Identification Number:
GN 03106 TN 13
Intended Audience:See Transmittal Sheet
Originating Office:Office of the General Counsel
Title:Litigation
Type:POMS Transmittals
Program:All Programs
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PROGRAM OPERATIONS MANUAL SYSTEM
Part GN – General
Chapter 031 – Appeals
Subchapter 06 – Litigation
Transmittal No. 13, 05/15/2020

Audience

PSC: BA, CA, CS, DE, DS, ICDS, IES, ISRA, RECONR, SCPS, TSA, TST;
OCO-OEIO: CR, FCR, FDE, PETL, RECONE, RECOVR;
OCO-ODO: BTE, CR, CST, CTE, CTE TE, DE, DEC, DS, PETE, PETL, RCOVTA, RECONE, RECOVR;
ODD-DDS: DHU, REF;
FO/TSC: CS, CS TII, CS TXVI, CSR, CTE, DT, FR, OA, OS, RR, TA, TSC-CSR;

Originating Component

OPL

Effective Date

Upon Receipt

Background

The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) is responsible for handling civil actions filed against the Social Security Administration. These instructions explain how to notify OGC that SSA is a defendant in a civil action.

 

Summary of Changes

GN 03106.020 Service of Process

The POMS now identify the reassignment of responsibility for cases filed:

  • in the Northern District of Indiana to the Office of Program Law in Baltimore;

  • in the Southern District of Alabama to the Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, Atlanta (Region IV);

  • in the District of Arizona to the Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, San Francisco (Region IX);

  • in the Western District of Michigan to the Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, Kansas City (Region VII);

  • in the Northern District of New York to the Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, Boston (Region I);

  • in the District of Vermont to the Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, Boston (Region I);

  • in the Eastern District of New York to the Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, Kansas City (Region VII); and

  • in the Distrct of Connecticut to the Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, Kansas City (Region VII).

GN 03106.020 Service of Process

A. Background for service of process

We use the legal term “Service of Process” to explain the process by which defendants are notified of a court action filed against them. The “Commissioner of Social Security” is the only proper defendant in civil actions filed against the Social Security Administration under §205(g) of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. §405(g). Delivering a copy of the legal documents filed with the court to the party designated to receive service on behalf of the defendant perfects Service of Process.

B. Policy for service of process on the Commissioner of Social Security

In Social Security cases, the Office of the General Counsel (OGC) is the component designated by the Commissioner to receive Service of Process. There are different procedures for service of process on the Commissioner depending upon the nature of the case and the nature of the documents being served.

1. Summonses and complaints in cases involving individual claims for benefits

Summonses and complaints are legal documents used to initiate a lawsuit against a defendant. In cases involving individual claims for benefits under Titles II, VIII or XVI of the Social Security Act, send summonses and complaints to the office in the Social Security Administration’s Office of the General Counsel that is responsible for the processing and handling of litigation in the particular court jurisdiction in which the beneficiary filed the complaint.

The OGC office names, addresses, and jurisdictional responsibilities are as follows:

State District Court OGC Office Address
Alabama U.S. District Court -- Middle District of Alabama

U.S. District Court -- Northern District of Alabama

U.S. District Court -- Southern District of Alabama

Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, Region IV

Social Security Administration

Atlanta Federal Center

61 Forsyth Street S.W., Suite 20T45

Atlanta, GA 30303-8910

Alaska U.S. District Court -- Alaska

Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, Region X

Social Security Administration

701 Fifth Avenue

Suite 2900 M/S 221A

Seattle, WA 98104-7075

Arizona

 

U.S. District Court -- Arizona

Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, Region IX

Social Security Administration

160 Spear Street, Suite 800

San Francisco, CA 94105-1545

Arkansas

 

U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Arkansas

U.S. District Court -- Western District of Arkansas

Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, Region VI

Social Security Administration

Mailroom 104

1301 Young Street, Suite 340

Dallas, TX 75202-5433

California

 

U.S. District Court -- Central District of California

U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of California

U.S. District Court -- Northern District of California

U.S. District Court -- Southern District of California

Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, Region IX

Social Security Administration

160 Spear Street, Suite 800

San Francisco, CA 94105-1545

 

Colorado

 

U.S. District Court – Colorado

Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, Region VIII

Social Security Administration

1961 Stout Street, Suite 4169

Denver, CO 80294-4003

Connecticut

 

U.S. District Court – Connecticut

Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, Region VII

 

Social Security Administration

Richard Bolling Federal Building

601 E. 12th Street, Room 965

Kansas City, MO 64106-2898

Delaware

 

