Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request, 37996-38000 [2020-13583]

Download as PDF 37996 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 122 / Wednesday, June 24, 2020 / Notices (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number 59008) Jovita Carranza, Administrator. [FR Doc. 2020–13518 Filed 6–23–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8026–03–P SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION [Docket No: SSA–2020–0028] Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request The Social Security Administration (SSA) publishes a list of information collection packages requiring clearance by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in compliance with Public Law 104–13, the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, effective October 1, 1995. This notice includes revisions of OMB-approved information collections. SSA is soliciting comments on the accuracy of the agency’s burden estimate; the need for the information; its practical utility; ways to enhance its quality, utility, and clarity; and ways to minimize burden on respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Mail, email, or fax your comments and recommendations on the information collection(s) to the OMB Desk Officer and SSA Reports Clearance Officer at the following addresses or fax numbers. (OMB) Office of Management and Budget, Attn: Desk Officer for SSA, Fax: 202–395–6974, Email address: OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov (SSA) Social Security Administration, OLCA, Attn: Reports Clearance Director, 3100 West High Rise, 6401 Security Blvd., Baltimore, MD 21235, Fax: 410–966–2830, Email address: OR.Reports.Clearance@ssa.gov Or you may submit your comments online through www.regulations.gov, referencing Docket ID Number [SSA– 2020–0028]. 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 August 24, 2020. Individuals can obtain copies of the collection instruments by writing to the above email address. 1. Marriage Certification—20 CFR 404.725–0960–0009. Sections 202(b) and 202(c) of the Social Security Act (Act) stipulate that every spouse of an individual entitled to Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) benefits is entitled to a spouse benefit if the wife or husband, in addition to meeting the entitlement requirements, meets the relationship criteria in Section 216(h)(1)(A) and (B) of the Act. SSA uses Form SSA–3 to determine if a spouse claimant has the necessary relationship to the Social Security number holder (i.e., the worker) to qualify for the worker’s OASDI benefits. The respondents are applicants for spouse’s OASDI benefits. 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) Average theoretical hourly cost amount (dollars) * Average wait time in field office (minutes) ** Total annual opportunity cost (dollars) *** SSA–3 ....................................................................................... 62,342 1 5 5,195 * $25.72 ** 24 *** $774,995 * We based this figures on average U.S. citizen’s hourly salary, as reported by Bureau of Labor Statistics data (https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_stru.htm). ** We based this figure on the average FY 2020 wait times for field offices, based on SSA’s current management information 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. Farm Arrangement Questionnaire— 20 CFR 404.1082(c)–0960–0064. When self-employed workers submit earnings data to SSA, they cannot count rental income from a farm unless they demonstrate ‘‘material participation’’ in the farm’s operation. A material participation arrangement means the farm owners must perform a combination of physical duties, management decisions, and capital investment in the farm they are renting out. SSA uses Form SSA–7157, the Farm Arrangement Questionnaire, to document material participation. The respondents are workers who are renting farmland to others; are involved in the operation of the farm; and want to claim countable income from work they perform relating to the farm. 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) Average theoretical hourly cost amount (dollars) * Average wait time in field office (minutes) ** Total annual opportunity cost (dollars) *** SSA–7157 ................................................................................. 662 1 30 331 * $38.63 ** 24 *** $23,023 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES * We based this figures on average Farmer’s hourly salary, as reported by Bureau of Labor Statistics data (https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nat.htm). ** We based this figure on the average FY 2020 wait times for field offices, based on SSA’s current management information 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. 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:20 Jun 23, 2020 Jkt 250001 related to the accuracy of payments made under 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 explore as part of the Annual Quality review. SSA uses Forms SSA– PO 00000 Frm 00177 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 2930, SSA–2931, and SSA–2935 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 E:\FR\FM\24JNN1.SGM 24JNN1 37997 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 122 / Wednesday, June 24, 2020 / Notices 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 25% percent of respondents have inperson reviews and receive one of the following appointment letters: (1) Form SSA–L8550–U3 (Appointment Letter— Sample Individual); (2) Form SSA– L8551–U3 (Appointment Letter— Sample Family); or (3) Form SSA– L8552–U3 (Appointment Letter—Rep Payee). Seventy-five percent of respondents receive a notice for a telephone review using Form SSA– L8553–U3 (Beneficiary Telephone Contact) or Form SSA–L8554–U3 (Rep Payee Telephone Contact). To help the beneficiary prepare for the interview, we include three forms with each notice: (1) Form SSA–85 (Information Needed to Review Your Social Security Claim) lists the information the beneficiary will need to gather for the interview; (2) Form SSA–2935 (Authorization to the Social Security Administration to Obtain Personal Information) verifies the beneficiary’s correct payment amount, if necessary; and (3) Form 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. Average burden per response (minutes) Estimated total annual burden (hours) Number of respondents Frequency of response 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 4,970 705 2,350 3,850 2,350 800 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 ................................................................................. 18,215 .................... .................... 