I-3-0-3.Composition and Function of the Appeals Council Support Staff

Last Update: 9/08/05 (Transmittal I-3-36)

The Appeals Council support staff includes the Operations Management, Analysis and Coordination Staff (OMACS); the Division of Program Support (DPS); the Retirement and Survivors Insurance and Supplemental Security Income Branch (RSI and SSI); Disability Program Branches (DPBs); and the Court Case Preparation and Review Branches (CCPRB).

The support staff assists the Appeals Council in processing its case workload. In particular, the RSI and SSI Branch, the CCPRBs and the DPBs analyze the record and any other material submitted, examine hearing decisions, other ALJ final actions and requests for Appeals Council review, and make recommendations to AAJs and AOs as to what action should be taken on cases pending before the Council. The staff also initiates implementing action on behalf of the AAJs, including drafting orders and final decisions of the Commissioner.


For ease of reference, hereafter we will use the term “OAO branch” to refer to the RSI and SSI Branch, the CCPRBs and the DPBs.