U.S. District Court – Delaware

Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, Region III

Social Security Administration

300 Spring Garden Street, 6th Floor Philadelphia, PA 19123-2932

District of Columbia

 

U.S. District Court -- District of Columbia

Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, Region III

Social Security Administration

300 Spring Garden Street, 6th Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19123-2932

Florida

 

U.S. District Court -- Middle District of Florida

U.S. District Court -- Northern District of Florida

U.S. District Court--Southern District of Florida

Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, Region IV

Social Security Administration

Atlanta Federal Center

61 Forsyth Street S.W., Suite 20T45

Atlanta, GA 30303-8910

Georgia

 

U.S. District Court -- Middle District of Georgia

U.S. District Court -- Northern District of Georgia

U.S. District Court -- Southern District of Georgia

Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, Region IV

Social Security Administration

Atlanta Federal Center

61 Forsyth Street S.W., Suite 20T45

Atlanta, GA 30303-8910

Guam

 

U.S. District Court – Guam

Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, Region IX

Social Security Administration

160 Spear Street, Suite 800

San Francisco, CA 94105-1545

Hawaii

 

U.S. District Court – Hawaii

Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, Region IX

Social Security Administration

160 Spear Street, Suite 800

San Francisco, CA 94105-1545

Idaho

 

U.S. District Court – Idaho

Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, Region X

Social Security Administration

701 Fifth Avenue

Suite 2900 M/S 221A

Seattle, WA 98104-7075

Illinois

 

U.S. District Court -- Central District of Illinois

U.S. District Court -- Northern District of Illinois

U.S. District Court -- Southern District of Illinois

Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, Region V

Social Security Administration

200 West Adams Street, 30th Floor

Chicago, IL 60606-5208

Indiana

 

U.S. District Court -- Northern District of Indiana

Office of Program Law Office of the General Counsel

Social Security Administration

6401 Security Boulevard Altmeyer Building, Room 617

Baltimore, MD 21235-6401

U.S. District Court -- Southern District of Indiana

Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, Region V

Social Security Administration

200 West Adams Street, 30th Floor

Chicago, IL 60606-5208

Iowa

 

U.S. District Court -- Northern District of Iowa

U.S. District Court -- Southern District of Iowa

Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, Region VI

Social Security Administration

Mailroom 104

1301 Young Street, Suite 340

Dallas, TX 75202-5433

Kansas

 

U.S. District Court – Kansas

Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, Region VIII

Social Security Administration

1961 Stout Street, Suite 4169

Denver, CO 80294-4003

Kentucky

 

U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Kentucky

Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, Region VIII

Social Security Administration

1961 Stout Street, Suite 4169

Denver, CO 80294-4003

U.S. District Court -- Western District of Kentucky

Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, Region V

Social Security Administration

200 West Adams Street, 30th Floor

Chicago, IL 60606-5208

Louisiana

 

U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Louisiana

U.S. District Court -- Middle District of Louisiana

U.S. District Court -- Western District of Louisiana

Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, Region VI

Social Security Administration

Mailroom 104

1301 Young Street, Suite 340

Dallas, TX 75202-5433

Maine

 

U.S. District Court – Maine

Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, Region I

Social Security Administration

JFK Federal Building, Room 625

15 New Sudbury Street

Boston, MA 02203-0002

Maryland

 

U.S. District Court – Maryland

Office of Program Law

Office of the General Counsel

Social Security Administration

6401 Security Boulevard

Altmeyer Building, Room 617

Baltimore, MD 21235-6401

Massachusetts

 

U.S. District Court – Massachusetts

Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, Region I

Social Security Administration

JFK Federal Building, Room 625

15 New Sudbury Street

Boston, MA 02203-0002

Michigan

 

U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Michigan

Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, Region I

Social Security Administration

JFK Federal Building, Room 625

15 New Sudbury Street

Boston, MA 02203-0002

U.S. District Court -- Western District of Michigan

Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, Region VII

Social Security Administration

Richard Bolling Federal Building

601 E. 12th Street, Room 965

Kansas City, MO 64106-2898

Minnesota

 

U.S. District Court – Minnesota

Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, Region VI

Social Security Administration

Mailroom 104

1301 Young Street, Suite 340

Dallas, TX 75202-5433

Mississippi

 

U.S. District Court -- Northern District of Mississippi

U.S. District Court -- Southern District of Mississippi

Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, Region VI

Social Security Administration

Mailroom 104

1301 Young Street, Suite 340

Dallas, TX 75202-5433

Missouri

 

