Last Update: 9/28/05 (Transmittal I-2-68)
Social Security Administration
Office of Hearing and Appeals
Claimant or Representative's Name
City, State ZIP
This refers to [Mr./Mrs./Ms.]'s or [your] claim for disability benefits. I have determined that it is necessary to obtain [further] evidence from a [medical/vocational] expert. I propose to do this by requesting a [medical/vocational] expert to review the file and to answer written [interrogatories/questions] about your claim.
I am enclosing the [interrogatories/questions] that I propose to submit to the [medical/vocational] expert. You may:
object to my obtaining this information by means of [interrogatories/questions];
object to any of the [interrogatories/questions];
propose other [interrogatories/questions].
If I revise the [interrogatories/questions] based on your comments, I will give you another opportunity to comment on the revised [interrogatories/questions]. I will also send you a copy of the [medical/vocational] expert's responses to the [interrogatories/ questions].
After I receive the responses to the [interrogatories/questions], I will send them to you. You may then:
comment on the responses to the [interrogatories/questions];
submit more evidence;
ask me to submit additional [interrogatories/questions] to the [medical/vocational] expert; and
request a supplemental hearing to question the [medical/vocational] expert at which you may ask the [medical/vocation] expert additional questions.
You may conduct such oral questioning as may be needed to inquire fully into the matters at issue.
If I do not receive a response from you within 20 days from the date of this letter, I will assume you have no objections and no additional [interrogatories/questions]. I will then send the enclosed [interrogatories/questions] to a [medical/vocational] expert.
Please contact me if you have any questions on this procedure.
Administrative Law Judge
In letter to an attorney representative, use “interrogatories.” In letter to an unrepresented claimant, use “questions.”