Once a hearing is filed, the case is Office of Hearings Operations’ (OHO) jurisdiction
and there is no regulatory authority for the FO or PC to take adjudicative action
except at the direction of the ALJ; i.e., if ALJ remands case.
However, a written request for appeal may be interpreted as a request for reconsideration,
if, in fact, a reconsideration is the next level of appeal that is due, regardless
of the form submitted to SSA, unless the claimant insists otherwise.