When the OQR field site affirms all or part of the original determination, they send
an email via the SSA-93 website to DT16QSE with the rationale for the affirmation
annotated in the comments area of the SSA-93 website.
If a policy issue is not involved, DT16QSE reviews the rebuttal and issues a final
decision within a targeted timeframe of 15 days.
If the rebuttal involves a policy issue, DT16QSE refers the case to the Office of
SSI and Program Integrity Policy (OSSIPIP) in the Office of Income Security Programs
(OISP) within 15 days of the date of the OQR field site email. This process is known
as “Request for Policy Review (RPR).”
Within a targeted timeframe of 15 days from the date of referral, the OISP/OSSIPIP
policy team sends a proposed decision to DT16QSE or initiates inter-component discussion
with DT16QSE. OQR grants extensions if needed.
DT16QSE reviews OISP/OSSIPIP’s decision and either concurs or requests further discussion.
When OISP and OQR agree on the proposed decision, OISP/OSSIPIP renders a final written
decision. OQR then updates the decision on the SSA-93 website and generates an automated
email to the FO, ORC, and the reviewing OQR field site.