NOTE: Only the parties to a fee authorization, or individuals appointed to act on the parties'
behalf, have a right to request administrative review. (See GN 03950.001B.2. for an explanation of who may request review.)
Send the acknowledgment letter and any request for more information to the proper
party. However, in the letter, explain to the party that:
SSA has received a request for administrative review from (the name of the person)
on his/her behalf; and
he/she must let SSA know, within 15 days, whether to proceed with the review.
If the party does not verify that the request was filed on his/her behalf, deny administrative
review. Send a notice to the individual who protested the fee that he/she is not a
proper party. Send a copy of the notice to the proper parties.
If a representative who did not participate in the initial fee authorization protests
the fee, determine whether SSA paid the fee to the correct person.