Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request, 60509-60514 [2020-21180]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 187 / Friday, September 25, 2020 / Notices khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES businesses in need of small amounts of financial assistance. Under the Microloan Program, the SBA makes direct loans to intermediaries (lenders) that, in turn, use the proceeds to make microloans (i.e., loans of $50,000 or less) and to provide training and technical assistance to eligible borrowers in their SBA approved geographic service areas. By offering financing and assistance to these businesses, the Microloan Program aims to support job creation and retention for small businesses by providing access to financial capital unavailable through conventional channels. The SBA is conducting an evaluation to examine how the Microloan Program activities of lending and technical assistance improve revenue, job creation, and survival for businesses that participate in the program. The evaluation also seeks to describe the population of borrowers, their business characteristics and their experiences with the program. The lender characteristics, and the training and technical assistance provided to borrowers will also be described. The results of the evaluation will be used to develop recommendations to improve the program. The recommendations will focus on improving access to financing, improving technical assistance and training, and improving other factors that promote small business growth. The SBA proposes the use of four data collection instruments: (1) Borrower Web survey, (2) borrower semistructured telephone interview, (3) lender web survey, (4) lender semistructured telephone interview. The borrower survey will cover the topics of (1) training and technical assistance received; (2) program satisfaction and ratings of the program’s contribution to the business growth; (3) how the Microloan program experiences compare with other programs; and (4) suggestions for the program improvements. The interviews with lenders will discuss (1) frequency and purpose of contacts with borrowers; (2) the most and the least effective types of training and technical assistance; (3) how the Microloan program experiences compare with other programs; and (4) suggestions for the program improvements. Summary of Proposed Information Collection Borrower Web Survey Description of Respondents: Microloan program borrowers who received microloans 2010–2019. Estimated Number of Respondents: 865. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:25 Sep 24, 2020 Jkt 250001 Frequency of Response: Once per request. Estimated Annual Responses: 865. Estimated Average Minutes per Response: 20. Estimated Annual Hour Burden: 288. Borrower Telephone Interview Description of Respondents: Microloan program borrowers who received microloans 2010–2019. Estimated Number of Respondents: 24. Frequency of Response: Once per request. Estimated Annual Responses: 24. Estimated Average Minutes per Response: 20. Estimated Annual Hour Burden: 8. Lender Web Survey Description of Respondents: Microloan program lenders who participated in the program 2010–2019. Estimated Number of Respondents: 150. Frequency of Response: Once per request. Estimated Annual Responses: 150. Estimated Average Minutes per Response: 15. Estimated Annual Hour Burden: 38. Lender Telephone Interview Description of Respondents: Microloan program lenders who participated in the program 2010–2019. Estimated Number of Respondents: 24. Frequency of Response: Once per request. Estimated Annual Responses: 24. Estimated Average Minutes per Response: 20. Estimated Annual Hour Burden: 8. Solicitation of Public Comments: The SBA requests comments on (a) whether the collection of information is necessary for the agency to properly perform its functions; (b) whether the burden estimates are accurate; (c) whether there are ways to minimize the burden, including through the use of automated techniques or other forms of information technology; and (d) whether there are ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection; they also will become a matter of public record. Curtis Rich, Management Analyst. [FR Doc. 2020–21132 Filed 9–24–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8026–03–P PO 00000 Frm 00094 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 60509 SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION [Docket No: SSA–2020–0051] Agency Information Collection Activities: 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– 2020–0051]. 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 October 26, 2020. Individuals can obtain copies of these OMB clearance packages by writing to OR.Reports.Clearance@ ssa.gov. 1. Government Pension Questionnaire—20 CFR 404.408a— 0960–0160. The basic Social Security benefits application (OMB No. 0960– 0618) contains a lead question asking if the applicants are qualified (or will qualify) to receive a government pension. If the respondent is qualified, or will qualify, to receive a government pension, the applicant completes Form SSA–3885 either on paper or through a personal interview with an SSA claims E:\FR\FM\25SEN1.SGM 25SEN1 60510 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 187 / Friday, September 25, 2020 / Notices specialist. If the applicants are not entitled to receive a government pension at the time they apply for Social Security benefits, SSA requires them to provide the government pension information as beneficiaries when they become eligible to receive their pensions. Regardless of the timing, at some point the applicants or beneficiaries must complete and sign Form SSA–3885 to report information about their government pensions before the pensions begin. SSA uses the information to: (1) determine whether the Government Pension Offset provision applies; (2) identify exceptions as stated in 20 CFR 404.408a; and (3) determine the benefit reduction amount and effective date. If the applicants and beneficiaries do not respond using this questionnaire, SSA offsets their entire benefit amount. The respondents are applicants or recipients of spousal benefits who are eligible for or already receiving a Government pension. 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–3885 ................ 6,495 1 13 1,407 * $25.72 ** 24 *** $103,009 * We based this figure on average U.S. worker’s hourly wages, 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. 