Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request, 76142-76147 [2020-26178]

Download as PDF 76142 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 229 / Friday, November 27, 2020 / Notices • Send an email to rule-comments@ sec.gov. Please include File Number PCAOB–2020–01 on the subject line. Paper Comments • Send paper comments in triplicate to Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street NE, Washington, DC 20549–1090. All submissions should refer to File Number PCAOB–2020–01. This file number should be included on the subject line if email is used. To help the Commission process and review your comments more efficiently, please use only one method. The Commission will post all comments on the Commission’s internet website (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/pcaob.shtml). Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, all written statements with respect to the proposed rules that are filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to the proposed rules between the Commission and any person, other than those that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for website viewing and printing in the Commission’s Public Reference Room, 100 F Street NE, Washington, DC 20549 on official business days between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Copies of such filing will also be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the PCAOB. All comments received will be posted without charge. Persons submitting comments are cautioned that we do not redact or edit personal identifying information from comment submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number PCAOB–2020–01 and should be submitted on or before December 18, 2020. The meeting will be held via remote means and/or at the Commission’s headquarters, 100 F Street NE, Washington, DC 20549. STATUS: This meeting will be closed to the public. MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED: Commissioners, Counsel to the Commissioners, the Secretary to the Commission, and recording secretaries will attend the closed meeting. Certain staff members who have an interest in the matters also may be present. In the event that the time, date, or location of this meeting changes, an announcement of the change, along with the new time, date, and/or place of the meeting will be posted on the Commission’s website at https:// www.sec.gov. The General Counsel of the Commission, or his designee, has certified that, in his opinion, one or more of the exemptions set forth in 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(3), (5), (6), (7), (8), 9(B) and (10) and 17 CFR 200.402(a)(3), (a)(5), (a)(6), (a)(7), (a)(8), (a)(9)(ii) and (a)(10), permit consideration of the scheduled matters at the closed meeting. The subject matter of the closed meeting will consist of the following topic: Institution and settlement of injunctive actions; Institution and settlement of administrative proceedings; Resolution of litigation claims; and Other matters relating to enforcement proceedings. At times, changes in Commission priorities require alterations in the scheduling of meeting agenda items that may consist of adjudicatory, examination, litigation, or regulatory matters. CONTACT PERSON FOR MORE INFORMATION: For further information; please contact Vanessa A. Countryman from the Office of the Secretary at (202) 551–5400. PLACE: For the Commission by the Office of the Chief Accountant, by delegated authority.69 J. Matthew DeLesDernier, Assistant Secretary. Dated: November 24, 2020. Vanessa A. Countryman, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2020–26145 Filed 11–25–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P [FR Doc. 2020–26316 Filed 11–24–20; 11:15 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Docket No. SSA–2020–0058] Sunshine Act Meetings Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 2, 2020. The Social Security Administration (SSA) publishes a list of information TIME AND DATE: 69 17 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– 2020–0058]. The information collections below are pending at SSA. SSA will submit them to OMB within 60 days from the date of this notice. To be sure we consider your comments, we must receive them no later than January 26, 2021. Individuals can obtain copies of the collection instruments by writing to the above email address. 1. Partnership Questionnaire—20 CFR 404.1080–404.1082—0960–0025. SSA considers partnership income in determining entitlement to Social Security benefits. SSA uses information from Form SSA–7104 to determine several aspects of eligibility for benefits, including the accuracy of reported partnership earnings; the veracity of a retirement; and lag earnings where SSA needs this information to determine the status of the insured. The respondents are applicants for, and recipients of, Title II Social Security benefits who are reporting partnership earnings. Type of Request: Revision of an OMBapproved information collection. CFR 200.30–11(b)(1) and (3). VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:29 Nov 25, 2020 Jkt 253001 PO 00000 Frm 00139 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\27NON1.SGM 27NON1 76143 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 229 / Friday, November 27, 2020 / Notices Modality of completion Number of respondents Average burden per response (minutes) Frequency of response Average theoretical hourly cost amount (dollars) * Estimated total annual burden (hours) Average wait time in field office (minutes) ** Total annual opportunity cost (dollars) *** SSA–7104 (submission via mail) .................... SSA–7104 (completed in or brought to a field office) ................ 6,175 1 30 3,088 * 25.72 ........................ *** 79,423 6,175 1 30 3,088 * 25.72 ** 24 *** 142,952 Totals .................... 12,350 ........................ ........................ 6,176 ........................ ........................ *** 222,375 * We based this figure on the average U.S. citizen’s hourly salary, as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (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. Statement of Marital Relationship (By one of the parties)—20 CFR 404.726—0960–0038. SSA must obtain a signed statement from a spousal applicant if the applicant claims a common-law marriage to the insured in a state in which such marriages are recognized, and no formal marriage documentation exists. SSA uses information we collect on Form SSA– 754 to determine if an individual applying for spousal benefits meets the criteria of common-law marriage under state law. The respondents are applicants for spouse’s Social Security benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments. Type of Request: Revision of an OMBapproved information collection. Modality of completion Number of respondents Frequency of response Average burden per response (minutes) Estimated total annual burden (hours) Average theoretical hourly cost amount (dollars) * Average wait time in field office (minutes) ** Total annual opportunity cost (dollars) *** SSA–754 ...................... 