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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 193 / Monday, October 5, 2020 / Notices ACTION: 30-Day notice. The Small Business Administration (SBA) is seeking approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for the information collection described below. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act and OMB procedures, SBA is publishing this notice to allow all interested member of the public an additional 30 days to provide comments on the proposed collection of information. SUMMARY: Submit comments on or before November 4, 2020. ADDRESSES: Comments should refer to the information collection by title and/ or OMB Control Number and should be sent to: Agency Clearance Officer, Curtis Rich, Small Business Administration, 409 3rd Street SW, 5th Floor, Washington, DC 20416; and SBA Desk Officer, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Curtis Rich, Agency Clearance Officer, (202) 205–7030 curtis.rich@sba.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Copies: You may obtain a copy of the information collection and supporting documents from the Agency Clearance Officer. Small Business Administration collects this information from lenders who participate in the secondary market program. The information is used to facilitate and administer secondary market transactions in accordance with 15 U.S.C. 634(f)3 and to monitor the program for compliance with 15 U.S.C. 639(h). DATES: Solicitation of Public Comments: Comments may be submitted 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. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Summary of Information Collections: PRA 3245–0185 Title: Secondary Participation Guaranty Agreement. Description of Respondents: Small Business Lending Companies. Form Number: SBA Forms 1502, 1086. VerDate Sep<11>2014 23:42 Oct 02, 2020 Jkt 253001 Total Estimated Annual Responses: 4,000. Total Estimated Annual Hour Burden: 60,000. Curtis Rich, Management Analyst. [FR Doc. 2020–21979 Filed 10–2–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8026–03–P 62779 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. PRA 3245–0376 SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements Under OMB Review Small Business Administration. 30-Day notice. AGENCY: ACTION: The Small Business Administration (SBA) is seeking approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for the information collection described below. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act and OMB procedures, SBA is publishing this notice to allow all interested member of the public an additional 30 days to provide comments on the proposed collection of information. DATES: Submit comments on or before November 4, 2020. ADDRESSES: Comments should refer to the information collection by title and/ or OMB Control Number and should be sent to: Agency Clearance Officer, Curtis Rich, Small Business Administration, 409 3rd Street SW, 5th Floor, Washington, DC 20416; and SBA Desk Officer, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Curtis Rich, Agency Clearance Officer, (202) 205–7030 curtis.rich@sba.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Copies: You may obtain a copy of the information collection and supporting documents from the Agency Clearance Officer. Summary of Information Collections: SBA’s Intermediary Lending Pilot Program (ILPP) makes direct loans to lending intermediaries for the purpose of making loans to startup, newly established, and growing small business concerns. These intermediaries provide information to SBA, which is used to monitor disbursement of ILPP loan proceeds, assess financial condition of the intermediaries, and monitor program effectiveness while minimizing risk to the federal taxpayer. Solicitation of Public Comments: Comments may be submitted on (a) whether the collection of information is SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00090 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 (1) Title: Intermediary Lending Pilot Program Reporting Requirements. Description of Respondents: Lending Intermediaries. Form Number’s: 2418, 2419. Estimated Annual Responses: 528. Estimated Annual Hour Burden: 2,904. Curtis Rich, Management Analyst. [FR Doc. 2020–21980 Filed 10–2–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8026–03–P SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION [Docket No. SSA–2020–0027] Requiring Electronic Submission of Evidence by Certain Claimant Representatives Social Security Administration. Notice; implementation of requirement. AGENCY: ACTION: In accordance with our rules, we are announcing a new requirement for representatives who request direct fee payment. A representative must submit all evidence electronically in claims for Social Security disability insurance benefits under title II of the Social Security Act (Act), and claims