An e-mail I received recently from another attorney who represents Social Security disability claimants:
I ran my periodic ERE [Electronic Records Express, which is one of the several names used for Social Security's online system for those who represent claimants] "status reports" this morning and noticed that the Appeals Council had denied one of my cases. Problem was, the denial date was listed as 6/4/2014 - and neither I nor my client had ever received anything in the mail regarding the denial. I promptly called up to Falls Church [which is where the Appeals Council is located] to see what the hell was going on, and the very nice representative told me that I was his fourth call of the day regarding this exact issue. He said that the case was indeed denied, but that for some inexplicable reason no one bothered to mail out the decision. The representative said he has personally fielded dozens and dozens of calls over the past few weeks about this. He said that he would make sure that a new denial - with the appropriate date - would be mailed out in the next few days.