30,000 1 30 15,000 * $25.72 ** 24 *** $694,440 * We based this figure on the average U.S. citizen’s hourly salary, as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (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. claimant’s date of birth. SSA collects information from claimants using Form SSA–1535 to provide the Census Bureau with sufficient identification information to allow an accurate search of census records. Additionally, the Census Bureau uses a completed, signed SSA–1535 to bill SSA for the search. 3. Application for Search of Census Records for Proof of Age—20 CFR 404.716—0960–0097. When preferred evidence of age is not available, or the available evidence is not convincing, SSA may ask the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, to search its records to establish a The respondents are applicants for Social Security benefits who need to establish their date of birth as a factor of entitlement. 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–1535 .................... 18,030 1 12 3,606 * $25.72 ** 24 *** $278,239 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES * We based this figure on the average U.S. citizen’s hourly salary, as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (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. 4. Workers’ Compensation/Public Disability Questionnaire—20 CFR 404.408—0960–0247. Section 224 of the Social Security Act (Act) provides for the reduction of disability insurance benefits (DIB) when the combination of VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:29 Nov 25, 2020 Jkt 253001 DIB and any workers’ compensation (WC) or certain Federal, State or local public disability benefits (PDB) exceeds 80 percent of the worker’s pre-disability earnings. SSA field office staff conduct in-person interviews with applicants PO 00000 Frm 00140 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 using the electronic SSA–546 WC/PDB screens in the Modernized Claims System (MCS) to determine if the worker’s receipt of WC or PDB payments will cause a reduction of DIB. E:\FR\FM\27NON1.SGM 27NON1 76144 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 229 / Friday, November 27, 2020 / Notices The respondents are applicants for the Title II DIB. 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–546 (MCS Screens) ................... 248,000 1 15 62,000 $10.73 ** 24 *** $1,729,676 * 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. 5. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Claim Information Notice—20 CFR 416.210—0960–0324. Section 1611(e)(2) of the Act requires individuals to file for and obtain all payments (annuities, pensions, disability benefits, veteran’s compensation, etc.) for which they are eligible before qualifying for SSI payments. Individuals do not qualify for SSI if they do not first apply for all other benefits. SSA uses the information on Form SSA–L8050 to verify and establish a claimant’s or recipient’s eligibility under the SSI program. Respondents are SSI applicants or recipients who may be eligible for other payments from public or private programs. 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) * Total annual opportunity cost (dollars) ** SSA–L8050 .............................................. 17,044 1 10 2,841 * $10.73 ** $30,484 * We based this figure on average DI payments based on SSA’s current FY 2020 data (https://www.ssa.gov/legislation/ 2020Fact%20Sheet.pdf). ** This figure does not represent actual costs that SSA is imposing on recipients of Social Security payments to complete this application; rather, these are theoretical opportunity costs for the additional time respondents will spend to complete the application. There is no actual charge to respondents to complete the application. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES 6. Medical Source Statement of Ability To Do Work Related Activities (Physical and Mental)—20 CFR 404.1512–404.1513, 416.912–416.913, 404.1517, and 416.917—0960–0662. When a claimant appeals a denied disability claim, SSA may ask the claimant to have a consultative examination at the agency’s expense, if the claimant’s medical sources cannot, or will not, give the agency sufficient capabilities of claimants who appeal SSA’s previous determination on their issue of disability. The respondents are medical sources who provide reports based either on existing medical evidence or on consultative examinations. Type of Request: Revision of an OMBapproved information collection. evidence to determine whether the claimant is disabled. The medical providers who perform these consultative examinations provide a statement about the claimant’s state of disability. Specifically, these medical source statements determine the workrelated capabilities of these claimants. SSA collects the medical data on the HA–1151 and HA–1152 to assess the work-related physical and mental 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) * Total annual opportunity cost (dollars) ** HA–1151 .................................................. HA–1152 .................................................. 5,000 5,000 30 30 15 15 37,500 37,500 * $40.21 * $40.21 ** $1,507,875 ** $1,507,875 Totals ................................................ 10,000 ........................ ........................ 75,000 ........................ ** $3,015,750 * We based this figure on average medical professionals’ salaries, as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (https://www.bls.gov/oes/ current/oes290000.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. 7. Objection to Appearing by Video Teleconferencing; Acknowledgement of Receipt (Notice of Hearing); Waiver of Written Notice of Hearing—20 CFR VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:29 Nov 25, 2020 Jkt 253001 404.935, 404.936; 404.938, 404.939, 416.1435, 416.1436, 416.1438, & 416.1439—0960–0671. SSA uses the information we obtain on Forms HA–55, PO 00000 Frm 00141 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 HA–504, HA–504–OP1, HA–510, and HA–510–OP1 to manage the means by which we conduct hearings before an administrative law judge (ALJ), and the E:\FR\FM\27NON1.SGM 27NON1 76145 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 229 / Friday, November 27, 2020 / Notices scheduling of hearings with an ALJ. We use the HA–55, Objection to Appearing by Video Teleconferencing, and its accompanying cover letter, HA–L2, to allow claimants to opt-out of an appearance via video teleconferencing (VTC) for their hearing with an ALJ. The HA–L2 explains the good cause stipulation for opting out of VTC if the claimant misses their window to submit the HA–55, and for verifying a new residence address if the claimant moved since submitting their initial hearing request. SSA uses the HA–504 and HA– 504–OP1, Acknowledgement of Receipt (Notice of Hearing), and accompanying cover letter, HA–L83, to: (1) Acknowledge the claimants will appear for their hearing with an ALJ; (2) establish the time and place of the hearing; and (3) remind claimants to gather evidence in support of their claims. The only difference between the two versions of the HA–504 is the language used for the selection check boxes as determined by the type of appearance for the hearing (in-person, phone teleconference, or VTC). In addition, the cover letter, HA–L83, explains: (1) The