Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request, 32431-32436 [2017-14722]

Download as PDF sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 133 / Thursday, July 13, 2017 / Notices among other conditions, the proposed rule requires that: (i) Before an individual’s initial designation, the individual must have been registered for a total of five years within the most recent 10-year period, including for the most recent year with the member that initially designated the individual; (ii) the waiver request must be made within seven years of the individual’s initial designation; and (ii) the individual cannot have any pending or adverse regulatory matters, or terminations, that are reportable on the Form U4 (Uniform Application for Securities Industry Registration or Transfer).140 The Commission notes that the designated individual must also comply with the Regulatory Element of the CE requirements.141 The Commission further notes that FINRA has committed to ‘‘engaging in an ongoing dialogue with industry participants to ensure that the waiver program is effective and efficient and, as needed, will provide guidance to firms.’’ 142 FINRA states that the proposed rule change will make the qualification and registration process more effective and efficient, without affecting the proficiency required to function as a representative or principal or reducing investor protection.143 FINRA also states that the proposed rule change may enhance the pool of prospective securities industry professionals by familiarizing them with securities laws, rules, and regulations and appropriate conduct at an earlier stage of career development.144 The Exchange Act authorizes FINRA to prescribe standards of training, experience, and competence for persons associated with FINRA members.145 In accordance with that provision, FINRA has proposed to revise its registration requirements, qualification examinations, and continuing education requirements which the Commission believes are designed to establish that persons associated with FINRA members have attained specified levels of competence and knowledge, consistent with the applicable registration category. The Commission believes that FINRA has adequately addressed all comments that are within the scope of the proposed rule change.146 For the foregoing reasons, the Commission finds that the proposed 140 See FINRA Response Letter. proposed Rules 1210.09 and 1240. 142 FINRA Response Letter. 143 See Notice, supra note 4. 144 See id. 145 15 U.S.C. 78o–3(g)(3). 146 See supra Section III. 141 See VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:41 Jul 12, 2017 Jkt 241001 32431 rule change is consistent with the Exchange Act. (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number 59008) V. Conclusion It is therefore ordered that, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Exchange Act,147 the proposed rule change (SR– FINRA–2017–007), be and hereby is, approved. James E. Rivera, Associate Administrator for Disaster Assistance. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.148 Eduardo A. Aleman, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. 2017–14667 Filed 7–12–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION [Disaster Declaration #15144 and #15145; Oklahoma Disaster Number OK–00115] Presidential Declaration of a Major Disaster for Public Assistance Only for the State of Oklahoma U.S. Small Business Administration. ACTION: Amendment 1. AGENCY: This is an amendment of the Presidential declaration of a major disaster for Public Assistance Only for the State of Oklahoma (FEMA–4315– DR); dated 05/26/2017. Incident: Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding. Incident Period: 04/28/2017 through 05/02/2017. DATES: Effective 07/07/2017. Physical Loan Application Deadline Date: 07/25/2017. Economic Injury (Eidl) Loan Application Deadline Date: 02/26/2018. ADDRESSES: Submit completed loan applications to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: A. Escobar, Office of Disaster Assistance, U.S. Small Business Administration, 409 3rd Street SW., Suite 6050, Washington, DC 20416, (202) 205–6734. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The notice of the President’s major disaster declaration for Private Non-Profit organizations in the State of Oklahoma, dated 05/26/2017, is hereby amended to include the following areas as adversely affected by the disaster. Primary Counties: Dewey, Pawnee, Rogers. SUMMARY: All other information in the original declaration remains unchanged. 147 15 148 17 PO 00000 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2). CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). Frm 00116 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 [FR Doc. 2017–14708 Filed 7–12–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8025–01–P SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION [Docket No: SSA–2017–0036] 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 and an extension 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. Or you may submit your comments online through www.regulations.gov, referencing Docket ID Number [SSA– 2017–0036]. 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 September 11, 2017. Individuals can obtain copies of the collection instruments by writing to the above email address. 1. Statement of Marital Relationship (By One of the Parties)—20 CFR 404.726—0960–0038. SSA must obtain a signed statement from a spousal E:\FR\FM\13JYN1.SGM 13JYN1 32432 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 133 / Thursday, July 13, 2017 / Notices applicant if the applicant claims a common-law marriage to the insured in a state in which such marriages are recognized, and no formal marriage documentation exists. SSA uses information we collect on Form SSA– 754–F4 to determine if an individual applying for spousal benefits meets the criteria of common-law marriage under state law. The respondents are applicants for spouse’s Social Security benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments. Type of Request: Revision of an OMBapproved information collection. Modality of completion Number of respondents Frequency of response Average burden per response (minutes) Estimated total annual burden (hours) SSA–754–F4 .................................................................................................... 30,000 1 30 15,000 2. Workers’ Compensation/Public Disability Questionnaire—20 CFR 404.408—0960–0247. Section 224 of the Social Security Act (Act) provides for the reduction of disability insurance benefits (DIB) when the combination of DIB and any workers’ compensation (WC) or certain Federal, State or local public disability benefits (PDB) exceeds 80 percent of the worker’s pre-disability earnings. SSA field office staff conducts face-to-face interviews with applicants using the electronic SSA–546 WC/PDB screens in the Modernized Claims System (MCS) to determine if the worker’s receipt of WC or PDB payments will cause a reduction of DIB. The respondents are applicants for the Title II DIB. Type of Request: Extension of an OMB-approved information collection. Modality of completion Number of respondents Frequency of response Average burden per response (minutes) Estimated total annual burden (hours) SSA–546 MCS Screens .................................................................................. 248,000 1 15 62,000 3. Medicaid Use Report—20 CFR 416.268—0960–0267. Section 20 CFR 416.268 of the Code of Federal Regulations requires SSA to determine eligibility for: (1) Special SSI cash payments and, (2) special SSI eligibility status for a person who works despite a disabling condition. It also provides that, to qualify for special SSI eligibility status, an individual must establish that termination of eligibility for benefits under Title XIX of the Act would seriously inhibit the ability to continue employment. SSA employees collect the information this regulation requires from respondents during a personal interview. We then use this information to determine if an individual is entitled to special Title XVI SSI payments and, consequently, to Medicaid. The respondents are SSI recipients for whom SSA has stopped payments based on earnings. Type of Request: Extension of an OMB-approved information collection. Modality of completion Number of respondents Frequency of response Average burden per response (minutes) Estimated total annual burden (hours) 20 CFR 416.268 .............................................................................................. 