2,525 Modality of completion Average theoretical hourly cost amount (dollars) * Average wait time in field office (minutes) ** Total annual opportunity cost (dollars) *** * $10.22 * 10.22 * 10.22 * 10.22 * 10.22 * 10.22 * 10.22 * 10.22 * 10.22 * 10.22 * 10.22 * 10.22 ** 24 ** 24 ** 24 ** 24 ** 24 ** 24 ** 24 ** 24 ** 24 ** 24 ** 24 ** 24 *** $13,797 *** 7,818 *** 1,880 *** 1,901 *** 470 *** 174 *** 24,548 *** 3,485 *** 11,610 *** 19,019 *** 11,610 *** 3,955 .................... .................... *** 100,267 * We based these figures on average DI hourly wages based on SSA’s current FY 2019 data (https://www.ssa.gov/legislation/2019%20Fact%20Sheet.pdf). ** We based this figure on the average FY 2020 wait times for field offices, based on SSA’s current management information 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. Claimant’s Work Background—20 CFR 404.1512(a); 404.1520(a)(4); 404.1565(b); 416.912(a); 416.920(a)(4); 416.965(b)–0960–0300. Sections 205(a) and 1631(e) of the Act provide the Commissioner of Social Security with the authority to establish procedures for determining if a claimant is entitled to disability benefits. The administrative law judge (ALJ) may ask individuals to provide background information on Form HA–4633 about work they performed in the past 15 years. When a Average burden per response (minutes) provide a reference for the ALJ to discuss the claimant’s work history. The ALJ makes the completed Form HA– 4633 part of the documentary evidence of record. The respondents are claimants for disability benefits under Title II or Title XVI who requested a hearing before an ALJ after SSA denied their application for disability payments. Type of Request: Revision to an OMBapproved information collection. Average theoretical hourly cost amount (dollars) * Estimated total annual burden (hours) Average wait time in field office (minutes) ** Total annual opportunity cost (dollars) *** Number of respondents Frequency of response HA–4633—PDF/paper version ........................................ Electronic Records Express Submissions ...................... 53,200 136,800 1 1 15 15 13,300 34,200 * $10.22 * 25.72 ** 24 0 *** $353,408 *** 879,624 Totals ....................................................................... 190,000 .................... .................... 47,500 .................... .................... *** 1,233,032 Modality of completion jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES claimant requests a hearing before an ALJ to establish an entitlement to disability benefits, the ALJ may request that the claimant provide a work history to assist the ALJ in fully inquiring into issues related to the disability. The ALJ uses the information collected from the claimants on Form HA–4633 to: (1) Identify the claimant’s relevant work history; (2) decide if SSA requires expert vocational testimony and, if so, have a vocational expert available to testify during the hearing; and (3) * We based these figures on average DI hourly wages based on SSA’s current FY 2019 data (https://www.ssa.gov/legislation/2019%20Fact%20Sheet.pdf); and on average U.S. citizen’s hourly salary, as reported by Bureau of Labor Statistics data (https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_stru.htm). ** We based this figure on the average FY 2020 wait times for field offices, based on SSA’s current management information 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. 5. Letter to Landlord Requesting Rental Information—20 CFR 416.1130(b)–0960–0454. SSA uses Form SSA–L5061 to obtain rental subsidy VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:20 Jun 23, 2020 Jkt 250001 information, which enables SSA to determine and verify an income value for such subsidies. SSA uses this income value as part of determining PO 00000 Frm 00178 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 eligibility for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and establishing the correct amount of SSI payable to the claimant. SSA bases an individual’s E:\FR\FM\24JNN1.SGM 24JNN1 37998 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 122 / Wednesday, June 24, 2020 / Notices eligibility for SSI payments, in part, on the amount of countable income the individual receives. Income includes inkind support and maintenance in the form of room or rent, such as a subsidized rental arrangement. SSA requires claimants to assist in obtaining this information to prevent a delay or overpayment with their SSI payments. We collect this information only if the SSI applicant or recipient is the parent or child of the landlord (respondent). signs, and returns the form to the claims representative. Upon receipt, the claims representative documents the information in the SSI Claims System or, for non-SSI Claims System cases, faxes the form into the appropriate electronic folder and shreds the paper form. The respondents are landlords related to the SSI beneficiaries as a parent or child. Type of Request: Revision of an OMBapproved information collection. For most respondents, we collect this information once per year, or less, via telephone or face-to-face personal interview. The claims representative records the information in our SSI Claims Systems, and we require verbal attestation in lieu of a wet signature. However, if the claims representative is unable to contact the respondent via the telephone or face-to-face, we print and mail a paper form to the respondent for completion. The respondent completes, Modality of completion Number of respondents Frequency of response Average burden per response (minutes) Estimated total annual burden (hours) Average theoretical hourly cost amount (dollars) * Average wait time in field office (minutes) ** Total annual opportunity cost (dollars) *** SSA–L5061 ..................................................................... 71,280 1 10 11,880 * $25.72 ** 24 **** $1,038,883 * We based this figures on average U.S. citizen’s hourly salary, as reported by Bureau of Labor Statistics data (https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_stru.htm). ** We based this figure on the average FY 2020 wait times for field offices, based on SSA’s current management information 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. 6. Marital Relationship Questionnaire—20 CFR 416.1826–0960– 0460. SSA uses Form SSA–4178, Marital Relationship Questionnaire, to determine if unrelated individuals of the opposite sex who live together are misrepresenting themselves as husband and wife. SSA needs this information to determine whether we are making correct payments to couples and individuals applying for, or currently receiving, SSI payments. The Average burden per response (minutes) respondents are applicants for, and recipients of, SSI payments. Type of Request: Revision of an OMBapproved information collection. Average theoretical hourly cost amount (dollars) * Estimated total annual burden (hours) Average wait time in field office (minutes) ** Total annual opportunity cost (dollars) *** Number of respondents Frequency of response SSI Claims System ......................................................... SSA–4178 ....................................................................... 1,275 3,825 1 1 5 5 106 319 * $10.22 * 10.22 ** 24 ** 24 *** $6,296 *** 18,897 Totals ....................................................................... 5,100 .................... .................... 425 .................... .................... *** 25,192 Modality of completion * We based these figures on average DI hourly wages based on SSA’s current FY 2019 data (https://www.ssa.gov/legislation/2019%20Fact%20Sheet.pdf). ** We based this figure on the average FY 2020 wait times for field offices, based on SSA’s current management information 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. 