The Social Security Administration has announced the first electronic service that must be used by representatives who request direct fee payment. 77 Fed. Reg. 4653 (Jan. 31, 2012), and revised on March 8, 2012. 77 Fed. Reg. 13968. http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-03-08/pdf/2012-5673.pdf.
Beginning March 16, 2012, “appointed representatives [will be required to] file certain appeals [requests for reconsideration and requests for hearing] using our electronic systems in matters for which the representatives request direct fee payment.” This announcement applies to the filing of requests for reconsideration and requests for hearing in Title II and SSI disability claims. On March 8, 2012, SSA revised the original Federal Register Notice to clarify that the electronic filing requirement also applies to Form i3441, the Disability Report – Appeal.
SSA’s March 7th webinar on the requirement and filing appeals online is available “on demand” at http://www.socialsecurity.gov/webinars/FilingaDisabilityAppealOnline.html. These rules are effective for appeals filed on or after March 16, 2012.