Agency Forms Submitted for OMB Review, Request for Comments, 34061-34064 [2021-13666]

Download as PDF khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 121 / Monday, June 28, 2021 / Notices Application for Refund of Retirement Deductions, SF 3106 and Current/ Former Spouse(s) Notification of Application for Refund of Retirement Deductions under FERS, SF 3106A. DATES: Comments are encouraged and will be accepted until July 28, 2021. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments on the proposed information collection to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, 725 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20503, Attention: Desk Officer for the Office of Personnel Management or sent via electronic mail to: oira_submission@omb.eop.gov or faxed to (202) 395–6974. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: A copy of this ICR with applicable supporting documentation, may be obtained by contacting the Retirement Services Publications Team, Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street NW, Room 3316–L, Washington, DC 20415, Attention: Cyrus S. Benson, or sent via electronic mail to Cyrus.Benson@opm.gov or faxed to (202) 606–0910 or via telephone at (202) 606–4808. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 OPM is soliciting comments for this collection. The information collection (OMB No. 3206–0170) was previously published in the Federal Register on December 30, 2020 at 85 FR 86583, allowing for a 60-day public comment period. One comment was received. Our response is as follows: ‘‘This is written in response to the comment on Federal Register Document #2020–28900 regarding the Application for Refund of Retirement Deductions, Standard Form (SF)–3106 and Current/Former Spouse(s) Notification of Application for Refund of Retirement Deductions Under FERS, SF–3106A. The Standard Form 3106 is used by former Federal employees under the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) to apply for a refund of retirement deductions withheld during Federal employment, plus any interest provided by law. Standard Form 3106A, Current/Former Spouse(s) Notification of Application for Refund of Retirement Deductions under FERS, is used by refund applicants to notify their current/former spouse(s) that they are applying for a refund of retirement deductions, which is required by law. The Office of Personnel Management finds that the comments received are not relevant to the use of these forms. The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:39 Jun 25, 2021 Jkt 253001 (USERRA) covers certain Federal employees in the armed forces, the reserves, the National Guard and commissioned corps of the Public Health Service. The USERRA law allows for restoration to the position he or she would have attained had the employee not entered the uniformed service provided certain conditions are met. Since enactment of the law, OPM has provided guidance to agencies on processing service credit deposits for such cases. It appears that the comments are case specific to the processing of service credit deposits. If denied the opportunity to make the service credit deposit, the individual would have received a denial decision and provided information on his/her right to file a request for reconsideration.’’ The Office of Management and Budget is particularly interested in comments that: 1. Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; 2. Evaluate the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; 3. Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and 4. Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submissions of responses. Standard Form 3106, Application for Refund of Retirement Deductions under FERS is used by former Federal employees under FERS, to apply for a refund of retirement deductions withheld during Federal employment, plus any interest provided by law. Standard Form 3106A, Current/Former Spouse(s) Notification of Application for Refund of Retirement Deductions under FERS, is used by refund applicants to notify their current/former spouse(s) that they are applying for a refund of retirement deductions, which is required by law. Analysis Agency: Retirement Operations, Retirement Services, Office of Personnel Management. Title: Application for Refund of Retirement Deductions under FERS. OMB Number: 3206–0170. PO 00000 Frm 00095 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 34061 Frequency: On occasion. Affected Public: Individuals or Households. Number of Respondents: SF 3106 = 8,000; SF 3106A = 6,400. Estimated Time per Respondent: SF 3106 = 30 minutes; SF 3106A = 5 minutes. Total Burden Hours: 4,533 hours. Office of Personnel Management. Alexys Stanley, Regulatory Affairs Analyst. [FR Doc. 2021–13662 Filed 6–25–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6325–38–P RAILROAD RETIREMENT BOARD Agency Forms Submitted for OMB Review, Request for Comments Summary: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 35), the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) is forwarding an Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Our ICR describes the information we seek to collect from the public. Review