The representative generally selects which process to use. The two fee authorization
processes are not interchangeable. If the representative files a fee petition, SSA
uses the fee petition process to authorize the fee.
EXAMPLE: The representative chose to use the fee petition process to request SSA's fee authorization.
Therefore, the representative waited until after her services were completed before
she requested authorization of a fee. The representative filed a Form SSA-1560- (Petition
For Authorization To Charge And Collect A Fee For Services Before The Social Security
Administration). The representative answered “yes” to item 2, indicating that she
and the claimant had entered into an agreement for services as described in GN 03930.001C.3., and she attached a copy of the fee arrangement she had with the claimant to the
SSA-1560. (Do not confuse the fee petition with the attached “fee agreement” with
the fee agreement described in GN 03940 - Fee Authorization Under the Fee Agreement