System Names

DOL Appeals Management System (AMS)

Security Classification


System Information

Office of the Boards and their Information Technology (IT) service provider(s).

Categories of Individuals Covered by the System

Parties involved in appeals proceedings before the Administrative Review Board (ARB), Benefits Review Board (BRB), and Employees' Compensations Appeals Board (ECAB), collectively referred to as the Boards.

Categories of Records in the System

Records contain information assembled in case files pertaining to appeals to the Boards with respect to claims of employees for benefits under various statutes and programs.

Authority for Maintenance of the System

5 U.S.C. 301; The Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a); 30 U.S.C. 901-62 (1982); 33 U.S.C. 901-50 (1982); 42 U.S.C. 1651-54 (1982); 36 DC Code 501-04 (1973); 5 U.S.C. 8171-73 (1982); 42 U.S.C. 1701-17 (1982); Surface Transportation Assistance Act, 49 U.S.C. 31105; 29 CFR part 1978; Energy Reorganization Act of 1974, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 5851 (1988); Clean Air Act, 42 U.S.C. 7622 (1988); Water Pollution Control Act, 33 U.S.C. 1367 (1988); Solid Waste Disposal Act, 42 U.S.C. 6971(a) (1988); Safe Drinking Water Act, 42 U.S.C. 300j-9(1988); Toxic Substances Control Act, 15 U.S.C. 2622 (1988); Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act, 42 U.S.C. 9610 (1988); Comprehensive Employment and Training Act, as amended, 29 U.S.C. 801(Supp. V 1981); 20 CFR part 627; Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, 29 U.S.C. 3101 et seq.; The Workforce Investment Act of 1998, 29 U.S.C. 2801 et seq., Davis-Bacon Act, 40 U.S.C. 276a (1994); McNamara-O'Hara Service Contract Act of 1965, as amended; Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act, 29 U.S.C. 1813(b), 1853(b) (1988); Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act, 33 U.S.C. 907(j) (1988); Walsh‑Healey Public Contracts Act, as amended, 41 U.S.C. 38; 41 CFR part 50‑203; Age Discrimination Act of 1975, 42 U.S.C. 6101-6107 (1988); Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act, 40 U.S.C. 327 et seq.; 29 CFR part 6; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. 1681-1686 (1988); Employee Polygraph Protection Act of 1988, 29 U.S.C. 2001-2009 (1988); Equal Access to Justice Act, 5 U.S.C. 504 (1988); Executive Order No. 11,246, as amended, 3 CFR 339 (1964-1965 Comp.) reprinted in 42 U.S.C. 2000e app.; Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, as amended, 29 U.S.C. 203(m) and (t), 211(d), 214(c) (1988); Federal Unemployment Tax Act, 26 U.S.C. 3304; Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(15)(H)(ii)(a), 1184(c), 1188 (1988); National Apprenticeship Act, 29 U.S.C. 50 (1988); Program Fraud Civil Remedies Act of 1986, 31 U.S.C. 3801-3812 (1988); Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, 29 U.S.C. 793, 794 (1988); Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. 503 (Supp. V 1987); Single Audit Act of 1984, 31 U.S.C. 7501-7507 (1988); Trade Act of 1974, as amended, 26 U.S.C. 3302; Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act, as amended, 38 U.S.C. 4212 (1988); and any laws enacted after May 3,1996, which by statute, law or regulation provide for final decisions by the Secretary of Labor upon appeal or review of decisions or recommended decisions of ALJs; 5 U.S.C. 8101 et seq.


Records are maintained for use in adjudication of appeals.

Routine Uses of Records Maintained in the System, Including Categories of Users and the Purposes of Such Uses

Disclosure outside the Department of Labor may be made to federal courts. The Boards decisions are sent to commercial publishing companies for publication, and are also placed on the respective Board's Internet web-site.

Disclosure to Consumer Reporting Agencies


Policies and Practices for Storing, Retrieving, Accessing, Retaining, and Disposing of Records in the System


Files are stored electronically and/or on paper.


Records are retrieved by the Boards' docket number, Office of Administrative Law Judges (OALJ) number, Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP) number and claimant's name.


Access by authorized personnel only. Computer security safeguards are used for electronically stored data and locked locations for paper files.


The Board retains the case file until it renders a decision on the appeal. The case file is then returned to the appropriate lower, adjudicatory entity ( e.g., the OWCP or OALJ). Copies of the appeal decision are retained permanently.

System Manager(s) and Address

Clerk of the Board, Benefits Review Board, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210.

Notification Procedure

Individuals requesting information pertaining to them should send a written and signed request to the System Manager.

Record Access Procedures

A request for access may be addressed to the System Manager. The request must be in writing and be signed by the requester.

Contesting Record Procedures

A petition for amendment shall be addressed to the System Manager.

Record Source Categories

Records in the system include information submitted by claimants, employers, carriers, and other persons involved in appeals proceedings, as well as by the Government.

Systems Exempted from Certain Provisions of the Act