Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request, 5014-5015 [2014-01828]

Download as PDF 5014 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 20 / Thursday, January 30, 2014 / Notices filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the Exchange. All comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–Topaz– 2014–03, and should be submitted on or before February 20, 2014. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.10 Kevin M. O’Neill, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2014–01808 Filed 1–29–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request The Social Security Administration (SSA) publishes a list of information collection packages requiring clearance by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in compliance with Public Law 104–13, the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, effective October 1, 1995. This notice includes revisions of OMB-approved information collections. SSA is soliciting comments on the accuracy of the agency’s burden estimate; the need for the information; its practical utility; ways to enhance its quality, utility, and clarity; and ways to minimize burden on respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Mail, email, or fax your comments and recommendations on the information collection(s) to the OMB Desk Officer and SSA Reports Clearance Officer at the following addresses or fax numbers. (OMB), Office of Management and Budget, Attn: Desk Officer for SSA, Fax: 202–395–6974, Email address: OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov. (SSA), Social Security Administration, OLCA, Attn: Reports Clearance Director, 3100 West High Rise, 6401 Security Blvd., Baltimore, MD 21235, Fax: 410–966–2830, Email address: OR.Reports.Clearance@ssa.gov. I. The information collection below is pending at SSA. SSA will submit it to OMB within 60 days from the date of this notice. To be sure we consider your comments, we must receive them no later than March 31, 2014. Individuals can obtain copies of the collection Number of respondents Modality of completion Personal Interview (SSA field office) ............................................................... SSA–44 Paper Form ....................................................................................... by writing to OR.Reports.Clearance@ ssa.gov. 1. Missing and Discrepant Wage Reports Letter and Questionnaire—26 CFR 31.6051–2—0960–0432. Each year employers report the wage amounts they paid their employees to the IRS for tax purposes, and separately to SSA for retirement and disability coverage purposes. The same figures should be reported to SSA and the IRS. However, each year some employer wage reports Number of respondents Modality of completion SSA–95–SM and SSA–97–SM (and accompanying cover letters SSA–L93, L94) .............................................................................................................. 10 17 1 1 Average burden per response (minutes) 186,000 II. SSA submitted the information collections below to OMB for clearance. Your comments regarding the information collections would be most useful if OMB and SSA receive them 30 days from the date of this publication. To be sure we consider your comments, we must receive them no later than March 3, 2014. Individuals can obtain copies of the OMB clearance packages mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Frequency of response 147,000 39,000 Totals ........................................................................................................ instruments by writing to the above email address. Medicare Income-Related Monthly Adjustment Amount—Life-Changing Event Form—0960–0784. Federally mandated reductions in the Federal Medicare Part B and prescription drug coverage subsidies result in selected Medicare recipients paying higher premiums with income above a specific threshold. The amount of the premium subsidy reduction is an income-related monthly adjustment amount (IRMAA). The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) transmits income tax return data to SSA for SSA to determine the IRMAA. SSA uses the Form SSA–44 to determine if a recipient qualifies for a reduction in the IRMAA. If affected Medicare recipients believe SSA should use more recent tax data because a life-changing event that significantly reduces their income, they can report these changes to SSA and ask for a new initial determination of their IRMAA. The respondents are Medicare Part B and prescription drug coverage recipients and enrollees with modified adjusted gross income over a high-income threshold who experience one of the eight significant life-changing events. Type of Request: Revision of an OMBapproved information collection. 18:24 Jan 29, 2014 Jkt 232001 PO 00000 Frm 00151 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 73,500 29,250 102,750 SSA receives are less than the wage amounts employers report to the IRS. SSA uses Forms SSA–L93–SM, SSA– L94–SM, SSA–95–SM, and SSA–97–SM to ensure employees receive full credit for their wages. Respondents are employers who reported lower wage amounts to SSA than they reported to the IRS. Type of Request: Revision of an OMBapproved information collection. Average burden per response (minutes) Frequency of response 360,000 1 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). VerDate Mar<15>2010 30 45 Estimated total annual burden (hours) E:\FR\FM\30JAN1.SGM 30JAN1 30 Estimated total annual burden (hours) 180,000 5015 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 20 / Thursday, January 30, 2014 / Notices 2. Benefit Offset National Demonstration—0960–0785. SSA is undertaking the Benefit Offset National Demonstration (BOND)—a demonstration and evaluation of policy changes and services on the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program—in an effort to produce strong evidence about the effectiveness of potential solutions that would improve the historically very low