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Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-13331
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-06-27
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-12580
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-06-19
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-10969
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-05-30
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Rescission of Social Security Ruling 91-3p: Policy Interpretation Ruling Title II: Determining Entitlement to Disability Benefits for Months Prior to January 1991 for Widows, Widowers and Surviving Divorced Spouses Claims
Document Number: 2017-10962
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-05-30
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with 20 CFR 402.35(b)(1), the Acting Commissioner of Social Security gives notice of the rescission of Social Security Ruling (SSR) 91-3p.
Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Document Number: 2017-10484
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-05-23
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 conducting with the States, including tribal agencies and United States (U.S.) territories.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-10470
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-05-23
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Implementation of the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007
Document Number: 2017-10084
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-05-18
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are removing from the Code of Federal Regulations the final rules, Implementation of the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007 (NIAA), published on December 19, 2016. We are doing so because Congress passed, and the President signed, a joint resolution of disapproval of the final rules under the Congressional Review Act.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-09687
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-05-12
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program (SSA/Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE)-Match Number 1074
Document Number: 2017-09603
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-05-12
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act, as amended, this notice announces a new/modified of an existing computer matching program that we are currently conducting with OCSE.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-09084
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-05-05
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-08403
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-26
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Document Number: 2017-08039
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-21
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 conducting with VA/VBA.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-07796
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-18
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request
Document Number: 2017-07174
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-11
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Rescission of Social Security Rulings 96-2p, 96-5p, and 06-3p; Correction
Document Number: 2017-06902
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-06
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
The Social Security Administration published a notice of rescission in the Federal Register on March 27, 2017, with incorrect modifiers in the published effective date. We are correcting the effective date to March 27, 2017.
Anti-Harassment and Hostile Work Environment Case Tracking and Records System
Document Number: 2017-06719
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-04-05
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
The Social Security Administration (SSA) is issuing a final rule to amend its Privacy Act regulation exempting portions of a system of records from certain provisions of the Privacy Act of 1974, entitled Anti-Harassment & Hostile Work Environment Case Tracking and Records System. Because this system will contain some investigatory material compiled for law enforcement purposes, this rule will exempt those records within this new system of records from specific provisions of the Privacy Act.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request
Document Number: 2017-06303
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-03-30
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-06025
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-03-28
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Revisions to Rules Regarding the Evaluation of Medical Evidence; Correction
Document Number: 2017-06023
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-03-27
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We published a document in the Federal Register on January 18, 2017, that revises our rules. That document inadvertently contained technical errors. This document amends and corrects the final rules.
Social Security Ruling (SSR) 17-2p: Titles II and XVI: Evidence Needed by Adjudicators at the Hearings and Appeals Council Levels of the Administrative Review Process To Make Findings About Medical Equivalence
Document Number: 2017-05959
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-03-27
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are providing notice of SSR 17-2p. This SSR provides guidance about how adjudicators at the hearings and Appeals Council (AC) levels of the administrative review process make findings about medical equivalence in disability claims under titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act.
Rescission of Social Security Rulings 96-2p, 96-5p, and 06-3p
Document Number: 2017-05958
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-03-27
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with 20 CFR 402.35(b)(1), the Acting Commissioner of Social Security gives notice of the rescission of Social Security Rulings (SSR) 96-2p, 96-5p, and 06-03p.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request
Document Number: 2017-05112
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-03-15
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Rescission of Social Security Ruling 93-2p; Policy Interpretation Ruling; Titles II and XVI: Evaluation of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection
Document Number: 2017-05111
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-03-15
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with 20 CFR 402.35(b)(1), the Acting Commissioner of Social Security gives notice of the rescission of Social Security Ruling (SSR) 93-2p.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-04712
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-03-10
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-04355
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-03-07
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Rescission of Social Security Ruling 87-6; Policy Interpretation Ruling; Titles II and XVI: The Role of Prescribed Treatment in the Evaluation of Epilepsy
Document Number: 2017-04122
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-03-03
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with 20 CFR 402.35(b)(1), the Acting Commissioner of Social Security gives notice of the rescission of Social Security Ruling (SSR) 87-6.
