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Document Number: 2016-02657
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-02-10
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are soliciting public input on whether and how we might revise the current Ticket to Work program rules. The Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999 established the Ticket to Work program to allow individuals with disabilities to seek services to obtain and retain employment in order to reduce dependency on cash benefit programs. In creating the program, Congress found that eliminating barriers to work and providing individuals with real choice in obtaining services and technology to find, enter, and maintain employment can greatly improve the short and long-term financial independence and personal well-being of our beneficiaries. We want to explore improving our Ticket to Work program as part of our ongoing effort to help our beneficiaries find and maintain employment that leads to increased independence and enhanced productivity. If we propose specific revisions to our regulations, we will publish a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register.
Document Number: 2016-02353
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-02-08
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Document Number: 2016-02267
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-02-05
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
This final rule adopts the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that we published in the Federal Register on October 21, 2015. This final rule revises our rules regarding returning evidence at the Appeals Council (AC) level. Under this final rule, the AC will no longer return additional evidence it receives when the AC determines the additional evidence does not relate to the period on or before the date of the administrative law judge (ALJ) decision.
Document Number: 2016-00855
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-19
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Document Number: 2016-183
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-08
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act, as amended, this notice announces a renewal of an existing computer matching program that we are currently conducting with RRB.
Document Number: 2015-33135
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-05
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are announcing that the assessment percentage rate under sections 206(d) and 1631(d)(2)(C) of the Social Security Act (Act), 42 U.S.C. 406(d) and 1383(d)(2)(C), is 6.3 percent for 2016.
Document Number: 2015-33036
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-01-04
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We propose to amend our regulations to incorporate changes made by the ABLE Act to section 224(a) of the Social Security Act. The ABLE Act amends section 224(a) by changing the age at which disability insurance benefits (DIB) are no longer subject to reduction (offset) based on receipt of workers' compensation or public disability benefits (WC/PDB), from age 65 to the day the individual attains full retirement age. This change will make our rules consistent with the provisions of the Act, as amended by the ABLE Act.
Document Number: 2015-32849
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-30
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Document Number: 2015-32643
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-29
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Document Number: 2015-32586
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-28
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Document Number: 2015-31743
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-17
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Document Number: 2015-31351
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-14
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
This notice provides advance notification to State Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) programs of the general types of information we anticipate requiring that the State programs include in their monthly electronic reports of ABLE account balances and distributions. We are also requesting information from the public and State ABLE programs about these general types of information and whether these electronic reports should include any other information.
Document Number: 2015-30530
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-02
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Document Number: 2015-30122
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-11-25
Agency: Agency for International Development, Agencies and Commissions, Department of Transportation, Social Security Administration, National Science Foundation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Department of Labor, Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Health and Human Services, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy, Department of Education, Department of Defense, Department of Commerce, Department of Agriculture, Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Health and Human Services and the other Federal Departments and Agencies listed in this document are extending the comment period on the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects notice of proposed rulemaking. The NPRM requests comment on proposed revisions to modernize, strengthen, and make more effective the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects that was promulgated as a Common Rule in 1991. The NPRM was published in the Federal Register on September 8, 2015.
Document Number: 2015-29646
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-11-20
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act, as amended, this notice announces a renewal of an existing computer matching program that we are currently conducting with IRS.
Document Number: 2015-29570
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-11-19
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Document Number: 2015-29283
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-11-17
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act, as amended, this notice announces a new computer matching program that we are currently will conduct with OCSE.
Document Number: 2015-29269
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-11-17
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Document Number: 2015-28432
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-11-10
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
This final rule adopts the joint interim final rule that was published in the Federal Register on December 19, 2014. This final rule implements the final guidance Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance) published by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on December 26, 2013. This rule brings into effect the Uniform Guidance as required by OMB. Implementation of this guidance by all Federal award- making agencies will reduce administrative burden and risk of waste, fraud, and abuse for the approximately $600 billion per year awarded in Federal financial assistance government wide. The result will be more Federal dollars reprogrammed to support the mission, an increase in the number of new entities able to compete and win awards, and ultimately a stronger framework to provide key services to American citizens and support the basic research that underpins the United States economy.
