Compassionate Allowances for Rare Diseases; Office of the Commissioner, Hearing, 62607-62608 [E7-21828]

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If any amount after the increases under this paragraph (e) is not a multiple of $100, such amount shall be rounded to the nearest multiple of $100. Dated: October 30, 2007. Robert D. Lenhard, Chairman, Federal Election Commission. [FR Doc. E7–21711 Filed 11–5–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6715–01–P SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION 20 CFR Parts 404, 405, and 416 [Docket No. SSA–2007–0053] Compassionate Allowances for Rare Diseases; Office of the Commissioner, Hearing AGENCY: Social Security Administration (SSA). Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking; Announcement of Public Hearing and Limited Reopening of Comment Period. ACTION: SUMMARY: We are considering ways to quickly identify diseases and other serious medical conditions that obviously meet the definition of disability under the Social Security Act (the Act) and can be identified with minimal objective medical information. At present, we are calling this method ‘‘Compassionate Allowances.’’ We plan to hold four public hearings over the next year. The purpose of this first hearing is to obtain your views about the advisability and possible methods of identifying and implementing compassionate allowances for children and adults with rare diseases. We will address other kinds of medical conditions in later hearings. DATES: Dates and location: We must receive written comments by December 21, 2007. Comments made at the hearings will be considered in preparation of a final rule. The first hearing will be held on December 4 and December 5, 2007, between 8:45 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST), in Washington, DC. The hearings will be held at 500 E Street, SW., Washington, DC 20436, in the main hearing room of the International Trade Commission. Space limitations and time constraints require hearing attendance to be by invitation only. However, you may listen to the proceedings by calling 1–888–456–0278, at 9 a.m., EST, the mornings of December 4 and 5. If you plan to listen in, please send an e-mail to Compassionate.Allowances@ssa.gov by November 21, 2007. Your e-mail will help ensure that we have enough E:\FR\FM\06NOP1.SGM 06NOP1 62608 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 214 / Tuesday, November 6, 2007 / Proposed Rules mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with PROPOSALS telephone lines for everyone interested in listening to the proceedings. ADDRESSES: You may submit up to two pages of written comments about the compassionate allowances initiative with respect to children and adults with rare diseases, as well as topics covered at the hearing by: (1) Internet through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov (2) e-mail addressed to Compassionate.Allowances@ssa.gov or (3) mail to Diane Braunstein, Director, Office of Compassionate Allowances and Listings Improvement, ODP, ODISP, Social Security Administration, 4535 Annex, 6401 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235–6401. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Compassionate.Allowances@ssa.gov. You may also mail inquiries about this meeting to Diane Braunstein, Director, Office of Compassionate Allowances and Listings Improvement, ODP, ODISP, Social Security Administration, 4535 Annex, 6401 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235–6401. For information on eligibility or filing for benefits, call our national toll-free number 1–800–772–1213 or TTY 1– 800–325–0778, or visit our Internet site, Social Security Online, at http:// www.socialsecurity.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background Under titles II and XVI of the Act, we pay benefits to individuals who meet our rules for entitlement and have medically determinable physical or mental impairments that are severe enough to meet the definition of disability in the Act. The rules for determining disability can be very complicated, but some individuals have such serious medical conditions that their conditions obviously meet our disability standards. To better address the needs of these individuals, we are looking into ways to allow benefits as quickly as possible. On July 31, 2007, we published an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) in the Federal Register to solicit the public’s views on what standards we should use for making compassionate allowances, methods we might use to identify compassionate allowances and suggestions for how to implement those