20 CFR 726.317 - Discretionary review.
(a) Following receipt of a timely petition for review, the Secretary shall determine whether the decision warrants review, and shall send a notice of such determination to the parties and the Chief Administrative Law Judge. If the Secretary declines to review the decision, the Administrative Law Judge's decision shall be considered the final decision of the agency. The Secretary's determination to review a decision by an Administrative Law Judge under this subpart is solely within the discretion of the Secretary.
(b) The Secretary's notice shall specify:
(1) The issue or issues to be reviewed; and
(2) The schedule for submitting arguments, in the form of briefs or such other pleadings as the Secretary deems appropriate.
(c) Upon receipt of the Secretary's notice, the Director shall forward the record to the Secretary.