Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request, 70610-70613 [2019-27664]

Download as PDF 70610 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 246 / Monday, December 23, 2019 / Notices Reference Room, 100 F Street NE, Washington, DC 20549, on official business days between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Copies of the filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the Exchange. All comments received will be posted without change. Persons submitting comments are cautioned that we do not redact or edit personal identifying information from comment submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–Phlx–2019–53 and should be submitted on or before January 13, 2020. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.31 J. Matthew DeLesDernier, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. 2019–27585 Filed 12–20–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–87776; File No. SR– NASDAQ–2019–090] Self-Regulatory Organizations; The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC; Notice of Designation of a Longer Period for Commission Action on a Proposed Rule Change To Adopt Nasdaq Rule 5704 and Other Related Amendments On November 8, 2019, The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC (‘‘Nasdaq’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’), pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’) 1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 a proposed rule change to, among other things, adopt new Nasdaq Rule 5704 to list and trade Exchange Traded Fund Shares. The proposed rule change was published for comment in the Federal Register on November 22, 2019.3 The Commission has received no comment letters on the proposed rule change. Section 19(b)(2) of the Act 4 provides that within 45 days of the publication of notice of the filing of a proposed rule lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with NOTICES 31 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C.78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 3 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 87559 (Nov. 18, 2019), 84 FR 64574. 4 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2). 1 15 19:32 Dec 20, 2019 For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.6 J. Matthew DeLesDernier, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. 2019–27591 Filed 12–20–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION December 17, 2019. VerDate Sep<11>2014 change, or within such longer period up to 90 days as the Commission may designate if it finds such longer period to be appropriate and publishes its reasons for so finding, or as to which the self-regulatory organization consents, the Commission will either approve the proposed rule change, disapprove the proposed rule change, or institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule change should be disapproved. The 45th day after publication of the notice for this proposed rule change is January 6, 2020. The Commission is extending this 45day time period. The Commission finds it appropriate to designate a longer period within which to take action on the proposed rule change so that it has sufficient time to consider the proposed rule change. Accordingly, the Commission, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act,5 designates February 20, 2020 as the date by which the Commission shall either approve or disapprove, or institute proceedings to determine whether to disapprove, the proposed rule change (File No. SR–NASDAQ–2019–090). Jkt 250001 [Docket No: SSA–2019–0055] 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, PO 00000 CFR 200.30–3(a)(31). Frm 00118 Fmt 4703 (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– 2019–0055]. 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 February 21, 2020. Individuals can obtain copies of the collection instruments by writing to the above email address. 1. Continuing Disability Review Report—20 CFR 404.1589 & 416.989— 0960–0072. Sections 221(i), 1614(a)(3)(H)(ii)(I) and 1633(c)(1) of the Social Security Act requires SSA to periodically review the cases of individuals who receive benefits under Title II or Title XVI, based on disability, to determine if disability continues. SSA uses Form SSA–454, Continuing Disability Review Report to complete the review for continued disability. SSA considers adults eligible for payment if they continue to be unable to do substantial gainful activity because of their impairments; and we consider Title XVI children eligible for payment if they have marked and severe functional limitations due to their impairments. SSA also uses Form SSA– 454 to obtain information on sources of medical treatment; participation in vocational rehabilitation programs (if any); attempts to work (if any); and the opinions of individuals regarding whether their conditions have improved. The respondents are Title II or Title XVI disability recipients or their representatives. Type of Request: Revision of an OMBapproved information collection. 5 Id. 6 17 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. Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\23DEN1.SGM 23DEN1 70611 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 246 / Monday, December 23, 2019 / Notices Number of respondents Modality of completion Average burden per response (minutes) Frequency of response Average theoretical hourly cost amount (dollars) * Estimated total annual burden (hours) Total annual opportunity cost (dollars) ** SSA–454–BK (Paper version) ................. Electronic Disability Collect System ........ (EDCS) ..................................................... 270,500 1 60 270,500 * $10.22 ** $2,764,510 270,500 1 60 270,500 * 10.22 ** 2,764,510 Totals ................................................ 541,000 ........................ ........................ 