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Read That Appeals Council Remand Order Carefully

When cases are remanded from the federal district court and a new hearing is held before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ), the ALJ's decision: Read More


Appeals Council Issues Practice Guide

The Appeals Council has issued a handy practice guide, imminently suitable for bulletin boards. Read More


Appeals Council Notices Misdated

Appeals Council notices – both remand and denial notices – dated July 29, 2011 through August 10, 2011, were issued erroneously. Per Patricia Jonas, Executive Director, Office of Appellate Operations, a coding error at Central Printing resulted in these notices being rejected and resent at a later date.  Read More


Online Access Available at Appeals Council

Online access to eFolders is now available for cases at the Appeals Council level, as well as the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) level. That means that an advocate who is enrolled for online access will be able to review Appeals Council exhibit files on SSA’s secure website in cases if an Appointment of Representative (1696) is on file. Read More


Appeals Council Awards SSI to Asylee

Anne Callagy, an attorney with the Bronx office of the Legal Aid Society, convinced the Appeals Council to restore benefits to a claimant whose SSI had been terminated due to his immigration status. Read More


Calling the Appeals Council

Calling the Appeals Council may sometimes feel like crying out in the wilderness, with the same result. Read More


Appeals Council Remand HIV Case

LJ Fisher of the Rochester office of the Empire Justice Center recently managed to undo a double wrong. Read More


Appeals Council "Reopens" Earlier Claim

Thanks to the efforts of Buffalo Bruce Caulfield of Neighborhood Legal Services, his client will enjoy several more years of retroactive and SSI Child’s Disability Benefits (CDB, formerly known as DAC) and SSI. Read More


Appeals Council Goes Electronic?

If you haven’t seen it yet, you will soon. Attached to some Appeals Council correspondence is a notice entitled “Electronic Disability Claims Processing.” Read More


Appeals Council Persuaded by New Evidence

Paralegal Amy Leach of the Norwich office of the Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York achieved the near impossible - a reversal by the Appeals Council based on a claim of mental retardation under Listing 12.05C. The case involved a redetermination under the adult standards of an eighteen year old who had been receiving SSI (Supplemental Security Income) as a child. See 42 U.S.C. §1382c(a)(3)(H)(iii) (P.L. 104-193) and 20 C.F.R.§416.987. Read More