TN 9 (05-02)
GN 03106.061 Motions to Show Cause (Contempt Cases)
A motion to show cause requesting that SSA be held in contempt of a court order may be filed or threatened against the Commissioner or other agency officials if SSA fails to promptly and properly comply with a court's order.
On occasion, the court will order the Commissioner or other SSA official to appear in court to show cause why they should not be held in contempt; if the court finds contempt, it may impose some type of sanction. It is also possible that the court may impose a fine against SSA.
Contempt actions can be avoided by expeditious action whenever a court order is received for effectuation.
If the OALC and/or OGC inform you by telephone that a case involves possible contempt, follow the OALC/OGC instructions given over the telephone for expedited processing. If a claimant or a representative contacts the effectuating component and is distressed about the status of payment on a court order, take the following action:
OCO notify OGC, OPL;
FOs should contact the ARC-MOS or other designated component;
PSCs/ARC-MOS, notify Regional Chief Counsel;
immediately. Such a sensitive inquiry may indicate that a contempt action is being contemplated. (See GN 03106.020B. for a hyperlink to OGC addresses and telephone numbers.)