541,000 ........................ ** 5,529,020 * We based this figure on average DI payments, as reported in SSA’s disability insurance payment data. ** This figure does not represent actual costs that SSA is imposing on recipients of Social Security payments to complete this application; rather, these are theoretical opportunity costs for the additional time respondents will spend to complete the application. There is no actual charge to respondents to complete the application. 2. Supplemental Security Income (SSI)—Quality Review Case Analysis— 0960–0133. To assess the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program and ensure the accuracy of its payments, SSA conducts legally mandated periodic SSI case analysis quality reviews. SSA uses Form SSA–8508–BK, and the electronic Excel application version, e8505, to conduct these reviews, collecting information on operating efficiency; the quality of underlying policies; and the effect of incorrect payments. SSA also uses the data to determine SSI program payment accuracy rate, which is a performance Number of respondents Modality of completion Average burden per response (minutes) Frequency of response measure for the agency’s service delivery goals. Respondents are the recipients of SSI payments which SSA randomly selects for quality reviews. Type of Request: Revision of an OMBapproved information collection. Average theoretical hourly cost amount (dollars) * Estimated total annual burden (hours) Total annual opportunity cost (dollars) ** SSA–8508–BK (paper interview) ............. e8508 (electronic interview) ..................... 230 4,370 1 1 60 60 230 4,370 * $10.22 * 10.22 ** $2,351 ** 44,661 Totals ................................................ 4,600 ........................ ........................ 4,600 ........................ ** 47,012 * We based this figure on average DI payments, as reported in SSA’s disability insurance payment data. ** This figure does not represent actual costs that SSA is imposing on recipients of Social Security payments to complete this application; rather, these are theoretical opportunity costs for the additional time respondents will spend to complete the application. There is no actual charge to respondents to complete the application. 3. Employer Reports of Special Wage Payments—20 CFR 404.428—404.429— 0960–0565. SSA collects information on the SSA–131 to prevent earnings-related overpayments, and to avoid erroneous withholding of benefits. SSA field offices and program service centers also use Form SSA–131 for awards and postentitlement events requiring special wage payment verification from employers. While we need this information to ensure the correct Modality of completion Paper Version: SSA–131 .............................................................................. (without #6) ................................................................................................... Paper Version: SSA–131 (#6 only) ............................................................... Electronic Version: Business Services Online Special Wage Payments ..... Totals ..................................................................................................... payment of benefits, we do not require employers to respond. The respondents are large and small businesses that make special wage payments to retirees. Type of Request: Revision of an OMBapproved information collection. Number of respondents Frequency of response Average burden per response (minutes) 105,000 1,050 26 106,076 1 1 1 .................... 20 2 5 .................... Estimated total annual burden (hours) 35,000 35 2 35,037 Average theoretical hourly cost amount (dollars) * * $36.65 * 36.65 * 36.65 .................... Total annual opportunity cost (dollars) ** $1,282,750 ** 1,283 ** 73 ** 1,284,106 lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with NOTICES * We based this figure on average Budget Analysts hourly salary, as reported by Bureau of Labor Statistics data. ** This figure does not represent actual costs that SSA is imposing on recipients of Social Security payments to complete this application; rather, these are theoretical opportunity costs for the additional time respondents will spend to complete the application. There is no actual charge to respondents to complete the application. 4. Consent Based Social Security Number Verification Process—20 CFR 400.100—0960–0760. The Consent Based Social Security Number Verification (CBSV) process is a feebased automated Social Security number (SSN) verification service available to private businesses and other requesting parties. To use the system, VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:32 Dec 20, 2019 Jkt 250001 private businesses and requesting parties must register with SSA and obtain valid consent from SSN holders prior to verification. We collect the information to verify if the submitted name and SSN match the information in SSA records. After completing a registration process and paying the fee, the requesting party can use the CBSV PO 00000 Frm 00119 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 process to submit a file containing the names of number holders who gave valid consent, along with each number holder’s accompanying SSN and date of birth (if available) to obtain real-time results using a web service application or SSA’s Business Services Online (BSO) application. SSA matches the information against the SSA master file E:\FR\FM\23DEN1.SGM 23DEN1 70612 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 246 / Monday, December 23, 2019 / Notices of SSNs, using SSN, name, date of birth, and gender code (if available). The requesting party retrieves the results file from SSA, which indicates only a match or no match for each SSN submitted. Under the CBSV process, the requesting party does not submit the consent forms of the number