I-3-8-11.Administrative Appeals Judge's Actions

Last Update: 6/5/15 (Transmittal I-3-114)

Upon receipt of the analyst's recommendation, the Administrative Appeals Judge (AAJ) will review the proposed action and may:

  • return the case to the analyst for further analysis, revision, or preparation of a different action; or

  • approve the recommendation, sign the grant review notice, and forward the case to the “B” AAJ for consideration.

If both AAJs agree with the analyst's recommendation, each will sign the notice. The Appeals Council's support staff will date and release the grant review notice. They will then return the case to the Office of Appellate Operations (OAO) branch. The OAO branch staff will place the case in diary to await a response from the claimant or representative.