60,000 1 3 3,000 4. Medicare Subsidy Quality Review Forms—20 CFR 418(b)(5)—0960–0707. The Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 mandated the creation of the Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage program, and provides certain subsidies for eligible Medicare beneficiaries to help pay for the cost of prescription drugs. As part of its stewardship duties of the Medicare Part D subsidy program, SSA must conduct periodic quality review checks of the information Medicare beneficiaries report on their subsidy applications (Form SSA–1020). SSA uses the Medicare Quality Review program to conduct these checks. The respondents are applicants for the Medicare Part D subsidy whom SSA chose to undergo a quality review. Type of Request: Revision of an OMBapproved information collection. sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Modality of completion Number of respondents Frequency of response Average burden per response (minutes) Estimated total annual burden (hours) SSA–9301 (Medicare Subsidy Quality Review Case Analysis Questionnaire) SSA–9302 (Notice of Quality Review Acknowledgement Form for those with Phones) ........................................................................................................ SSA–9303 (Notice of Quality Review Acknowledgement Form for those without Phones) ........................................................................................... SSA–9308 (Request for Information) .............................................................. SSA–9310 (Request for Documents) .............................................................. SSA–9311 (Notice of Appointment—Denial—Reviewer Will Call) .................. SSA–9312 (Notice of Appointment—Denial—Please Call Reviewer) ............. 3,500 1 30 1,750 3,500 1 15 875 350 7,000 3,500 450 50 1 1 1 1 1 15 15 5 15 15 88 1,750 292 113 13 VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:41 Jul 12, 2017 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00117 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\13JYN1.SGM 13JYN1 32433 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 133 / Thursday, July 13, 2017 / Notices Number of respondents Modality of completion Frequency of response Average burden per response (minutes) Estimated total annual burden (hours) 2,500 1 15 625 500 1 15 125 21,350 ........................ ........................ 5,631 SSA–9313 (Notice of Quality Review Acknowledgement Form for those with Phones) ........................................................................................................ SSA–9314 (Notice of Quality Review Acknowledgement Form for those without Phones) ........................................................................................... Totals ........................................................................................................ II. SSA submitted the information collections below to OMB for clearance. Your comments regarding these 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 August 14, 2017. Individuals can obtain copies of the OMB clearance packages by writing to OR.Reports.Clearance@ ssa.gov. 1. myWageReport—0960–NEW. Overview SSA is creating a new electronic wage reporting application, myWageReport. Background Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) beneficiaries receive payments based on their ability to engage in substantial gainful activity because of a physical or mental condition. SSA requires SSDI beneficiaries or their representative payees to report when beneficiaries return to work, when their amount of work increases, or when their earnings increase. Currently, SSDI beneficiaries can call our 800 number; visit a local field office (FO); or mail paystubs and earnings to their local field offices to report this information. Section 826 of the Bipartisan Budget Act (BBA) of 2015, Pub.L. 114–74, requires SSA to offer SSDI beneficiaries the same electronic/automated receipt wage reporting methods available to Supplemental Security Income recipients, including the Internet. Accordingly, we are creating a new Internet reporting system for this purpose, myWageReport. myWageReport The myWageReport application will enable SSDI beneficiaries and representative payees to report earnings electronically. It will also generate a receipt for the beneficiary and/or representative payee, thus providing confirmation that SSA has received the earnings report. SSA will screen the information submitted through the myWageReport application and will determine if we need additional employment information. If so, agency personnel will reach out to beneficiaries or their representative payees and will use Form SSA–821, Work Activity Report (0960– 0059), to collect the additional required information. The respondents for this collection are SSDI recipients or their representative payees. Type of Request: New Information Collection Request. Number of respondents Frequency of response Average burden per response (minutes) Estimated total annual burden (hours) myWageReporting ........................................................................................... sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Modality of completion 54,000 1 7 6,300 2. RS/DI Quality Review Case Analysis: Sampled Number Holder; Auxiliaries/Survivors; Parent; and Stewardship Annual Earnings Test— 0960–0189. Section 205(a) of the Act authorizes the Commissioner of SSA to conduct the quality review process, which entails collecting information related to the accuracy of payments made under the Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance Program (OASDI). Sections 228(a)(3), 1614(a)(1)(B), and 1836(2) of the Act require a determination of the citizenship or alien status of the beneficiary; this is only one item that we might question as part of the Annual Quality review. SSA uses Forms SSA–2930, SSA–2931, and SSA– 2932 to establish a national payment accuracy rate for all cases in payment status, and to serve as a source of information regarding problem areas in VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:41 Jul 12, 2017 Jkt 241001 the Retirement Survivors Insurance (RSI) and Disability Insurance (DI) programs. We also use the information to measure the accuracy rate for newly adjudicated RSI or DI cases. SSA uses Form SSA–4659 to evaluate the effectiveness of the annual earnings test, and to use the results in developing ongoing improvements in the process. About twenty-five percent of respondents will have in-person reviews and receive one of the following appointment letters: (1) SSA–L8550–U3 (Appointment Letter—Sample Individual); (2) SSA–L8551–U3 (Appointment Letter—Sample Family); or (3) the SSA–L8552–U3 (Appointment Letter—Rep Payee). Seventy-five percent of respondents will receive a notice for a telephone review using the SSA–L8553–U3 (Beneficiary Telephone Contact) or the SSA–L8554–U3 (Rep PO 00000 Frm 00118 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Payee Telephone Contact). To help the beneficiary prepare for the interview, we include three forms with each notice: (1) SSA–85 (Information Needed to Review Your Social Security Claim) lists the information the beneficiary will need to gather for the interview; (2) SSA–2935 (Authorization to the Social Security Administration to Obtain Personal Information) verifies the beneficiary’s correct payment amount, if necessary; and (3) SSA–8552 (Interview Confirmation) confirms or reschedules the interview if necessary. The respondents are a statistically valid sample of all OASDI beneficiaries in current pay status or their representative payees. Type of Request: Revision of an OMBapproved information collection. E:\FR\FM\13JYN1.SGM 13JYN1 32434 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 133 / Thursday, July 13, 2017 / Notices Number of respondents Modality of completion Frequency of response Average burden per response (minutes) Estimated total annual burden (hours) SSA–2930 ........................................................................................................ SSA–2931 ........................................................................................................ SSA–4659 ........................................................................................................ SSA–L8550–U3 ............................................................................................... SSA–L8551–U3 ............................................................................................... SSA–L8552–U3 ............................................................................................... SSA–L8553–U3 ............................................................................................... SSA–L8554–U3 ............................................................................................... SSA–8552 ........................................................................................................ SSA–85 ............................................................................................................ SSA–2935 ........................................................................................................ SSA–8510 (also saved under OMB No. 0960–0707) ..................................... 1,500 850 325 385 95 35 4970 705 2350 3850 2350 800 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 30 30 10 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 750 425 54 32 8 3 414 59 196 321 196 67 Totals ........................................................................................................ 17,700 ........................ ........................ 