Quite a few years ago Social Security would authorize payment of back benefits to a claimant at one time and then later come back and authorize payment of the attorney fee. (This is so long ago there were no fees being paid to non-attorney representatives at the time.) This was felt to be necessary because the claimant had the right to object under the fee agreement process to the fee.
Eventually, Social Security decided this was both inefficient and unnecessary since claimant objections to attorney fees were so rare.
It's happening again. The authorization of the back benefits to the claimant is being done at one time and the authorization of the attorney fee is coming later. I cannot say how widespread this is but I am starting to see this in most cases.
This is inefficient. It seems particularly objectionable to me since I am paying a user fee for this service. I cannot understand why this is happening even under the extreme pressures that Social Security's payment centers are facing. It seems so inefficient. Why is this happening?