Subject: Prehearing Analysis and Case Workup
On June 19, 1991, the Deputy Commissioner for Programs requested that the Social Security Administration (SSA) Regional Commissioners (RCs) identify high volume representative firms that significantly impacted on field office (FO) workloads due to the practice of servicing hearing offices (HOs) (see Hearings, Appeals and Litigation Law (LEX) (HALLEX) manual I-2-070, Hearing Office Servicing Area) sending files to these FOs for review and copying by the representative firms. The Kansas City RC identified five high volume representative firms for which we will institute the alternative procedure outlined below.
We added an exception to HALLEX I-2-135 A. 2. If the party requesting to review the claim file is one of the firms or individuals listed in HALLEX I-2-195 Exhibit 1, the servicing HO will send the file to the HO, instead of the FO, closest to the firm's place of business. Servicing HOs may continue to photocopy the requested documents and send them directly to these representatives if that is office procedure.
Remove from Chapter I-2-100:
Table of Contents I-2-101 through I-2-190, dated October 30, 1990 (2 pages).
I-2-135 cont., and I-2-137 A. cont., dated October 30, 1990 (2 pages).
Insert in Chapter I-2-100:
Table of Contents I-2-101 through I-2-172, dated October 30, 1990 and I-2-174 through I-2-195, dated June 17, 1993 (2 pages).
I-2-135 cont., and I-2-137 A., dated June 17, 1993 (2 pages).
I-2-195 Exhibits, Exhibit 1, dated June 17, 1993 (1 page).
Date: June 17, 1993