I-4-6-40.Appeals Council Remand Orders — Releasing

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

A. Standard Language Order Not Requiring Appeals Council (AC) Review

  1. The analyst will:

    • Prepare the standard language remand order in final.

    • Prepare the remand cover letter in final to the claimant's attorney, with a copy to the claimant.

    • Use the automated signature of the Division Chief Administrative Appeals Judge.

    • Obtain a current earnings record.

    • Input appropriate entries in the Appeals Review Processing System (ARPS).

    • Route the case to the appropriate support staff in ARPS for release and case closure.

  2. The support staff or appeals assistant will:

    • Check the order for address and Social Security number accuracy and, for paper claim(s) files, date all documents in the space provided or where customary and appropriate.

    • Include the original remand order in the claim(s) file.

    • Include the following items in the claim(s) file:

      • All working papers; e.g., analysis prepared for the AC's consideration, including any memoranda to or from the Office of the General Counsel (OGC).

      • A copy of the court remand order.

      • A copy of the AC's remand order to the hearing office (HO).

    • If paper, package and mail the claim(s) file to the HO.

    • Ensure mailing of the AC remand order to the claimant and attorney.

    • Enter the case release information in ARPS.

B. Standard and Special Language Orders Requiring AC Review

  1. The analyst will:

    • Prepare the order and any additional documents,

    • Forward the remand package to the AC, and

    • Make appropriate entries in ARPS.

  2. After the AC approves the remand, the Council will forward the case to the support staff for release of the order following the procedures outlined in section A. above. The AC's order will be released over the appropriate administrative appeals judge's signature alone.