for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments based on disability under title XVI of the Act, if the representative requests direct fee payment on that claim; the claim or case has an electronic folder; and the claim is pending at the Office of Hearings Operations (OHO) or the Appeals Council. We expect electronic submission of this evidence will benefit claimants, representatives, and the Social Security Administration by improving our administrative efficiency and workload management, both during our COVID–19 health protocols and beyond. SUMMARY: We will apply this notice beginning on November 4, 2020. DATES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Matthew Wright, Office of Hearings Operations, Social Security Administration, 5107 Leesburg Pike, Suite 1608, Falls Church, VA 22041, E:\FR\FM\05OCN1.SGM 05OCN1 62780 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 193 / Monday, October 5, 2020 / Notices (703) 605–8500 for information about this notice. For general information or inquiries about the electronic folder, please write to the Office of Electronic Services and Systems Integration, 5107 Leesburg Pike, Suite 1509, Falls Church, VA 22041. For information on eligibility or filing for benefits, call our national toll-free number, 1–800–772–1213 or TTY 1–800–325–0778, or visit our internet site, Social Security Online, at http://www.socialsecurity.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Background On September 12, 2011, we published final rules that require representatives to conduct business with us electronically at the times and in the manner we prescribe on matters for which the representative requests direct fee payment. (76 FR 56107). See 20 CFR 404.1713, 416.1513. At the time, we did not require representatives to use any specific electronic service. Rather, in the preamble to the final rule, we stated that, ‘‘[o]nce we determine that we should make a particular electronic service publicly available because it works well, we will publish a notice in the Federal Register. The notice will contain the new requirement(s) and a list of all established electronic service requirements.’’ (76 FR at 56107). Since we published that final rule, we established two electronic services requirements for representatives who seek direct payment of their fees. First, on January 31, 2012 and March 8, 2012, we published notices requiring representatives requesting direct fee payment to file requests for reconsideration or requests for a hearing by an administrative law judge for disability claims electronically through the internet Appeals (iAppeals) portal. (77 FR 4653 and 77 FR 13968). Second, on April 18, 2016, we published a notice announcing the requirement that, for claims with certified electronic folders pending at the hearing or Appeals Council levels, a representative must access and obtain a claimant’s folder through Appointed Representative Services (ARS) in all matters for which the representative requests direct fee payment. (81 FR 22697). We implemented this requirement to: (1) Improve administrative efficiency by eliminating the time-consuming task of providing compact disc copies of the electronic folder to representatives; (2) Ensure that representatives provide the best possible service to claimants by using the most up-to-date information in the claims folder; and VerDate Sep<11>2014 23:42 Oct 02, 2020 Jkt 253001 (3) Manage the unprecedented workload pending at the hearings level and the Appeals Council. New Requirement Due to our COVID–19 pandemic protocols, we need to reduce our manual workloads, which require physical interaction with evidence. We are requiring appointed representatives who request direct fee payments to submit all evidence electronically through Electronic Records Express (ERE), ARS, or iAppeals in claims for Social Security disability insurance benefits under title II of the Act and claims for SSI payments based on disability under title XVI of the Act if: (1) The representative requests direct fee payment on that claim, (2) the claim or case has an electronic folder, and (3) the claim is pending at OHO or the Appeals Council. We are implementing this requirement to ensure that representatives provide the best possible service to claimants through the use of our electronic services, and to allow us to effectively manage our workloads, particularly during the COVID–19 national public health emergency. We received approximately 14 million pieces of paper medical evidence and 36 million pieces of electronic medical evidence in fiscal year 2019. Submitting evidence electronically eliminates the need for our staff to process that evidence and manually associate it with the correct claims folder, promotes administrative efficiency, reduces the amount of paper evidence that requires physical handling and processing by our employees and contractors, and minimizes errors that may occur through