2. RS/DI Quality Review Case Analysis: Sampled Number Holder; Auxiliaries/Survivors; Parent; and Stewardship Annual Earnings Test— 0960–0189. Section 205(a) of the Social Security Act (Act) authorizes the Commissioner of SSA to conduct the quality review process, which entails collecting information related to the accuracy of payments made under the Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance Program (OASDI). Sections 228(a)(3), 1614(a)(1)(B), and 1836(2) of the Act require a determination of the citizenship or alien status of the beneficiary; this is only one item that we might question as part of the Annual Quality review. SSA uses Forms SSA– 2930, SSA–2931, and SSA–2935 to establish a national payment accuracy rate for all cases in payment status, and to serve as a source of information khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Modality of completion Number of respondents 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) .... VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:25 Sep 24, 2020 regarding problem areas in the Retirement Survivors Insurance (RSI) and Disability Insurance (DI) programs. We also use the information to measure the accuracy rate for newly adjudicated RSI or DI cases. SSA uses Form SSA– 4659 to evaluate the effectiveness of the annual earnings test, and to use the results in developing ongoing improvements in the process. About 25% of respondents have in-person reviews and receive one of the following appointment letters: (1) SSA–L8550–U3 (Appointment Letter—Sample Individual); (2) SSA–L8551–U3 (Appointment Letter—Sample Family); or (3) the SSA–L8552–U3 (Appointment Letter—Rep Payee). About 75% of respondents receive a notice for a telephone review using the SSA–L8553– U3 (Beneficiary Telephone Contact) or the SSA–L8554–U3 (Rep Payee Frequency of response Average burden per response (minutes) Estimated total annual burden (hours) Telephone Contact). To help the beneficiary prepare for the interview, we include three forms with each notice: (1) SSA–85 (Information Needed to Review Your Social Security Claim) lists the information the beneficiary needs to gather for the interview; (2) SSA–2935 (Authorization to the Social Security Administration to Obtain Personal Information) verifies the beneficiary’s correct payment amount, if necessary; and (3) SSA–8552 (Interview Confirmation) confirms or reschedules the interview if necessary. The respondents are a statistically valid sample of all OASDI beneficiaries in current pay status or their representative payees. Type of Request: Revision of an OMBapproved information collection. Average theoretical hourly cost amount (dollars) * Average wait time in field office (minutes) ** Total annual opportunity cost (dollars) *** 1,500 850 325 385 95 35 4,970 705 2,350 3,850 2,350 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 30 30 10 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 750 425 54 32 8 3 414 59 196 321 196 * 18.23 * 18.23 * 18.23 * 18.23 * 18.23 * 18.23 * 18.23 * 18.23 * 18.23 * 18.23 * 18.23 ** 24 ** 24 ** 24 ** 24 ** 24 ** 24 ** 24 ** 24 ** 24 ** 24 ** 24 *** 24,611 *** 13,946 *** 3,354 *** 3,390 *** 839 *** 310 *** 43,788 *** 6,217 *** 20,709 *** 33,926 *** 20,709 800 1 5 67 * 18.23 ** 24 *** 7,055 Jkt 250001 PO 00000 Frm 00095 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\25SEN1.SGM 25SEN1 60511 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 187 / Friday, September 25, 2020 / Notices Modality of completion Frequency of response Average burden per response (minutes) ........................ ........................ Number of respondents Totals ................ 18,215 Estimated total annual burden (hours) 2,525 Average theoretical hourly cost amount (dollars) * Average wait time in field office (minutes) ** ........................ ........................ Total annual opportunity cost (dollars) *** *** 178,854 * We based this figure on averaging both the average DI payments based on SSA’s current FY 2020 data (https://www.ssa.gov/legislation/ 2020Fact%20Sheet.pdf), and the average U.S. worker’s hourly wages, 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. Application for Benefits under a U.S. International Social Security Agreement—20 CFR 404.1925—0960– 0448. Section 233(a) of the Social Security Act (Act) authorizes the President to enter into international Social Security agreements (Totalization Modality of completion Number of respondents SSA–2490–BK (MCS) ................... SSA–2490–BK (Paper) .................. Totals ................ Agreements) between the United States and foreign countries. SSA collects information using Form SSA–2490–BK to determine entitlement to Social Security benefits from the United States, or from a country that enters into a Totalization Agreement with the United Frequency of response Average burden per response (minutes) Estimated total annual burden (hours) States. The respondents are individuals applying for Old Age Survivors and Disability Insurance (OASDI) benefits from the United States, or from a Totalization Agreement country. Type of Request: Revision of an OMBapproved information collection. Average theoretical hourly cost amount (dollars) * Average wait time in field office (minutes) ** Total annual opportunity cost (dollars) *** 16,195 1 30 8,098 * 10.73 ** 24 *** 156,401 2,120 1 30 1,060 * 10.73 ** 24 *** 20,473 18,315 ........................ ........................ 9,158 ........................ ........................ *** 176,874 * We based this figure on average DI payments based on SSA’s current FY 2020 data (https://www.ssa.gov/legislation/ 2020Fact%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. credit the earnings to the correct individual and SSN. We send SSA–4156 to the employer to: (1) Identify the employees involved; (2) resolve the discrepancy; and (3) credit the earnings to the correct SSN. The respondents are 4. Employee Identification Statement—20 CFR 404.702—0960– 0473. When two or more individuals report earnings under the same Social Security Number (SSN), SSA collects information on Form SSA–4156 to employers involved in erroneous wage reporting for an employee. 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–4156 ................ 3,600 1 10 600 * 25.72 ** 24 *** 52,469 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES * We based this figure on average U.S. worker’s hourly wages, 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. 