7. Questionnaire for Children Claiming SSI Benefits—20 CFR 416.912(a)–0960–0499. Sections 1614 and 1631 of the Act allow SSA to determine the eligibility of an applicant’s claim for SSI payments. Parents or legal guardians seeking to obtain or retain SSI eligibility for their Average burden per response (minutes) for SSI. The respondents are the parents, guardians, or other caretakers of: (1) Applicants who appeal SSI childhood disability decisions; or (2) recipients undergoing a continuing disability review. Type of Request: Revision of an OMBapproved information collection. Average theoretical hourly cost amount (dollars) * Estimated total annual burden (hours) Average wait time in field office (minutes) ** Total annual opportunity cost (dollars) *** Number of respondents Frequency of response SSA–3881–BK (Paper Version) ...................................... SSA–3881–BK (Intranet Version) ................................... 81,250 43,750 1 1 30 30 40,625 21,875 * $25.72 * 25.72 ** 24 ** 24 *** $1,880,775 *** 1,012,725 Totals ....................................................................... 125,000 .................... .................... 62,500 .................... .................... *** 2,893,500 Modality of completion jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES children use Form SSA–3881–BK to provide SSA with the addresses of nonmedical sources such as schools, counselors, agencies, organizations, or therapists who would have information about a child’s functioning. SSA uses this information to help determine a child’s claim or continuing eligibility * We based this figures on average U.S. citizen’s hourly salary, as reported by Bureau of Labor Statistics data (https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_stru.htm). ** We based this figure on the average FY 2020 wait times for field offices, based on SSA’s current management information 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. 8. Social Security Administration Eligible Non-Attorney Representative— VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:20 Jun 23, 2020 Jkt 250001 20 CFR 404.1717, 404.1745–404.1799, 416.1517, and 416.1545–416.1599– PO 00000 Frm 00179 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 0960–0699. Section 3 of the Social Security Disability Applicants’ Access E:\FR\FM\24JNN1.SGM 24JNN1 37999 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 122 / Wednesday, June 24, 2020 / Notices to Professional Representation Act of 2010, Public Law 111–142, permanently extends the direct payment provision of Section 303 of the Social Security Protection Act (SSPA) of 2004, Public Law 108–203. The law permits SSA to extend direct payment of approved fees from claimants’ past-due benefits to certain non-attorney representatives. Prior to the enactment of the SSPA and Professional Representation Act, only attorneys could receive direct payment of SSA-approved fees. Under the Professional Representation Act, nonattorneys must meet certain prerequisites to be eligible for direct payment of fees. These prerequisites include: (1) A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education, or four years of relevant professional experience and a high school diploma or General Education Development certificate; (2) passing a written examination administered by SSA testing the knowledge of relevant provisions of the Act under Titles II and XVI; (3) securing and maintaining continuous professional liability insurance, or equivalent, to protect claimants from malpractice; (4) passing a criminal background check; and (5) demonstrating ongoing completion of continuing education courses. The Professional Representation Act requires SSA to collect the information needed to determine if applicants have satisfied these prerequisites. SSA uses the information we collect on Form SSA– 1691 to determine whether an applicant has fulfilled the statutory prerequisites Modality of completion New Respondents—Paper Application (complete and submit)—404.1717(b)&(c); 416.1517(b)&(c) ............................... New Respondents Examination—404.1717(a)(5); 416.1517(a)(5) ....................................................................... New Respondents—Submission of proof of Bachelor’s Degree or Equivalent Qualifications—404.1717(a)(3); 416.1517(a)(3) ....................................................................... New and Existing Respondents—CE Submission via email/ mail/or FAX of training courses taken as prescribed by SSA—404.1717(a)(7); 416.1517(a)(7) .................................. New and Existing Respondents—Proof of Continuous Professional or Business Liability Insurance Coverage (Scan and Email)—404.1717(a)(6); 416.1517(a)(6) ............................... New and Existing Respondents—Proof of Continuous Professional or Business Liability Insurance Coverage (Copy and Mail)—404.1717(a)(6); 416.1517(a)(6) .................................. New and Existing Respondents—Written Protests— 404.1717(d); 416.1517(d) ...................................................... Totals ................................................................................. Average burden per response (minutes) and regulatory requirements as listed above. To verify this information, we also request the five required items listed above from each new applicant, and we request items #3 and #5 from all non-attorney representatives (new and existing) on a yearly basis. Every year, SSA evaluates the applications; conducts verification investigations; and issues recommendations regarding applicants’ eligibility to sit for the examination and eligibility to receive direct payment. The respondents are non-attorneys who want to receive direct payment of their fees for representational services before SSA. Type of Request: Revision of an OMBapproved information collection. Estimated total annual burden (hours) Average theoretical hourly cost amount (dollars) * Average wait time in field office (minutes) ** Total annual opportunity cost (dollars) *** * $26.45 ** 24 *** $14,230 920 * 26.45 ** 24 *** 29,201 10 76 * 26.45 ** 24 *** 6,851 1 20 458 * 26.45 ** 24 *** 26,662 1,099 1 10 183 * 26.45 ** 24 *** 45,547 275 1 15 69 * 26.45 ** 24 *** 4,735 45 1 45 34 * 26.45 ** 24 *** 1,375 4,179 .................... .................... 2,091 .................... .................... *** 128,511 Number of respondents Frequency of response 468 1 45 351 460 1 120 458 1 1,374 * We based these figures on average Paralegal’s hourly salary, as reported by Bureau of Labor Statistics data (https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nat.htm). ** We based this figure on the average FY 2020 wait times for field offices, based on SSA’s current management information 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. