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SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION
Office of Disability Adjudication and Review

HALLEX
Volume I

Transmittal No. I-2-129

Chapter: I-2-1

Subject: Prehearing Analysis and Case Workup

Background

This transmittal amends section I-2-1-50 of the Hearings, Appeals and Litigation Law (HALLEX) manual to update processing instructions when the person who requested a hearing dies while the request for hearing is pending. We also made minor editorial and formatting changes.

Explanation of Content and Changes

We revised section I-2-1-50 as follows:

HALLEX I-2-1-50 A – We moved the information previously in the subsection to subsection B and changed the title to “General.” We explain that when there is a substitute party or qualified survivor, an administrative law judge (ALJ) cannot dismiss the request for hearing. We also provide a link to the instructions that explain when an ALJ can dismiss a request for hearing after the death of a claimant. We also incorporated some information previously in subsection C.

HALLEX I-2-1-50 B – We moved the information previously in the subsection to subsection C. We incorporated information previously in subsection A and removed information that was duplicative of information in HALLEX I-2-4-35.

HALLEX I-2-1-50 C – We moved some of the information previously in the subsection to subsection A and the remaining information to HALLEX I-2-4-35. We incorporated information previously in subsection B and explained that hearing office staff need not develop for a substitute party or qualified survivor if the claimant dies after a hearing has been held.

Date: December 29, 2014