Following your hearing the ALJ will issue a written decision either awarding or denying benefits. The ALJ’s decision will review the evidence presented, present the judge’s findings of fact and conclusions, and the basis for the decision. If the ALJ denies your claim you may ask the Appeals Council to review the ALJ’s decision. The request for review must be filed within 60 days of receipt of the ALJ’s decision. The decision of the Appeals Council represents SSA’s final action on your claim. If no review is either requested or provided by the Appeals Council, the ALJ’s decision becomes the final agency action on your claim.