The Division of International Operations (DIO) is responsible for administering SSA
programs abroad. This includes the full range of disability determination services
(DDS) functions, including the processing of appeals with the right to a disability
A Federal disability hearing officer (DHO) must conduct the disability hearing for
an individual who uses a foreign address.
If the DIO cannot issue a fully favorable determination, and the individual waives
his or her right to appear at a hearing, a DHO in the Office of Disability Determinations
(ODD) is responsible for processing the case. If the individual intends to appear,
a DHO in the appropriate regional office (RO) is responsible for arranging the hearing.
NOTE: The individual's point-of-entry into the United States (U.S.) or his or her temporary
U.S. residence determines the region where the hearing is scheduled. See DI 33001.000 Disability Hearing Unit Procedures.