claimants’ need to notify SSA of their wish to object to the time and place set for the hearing; (2) the good cause stipulation for missing the deadline for objecting to the time and place of the hearing; and (3) how the claimants can submit, in writing, any additional evidence they would like the ALJ to consider, or any objections they have on their claims. The HA–510, and HA–510–OP1, Waiver of Written Notice of Hearing, allows the claimants to waive their right to receive the Notice of Hearing as specified in the HA–L83. We typically use these forms when there Number of respondents Modality of completion Frequency of response Average burden per response (minutes) is a last minute available opening on an ALJ’s schedule, so the claimants can fill in the available time slot. If the claimants agree to fill the time slot, we ask them to waive their right to receive the Notice of Hearing. We use the HA– 510–OP1 at the beginning of our process for representatives and claimants who wish to waive the 20-day (for amended or continued hearing notices) or 75-day (for all other hearing notices) requirement earlier in the process, and the HA–510 later in the process for those representatives and claimants who want the full 20 or 75 days prior to the scheduled hearing. The respondents are applicants for Social Security disability payments who request a hearing to appeal an unfavorable entitlement or eligibility determination or their representative payees. Average theoretical hourly cost amount (dollars) * Estimated total annual burden (hours) Total annual opportunity cost (dollars) ** HA–504+ HA–504–OP1 HA–504–OP2 .... HA–L83—404.936(e); 416.1436(e) .......... HA–L83—Good cause for missing deadline—404.936(e)(1); 416.1436(e)(1) ..... HA–L83—Objection stating issues in notice are incorrect—sent 5 days prior to hearing 404.939; 416.1439 .................. HA–55—404.936; 404.938; 416.1436; 416.1438 ............................................... HA–L2—Verification of New Residence 404.936(c)(1); 416.1436(d)(1) .............. HA–L2—Notification of objection to video teleconference more than 30-days after receipt of notice showing good cause 404.936(c)(2); 416.1436(d)(2) ... HA–510; HA–510–OP1—404.938(a); 416.1438(a) .......................................... 900,000 900,000 1 1 30 30 450,000 450,000 * $18.22 * 18.22 ** $8,199,000 ** 8,199,000 5,000 1 5 417 * 18.22 ** 7,598 45,000 1 5 3,750 * 18.22 ** 68,325 850,000 1 5 70,833 * 18.22 ** 1,290,577 45,000 1 5 3,750 * 18.22 ** 68,325 13,500 1 10 2,250 * 18.22 ** 40,995 4,000 1 2 133 * 18.22 ** 2,423 Totals ................................................ 2,762,500 ........................ ........................ 981,133 ........................ ** 17,876,243 + Due to the COVID–19 pandemic, we are currently not conducting hearings in person with administrative law judges. We are holding all hearings with the administrative law judges by telephone and online video while offices remain closed. We are using different versions of the HA–504 depending on the format of the hearing (HA–504 is used for in-person/traditional VTC, HA–504–OP1 is used for phone, HA–504–OP2 is used for online video). At this time, we are unable to provide an accurate breakdown of their usages individually until offices reopen. The combined total for all of the versions is a good estimate. Public Reporting Burdens for the Temporary COVID–19 Enhanced Outreach (CEO) We estimate a total universe of approximately 560,000 respondents for Number of respondents jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Modality of completion CEO Letter and Form Mailed to Representative ............................................ Courtesy Copy of CEO Letter to Claimant ......................................................... VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:29 Nov 25, 2020 the COVID–19 Enhanced Outreach (CEO) project. This number represents 280,000 cases in ‘‘Ready to Schedule’’ (RTS) and ‘‘Scheduled’’ (SCHD) statuses with attorney or non-attorney representatives, plus a courtesy copy to Jkt 253001 Frequency of response Average burden per response (minutes) the claimant. We will also conduct a follow-up call for cases without a returned form. We expect 25% or less will be non-responsive. The numbers on this chart reflect our estimates for this outreach project: Estimated total annual burden (hours) Average theoretical hourly cost amount (dollars) * Total annual opportunity cost (dollars) ** 280,000 1 10 46,667 * $25.72 ** $1,200,275 280,000 No response required 2 9,333 * 25.72 ** 240,045 PO 00000 Frm 00142 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\27NON1.SGM 27NON1 76146 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 229 / Friday, November 27, 2020 / Notices Number of respondents Modality of completion Frequency of response Average burden per response (minutes) Average theoretical hourly cost amount (dollars) * Estimated total annual burden (hours) Total annual opportunity cost (dollars) ** CEO Follow up Call with Representative—no form returned (non-responsive) ...................................................... 70,000 1 5 5,833 * 25.72 ** 150,025 Totals ................................................ 630,000 ........................ ........................ 61,833 ........................ ** 1,590,345 Grand Total ................................ 3,392,500 ........................ ........................ 1,042,966 ........................ ** $19,466,588 * We based these figures on average DI hourly wages for single students based on SSA’s current FY 2020 data (https://www.ssa.gov/legislation/2020Fact%20Sheet.pdf), and on average U.S. citizen’s hourly salary, as reported by Bureau of Labor Statistics data (https://www.bls.gov/ oes/current/oes231011.htm), as well as a combination of those two figures (for the paper form, as we do not collect data on whether the paper forms are filled out by individuals or representatives or both). ** 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 Subsidy Quality Review Forms—20 CFR 418.3125(b)(5)—0960– 0707. The Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 mandated the creation of the Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage program and provides certain subsidies for eligible Medicare beneficiaries to help pay for the cost of prescription drugs. As part of the stewardship duties of the Medicare Part D subsidy program, SSA conducts periodic quality reviews of the information Medicare beneficiaries report on their subsidy applications (Form SSA–1020). SSA uses the Medicare Quality Review program to Number of respondents Modality of completion SSA–9301 (Medicare Subsidy Quality Review Case Analysis Form ................ SSA–9302 (Notice of Quality Review Acknowledgment Form for those with Phones) ................................................ SSA–9303 (Notice of Quality Review Acknowledgment Form for those without Phones) ................................................ SSA–9308 (Request for Information) ...... SSA–9310 (Request for Documents) ...... SSA–9311 (Notice of Appointment- Denial -Reviewer Will Call) ....................... SSA–9312 (Notice of Appointment-Denial-Please Call Reviewer) ................... SSA–9313 (Notice of Quality Review acknowledgment Form for those with Phones) ................................................ SSA–9314 (Notice of Quality Review acknowledgement Form for those without Phones) ................................................ Total .................................................. Frequency of response Average burden per response (minutes) conduct these checks. The respondents are applicants for the Medicare Part D subsidy whom SSA chose to undergo a quality review. Type of Request: Revision of an OMBapproved information collection. Average theoretical hourly cost amount (dollars) * Estimated total annual burden (hours) Total annual opportunity cost (dollars) ** 3,500 1 30 1,750 * $25.72 ** $45,010 3,500 1 15 875 * $25.72 ** $22,505 350 7,000 3,500 1 1 1 15 15 5 88 1,750 292 * $25.72 * $25.72 * $25.72 ** $2,263 ** $45,010 ** $7,510 450 1 15 113 * $25.72 ** $2,906 50 1 15 13 * $25.72 ** $334 2,500 1 15 625 * $25.72 ** $16,075 500 1 15 125 * $25.72 ** $3,215 21,350 ........................ ........................ 5,631 ........................ ** $144,828 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES * We based this figures on average U.S. citizen’s hourly salary, as reported by Bureau of Labor Statistics data (https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/ oes_nat.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. 9. Application to Collect a Fee for Payee Services—20 CFR 404.2040a & 416.640a—0960–0719. Sections 205(j) and 1631(a) of the Act allow SSA to authorize certain organizational representative payees to collect a fee for providing payee services. Before an VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:29 Nov 25, 2020 Jkt 253001 organization may collect this fee, they complete and submit Form SSA–445. SSA uses the information to determine whether to authorize or deny permission to collect fees for payee services. The respondents are private sector businesses, or State and local PO 00000 Frm 00143 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 government offices, applying to become a fee-for-service organizational representative payee. Type of Request: Revision of an OMBapproved information collection. E:\FR\FM\27NON1.SGM 27NON1 76147 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 229 / Friday, November 27, 2020 / Notices Number of respondents Modality of completion Frequency of response Average burden per response (minutes) Average theoretical hourly cost amount (dollars) * Estimated total annual burden (hours) Total annual opportunity cost (dollars) ** Private sector business ............................ State/local government offices ................. 90 10 1 1 13 10 20 2 * $15.37 * $15.07 ** $307 ** $30 Totals ................................................ 100 ........................ ........................ 22 ........................ ** $337 * We based these figures on average Personal Care and Service Occupations hourly wages (https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes390000.htm), as reported by Bureau of Labor Statistics data. ** This figure does not represent actual costs that SSA is imposing on recipients of Social Security payments to complete this application; rather, these are theoretical opportunity costs for the additional time respondents will spend to complete the application. There is no actual charge to respondents to complete the application. 10. Certification of Low Birth Weight for SSI Eligibility—20 CFR 416.924, 416.926, and 416.931—0960–0720. Hospitals and claimants use Form SSA– 3380 to provide medical information to local field offices (FO) and the Disability Determination Services (DDS) on behalf of infants with low birth weight. FOs use the form as a protective filing statement and the medical information to make presumptive disability findings, which allow expedited payment to eligible claimants. DDSs use the medical information to determine disability and continuing disability. The respondents are hospitals and claimants who have information identifying low birth weight babies and their medical conditions. 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) * Total annual opportunity cost (dollars) ** SSA–3380 ................................................ 28,125 1 15 7,031 * $61.97 $435,711 * We based this figure by averaging the average U.S. worker’s (https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nat.htm) and General Medical Hospital employee’s hourly wages (https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes291215.htm), as reported by Bureau of Labor Statistics data. ** This figure does not represent actual costs that SSA is imposing on recipients of Social Security payments to complete this application; rather, these are theoretical opportunity costs for the additional time respondents will spend to complete the application. There is no actual charge to respondents to complete the application. 11. Electronic Records Express (Third Parties)—20 CFR 404.1700—404.1715— 0960–0767. Electronic Records Express (ERE) is an online system which enables medical providers and various third party representatives to electronically access clients’ disability files online and submit disability claimant information electronically to SSA as part of the disability application process. To ensure only authorized people access ERE, SSA requires third parties to complete a unique registration process if they wish to use this system. This information collection request (ICR) includes the third-party registration process and the burden for submitting evidence to SSA is part of other, various ICRs. The respondents are representatives of disability applicants who want to use ERE to electronically access clients’ disability files online and submit information to SSA. 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) * Total annual opportunity cost (dollars) ** ERE Third-Party ....................................... 37,314 81 1 50,374 * $59.11 ** $2,977,607 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES * We based this figures on average Lawyer’s hourly salary, as reported by Bureau of Labor Statistics data (https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/ oes_nat.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. Dated: November 23, 2020. Naomi Sipple, Reports Clearance Officer, Social Security Administration. [FR Doc. 2020–26178 Filed 11–25–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4191–02–P SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD [Docket No. FD 36459] Great Basin and Northern Railroad— Change in Operators Exemption—City of Ely and Nevada Northern Railway Foundation Great Basin and Northern Railroad (Great Basin), a Class III rail carrier, has VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:29 Nov 25, 2020 Jkt 253001 PO 00000 Frm 00144 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 filed a verified notice of exemption pursuant to 49 CFR 1150.41 to assume operations over approximately 0.9 miles of rail line between milepost 127.0 and milepost 127.9 at or near McGill Junction in White Pine County, Nev. (the Line). The Line is owned by the City of Ely (the City) and the Nevada Northern Railway Foundation (the Foundation), and is currently operated E:\FR\FM\27NON1.SGM 27NON1