holders to SSA. SSA requires each requesting party to retain a valid consent form for each SSN verification request. The requesting party retains the consent forms in either electronic or paper format. SSA added a strong audit component to ensure the integrity of the CBSV process. At the discretion of the agency, we require audits (called ‘‘compliance reviews’’) with the requesting party paying all audit costs. Independent certified public accounts (CPAs) conduct these reviews to ensure compliance with all the terms and conditions of the party’s agreement with SSA, including a review of the consent forms. CPAs conduct the reviews at the requesting party’s place of business to ensure the integrity of the process. In Number of respondents Requirement Frequency of response Number of responses addition, SSA reserves the right to perform unannounced onsite inspections of the entire process, including review of the technical systems that maintain the data and transaction records. The respondents to the CBSV collection are the participating companies; members of the public who consent to the SSN verification; and CPAs who provide compliance review services. Type of Request: Revision of an OMBapproved information collection. Time Burden Average burden per response (minutes) Estimated total annual burden (hours) Average theoretical hourly cost amount (dollars) * Total annual opportunity cost (dollars) ** Participating Companies Registration process for new participating companies. ............ Creation of file with SSN holder identification data; maintaining required documentation/forms ......................................... Using the system to upload request file, check status, and download results file .............................................................. Storing Consent Forms ............................................................. Activities related to compliance review ..................................... *** 10 1 10 120 20 * $36.98 ** $740 80 **** 251 20,080 60 20,080 * 36.98 ** 742,558 80 80 80 251 251 251 20,080 20,080 20,080 5 60 60 1,673 20,080 20,080 * 36.98 * 36.98 * 36.98 ** 61,868 ** 742,558 ** 742,558 Totals ................................................................................. 330 .................... 80,330 .................... 61,933 .................... ** 2,290,282 Participating Companies Who Opt for External Testing Environment (ETE) ETE Registration Process (includes reviewing and completing ETE User Agreement) ........................................................... Web Service Transactions ........................................................ Reporting Issues Encountered on Web service testing (e.g., reports on application’s reliability) ......................................... Reporting changes in users’ status (e.g., termination or changes in users’ employment status; changes in duties of authorized users) ................................................................... Cancellation of Agreement ........................................................ Dispute Resolution .................................................................... Totals ................................................................................. 30 30 1 50 1 1,500 180 1 90 25 * 36.98 * 36.98 ** 3,328 ** 925 30 50 1,500 1 25 * 36.98 ** 925 30 30 30 1 1 1 1 1 1 60 30 120 30 15 60 * 36.98 * 36.98 * 36.98 ** 1,109 ** 555 ** 2,219 180 .................... 3,004 .................... 245 .................... ** 9,061 People Whose SSNs SSA Will Verify Reading and signing authorization for SSA to release SSN verification (Form SSA–89) ................................................... Responding to CPA re-contact ................................................. 2,500,000 4,000 1 1 2,500,000 4,000 3 5 125,000 333 * 10.22 * 36.98 ** 1,277,500 ** 12,314 Totals ................................................................................. 2,504,000 .................... 2,504,000 .................... 125,333 .................... ** 1,289,814 * We based these figures on average Business and Financial operations occupations hourly salaries, as reported by Bureau of Labor Statistics data, and per average DI payments, as reported in SSA’s disability insurance payment data. ** This figure does not represent actual costs that SSA is imposing on recipients of Social Security payments to complete this application; rather, these are theoretical opportunity costs for the additional time respondents will spend to complete the application. There is no actual charge to respondents to complete the application. *** One-time registration process/approximately 10 new participating companies per year. **** Please note there are 251 Federal business days per year on which a requesting party could submit a file. lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with NOTICES There is one CPA respondent conducting compliance reviews and preparing written reports of findings. The average burden per the 80 responses is 4,800 minutes for a total burden of 6,400 hours annually. Cost Burden The public cost burden is dependent upon the number of companies and transactions per year. In FY 2019, 80 companies enrolled; 80 companies submitted an advance; and 70 actually performed verifications. The cost VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:32 Dec 20, 2019 Jkt 250001 estimates below are based upon 80 participating companies in FY 2019 (includes an average of 10 new companies per year since 2016) submitting a total of 2,500,000 transactions. One-Time Per Company Registration Fee: $5,000. Estimated Per SSN Transaction Fee: $1.00. Estimated Per Company Cost to Store Consent Forms: $300. II. SSA submitted the information collections below to OMB for clearance. PO 00000 Frm 00120 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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 January 22, 2020. 