rate of return to work among SSDI beneficiaries. Under current law, Social Security beneficiaries lose their SSDI benefit if they have earnings or work activity above the threshold of Substantial Gainful Activity. The benefit-offset component of this demonstration reduces benefits by $1 for each $2 in earnings above the BOND threshold, resulting in a gradual reduction in benefits as earnings increase. The experimental design for BOND tests a benefit offset alone and in conjunction with enhanced work incentives counseling. The central research questions include: • What is the effect of the benefit offset alone on employment and other outcomes? • What is the effect of the benefit offset in combination with enhanced work incentives counseling on employment and other outcomes? The public survey data collections have four components—an impact study, a cost-benefit analysis, a participation analysis, and a process study. The data collections are a primary source for data to measure the effects of a more generous benefit offset and the provision of enhanced work incentives counseling on SSDI beneficiaries’ work efforts and earnings. Ultimately, these data will benefit Number of respondents Modality of completion Participation Agreement ....................................................... Baseline Survey ................................................................... Stage 2, 12-month Interim Survey ....................................... Stage 1, 36-month Survey ................................................... Stage 2, 36-month Survey ................................................... Enhanced Work Incentives Assessment ............................. Key Informant Interviews ..................................................... Stage 2, Participant Focus Groups ..................................... Stage 1, First Contact Letter Survey ................................... 12,954 12,954 10,363 8,000 10,363 3,089 100 600 500 Totals ............................................................................ Number of responses 89,923 Dated: January 27, 2014. Faye Lipsky, Reports Clearance Director, Social Security Administration. [FR Doc. 2014–01828 Filed 1–29–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4191–02–P SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Frequency of response researchers, policy analysts, policy makers and the United States Congress in a wide range of program areas. The effects of BOND on the well-being of SSDI beneficiaries could manifest themselves in many dimensions and could be relevant to an array of other public programs. This project offers the first opportunity to obtain reliable measures of these effects based upon a nationally representative sample. The long-term indirect benefits of this research are therefore likely to be substantial. Respondents are SSDI beneficiaries and concurrent SSDI beneficiaries and Supplemental Security Income recipients who we randomly assign to the study (Stage 1), and SSDI beneficiaries who agree to participate in the study (Stage 2). Type of Request: Revision of an OMBapproved information collection. The Social Security Administration (SSA) publishes a list of information collection packages requiring clearance by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in compliance with Public Law 104–13, the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, effective October 1, 1995. This notice includes revisions of OMB-approved information collections. SSA is soliciting comments on the accuracy of the agency’s burden estimate; the need for the information; its practical utility; ways to enhance its quality, utility, and clarity; and ways to VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:24 Jan 29, 2014 Jkt 232001 1 1 1 1 1 1 7 1 1 59,523 minimize burden on respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Mail, email, or fax your comments and recommendations on the information collection(s) to the OMB Desk Officer and SSA Reports Clearance Officer at the following addresses or fax numbers. (OMB) Office of Management and Budget, Attn: Desk Officer for SSA, Fax: 202–395– 6974, Email address: OIRA_ Submission@omb.eop.gov. (SSA) Social Security Administration, OLCA, Attn: Reports Clearance Director, 3100 West High Rise, 6401 Security Blvd., Baltimore, MD 21235, Fax: 410–966– 2830, Email address: OR.Reports.Clearance@ssa.gov. I. The information collections below are pending at SSA. SSA will submit them to OMB within 60 days from the date of this notice. To be sure we consider your comments, we must receive them no later than March 31, 2014. Individuals can obtain copies of PO 00000 Frm 00152 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 12,954 12,954 10,363 8,000 10,363 3,089 700 600 500 Average burden per response (minutes) 20 41 29 49 60 35 60 90 3 Estimated total annual burden (hours) 4,318 8,852 5,009 6,533 10,363 1,802 700 900 25 38,502 the collection instruments by writing to the above email address. 1. Questionnaire About Employment or Self-Employment Outside the United States—20 CFR 404.401(b)(1), 404.415 & 404.417—0960–0050. When a Social Security beneficiary or claimant reports work outside the United States, SSA uses Form SSA–7163 to determine if foreign work deductions are applicable. Specifically, SSA uses Form SSA–7163 to determine: (1) Whether work performed by beneficiaries outside the United States is cause for deductions from their monthly benefits; (2) which of two work tests (foreign or regular test) is applicable; and (3) the number of months, if any, for SSA-imposed deductions. As the respondents are beneficiaries living and working outside the United States, SSA must determine whether the annual earnings test applies to all earnings from work covered by the Social Security Act (Act), including earnings from covered work performed outside the United States. However, because of the differences in foreign currency values, it is administratively E:\FR\FM\30JAN1.SGM 30JAN1