manual processing. In addition, while we planned to issue this new requirement prior to the current COVID–19 national public health emergency, pursuing it now is even more critical because contactless transmission of evidence allows for maximum telework flexibilities and limits the need to handle documents manually. Increasing the use of the electronic submission of evidence minimizes manual workloads in the administrative review process and allows us to direct staff resources toward resolution of cases pending, rather than toward processing paper evidence, which requires in-office contact with the evidence and proximity to other individuals. Because this policy offers important benefits beyond reducing the risk of COVID–19, we plan to retain this requirement even after the COVID–19 pandemic ends. Specifically, the ability PO 00000 Frm 00091 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 to process evidence and develop cases electronically allows us to balance our workloads across the country by assigning the work to a broader network of available staff and adjudicators. This practice has proven successful with reducing the hearings backlog since 2016, and will help us carry out our mission now, while our offices currently maximize telework, and in the future. For more information about our ongoing plan to manage our hearings workload, please visit our website (https:// www.ssa.gov/appeals/), where we provide information about the ‘‘Compassionate And Responsive Service’’ (CARES) plan for 2016, 2017, and 2018–2019. The new requirement is subject to the conditions discussed below. Requiring Electronic Uploads for Representatives Seeking Direct Fee Payment In accordance with 20 CFR 404.1713, 416.1513, as of November 4, 2020, representatives are required to use ERE, ARS, or iAppeals, as available, to submit evidence electronically in claims for disability insurance benefits under title II of the Act and claims for SSI payments based on disability under title XVI of the Act, for which: (1) The representative requests direct fee payment, (2) the claim or case has an electronic folder, and (3) the claim is pending at OHO or the Appeals Council. Although we do not require it, we also strongly encourage representatives who are not requesting direct payment to submit evidence electronically through ERE, ARS, or iAppeals. The requirement that a representative submit evidence electronically, as described above, constitutes an affirmative duty under 20 CFR 404.1740(b)(4), 416.1530(b)(4). We may investigate to determine if representatives have violated this duty or are attempting to circumvent our rules, including by having claimants whom they represent submit their own evidence via non-electronic means when this requirement is applicable to the representative. We may sanction a representative who does not follow our rules. 20 CFR 404.1740–1795 and 416.1540–1595. However, we will not reject or delay a claimant’s hearing or process a claim differently if a representative fails to comply with this electronic upload requirement. We acknowledge there may be a few situations where case characteristics, our systems, or other limitations preclude a representative’s ability to submit evidence electronically. In these situations, we will consider the representative’s individual E:\FR\FM\05OCN1.SGM 05OCN1 62781 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 193 / Monday, October 5, 2020 / Notices circumstances when deciding whether to pursue sanctions for failing to comply with this requirement. Claimants’ representatives who are not eligible for direct payment, and representatives who do not request direct payment of fees in a case may continue to submit evidence through non-electronic means such as mailing, faxing, hand delivering, or sending documents to a contract scanner. However, we strongly encourage all representatives to submit Additional Information Additional information is available on our Representing Social Security Claimants website at http:// www.ssa.gov/representation/. Instructions for requesting access to the electronic folder are available at https:// www.ssa.gov/ar/. Instructions for requesting an ERE account or submitting evidence through ERE without an account are available at https:// www.ssa.gov/ere/. Our Electronic Systems We presently operate three systems through which users are able to upload evidence electronically: (ERE), (ARS), and iAppeals. A description of each system follows in the chart below. Available at OHO and appeals council levels? Application Purpose Users Electronic Records Express (ERE) • ERE is a free web-based tool that allows users to securely upload evidence directly to a claimant’s electronic record, either online or by fax, using a barcode specific to that record. • Using this tool has a number of advantages including (1) immediate fax or upload of evidence; (2) secure transfer of sensitive and personally