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 E:\FR\FM\23DEN1.SGM 23DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 246 / Monday, December 23, 2019 / Notices paid their employees to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for tax purposes, and separately to SSA for retirement and disability coverage purposes. Employers should report the same figures to SSA and the IRS; however, Modality of completion each year some of the employer wage reports SSA receives show wage amounts lower than those employers report to the IRS. SSA uses Forms SSA– L93–SM, SSA–L94–SM, SSA–95–SM, and SSA–97–SM to ensure employees Number of respondents SSA–95–SM and SSA-97-SM ................. (and accompanying cover letters ............. SSA–L93, L94) ......................................... Average burden per response (minutes) Frequency of response 360,000 1 30 70613 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. Estimated total annual burden (hours) 180,000 Average theoretical hourly cost amount (dollars) * * $22.50 Total annual opportunity cost (dollars) ** ** $4,050,000 * We based this figure on average U.S. citizen’s hourly salary, as reported by Bureau of Labor Statistics data. ** This figure does not represent actual costs that SSA is imposing on recipients of Social Security payments to complete this application; rather, these are theoretical opportunity costs for the additional time respondents will spend to complete the application. There is no actual charge to respondents to complete the application. 2. Request for Proof(s) from Custodian of Records—20 CFR 404.703, 404.704, 404.720, 404.721, 404.723, 404.725, & 404.728—0960–0766. SSA sends Form SSA–L707, Request for Proof(s) from Custodian of Records, to records custodians on behalf of individuals who Modality of completion need help obtaining evidence of death, marriage, or divorce in connection with claims for benefits. SSA uses the information from the SSA–L707 to determine eligibility for benefits. The respondents are records custodians including statistics and religious Number of respondents Average burden per response (minutes) Frequency of response entities, coroners, funeral directors, attending physicians, and State agencies. Type of Request: Revision of an OMBapproved information collection. Estimated total annual burden (hours) Average theoretical hourly cost amount (dollars) * Total annual opportunity cost (dollars) ** State or Local Government ...................... Private Sector .......................................... 94 24 1 1 10 10 16 4 * $18.00 * 37.60 ** $288 ** 150 Totals ................................................ 118 ........................ ........................ 20 ........................ ** 438 * We based these figures on average records custodians in the local/state government, and records custodians in the private sectors hourly salary, as reported by Bureau of Labor Statistics data. ** This figure does not represent actual costs that SSA is imposing on recipients of Social Security payments to complete this application; rather, these are theoretical opportunity costs for the additional time respondents will spend to complete the application. There is no actual charge to respondents to complete the application. Dated: December 18, 2019. Naomi Sipple, Reports Clearance Officer, Social Security Administration. [FR Doc. 2019–27664 Filed 12–20–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4191–02–P OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE [Docket No. USTR–2019–0023] Request for Comments and Notice of a Public Hearing Regarding the 2020 Special 301 Review Office of the United States Trade Representative. ACTION: Request for comments and notice of public hearing. lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: Each year, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) conducts a Special 301 review SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:32 Dec 20, 2019 Jkt 250001 to identify countries that deny adequate and effective protection of intellectual property (IP) rights or deny fair and equitable market access to U.S. persons who rely on IP protection. Based on this review, the United States Trade Representative (Trade Representative) determines which, if any, of these countries to identify as Priority Foreign Countries. USTR requests written comments that identify acts, policies, or practices that may form the basis of a country’s identification as a Priority Foreign Country or placement on the Priority Watch List or Watch List. USTR also requests notices of intent to appear at the public hearing. DATES: February 6, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. EST: Deadline for submission of written comments, hearing statements, and notices of intent to appear at the hearing from the public. February 20, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. EST: Deadline for submission of written PO 00000 Frm 00121 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 comments, hearing statements, and notices of intent to appear at the hearing from foreign governments. February 26, 2020: The Special 301 Subcommittee will hold a public hearing at the Office of the United State Trade Representative, 1724 F Street NW, Rooms 1&2, Washington DC. If necessary, the hearing may continue on the next business day. Those who intend to testify at the public hearing must submit a notice of intent to appear by the deadlines stated above. Please consult the USTR website at https:// ustr.gov/issue-areas/intellectualproperty/Special-301, for confirmation of the date and location and the schedule of witnesses. March 5, 2020 at 11:59pm EST: Deadline for submission of post-hearing written comments from persons who testified at the public hearing. On or about April 30, 2020: USTR will publish the 2020 Special 301 E:\FR\FM\23DEN1.SGM 23DEN1

