I-4-6-35.Submitting Appeals Council Remand Orders for Appeals Council Review

Last Update: 08/22/16 (Transmittal I-4-56)

After the Appeals Council remand order has been proofread for grammatical and typographical errors, the analyst will route the case to the appropriate administrative appeals judge (AAJ).

If the AAJ agrees with the recommendation and proposed order, the AAJ will sign the order and return the case to the Court Case Preparation and Review Branch support staff for release. If the AAJ disagrees, the AAJ will provide the analyst with instructions as to the desired course of action. If the analyst believes that the AAJ's proposed course of action is contrary to the law and regulations, could set a dangerous precedent, or is otherwise problematic, the analyst will discuss the matter with the Branch Chief. If the Branch Chief agrees with the analyst, the Branch Chief will consult with the AAJ in order to resolve the issue. A joint consultation with the Division Chief AAJ may be necessary in unusual circumstances.