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES II. SSA submitted the information collection below to OMB for clearance. Your comments regarding this information collection 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 July 24, 2020. Individuals can obtain copies of the OMB clearance package by writing to OR.Reports.Clearance@ ssa.gov. Authorization to Obtain Earnings Data From the Social Security VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:20 Jun 23, 2020 Jkt 250001 Administration—0960–0602. On occasion, public and private organizations and agencies need to obtain detailed earnings information about specific Social Security number (SSN) holding wage earners for business purposes (e.g., pension funds and State agencies). Respondents use Form SSA– 581 to identify the SSN holder whose information they are requesting, and provide authorization from the SSN holder, when applicable. SSA uses the information provided on Form SSA–581 PO 00000 Frm 00180 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 to: (1) Identify the wage earner; (2) establish the period of earnings information requested; (3) verify the wage earner authorized SSA to release this information to the requesting party; and (4) produce the Itemized Statement of Earnings (SSA–1826). The respondents are private businesses, state or local agencies, and other federal agencies. Type of Request: Revision of an OMBapproved information collection. E:\FR\FM\24JNN1.SGM 24JNN1 38000 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 122 / Wednesday, June 24, 2020 / Notices Modality of completion Number of respondents Frequency of response Average burden per response (minutes) Estimated total annual burden (hours) Average theoretical hourly cost amount (dollars) * Average wait time in field office (minutes) ** Total annual opportunity cost (dollars) *** SSA–581 ................................................................................... 24,000 1 2 800 * $33.58 ** 24 *** $349,232 * We based this figure on average Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists hourly salary, as reported by Bureau of Labor Statistics data (https:// www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes131141.htm). ** We based this figure on the average FY 2020 wait times for field offices, based on SSA’s current management information 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: June 19, 2020. Naomi Sipple, Reports Clearance Officer, Social Security Administration. [FR Doc. 2020–13583 Filed 6–23–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4191–02–P DEPARTMENT OF STATE [Public Notice 11143] 30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Annual Report—J– NONIMMIGRANT Exchange Visitor Program Notice of request for public comment and submission to OMB of proposed collection of information. ACTION: The Department of State has submitted the information collection described below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 we are requesting comments on this collection from all interested individuals and organizations. The purpose of this notice is to allow 30 days for public comment. DATES: Submit comments up to July 24, 2020. ADDRESSES: Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to www.reginfo.gov/public/do/ PRAMain. Find this particular information collection by selecting ‘‘Currently under 30-day Review—Open for Public Comments’’ or by using the search function. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Direct requests for additional information regarding the collection listed in this notice, including requests for copies of the proposed collection instrument and supporting documents, to G. Kevin Saba, who may be reached on (202) 634–4710 or at JExchanges@ state.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: • Title of Information Collection: Annual Report—J–NONIMMIGRANT Exchange Visitor Program. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:20 Jun 23, 2020 Jkt 250001 • OMB Control Number: 1405–0151. • Type of Request: Revision of a Currently Approved Collection. • Originating Office: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of Private Sector Exchange, ECA/EC. • Form Number: Form DS–3097. • Respondents: Designated J– NONIMMIGRANT program sponsors. • Estimated Number of Respondents: 1,500. • Estimated Number of Responses: 1,500. • Average Hours per Response: 2 hours. • Total Estimated Burden: 3,000 hours. • Frequency: Annually. • Obligation to Respond: Required to Obtain or Retain Benefits. We are soliciting public comments to permit the Department to: • Evaluate whether the proposed information collection is necessary for the proper functions of the Department. • Evaluate the accuracy of our estimate of the time and cost burden for this proposed collection, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used. • Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected. • Minimize the reporting burden on those who are to respond, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Abstract of Proposed Collection Annual reports from designated program sponsors assist the Department in oversight and administration of the J– NONIMMIGRANT Exchange Visitor Program. The reports provide qualitative data on the number of exchange participants an organization sponsored annually per category of exchange. The reports also provide a summary of the activities in which exchange visitors were engaged and indicate information about program effectiveness. Program sponsors include government agencies, academic institutions, and private sector not-for-profit and for-profit entities. PO 00000 Frm 00181 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Methodology Annual reports are completed through the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) and then printed and signed by a sponsor official, and sent to the Department by email, mail, or fax. Zachary Parker, Director. [FR Doc. 2020–13591 Filed 6–23–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710–05–P OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE Notice of Product Exclusion and Amendments: China’s Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation Office of the United States Trade Representative. ACTION: Notice of product exclusion and amendments. AGENCY: In September 2018, the U.S. Trade Representative imposed additional duties on goods of China with an annual trade value of approximately $200 billion as part of the action in the Section 301 investigation of China’s acts, policies, and practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation. The U.S. Trade Representative initiated a product exclusion process in June 2019, and interested persons have submitted requests for the exclusion of specific products. This notice announces the U.S. Trade Representative’s determination to grant an additional exclusion request, as specified in the Annex to this notice, and corrects technical errors in previously announced exclusions. DATES: The product exclusions announced in this notice will apply as of September 24, 2018, the effective date of the $200 billion action, and extend to August 7, 2020. The amendments announced in this notice are retroactive to the date that the original exclusions were published. 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SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION

