SSA logo: link to Social Security Online home1612. SSA's Advance Notice of a Payee Selection

1612.1 How does SSA notify a beneficiary of a proposed payee selection?

When we decide to pay benefits through a representative payee, we send the beneficiary (or the individual acting on his or her behalf) an advance notice of our proposed actions. The notice explains why we are selecting a representative payee and who that payee will be.

1612.2 Can the beneficiary object to the proposed decisions?

Yes, the notice advises the beneficiary (or the individual acting on his or her behalf) that they have the right to protest either our decision to pay benefits through a representative payee, or who we select as payee.

1612.3 What happens if there is an objection?

If the beneficiary (or the individual acting on his or her behalf) objects to either proposed action, he or she may review the evidence and submit any additional evidence.

When there is an objection, we will review the proposed determination, consider any additional information we receive, and issue our determination.

If the beneficiary (or the individual acting on his or her behalf) objects to either decision, he or she may appeal the decision.

1612.4 What happens if there is no objection?

If the beneficiary (or the individual acting on his or her behalf) does not object to the proposed actions, we will begin making payment through a representative payee.

1612.5 Can a beneficiary object after the decision is made?

Yes. If the beneficiary (or the individual acting on his or her behalf) is dissatisfied, he or she has 60 days from the date of our decision to appeal the decision.

Last Revised: Nov. 16, 2010