and approval by OIRA ensures that we impose appropriate paperwork burdens. The RRB invites comments on the proposed collections of information to determine (1) the practical utility of the collections; (2) the accuracy of the estimated burden of the collections; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information that is the subject of collection; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of collections on respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments to the RRB or OIRA must contain the OMB control number of the ICR. For proper consideration of your comments, it is best if the RRB and OIRA receive them within 30 days of the publication date. 1. Title and purpose of information collection: Claimant Appeal Under the Railroad Retirement Act or and Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act; OMB 3220–0007. Under Section 7(b)(3) of the Railroad Retirement Act (RRA) (45 U.S.C. 231f), and Section 5(c) of the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act (RUIA) (45 U.S.C. 355) any person aggrieved by a decision made by an office of the RRB on his or her application for an annuity or benefit under those Acts has the right to appeal to the RRB. This right is prescribed in 20 CFR 260 and 20 CFR 320. The notification letter, which is provided at the time of filing the E:\FR\FM\28JNN1.SGM 28JNN1 34062 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 121 / Monday, June 28, 2021 / Notices original application, informs the applicant of such right. When an applicant protests a decision, the concerned RRB office reviews the entire file and any additional evidence submitted and sends the applicant a letter explaining the basis of the determination. The applicant is then notified that to protest further, they can appeal to the RRB’s Bureau of Hearings and Appeals. The appeal process is prescribed in 20 CFR 260.5 and 260.9 and 20 CFR 320.12 and 320.38. To file a request for an appeal the applicant must complete Form HA–1, Appeal Under the Railroad Retirement Act or Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act. The form asks the applicant to explain the basis for their Information Collection Request (ICR) Title: Claimant Appeal Under the Railroad Retirement Act or Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act. OMB Control Number: 3220–0007. Form(s) submitted: HA–1. Type of request: Revision of a currently approved collection. Affected public: Individuals or Households. Abstract: Under Section 7(b)(3) of the Railroad Retirement Act and Section 5(c) of the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act, a person aggrieved by a decision on his or her application for an annuity or other benefit has the right to appeal to the RRB. The collection provides the means for the appeal action. Changes proposed: The RRB proposes minor changes to Form HA–1 to the reference citation and minor grammar on page 2. The burden estimate for the ICR is as follows: Form No. Annual responses Time (minutes) Burden (hours) HA–1 ............................................................................................................................................ 550 20 183 2. Title and purpose of information collection: Application for Benefits Due But Unpaid at Death; OMB 3220–0055. Under Section 2(g) of the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act (45 U.S.C. 352), benefits that accrued but were not paid because of the death of the employee shall be paid to the same individual(s) to whom benefits are payable under Section 6(a)(1) of the Railroad Retirement Act. The provisions relating to the payment of such benefits are prescribed in 20 CFR 325.5 and 20 CFR 335.5. The RRB provides Form UI–63, Application for Benefits Due But Unpaid at Death, to those applying for khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES request for an appeal and, if necessary, to describe any additional evidence they wish to submit in support of the appeal. Completion is voluntary, however, if the information is not provided the RRB cannot process the appeal. Previous Requests for Comments: The RRB has already published the initial 60-day notice (86 FR 21361 on April 22, 2021) required by 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2). That request elicited no comments. the accrued sickness or unemployment benefits unpaid at the death of the employee and for obtaining the information needed to identify the proper payee. One response is requested of each respondent. Completion is required to obtain a benefit. Previous Requests for Comments: The RRB has already published the initial 60-day notice (86 FR 21361 on April 22, 2021) required by 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2). That request elicited no comments. Information Collection Request (ICR) Title: Application for Benefits Due but Unpaid at Death. OMB Control Number: 3220–0055. Form(s) submitted: UI–63. Type of request: Extension without change of a currently approved collection. Affected public: Individuals or Households. Abstract: The collection obtains the information needed by the Railroad Retirement Board to pay benefits accrued under section 2(g) of the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act, but not paid because of the death of the employee. Changes proposed: The RRB proposes no changes to Form UI–63. The burden estimate for the ICR is as follows: Form No. Annual responses Time (minutes) Burden (hours) UI–63 ........................................................................................................................................... 