identifiable information.. • ARS permits an appointed representative to examine an electronic folder online, download material from the electronic folder, and upload new evidence to the electronic folder. • The iAppeals application accepts both Medical (Disability) & NonMedical (Non-Disability) appeals on Title II and Title XVI denied claims or dismissals. • This process allows an individual to file the necessary application to appeal the decision and submit evidence on-line. • Evidence can be submitted with the appeal, but subsequent evidence must be uploaded via ERE or ARS. • Representatives ......................... • Other 3rd Parties (e.g. medical professionals, contractors). Yes. • Representatives ......................... Yes. • Representatives ......................... • Individuals (Claimants). • Other 3rd Parties. Yes. Appointed Representative Services (ARS). iAppeals .......................................... The Commissioner of the Social Security Administration, Andrew Saul, having reviewed and approved this document, is delegating the authority to electronically sign this document to Faye I. Lipsky, who is the primary Federal Register Liaison for SSA, for purposes of publication in the Federal Register. Faye I. Lipsky, Federal Register Liaison, Office of Legislation and Congressional Affairs, Social Security Administration. [FR Doc. 2020–21574 Filed 10–2–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4191–02–P DEPARTMENT OF STATE [Public Notice 11222] Imposition of Nonproliferation Measures Against Foreign Persons, Including a Ban on U.S. Government Procurement Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, Department of State. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES evidence using the variety of platforms we outlined in the background of this notice and below. A determination has been made that a number of foreign persons have engaged in activities that warrant the imposition of measures pursuant to Section 3 of the Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act. The Act provides for penalties on foreign entities SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 23:42 Oct 02, 2020 Jkt 253001 and individuals for the transfer to or acquisition from Iran since January 1, 1999; the transfer to or acquisition from Syria since January 1, 2005; or the transfer to or acquisition from North Korea since January 1, 2006, of goods, services, or technology controlled under multilateral control lists (Missile Technology Control Regime, Australia Group, Chemical Weapons Convention, Nuclear Suppliers Group, Wassenaar Arrangement) or otherwise having the potential to make a material contribution to the development of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) or cruise or ballistic missile systems. The latter category includes (a) items of the same kind as those on multilateral lists but falling below the control list parameters when it is determined that such items have the potential of making a material contribution to WMD or cruise or ballistic missile systems, (b) items on U.S. national control lists for WMD/missile reasons that are not on multilateral lists, and (c) other items with the potential of making such a material contribution when added through case-by-case decisions. DATES: September 23, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: On general issues: Pam Durham, Office of Missile, Biological, and Chemical Nonproliferation, Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, Department of State, Telephone: (202) 647–4930. For U.S. PO 00000 Frm 00092 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 government procurement ban issues: Eric Moore, Office of the Procurement Executive, Department of State, Telephone: (703) 875–4079. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On September 23, 2020, the U.S. Government applied the measures authorized in Section 3 of the Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act (Pub. L. 109–353) against the following foreign persons identified in the report submitted pursuant to Section 2(a) of the Act: Gaobeidian Kaituo Precise Instrument Co. Ltd (China) and any successor, subunit, or subsidiary thereof; Luo Dingwen (Chinese individual); Raybeam Optronics Co. Ltd. (China) and any successor, sub-unit, or subsidiary thereof; Tungsten Online (Xiamen) Manu and Sales Corp. (China) and any successor, sub-unit, or subsidiary thereof; Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) (Iran) and any successor, subunit, or subsidiary thereof; Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq (AAH) (Iraq) and any successor, sub-unit, or subsidiary thereof; Rosoboronexport (Russia) and any successor, sub-unit, or subsidiary thereof; Al Jaysh al Sha’bi (Syria) and any successor, sub-unit, or subsidiary thereof; Fifth Border Guard Regiment (Syria) and any successor, sub-unit, or subsidiary thereof; E:\FR\FM\05OCN1.SGM 05OCN1