2,525 3. Objection to Appearing by Video Teleconferencing; Acknowledgement of Receipt (Notice of Hearing); Waiver of Written Notice of Hearing—20 CFR 404.935, 404.936; 404.938, 404.939, 416.1435, 416.1436, 416.1438, & 416.1439—0960–0671. SSA uses the information we obtain on Forms HA–55, HA–504, HA–504–OP1, HA–510, and HA–510–OP1 to manage the means by which we conduct hearings before an administrative law judge (ALJ), and the scheduling of hearings with an ALJ. We use the HA–55, Objection to Appearing by Video Teleconferencing, and its accompanying cover letter, HA–L2, to allow claimants to opt-out of an appearance via video teleconferencing (VTC) for their hearing with an ALJ. The HA–L2 explains the good cause stipulation for opting out of VTC if the claimant misses their window to submit the HA–55, and for verifying a new residence address if the claimant moved since submitting their initial hearing request. SSA uses the HA–504 and HA– 504–OP1, Acknowledgement of Receipt (Notice of Hearing), and accompanying cover letter, HA–L83 to: (1) Acknowledge the claimants will appear for their hearing with an ALJ; (2) establish the time and place of the hearing; and (3) remind claimants to gather evidence in support of their claims. The only difference between the two versions of the HA–504 is the language used for the selection check boxes as determined by the type of appearance for the hearing (in-person, phone teleconference, or VTC). In addition, the cover letter, HA–L83, explains: (1) The claimants’ need to notify SSA of their wish to object to the time and place set for the hearing; (2) the good cause stipulation for missing the deadline for objecting to the time and place of the hearing; and (3) how the claimants can submit, in writing, any additional evidence they would like the ALJ to consider, or any objections they have on their claims. The HA–510, and HA–510–OP1, Waiver of Written Number of respondents Modality of completion Notice of Hearing, allows the claimants to waive their right to receive the Notice of Hearing as specified in the HA–L83. We typically use these forms when there is a last minute available opening on an ALJ’s schedule, so the claimants can fill in the available time slot. If the claimants agree to fill the time slot, we ask them to waive their right to receive the Notice of Hearing. We use the HA– 510–OP1 at the beginning of our process for representatives and claimants who wish to waive the 75-day requirement earlier in the process, and the HA–510 later in the process for those representatives and claimants who want the full 75 days prior to the scheduled hearing. The respondents are applicants for Social Security disability payments who request a hearing to appeal an unfavorable entitlement or eligibility determination. Type of Request: Revision of an OMBapproved information collection. Frequency of response Average burden per response (minutes) Estimated total annual burden (hours) sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES HA–504 (with teleconferencing) ...................................................................... HA–504–OP1 ................................................................................................... HA–L83 ............................................................................................................ HA–L83—Good Cause for missing deadline ................................................... HA–L83—Objection Stating Issues in Notice are Incorrect ............................ HA–55 .............................................................................................................. HA–L2—Verification of New Residence .......................................................... HA–L2—Late Notification of Objection to VTC showing good cause ............. HA–510; ........................................................................................................... HA–510–OP1 ................................................................................................... 898,000 2,000 900,000 5,000 45,000 850,000 45,000 13,500 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 30 30 30 5 5 5 5 10 449,000 1,000 450,000 417 3,750 70,833 3,750 2,250 4,000 1 2 133 Totals ........................................................................................................ 2,762,500 ........................ ........................ 981,133 4. Social Security’s Public Credentialing and Authentication Process—20 CFR 401.45 and 402— 0960–0789. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:41 Jul 12, 2017 Jkt 241001 Background Authentication is the foundation for secure, online transactions. Identity authentication is the process of PO 00000 Frm 00119 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 determining, with confidence, that someone is who he or she claims to be during a remote, automated session. It comprises three distinct factors: something you know; something you E:\FR\FM\13JYN1.SGM 13JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 133 / Thursday, July 13, 2017 / Notices have; and something you are. Singlefactor authentication uses one of the factors, and multi-factor authentication uses two or more of the factors. sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES SSA’s Public Credentialing and Authentication Process SSA offers consistent authentication across SSA’s secured online services. We allow our users to request and maintain only one User ID, consisting of a self-selected username and password, to access multiple Social Security electronic services. Designed in accordance with the OMB Memorandum M–04–04 and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publication 800–63, this process provides the means of authenticating users of our secured electronic services and streamlines access to those services. SSA’s public credentialing and authentication process: • Issues a single User ID to anyone who wants to do business with the agency and meets the eligibility criteria; • Partners with an external Identity Services Provider (ISP) to help us verify the identity of our online customers; • Complies with relevant standards; • Offers access to some of SSA’s heaviest, but more sensitive, workloads online while providing a high level of confidence in the identity of the person requesting access to these services; • Offers an in-person process for those who are uncomfortable with or unable to use the Internet process; • Balances security with ease of use; and • Provides a user-friendly way for the public to conduct extended business with us online instead of visiting local servicing offices or requesting information over the phone. Individuals have real-time access to their Social Security information in a safe and secure web environment. Public Credentialing and Authentication Process Features We collect and maintain the users’ personally identifiable information (PII) in our Central Repository of Electronic Authentication Data Master File Privacy Act system of records, which we published in the Federal Register (75 FR 79065). The PII may include the users’ name; address; date of birth; Social Security number (SSN); phone number; and other types of identity information [e.g., address information of persons from the W–2 and Schedule Self Employed forms we receive electronically for our programmatic purposes as permitted by 26 U.S.C. 6103(l)(1)(A)]. We may also collect knowledge-based authentication data, VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:41 Jul 12, 2017 Jkt 241001 which is information users establish with us or that we already maintain in our existing Privacy Act systems of records. We retain the data necessary to administer and maintain our eAuthentication infrastructure. This includes management and profile information, such as blocked accounts; failed access data; effective date of passwords; and other data allowing us to evaluate the system’s effectiveness. The data we maintain also may include archived transaction data and historical data. We use the information from this collection to identity proof and authenticate our users online, and to allow them access to their personal information from our records. We also use this information to provide second factor authentication. We are committed to expanding and improving this process so we can grant access to additional online services in the future. Offering online services is not only an important part of meeting SSA’s goals, but is vital to good public service. In increasing numbers, the public expects to conduct complex business over the Internet. Ensuring SSA’s online services are both secure and user-friendly is our priority. We awarded a competitively bid contract to an ISP, Equifax,1 to help us verify the identity of our online customers. We use this ISP, in addition to our other authentication methods, to help us prove, or verify, the identity of our customers when they are completing online or electronic transactions with us. Social Security’s Authentication Strategy We remain committed to enhancing our online services using authentication processes that balance usability and security. We will continue to research and develop new authentication tools while monitoring the emerging threats. The following are key components of our authentication strategy: • Enrollment and Identity Verification—Individuals who meet the following eligibility requirements may enroll: Æ Must have a valid email address; Æ Must have a valid Social Security number (SSN); Æ Must have a domestic address of record (includes military addresses); and Æ Must be at least 18 years of age. We collect identifying data and use SSA and ISP records to verify an 1 