Last Update: 7/22/05 (Transmittal I-2-59)

CFR – Code of Federal Regulations.

COA – Change of Address. A common abbreviation for a new address for a claimant.

CPMS – Case Processing Management System. The electronic, main-frame database used to record case processing steps in the hearing office. Usually accessible through an icon on the user's desktop.

DGS – Document Generation System. The Microsoft Word program developed to replace the hearing text guide in WordPerfect. The program is accessible through the Word icon on the user's desktop or under the “All Programs” menu selection from the “Start” button.

DIB – Disability Insurance Benefits. A program for wage earners with sufficient covered FICA earnings to establish entitlement under Title II of the Social Security Act. Also called Title II benefits.

IAR – Interim Assistance Agreement. An agreement between Social Security and a county government to reimburse the county for welfare funds advanced to a claimant for SSI during the appeal process.

LAN – Local Access Network. The computer system within a hearing or field office.

MDF – Modular Disability Folder. The 6 part modular folder with color coded sections for evidence in disability cases. Section A holds 831, 833 and 834 documents from the local State Agency related to initial and reconsidered determinations and ALJ decisions/dismissals. Section B holds SSA Notices of initial and reconsidered determinations, Requests for Reconsideration, Requests for Hearing, the Notice of Hearing, and related material. Section C is used for temporary material not entered into Exhibits. Section D holds the application for benefits and material such as birth certificates, earnings statements or records, wages information, IAR requests and workers' compensation claims. Section E holds reports completed by the claimant related to their impairments and work history. Section F holds medical evidence.

MDW – Modernized Development Worksheet. A mainframe SSA program used to record actions items such as change of address requests for claimants contacting field offices or teleservice centers via the “800” number.

NTSC – Notice to Show Cause. The form used to advise the claimant that his or her failure to appear at a scheduled hearing requires an explanation. The claimant's response to the NTSC is evaluated by the ALJ to determine if good cause exists.

PCOM – the Personal Communications program. This software program permits access to a number of mainframe SSA programs and queries. Access requires use of the PIN and password individually assigned to each SSA employee.

PIN – Personal Identification Number. Each SSA employee has a unique PIN assigned for access to the LAN, CPMS MI programs, and PCOM. The PIN provides access to programs depending on the user's job duties and requirements.

RH – Request for Hearing. The document which gives jurisdiction of a claim to an administrative law judge.

SSI – Supplemental Security Income. A program for the financially needy administered under Title XVI of the Social Security Act. Also called Title XVI claims.