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SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION
Office of Disability Adjudication and Review

HALLEX
Volume I

Transmittal No. I-2-95

Chapter: I-2-5

Subject: Obtaining Evidence

Background

This transmittal introduces new section I-2-5-69 in the Hearings, Appeals and Litigation Law (HALLEX) manual, chapter I-2-5, to include new instructions regarding when it is appropriate to use information from the Internet when adjudicating cases.

Explanation of Content and Changes

I-2-5-69 – We added a new section titled “Using the Internet as a Source of Information in Case Adjudication.”

I-2-5-69 A – We explain why administrative law judges and hearing office staff must not instigate an independent search for information about claimants on the Internet.

I-2-5-69 B – We explain when it is permissible to use information from the Internet, how credibility should be assessed, and what to do when fraud is suspected.

I-2-5-69 C – We provide information relating to approved websites that hearing office employees may use to verify inmate information.

Date: August 30, 2013