Equifax is a global information solutions provider. Equifax’s solutions help Social Security to manage risk and mitigate fraud. PO 00000 Frm 00120 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 32435 individual’s identity. Individuals have the option of obtaining an enhanced, stronger, User ID by providing certain financial information (e.g., Medicare wages, self-employed earnings, or the last eight digits of a credit card number) for verification. We also ask individuals to answer out-of-wallet questions so we can further verify their identities. Individuals who are unable to complete the process online can present identification at a field office to obtain a User ID. • Establishing the User Profile—The individual self-selects a username and password, both of which can be of variable length and alphanumeric. We provide a password strength indicator to help the individual select a strong password. We also ask the individual to choose challenge questions for use in restoring a lost or forgotten username or password. • Provide a Second Factor—We ask the individual to provide a text message enabled cell phone number or an email address. We consider the cell phone number or email address the second factor of authentication. We send a security code to the individual’s selected second factor. We require the individual to confirm its receipt by entering the security code online. Subsequently, each time the individual attempts to sign in to his or her online account, we will also send a message with a one-time security code to the individual’s selected second factor. The individual must enter the security code along with his or her username and password. The code is valid for only 10 minutes. If the individual does not enter the code within 10 minutes, the code expires, and the individual must request another code. • Enhancing the User ID—If individuals opt to enhance or upgrade their User IDs, they must provide certain financial information for verification. We mail a one-time-use upgrade code to the individual’s verified residential address. When the individual receives the upgrade code in the mail, he or she can enter this code online to enhance the security of the account. With extra security, we continue to require the individuals to sign in using their username, password, and a one-time security code we send to their second factor email address or cell phone number (whichever the users listed in their account). • Sign in and Use—Our authentication process provides an individual with a User ID for access to our sensitive online Social Security services. Second factor authentication requires the individual to sign in with a username, password, and a one-time E:\FR\FM\13JYN1.SGM 13JYN1 32436 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 133 / Thursday, July 13, 2017 / Notices security code sent to the individual’s selected second factor. SSA expanded its existing capabilities to require second factor authentication for every online sign in. We also allow for maintenance of the second factor options. An individual who forgets the password can reset it automatically without contacting SSA. Social Security’s Enrollment Process The enrollment process is a one-time only activity. SSA requires the individuals to agree to the ‘‘Terms of Service’’ detailed on our Web site before we allow them to begin the enrollment process. The ‘‘Terms of Service’’ inform the individuals what we will and will not do with their personal information, and the privacy and security protections we provide on all data we collect. These terms also detail the consequences of misusing this service. To verify the individual’s identity, we ask the individual to give us minimal personal information, which may include: • Name; • SSN; • Date of birth; • Address—mailing and residential; • Telephone number; • Email address; • Financial information; • Cell phone number; and • Selecting and answering password reset questions. We send a subset of this information to the ISP, who then generates a series of out-of-wallet questions back to the individual. The individual must answer all or most of the questions correctly before continuing in the process. The exact questions generated are unique to each individual. This collection of information, or a subset of it, is mandatory for respondents who want to do business with SSA via the Internet. We collect this information via the Internet, on SSA’s public-facing Web site. We also offer an in-person identification verification process for Number of respondents Modality of completion individuals who cannot, or are not willing, to register online. For this process, the individual must go to a local SSA field office and provide identifying information. We do not ask for financial information with the inperson process. We only collect the identity information one time, when the individual registers for a credential. We ask for the User ID (username and password),and we send a security code to the individual’s registered second factor (cell phone or email), for every sign in. The individual is required to provide the security code back to us during the online registration and sign in processes, for both standard accounts and accounts with extra security. The respondents are individuals who choose to use the Internet or Automated Telephone Response System to conduct business with SSA. Type of Request: Revision of an OMBapproved information collection. Frequency of response Average burden per response (minutes) Estimated total annual burden (hours) Internet Requestors ......................................................................................... In-Person (Intranet) Requestors ...................................................................... 52,698,441 3,407,319 1 1 8 8 7,026,459 454,309 Totals ........................................................................................................ 56,105,760 ........................ ........................ 7,480,768 Dated: July 10, 2017. Naomi R. Sipple, Reports Clearance Officer, Social Security Administration. [FR Doc. 2017–14722 Filed 7–12–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4191–02–P DEPARTMENT OF STATE [Public Notice: 10058] sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES U.S. Department of State Advisory Committee on Private International Law (ACPIL): Public Meeting on Family Law The Office of the Assistant Legal Adviser for Private International Law, Department of State, gives notice of a public meeting to discuss a draft Guide to Good Practice on Article 13(b) of The Hague Abduction Convention. The public meeting will take place on August 8, 2017, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. EDT. This is not a meeting of the full Advisory Committee. At its 2012 annual meeting, the Council on General Affairs and Policy of the Hague Conference on Private International Law established a Working Group to develop a Guide to Good VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:41 Jul 12, 2017 Jkt 241001 Practice on the application of Article 13(b) of the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. The Hague Conference has provided a draft text, which is available at https://assets.hcch.net/docs/ 0a0532b7-d580-4e53-8c257edab2a94284.pdf. The purpose of the public meeting is to obtain the views of concerned stakeholders on the draft Guide to Good Practice. Those who cannot attend but wish to comment are welcome to do so by email to Michael Coffee at coffeems@ state.gov. Time and Place: The meeting will take place on August 8, 2017, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. EDT in Room 1107, U.S. Department of State, Harry S Truman Building, 2201 C Street NW., Washington, DC 20520. Participants should plan to arrive at the Truman building by 8:15 a.m. for visitor screening. If you are unable to attend the public meeting and would like to participate from a remote location, teleconferencing will be available. Public Participation: This meeting is open to the public, subject to the capacity of the meeting room. Access to the building is strictly controlled. For PO 00000 Frm 00121 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 pre-clearance purposes, those planning to attend should email pil@state.gov providing full name, address, date of birth, citizenship, driver’s license or passport number, and email address. This information will greatly facilitate entry into the building. A member of the public needing reasonable accommodation should email pil@ state.gov not later than August 1, 2017. Requests made after that date will be considered, but might not be able to be fulfilled. If you would like to participate by telephone, please email pil@state.gov to obtain the call-in number and other information. You must notify pil@state.gov of your intention to participate in the meeting, either in person or by telephone, to receive an agenda for the meeting as well as directions for arrival at the Truman building. Data from the public is requested pursuant to Public Law 99–399 (Omnibus Diplomatic Security and Antiterrorism Act of 1986), as amended; Public Law 107–56 (USA PATRIOT Act); and Executive Order 13356. The purpose of the collection is to validate the identity of individuals who enter Department facilities. E:\FR\FM\13JYN1.SGM 13JYN1

