I-4-8-35.Court Case Preparation and Review Branch Staff Actions After Appeals Council Action on Exceptions (or Own Motion Review)

Last Update: 12/8/17 (Transmittal I-4-78)

The Court Case Preparation and Review Branch (CCPRB) staff will release all final Appeals Council (AC) action documents (notices declining jurisdiction, decisions, and remand orders), route files appropriately, and record all file movements in the Appeals Review Processing System (ARPS).

A. AC Declines to Assume Jurisdiction or Issues Unfavorable Decision

When the AC declines to assume jurisdiction of a case or issues an unfavorable decision, CCPRB staff will:

  • Include a copy of the notice and AC decision, if any, in the claim(s) file.

  • Mail copies of the notice and AC decision, if any, to the claimant, representative, and other copies as indicated.

  • In sentence six cases, prepare the supplemental certified administrative record (CAR) using the procedures in Hearings, Appeals and Litigation Law (HALLEX) manual I-4-8-50.

  • Send paper claim(s) file via the United Parcel Service (UPS) to the Social Security Administration's National Records Center, as described in HALLEX I-4-2-50 B, and enter a remark in ARPS with the UPS tracking number.

B. AC Issues Fully or Partially Favorable Decision

When the AC issues a fully or partially favorable decision, CCPRB staff will:

  • Include the original decision in the claim(s) file.

  • Release copies of the decision to the claimant, representative, and other copies as indicated.

  • When the AC issues a partially favorable decision on a sentence six remand case, prepare the supplemental CAR using the procedures in HALLEX I-4-8-50.

  • Route the appeals file to the appropriate Office of Appellate Operations staff if no fee agreement was received.

  • Release the claim(s) file to the effectuating component(s). To locate the appropriate effectuating component address use the Detailed Office/Organization Resource System. For paper claim(s) files, enter the UPS tracking number in a remark in ARPS.

C. AC Remands Case

When the AC issues a remand order, CCPRB staff will:

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

  • Release the claim(s) file to the hearing office. For paper claim(s) files, CCPRB staff will send the claim(s) file to the hearing office via UPS and enter a remark in ARPS with the UPS tracking number.

  • Mail copies of the remand order to the claimant, representative, and other copies as indicated.