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SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION

[Docket No. SSA-2020-0058]


Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed 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-2020-0058].
    The information collections below are pending at SSA. SSA will 
submit them to OMB within 60 days from the date of this notice. To be 
sure we consider your comments, we must receive them no later than 
January 26, 2021. Individuals can obtain copies of the collection 
instruments by writing to the above email address.
    1. Partnership Questionnaire--20 CFR 404.1080-404.1082--0960-0025. 
SSA considers partnership income in determining entitlement to Social 
Security benefits. SSA uses information from Form SSA-7104 to determine 
several aspects of eligibility for benefits, including the accuracy of 
reported partnership earnings; the veracity of a retirement; and lag 
earnings where SSA needs this information to determine the status of 
the insured. The respondents are applicants for, and recipients of, 
Title II Social Security benefits who are reporting partnership 
earnings.
    Type of Request: Revision of an OMB-approved information 
collection.

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                                                                                                              Average
                                                                              Average        Estimated      theoretical    Average  wait   Total annual
         Modality of completion              Number of     Frequency of     burden per     total annual     hourly cost   time in  field    opportunity
                                            respondents      response        response     burden (hours)      amount          office      cost (dollars)
                                                                             (minutes)                      (dollars) *    (minutes) **         ***
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SSA-7104 (submission via mail)..........           6,175               1              30           3,088         * 25.72  ..............      *** 79,423
SSA-7104 (completed in or brought to a             6,175               1              30           3,088         * 25.72           ** 24     *** 142,952
 field office)..........................
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    Totals..............................          12,350  ..............  ..............           6,176  ..............  ..............     *** 222,375
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* We based this figure on the average U.S. citizen's hourly salary, as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (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. Statement of Marital Relationship (By one of the parties)--20 
CFR 404.726--0960-0038. SSA must obtain a signed statement from a 
spousal applicant if the applicant claims a common-law marriage to the 
insured in a state in which such marriages are recognized, and no 
formal marriage documentation exists. SSA uses information we collect 
on Form SSA-754 to determine if an individual applying for spousal 
benefits meets the criteria of common-law marriage under state law. The 
respondents are applicants for spouse's Social Security benefits or 
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments.
    Type of Request: Revision of an OMB-approved information 
collection.

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                                                                                                           Average
                                                                     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
                                     respondents        response        (minutes)         (hours)           amount           office       cost (dollars)
                                                                                                         (dollars) *      (minutes) **         ***
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SSA-754..........................          30,000                1               30           15,000         * $25.72            ** 24     *** $694,440
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* We based this figure on the average U.S. citizen's hourly salary, as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (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 Search of Census Records for Proof of Age--20 
CFR 404.716--0960-0097. When preferred evidence of age is not 
available, or the available evidence is not convincing, SSA may ask the 
U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, to search its 
records to establish a claimant's date of birth. SSA collects 
information from claimants using Form SSA-1535 to provide the Census 
Bureau with sufficient identification information to allow an accurate 
search of census records. Additionally, the Census Bureau uses a 
completed, signed SSA-1535 to bill SSA for the search. The respondents 
are applicants for Social Security benefits who need to establish their 
date of birth as a factor of entitlement.
    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
                                     respondents        response        (minutes)         (hours)           amount           office       cost (dollars)
                                                                                                         (dollars) *      (minutes) **         ***
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SSA-1535.........................          18,030                1               12            3,606         * $25.72            ** 24     *** $278,239
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* We based this figure on the average U.S. citizen's hourly salary, as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (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.

    4. Workers' Compensation/Public Disability Questionnaire--20 CFR 
404.408--0960-0247. Section 224 of the Social Security Act (Act) 
provides for the reduction of disability insurance benefits (DIB) when 
the combination of DIB and any workers' compensation (WC) or certain 
Federal, State or local public disability benefits (PDB) exceeds 80 
percent of the worker's pre-disability earnings. SSA field office staff 
conduct in-person interviews with applicants using the electronic SSA-
546 WC/PDB screens in the Modernized Claims System (MCS) to determine 
if the worker's receipt of WC or PDB payments will cause a reduction of 
DIB.

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The respondents are applicants for the Title II DIB.
    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
                                     respondents        response        (minutes)         (hours)           amount           office       cost (dollars)
                                                                                                         (dollars) *      (minutes) **         ***
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SSA-546 (MCS Screens)............         248,000                1               15           62,000           $10.73            ** 24   *** $1,729,676
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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.

