim at DDS or HO Level; Appeal on Another Claim Is Pending Judicial Review

If a component having a class member case for review becomes aware that an appeal on a claim filed either subsequent or prior to the prior (inactive) claim is pending judicial review, the component will notify OGC because class membership may influence action on the court case. Within OHA, OAO or the HO will alert the appropriate OCA operating division to the situation. The OCA operating division will contact OGC directly and will notify the component of any action to be taken. If the case is located in the OCA operating division for screening, the OCA operating division will contact OGC directly for advice.

HALLEX > I-2-816 provides that when a new claim is filed and a common-issue claim is pending judicial review, consideration of the new claim must be limited to the time period, if any, following the date of the Secretary's final decision on the claim pending judicial review. However, when the "new" claim is a class member claim and the claim must be readjudicated, the time period involved in the readjudication will normally predate the Secretary's final decision on the claim pending judicial review. Accordingly, when a class member claim must be readjudicated and another, common-issue claim is pending judicial review, decision makers will follow the instructions in the TI developed for the class action.

I. Alerted Claim is Pending Judicial Review

The OCA operating division will receive alerts for claims that are pending judicial review. Because eligibility for class relief may influence action on the court case, OCA personnel will follow instructions in the specific class action TI or coordinate with OGC, before releasing any required notice concerning eligibility for class relief.

 

 

 

HALLEX I-1-709

Office of Hearings and Appeals

Social Security Administration (S.S.A.)

Department of Health and Human Services

Volume I

Division I: General Subjects

Subject: Class Action Implementation

Chapter: I-1-700

June 30, 1994

Current through March 1997

I-1-709 ELIGIBILITY FOR CLASS RELIEF

A. Questions About Eligibility

Questions about eligibility for class relief often arise, for example, because of residency changes or because of the complexity of a class definition or the nature of class relief. Questions may arise either during the screening process, after sending notice of non-class membership or ineligibility for relief to a claimant or after forwarding a class member case to an HO or DDS.

B. Resolution of Questions Within OHA

Within OHA, DLAI will coordinate the resolution of eligibility for class relief issues that arise during the screening process or after forwarding a class member case to an HO or DDS. The OHA Headquarters screening component or HO personnel may consult informally with DLAI, and DLAI will determine the need for a written referral for class membership or eligibility for class relief guidance. In resolving eligibility for relief issues, DLAI will consult with Litigation Staff and OGC, as necessary.

C. Challenges to Eligibility Determinations

After providing for notice of non-class membership or ineligibility for relief to a claimant, a class action court order or settlement agreement sometimes provides for formal review of the class membership or relief eligibility determination, or there is a special arrangement with plaintiffs' counsel for routine, informal review. In the absence of either mechanism, the OHA screening component will respond orally or in writing, as appropriate, to class membership questions from a claimant or other source. If necessary, the screening component may consult with DLAI. There are no time limits for correcting (in the claimant's favor) erroneous non-class membership or relief eligibility determinations. If a subsequent review reveals that a claimant is eligible for class relief, the reviewing component should arrange for the preparation of a revised notice of eligibility and afford class relief.

Questions about eligibility for class relief may also arise when a claimant contacts SSA to inquire about class relief, either independently or in connection with a current claim, and the claimant did not receive a notice of potential class membership (these claimants may sometimes be identified as "walk-ins"). When OHA receives a question concerning eligibility for class relief from a claimant who did not receive a notice, OHA will refer the question to DLAI for coordination with Litigation Staff. Generally, if a claimant failed to receive a notice, either because his or her claim was not identified or because the notice was undeliverable, the claimant will be given the opportunity to establish eligibility for class relief.

D. Irreversibility of Class Membership Determination Following Readjudication

When a claimant has been screened and determined eligible for class relief and his or her claim has been readjudicated at any level, the class membership or eligibility for relief determination may not be reversed even if it is later proven to be erroneous. Thus, for example, if on appeal of a DDS redetermination an ALJ finds that class membership or eligibility for relief was conferred in error, HO personnel may not rescreen the case for the purpose of finding that the claimant is not a class member or not eligible for class relief, and the ALJ may not reverse the erroneous class membership or eligibility for relief determination.

 

 

 

HALLEX I-1-710

Office of Hearings and Appeals

Social Security Administration (S.S.A.)

Department of Health and Human Services

Volume I

Division I: General Subjects

Subject: Class Action Implementation

Chapter: I-1-700

June 30, 1994

Current through March 1997

I-1-710 JURISDICTION QUESTIONS

A. Multiple Claims

Questions with respect to jurisdiction for a class member claim, i.e., either DDS or OHA jurisdiction, may arise in the situation where the same claimant has filed multiple applications. The component named in the "Ship to" field on the alert is not necessarily the component with jurisdiction, which can be definitively determined only after folder review. Generally, however, jurisdiction rests with the DDS except under certain circumstances when claims are consolidated at OHA (see HALLEX > I-1-708).

B. Coordination by DLAI

Within OHA, DLAI will coordinate the resolution of jurisdiction issues that arise during the screening process or after forwarding a class member case to an HO or DDS. The OHA Headquarters screening component or HO personnel may consult informally with DLAI, and DLAI will determine the need for a written referral. When DLAI concludes that jurisdiction rests with the DDS rather than OHA, DLAI will notify Litigation Staff to make the appropriate change in CATS. In resolving jurisdiction issues, DLAI will consult with Litigation Staff and OGC, as necessary.