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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 193 (Monday, October 5, 2020)]
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SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION

[Docket No. SSA-2020-0027]


Requiring Electronic Submission of Evidence by Certain Claimant 
Representatives

AGENCY: Social Security Administration.

ACTION: Notice; implementation of requirement.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with our rules, we are announcing a new 
requirement for representatives who request direct fee payment. A 
representative must submit all evidence electronically in claims for 
Social Security disability insurance benefits under title II of the 
Social Security Act (Act), and claims for Supplemental Security Income 
(SSI) payments based on disability under title XVI of the Act, if the 
representative requests direct fee payment on that claim; the claim or 
case has an electronic folder; and the claim is pending at the Office 
of Hearings Operations (OHO) or the Appeals Council. We expect 
electronic submission of this evidence will benefit claimants, 
representatives, and the Social Security Administration by improving 
our administrative efficiency and workload management, both during our 
COVID-19 health protocols and beyond.

DATES: We will apply this notice beginning on November 4, 2020.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Matthew Wright, Office of Hearings 
Operations, Social Security Administration, 5107 Leesburg Pike, Suite 
1608, Falls Church, VA 22041,

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(703) 605-8500 for information about this notice. For general 
information or inquiries about the electronic folder, please write to 
the Office of Electronic Services and Systems Integration, 5107 
Leesburg Pike, Suite 1509, Falls Church, VA 22041. For information on 
eligibility or filing for benefits, call our national toll-free number, 
1-800-772-1213 or TTY 1-800-325-0778, or visit our internet site, 
Social Security Online, at http://www.socialsecurity.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    On September 12, 2011, we published final rules that require 
representatives to conduct business with us electronically at the times 
and in the manner we prescribe on matters for which the representative 
requests direct fee payment. (76 FR 56107). See 20 CFR 404.1713, 
416.1513. At the time, we did not require representatives to use any 
specific electronic service. Rather, in the preamble to the final rule, 
we stated that, ``[o]nce we determine that we should make a particular 
electronic service publicly available because it works well, we will 
publish a notice in the Federal Register. The notice will contain the 
new requirement(s) and a list of all established electronic service 
requirements.'' (76 FR at 56107). Since we published that final rule, 
we established two electronic services requirements for representatives 
who seek direct payment of their fees.
    First, on January 31, 2012 and March 8, 2012, we published notices 
requiring representatives requesting direct fee payment to file 
requests for reconsideration or requests for a hearing by an 
administrative law judge for disability claims electronically through 
the internet Appeals (iAppeals) portal. (77 FR 4653 and 77 FR 13968).
    Second, on April 18, 2016, we published a notice announcing the 
requirement that, for claims with certified electronic folders pending 
at the hearing or Appeals Council levels, a representative must access 
and obtain a claimant's folder through Appointed Representative 
Services (ARS) in all matters for which the representative requests 
direct fee payment. (81 FR 22697). We implemented this requirement to:
    (1) Improve administrative efficiency by eliminating the time-
consuming task of providing compact disc copies of the electronic 
folder to representatives;
    (2) Ensure that representatives provide the best possible service 
to claimants by using the most up-to-date information in the claims 
folder; and
    (3) Manage the unprecedented workload pending at the hearings level 
and the Appeals Council.

New Requirement

    Due to our COVID-19 pandemic protocols, we need to reduce our 
manual workloads, which require physical interaction with evidence. We 
are requiring appointed representatives who request direct fee payments 
to submit all evidence electronically through Electronic Records 
Express (ERE), ARS, or iAppeals in claims for Social Security 
disability insurance benefits under title II of the Act and claims for 
SSI payments based on disability under title XVI of the Act if: (1) The 
representative requests direct fee payment on that claim, (2) the claim 
or case has an electronic folder, and (3) the claim is pending at OHO 
or the Appeals Council.
    We are implementing this requirement to ensure that representatives 
provide the best possible service to claimants through the use of our 
electronic services, and to allow us to effectively manage our 
workloads, particularly during the COVID-19 national public health 
emergency. We received approximately 14 million pieces of paper medical 
evidence and 36 million pieces of electronic medical evidence in fiscal 
year 2019. Submitting evidence electronically eliminates the need for 
our staff to process that evidence and manually associate it with the 
correct claims folder, promotes administrative efficiency, reduces the 
amount of paper evidence that requires physical handling and processing 
by our employees and contractors, and minimizes errors that may occur 
through manual processing. In addition, while we planned to issue this 
new requirement prior to the current COVID-19 national public health 
emergency, pursuing it now is even more critical because contactless 
transmission of evidence allows for maximum telework flexibilities and 
limits the need to handle documents manually.
    Increasing the use of the electronic submission of evidence 
minimizes manual workloads in the administrative review process and 
allows us to direct staff resources toward resolution of cases pending, 
rather than toward processing paper evidence, which requires in-office 
contact with the evidence and proximity to other individuals.
    Because this policy offers important benefits beyond reducing the 
risk of COVID-19, we plan to retain this requirement even after the 
COVID-19 pandemic ends. Specifically, the ability to process evidence 
and develop cases electronically allows us to balance our workloads 
across the country by assigning the work to a broader network of 
available staff and adjudicators. This practice has proven successful 
with reducing the hearings backlog since 2016, and will help us carry 
out our mission now, while our offices currently maximize telework, and 
in the future. For more information about our ongoing plan to manage 
our hearings workload, please visit our website (https://www.ssa.gov/appeals/), where we provide information about the ``Compassionate And 
Responsive Service'' (CARES) plan for 2016, 2017, and 2018-2019.
    The new requirement is subject to the conditions discussed below.

