The status of a representative's claims at the Appeals Council will be added to SSA's online Appointed Representative Services in August. Deputy Commissioner Glenn Sklar made that announcement at the Spring NOSSCR Conference.
This is welcome news. One of the frustrating aspects of dealing with the Appeals Council is that there is not a good way to check the status of a claim. A claim can easily be at the Appeals Council for a year or more, and that is a long time without a way to check status.
Further, no one wants to be at the Appeals Council in the first place, since you ususally get there by appealing an unfavorable decision from an administrative law judge.
I have come to rely on the online system for claims at the hearing level. It will be wonderful to have the same level of transparency at the Appelas Council.