At the initial and reconsideration levels, the representative submits an SSA-1696-U4
(Appointment of Representative) to the field office (FO) for acknowledgement of the
appointment. The Disability Determination Services (DDS) and the DHU do not place
the SSA-1696-U4 in the case file, an SSA component does. Until SSA accepts and acknowledges the
appointment, the representative is not recognized.
To ensure that representative information is properly handled when the DHU receives
appointed representative information or fee related documents by mail or fax, follow
the instructions in DI 31001.001B.1.
If the representative information indicates that the representative’s authority ended,
refer to DI 33010.065C.6. in this section.
NOTE: The DHU does not have the authority to approve or disapprove fee agreements or authorize
fees under the fee petition process.