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SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION

[Docket No: SSA-2017-0036]


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 and an extension 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.

    Or you may submit your comments online through www.regulations.gov, 
referencing Docket ID Number [SSA-2017-0036].
    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 
September 11, 2017. Individuals can obtain copies of the collection 
instruments by writing to the above email address.
    1. Statement of Marital Relationship (By One of the Parties)--20 
CFR 404.726--0960-0038. SSA must obtain a signed statement from a 
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applicant if the applicant claims a common-law marriage to the insured 
in a state in which such marriages are recognized, and no formal 
marriage documentation exists. SSA uses information we collect on Form 
SSA-754-F4 to determine if an individual applying for spousal benefits 
meets the criteria of common-law marriage under state law. The 
respondents are applicants for spouse's Social Security benefits or 
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments.
    Type of Request: Revision of an OMB-approved information 
collection.

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                                                                                 Average burden  Estimated total
           Modality of completion                Number of       Frequency of     per response    annual burden
                                                respondents        response        (minutes)         (hours)
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SSA-754-F4..................................          30,000                1               30           15,000
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    2. Workers' Compensation/Public Disability Questionnaire--20 CFR 
404.408--0960-0247. Section 224 of the Social Security Act (Act) 
provides for the reduction of disability insurance benefits (DIB) when 
the combination of DIB and any workers' compensation (WC) or certain 
Federal, State or local public disability benefits (PDB) exceeds 80 
percent of the worker's pre-disability earnings. SSA field office staff 
conducts face-to-face interviews with applicants using the electronic 
SSA-546 WC/PDB screens in the Modernized Claims System (MCS) to 
determine if the worker's receipt of WC or PDB payments will cause a 
reduction of DIB. The respondents are applicants for the Title II DIB.
    Type of Request: Extension of an OMB-approved information 
collection.

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                                                                                 Average burden  Estimated total
           Modality of completion                Number of       Frequency of     per response    annual burden
                                                respondents        response        (minutes)         (hours)
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SSA-546 MCS Screens.........................         248,000                1               15           62,000
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    3. Medicaid Use Report--20 CFR 416.268--0960-0267. Section 20 CFR 
416.268 of the Code of Federal Regulations requires SSA to determine 
eligibility for: (1) Special SSI cash payments and, (2) special SSI 
eligibility status for a person who works despite a disabling 
condition. It also provides that, to qualify for special SSI 
eligibility status, an individual must establish that termination of 
eligibility for benefits under Title XIX of the Act would seriously 
inhibit the ability to continue employment. SSA employees collect the 
information this regulation requires from respondents during a personal 
interview. We then use this information to determine if an individual 
is entitled to special Title XVI SSI payments and, consequently, to 
Medicaid. The respondents are SSI recipients for whom SSA has stopped 
payments based on earnings.
    Type of Request: Extension of an OMB-approved information 
collection.

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                                                                                 Average burden  Estimated total
           Modality of completion                Number of       Frequency of     per response    annual burden
                                                respondents        response        (minutes)         (hours)
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20 CFR 416.268..............................          60,000                1                3            3,000
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    4. Medicare Subsidy Quality Review Forms--20 CFR 418(b)(5)--0960-
0707. The Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 mandated the creation of 
the Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage program, and provides 
certain subsidies for eligible Medicare beneficiaries to help pay for 
the cost of prescription drugs. As part of its stewardship duties of 
the Medicare Part D subsidy program, SSA must conduct periodic quality 
review checks of the information Medicare beneficiaries report on their 
subsidy applications (Form SSA-1020). SSA uses the Medicare Quality 
Review program to conduct these checks. The respondents are applicants 
for the Medicare Part D subsidy whom SSA chose to undergo a quality 
review.
    Type of Request: Revision of an OMB-approved information 
collection.