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SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION

[Docket No: SSA-2019-0055]


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: [email protected]
    (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: [email protected]. 
Or you may submit your comments online through www.regulations.gov, 
referencing Docket ID Number [SSA-2019-0055].
    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 
February 21, 2020. Individuals can obtain copies of the collection 
instruments by writing to the above email address.
    1. Continuing Disability Review Report--20 CFR 404.1589 & 416.989--
0960-0072. Sections 221(i), 1614(a)(3)(H)(ii)(I) and 1633(c)(1) of the 
Social Security Act requires SSA to periodically review the cases of 
individuals who receive benefits under Title II or Title XVI, based on 
disability, to determine if disability continues. SSA uses Form SSA-
454, Continuing Disability Review Report to complete the review for 
continued disability. SSA considers adults eligible for payment if they 
continue to be unable to do substantial gainful activity because of 
their impairments; and we consider Title XVI children eligible for 
payment if they have marked and severe functional limitations due to 
their impairments. SSA also uses Form SSA-454 to obtain information on 
sources of medical treatment; participation in vocational 
rehabilitation programs (if any); attempts to work (if any); and the 
opinions of individuals regarding whether their conditions have 
improved. The respondents are Title II or Title XVI disability 
recipients or their representatives.
    Type of Request: Revision of an OMB-approved information 
collection.

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                                                                                                                              Average
                                                                                          Average burden     Estimated      theoretical    Total annual
                 Modality of completion                      Number of     Frequency of    per response    total annual     hourly cost     opportunity
                                                            respondents      response        (minutes)    burden (hours)      amount      cost (dollars)
                                                                                                                            (dollars) *         **
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SSA-454-BK (Paper version)..............................         270,500               1              60         270,500        * $10.22   ** $2,764,510
Electronic Disability Collect System....................         270,500               1              60         270,500         * 10.22    ** 2,764,510
(EDCS)..................................................
                                                         -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Totals..............................................         541,000  ..............  ..............         541,000  ..............    ** 5,529,020
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* We based this figure on average DI payments, as reported in SSA's disability insurance payment data.
** This figure does not represent actual costs that SSA is imposing on recipients of Social Security payments to complete this application; rather,
  these are theoretical opportunity costs for the additional time respondents will spend to complete the application. There is no actual charge to
  respondents to complete the application.