Within OHA, the resident HO will process a class action case for which OHA has jurisdiction, regardless of whether it arose in another state or is consolidated with a current claim.

 

 

 

HALLEX I-1-711

Office of Hearings and Appeals

Social Security Administration (S.S.A.)

Department of Health and Human Services

Volume I

Division I: General Subjects

Subject: Class Action Implementation

Chapter: I-1-700

June 30, 1994

Current through March 1997

I-1-711 CASE CODING

A. General

The TI implementing a specific class action will provide necessary coding instructions. However, the following instructions, if not inconsistent with the TI, generally apply. In addition, to identify class member cases in the Hearing Office Tracking System (HOTS), HO personnel will enter a two-letter code in the "Class Action" field; for example, the hypothetical Brown class action might be coded as "BR."

B. OHA-jurisdiction Cases (Direct Cases)

For cases that come directly to OHA for readjudication (whether for redetermination or reopening), HO personnel will code them in HOTS and the OHA CCS as "reopenings." For pending requests for hearing that are later determined to be OHA-jurisdiction class member cases, HO personnel will change the hearing type from a new request for hearing to a "reopening."

C. DDS-jurisdiction Cases (Indirect Cases)

HO personnel will code "indirect cases," i.e., those which come to OHA on appeal after readjudication by the DDS, as new requests for hearing, as usual.

D. Consolidated Cases

In cases consolidated at the OHA level, HO personnel will code the claim as a "reopening," regardless of whether class membership is under OHA or DDS jurisdiction.

E. Dismissal Cases

If, in considering consolidation of an OHA-jurisdiction class member case or a subsequent (current) claim with, respectively, a subsequent (current) claim or a DDS-jurisdiction class member case, the ALJ decides to dismiss, HO personnel will change the hearing type from a new request for hearing to a reopening. Additionally, HO personnel will use dismissal code "OTDI," to differentiate the type of dismissal, i.e., a dismissal in a class action case.

 

 

 

HALLEX I-1-712

Office of Hearings and Appeals

Social Security Administration (S.S.A.)

Department of Health and Human Services

Volume I

Division I: General Subjects

Subject: Class Action Implementation

Chapter: I-1-700

June 30, 1994

Current through March 1997

I-1-712 REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

A. General

Even if a court order does not contain specific reporting requirements, SSA collects data through CATS for management information purposes. Therefore, the various SSA adjudicative levels report to Litigation Staff on the results of class action screening and the dispositions of class member cases. Within OHA, the various components furnish to DLAI at the address in HALLEX > I-1-706 B. 3., copies of all screening sheets, and all class member decisions or dismissals in cases for which OHA has jurisdiction for readjudication. DLAI then coordinates with Litigation Staff for data entry to CATS.

B. Litigation Staff Responsibilities

Within SSA, Litigation Staff is responsible, along with OIM, for maintaining class action implementation data and generating reports when required. At an appropriate time in the implementation of each class action, Litigation Staff will request components to reconcile their screening activity and disposition of class member claims with information available on CATS. Accordingly, OHA components must ensure that: 1) each alerted case for which they are responsible is screened; and 2) each class member claim receives a disposition. As necessary, Litigation Staff will arrange for the printing of duplicate alerts for alerted cases for which CATS and SSA components can establish no screening activity.

C. OCA Database

To facilitate reconciliation of OHA implementation activity, and to provide workload information for OCA management purposes, affected OCA operating divisions will maintain a database for OHA implementation activity. At a minimum, the database should contain the following:

ä claimant's name and account number;

ä date of receipt of alert;

ä screening action, i.e., class member, non-class member (with screen-out code), non-OHA jurisdiction or forwarded to another OHA component;

ä date case released;

ä location to which case (or alert) forwarded;

ä disposition of case, i.e., favorable or unfavorable decision (consider a partially favorable decision to be favorable) or dismissal; and

ä date of disposition.

D. OCA Monthly Report

As requested by Litigation Staff through DLAI, OCA operating divisions will use the database to determine the status of cases for which CATS shows no screening, or disposition following a determination that a claimant is a class member.

Also using the database, OCA operating divisions will prepare a monthly class action report (see HALLEX > I-1-790, Exhibit 10) for internal OHA workload management purposes. Accordingly, the OCA operating divisions may find it beneficial to collect the following additional data to prepare the report in HALLEX > I-1-790, Exhibit 10:

ä date case assigned to designated analyst/attorney;

ä date case referred for additional folder request;

ä date of additional folder request;

ä date of additional folder receipt;

ä date case referred to DLAI or Litigation Staff (e.g., for class membership question or folder reconstruction);

ä date case returned from DLAI or other location;

ä date case referred for typing;

ä date typing completed; and

ä date case referred for release.

Additionally, OCA operating divisions will prepare a monthly report of rehandled screening actions, i.e., those cases already screened and returned by an HO or other source for further action, usually with respect to class membership questions or additional file requests (see HALLEX > I-1-790, Exhibit 11).

 

 

 

HALLEX I-1-713

Office of Hearings and Appeals

Social Security Administration (S.S.A.)

Department of Health and Human Services

Volume I

Division I: General Subjects

Subject: Class Action Implementation

Chapter: I-1-700

June 30, 1994

Current through March 1997

I-1-713 INQUIRIES

HO personnel may call their Regional Office. Regional Office personnel may call the Division of Field Practices and Procedures in the Office of the Chief ALJ at (703) 305-0022. Headquarters personnel may call DLAI at 305-0708.

 


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