I-2-8-5.Effect of an Administrative Law Judge's Decision - Administrative Finality
Last Update: 3/9/15 (Transmittal I-2-136)
The claimant or another party requests review of the decision by the Appeals Council within the stated time period, and the Appeals Council grants review of the case;
The claimant requests review of the decision by the Appeals Council within the stated time period, the Appeals Council denies the request for review, and the claimant seeks judicial review of the decision by filing an action in a Federal district court;
The expedited appeals process is used (see HALLEX I-2-2-25);
The decision is a recommended decision directed to the Appeals Council (see HALLEX I-2-8-15); or
Prior to issuing a decision, hearing office staff must not inform a claimant or representative, either verbally or in writing, that an ALJ intends to issue a favorable or unfavorable decision. The decision of the ALJ is not final until the ALJ has signed the decision, and he or she may change the decision prior to signing it.