I-3-1-52.Recording Audit Requirements

Last Update: 9/08/05 (Transmittal I-3-36)


The procedures for audit of recordings have been temporarily changed (See June 20, 1997 memorandum from the then Acting Deputy Chairman of the Appeals Council (see I-3-1-100 Exhibit). Although this memorandum refers to cassette tapes, the policy and procedures should be applied to all hearing recordings.

  1. An analyst must audit the entire hearing recording(s) in the following situations:

    • in Office of Quality Assurance referral cases and unappealed review and protest cases in which the analyst is recommending own motion review for reversal or remand;

    • in request for review cases involving

      • an allegation of an unfair hearing, or

      • a recommendation that the Appeals Council grant review to issue a less than fully favorable decision.

  2. An analyst must audit portions of the hearing recording(s) in other situations. In particular, the analyst must audit all expert testimony; e.g., testimony of a Medical Expert, treating physician, Vocational Expert

  3. Refer to I-3-1-99 Exhibit for a summary of the instructions regarding recording audits and audit notes. The chart reflects the minimum requirements; the analyst must audit all or part of any recording if it appears that the information obtained could have a bearing on a recommendation for Appeals Council action.