U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Missouri

U.S. District Court -- Western District of Missouri

Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, Region VII

Social Security Administration

Richard Bolling Federal Building

601 E. 12th Street, Room 965

Kansas City, MO 64106-2898

Montana

 

U.S. District Court – Montana

Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, Region X

Social Security Administration

701 Fifth Avenue

Suite 2900 M/S 221A

Seattle, WA 98104-7075

Nebraska

 

U.S. District Court – Nebraska

Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, Region VI

Social Security Administration

Mailroom 104

1301 Young Street, Suite 340

Dallas, TX 75202-5433

Nevada

 

U.S. District Court – Nevada

Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, Region IX

Social Security Administration

160 Spear Street, Suite 800

San Francisco, CA 94105-1545

New Hampshire

 

U.S. District Court -- New Hampshire

Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, Region I

Social Security Administration

JFK Federal Building, Room 625

15 New Sudbury Street

Boston, MA 02203-0002

New Jersey

 

U.S. District Court -- New Jersey

Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, Region III

Social Security Administration

300 Spring Garden Street, 6th Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19123-2932

New Mexico

 

U.S. District Court -- New Mexico

Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, Region VIII

Social Security Administration

1961 Stout Street, Suite 4169

Denver, CO 80294-4003

New York

 

U.S. District Court -- Southern District of New York

U.S. District Court -- Western District of New York

Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, Region II

Social Security Administration

26 Federal Plaza, Room 3904

New York, NY 10278-0004

U.S. District Court -- Northern District of New York Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, Region I

Social Security Administration

JFK Federal Building, Room 625

15 New Sudbury Street

Boston, MA 02203-0002

U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of New York Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, Region VII

Social Security Administration

Richard Bolling Federal Building

601 E. 12th Street, Room 965

Kansas City, MO 64106-2898

North Carolina

 

U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of North Carolina

Office of Program Law

Office of the General Counsel

Social Security Administration

6401 Security Boulevard

Altmeyer Building, Room 617

Baltimore, MD 21235-6401

U.S. District Court -- Middle District of North Carolina

Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, Region III

Social Security Administration

300 Spring Garden Street, 6th Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19123-2932

U.S. District Court -- Western District of North Carolina

Office of Program Law

Office of the General Counsel

Social Security Administration

6401 Security Boulevard

Altmeyer Building, Room 617

Baltimore, MD 21235-6401

North Dakota

 

U.S. District Court -- North Dakota

Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, Region VI

Social Security Administration

Mailroom 104

1301 Young Street, Suite 340

Dallas, TX 75202-5433

Northern Mariana Islands

 

U.S. District Court -- Northern Mariana Islands

Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, Region IX

Social Security Administration

160 Spear Street, Suite 800

San Francisco, CA 94105-1545

Ohio

 

U.S. District Court -- Northern District of Ohio

U.S. District Court -- Southern District of Ohio

Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, Region V

Social Security Administration

200 West Adams Street, 30th Floor

Chicago, IL 60606-5208

Oklahoma

 

U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Oklahoma

U.S. District Court -- Northern District of Oklahoma

U.S. District Court -- Western District of Oklahoma

Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, Region VIII

Social Security Administration

1961 Stout Street, Suite 4169

Denver, CO 80294-4003

Oregon

 

U.S. District Court – Oregon

Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, Region X

Social Security Administration

701 Fifth Avenue

Suite 2900 M/S 221A

Seattle, WA 98104-7075

Pennsylvania

 

U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court -- Middle District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court -- Western District of Pennsylvania

Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, Region III

Social Security Administration

300 Spring Garden Street, 6th Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19123-2932

Puerto Rico

 

U.S. District Court -- Puerto Rico

Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, Region II

Social Security Administration

26 Federal Plaza, Room 3904

New York, NY 10278-0004

Rhode Island

 

U.S. District Court -- Rhode Island

Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, Region I

Social Security Administration

JFK Federal Building, Room 625

15 New Sudbury Street

Boston, MA 02203-0002

South Carolina

 

U.S. District Court -- South Carolina

Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, Region III

Social Security Administration

300 Spring Garden Street, 6th Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19123-2932

South Dakota

 

U.S. District Court -- South Dakota

Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, Region VI

Social Security Administration

Mailroom 104

1301 Young Street, Suite 340

Dallas, TX 75202-5433

Tennessee

 

U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Tennessee

U.S. District Court -- Middle District of Tennessee

U.S. District Court -- Western District of Tennessee

Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, Region VII

Social Security Administration

Richard Bolling Federal Building

601 E. 12th Street, Room 965

Kansas City, MO 64106-2898

Texas

 

