A number of the individuals filing for and/or receiving SVB payments reside in the
Philippines. For this reason the FBU located in Manila will play an important role
in assisting SSA in the processing of certain SVB appeals. In helping SVB claimants
or beneficiaries in the Philippines who request review of an initial determination,
FBU will handle most FO responsibilities shown in VB 02502.001C.1. This includes assisting claimants or beneficiaries who ask to review their files
prior to a reconsideration determination. (See VB 02502.015C.2.a.)
The FBU will not have responsibility for the following:
conducting formal/informal conferences
rendering reconsideration determinations; or
determining good cause for late filing of reconsideration requests.
The FBU should forward reconsideration requests and other associated appeals material
to the servicing FO or central processing site according to instructions in VB 00901.015B and VB 00901.015C.