When a non-attorney individual whom the claimant has appointed, or wants to appoint,
does not appear to be of good character and reputation, or does not appear to be capable
of helping the claimant, the field office (FO) or processing center (PC), as appropriate,
refer the appointment or proposed appointment, over the signature of a person with
management authority, to:
Social Security Administration
Office of the General Counsel, Office of General Law
P.O. Box 17788
Baltimore, MD 21235
annotate the envelope and cover page of the transmittal as follows: IMMEDIATE ACTION
NECESSARY. REPRESENTATIVE SANCTION REFERRAL; and
include any evidence that bears on the individual's character, reputation, or ability
to give valuable help to the claimant in connection with the claim.
If the claimant appoints the person (see GN 03910.040), consider the person to be the claimant's representative unless and until SSA disqualifies
or suspends the person from representing claimants. Make all contacts with and send
notices to the appointed representative as provided in this subchapter. DO NOT delay
processing the claim after you forward the referral to OGL. Do not follow up with
If SSA suspends or disqualifies the representative, OGL will distribute the information
to the Regional Commissioners and PCs.
If SSA does not suspend or disqualify the individual, OGL will advise the referring
office regarding the determination.