I-3-7-1.Remands - General

Last Update: 4/26/16 (Transmittal I-3-139)

When the Appeals Council (AC) grants a request for review or reviews a case on its own motion, it may remand the case to an administrative law judge (ALJ) for further proceedings. See 20 CFR 404.967 and 416.1467, as well as Hearings, Appeals and Litigation Law (HALLEX) manual I-3-0-10. For the bases for an AC grant review action, see HALLEX I-3-3-1.

In most cases, the AC will vacate an ALJ's decision in its entirety when it remands a case. This action requires that an ALJ issue a new decision in the case. When remanding a case, the AC may also direct an ALJ to take certain actions, such as developing additional evidence or holding a supplemental hearing.

However, the AC does not always vacate an ALJ decision in its entirety when remanding a case. For example, the AC may decide not to vacate the entire ALJ decision in the following situations:

The AC will grant review and may remand a case to an ALJ if it finds significant evidentiary or procedural deficiencies. For example, the AC may remand a case when: