The reconsideration reviewer conducts the review of a Title II reconsideration request
in accordance with existing instructions. The reviewer may review SSA decisions as
they relate to regular or totalization benefits, SSA's interpretation of the agreement,
the accuracy of SSA's use of information provided by the foreign country, such as
coverage, and the accuracy of information certified to the foreign country by SSA.
In cases where SSA's interpretation of the agreement is not clearly reflected in regulations
or manualized procedure, or where there seems to be disparity between the regulations
or procedures and the provisions of the agreement, the issue is submitted to IOTS
The decisions of the foreign country, its interpretation of the agreement, or its
use of information as provided by SSA is not to be addressed.
The reconsideration reviewer instructs the LC to refer any appeal of the foreign agency's
decision to the appropriate foreign agency if not already done.
The reconsideration reviewer advises the appellant of the referral and gives them
the address of the foreign office.