Social Security Ruling 17-1p; Titles II and XVI: Reopening Based on Error on the Face of the Evidence-Effect of a Decision by the Supreme Court of the United States Finding a Law That We Applied To Be Unconstitutional
Document Number: 2017-03932
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-03-01
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are giving notice of SSR 17-1p. This SSR explains how we apply our reopening rules when we have applied a Federal or State law to a claim for benefits that the Supreme Court of the United States later determines to be unconstitutional, and we find the application of that law was material to our determination or decision. We expect that this ruling will clarify our policy in light of recent questions that we have received on this issue.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request
Document Number: 2017-03850
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-28
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Notice Announcing Addresses for Service of Process
Document Number: 2017-03495
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-23
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Our Office of the General Counsel (OGC) is responsible for processing and handling summonses and complaints in lawsuits involving judicial review of our final decisions on individual claims for benefits under titles II, VIII, and XVI of the Social Security Act (Act). This notice sets out the names and current addresses of those offices and the jurisdictions for which each office has responsibility.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-03308
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-21
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-02941
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-14
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Unsuccessful Work Attempts and Expedited Reinstatement Eligibility; Correction
Document Number: 2017-00076
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-01-23
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We published a document in the Federal Register revising our rules on October 17, 2016. That document inadvertently omitted a corresponding technical change to Sec. 404.1592f(a) when Sec. 404.1592c(a) was amended with the final rule publication. By making this technical correction we will also need to redesignate the amendatory instructions to incorporate the missing section changes to Sec. 404.1592f(a). This document corrects the final regulation by making these technical corrections.
Revisions to Rules Regarding the Evaluation of Medical Evidence
Document Number: 2017-00455
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-01-18
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are revising our medical evidence rules. The revisions include redefining several key terms related to evidence, revising our rules about acceptable medical sources (AMS), revising how we consider and articulate our consideration of medical opinions and prior administrative medical findings, revising our rules about medical consultants (MC) and psychological consultants (PC), revising our rules about treating sources, and reorganizing our evidence regulations for ease of use. These revisions conform our rules to the requirements of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (BBA), reflect changes in the national healthcare workforce and in the manner that individuals receive medical care, and emphasize the need for objective medical evidence in disability and blindness claims. We expect that these changes will simplify our rules to make them easier to understand and apply, and allow us to continue to make accurate and consistent disability determinations and decisions.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-00500
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-12
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Rate for Assessment on Direct Payment of Fees to Representatives in 2017
Document Number: 2017-00136
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-09
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 2017.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2016-31632
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-29
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Notice on Penalty Inflation Adjustments for Civil Monetary Penalties
Document Number: 2016-31423
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-29
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
The Social Security Administration is providing notice of its adjusted maximum civil monetary penalties. These amounts are effective beginning January 15, 2017. These figures represent an annual adjustment for inflation. The updated figures and notification are required by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (the 2015 Act).\1\
Implementation of the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007
Document Number: 2016-30407
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-12-19
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
These final rules implement provisions of the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007 (NIAA) that require Federal agencies to provide relevant records to the Attorney General for inclusion in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Under these final rules, we will identify, on a prospective basis, individuals who receive Disability Insurance benefits under title II of the Social Security Act (Act) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments under title XVI of the Act and who also meet certain other criteria, including an award of benefits based on a finding that the individual's mental impairment meets or medically equals the requirements of section 12.00 of the Listing of Impairments (Listings) and receipt of benefits through a representative payee. We will provide pertinent information about these individuals to the Attorney General on not less than a quarterly basis. As required by the NIAA, at the commencement of the adjudication process we will also notify individuals, both orally and in writing, of their possible Federal prohibition on possessing or receiving firearms, the consequences of such prohibition, the criminal penalties for violating the Gun Control Act, and the availability of relief from the prohibition on the receipt or possession of firearms imposed by Federal law. Finally, we also establish a program that permits individuals to request relief from the Federal firearms prohibitions based on our adjudication. These changes will allow us to fulfill responsibilities that we have under the NIAA.