    5. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Claim Information Notice--20 
CFR 416.210--0960-0324. Section 1611(e)(2) of the Act requires 
individuals to file for and obtain all payments (annuities, pensions, 
disability benefits, veteran's compensation, etc.) for which they are 
eligible before qualifying for SSI payments. Individuals do not qualify 
for SSI if they do not first apply for all other benefits. SSA uses the 
information on Form SSA-L8050 to verify and establish a claimant's or 
recipient's eligibility under the SSI program. Respondents are SSI 
applicants or recipients who may be eligible for other payments from 
public or private programs.
    Type of Request: Revision of an OMB-approved information 
collection.

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                                                                                                                            Average
                                                                                      Average  burden  Estimated total    theoretical      Total annual
              Modality of completion                   Number of       Frequency of    per  response    annual burden     hourly cost      opportunity
                                                      respondents        response        (minutes)         (hours)           amount       cost (dollars)
                                                                                                                          (dollars) *           **
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SSA-L8050.........................................          17,044                1               10            2,841         * $10.73       ** $30,484
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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).
** 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. Medical Source Statement of Ability To Do Work Related 
Activities (Physical and Mental)--20 CFR 404.1512-404.1513, 416.912-
416.913, 404.1517, and 416.917--0960-0662. When a claimant appeals a 
denied disability claim, SSA may ask the claimant to have a 
consultative examination at the agency's expense, if the claimant's 
medical sources cannot, or will not, give the agency sufficient 
evidence to determine whether the claimant is disabled. The medical 
providers who perform these consultative examinations provide a 
statement about the claimant's state of disability. Specifically, these 
medical source statements determine the work-related capabilities of 
these claimants. SSA collects the medical data on the HA-1151 and HA-
1152 to assess the work-related physical and mental capabilities of 
claimants who appeal SSA's previous determination on their issue of 
disability. The respondents are medical sources who provide reports 
based either on existing medical evidence or on consultative 
examinations.
    Type of Request: Revision of an OMB-approved information 
collection.

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                                                                                                                            Average
                                                                                      Average  burden  Estimated total    theoretical      Total annual
              Modality of completion                   Number of       Frequency of    per  response    annual burden     hourly cost      opportunity
                                                      respondents        response        (minutes)         (hours)           amount       cost (dollars)
                                                                                                                          (dollars) *           **
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HA-1151...........................................           5,000               30               15           37,500         * $40.21    ** $1,507,875
HA-1152...........................................           5,000               30               15           37,500         * $40.21    ** $1,507,875
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    Totals........................................          10,000   ...............  ...............          75,000   ...............   ** $3,015,750
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* We based this figure on average medical professionals' salaries, as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes290000.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.

    7. Objection to Appearing by Video Teleconferencing; 
Acknowledgement of Receipt (Notice of Hearing); Waiver of Written 
Notice of Hearing--20 CFR 404.935, 404.936; 404.938, 404.939, 416.1435, 
416.1436, 416.1438, & 416.1439--0960-0671. SSA uses the information we 
obtain on Forms HA-55, HA-504, HA-504-OP1, HA-510, and HA-510-OP1 to 
manage the means by which we conduct hearings before an administrative 
law judge (ALJ), and the

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scheduling of hearings with an ALJ. We use the HA-55, Objection to 
Appearing by Video Teleconferencing, and its accompanying cover letter, 
HA-L2, to allow claimants to opt-out of an appearance via video 
teleconferencing (VTC) for their hearing with an ALJ. The HA-L2 
explains the good cause stipulation for opting out of VTC if the 
claimant misses their window to submit the HA-55, and for verifying a 
new residence address if the claimant moved since submitting their 
initial hearing request. SSA uses the HA-504 and HA-504-OP1, 
Acknowledgement of Receipt (Notice of Hearing), and accompanying cover 
letter, HA-L83, to: (1) Acknowledge the claimants will appear for their 
hearing with an ALJ; (2) establish the time and place of the hearing; 
and (3) remind claimants to gather evidence in support of their claims. 
The only difference between the two versions of the HA-504 is the 
language used for the selection check boxes as determined by the type 
of appearance for the hearing (in-person, phone teleconference, or 
VTC). In addition, the cover letter, HA-L83, explains: (1) The 
claimants' need to notify SSA of their wish to object to the time and 
place set for the hearing; (2) the good cause stipulation for missing 
the deadline for objecting to the time and place of the hearing; and 
(3) how the claimants can submit, in writing, any additional evidence 
they would like the ALJ to consider, or any objections they have on 
their claims. The HA-510, and HA-510-OP1, Waiver of Written Notice of 
Hearing, allows the claimants to waive their right to receive the 
Notice of Hearing as specified in the HA-L83. We typically use these 
forms when there is a last minute available opening on an ALJ's 
schedule, so the claimants can fill in the available time slot. If the 
claimants agree to fill the time slot, we ask them to waive their right 
to receive the Notice of Hearing. We use the HA-510-OP1 at the 
beginning of our process for representatives and claimants who wish to 
waive the 20-day (for amended or continued hearing notices) or 75-day 
(for all other hearing notices) requirement earlier in the process, and 
the HA-510 later in the process for those representatives and claimants 
who want the full 20 or 75 days prior to the scheduled hearing. The 
respondents are applicants for Social Security disability payments who 
request a hearing to appeal an unfavorable entitlement or eligibility 
determination or their representative payees.