standards and methods. (See 72 FR 41649.) You may read the ANPRM at http:// www.gpoaccess.gov/fr/index.html, or at http://www.regulations.gov where you may also read the public comments we received. The 60-day comment period on the overall compassionate allowances initiative ended on October VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:29 Nov 05, 2007 Jkt 214001 1, 2007. This notice constitutes a limited reopening of the comment period with respect to children and adults with rare diseases, as well as topics covered at the hearing on December 4 and 5, 2007. Will We Respond to Your Comments? We will carefully consider your comments, although we will not respond directly to comments sent in response to this notice or the hearing. Thereafter, we will decide whether to implement the compassionate allowances initiative and, if so, how the initiative will be implemented. If we decide to issue regulations addressing compassionate allowances, we will publish a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register. In accordance with the usual rulemaking procedures we follow, you will have a chance to comment on the revisions we propose in the NPRM, and we will summarize and respond to the significant comments in the preamble to any final rules. Additional Hearings We plan to hold additional hearings on cancers, chronic conditions, and traumatic injuries, and will announce those hearings later with notices in the Federal Register. (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Program Nos. 96.001, Social Security— Disability Insurance; 96.006, Supplemental Security Income.) Dated: October 31, 2007. Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security. [FR Doc. E7–21828 Filed 11–5–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4191–02–P DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Internal Revenue Service distributions of property after two partnerships engage in an assets-over merger. The proposed regulations affect partnerships and their partners. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jason Smyczek or Laura Fields at (202) 622–3050 (not toll-free number). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background The notice of proposed rulemaking (REG–143397–05) that is the subject of these corrections is under sections 704(c) and 737 of the Internal Revenue Code. Need for Correction As published, this notice of proposed rulemaking (REG–143397–05) contains errors that may prove to be misleading and are in need of clarification. Correction for Publication Accordingly, the notice of proposed rulemaking (REG–143397–05) that was the subject of FR Doc. E7–16189 is corrected as follows: 1. On page 46932, column 1, the heading, the subject ‘‘Partner’s Distributive Share’’ is corrected to read ‘‘Rules for Contribution and Subsequent Distribution of Section 704(c) Property in Connection with Partnership Mergers’’. 2. On page 46932, column 3, in the preamble under the paragraph heading Background, first full paragraph in the column, line 6, the language ‘‘described in § 1.708–1(c)(3). Rev. Rul.’’ is corrected to read ‘‘described in § 1.708– 1(c)(3)(i). Rev. Rul.’’. 3. On page 46933, column 3, in the preamble under the paragraph heading ‘‘A. Assets-Over Partnership Mergers’’, first full paragraph in the column, line 2, the language ‘‘3(c)(4)(iii) provide that taxpayers may’’ is corrected to read ‘‘3(a)(9) provide that taxpayers may’’. § 1.704–3 26 CFR Part 1 [REG–143397–05] RIN 1545–BE99 Partner’s Distributive Share; Correction § 1.704–4 Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Treasury. ACTION: Correction to notice of proposed regulations. AGENCY: SUMMARY: This document contains corrections to the notice of proposed regulations (REG–143397–05) that was published in the Federal Register on Wednesday, August 22, 2007 (72 FR 46932) concerning the application of sections 704(c)(1)(B) and 737 to PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4702 [Corrected] 4. On page 46934, column 2, § 1.704– 3(a)(9), line 6, the language ‘‘§ 1.708– 1(c)(3) (the transferor’’ is corrected to read ‘‘§ 1.708–1(c)(3)(i) (the transferor’’. Sfmt 4702 [Corrected] 5. On page 46935, column 1, § 1.704– 4(c)(4), line 3 from the top of the column, the language ‘‘§ 1.708–1(c)(3) by a partnership (the’’ is corrected to read ‘‘§ 1.708–1(c)(3)(i) by a partnership (the’’. 6. On page 46935, column 2, § 1.704– 4(c)(4)(ii)(B), second line from the bottom of the paragraph is corrected to read ‘‘See § 1.737–2(b)(1)(ii)(B) for a similar rule in’’. 7. On page 46935, column 3, § 1.704– 4(c)(4)(ii)(E) is corrected by adding a E:\FR\FM\06NOP1.SGM 06NOP1