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                                                                                 Average burden  Estimated total
           Modality of completion                Number of       Frequency of     per response    annual burden
                                                respondents        response        (minutes)         (hours)
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SSA-9301 (Medicare Subsidy Quality Review              3,500                1               30            1,750
 Case Analysis Questionnaire)...............
SSA-9302 (Notice of Quality Review                     3,500                1               15              875
 Acknowledgement Form for those with Phones)
SSA-9303 (Notice of Quality Review                       350                1               15               88
 Acknowledgement Form for those without
 Phones)....................................
SSA-9308 (Request for Information)..........           7,000                1               15            1,750
SSA-9310 (Request for Documents)............           3,500                1                5              292
SSA-9311 (Notice of Appointment--Denial--                450                1               15              113
 Reviewer Will Call)........................
SSA-9312 (Notice of Appointment--Denial--                 50                1               15               13
 Please Call Reviewer)......................

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SSA-9313 (Notice of Quality Review                     2,500                1               15              625
 Acknowledgement Form for those with Phones)
SSA-9314 (Notice of Quality Review                       500                1               15              125
 Acknowledgement Form for those without
 Phones)....................................
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    Totals..................................          21,350   ...............  ...............           5,631
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    II. SSA submitted the information collections below to OMB for 
clearance. Your comments regarding these 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 August 14, 2017. Individuals can obtain copies of 
the OMB clearance packages by writing to OR.Reports.Clearance@ssa.gov.
    1. myWageReport--0960-NEW.

Overview

    SSA is creating a new electronic wage reporting application, 
myWageReport.

Background

    Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) beneficiaries receive 
payments based on their ability to engage in substantial gainful 
activity because of a physical or mental condition. SSA requires SSDI 
beneficiaries or their representative payees to report when 
beneficiaries return to work, when their amount of work increases, or 
when their earnings increase. Currently, SSDI beneficiaries can call 
our 800 number; visit a local field office (FO); or mail paystubs and 
earnings to their local field offices to report this information.
    Section 826 of the Bipartisan Budget Act (BBA) of 2015, Pub.L. 114-
74, requires SSA to offer SSDI beneficiaries the same electronic/
automated receipt wage reporting methods available to Supplemental 
Security Income recipients, including the Internet. Accordingly, we are 
creating a new Internet reporting system for this purpose, 
myWageReport.

myWageReport

    The myWageReport application will enable SSDI beneficiaries and 
representative payees to report earnings electronically. It will also 
generate a receipt for the beneficiary and/or representative payee, 
thus providing confirmation that SSA has received the earnings report.
    SSA will screen the information submitted through the myWageReport 
application and will determine if we need additional employment 
information. If so, agency personnel will reach out to beneficiaries or 
their representative payees and will use Form SSA-821, Work Activity 
Report (0960-0059), to collect the additional required information.
    The respondents for this collection are SSDI recipients or their 
representative payees.
    Type of Request: New Information Collection Request.

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                                                                                 Average burden  Estimated total
           Modality of completion                Number of       Frequency of     per response    annual burden
                                                respondents        response        (minutes)         (hours)
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myWageReporting.............................          54,000                1                7            6,300
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    2. RS/DI Quality Review Case Analysis: Sampled Number Holder; 
Auxiliaries/Survivors; Parent; and Stewardship Annual Earnings Test--
0960-0189. Section 205(a) of the Act authorizes the Commissioner of SSA 
to conduct the quality review process, which entails collecting 
information related to the accuracy of payments made under the Old-Age, 
Survivors, and Disability Insurance Program (OASDI). Sections 
228(a)(3), 1614(a)(1)(B), and 1836(2) of the Act require a 
determination of the citizenship or alien status of the beneficiary; 
this is only one item that we might question as part of the Annual 
Quality review. SSA uses Forms SSA-2930, SSA-2931, and SSA-2932 to 
establish a national payment accuracy rate for all cases in payment 
status, and to serve as a source of information regarding problem areas 
in the Retirement Survivors Insurance (RSI) and Disability Insurance 
(DI) programs. We also use the information to measure the accuracy rate 
for newly adjudicated RSI or DI cases. SSA uses Form SSA-4659 to 
evaluate the effectiveness of the annual earnings test, and to use the 
results in developing ongoing improvements in the process. About 
twenty-five percent of respondents will have in-person reviews and 
receive one of the following appointment letters: (1) SSA-L8550-U3 
(Appointment Letter--Sample Individual); (2) SSA-L8551-U3 (Appointment 
Letter--Sample Family); or (3) the SSA-L8552-U3 (Appointment Letter--
Rep Payee). Seventy-five percent of respondents will receive a notice 
for a telephone review using the SSA-L8553-U3 (Beneficiary Telephone 
Contact) or the SSA-L8554-U3 (Rep Payee Telephone Contact). To help the 
beneficiary prepare for the interview, we include three forms with each 
notice: (1) SSA-85 (Information Needed to Review Your Social Security 
Claim) lists the information the beneficiary will need to gather for 
the interview; (2) SSA-2935 (Authorization to the Social Security 
Administration to Obtain Personal Information) verifies the 
beneficiary's correct payment amount, if necessary; and (3) SSA-8552 
(Interview Confirmation) confirms or reschedules the interview if 
necessary. The respondents are a statistically valid sample of all 
OASDI beneficiaries in current pay status or their representative 
payees.
    Type of Request: Revision of an OMB-approved information 
collection.