    2. Supplemental Security Income (SSI)--Quality Review Case 
Analysis--0960-0133. To assess the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) 
program and ensure the accuracy of its payments, SSA conducts legally 
mandated periodic SSI case analysis quality reviews. SSA uses Form SSA-
8508-BK, and the electronic Excel application version, e8505, to 
conduct these reviews, collecting information on operating efficiency; 
the quality of underlying policies; and the effect of incorrect 
payments. SSA also uses the data to determine SSI program payment 
accuracy rate, which is a performance measure for the agency's service 
delivery goals. Respondents are the recipients of SSI payments which 
SSA randomly selects for quality reviews. Type of Request: Revision of 
an OMB-approved information collection.

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                                                                                                                              Average
                                                                                          Average burden     Estimated      theoretical    Total annual
                 Modality of completion                      Number of     Frequency of    per response    total annual     hourly cost     opportunity
                                                            respondents      response        (minutes)    burden (hours)      amount      cost (dollars)
                                                                                                                            (dollars) *         **
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SSA-8508-BK (paper interview)...........................             230               1              60             230        * $10.22       ** $2,351
e8508 (electronic interview)............................           4,370               1              60           4,370         * 10.22       ** 44,661
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    Totals..............................................           4,600  ..............  ..............           4,600  ..............       ** 47,012
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* We based this figure on average DI payments, as reported in SSA's disability insurance payment data.
** This figure does not represent actual costs that SSA is imposing on recipients of Social Security payments to complete this application; rather,
  these are theoretical opportunity costs for the additional time respondents will spend to complete the application. There is no actual charge to
  respondents to complete the application.

    3. Employer Reports of Special Wage Payments--20 CFR 404.428--
404.429--0960-0565. SSA collects information on the SSA-131 to prevent 
earnings-related overpayments, and to avoid erroneous withholding of 
benefits. SSA field offices and program service centers also use Form 
SSA-131 for awards and post-entitlement events requiring special wage 
payment verification from employers. While we need this information to 
ensure the correct payment of benefits, we do not require employers to 
respond. The respondents are large and small businesses that make 
special wage payments to retirees. Type of Request: Revision of an OMB-
approved information collection.

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                                                                                       Average
                                                             Average     Estimated   theoretical   Total annual
                                  Number of    Frequency    burden per     total        hourly      opportunity
     Modality of completion      respondents  of response    response      annual        cost          cost
                                                            (minutes)      burden       amount     (dollars) **
                                                                          (hours)    (dollars) *
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Paper Version: SSA-131.........      105,000            1           20       35,000     * $36.65      $1,282,750
(without #6)...................
Paper Version: SSA-131 (#6             1,050            1            2           35      * 36.65        ** 1,283
 only).........................
Electronic Version: Business              26            1            5            2      * 36.65           ** 73
 Services Online Special Wage
 Payments......................
    Totals.....................      106,076  ...........  ...........       35,037  ...........    ** 1,284,106
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* We based this figure on average Budget Analysts hourly salary, as reported by Bureau of Labor Statistics data.
** This figure does not represent actual costs that SSA is imposing on recipients of Social Security payments to
  complete this application; rather, these are theoretical opportunity costs for the additional time respondents
  will spend to complete the application. There is no actual charge to respondents to complete the application.

    4. Consent Based Social Security Number Verification Process--20 
CFR 400.100--0960-0760. The Consent Based Social Security Number 
Verification (CBSV) process is a fee-based automated Social Security 
number (SSN) verification service available to private businesses and 
other requesting parties. To use the system, private businesses and 
requesting parties must register with SSA and obtain valid consent from 
SSN holders prior to verification. We collect the information to verify 
if the submitted name and SSN match the information in SSA records. 
After completing a registration process and paying the fee, the 
requesting party can use the CBSV process to submit a file containing 
the names of number holders who gave valid consent, along with each 
number holder's accompanying SSN and date of birth (if available) to 
obtain real-time results using a web service application or SSA's 
Business Services Online (BSO) application. SSA matches the information 
against the SSA master file

