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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 184 / Thursday, September 24, 2009 / Notices psychological consultant’s review of the Physical Residual Functional Capacity Form, SSA–4734. The SSA–392 records the reviewing medical/psychological consultant’s assessment of the SSA– 4734. It also documents whether the reviewer agrees or disagrees with how the adjudicator completed the SSA– 4734. Medical/psychological consultants prepare the SSA–392 for each SSA–4734 an adjudicator completes. The respondents are medical/psychological consultants who conduct a quality review of adjudicating components’ completion of SSA’s medical assessment forms. Note: This is a correction notice. SSA published this information collection as an extension on July 27, 2009 at 74 FR 37081. Since we are revising the Privacy Act Statement, this is now a revision of an OMBapproved information collection. Type of Request: Revision of an OMBapproved information collection. Number of Respondents: 256. Frequency of Response: 359. Average Burden Per Response: 12 minutes. Estimated Annual Burden: 18,381 hours. 3. Statement of Reclamation Action— 31 CFR 210—0960–0734. SSA uses Form SSA–1713 to collect information to determine if a Canadian bank is able to return erroneous payments, and to determine how and when it can return the payments made after the death of a beneficiary who elected to have payments sent to Canada. Form SSA– 1712 (or SSA–1712 CN) is the cover sheet SSA prepares to request return of a payment erroneously made after the death of the recipient. SSA sends Form SSA—1712 with Form SSA–1713. The respondents are Canadian financial institutions that received Social Security payments. srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES Note: This is a correction notice. SSA published this information collection as an extension on July 10, 2009 at 74 FR 33313. Since we are revising the Privacy Act Statement, this is now a revision of an OMBapproved information collection. Type of Request: Revision of an OMBapproved information collection. Number of Respondents: 15. Frequency of Response: 1. Average Burden Per Response: 5 minutes. Estimated Annual Burden: 1 hour. Dated: September 18, 2009. Elizabeth A. Davidson, Director, Center for Reports Clearance, Social Security Administration. [FR Doc. E9–23074 Filed 9–23–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4191–02–P VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:27 Sep 23, 2009 Jkt 217001 SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION [Docket No. SSA–2009–0061] Modifications to the Disability Determination Procedures; Extension of Testing of Some Disability Redesign Features Social Security Administration. Notice of the extension of tests involving modifications to the disability determination procedures. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: 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. DATES: We are extending our selection of cases to be included in these tests from September 30, 2009 until no later than September 28, 2012. If we decide to continue selection of cases for these tests beyond this date, we will publish another notice in the Federal Register. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michele Schaefer, Office of Disability Programs, Social Security Administration, 6401 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235–6401, 410–594–0083, for information about this notice. 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: Our current rules authorize us to test, individually or in any combination, certain modifications of the disability determination procedures. 20 CFR 404.906 and 416.1406. We have conducted several tests under the authority of these rules. In the ‘‘single decisionmaker,’’ test, a disability examiner may make the initial disability determination in most cases without obtaining the signature of a medical or psychological consultant. We also have conducted a separate test, which we call the ‘‘prototype,’’ in 10 States. 64 FR 47218. Currently, the prototype combines the single decisionmaker approach described above with the elimination of the reconsideration level of our administrative review process. 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SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION

[Docket No. SSA-2009-0061]


Modifications to the Disability Determination Procedures; 
Extension of Testing of Some Disability Redesign Features

AGENCY: Social Security Administration.

ACTION: Notice of the extension of tests involving modifications to the 
disability determination procedures.

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SUMMARY: 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.

DATES: We are extending our selection of cases to be included in these 
tests from September 30, 2009 until no later than September 28, 2012. 
If we decide to continue selection of cases for these tests beyond this 
date, we will publish another notice in the Federal Register.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michele Schaefer, Office of Disability 
Programs, Social Security Administration, 6401 Security Boulevard, 
Baltimore, MD 21235-6401, 410-594-0083, for information about this 
notice. 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: Our current rules authorize us to test, 
individually or in any combination, certain modifications of the 
disability determination procedures. 20 CFR 404.906 and 416.1406. We 
have conducted several tests under the authority of these rules. In the 
``single decisionmaker,'' test, a disability examiner may make the 
initial disability determination in most cases without obtaining the 
signature of a medical or psychological consultant. We also have 
conducted a separate test, which we call the ``prototype,'' in 10 
States. 64 FR 47218. Currently, the prototype combines the single 
decisionmaker approach described above with the elimination of the 
reconsideration level of our administrative review process.
    We have extended the time period for selecting claims for these 
tests several times. Most recently, on August 10, 2006, we extended the 
time period until September 30, 2009. 71 FR 45890. We have decided to 
extend case selection for the current disability prototype process 
(single decisionmaker and elimination of the reconsideration step) and 
for the separate test of the single decisionmaker until September 28, 
2012. If we decide to end case selection for any part of the disability 
prototype in any the 10 States in which we are conducting the tests 
prior to September 28, 2012, we will publish another notice in the 
Federal Register.

    Dated: September 18, 2009.
David A. Rust,
Deputy Commissioner for Retirement and Disability Policy.
[FR Doc. E9-23110 Filed 9-23-09; 8:45 am]
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