24 7 3 3. Title and purpose of information collection: Medicare; OMB 3220–0082. Under Section 7(d) of the Railroad Retirement Act (RRA) (45 U.S.C. 231f), the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) administers the Medicare program for persons covered by the railroad retirement system. The RRB uses Form AA–6, Employee Application for Medicare; Form AA–7, Spouse/Divorced Spouse Application for Medicare; and Form AA–8, Widow/Widower Application for Medicare; to obtain the information needed to determine whether individuals who have not yet filed for benefits under the RRA are qualified for Medicare payments provided under Title XVIII of the Social Security Act. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:39 Jun 25, 2021 Jkt 253001 Further, in order to determine if a qualified railroad retirement beneficiary who is claiming supplementary medical insurance coverage under Medicare is entitled to a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) and/or premium surcharge relief because of coverage under an Employer Group Health Plan (EGHP), the RRB needs to obtain information regarding the claimant’s EGHP coverage, if any. The RRB uses Form RL–311–F, Evidence of Coverage Under An Employer Group Health Plan, to obtain the basic information needed to establish EGHP coverage for a qualified railroad retirement beneficiary. Completion of the forms is required to obtain a benefit. One response is requested of each respondent. PO 00000 Frm 00096 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Previous Requests for Comments: The RRB has already published the initial 60-day notice (86 FR 21361 on April 22, 2021) required by 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2). That request elicited no comments. Information Collection Request (ICR) Title: Medicare. OMB Control Number: 3220–0082. Form submitted: AA–6, AA–7, AA–8 and RL–311–F. Type of request: Revision of a currently approved collection. Affected public: Individuals or Households; Businesses or other for profits. Abstract: The Railroad Retirement Board administers the Medicare program for persons covered by the E:\FR\FM\28JNN1.SGM 28JNN1 34063 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 121 / Monday, June 28, 2021 / Notices railroad retirement system. The forms in the collection obtain both information needed to enroll non-retired employees and survivor applicants in the plan and information from railroad employers needed to determine if a railroad retirement beneficiary is entitled to a special enrollment period when applying for supplemental medical coverage under Medicare. Changes proposed: The RRB proposes no changes to the forms AA–6, AA–7, or AA–8. The RRB proposed the following changes to Form RL–311–F: • Add the option to return the form by facsimile. Annual responses Form No. Time (minutes) Burden (hours) AA–6 ............................................................................................................................................ AA–7 ............................................................................................................................................ AA–8 ............................................................................................................................................ RL–311–F .................................................................................................................................... 180 50 10 2,000 8 8 8 10 24 7 1 333 Total ...................................................................................................................................... 2,240 ........................ 365 4. Title and purpose of information collection: Request to Non-Railroad Employer for Information About Annuitant’s Work and Earnings; OMB 3220–0107. Under Section 2 of the Railroad Retirement Act (RRA) (45 U.S.C. 231a), a railroad employee’s retirement annuity or an annuity paid to the spouse of a railroad employee is subject to work deductions in the Tier II component of the annuity and any employee supplemental annuity for any month in which the annuitant works for a Last Pre-Retirement Non-Railroad Employer (LPE). The LPE is defined as the last person, company, or institution, other than a railroad employer, that employed an employee or spouse annuitant. In addition, the employee, spouse, or divorced spouse Tier I annuity benefit is subject to work deductions under Section 2(f)(1) of the RRA for earnings from any non-railroad employer that are khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES • Changed question 4 to replace working with employed, add an employment start date for the employee, and add additional instructions. The burden estimate for the ICR is as follows: over the annual exempt amount. The regulations