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[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 214 (Tuesday, November 6, 2007)]
[Proposed Rules]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E7-21828]


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SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION

20 CFR Parts 404, 405, and 416

[Docket No. SSA-2007-0053]


Compassionate Allowances for Rare Diseases; Office of the 
Commissioner, Hearing

AGENCY: Social Security Administration (SSA).

ACTION: Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking; Announcement of Public 
Hearing and Limited Reopening of Comment Period.

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SUMMARY: We are considering ways to quickly identify diseases and other 
serious medical conditions that obviously meet the definition of 
disability under the Social Security Act (the Act) and can be 
identified with minimal objective medical information. At present, we 
are calling this method ``Compassionate Allowances.'' We plan to hold 
four public hearings over the next year. The purpose of this first 
hearing is to obtain your views about the advisability and possible 
methods of identifying and implementing compassionate allowances for 
children and adults with rare diseases. We will address other kinds of 
medical conditions in later hearings.

DATES: Dates and location: We must receive written comments by December 
21, 2007. Comments made at the hearings will be considered in 
preparation of a final rule. The first hearing will be held on December 
4 and December 5, 2007, between 8:45 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Eastern 
Standard Time (EST), in Washington, DC. The hearings will be held at 
500 E Street, SW., Washington, DC 20436, in the main hearing room of 
the International Trade Commission. Space limitations and time 
constraints require hearing attendance to be by invitation only. 
However, you may listen to the proceedings by calling 1-888-456-0278, 
at 9 a.m., EST, the mornings of December 4 and 5. If you plan to listen 
in, please send an e-mail to Compassionate.Allowances@ssa.gov by 
November 21, 2007. Your e-mail will help ensure that we have enough

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telephone lines for everyone interested in listening to the 
proceedings.

ADDRESSES: You may submit up to two pages of written comments about the 
compassionate allowances initiative with respect to children and adults 
with rare diseases, as well as topics covered at the hearing by: (1) 
Internet through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://
www.regulations.gov (2) e-mail addressed to Compassionate.Allowances@
ssa.gov or (3) mail to Diane Braunstein, Director, Office of 
Compassionate Allowances and Listings Improvement, ODP, ODISP, Social 
Security Administration, 4535 Annex, 6401 Security Boulevard, 
Baltimore, MD 21235-6401.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Compassionate.Allowances@ssa.gov. You 
may also mail inquiries about this meeting to Diane Braunstein, 
Director, Office of Compassionate Allowances and Listings Improvement, 
ODP, ODISP, Social Security Administration, 4535 Annex, 6401 Security 
Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235-6401. For information on eligibility or 
filing for benefits, call our national toll-free number 1-800-772-1213 
or TTY 1-800-325-0778, or visit our Internet site, Social Security 
Online, at http://www.socialsecurity.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    Under titles II and XVI of the Act, we pay benefits to individuals 
who meet our rules for entitlement and have medically determinable 
physical or mental impairments that are severe enough to meet the 
definition of disability in the Act. The rules for determining 
disability can be very complicated, but some individuals have such 
serious medical conditions that their conditions obviously meet our 
disability standards. To better address the needs of these individuals, 
we are looking into ways to allow benefits as quickly as possible.
    On July 31, 2007, we published an advance notice of proposed 
rulemaking (ANPRM) in the Federal Register to solicit the public's 
views on what standards we should use for making compassionate 
allowances, methods we might use to identify compassionate allowances 
and suggestions for how to implement those standards and methods. (See 
72 FR 41649.) You may read the ANPRM at http://www.gpoaccess.gov/fr/
index.html, or at http://www.regulations.gov where you may also read 
the public comments we received. The 60-day comment period on the 
overall compassionate allowances initiative ended on October 1, 2007. 
This notice constitutes a limited reopening of the comment period with 
respect to children and adults with rare diseases, as well as topics 
covered at the hearing on December 4 and 5, 2007.

Will We Respond to Your Comments?

    We will carefully consider your comments, although we will not 
respond directly to comments sent in response to this notice or the 
hearing. Thereafter, we will decide whether to implement the 
compassionate allowances initiative and, if so, how the initiative will 
be implemented. If we decide to issue regulations addressing 
compassionate allowances, we will publish a notice of proposed 
rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register. In accordance with the usual 
rulemaking procedures we follow, you will have a chance to comment on 
the revisions we propose in the NPRM, and we will summarize and respond 
to the significant comments in the preamble to any final rules.

Additional Hearings

    We plan to hold additional hearings on cancers, chronic conditions, 
and traumatic injuries, and will announce those hearings later with 
notices in the Federal Register.

(Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Program Nos. 96.001, Social 
Security--Disability Insurance; 96.006, Supplemental Security 
Income.)

    Dated: October 31, 2007.
Michael J. Astrue,
Commissioner of Social Security.
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