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of SSNs, using SSN, name, date of birth, and gender code (if 
available). The requesting party retrieves the results file from SSA, 
which indicates only a match or no match for each SSN submitted.
    Under the CBSV process, the requesting party does not submit the 
consent forms of the number holders to SSA. SSA requires each 
requesting party to retain a valid consent form for each SSN 
verification request. The requesting party retains the consent forms in 
either electronic or paper format.
    SSA added a strong audit component to ensure the integrity of the 
CBSV process. At the discretion of the agency, we require audits 
(called ``compliance reviews'') with the requesting party paying all 
audit costs. Independent certified public accounts (CPAs) conduct these 
reviews to ensure compliance with all the terms and conditions of the 
party's agreement with SSA, including a review of the consent forms. 
CPAs conduct the reviews at the requesting party's place of business to 
ensure the integrity of the process. In addition, SSA reserves the 
right to perform unannounced onsite inspections of the entire process, 
including review of the technical systems that maintain the data and 
transaction records. The respondents to the CBSV collection are the 
participating companies; members of the public who consent to the SSN 
verification; and CPAs who provide compliance review services.
    Type of Request: Revision of an OMB-approved information 
collection.

Time Burden

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                                                                                                                                  Average       Total
                                                                                                        Average     Estimated   theoretical     annual
                                                                Number of    Frequency    Number of    burden per     total        hourly    opportunity
                         Requirement                           respondents  of response   responses     response      annual        cost         cost
                                                                                                       (minutes)      burden       amount     (dollars)
                                                                                                                     (hours)    (dollars) *       **
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                                                                 Participating Companies
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Registration process for new participating companies.........       *** 10            1           10          120           20     * $36.98      ** $740
Creation of file with SSN holder identification data;                   80     **** 251       20,080           60       20,080      * 36.98   ** 742,558
 maintaining required documentation/forms....................
Using the system to upload request file, check status, and              80          251       20,080            5        1,673      * 36.98    ** 61,868
 download results file.......................................
Storing Consent Forms........................................           80          251       20,080           60       20,080      * 36.98   ** 742,558
Activities related to compliance review......................           80          251       20,080           60       20,080      * 36.98   ** 742,558
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    Totals...................................................          330  ...........       80,330  ...........       61,933  ...........           **
                                                                                                                                               2,290,282
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                                         Participating Companies Who Opt for External Testing Environment (ETE)
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ETE Registration Process (includes reviewing and completing             30            1            1          180           90      * 36.98     ** 3,328
 ETE User Agreement).........................................
Web Service Transactions.....................................           30           50        1,500            1           25      * 36.98       ** 925
Reporting Issues Encountered on Web service testing (e.g.,              30           50        1,500            1           25      * 36.98       ** 925
 reports on application's reliability).......................
Reporting changes in users' status (e.g., termination or                30            1            1           60           30      * 36.98     ** 1,109
 changes in users' employment status; changes in duties of
 authorized users)...........................................
Cancellation of Agreement....................................           30            1            1           30           15      * 36.98       ** 555
Dispute Resolution...........................................           30            1            1          120           60      * 36.98     ** 2,219
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    Totals...................................................          180  ...........        3,004  ...........          245  ...........     ** 9,061
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                                                            People Whose SSNs SSA Will Verify
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Reading and signing authorization for SSA to release SSN         2,500,000            1    2,500,000            3      125,000      * 10.22           **
 verification (Form SSA-89)..................................                                                                                  1,277,500
Responding to CPA re-contact.................................        4,000            1        4,000            5          333      * 36.98    ** 12,314
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    Totals...................................................    2,504,000  ...........    2,504,000  ...........      125,333  ...........           **
                                                                                                                                               1,289,814
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* We based these figures on average Business and Financial operations occupations hourly salaries, as reported by Bureau of Labor Statistics data, and
  per average DI payments, as reported in SSA's disability insurance payment data.
** This figure does not represent actual costs that SSA is imposing on recipients of Social Security payments to complete this application; rather,
  these are theoretical opportunity costs for the additional time respondents will spend to complete the application. There is no actual charge to
  respondents to complete the application.
*** One-time registration process/approximately 10 new participating companies per year.
**** Please note there are 251 Federal business days per year on which a requesting party could submit a file.