Ensuring Program Uniformity at the Hearing and Appeals Council Levels of the Administrative Review Process
Document Number: 2016-30103
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-12-16
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are revising our rules so that more of our procedures at the hearing and Appeals Council levels of our administrative review process are consistent nationwide. We anticipate that these nationally consistent procedures will enable us to administer our disability programs more efficiently and better serve the public.
Request for Information on Strategies for Improving Work Outcomes for Individuals With Musculoskeletal Disabilities
Document Number: 2016-29633
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-12
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
On Monday, September 19, 2016, we published in the Federal Register a notice requesting information regarding Request for Information (RFI) on Strategies for Improving Work Outcomes for Individuals with Musculoskeletal Disabilities and solicited public comments. We provided a 60-day comment period ending on November 18, 2016. We are reopening the comment period for 30 days.
Privacy Act of 1974; Proposed New System of Records
Document Number: 2016-29035
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-02
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the Privacy Act we are issuing public notice of our intent to establish a new system of records entitled, Anti-Harassment & Hostile Work Environment Case Tracking and Records System (60-0380), hereinafter referred to as the Anti-Harassment System. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) requires agencies to implement anti-harassment policies and procedures separate from the Equal Employment Opportunity process. As a result of implementing those policies and procedures, SSA is creating the Anti- Harassment System, which will capture and house information regarding allegations of workplace harassment filed by SSA employees, including SSA contractors, alleging harassment by another SSA employee or SSA contractor. The Anti-Harassment System supports our efforts to prevent harassment from occurring, to stop it before it becomes severe or pervasive, and to conduct prompt, thorough, and impartial investigations into allegations of harassment, thus supporting our obligation to maintain a work environment free from discrimination, including harassment.
Anti-Harassment and Hostile Work Environment Case Tracking and Records System
Document Number: 2016-28919
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-12-02
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
The Social Security Administration (SSA) separately published, in today's Federal Register, notice of a new system of records, entitled Anti-Harassment & Hostile Work Environment Case Tracking and Records System. Because this system will contain some investigatory material compiled for law enforcement purposes, the SSA proposes to exempt those records within this new system of records from specific provisions of the Privacy Act.
Revised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Mental Disorders; Correction
Document Number: 2016-28845
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-12-02
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We published a document in the Federal Register revising our rules on September 26, 2016. That document inadvertently included incorrect amendatory instructions to appendix 1 to subpart P of 20 CFR part 404, removing section 114.00I and redesignating section 114.00J as section 114.00I. This document corrects the final regulation by removing that amendatory instruction.
Revised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Infection and for Evaluating Functional Limitations in Immune System Disorders
Document Number: 2016-28843
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-12-02
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are revising the criteria in the Listing of Impairments (listings) that we use to evaluate claims involving human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection in adults and children under titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act (Act). We also are revising the introductory text of the listings that we use to evaluate functional limitations resulting from immune system disorders. The revisions reflect our program experience, advances in medical knowledge, our adjudicative experience, recommendations from a commissioned report, and comments from medical experts and the public.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request
Document Number: 2016-28822
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-30
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2016-27627
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-17
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request
Document Number: 2016-27435
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-15
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Privacy Act of 1974, as Amended; Computer Matching Program (SSA/Law Enforcement Agency (Source Jurisdiction))-Match Number 5001
Document Number: 2016-26862
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-08
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 Source Jurisdiction.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request
Document Number: 2016-26453
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-02
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Cost-of-Living Increase and Other Determinations for 2017
Document Number: 2016-26026
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-27
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Under title II of the Social Security Act (Act), there will be a 0.3 percent cost-of-living increase in Social Security benefits effective December 2016. In addition, the national average wage index for 2015 is $48,098.63. The cost-of-living increase and national average wage index affect other program parameters as described below.