5. SSI Notice of Interim Assistance Reimbursement (IAR)—0960–0546. Section 1631(g) of the Act authorizes SSA to reimburse an IAR agency from an individual’s retroactive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payment for assistance the IAR agency gave the individual for meeting basic VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:25 Sep 24, 2020 Jkt 250001 needs while an SSI claim was pending or SSI payments were suspended or terminated. The State or local agency needs an IAR agreement with SSA to participate in the IAR program. The individual receiving the IAR payment signs an authorization form with an IAR agency to allow SSA to repay the IAR PO 00000 Frm 00096 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 agency for funds paid in advance prior to SSA’s determination on the individual’s claim. The authorization represents the individual’s intent to file for SSI, if they did not file an application before SSA received the authorization. Agencies who wish to enter into an IAR agreement with SSA E:\FR\FM\25SEN1.SGM 25SEN1 60512 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 187 / Friday, September 25, 2020 / Notices need to meet the following requirements: • Reporting Requirements—each IAR agency agrees to: (a) notify SSA of receipt of an authorization for initial claims or cases the agency is appealing; (b) submit a copy of that authorization either through a manual or electronic process; (c) inform SSA of the amount of reimbursement; (d) submit a written request for dispute resolution on a determination; (e) notify SSA of interim assistance paid (using the SSA–8125 or the SSA– L8125–F6); Modality of completion Number of respondents (States) (a) State notification of receipt of authorization (Electronic Process) ..... (b) State submission of copy of authorization (Manual Process) ............... (c) State submission of amount of IA paid to recipients (using eIAR) ......... (d) State request for determination—dispute resolution ...... (e) State computation of reimbursement due form SSA using paper Form SSA-L8125–F6 ..... (f) State notification to SSA of deceased claimant ... (g) State reviewing/ signing of IAR Agreement ............ 1 Average (f) inform SSA of any deceased claimants who participate in the IAR program; (g) review and sign an agreement with SSA. • Recordkeeping Requirements (h & i)—each IAR agency agrees to retain all notices, agreements, authorizations, and accounting forms for the period defined in the IAR agreement so SSA may verify transactions covered under the agreement. • Third Party Disclosure Requirements (j): Each participating IAR agency agrees to send written notices from the IAR agency to the recipient Frequency of response Average burden per response (minutes) Number of responses regarding payment amounts and appeal rights. • Periodic Review of Agency Accounting Process (k–m) – each IAR agency makes the IAR accounting records of paid cases available for SSA review and verification. SSA conducts reviews either onsite or through the mail of the authorization forms, notices to the claimant, and accounting forms. Upon completion of the review, SSA provides a written report of findings to the IAR agency director. The respondents are State IAR officers. Type of Request: Revision of an OMBapproved information 1 2 3 collection. Estimated total annual burden (hours) Average theoretical hourly cost amount (dollars) * Total annual opportunity cost (dollars) ** 11 6,973 76,703 1 1,278 * 19.58 ** 25,023 27 1,894 51,138 3 2,557 * 19.58 ** 50,066 38 1,346 51,148 8 6,820 * 19.58 ** 133,536 (1) 1 2 30 1 * 19.58 ** 20 38 1 38 30 4 * 19.58 ** 78 20 2 40 15 10 * 19.58 ** 196 38 1 38 2 12 456 * 19.58 ** 8,928 of about 2 States per year. 2 Hours. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Modality of completion Number of respondents (States) (h) Maintenance of authorization forms (i) Maintenance of accounting forms and notices ........... 3 Includes Frequency of response Number of responses Average burden per response (minutes) Estimated total annual burden (hours) Average theoretical hourly cost amount (dollars) * 38 3,364 3 127,832 3 6,392 * 21.09 ** 134,807 38 1,346 51,148 3 2,557 * 21.09 ** 53,927 both denied and approved SSI claims. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:25 Sep 24, 2020 Total annual opportunity cost (dollars) ** Jkt 250001 PO 00000 Frm 00097 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\25SEN1.SGM 25SEN1 60513 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 187 / Friday, September 25, 2020 / Notices Modality of completion Number of respondents (States) Frequency of response Number of responses Average burden per response (minutes) Estimated total annual burden (hours) Average theoretical hourly cost amount (dollars) * Total annual opportunity cost (dollars) ** (j) Written notice from State to recipient regarding amount of payment 38 2668 101,384 7 11,828 * 19.58 ** 231,592 Modality of completion Number of respondents (States) Frequency of response Number of responses Average burden per response (minutes) Estimated total annual burden (hours) Average theoretical hourly cost amount (dollars) * Total annual opportunity cost (dollars) ** (k) Retrieve and consolidate authorization and accounting forms ............... (l) Participate in periodic review ........... (m) Correct administrative and accounting discrepancies ................... Modality of completion Total .................. 12 1 12 3 36 * 21.09 ** 759 12 1 12 16 192 * 21.09 ** 4,049 6 1 6 4 24 * 21.09 ** 506 Number of respondents (States) Frequency of response Number of responses Average burden per response (minutes) Estimated total annual burden (hours) Average theoretical hourly cost amount (dollars) * Total annual opportunity cost (dollars) ** 38 ........................ 408,353 ........................ 32,155 ........................ ** 643,487 * We based this figure on average Social and Human Services Assistants (https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes211093.htm), and Information and Records Clerks (https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes434199.htm). ** 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. Appeal of Determination for Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs—0960–0695. Public Law 108–173, the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA), established the Medicare Part D program for voluntary prescription drug coverage for certain low-income individuals. The MMA stipulates the provision of subsidies for khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Modality of completion Number of respondents individuals who are eligible for the program and who meet eligibility criteria for help with premium, deductible, and co-payment costs. SSA uses Form SSA–1021, Appeal of Determination for Help With Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs, to obtain information from individuals who appeal SSA’s decisions regarding eligibility or continuing eligibility for a Frequency of response Average burden per response (minutes) Estimated total annual burden (hours) Medicare Part D subsidy. The respondents are Medicare beneficiaries, or proper applicants acting on behalf of a Medicare beneficiary, who do not agree with the outcome of an SSA subsidy eligibility determination, and are filing an appeal. Type of Request: Revision of an OMBapproved information collection. Average theoretical hourly cost amount (dollars) * Average wait time in field office (minutes) ** Total annual opportunity cost (dollars) *** SSA–1021 (Paper version) ................. SSA–1021 (Intranet version: MAPS) .... 2,872 1 10 479 * $46.28 0 *** $22,168 9,691 1 10 1,615 * 46.28 ** 24 *** 254,123 Totals ................ 12,563 ........................ ........................ 2,094 ........................ ........................ *** 276,291 * We based this figure on average U.S. worker’s hourly wages (https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nat.htm); State and local government worker’s salaries (https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/naics4_999300.htm); and attorney representative payee wages (https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/ oes231011.htm), as reported by Bureau of Labor Statistics data. ** We based this figure on the average FY 2020 wait times for field offices, based on SSA’s current management information data. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:25 Sep 24, 2020 Jkt 250001 PO 00000 Frm 00098 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\25SEN1.SGM 25SEN1 60514 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 187 / Friday, September 25, 2020 / Notices *** 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. Request for Medical Treatment in an SSA Employee Health Facility: Patient Self-Administered or Staff Administered Care—0960–0772. SSA operates onsite Employee Health Clinics (EHC) in eight different States. These clinics provide health care for all SSA employees including treatments of personal medical conditions when Modality of completion Number of respondents (states) SSA–5072 ................ Annually ................... SSA–5072 ................ Bi-Annually ............... Totals ................ authorized through a physician. Form SSA–5072 is the employee’s personal physician’s order form. The information we collect on Form SSA–5072 gives the EHC nurses the guidance they need to perform certain medical procedures and to administer prescription medications such as allergy immunotherapy. In addition, the information allows the Frequency of response Number of responses Average burden per response (minutes) SSA medical officer to determine whether the nurses can administer treatment safely and appropriately in the SSA EHCs. Respondents are physicians of SSA employees who need to have medical treatment in an SSA EHC. Type of Request: Revision of an OMBapproved information collection. Estimated total annual burden hours (hours) Average theoretical hourly cost amount (dollars) * Total annual opportunity cost (dollars) ** 25 1 25 5 2 * $96.85 ** $194 75 2 150 5 13 * 96.85 ** 1,259 100 ........................ ........................ ........................ 15 ........................ ** 1,453 * We based this figure on average physician’s hourly salary, as reported by Bureau of Labor Statistics data (https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/ oes291216.htm). ** 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. Medicare Income-Related Monthly Adjustment Amount—Life-Changing Event Form—0960–0784. Federallymandated reductions in the Federal Medicare Part B and prescription drug coverage subsidies result in selected Medicare recipients paying higher premiums with income above a specific threshold. The amount of the premium subsidy reduction is an income-related monthly adjustment amount (IRMAA). Modality of completion Number of respondents The Internal Revenue Service transmits income tax return data to SSA for SSA to determine the IRMAA. SSA uses the Form SSA–44 to determine if a recipient qualifies for a reduction in the IRMAA. If affected Medicare recipients believe SSA should use more recent tax data because of a life-changing event that significantly reduces their income, they can report these changes to SSA and ask for a new initial determination of their Frequency of esponse Average burden per response (minutes) Estimated total annual burden (hours) IRMAA. The respondents are Medicare Part B and prescription drug coverage Retirement Insurance recipients and enrollees with modified adjusted gross income over a high-income threshold who experience one of eight significant life-changing events. Type of Request: Revision of an OMBapproved information collection. Average theoretical hourly cost amount (dollars) * Average wait time in field office (minutes) ** Total annual opportunity cost (dollars) *** Personal Interview (SSA field office) .. SSA–44 .................... 178,840 76,645 1 1 30 45 89,420 57,484 * $25.72 * 25.72 ** 24 0 *** $4,139,788 *** 1,478,488 Totals ................ 255,485 ........................ ........................ 146,904 ........................ ........................ *** 5,618,276 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES * We based this figure on average U.S. worker’s hourly wages, 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. Dated: September 22, 2020. Naomi Sipple, Reports Clearance Officer, Social Security Administration. [FR Doc. 2020–21180 Filed 9–24–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4191–02–P SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD [Docket No. AB 303 (Sub-No. 56X)] Wisconsin Central Ltd.—Abandonment Exemption—in Kaukauna, Outagamie County, Wis. under 49 CFR part 1152 subpart F— Exempt Abandonments to abandon an approximately 0.30-mile rail line between milepost 114.0 and milepost 113.7, at Kaukauna, Outagamie County, Wisconsin Central Ltd. (WCL) has filed a verified notice of exemption VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:25 Sep 24, 2020 Jkt 250001 PO 00000 Frm 00099 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\25SEN1.SGM 25SEN1

