Subject: Scheduling and Notice of Hearing
This transmittal clarifies and updates the procedures relating to the scheduling and noticing of hearings contained in HALLEX Chapter I-2-3. These revisions reflect changes in technology, including the rollout of the electronic folder, and the use of the Document Generation System (DGS) and videoconference (VTC) technology.
I-2-3-1 eliminates citations to Medicare and the Black Lung Program.
I-2-3-5 eliminates references to the Black Lung and Medicare programs, and allows for out-of-jurisdiction claimants to appear by teleconference or to waive the right to an oral hearing.
I-2-3-10 is updated to include the use of VTC.
I-2-3-20 is updated to provide instructions for using DGS.
I-2-3-50 is updated in subsection D., Operating Procedures, for clarity and completeness.
I-2-3-90 is deleted. Instructions for accessing the Reminder to Return Acknowledgment Form in DGS is contained in I-2-3-20 C.
Date: August 15, 2005