U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Texas

U.S. District Court -- Northern District of Texas

U.S. District Court -- Southern District of Texas

U.S. District Court -- Western District of Texas

Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, Region VI

Social Security Administration

Mailroom 104

1301 Young Street, Suite 340

Dallas, TX 75202-5433

Utah

 

U.S. District Court – Utah

Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, Region VIII

Social Security Administration

1961 Stout Street, Suite 4169

Denver, CO 80294-4003

Vermont

 

U.S. District Court – Vermont

Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, Region I

Social Security Administration

JFK Federal Building, Room 625

15 New Sudbury Street

Boston, MA 02203-0002

Virgin Islands

 

U.S. District Court -- Virgin Islands

Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, Region II

Social Security Administration

26 Federal Plaza, Room 3904

New York, NY 10278-0004

Virginia

 

U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Virginia

U.S. District Court -- Western District of Virginia

Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, Region III

Social Security Administration

300 Spring Garden Street, 6th Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19123-2932

Washington

 

U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Washington

U.S. District Court -- Western District of Washington

Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, Region X

Social Security Administration

701 Fifth Avenue

Suite 2900 M/S 221A

Seattle, WA 98104-7075

West Virginia

 

U.S. District Court -- Northern District of West Virginia

U.S. District Court -- Southern District of West Virginia

Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, Region III

Social Security Administration

300 Spring Garden Street, 6th Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19123-2932

Wisconsin

 

U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Wisconsin

U.S. District Court -- Western District of Wisconsin

Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, Region V

Social Security Administration

200 West Adams Street, 30th Floor

Chicago, IL 60606-5208

Wyoming

 

U.S. District Court – Wyoming

Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, Region VIII

Social Security Administration

1961 Stout Street, Suite 4169

Denver, CO 80294-4003

Addresses of OGC offices

Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, Region I
Social Security Administration
JFK Federal Building, Room 625
15 New Sudbury Street
Boston, MA 02203-0002

 

Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, Region II
Social Security Administration
26 Federal Plaza, Room 3904
New York, NY 10278-0004

 

Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, Region III
Social Security Administration
300 Spring Garden Street, 6th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19123-2932

 

Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, Region IV
Social Security Administration
Atlanta Federal Center
61 Forsyth Street S.W., Suite 20T45
Atlanta, GA 30303-8910

 

Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, Region V
Social Security Administration
200 West Adams Street, 30th Floor
Chicago, IL 60606-5208

 

Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, Region VI
Social Security Administration
Mailroom 104
1301 Young Street, Suite 340
Dallas, TX 75202-5433

 

Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, Region VII
Social Security Administration
Richard Bolling Federal Building
601 E. 12th Street, Room 965
Kansas City, MO 64106-2898

 

Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, Region VIII
Social Security Administration
1961 Stout Street, Suite 4169
Denver, CO 80294-4003

 

Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, Region IX
Social Security Administration
160 Spear Street, Suite 800
San Francisco, CA 94105-1545

 

Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, Region X
Social Security Administration
701 Fifth Avenue
Suite 2900 M/S 221A
Seattle, WA 98104-7075

 

Office of Program Law
Office of the General Counsel
Social Security Administration
6401 Security Boulevard
Altmeyer Building, Room 617
Baltimore, MD 21235-6401

 

2. Summonses and complaints in cases not involving individual claims for benefits

Summonses and complaints are legal documents used to initiate a lawsuit against a defendant. In cases that do not involve individual claims for benefits under Titles II, VIII, or XVI of the Social Security Act, send summonses and complaints to the following address:

The General Counsel
Social Security Administration
Room 617, Altmeyer Building
6401 Security Boulevard
Baltimore, MD 21235-6401

3. Subpoenas

Subpoenas are legal documents used to compel testimony or the production of documents from either a party or a non-party to a particular case. Depending upon the applicable legal requirements, some states require subpoenas to be delivered in person, or some may be delivered by mail.

When a subpoena is directed to either the Commissioner or the Social Security Administration, it must be delivered to the following address regardless of the nature of the case:

The General Counsel
Social Security Administration
Room 617, Altmeyer Building
6401 Security Boulevard
Baltimore, MD 21235-6401

Delivering a copy of the subpoena to any Deputy General Counsel or secretary to any Deputy General Counsel can also perfect service of the subpoena. (See 20 C.F.R. §423.3)


GN 03106 TN 13 - Litigation - 5/15/2020