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SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION

[Docket No: SSA-2020-0051]


Agency Information Collection Activities: 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-2020-0051].
    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 October 26, 2020. Individuals can obtain copies of 
these OMB clearance packages by writing to 
[email protected].
    1. Government Pension Questionnaire--20 CFR 404.408a--0960-0160. 
The basic Social Security benefits application (OMB No. 0960-0618) 
contains a lead question asking if the applicants are qualified (or 
will qualify) to receive a government pension. If the respondent is 
qualified, or will qualify, to receive a government pension, the 
applicant completes Form SSA-3885 either on paper or through a personal 
interview with an SSA claims

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specialist. If the applicants are not entitled to receive a government 
pension at the time they apply for Social Security benefits, SSA 
requires them to provide the government pension information as 
beneficiaries when they become eligible to receive their pensions. 
Regardless of the timing, at some point the applicants or beneficiaries 
must complete and sign Form SSA-3885 to report information about their 
government pensions before the pensions begin. SSA uses the information 
to: (1) determine whether the Government Pension Offset provision 
applies; (2) identify exceptions as stated in 20 CFR 404.408a; and (3) 
determine the benefit reduction amount and effective date. If the 
applicants and beneficiaries do not respond using this questionnaire, 
SSA offsets their entire benefit amount. The respondents are applicants 
or recipients of spousal benefits who are eligible for or already 
receiving a Government pension.
    Type of Request: Revision of an OMB-approved information 
collection.

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                                                                    Average burden  Estimated total    theoretical      Average wait      Total annual
     Modality of completion         Number of       Frequency of     per response    annual burden     hourly cost     time in field    opportunity cost
                                   respondents        response        (minutes)         (hours)           amount           office        (dollars) ***
                                                                                                       (dollars) *      (minutes) **
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SSA-3885.......................           6,495                1               13            1,407         * $25.72            ** 24       *** $103,009
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* We based this figure on average U.S. worker's hourly wages, 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.

    2. RS/DI Quality Review Case Analysis: Sampled Number Holder; 
Auxiliaries/Survivors; Parent; and Stewardship Annual Earnings Test--
0960-0189. Section 205(a) of the Social Security Act (Act) authorizes 
the Commissioner of SSA to conduct the quality review process, which 
entails collecting information related to the accuracy of payments made 
under the Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance Program (OASDI). 
Sections 228(a)(3), 1614(a)(1)(B), and 1836(2) of the Act require a 
determination of the citizenship or alien status of the beneficiary; 
this is only one item that we might question as part of the Annual 
Quality review. SSA uses Forms SSA-2930, SSA-2931, and SSA-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 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% of 
respondents have in-person reviews and receive one of the following 
appointment letters: (1) SSA-L8550-U3 (Appointment Letter--Sample 
Individual); (2) SSA-L8551-U3 (Appointment Letter--Sample Family); or 
(3) the SSA-L8552-U3 (Appointment Letter--Rep Payee). About 75% of 
respondents receive a notice for a telephone review using the SSA-
L8553-U3 (Beneficiary Telephone Contact) or the SSA-L8554-U3 (Rep Payee 
Telephone Contact). To help the beneficiary prepare for the interview, 
we include three forms with each notice: (1) SSA-85 (Information Needed 
to Review Your Social Security Claim) lists the information the 
beneficiary needs to gather for the interview; (2) SSA-2935 
(Authorization to the Social Security Administration to Obtain Personal 
Information) verifies the beneficiary's correct payment amount, if 
necessary; and (3) SSA-8552 (Interview Confirmation) confirms or 
reschedules the interview if necessary. The respondents are a 
statistically valid sample of all OASDI beneficiaries in current pay 
status or their representative payees.
    Type of Request: Revision of an OMB-approved information 
collection.