Document Number: 2015-27828
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-30
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
There will be no cost-of-living increase in Social Security benefits effective December 2015. The national average wage index for 2014 is $46,481.52. The cost-of-living increase and national average wage index affect other program parameters as described below.
Document Number: 2015-27692
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-10-30
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
On September 14, 2015, we published in the Federal Register an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) regarding Vocational Factors of Age, Education, and Work Experience in the Adult Disability Determination Process and solicited public comments. We provided a 60- day comment period ending on November 13, 2015. We are extending the comment period to December 14, 2015. Our extension of the comment date accommodates and facilitates public comments we expect in response to the National Disability Forum we are sponsoring on Friday, November 20, 2015. During the forum, we are hosting a moderator-led discussion entitled: The Realities of Work for Individuals with Disabilities: Impact of Age, Education, and Work Experience (for information on the forum see the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section).
Document Number: 2015-27679
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-30
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Document Number: 2015-26821
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-22
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Document Number: 2015-26747
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-10-21
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We propose to amend our regulations by revising our rules regarding the return of evidence at the Appeals Council (AC) level. Our current rules state that the AC will return to the claimant additional evidence it receives when the AC finds the evidence does not relate to the period on or before the date of the administrative law judge's (ALJ) hearing decision. We are proposing these revisions to give the AC discretion in returning additional evidence that it receives when the AC determines the additional evidence does not relate to the period on or before the date of the ALJ decision.
Document Number: 2015-26488
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-10-19
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are extending the expiration date of our rule that authorizes State agency disability examiners to make fully favorable determinations without the approval of a State agency medical or psychological consultant in claims that we consider under our quick disability determination (QDD) and compassionate allowance (CAL) processes. The current rule will expire on November 13, 2015. In this final rule, we are changing the November 13, 2015 expiration or ``sunset'' date to November 11, 2016, extending the authority for 1 year. We are making no other substantive changes.
Document Number: 2015-26120
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-15
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Document Number: 2015-25544
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-10-14
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
This final rule adopts the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that we published in the Federal Register on March 24, 2014. This final rule creates our own administrative debt collection regulations, and it improves our authorities to pursue collection of administrative debts from current and separated employees and non- employee debtors as authorized by the Debt Collection Act (DCA) of 1982, amended by the Debt Collection Improvement Act (DCIA) of 1996 and other existing debt collection statutes. We expect that this final rule will have no impact on the public.
Document Number: 2015-25601
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-08
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act, as amended, this notice announces a renewal of existing computer matching programs that we are currently conducting with OPM.
Document Number: 2015-25300
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-06
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We provide fee-based Social Security number (SSN) verification services to enrolled private businesses and government agencies who obtain a valid, signed consent form from the Social Security number holder. We originally published a notice announcing the CBSV service in the Federal Register on August 10, 2007. Based on the signed consent forms, we verify the number holders' SSNs for the requesting party. The Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a(b)), section 1106 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1306) and our regulation at 20 CFR 401.100, establish the legal authority for us to provide SSN verifications to third party requesters based on consent. The CBSV process provides the business community and other government entities with consent-based SSN verifications in high volume. We developed CBSV as a user-friendly, internet-based application with safeguards that will protect the public's information. In addition to the benefit of providing high volume, centralized SSN verification services to the business community in a secure manner, CBSV provides us with cost and workload management benefits. New Information: To use CBSV, interested parties must pay a one- time non-refundable enrollment fee of $5,000. Currently, users also pay a fee of $3.10 per SSN verification transaction in advance of services. We agreed to calculate our costs periodically for providing CBSV services and adjust the fees as needed. We also agreed to notify our customers who currently use the service and allow them to cancel or continue using the service at the new transaction fee. Based on the most recent cost analysis, we will adjust the fiscal year 2016 fee to $1.40 per SSN verification transaction. New customers will still be responsible for the one-time $5,000 enrollment fee.