[Docket No: SSA-2020-0028]


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-2020-0028].
    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 
August 24, 2020. Individuals can obtain copies of the collection 
instruments by writing to the above email address.
    1. Marriage Certification--20 CFR 404.725-0960-0009. Sections 
202(b) and 202(c) of the Social Security Act (Act) stipulate that every 
spouse of an individual entitled to Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability 
Insurance (OASDI) benefits is entitled to a spouse benefit if the wife 
or husband, in addition to meeting the entitlement requirements, meets 
the relationship criteria in Section 216(h)(1)(A) and (B) of the Act. 
SSA uses Form SSA-3 to determine if a spouse claimant has the necessary 
relationship to the Social Security number holder (i.e., the worker) to 
qualify for the worker's OASDI benefits. The respondents are applicants 
for spouse's OASDI benefits.
    Type of Request: Revision of an OMB-approved information 
collection.

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                                                                                                                   Average                  Total annual
                                                                                       Average      Estimated    theoretical  Average wait   opportunity
                Modality of completion                    Number of   Frequency of   burden per   total annual   hourly cost     time in        cost
                                                         respondents    response      response       burden        amount     field office    (dollars)
                                                                                      (minutes)      (hours)     (dollars) *  (minutes) **       ***
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SSA-3.................................................       62,342             1             5         5,195      * $25.72         ** 24   *** $774,995
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* We based this figures on average U.S. citizen's hourly salary, as reported by Bureau of Labor Statistics data (https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_stru.htm).
** We based this figure on the average FY 2020 wait times for field offices, based on SSA's current management information 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. Farm Arrangement Questionnaire--20 CFR 404.1082(c)-0960-0064. 
When self-employed workers submit earnings data to SSA, they cannot 
count rental income from a farm unless they demonstrate ``material 
participation'' in the farm's operation. A material participation 
arrangement means the farm owners must perform a combination of 
physical duties, management decisions, and capital investment in the 
farm they are renting out. SSA uses Form SSA-7157, the Farm Arrangement 
Questionnaire, to document material participation. The respondents are 
workers who are renting farmland to others; are involved in the 
operation of the farm; and want to claim countable income from work 
they perform relating to the farm.
    Type of Request: Revision of an OMB-approved information 
collection.

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                                                                                                                   Average                  Total annual
                                                                                       Average      Estimated    theoretical  Average wait   opportunity
                Modality of completion                    Number of   Frequency of   burden per   total annual   hourly cost     time in        cost
                                                         respondents    response      response       burden        amount     field office    (dollars)
                                                                                      (minutes)      (hours)     (dollars) *  (minutes) **       ***
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SSA-7157..............................................          662             1            30           331      * $38.63         ** 24   *** $23,023
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* We based this figures on average Farmer's hourly salary, as reported by Bureau of Labor Statistics data (https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nat.htm).
** We based this figure on the average FY 2020 wait times for field offices, based on SSA's current management information 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. 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 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 explore as part of the Annual 
Quality review. SSA uses Forms SSA-2930, SSA-2931, and SSA-2935 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