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                                                                                                            Average
                                                                        Average burden     Estimated      theoretical    Average wait     Total annual
        Modality of completion             Number of     Frequency of    per response    total annual     hourly cost    time in field  opportunity cost
                                          respondents      response        (minutes)    burden (hours)      amount          office        (dollars) ***
                                                                                                          (dollars) *    (minutes) **
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SSA-2930..............................           1,500               1              30             750         * 18.23           ** 24        *** 24,611
SSA-2931..............................             850               1              30             425         * 18.23           ** 24        *** 13,946
SSA-4659..............................             325               1              10              54         * 18.23           ** 24         *** 3,354
SSA-L8550-U3..........................             385               1               5              32         * 18.23           ** 24         *** 3,390
SSA-L8551-U3..........................              95               1               5               8         * 18.23           ** 24           *** 839
SSA-L8552-U3..........................              35               1               5               3         * 18.23           ** 24           *** 310
SSA-L8553-U3..........................           4,970               1               5             414         * 18.23           ** 24        *** 43,788
SSA-L8554-U3..........................             705               1               5              59         * 18.23           ** 24         *** 6,217
SSA-8552..............................           2,350               1               5             196         * 18.23           ** 24        *** 20,709
SSA-85................................           3,850               1               5             321         * 18.23           ** 24        *** 33,926
SSA-2935..............................           2,350               1               5             196         * 18.23           ** 24        *** 20,709
SSA-8510 (also saved under OMB No.                 800               1               5              67         * 18.23           ** 24         *** 7,055
 0960-0707)...........................
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    Totals............................          18,215  ..............  ..............           2,525  ..............  ..............       *** 178,854
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* We based this figure on averaging both the average DI payments based on SSA's current FY 2020 data (https://www.ssa.gov/legislation/2020Fact%20Sheet.pdf), and the average U.S. worker's hourly wages, 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. Application for Benefits under a U.S. International Social 
Security Agreement--20 CFR 404.1925--0960-0448. Section 233(a) of the 
Social Security Act (Act) authorizes the President to enter into 
international Social Security agreements (Totalization Agreements) 
between the United States and foreign countries. SSA collects 
information using Form SSA-2490-BK to determine entitlement to Social 
Security benefits from the United States, or from a country that enters 
into a Totalization Agreement with the United States. The respondents 
are individuals applying for Old Age Survivors and Disability Insurance 
(OASDI) benefits from the United States, or from a Totalization 
Agreement country.
    Type of Request: Revision of an OMB-approved information 
collection.

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                                                                                                            Average
                                                                        Average burden     Estimated      theoretical    Average wait     Total annual
        Modality of completion             Number of     Frequency of    per response    total annual     hourly cost    time in field  opportunity cost
                                          respondents      response        (minutes)    burden (hours)      amount          office        (dollars) ***
                                                                                                          (dollars) *    (minutes) **
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SSA-2490-BK (MCS).....................          16,195               1              30           8,098         * 10.73           ** 24       *** 156,401
SSA-2490-BK (Paper)...................           2,120               1              30           1,060         * 10.73           ** 24        *** 20,473
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    Totals............................          18,315  ..............  ..............           9,158  ..............  ..............       *** 176,874
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* We based this figure on average DI payments based on SSA's current FY 2020 data (https://www.ssa.gov/legislation/2020Fact%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. Employee Identification Statement--20 CFR 404.702--0960-0473. 
When two or more individuals report earnings under the same Social 
Security Number (SSN), SSA collects information on Form SSA-4156 to 
credit the earnings to the correct individual and SSN. We send SSA-4156 
to the employer to: (1) Identify the employees involved; (2) resolve 
the discrepancy; and (3) credit the earnings to the correct SSN. The 
respondents are employers involved in erroneous wage reporting for an 
employee.
    Type of Request: Revision of an OMB-approved information 
collection.

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                                                                                                         Average
                                                                    Average burden  Estimated total    theoretical      Average wait      Total annual
     Modality of completion         Number of       Frequency of     per response    annual burden     hourly cost     time in field    opportunity cost
                                   respondents        response        (minutes)         (hours)           amount           office        (dollars) ***
                                                                                                       (dollars) *      (minutes) **
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SSA-4156.......................           3,600                1               10              600          * 25.72            ** 24         *** 52,469
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* We based this figure on average U.S. worker's hourly wages, 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.