Requiring Electronic Uploads for Representatives Seeking Direct Fee 
Payment

    In accordance with 20 CFR 404.1713, 416.1513, as of November 4, 
2020, representatives are required to use ERE, ARS, or iAppeals, as 
available, to submit evidence electronically in claims for disability 
insurance benefits under title II of the Act and claims for SSI 
payments based on disability under title XVI of the Act, for which: (1) 
The representative requests direct fee payment, (2) the claim or case 
has an electronic folder, and (3) the claim is pending at OHO or the 
Appeals Council.
    Although we do not require it, we also strongly encourage 
representatives who are not requesting direct payment to submit 
evidence electronically through ERE, ARS, or iAppeals.
    The requirement that a representative submit evidence 
electronically, as described above, constitutes an affirmative duty 
under 20 CFR 404.1740(b)(4), 416.1530(b)(4). We may investigate to 
determine if representatives have violated this duty or are attempting 
to circumvent our rules, including by having claimants whom they 
represent submit their own evidence via non-electronic means when this 
requirement is applicable to the representative. We may sanction a 
representative who does not follow our rules. 20 CFR 404.1740-1795 and 
416.1540-1595. However, we will not reject or delay a claimant's 
hearing or process a claim differently if a representative fails to 
comply with this electronic upload requirement.
    We acknowledge there may be a few situations where case 
characteristics, our systems, or other limitations preclude a 
representative's ability to submit evidence electronically. In these 
situations, we will consider the representative's individual

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circumstances when deciding whether to pursue sanctions for failing to 
comply with this requirement. Claimants' representatives who are not 
eligible for direct payment, and representatives who do not request 
direct payment of fees in a case may continue to submit evidence 
through non-electronic means such as mailing, faxing, hand delivering, 
or sending documents to a contract scanner. However, we strongly 
encourage all representatives to submit evidence using the variety of 
platforms we outlined in the background of this notice and below.

Additional Information

    Additional information is available on our Representing Social 
Security Claimants website at http://www.ssa.gov/representation/. 
Instructions for requesting access to the electronic folder are 
available at https://www.ssa.gov/ar/. Instructions for requesting an 
ERE account or submitting evidence through ERE without an account are 
available at https://www.ssa.gov/ere/.

Our Electronic Systems

    We presently operate three systems through which users are able to 
upload evidence electronically: (ERE), (ARS), and iAppeals. A 
description of each system follows in the chart below.

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                                                                                          Available at OHO and
            Application                       Purpose                   Users           appeals council levels?
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Electronic Records Express (ERE)..   ERE is a free web-                Yes.
                                     based tool that allows      Representatives.
                                     users to securely upload    Other 3rd
                                     evidence directly to a      Parties (e.g.
                                     claimant's electronic       medical
                                     record, either online or    professionals,
                                     by fax, using a barcode     contractors)..
                                     specific to that record.
                                     Using this tool
                                     has a number of
                                     advantages including (1)
                                     immediate fax or upload
                                     of evidence; (2) secure
                                     transfer of sensitive and
                                     personally identifiable
                                     information..
Appointed Representative Services    ARS permits an                    Yes.
 (ARS).                              appointed representative    Representatives.
                                     to examine an electronic
                                     folder online, download
                                     material from the
                                     electronic folder, and
                                     upload new evidence to
                                     the electronic folder.
iAppeals..........................   The iAppeals                      Yes.
                                     application accepts both    Representatives.
                                     Medical (Disability) &      Individuals
                                     Non-Medical (Non-           (Claimants)..
                                     Disability) appeals on      Other 3rd
                                     Title II and Title XVI      Parties..
                                     denied claims or
                                     dismissals.
                                     This process
                                     allows an individual to
                                     file the necessary
                                     application to appeal the
                                     decision and submit
                                     evidence on-line.
                                     Evidence can be
                                     submitted with the
                                     appeal, but subsequent
                                     evidence must be uploaded
                                     via ERE or ARS.
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    The Commissioner of the Social Security Administration, Andrew 
Saul, having reviewed and approved this document, is delegating the 
authority to electronically sign this document to Faye I. Lipsky, who 
is the primary Federal Register Liaison for SSA, for purposes of 
publication in the Federal Register.

Faye I. Lipsky,
Federal Register Liaison, Office of Legislation and Congressional 
Affairs, Social Security Administration.
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