Under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the following may be disclosed to any
aggregate amounts of professional fees (not individual fees) authorized by SSA to
be paid to attorneys or other persons for representing individuals before the Secretary
or in the courts;
amount of payments to third parties such as vocational experts, medical experts, consultative
physicians, and translators; and
information as to the number of separate cases represented by those fee totals.
IMPORTANT: information should not be disclosed that would let the requester associate information
with specific persons for whom services were rendered.
EXAMPLE: Do not disclose (except to the parties involved) the fees authorized for handling
one specific case, since this would disclose the identity of the attorney's client
and the amount of the fee.