    5. SSI Notice of Interim Assistance Reimbursement (IAR)--0960-0546. 
Section 1631(g) of the Act authorizes SSA to reimburse an IAR agency 
from an individual's retroactive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) 
payment for assistance the IAR agency gave the individual for meeting 
basic needs while an SSI claim was pending or SSI payments were 
suspended or terminated. The State or local agency needs an IAR 
agreement with SSA to participate in the IAR program. The individual 
receiving the IAR payment signs an authorization form with an IAR 
agency to allow SSA to repay the IAR agency for funds paid in advance 
prior to SSA's determination on the individual's claim. The 
authorization represents the individual's intent to file for SSI, if 
they did not file an application before SSA received the authorization. 
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need to meet the following requirements:
     Reporting Requirements--each IAR agency agrees to:
    (a) notify SSA of receipt of an authorization for initial claims or 
cases the agency is appealing;
    (b) submit a copy of that authorization either through a manual or 
electronic process;
    (c) inform SSA of the amount of reimbursement;
    (d) submit a written request for dispute resolution on a 
determination;
    (e) notify SSA of interim assistance paid (using the SSA-8125 or 
the SSA-L8125-F6);
    (f) inform SSA of any deceased claimants who participate in the IAR 
program;
    (g) review and sign an agreement with SSA.
     Recordkeeping Requirements (h & i)--each IAR agency agrees 
to retain all notices, agreements, authorizations, and accounting forms 
for the period defined in the IAR agreement so SSA may verify 
transactions covered under the agreement.
     Third Party Disclosure Requirements (j): Each 
participating IAR agency agrees to send written notices from the IAR 
agency to the recipient regarding payment amounts and appeal rights.
     Periodic Review of Agency Accounting Process (k-m) - each 
IAR agency makes the IAR accounting records of paid cases available for 
SSA review and verification. SSA conducts reviews either onsite or 
through the mail of the authorization forms, notices to the claimant, 
and accounting forms. Upon completion of the review, SSA provides a 
written report of findings to the IAR agency director.
    The respondents are State IAR officers.
    Type of Request: Revision of an OMB-approved information 
1 2 3 collection.

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                                                                                                                            Average
                                           Number of                                    Average burden     Estimated      theoretical     Total annual
        Modality of completion            respondents    Frequency of      Number of     per response    total annual     hourly cost   opportunity cost
                                           (States)        response        responses       (minutes)    burden (hours)      amount        (dollars) **
                                                                                                                          (dollars) *
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(a) State notification of receipt of                11           6,973          76,703               1           1,278         * 19.58         ** 25,023
 authorization (Electronic Process)...
(b) State submission of copy of                     27           1,894          51,138               3           2,557         * 19.58         ** 50,066
 authorization (Manual Process).......
(c) State submission of amount of IA                38           1,346          51,148               8           6,820         * 19.58        ** 133,536
 paid to recipients (using eIAR)......
(d) State request for determination--            (\1\)               1               2              30               1         * 19.58             ** 20
 dispute resolution...................
(e) State computation of reimbursement              38               1              38              30               4         * 19.58             ** 78
 due form SSA using paper Form
 SSA[dash]L8125-F6....................
(f) State notification to SSA of                    20               2              40              15              10         * 19.58            ** 196
 deceased claimant....................
(g) State reviewing/signing of IAR                  38               1              38          \2\ 12             456         * 19.58          ** 8,928
 Agreement............................
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\1\ Average of about 2 States per year.
\2\ Hours.



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                                                                                                                            Average
                                           Number of                                    Average burden     Estimated      theoretical     Total annual
        Modality of completion            respondents    Frequency of      Number of     per response    total annual     hourly cost   opportunity cost
                                           (States)        response        responses       (minutes)    burden (hours)      amount        (dollars) **
                                                                                                                          (dollars) *
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(h) Maintenance of authorization forms              38           3,364     \3\ 127,832               3           6,392         * 21.09        ** 134,807
(i) Maintenance of accounting forms                 38           1,346          51,148               3           2,557         * 21.09         ** 53,927
 and notices..........................
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                                                                                                                          Average
                                    Number of                                        Average burden  Estimated total    theoretical       Total annual
     Modality of completion        respondents      Frequency of      Number of       per response    annual burden     hourly cost     opportunity cost
                                     (States)         response        responses        (minutes)         (hours)           amount         (dollars) **
                                                                                                                        (dollars) *
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(j) Written notice from State                38             2668          101,384                7           11,828          * 19.58         ** 231,592
 to recipient regarding amount
 of payment....................
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                                                                                                                            Average
                                           Number of                                    Average burden     Estimated      theoretical     Total annual
        Modality of completion            respondents    Frequency of      Number of     per response    total annual     hourly cost   opportunity cost
                                           (States)        response        responses       (minutes)    burden (hours)      amount        (dollars) **
                                                                                                                          (dollars) *
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(k) Retrieve and consolidate                        12               1              12               3              36         * 21.09            ** 759
 authorization and accounting forms...
(l) Participate in periodic review....              12               1              12              16             192         * 21.09          ** 4,049
(m) Correct administrative and                       6               1               6               4              24         * 21.09            ** 506
 accounting discrepancies.............
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                                                                                                                          Average
                                    Number of                                        Average burden  Estimated total    theoretical       Total annual
     Modality of completion        respondents      Frequency of      Number of       per response    annual burden     hourly cost     opportunity cost
                                     (States)         response        responses        (minutes)         (hours)           amount         (dollars) **
                                                                                                                        (dollars) *
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    Total......................              38   ...............         408,353   ...............          32,155   ...............        ** 643,487
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* We based this figure on average Social and Human Services Assistants (https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes211093.htm), and Information and Records
  Clerks (https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes434199.htm).
** 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. Appeal of Determination for Help with Medicare Prescription Drug 
Plan Costs--0960-0695. Public Law 108-173, the Medicare Prescription 
Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA), established the 
Medicare Part D program for voluntary prescription drug coverage for 
certain low-income individuals. The MMA stipulates the provision of 
subsidies for individuals who are eligible for the program and who meet 
eligibility criteria for help with premium, deductible, and co-payment 
costs. SSA uses Form SSA-1021, Appeal of Determination for Help With 
Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs, to obtain information from 
individuals who appeal SSA's decisions regarding eligibility or 
continuing eligibility for a Medicare Part D subsidy. The respondents 
are Medicare beneficiaries, or proper applicants acting on behalf of a 
Medicare beneficiary, who do not agree with the outcome of an SSA 
subsidy eligibility determination, and are filing an appeal.
    Type of Request: Revision of an OMB-approved information 
collection.

