If the claimant is in the office, obtain the good cause statement and forward it with
the appeal request to OHO or the AC for a determination. The claimant may add the
statement to the appeal request.
If you receive a late hearing or request for AC review by mail, fax, or email, forward
the request to OHO or the AC as appropriate. Obtain a good cause statement only at
OHO’s or AC’s request. Use the development instructions in GN 03103.130 (hearing) or GN 03104.300 (AC review).
NOTE: We presume that a representative’s appointment expires when the appeal period ends.
If there is a question about a claimant’s representation status, see GN 03910.060C.