I-2-0-10.Initial Case Screening and Preparation

Last Update: 9/28/05 (Transmittal I-2-66)

The Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) must review every request for hearing (RH) to ensure that the case is within the jurisdiction of the Office of Hearings and Appeals and the venue of the hearing office (HO). Following receipt of the RH, the HO staff will conduct initial screening and case preparation as follows:

  • Acknowledge receipt of the RH. (See I-2-0-20, Acknowledgement of Request for Hearing.)

  • Establish an HO case control on the Case Processing Management System (CPMS). (See I-2-0-30 A., CPMS.)

  • Establish a case control in the Office of Hearings and Appeals Case Control System (OHACCS) in the Social Security Administration Data Acquisition and Retrieval System (SSADARS). (See I-2-0-30 B., OHACCS.)

  • Determine if the RH is a valid request. (See I-2-0-40, Request for Hearing — Filing Requirements.)

  • Determine if the RH was timely filed. (See I-2-0-50, Timely Request for Hearing — Filing Requirements.)

  • Determine if the HO has venue, i.e., if the claimant resides within the HO's service area. (See I-2-0-70, Hearing Office Service Area.)

  • Create an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) file. (See I-2-0-80, Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) File.)

  • Request the claim file if it has not been received. (See I-2-1-10, Claim Files.)