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Office of Disability Adjudication and Review

Volume I

Transmittal No. I-2-102

Chapter: I-2-0

Subject: Initial Processing of a Request for Hearing


This transmittal amends chapter I-2-0 of the Hearings, Appeals and Litigation Law (HALLEX) manual to further clarify good cause requirements when a claimant relies on an appointed representative to timely file a request for hearing and the representative fails to do so.

Explanation of Content and Changes

I-2-0-60 B – We added a NOTE to clarify that good cause for late filing cannot be inferred merely because a claimant has a representative. The NOTE also explains that if an administrative law judge (ALJ) observes behavior that may be a violation of our rules relating to representation, the ALJ will consider making a referral to the Office of the General Counsel.

Date: February 7, 2014