Document Number: 2015-24782
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-30
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Document Number: 2015-24302
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-25
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Document Number: 2015-24204
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-23
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
This Social Security AR explains how we will apply a holding in a decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit that we determined conflicts with our interpretation of the section in the Listing of Impairments (the Listings) that addresses disorders of the spine with evidence of nerve root compression.
Document Number: 2015-23275
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-16
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Document Number: 2015-22839
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-09-14
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are soliciting public input about how we should consider the vocational factors of age, education, and work experience in adult disability claims under titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act (Act). There have been significant changes in technology use and workforce demographics since we first adopted our vocational factor regulations in 1978. We are requesting public comments, along with any supporting data, to assist in our efforts to streamline, simplify, and ensure the ongoing relevance of our disability determination programs.
Document Number: 2015-19825
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-08-12
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We published a document in the Federal Register revising our rules on April 13, 2015. That document inadvertently included incorrect values in table II of listing 105.08(B)(1)(c) of appendix 1 to subpart P of 20 CFR part 404. This document corrects the final regulation by revising this table.
Document Number: 2015-19568
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-08-10
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
This final rule adopts the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) we published in the Federal Register on February 26, 2015. This rule revises our regulations to allow applicants for a Social Security number (SSN) card to apply by completing a prescribed application and submitting the required evidence. We are also removing the word ``documentary'' from our description of certain evidence requirements and replacing ``Immigration and Naturalization Service'' with ``Department of Homeland Security'' to reflect that agency's creation. These changes will provide more flexibility in the ways in which the public may request SSN cards and allow us to implement an online SSN replacement card application system.
Document Number: 2015-19460
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-08-07
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are announcing the extension of tests involving modifications to disability determination procedures authorized by 20 CFR 404.906 and 416.1406. These rules authorize us to test several modifications to the disability determination procedures for adjudicating claims for disability insurance benefits under title II of the Social Security Act (Act) and for supplemental security income payments based on disability under title XVI of the Act.
Document Number: 2015-18558
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-07-29
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Document Number: 2015-18040
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-07-23
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Document Number: 2015-17551
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-07-17
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Document Number: 2015-16612
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-07-07
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Document Number: 2015-16433
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-07-06
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act, as amended, this notice announces a renewal of an existing computer matching program that we are currently conducting with VA/VBA.
Document Number: 2015-16397
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-07-02
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are extending for one year our pilot program that authorizes the agency to set the time and place for a hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ). Extending of the pilot program continues our commitment to improve the efficiency of our hearing process and to maintain a hearing process that results in accurate, high-quality decisions for claimants. The current pilot program will expire on August 10, 2015. In this final rule, we are extending the effective date to August 12, 2016. We are making no other substantive changes.
Document Number: 2015-16132
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-07-01
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Document Number: 2015-15837
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-06-29
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Document Number: 2015-15480
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-06-24
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Document Number: 2015-15380
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-06-23
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Document Number: 2015-15081
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-06-19
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Document Number: 2015-14509
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-06-15
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
This final rule adopts, with clarifying changes, the proposed rule we previously published in the Federal Register on August 3, 2007. This final rule revises our Government Pension Offset (GPO) regulations to reflect changes to the Social Security Act (``Act'') made by section 9007 of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 (OBRA 1987) and section 418 of the Social Security Protection Act of 2004 (SSPA). These regulations explain how and when we will reduce the Social Security spouse's benefit for some people who receive Federal, State, or local government pensions if Social Security did not cover their government work.
Document Number: 2015-13768
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-06-05
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are extending for 2 years our rule authorizing attorney advisors to conduct certain prehearing procedures and to issue fully favorable decisions. The current rule will expire on August 7, 2015. In this final rule, we are extending the sunset date to August 4, 2017. We are making no other substantive changes.
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