I-3-1-53.Organization of Claim File
Last Update: 9/08/05 (Transmittal I-3-36)
To facilitate the Appeals Council's review of cases, OAO branch staff must organize the claim file as follows:
If a case involves several folders, place the claim file containing the appropriate exhibits on top.
Leave no material loose in the claim file; prong file all material.
The recording(s) must remain on the left side of the claim file.
Place original correspondence, additional evidence and Appeals Council exhibits on the right side of the claim file, or, as applicable, the appropriate section of the modular disability folder.
Prong file non-exhibit material behind the exhibit marker in the claim file or in the appropriate section of the modular disability folder.
Both analysts and OAO branch support staff are responsible for making needed repairs to claim files.