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                                                                                                     Estimated
                                                     Number of     Frequency of   Average burden   total annual
             Modality of completion                 respondents      response      per response       burden
                                                                                     (minutes)        (hours)
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SSA-2930........................................           1,500               1              30             750
SSA-2931........................................             850               1              30             425
SSA-4659........................................             325               1              10              54
SSA-L8550-U3....................................             385               1               5              32
SSA-L8551-U3....................................              95               1               5               8
SSA-L8552-U3....................................              35               1               5               3
SSA-L8553-U3....................................            4970               1               5             414
SSA-L8554-U3....................................             705               1               5              59
SSA-8552........................................            2350               1               5             196
SSA-85..........................................            3850               1               5             321
SSA-2935........................................            2350               1               5             196
SSA-8510 (also saved under OMB No. 0960-0707)...             800               1               5              67
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    Totals......................................          17,700  ..............  ..............           2,525
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    3. Objection to Appearing by Video Teleconferencing; 
Acknowledgement of Receipt (Notice of Hearing); Waiver of Written 
Notice of Hearing--20 CFR 404.935, 404.936; 404.938, 404.939, 416.1435, 
416.1436, 416.1438, & 416.1439--0960-0671. SSA uses the information we 
obtain on Forms HA-55, HA-504, HA-504-OP1, HA-510, and HA-510-OP1 to 
manage the means by which we conduct hearings before an administrative 
law judge (ALJ), and the scheduling of hearings with an ALJ. We use the 
HA-55, Objection to Appearing by Video Teleconferencing, and its 
accompanying cover letter, HA-L2, to allow claimants to opt-out of an 
appearance via video teleconferencing (VTC) for their hearing with an 
ALJ. The HA-L2 explains the good cause stipulation for opting out of 
VTC if the claimant misses their window to submit the HA-55, and for 
verifying a new residence address if the claimant moved since 
submitting their initial hearing request. SSA uses the HA-504 and HA-
504-OP1, Acknowledgement of Receipt (Notice of Hearing), and 
accompanying cover letter, HA-L83 to: (1) Acknowledge the claimants 
will appear for their hearing with an ALJ; (2) establish the time and 
place of the hearing; and (3) remind claimants to gather evidence in 
support of their claims. The only difference between the two versions 
of the HA-504 is the language used for the selection check boxes as 
determined by the type of appearance for the hearing (in-person, phone 
teleconference, or VTC). In addition, the cover letter, HA-L83, 
explains: (1) The claimants' need to notify SSA of their wish to object 
to the time and place set for the hearing; (2) the good cause 
stipulation for missing the deadline for objecting to the time and 
place of the hearing; and (3) how the claimants can submit, in writing, 
any additional evidence they would like the ALJ to consider, or any 
objections they have on their claims. The HA-510, and HA-510-OP1, 
Waiver of Written Notice of Hearing, allows the claimants to waive 
their right to receive the Notice of Hearing as specified in the HA-
L83. We typically use these forms when there is a last minute available 
opening on an ALJ's schedule, so the claimants can fill in the 
available time slot. If the claimants agree to fill the time slot, we 
ask them to waive their right to receive the Notice of Hearing. We use 
the HA-510-OP1 at the beginning of our process for representatives and 
claimants who wish to waive the 75-day requirement earlier in the 
process, and the HA-510 later in the process for those representatives 
and claimants who want the full 75 days prior to the scheduled hearing. 
The respondents are applicants for Social Security disability payments 
who request a hearing to appeal an unfavorable entitlement or 
eligibility determination.
    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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HA-504 (with teleconferencing)..................         898,000               1              30         449,000
HA-504-OP1......................................           2,000               1              30           1,000
HA-L83..........................................         900,000               1              30         450,000
HA-L83--Good Cause for missing deadline.........           5,000               1               5             417
HA-L83--Objection Stating Issues in Notice are            45,000               1               5           3,750
 Incorrect......................................
HA-55...........................................         850,000               1               5          70,833
HA-L2--Verification of New Residence............          45,000               1               5           3,750
HA-L2--Late Notification of Objection to VTC              13,500               1              10           2,250
 showing good cause.............................
HA-510;.........................................           4,000               1               2             133
HA-510-OP1......................................
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    Totals......................................       2,762,500  ..............  ..............         981,133
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    4. Social Security's Public Credentialing and Authentication 
Process--20 CFR 401.45 and 402--0960-0789.

Background

    Authentication is the foundation for secure, online transactions. 
Identity authentication is the process of determining, with confidence, 
that someone is who he or she claims to be during a remote, automated 
session. It comprises three distinct factors: something you know; 
something you

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have; and something you are. Single-factor authentication uses one of 
the factors, and multi-factor authentication uses two or more of the 
factors.

SSA's Public Credentialing and Authentication Process

    SSA offers consistent authentication across SSA's secured online 
services. We allow our users to request and maintain only one User ID, 
consisting of a self-selected username and password, to access multiple 
Social Security electronic services. Designed in accordance with the 
OMB Memorandum M-04-04 and the National Institute of Standards and 
Technology (NIST) Special Publication 800-63, this process provides the 
means of authenticating users of our secured electronic services and 
streamlines access to those services.
    SSA's public credentialing and authentication process:
     Issues a single User ID to anyone who wants to do business 
with the agency and meets the eligibility criteria;
     Partners with an external Identity Services Provider (ISP) 
to help us verify the identity of our online customers;
     Complies with relevant standards;
     Offers access to some of SSA's heaviest, but more 
sensitive, workloads online while providing a high level of confidence 
in the identity of the person requesting access to these services;
     Offers an in-person process for those who are 
uncomfortable with or unable to use the Internet process;
     Balances security with ease of use; and
     Provides a user-friendly way for the public to conduct 
extended business with us online instead of visiting local servicing 
offices or requesting information over the phone. Individuals have 
real-time access to their Social Security information in a safe and 
secure web environment.