pertaining to non-payment of annuities by reason of work and LPE are contained in 20 CFR 230.1 and 230.2. The RRB utilizes Form RL–231–F, Request to Non-Railroad Employer for Information About Annuitant’s Work and Earnings, to obtain the information needed to determine if a work deduction should be applied because an annuitant worked in non-railroad employment after the annuity beginning date. One response is requested of each respondent. Completion is voluntary. Previous Requests for Comments: The RRB has already published the initial 60-day notice (86 FR 21362 on April 22, 2021) required by 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2). That request elicited no comments. Information Collection Request (ICR) Title: Request to Non-Railroad Employer for Information About Annuitant’s Work and Earnings. OMB Control Number: 3220–0107. Form(s) submitted: RL–231–F. Type of request: Extension without change of a currently approved collection. Affected public: Private Sector; Businesses or other for-profits, Not-forprofit institutions. Abstract: Under the Railroad Retirement Act (RRA), benefits are not payable if an annuitant works for an employer covered under the RRA or last non-railroad employer. The collection obtains information regarding an annuitant’s work and earnings from a non-railroad employer. The information is used to determine whether benefits should be withheld. Changes proposed: The RRB proposes no changes to Form RL–231–F. The burden estimate for the ICR is as follows: Form No. Annual responses Time (minutes) Burden (hours) RL–231–F .................................................................................................................................... 300 30 150 5. Title and Purpose of information collection: Annual Earnings Questionnaire for Annuitants in Last Pre-Retirement Non-Railroad Employment; OMB 3220–0179. Under Section 2(e)(3) of the Railroad Retirement Act (RRA) (45 U.S.C. 231a), an annuity is not payable for any month in which a beneficiary works for a railroad. In addition, an annuity is reduced for any month in which the beneficiary works for an employer other than a railroad employer and earns more than a prescribed amount. Under the 1988 amendments to the RRA, the Tier II portion of the regular annuity and any supplemental annuity must be reduced by one dollar for each two dollars of VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:39 Jun 25, 2021 Jkt 253001 Last Pre-Retirement Non-Railroad Employment (LPE) earnings for each month of such service. However, the reduction cannot exceed 50 percent of the Tier II and supplemental annuity amount for the month to which such deductions apply. The LPE generally refers to an annuitant’s last employment with a non-railroad person, company, or institution prior to retirement, which was performed at the same time as railroad employment or after the annuitant stopped railroad employment. The collection obtains earnings information needed by the RRB to determine if possible reductions in annuities are in order due to LPE. PO 00000 Frm 00097 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The RRB utilizes Form G–19L, Annual Earnings Questionnaire, to obtain LPE earnings information from annuitants. One response is requested of each respondent. Completion is required to retain a benefit. Previous Requests for Comments: The RRB has already published the initial 60-day notice (86 FR 21362 on April 22, 2021) required by 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2). That request elicited no comments. Information Collection Request (ICR) Title: Annual Earnings Questionnaire for Annuitants in Last Pre-Retirement Non-Railroad Employment. OMB Control Number: 3220–0179. Form submitted: G–19L. E:\FR\FM\28JNN1.SGM 28JNN1 34064 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 121 / Monday, June 28, 2021 / Notices Type of request: Extension without change of a currently approved collection. Affected public: Individuals or Households. Abstract: Under Section 2(e)(3) of the Railroad Retirement Act, an annuity is determine possible reductions in annuities because of earnings. Changes proposed: The RRB proposes no changes to Form G–19L. The burden estimate for the ICR is as follows: Form No. Annual responses Time (minutes) Burden (hours) G–19L .......................................................................................................................................... 300 15 75 Additional Information or Comments: Copies of the forms and supporting documents can be obtained from Kennisha Tucker at (312) 469–2591 or Kennisha.Tucker@rrb.gov. Comments regarding the information collection should be addressed to Brian Foster, Railroad Retirement Board, 844 North Rush Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60611– 1275 or Brian.Foster@rrb.gov. Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to www.reginfo.gov/public/do/ PRAMain. Find this particular information collection by selecting ‘‘Currently under 30-day Review—Open for Public Comments’’ or by using the search function. Brian Foster, Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2021–13666 Filed 6–25–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7905–01–P EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT Request for Information To Improve Federal Scientific Integrity Policies White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. ACTION: Notice of request for information. AGENCY: The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) seeks information to help improve the effectiveness of Federal scientific integrity policies to enhance public trust in science. The January 27, 2021 Presidential Memorandum on Restoring Trust in Government Through Scientific Integrity and Evidence-Based Policymaking (Memorandum) directs OSTP to convene an interagency task force under the National Science and Technology Council to review the effectiveness of policies developed since the issuance of the Presidential Memorandum on scientific integrity issued on March 9, 2009 in preventing improper political interference in the SUMMARY: khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES not payable or is reduced for any month in which the beneficiary works for a railroad or earns more than the prescribed amounts. The collection obtains earnings information needed by the Railroad Retirement Board to VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:39 Jun 25, 2021 Jkt 253001 conduct of scientific research and the collection of data; preventing the suppression or distortion of findings, data, information, conclusions, or technical results; supporting scientists and researchers of all genders, races, ethnicities, and backgrounds; and advancing the equitable delivery of the Federal Government’s programs. To support this assessment, OSTP seeks information about: (1) The effectiveness of Federal scientific integrity policies and needed areas of improvement; (2) good practices Federal agencies could adopt to improve scientific integrity, including in the communication of scientific information, addressing emerging technologies and evolving scientific practices, supporting professional development of Federal scientists, and promoting transparency in the implementation of agency scientific integrity policies; and (3) other topics or concerns that Federal scientific integrity policies should address. Please note the purpose of this RFI is not to receive reports on alleged offenses that are in violation of Federal scientific integrity policies. If you have witnessed or experienced any harmful acts that may undermine scientific integrity and you would like to report these allegations, please contact the Scientific Integrity Officer or Office of the Inspector General at the relevant Federal agency. DATES: Interested persons and organizations are invited to submit comments on or before 5:00 p.m. ET on July 28, 2021. ADDRESSES: Interested individuals and organizations should submit comments electronically to ScientificIntegrityRFI@ ostp.eop.gov and include ‘‘SI–FTAC RFI’’ in the subject line of the email. Due to time constraints, mailed paper submissions will not be accepted, and electronic submissions received after the deadline cannot be ensured to be incorporated or taken into consideration. Instructions Response to this RFI is voluntary. Each responding entity (individual or PO 00000 Frm 00098 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 organization) is requested to submit only one response. OSTP welcomes any responses to inform and guide the work of the Scientific Integrity Fast-Track Action Committee (SI–FTAC). Please feel free to respond to one or as many prompts as you choose. Submission must not exceed 7 pages in 12-point or larger font, with a page number provided on each page. Responses should include the name of the person(s) or organization(s) filing the comment, as well as the respondent type (e.g., academic, advocacy, professional society, community-based organization, industry, member of the public, government, other). Respondent’s role in the organization may also be provided (e.g., researcher, administrator, student, program manager, journalist) on a voluntary basis. Comments containing references, studies, research, and other empirical data that are not widely published should include copies or electronic links of the referenced materials. No business proprietary information, copyrighted information, or personally identifiable information should be submitted in response to this RFI. Please be aware that comments submitted in response to this RFI may be posted on OSTP’s website or otherwise released publicly. In accordance with FAR 15.202(3), responses to this notice are not offers and cannot be accepted by the Federal Government to form a binding contract. Additionally, those submitting responses are solely responsible for all expenses associated with response preparation. For additional information, please direct questions to Ryan Donohue at ScientificIntegrity@ostp.eop.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background: On January 27, 2021, President Biden issued a Presidential Memorandum on Restoring Trust in Government Through Scientific Integrity and Evidence-Based Policymaking (2021 Memorandum). The Memorandum asserts the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: E:\FR\FM\28JNN1.SGM 28JNN1