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                                                                                                                              Average
                                                                                              Average        Estimated      theoretical    Total annual
                 Modality of completion                      Number of     Frequency of     burden per     total annual     hourly cost     opportunity
                                                            respondents      response        response     burden (hours)      amount           cost
                                                                                             (minutes)                      (dollars) *    (dollars) **
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HA-504\+\ HA-504-OP1 HA-504-OP2.........................         900,000               1              30         450,000        * $18.22   ** $8,199,000
HA-L83--404.936(e); 416.1436(e).........................         900,000               1              30         450,000         * 18.22    ** 8,199,000
HA-L83--Good cause for missing deadline--404.936(e)(1);            5,000               1               5             417         * 18.22        ** 7,598
 416.1436(e)(1).........................................
HA-L83--Objection stating issues in notice are                    45,000               1               5           3,750         * 18.22       ** 68,325
 incorrect--sent 5 days prior to hearing 404.939;
 416.1439...............................................
HA-55--404.936; 404.938; 416.1436; 416.1438.............         850,000               1               5          70,833         * 18.22    ** 1,290,577
HA-L2--Verification of New Residence 404.936(c)(1);               45,000               1               5           3,750         * 18.22       ** 68,325
 416.1436(d)(1).........................................
HA-L2--Notification of objection to video teleconference          13,500               1              10           2,250         * 18.22       ** 40,995
 more than 30-days after receipt of notice showing good
 cause 404.936(c)(2); 416.1436(d)(2)....................
HA-510; HA-510-OP1--404.938(a); 416.1438(a).............           4,000               1               2             133         * 18.22        ** 2,423
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    Totals..............................................       2,762,500  ..............  ..............         981,133  ..............   ** 17,876,243
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+ Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently not conducting hearings in person with administrative law judges. We are holding all hearings with the
  administrative law judges by telephone and online video while offices remain closed. We are using different versions of the HA-504 depending on the
  format of the hearing (HA-504 is used for in-person/traditional VTC, HA-504-OP1 is used for phone, HA-504-OP2 is used for online video). At this time,
  we are unable to provide an accurate breakdown of their usages individually until offices reopen. The combined total for all of the versions is a good
  estimate.

Public Reporting Burdens for the Temporary COVID-19 Enhanced Outreach 
(CEO)

    We estimate a total universe of approximately 560,000 respondents 
for the COVID-19 Enhanced Outreach (CEO) project. This number 
represents 280,000 cases in ``Ready to Schedule'' (RTS) and 
``Scheduled'' (SCHD) statuses with attorney or non-attorney 
representatives, plus a courtesy copy to the claimant. We will also 
conduct a follow-up call for cases without a returned form. We expect 
25% or less will be non-responsive. The numbers on this chart reflect 
our estimates for this outreach project:

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                                                                                                                              Average
                                                                                          Average burden     Estimated      theoretical    Total annual
                 Modality of completion                      Number of     Frequency of    per  response   total annual     hourly cost     opportunity
                                                            respondents      response        (minutes)    burden (hours)      amount           cost
                                                                                                                            (dollars) *    (dollars) **
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CEO Letter and Form Mailed to Representative............         280,000               1              10          46,667        * $25.72   ** $1,200,275
Courtesy Copy of CEO Letter to Claimant.................         280,000     No response               2           9,333         * 25.72      ** 240,045
                                                                                required

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CEO Follow up Call with Representative--no form returned          70,000               1               5           5,833         * 25.72      ** 150,025
 (non-responsive).......................................
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    Totals..............................................         630,000  ..............  ..............          61,833  ..............    ** 1,590,345
                                                         -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
        Grand Total.....................................       3,392,500  ..............  ..............       1,042,966  ..............  ** $19,466,588
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* We based these figures on average DI hourly wages for single students based on SSA's current FY 2020 data (https://www.ssa.gov/legislation/2020Fact%20Sheet.pdf), and on average U.S. citizen's hourly salary, as reported by Bureau of Labor Statistics data (https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes231011.htm), as well as a combination of those two figures (for the paper form, as we do not collect data on whether the paper forms are filled out
  by individuals or representatives or both).
** 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 Subsidy Quality Review Forms--20 CFR 418.3125(b)(5)--
0960-0707. The Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 mandated the creation 
of the Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage program and provides 
certain subsidies for eligible Medicare beneficiaries to help pay for 
the cost of prescription drugs. As part of the stewardship duties of 
the Medicare Part D subsidy program, SSA conducts periodic quality 
reviews of the information Medicare beneficiaries report on their 
subsidy applications (Form SSA-1020). SSA uses the Medicare Quality 
Review program to conduct these checks. The respondents are applicants 
for the Medicare Part D subsidy whom SSA chose to undergo a quality 
review.
    Type of Request: Revision of an OMB-approved information 
collection.