Public Credentialing and Authentication Process Features

    We collect and maintain the users' personally identifiable 
information (PII) in our Central Repository of Electronic 
Authentication Data Master File Privacy Act system of records, which we 
published in the Federal Register (75 FR 79065). The PII may include 
the users' name; address; date of birth; Social Security number (SSN); 
phone number; and other types of identity information [e.g., address 
information of persons from the W-2 and Schedule Self Employed forms we 
receive electronically for our programmatic purposes as permitted by 26 
U.S.C. 6103(l)(1)(A)]. We may also collect knowledge-based 
authentication data, which is information users establish with us or 
that we already maintain in our existing Privacy Act systems of 
records.
    We retain the data necessary to administer and maintain our e-
Authentication infrastructure. This includes management and profile 
information, such as blocked accounts; failed access data; effective 
date of passwords; and other data allowing us to evaluate the system's 
effectiveness. The data we maintain also may include archived 
transaction data and historical data.
    We use the information from this collection to identity proof and 
authenticate our users online, and to allow them access to their 
personal information from our records. We also use this information to 
provide second factor authentication. We are committed to expanding and 
improving this process so we can grant access to additional online 
services in the future.
    Offering online services is not only an important part of meeting 
SSA's goals, but is vital to good public service. In increasing 
numbers, the public expects to conduct complex business over the 
Internet. Ensuring SSA's online services are both secure and user-
friendly is our priority. We awarded a competitively bid contract to an 
ISP, Equifax,\1\ to help us verify the identity of our online 
customers. We use this ISP, in addition to our other authentication 
methods, to help us prove, or verify, the identity of our customers 
when they are completing online or electronic transactions with us.
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    \1\ Equifax is a global information solutions provider. 
Equifax's solutions help Social Security to manage risk and mitigate 
fraud.
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Social Security's Authentication Strategy

    We remain committed to enhancing our online services using 
authentication processes that balance usability and security. We will 
continue to research and develop new authentication tools while 
monitoring the emerging threats.
    The following are key components of our authentication strategy:
     Enrollment and Identity Verification--Individuals who meet 
the following eligibility requirements may enroll:
    [cir] Must have a valid email address;
    [cir] Must have a valid Social Security number (SSN);
    [cir] Must have a domestic address of record (includes military 
addresses); and
    [cir] Must be at least 18 years of age.
    We collect identifying data and use SSA and ISP records to verify 
an individual's identity. Individuals have the option of obtaining an 
enhanced, stronger, User ID by providing certain financial information 
(e.g., Medicare wages, self-employed earnings, or the last eight digits 
of a credit card number) for verification. We also ask individuals to 
answer out-of-wallet questions so we can further verify their 
identities. Individuals who are unable to complete the process online 
can present identification at a field office to obtain a User ID.
     Establishing the User Profile--The individual self-selects 
a username and password, both of which can be of variable length and 
alphanumeric. We provide a password strength indicator to help the 
individual select a strong password. We also ask the individual to 
choose challenge questions for use in restoring a lost or forgotten 
username or password.
     Provide a Second Factor--We ask the individual to provide 
a text message enabled cell phone number or an email address. We 
consider the cell phone number or email address the second factor of 
authentication. We send a security code to the individual's selected 
second factor. We require the individual to confirm its receipt by 
entering the security code online. Subsequently, each time the 
individual attempts to sign in to his or her online account, we will 
also send a message with a one-time security code to the individual's 
selected second factor. The individual must enter the security code 
along with his or her username and password. The code is valid for only 
10 minutes. If the individual does not enter the code within 10 
minutes, the code expires, and the individual must request another 
code.
     Enhancing the User ID--If individuals opt to enhance or 
upgrade their User IDs, they must provide certain financial information 
for verification. We mail a one-time-use upgrade code to the 
individual's verified residential address. When the individual receives 
the upgrade code in the mail, he or she can enter this code online to 
enhance the security of the account. With extra security, we continue 
to require the individuals to sign in using their username, password, 
and a one-time security code we send to their second factor email 
address or cell phone number (whichever the users listed in their 
account).
     Sign in and Use--Our authentication process provides an 
individual with a User ID for access to our sensitive online Social 
Security services. Second factor authentication requires the individual 
to sign in with a username, password, and a one-time

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security code sent to the individual's selected second factor. SSA 
expanded its existing capabilities to require second factor 
authentication for every online sign in. We also allow for maintenance 
of the second factor options. An individual who forgets the password 
can reset it automatically without contacting SSA.

Social Security's Enrollment Process

    The enrollment process is a one-time only activity. SSA requires 
the individuals to agree to the ``Terms of Service'' detailed on our 
Web site before we allow them to begin the enrollment process. The 
``Terms of Service'' inform the individuals what we will and will not 
do with their personal information, and the privacy and security 
protections we provide on all data we collect. These terms also detail 
the consequences of misusing this service.
    To verify the individual's identity, we ask the individual to give 
us minimal personal information, which may include:
     Name;
     SSN;
     Date of birth;
     Address--mailing and residential;
     Telephone number;
     Email address;
     Financial information;
     Cell phone number; and
     Selecting and answering password reset questions.
    We send a subset of this information to the ISP, who then generates 
a series of out-of-wallet questions back to the individual. The 
individual must answer all or most of the questions correctly before 
continuing in the process. The exact questions generated are unique to 
each individual. This collection of information, or a subset of it, is 
mandatory for respondents who want to do business with SSA via the 
Internet. We collect this information via the Internet, on SSA's 
public-facing Web site. We also offer an in-person identification 
verification process for individuals who cannot, or are not willing, to 
register online. For this process, the individual must go to a local 
SSA field office and provide identifying information. We do not ask for 
financial information with the in-person process.
    We only collect the identity information one time, when the 
individual registers for a credential. We ask for the User ID (username 
and password),and we send a security code to the individual's 
registered second factor (cell phone or email), for every sign in. The 
individual is required to provide the security code back to us during 
the online registration and sign in processes, for both standard 
accounts and accounts with extra security. The respondents are 
individuals who choose to use the Internet or Automated Telephone 
Response System to conduct business with SSA.
    Type of Request: Revision of an OMB-approved information 
collection.

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                                                                                                     Estimated
                                                     Number of     Frequency of   Average burden   total annual
             Modality of completion                 respondents      response      per response       burden
                                                                                     (minutes)        (hours)
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Internet Requestors.............................      52,698,441               1               8       7,026,459
In-Person (Intranet) Requestors.................       3,407,319               1               8         454,309
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    Totals......................................      56,105,760  ..............  ..............       7,480,768
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    Dated: July 10, 2017.
Naomi R. Sipple,
Reports Clearance Officer, Social Security Administration.
[FR Doc. 2017-14722 Filed 7-12-17; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 4191-02-P