    There is one CPA respondent conducting compliance reviews and 
preparing written reports of findings. The average burden per the 80 
responses is 4,800 minutes for a total burden of 6,400 hours annually.

Cost Burden

    The public cost burden is dependent upon the number of companies 
and transactions per year. In FY 2019, 80 companies enrolled; 80 
companies submitted an advance; and 70 actually performed 
verifications. The cost estimates below are based upon 80 participating 
companies in FY 2019 (includes an average of 10 new companies per year 
since 2016) submitting a total of 2,500,000 transactions.
    One-Time Per Company Registration Fee: $5,000.
    Estimated Per SSN Transaction Fee: $1.00.
    Estimated Per Company Cost to Store Consent Forms: $300.
    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 January 22, 2020. Individuals can obtain copies of 
the OMB clearance packages by writing to [email protected].
    1. Missing and Discrepant Wage Reports Letter and Questionnaire--26 
CFR 31.6051-2--0960-0432. Each year employers report the wage amounts 
they

[[Page 70613]]

paid their employees to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for tax 
purposes, and separately to SSA for retirement and disability coverage 
purposes. Employers should report the same figures to SSA and the IRS; 
however, each year some of the employer wage reports SSA receives show 
wage amounts lower than those 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
                                                                                              Average        Estimated      theoretical    Total annual
                 Modality of  completion                     Number of     Frequency  of    burden per     total annual     hourly cost     opportunity
                                                            respondents      response        response         burden          amount           cost
                                                                                             (minutes)        (hours)       (dollars) *    (dollars) **
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SSA-95-SM and SSA[dash]97[dash]SM.......................         360,000               1              30         180,000        * $22.50   ** $4,050,000
(and accompanying cover letters.........................
SSA-L93, L94)...........................................
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* We based this figure on average U.S. citizen's hourly salary, as reported by Bureau of Labor Statistics data.
**
This figure does not represent actual costs that SSA is imposing on recipients of Social Security payments to complete this application; rather, these
  are theoretical opportunity costs for the additional time respondents will spend to complete the application. There is no actual charge to respondents
  to complete the application.

    2. Request for Proof(s) from Custodian of Records--20 CFR 404.703, 
404.704, 404.720, 404.721, 404.723, 404.725, & 404.728--0960-0766. SSA 
sends Form SSA-L707, Request for Proof(s) from Custodian of Records, to 
records custodians on behalf of individuals who need help obtaining 
evidence of death, marriage, or divorce in connection with claims for 
benefits. SSA uses the information from the SSA-L707 to determine 
eligibility for benefits. The respondents are records custodians 
including statistics and religious entities, coroners, funeral 
directors, attending physicians, and State agencies.
    Type of Request: Revision of an OMB-approved information 
collection.

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                                                                                                                              Average
                                                                                              Average        Estimated      theoretical    Total annual
                 Modality of  completion                     Number of     Frequency  of    burden per     total annual     hourly cost     opportunity
                                                            respondents      response        response         burden          amount           cost
                                                                                             (minutes)        (hours)       (dollars) *    (dollars) **
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State or Local Government...............................              94               1              10              16        * $18.00         ** $288
Private Sector..........................................              24               1              10               4         * 37.60          ** 150
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    Totals..............................................             118  ..............  ..............              20  ..............          ** 438
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* We based these figures on average records custodians in the local/state government, and records custodians in the private sectors hourly salary, as
  reported by Bureau of Labor Statistics data.
** This figure does not represent actual costs that SSA is imposing on recipients of Social Security payments to complete this application; rather,
  these are theoretical opportunity costs for the additional time respondents will spend to complete the application. There is no actual charge to
  respondents to complete the application.


    Dated: December 18, 2019.
Naomi Sipple,
Reports Clearance Officer, Social Security Administration.
[FR Doc. 2019-27664 Filed 12-20-19; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 4191-02-P