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                                                                                                                              Average
                                                                                              Average        Estimated      theoretical    Total annual
                 Modality of completion                      Number of     Frequency of     burden per     total annual     hourly cost     opportunity
                                                            respondents      response        response     burden (hours)      amount           cost
                                                                                             (minutes)                      (dollars) *    (dollars) **
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SSA-9301 (Medicare Subsidy Quality Review Case Analysis            3,500               1              30           1,750        * $25.72      ** $45,010
 Form...................................................
SSA-9302 (Notice of Quality Review Acknowledgment Form             3,500               1              15             875        * $25.72      ** $22,505
 for those with Phones).................................
SSA-9303 (Notice of Quality Review Acknowledgment Form               350               1              15              88        * $25.72       ** $2,263
 for those without Phones)..............................
SSA-9308 (Request for Information)......................           7,000               1              15           1,750        * $25.72      ** $45,010
SSA-9310 (Request for Documents)........................           3,500               1               5             292        * $25.72       ** $7,510
SSA-9311 (Notice of Appointment- Denial -Reviewer Will               450               1              15             113        * $25.72       ** $2,906
 Call)..................................................
SSA-9312 (Notice of Appointment-Denial-Please Call                    50               1              15              13        * $25.72         ** $334
 Reviewer)..............................................
SSA-9313 (Notice of Quality Review acknowledgment Form             2,500               1              15             625        * $25.72      ** $16,075
 for those with Phones).................................
SSA-9314 (Notice of Quality Review acknowledgement Form              500               1              15             125        * $25.72       ** $3,215
 for those without Phones)..............................
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    Total...............................................          21,350  ..............  ..............           5,631  ..............     ** $144,828
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* We based this figures on average U.S. citizen's hourly salary, as reported by Bureau of Labor Statistics data (https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nat.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.

    9. Application to Collect a Fee for Payee Services--20 CFR 
404.2040a & 416.640a--0960-0719. Sections 205(j) and 1631(a) of the Act 
allow SSA to authorize certain organizational representative payees to 
collect a fee for providing payee services. Before an organization may 
collect this fee, they complete and submit Form SSA-445. SSA uses the 
information to determine whether to authorize or deny permission to 
collect fees for payee services. The respondents are private sector 
businesses, or State and local government offices, applying to become a 
fee-for-service organizational representative payee.
    Type of Request: Revision of an OMB-approved information 
collection.

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                                                                                                                              Average
                                                                                              Average        Estimated      theoretical    Total annual
                 Modality of completion                      Number of     Frequency of     burden per     total annual     hourly cost     opportunity
                                                            respondents      response        response     burden (hours)      amount           cost
                                                                                             (minutes)                      (dollars) *    (dollars) **
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Private sector business.................................              90               1              13              20        * $15.37         ** $307
State/local government offices..........................              10               1              10               2        * $15.07          ** $30
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    Totals..............................................             100  ..............  ..............              22  ..............         ** $337
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* We based these figures on average Personal Care and Service Occupations hourly wages (https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes390000.htm), as reported by
  Bureau of Labor Statistics data.
** This figure does not represent actual costs that SSA is imposing on recipients of Social Security payments to complete this application; rather,
  these are theoretical opportunity costs for the additional time respondents will spend to complete the application. There is no actual charge to
  respondents to complete the application.

    10. Certification of Low Birth Weight for SSI Eligibility--20 CFR 
416.924, 416.926, and 416.931--0960-0720. Hospitals and claimants use 
Form SSA-3380 to provide medical information to local field offices 
(FO) and the Disability Determination Services (DDS) on behalf of 
infants with low birth weight. FOs use the form as a protective filing 
statement and the medical information to make presumptive disability 
findings, which allow expedited payment to eligible claimants. DDSs use 
the medical information to determine disability and continuing 
disability. The respondents are hospitals and claimants who have 
information identifying low birth weight babies and their medical 
conditions.
    Type of Request: Revision of an OMB-approved information 
collection.

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                                                                                                                            Average
                                                                                      Average  burden  Estimated total    theoretical      Total annual
              Modality of completion                   Number of       Frequency of     per response    annual burden     hourly cost      opportunity
                                                      respondents        response        (minutes)         (hours)           amount      cost  (dollars)
                                                                                                                          (dollars) *           **
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SSA-3380..........................................          28,125                1               15            7,031         * $61.97         $435,711
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* We based this figure by averaging the average U.S. worker's (https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nat.htm) and General Medical Hospital employee's
  hourly wages (https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes291215.htm), as reported by Bureau of Labor Statistics data.
** This figure does not represent actual costs that SSA is imposing on recipients of Social Security payments to complete this application; rather,
  these are theoretical opportunity costs for the additional time respondents will spend to complete the application. There is no actual charge to
  respondents to complete the application.

    11. Electronic Records Express (Third Parties)--20 CFR 404.1700--
404.1715--0960-0767. Electronic Records Express (ERE) is an online 
system which enables medical providers and various third party 
representatives to electronically access clients' disability files 
online and submit disability claimant information electronically to SSA 
as part of the disability application process. To ensure only 
authorized people access ERE, SSA requires third parties to complete a 
unique registration process if they wish to use this system. This 
information collection request (ICR) includes the third-party 
registration process and the burden for submitting evidence to SSA is 
part of other, various ICRs. The respondents are representatives of 
disability applicants who want to use ERE to electronically access 
clients' disability files online and submit information to SSA.
    Type of Request: Revision of an OMB-approved information 
collection.

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                                                                                                                            Average
                                                                                      Average  burden  Estimated total    theoretical      Total annual
              Modality of completion                   Number of       Frequency of    per  response    annual burden     hourly cost      opportunity
                                                      respondents        response        (minutes)         (hours)           amount      cost  (dollars)
                                                                                                                          (dollars) *           **
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ERE Third-Party...................................          37,314               81                1           50,374         * $59.11    ** $2,977,607
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* We based this figures on average Lawyer's hourly salary, as reported by Bureau of Labor Statistics data (https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nat.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.


    Dated: November 23, 2020.
Naomi Sipple,
Reports Clearance Officer, Social Security Administration.
[FR Doc. 2020-26178 Filed 11-25-20; 8:45 am]
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