There are several types of violations (e.g., fee, possible fee, non-fee, or criminal
violations.) Refer to GN 03970.010 for examples and definitions.
See information on the rules of conduct and standards of responsibility for representatives
in GN 03970.010. See information on violations and fraud in GN 04100.000. OIG has responsibility
for developing criminal violations. OGC has responsibility for pursuing administrative
sanctions against attorney and non-attorney representatives for violations of the
Rules of Conduct and Standards of Responsibility for Representatives. See information
on action to suspend, disqualify, or withdraw charges against a representative by
the Office of the General Counsel in GN
Refer conduct that involves violation of SSA rules to OGC. Regardless of whether OIG
decides to seek criminal prosecution, OGC reviews all referrals for possible administrative
sanctions; therefore, refer conduct involving potential criminal violations to both
OIG and OGC. Do not refer any violations involving attorneys to any State Bar Association.