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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 25% percent of respondents have in-person reviews and receive one 
of the following appointment letters: (1) Form SSA-L8550-U3 
(Appointment Letter--Sample Individual); (2) Form SSA-L8551-U3 
(Appointment Letter--Sample Family); or (3) Form SSA-L8552-U3 
(Appointment Letter--Rep Payee). Seventy-five percent of respondents 
receive a notice for a telephone review using Form SSA-L8553-U3 
(Beneficiary Telephone Contact) or Form SSA-L8554-U3 (Rep Payee 
Telephone Contact). To help the beneficiary prepare for the interview, 
we include three forms with each notice: (1) Form SSA-85 (Information 
Needed to Review Your Social Security Claim) lists the information the 
beneficiary will need to gather for the interview; (2) Form SSA-2935 
(Authorization to the Social Security Administration to Obtain Personal 
Information) verifies the beneficiary's correct payment amount, if 
necessary; and (3) Form 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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                                                                                                                                  Average       Total
                                                                                           Average     Estimated     Average     wait time      annual
                                                                Number of    Frequency    burden per     total     theoretical    in field   opportunity
                    Modality of completion                     respondents  of response    response      annual    hourly cost     office        cost
                                                                                          (minutes)      burden       amount     (minutes)    (dollars)
                                                                                                        (hours)    (dollars) *       **          ***
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SSA-2930.....................................................        1,500            1           30          750     * $10.22        ** 24  *** $13,797
SSA-2931.....................................................          850            1           30          425      * 10.22        ** 24    *** 7,818
SSA-4659.....................................................          325            1           10           54      * 10.22        ** 24    *** 1,880
SSA-L8550-U3.................................................          385            1            5           32      * 10.22        ** 24    *** 1,901
SSA-L8551-U3.................................................           95            1            5            8      * 10.22        ** 24      *** 470
SSA-L8552-U3.................................................           35            1            5            3      * 10.22        ** 24      *** 174
SSA-L8553-U3.................................................        4,970            1            5          414      * 10.22        ** 24   *** 24,548
SSA-L8554-U3.................................................          705            1            5           59      * 10.22        ** 24    *** 3,485
SSA-8552.....................................................        2,350            1            5          196      * 10.22        ** 24   *** 11,610
SSA-85.......................................................        3,850            1            5          321      * 10.22        ** 24   *** 19,019
SSA-2935.....................................................        2,350            1            5          196      * 10.22        ** 24   *** 11,610
SSA-8510 (also saved under OMB No. 0960[dash]0707)...........          800            1            5           67      * 10.22        ** 24    *** 3,955
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    Totals...................................................       18,215  ...........  ...........        2,525  ...........  ...........  *** 100,267
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* We based these figures on average DI hourly wages based on SSA's current FY 2019 data (https://www.ssa.gov/legislation/2019%20Fact%20Sheet.pdf).
** We based this figure on the average FY 2020 wait times for field offices, based on SSA's current management information 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. Claimant's Work Background--20 CFR 404.1512(a); 404.1520(a)(4); 
404.1565(b); 416.912(a); 416.920(a)(4); 416.965(b)-0960-0300. Sections 
205(a) and 1631(e) of the Act provide the Commissioner of Social 
Security with the authority to establish procedures for determining if 
a claimant is entitled to disability benefits. The administrative law 
judge (ALJ) may ask individuals to provide background information on 
Form HA-4633 about work they performed in the past 15 years. When a 
claimant requests a hearing before an ALJ to establish an entitlement 
to disability benefits, the ALJ may request that the claimant provide a 
work history to assist the ALJ in fully inquiring into issues related 
to the disability. The ALJ uses the information collected from the 
claimants on Form HA-4633 to: (1) Identify the claimant's relevant work 
history; (2) decide if SSA requires expert vocational testimony and, if 
so, have a vocational expert available to testify during the hearing; 
and (3) provide a reference for the ALJ to discuss the claimant's work 
history. The ALJ makes the completed Form HA-4633 part of the 
documentary evidence of record. The respondents are claimants for 
disability benefits under Title II or Title XVI who requested a hearing 
before an ALJ after SSA denied their application for disability 
payments.
    Type of Request: Revision to an OMB-approved information 
collection.

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                                                                                                                            Average
                                                                                     Average     Estimated     Average     wait time
                                                          Number of    Frequency    burden per     total     theoretical    in field      Total annual
                 Modality of completion                  respondents  of response    response      annual    hourly cost     office     opportunity cost
                                                                                    (minutes)      burden       amount     (minutes)     (dollars) ***
                                                                                                  (hours)    (dollars) *       **
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HA-4633--PDF/paper version.............................       53,200            1           15       13,300     * $10.22        ** 24       *** $353,408
Electronic Records Express Submissions.................      136,800            1           15       34,200      * 25.72            0        *** 879,624
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    Totals.............................................      190,000  ...........  ...........       47,500  ...........  ...........      *** 1,233,032
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* We based these figures on average DI hourly wages based on SSA's current FY 2019 data (https://www.ssa.gov/legislation/2019%20Fact%20Sheet.pdf); and
  on average U.S. citizen's hourly salary, as reported by Bureau of Labor Statistics data (https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_stru.htm).
** We based this figure on the average FY 2020 wait times for field offices, based on SSA's current management information 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.

    5. Letter to Landlord Requesting Rental Information--20 CFR 
416.1130(b)-0960-0454. SSA uses Form SSA-L5061 to obtain rental subsidy 
information, which enables SSA to determine and verify an income value 
for such subsidies. SSA uses this income value as part of determining 
eligibility for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and establishing the 
correct amount of SSI payable to the claimant. SSA bases an 
individual's

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eligibility for SSI payments, in part, on the amount of countable 
income the individual receives. Income includes in-kind support and 
maintenance in the form of room or rent, such as a subsidized rental 
arrangement. SSA requires claimants to assist in obtaining this 
information to prevent a delay or overpayment with their SSI payments. 
We collect this information only if the SSI applicant or recipient is 
the parent or child of the landlord (respondent). For most respondents, 
we collect this information once per year, or less, via telephone or 
face-to-face personal interview. The claims representative records the 
information in our SSI Claims Systems, and we require verbal 
attestation in lieu of a wet signature. However, if the claims 
representative is unable to contact the respondent via the telephone or 
face-to-face, we print and mail a paper form to the respondent for 
completion. The respondent completes, signs, and returns the form to 
the claims representative. Upon receipt, the claims representative 
documents the information in the SSI Claims System or, for non-SSI 
Claims System cases, faxes the form into the appropriate electronic 
folder and shreds the paper form. The respondents are landlords related 
to the SSI beneficiaries as a parent or child.
    Type of Request: Revision of an OMB-approved information 
collection.