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[FR Doc No: 2014-01828]


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SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION


Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and 
Comment Request

    The Social Security Administration (SSA) publishes a list of 
information collection packages requiring clearance by the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) in compliance with Public Law 104-13, the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, effective October 1, 1995. This notice 
includes revisions of OMB-approved information collections.
    SSA is soliciting comments on the accuracy of the agency's burden 
estimate; the need for the information; its practical utility; ways to 
enhance its quality, utility, and clarity; and ways to minimize burden 
on respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or 
other forms of information technology. Mail, email, or fax your 
comments and recommendations on the information collection(s) to the 
OMB Desk Officer and SSA Reports Clearance Officer at the following 
addresses or fax numbers.

(OMB), Office of Management and Budget, Attn: Desk Officer for SSA, 
Fax: 202-395-6974, Email address: OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov.
(SSA), Social Security Administration, OLCA, Attn: Reports Clearance 
Director, 3100 West High Rise, 6401 Security Blvd., Baltimore, MD 
21235, Fax: 410-966-2830, Email address: OR.Reports.Clearance@ssa.gov.

    I. The information collection below is pending at SSA. SSA will 
submit it to OMB within 60 days from the date of this notice. To be 
sure we consider your comments, we must receive them no later than 
March 31, 2014. Individuals can obtain copies of the collection 
instruments by writing to the above email address.
    Medicare Income-Related Monthly Adjustment Amount--Life-Changing 
Event Form--0960-0784. Federally mandated reductions in the Federal 
Medicare Part B and prescription drug coverage subsidies result in 
selected Medicare recipients paying higher premiums with income above a 
specific threshold. The amount of the premium subsidy reduction is an 
income-related monthly adjustment amount (IRMAA). The Internal Revenue 
Service (IRS) transmits income tax return data to SSA for SSA to 
determine the IRMAA. SSA uses the Form SSA-44 to determine if a 
recipient qualifies for a reduction in the IRMAA. If affected Medicare 
recipients believe SSA should use more recent tax data because a life-
changing event that significantly reduces their income, they can report 
these changes to SSA and ask for a new initial determination of their 
IRMAA. The respondents are Medicare Part B and prescription drug 
coverage recipients and enrollees with modified adjusted gross income 
over a high-income threshold who experience one of the eight 
significant life-changing events.
    Type of Request: Revision of an OMB-approved information 
collection.

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                                                                                  Average burden     Estimated
             Modality of completion                  Number of     Frequency of    per response    total annual
                                                    respondents      response        (minutes)    burden (hours)
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Personal Interview (SSA field office)...........         147,000               1              30          73,500
SSA-44 Paper Form...............................          39,000               1              45          29,250
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    Totals......................................         186,000                                         102,750
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    II. SSA submitted the information collections below to OMB for 
clearance. Your comments regarding the information collections would be 
most useful if OMB and SSA receive them 30 days from the date of this 
publication. To be sure we consider your comments, we must receive them 
no later than March 3, 2014. Individuals can obtain copies of the OMB 
clearance packages by writing to OR.Reports.Clearance@ssa.gov.
    1. Missing and Discrepant Wage Reports Letter and Questionnaire--26 
CFR 31.6051-2--0960-0432. Each year employers report the wage amounts 
they paid their employees to the IRS for tax purposes, and separately 
to SSA for retirement and disability coverage purposes. The same 
figures should be reported to SSA and the IRS. However, each year some 
employer wage reports SSA receives are less than the wage amounts 
employers report to the IRS. SSA uses Forms SSA-L93-SM, SSA-L94-SM, 
SSA-95-SM, and SSA-97-SM to ensure employees receive full credit for 
their wages. Respondents are employers who reported lower wage amounts 
to SSA than they reported to the IRS.
    Type of Request: Revision of an OMB-approved information 
collection.