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                                                                                                            Average
                                                                        Average burden     Estimated      theoretical    Average wait     Total annual
        Modality of completion             Number of     Frequency of    per response    total annual     hourly cost    time in field  opportunity cost
                                          respondents      response        (minutes)    burden (hours)      amount          office        (dollars) ***
                                                                                                          (dollars) *    (minutes) **
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SSA-1021 (Paper version)..............           2,872               1              10             479        * $46.28               0       *** $22,168
SSA-1021 (Intranet version: MAPS).....           9,691               1              10           1,615         * 46.28           ** 24       *** 254,123
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    Totals............................          12,563  ..............  ..............           2,094  ..............  ..............       *** 276,291
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* We based this figure on average U.S. worker's hourly wages (https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nat.htm); State and local government worker's salaries
  (https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/naics4_999300.htm); and attorney representative payee wages (https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes231011.htm), as
  reported by Bureau of Labor Statistics data.
** We based this figure on the average FY 2020 wait times for field offices, based on SSA's current management information data.

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*** 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. Request for Medical Treatment in an SSA Employee Health 
Facility: Patient Self-Administered or Staff Administered Care--0960-
0772. SSA operates onsite Employee Health Clinics (EHC) in eight 
different States. These clinics provide health care for all SSA 
employees including treatments of personal medical conditions when 
authorized through a physician. Form SSA-5072 is the employee's 
personal physician's order form. The information we collect on Form 
SSA-5072 gives the EHC nurses the guidance they need to perform certain 
medical procedures and to administer prescription medications such as 
allergy immunotherapy. In addition, the information allows the SSA 
medical officer to determine whether the nurses can administer 
treatment safely and appropriately in the SSA EHCs. Respondents are 
physicians of SSA employees who need to have medical treatment in an 
SSA EHC.
    Type of Request: Revision of an OMB-approved information 
collection.

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                                                                                                                            Average
                                           Number of                                    Average burden     Estimated      theoretical     Total annual
        Modality of completion            respondents    Frequency of      Number of     per response    total annual     hourly cost   opportunity cost
                                           (states)        response        responses       (minutes)     burden hours       amount        (dollars) **
                                                                                                            (hours)       (dollars) *
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SSA-5072..............................              25               1              25               5               2        * $96.85           ** $194
Annually..............................
SSA-5072..............................              75               2             150               5              13         * 96.85          ** 1,259
Bi-Annually...........................
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    Totals............................             100  ..............  ..............  ..............              15  ..............          ** 1,453
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* We based this figure on average physician's hourly salary, as reported by Bureau of Labor Statistics data (https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes291216.htm).
** 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. Medicare Income-Related Monthly Adjustment Amount--Life-Changing 
Event Form--0960-0784. Federally-mandated reductions in the Federal 
Medicare Part B and prescription drug coverage subsidies result in 
selected Medicare recipients paying higher premiums with income above a 
specific threshold. The amount of the premium subsidy reduction is an 
income-related monthly adjustment amount (IRMAA). The Internal Revenue 
Service transmits income tax return data to SSA for SSA to determine 
the IRMAA. SSA uses the Form SSA-44 to determine if a recipient 
qualifies for a reduction in the IRMAA. If affected Medicare recipients 
believe SSA should use more recent tax data because of a life-changing 
event that significantly reduces their income, they can report these 
changes to SSA and ask for a new initial determination of their IRMAA. 
The respondents are Medicare Part B and prescription drug coverage 
Retirement Insurance recipients and enrollees with modified adjusted 
gross income over a high-income threshold who experience one of eight 
significant life-changing events.
    Type of Request: Revision of an OMB-approved information 
collection.

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                                                                                                            Average
                                                                        Average burden     Estimated      theoretical    Average wait     Total annual
        Modality of completion             Number of     Frequency of    per response    total annual     hourly cost    time in field  opportunity cost
                                          respondents       esponse        (minutes)    burden (hours)      amount          office        (dollars) ***
                                                                                                          (dollars) *    (minutes) **
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Personal Interview (SSA field office).         178,840               1              30          89,420        * $25.72           ** 24    *** $4,139,788
SSA-44................................          76,645               1              45          57,484         * 25.72               0     *** 1,478,488
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    Totals............................         255,485  ..............  ..............         146,904  ..............  ..............     *** 5,618,276
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* We based this figure on average U.S. worker's hourly wages, 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.


    Dated: September 22, 2020.
Naomi Sipple,
Reports Clearance Officer, Social Security Administration.
[FR Doc. 2020-21180 Filed 9-24-20; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4191-02-P