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HALLEX is the abbreviation for Hearings, Appeals, Litigation, and Law (LEX) Manual, which is published by the Social Security Administration’s Office of Disability and Review (ODAR). It contains instructions for administrative law judges (ALJs), the Appeals Council, and the Office of Civil Actions. Such instructions are largely procedural in nature and include matters such as:
Some substantive material is also found in the HALLEX, such as:
Additionally, the HALLEX contains information regarding the types of computer systems in which data are stored and from which data may be retrieved, as well as reference to hard-copy file sources at each level of adjudication.
A printed copy of the HALLEX is very large. It comprises two volumes.
Volume One contains five principal divisions: 1) General subjects; 2) ALJ hearings; 3) Appeals Council review; 4) Civil actions; and 5) Temporary instructions.
Volume Two contains two principal divisions: 1) Preambles to Selected Regulations; and 2) Appeals Council Interpretations.
Each division and section of the HALLEX is numbered starting with a roman numeral that identifies the volume in which the division and section are found. Following the Roman numeral is a single digit that is followed by three digits. Thus, for example, a typical entry would be as follows: 1-2-000 (e.g., volume I, division 2, section 000).
Every OHA office must maintain a complete set of HALLEX for public inspection. Additionally, HALLEX may be obtained through a Freedom of Information (FOIA) request. HALLEX selections are also available online at http://www.ssa.gov/OP_Home/hallex/hallex.html.
HALLEX may also be purchased through:
National Technical Information Service
5301 Shawnee Rd,
Alexandria, VA 22312
Fax: (703) 605-6900
It is published on diskette and in printed form. A subscription to updates is also available.
These materials contain a broad outline of the contents of HALLEX to give the reader a general idea of what can be found in it and where certain topics are located. It does not purport to identify all topics that HALLEX covers, or to outline any topic completely. Some topics are dealt with in greater detail than others. The selection of which topics have received the most coverage is, in the end, a totally arbitrary decision made by the writer, based on some obscure sense of what might be most interesting, useful or problematic to the practitioner. For complete information, reference should always be made directly to the HALLEX. The writer’s editorial comments on the content of HALLEX appear in the footnotes.
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