The Appeals Council Announces New Rules on Return of Evidence

May 11, 2016

The AC now has discretion over whether to return evidence submitted in connection with appeals filed after an unsuccessful hearing decision.  In the past, the AC has typically returned the evidence once it was copied for the appeal file.  Now, the AC will consider who submitted the evidence, by what means, whether the claimant is represented and whether the claimant otherwise has access to the information.  For instance, evidence submitted electronically will likely not be returned as it is likely the claimant has access to a copy of it.

Some evidence will still be returned, for example, an originally or certified copy of marriage or birth.

The sub-regulatory guidance is found at HALLES I-3-5-20.


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