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                                                                                                             Average
                                                                                 Average      Estimated    theoretical  Average wait     Total annual
             Modality of completion                 Number of   Frequency of   burden per   total annual   hourly cost     time in     opportunity cost
                                                   respondents    response      response       burden        amount     field office     (dollars) ***
                                                                                (minutes)      (hours)     (dollars) *  (minutes) **
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SSA-L5061.......................................       71,280             1            10        11,880      * $25.72         ** 24     **** $1,038,883
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* We based this figures on average U.S. citizen's hourly salary, as reported by Bureau of Labor Statistics data (https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_stru.htm).
** We based this figure on the average FY 2020 wait times for field offices, based on SSA's current management information 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.

    6. Marital Relationship Questionnaire--20 CFR 416.1826-0960-0460. 
SSA uses Form SSA-4178, Marital Relationship Questionnaire, to 
determine if unrelated individuals of the opposite sex who live 
together are misrepresenting themselves as husband and wife. SSA needs 
this information to determine whether we are making correct payments to 
couples and individuals applying for, or currently receiving, SSI 
payments. The respondents are applicants for, and recipients of, SSI 
payments.
    Type of Request: Revision of an OMB-approved information 
collection.

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                                                                                                                            Average
                                                                                     Average     Estimated     Average     wait time
                                                          Number of    Frequency    burden per     total     theoretical    in field      Total annual
                 Modality of completion                  respondents  of response    response      annual    hourly cost     office     opportunity cost
                                                                                    (minutes)      burden       amount     (minutes)     (dollars) ***
                                                                                                  (hours)    (dollars) *       **
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SSI Claims System......................................        1,275            1            5          106     * $10.22        ** 24         *** $6,296
SSA-4178...............................................        3,825            1            5          319      * 10.22        ** 24         *** 18,897
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    Totals.............................................        5,100  ...........  ...........          425  ...........  ...........         *** 25,192
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* We based these figures on average DI hourly wages based on SSA's current FY 2019 data (https://www.ssa.gov/legislation/2019%20Fact%20Sheet.pdf).
** We based this figure on the average FY 2020 wait times for field offices, based on SSA's current management information 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.

    7. Questionnaire for Children Claiming SSI Benefits--20 CFR 
416.912(a)-0960-0499. Sections 1614 and 1631 of the Act allow SSA to 
determine the eligibility of an applicant's claim for SSI payments. 
Parents or legal guardians seeking to obtain or retain SSI eligibility 
for their children use Form SSA-3881-BK to provide SSA with the 
addresses of non-medical sources such as schools, counselors, agencies, 
organizations, or therapists who would have information about a child's 
functioning. SSA uses this information to help determine a child's 
claim or continuing eligibility for SSI. The respondents are the 
parents, guardians, or other caretakers of: (1) Applicants who appeal 
SSI childhood disability decisions; or (2) recipients undergoing a 
continuing disability review.
    Type of Request: Revision of an OMB-approved information 
collection.

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                                                                                                                            Average
                                                                                     Average     Estimated     Average     wait time
                                                          Number of    Frequency    burden per     total     theoretical    in field      Total annual
                 Modality of completion                  respondents  of response    response      annual    hourly cost     office     opportunity cost
                                                                                    (minutes)      burden       amount     (minutes)     (dollars) ***
                                                                                                  (hours)    (dollars) *       **
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SSA-3881-BK (Paper Version)............................       81,250            1           30       40,625     * $25.72        ** 24     *** $1,880,775
SSA-3881-BK (Intranet Version).........................       43,750            1           30       21,875      * 25.72        ** 24      *** 1,012,725
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    Totals.............................................      125,000  ...........  ...........       62,500  ...........  ...........      *** 2,893,500
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* We based this figures on average U.S. citizen's hourly salary, as reported by Bureau of Labor Statistics data (https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_stru.htm).
** We based this figure on the average FY 2020 wait times for field offices, based on SSA's current management information 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.

    8. Social Security Administration Eligible Non-Attorney 
Representative--20 CFR 404.1717, 404.1745-404.1799, 416.1517, and 
416.1545-416.1599-0960-0699. Section 3 of the Social Security 
Disability Applicants' Access

