I-1-2-13.Authority to Approve Fee Agreement

Last Update: 1/28/03 (Transmittal I-1-44)

A. Hearing Level

The Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) who favorably decided the claim or post entitlement action has the authority to approve or disapprove a fee agreement.

NOTE:

If the ALJ who has the authority to approve or disapprove a fee agreement is unavailable for a period of 30 days or more, the Hearing Office Chief ALJ will act on the fee agreement or delegate that responsibility to another ALJ to avoid inordinate delays in processing the fee-related action.

B. Appeals Council Level

The Administrative Appeals Judge has the authority to approve or disapprove a fee agreement when the Appeals Council (AC) decides the claim or post entitlement action favorably.

NOTE:

All future references in this chapter to “Appeals Council level” include administrative proceedings before the AC following a court remand.