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                                                                                  Average burden     Estimated
             Modality of completion                  Number of     Frequency of    per response    total annual
                                                    respondents      response        (minutes)    burden (hours)
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SSA-95-SM and SSA-97-SM (and accompanying cover          360,000               1              30         180,000
 letters SSA-L93, L94)..........................
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    2. Benefit Offset National Demonstration--0960-0785. SSA is 
undertaking the Benefit Offset National Demonstration (BOND)--a 
demonstration and evaluation of policy changes and services on the 
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program--in an effort to 
produce strong evidence about the effectiveness of potential solutions 
that would improve the historically very low rate of return to work 
among SSDI beneficiaries. Under current law, Social Security 
beneficiaries lose their SSDI benefit if they have earnings or work 
activity above the threshold of Substantial Gainful Activity. The 
benefit-offset component of this demonstration reduces benefits by $1 
for each $2 in earnings above the BOND threshold, resulting in a 
gradual reduction in benefits as earnings increase. The experimental 
design for BOND tests a benefit offset alone and in conjunction with 
enhanced work incentives counseling. The central research questions 
include:
     What is the effect of the benefit offset alone on 
employment and other outcomes?
     What is the effect of the benefit offset in combination 
with enhanced work incentives counseling on employment and other 
outcomes?
    The public survey data collections have four components--an impact 
study, a cost-benefit analysis, a participation analysis, and a process 
study. The data collections are a primary source for data to measure 
the effects of a more generous benefit offset and the provision of 
enhanced work incentives counseling on SSDI beneficiaries' work efforts 
and earnings. Ultimately, these data will benefit researchers, policy 
analysts, policy makers and the United States Congress in a wide range 
of program areas. The effects of BOND on the well-being of SSDI 
beneficiaries could manifest themselves in many dimensions and could be 
relevant to an array of other public programs. This project offers the 
first opportunity to obtain reliable measures of these effects based 
upon a nationally representative sample. The long-term indirect 
benefits of this research are therefore likely to be substantial. 
Respondents are SSDI beneficiaries and concurrent SSDI beneficiaries 
and Supplemental Security Income recipients who we randomly assign to 
the study (Stage 1), and SSDI beneficiaries who agree to participate in 
the study (Stage 2).
    Type of Request: Revision of an OMB-approved information 
collection.

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                                                                                  Average burden     Estimated
     Modality of completion          Number of     Frequency of      Number of     per response    total annual
                                    respondents      response        responses       (minutes)    burden (hours)
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Participation Agreement.........          12,954               1          12,954              20           4,318
Baseline Survey.................          12,954               1          12,954              41           8,852
Stage 2, 12-month Interim Survey          10,363               1          10,363              29           5,009
Stage 1, 36-month Survey........           8,000               1           8,000              49           6,533
Stage 2, 36-month Survey........          10,363               1          10,363              60          10,363
Enhanced Work Incentives                   3,089               1           3,089              35           1,802
 Assessment.....................
Key Informant Interviews........             100               7             700              60             700
Stage 2, Participant Focus                   600               1             600              90             900
 Groups.........................
Stage 1, First Contact Letter                500               1             500               3              25
 Survey.........................
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    Totals......................          89,923                          59,523                          38,502
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    Dated: January 27, 2014.
Faye Lipsky,
Reports Clearance Director, Social Security Administration.
[FR Doc. 2014-01828 Filed 1-29-14; 8:45 am]
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