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to Professional Representation Act of 2010, Public Law 111-142, 
permanently extends the direct payment provision of Section 303 of the 
Social Security Protection Act (SSPA) of 2004, Public Law 108-203. The 
law permits SSA to extend direct payment of approved fees from 
claimants' past-due benefits to certain non-attorney representatives. 
Prior to the enactment of the SSPA and Professional Representation Act, 
only attorneys could receive direct payment of SSA-approved fees. Under 
the Professional Representation Act, non-attorneys must meet certain 
prerequisites to be eligible for direct payment of fees. These 
prerequisites include: (1) A bachelor's degree from an accredited 
institution of higher education, or four years of relevant professional 
experience and a high school diploma or General Education Development 
certificate; (2) passing a written examination administered by SSA 
testing the knowledge of relevant provisions of the Act under Titles II 
and XVI; (3) securing and maintaining continuous professional liability 
insurance, or equivalent, to protect claimants from malpractice; (4) 
passing a criminal background check; and (5) demonstrating ongoing 
completion of continuing education courses. The Professional 
Representation Act requires SSA to collect the information needed to 
determine if applicants have satisfied these prerequisites. SSA uses 
the information we collect on Form SSA-1691 to determine whether an 
applicant has fulfilled the statutory prerequisites and regulatory 
requirements as listed above. To verify this information, we also 
request the five required items listed above from each new applicant, 
and we request items #3 and #5 from all non-attorney representatives 
(new and existing) on a yearly basis. Every year, SSA evaluates the 
applications; conducts verification investigations; and issues 
recommendations regarding applicants' eligibility to sit for the 
examination and eligibility to receive direct payment. The respondents 
are non-attorneys who want to receive direct payment of their fees for 
representational services before SSA.
    Type of Request: Revision of an OMB-approved information 
collection.

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                                                                                                                                  Average       Total
                                                                                           Average     Estimated     Average     wait time      annual
                                                                Number of    Frequency    burden per     total     theoretical    in field   opportunity
                    Modality of completion                     respondents  of response    response      annual    hourly cost     office        cost
                                                                                          (minutes)      burden       amount     (minutes)    (dollars)
                                                                                                        (hours)    (dollars) *       **          ***
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New Respondents--Paper Application (complete and submit)--             468            1           45          351     * $26.45        ** 24  *** $14,230
 404.1717(b)&(c); 416.1517(b)&(c)............................
New Respondents Examination--404.1717(a)(5); 416.1517(a)(5)..          460            1          120          920      * 26.45        ** 24   *** 29,201
New Respondents--Submission of proof of Bachelor's Degree or           458            1           10           76      * 26.45        ** 24    *** 6,851
 Equivalent Qualifications--404.1717(a)(3); 416.1517(a)(3)...
New and Existing Respondents--CE Submission via email/mail/or        1,374            1           20          458      * 26.45        ** 24   *** 26,662
 FAX of training courses taken as prescribed by SSA--
 404.1717(a)(7); 416.1517(a)(7)..............................
New and Existing Respondents--Proof of Continuous                    1,099            1           10          183      * 26.45        ** 24   *** 45,547
 Professional or Business Liability Insurance Coverage (Scan
 and Email)--404.1717(a)(6); 416.1517(a)(6)..................
New and Existing Respondents--Proof of Continuous                      275            1           15           69      * 26.45        ** 24    *** 4,735
 Professional or Business Liability Insurance Coverage (Copy
 and Mail)--404.1717(a)(6); 416.1517(a)(6)...................
New and Existing Respondents--Written Protests--404.1717(d);            45            1           45           34      * 26.45        ** 24    *** 1,375
 416.1517(d).................................................
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    Totals...................................................        4,179  ...........  ...........        2,091  ...........  ...........  *** 128,511
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* We based these figures on average Paralegal's hourly salary, as reported by Bureau of Labor Statistics data (https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nat.htm).
** We based this figure on the average FY 2020 wait times for field offices, based on SSA's current management information 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.

    II. SSA submitted the information collection below to OMB for 
clearance. Your comments regarding this information collection 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 July 24, 2020. Individuals can obtain copies of the OMB 
clearance package by writing to [email protected].
    Authorization to Obtain Earnings Data From the Social Security 
Administration--0960-0602. On occasion, public and private 
organizations and agencies need to obtain detailed earnings information 
about specific Social Security number (SSN) holding wage earners for 
business purposes (e.g., pension funds and State agencies). Respondents 
use Form SSA-581 to identify the SSN holder whose information they are 
requesting, and provide authorization from the SSN holder, when 
applicable. SSA uses the information provided on Form SSA-581 to: (1) 
Identify the wage earner; (2) establish the period of earnings 
information requested; (3) verify the wage earner authorized SSA to 
release this information to the requesting party; and (4) produce the 
Itemized Statement of Earnings (SSA-1826). The respondents are private 
businesses, state or local agencies, and other federal agencies.
    Type of Request: Revision of an OMB-approved information 
collection.

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                                                                                                                   Average                  Total annual
                                                                                       Average      Estimated    theoretical  Average wait   opportunity
                Modality of completion                    Number of   Frequency of   burden per   total annual   hourly cost     time in        cost
                                                         respondents    response      response       burden        amount     field office    (dollars)
                                                                                      (minutes)      (hours)     (dollars) *  (minutes) **       ***
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SSA-581...............................................       24,000             1             2           800      * $33.58         ** 24   *** $349,232
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* We based this figure on average Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists hourly salary, as reported by Bureau of Labor Statistics data
  (https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes131141.htm).
** We based this figure on the average FY 2020 wait times for field offices, based on SSA's current management information 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: June 19, 2020.
Naomi Sipple,
Reports Clearance Officer, Social Security Administration.
[FR Doc. 2020-13583 Filed 6-23-20; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4191-02-P