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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 121 (Monday, June 28, 2021)]
[Notices]
[Pages 34061-34064]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-13666]


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RAILROAD RETIREMENT BOARD


Agency Forms Submitted for OMB Review, Request for Comments

    Summary: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 
U.S.C. chapter 35), the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) is forwarding 
an Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Information 
and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), Office of Management and Budget (OMB). 
Our ICR describes the information we seek to collect from the public. 
Review and approval by OIRA ensures that we impose appropriate 
paperwork burdens.
    The RRB invites comments on the proposed collections of information 
to determine (1) the practical utility of the collections; (2) the 
accuracy of the estimated burden of the collections; (3) ways to 
enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information that is 
the subject of collection; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of 
collections on respondents, including the use of automated collection 
techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments to the 
RRB or OIRA must contain the OMB control number of the ICR. For proper 
consideration of your comments, it is best if the RRB and OIRA receive 
them within 30 days of the publication date.
    1. Title and purpose of information collection: Claimant Appeal 
Under the Railroad Retirement Act or and Railroad Unemployment 
Insurance Act; OMB 3220-0007.
    Under Section 7(b)(3) of the Railroad Retirement Act (RRA) (45 
U.S.C. 231f), and Section 5(c) of the Railroad Unemployment Insurance 
Act (RUIA) (45 U.S.C. 355) any person aggrieved by a decision made by 
an office of the RRB on his or her application for an annuity or 
benefit under those Acts has the right to appeal to the RRB. This right 
is prescribed in 20 CFR 260 and 20 CFR 320. The notification letter, 
which is provided at the time of filing the

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original application, informs the applicant of such right. When an 
applicant protests a decision, the concerned RRB office reviews the 
entire file and any additional evidence submitted and sends the 
applicant a letter explaining the basis of the determination. The 
applicant is then notified that to protest further, they can appeal to 
the RRB's Bureau of Hearings and Appeals. The appeal process is 
prescribed in 20 CFR 260.5 and 260.9 and 20 CFR 320.12 and 320.38.
    To file a request for an appeal the applicant must complete Form 
HA-1, Appeal Under the Railroad Retirement Act or Railroad Unemployment 
Insurance Act. The form asks the applicant to explain the basis for 
their request for an appeal and, if necessary, to describe any 
additional evidence they wish to submit in support of the appeal. 
Completion is voluntary, however, if the information is not provided 
the RRB cannot process the appeal.
    Previous Requests for Comments: The RRB has already published the 
initial 60-day notice (86 FR 21361 on April 22, 2021) required by 44 
U.S.C. 3506(c)(2). That request elicited no comments.

Information Collection Request (ICR)

    Title: Claimant Appeal Under the Railroad Retirement Act or 
Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act.
    OMB Control Number: 3220-0007.
    Form(s) submitted: HA-1.
    Type of request: Revision of a currently approved collection.
    Affected public: Individuals or Households.
    Abstract: Under Section 7(b)(3) of the Railroad Retirement Act and 
Section 5(c) of the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act, a person 
aggrieved by a decision on his or her application for an annuity or 
other benefit has the right to appeal to the RRB. The collection 
provides the means for the appeal action.
    Changes proposed: The RRB proposes minor changes to Form HA-1 to 
the reference citation and minor grammar on page 2.
    The burden estimate for the ICR is as follows:

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                                                                    Annual
                           Form No.                               responses      Time (minutes)   Burden (hours)
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HA-1.........................................................             550               20              183
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    2. Title and purpose of information collection: Application for 
Benefits Due But Unpaid at Death; OMB 3220-0055.
    Under Section 2(g) of the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act (45 
U.S.C. 352), benefits that accrued but were not paid because of the 
death of the employee shall be paid to the same individual(s) to whom 
benefits are payable under Section 6(a)(1) of the Railroad Retirement 
Act. The provisions relating to the payment of such benefits are 
prescribed in 20 CFR 325.5 and 20 CFR 335.5.
    The RRB provides Form UI-63, Application for Benefits Due But 
Unpaid at Death, to those applying for the accrued sickness or 
unemployment benefits unpaid at the death of the employee and for 
obtaining the information needed to identify the proper payee. One 
response is requested of each respondent. Completion is required to 
obtain a benefit.
    Previous Requests for Comments: The RRB has already published the 
initial 60-day notice (86 FR 21361 on April 22, 2021) required by 44 
U.S.C. 3506(c)(2). That request elicited no comments.

Information Collection Request (ICR)

    Title: Application for Benefits Due but Unpaid at Death.
    OMB Control Number: 3220-0055.
    Form(s) submitted: UI-63.
    Type of request: Extension without change of a currently approved 
collection.
    Affected public: Individuals or Households.
    Abstract: The collection obtains the information needed by the 
Railroad Retirement Board to pay benefits accrued under section 2(g) of 
the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act, but not paid because of the 
death of the employee.
    Changes proposed: The RRB proposes no changes to Form UI-63.
    The burden estimate for the ICR is as follows:

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                           Form No.                               responses      Time (minutes)   Burden (hours)
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UI-63........................................................              24                7                3
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    3. Title and purpose of information collection: Medicare; OMB 3220-
0082.
    Under Section 7(d) of the Railroad Retirement Act (RRA) (45 U.S.C. 
231f), the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) administers the Medicare 
program for persons covered by the railroad retirement system. The RRB 
uses Form AA-6, Employee Application for Medicare; Form AA-7, Spouse/
Divorced Spouse Application for Medicare; and Form AA-8, Widow/Widower 
Application for Medicare; to obtain the information needed to determine 
whether individuals who have not yet filed for benefits under the RRA 
are qualified for Medicare payments provided under Title XVIII of the 
Social Security Act.
    Further, in order to determine if a qualified railroad retirement 
beneficiary who is claiming supplementary medical insurance coverage 
under Medicare is entitled to a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) and/or 
premium surcharge relief because of coverage under an Employer Group 
Health Plan (EGHP), the RRB needs to obtain information regarding the 
claimant's EGHP coverage, if any. The RRB uses Form RL-311-F, Evidence 
of Coverage Under An Employer Group Health Plan, to obtain the basic 
information needed to establish EGHP coverage for a qualified railroad 
retirement beneficiary.
    Completion of the forms is required to obtain a benefit. One 
response is requested of each respondent.
    Previous Requests for Comments: The RRB has already published the 
initial 60-day notice (86 FR 21361 on April 22, 2021) required by 44 
U.S.C. 3506(c)(2). That request elicited no comments.

Information Collection Request (ICR)

    Title: Medicare.
    OMB Control Number: 3220-0082.
    Form submitted: AA-6, AA-7, AA-8 and RL-311-F.
    Type of request: Revision of a currently approved collection.
    Affected public: Individuals or Households; Businesses or other for 
profits.
    Abstract: The Railroad Retirement Board administers the Medicare 
program for persons covered by the

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railroad retirement system. The forms in the collection obtain both 
information needed to enroll non-retired employees and survivor 
applicants in the plan and information from railroad employers needed 
to determine if a railroad retirement beneficiary is entitled to a 
special enrollment period when applying for supplemental medical 
coverage under Medicare.
    Changes proposed: The RRB proposes no changes to the forms AA-6, 
AA-7, or AA-8. The RRB proposed the following changes to Form RL-311-F:
     Add the option to return the form by facsimile.
     Changed question 4 to replace working with employed, add 
an employment start date for the employee, and add additional 
instructions.
    The burden estimate for the ICR is as follows:

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                                                                      Annual
                            Form No.                                 responses    Time (minutes)  Burden (hours)
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AA-6............................................................             180               8              24
AA-7............................................................              50               8               7
AA-8............................................................              10               8               1
RL-311-F........................................................           2,000              10             333
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    Total.......................................................           2,240  ..............             365
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    4. Title and purpose of information collection: Request to Non-
Railroad Employer for Information About Annuitant's Work and Earnings; 
OMB 3220-0107.
    Under Section 2 of the Railroad Retirement Act (RRA) (45 U.S.C. 
231a), a railroad employee's retirement annuity or an annuity paid to 
the spouse of a railroad employee is subject to work deductions in the 
Tier II component of the annuity and any employee supplemental annuity 
for any month in which the annuitant works for a Last Pre-Retirement 
Non-Railroad Employer (LPE). The LPE is defined as the last person, 
company, or institution, other than a railroad employer, that employed 
an employee or spouse annuitant. In addition, the employee, spouse, or 
divorced spouse Tier I annuity benefit is subject to work deductions 
under Section 2(f)(1) of the RRA for earnings from any non-railroad 
employer that are over the annual exempt amount. The regulations 
pertaining to non-payment of annuities by reason of work and LPE are 
contained in 20 CFR 230.1 and 230.2.
    The RRB utilizes Form RL-231-F, Request to Non-Railroad Employer 
for Information About Annuitant's Work and Earnings, to obtain the 
information needed to determine if a work deduction should be applied 
because an annuitant worked in non-railroad employment after the 
annuity beginning date. One response is requested of each respondent. 
Completion is voluntary.
    Previous Requests for Comments: The RRB has already published the 
initial 60-day notice (86 FR 21362 on April 22, 2021) required by 44 
U.S.C. 3506(c)(2). That request elicited no comments.

Information Collection Request (ICR)

    Title: Request to Non-Railroad Employer for Information About 
Annuitant's Work and Earnings.
    OMB Control Number: 3220-0107.
    Form(s) submitted: RL-231-F.
    Type of request: Extension without change of a currently approved 
collection.
    Affected public: Private Sector; Businesses or other for-profits, 
Not-for-profit institutions.
    Abstract: Under the Railroad Retirement Act (RRA), benefits are not 
payable if an annuitant works for an employer covered under the RRA or 
last non-railroad employer. The collection obtains information 
regarding an annuitant's work and earnings from a non-railroad 
employer. The information is used to determine whether benefits should 
be withheld.
    Changes proposed: The RRB proposes no changes to Form RL-231-F.
    The burden estimate for the ICR is as follows:

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                                                                    Annual
                           Form No.                               responses      Time (minutes)   Burden (hours)
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RL-231-F.....................................................             300               30              150
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    5. Title and Purpose of information collection: Annual Earnings 
Questionnaire for Annuitants in Last Pre-Retirement Non-Railroad 
Employment; OMB 3220-0179.
    Under Section 2(e)(3) of the Railroad Retirement Act (RRA) (45 
U.S.C. 231a), an annuity is not payable for any month in which a 
beneficiary works for a railroad. In addition, an annuity is reduced 
for any month in which the beneficiary works for an employer other than 
a railroad employer and earns more than a prescribed amount. Under the 
1988 amendments to the RRA, the Tier II portion of the regular annuity 
and any supplemental annuity must be reduced by one dollar for each two 
dollars of Last Pre-Retirement Non-Railroad Employment (LPE) earnings 
for each month of such service. However, the reduction cannot exceed 50 
percent of the Tier II and supplemental annuity amount for the month to 
which such deductions apply. The LPE generally refers to an annuitant's 
last employment with a non-railroad person, company, or institution 
prior to retirement, which was performed at the same time as railroad 
employment or after the annuitant stopped railroad employment. The 
collection obtains earnings information needed by the RRB to determine 
if possible reductions in annuities are in order due to LPE.
    The RRB utilizes Form G-19L, Annual Earnings Questionnaire, to 
obtain LPE earnings information from annuitants. One response is 
requested of each respondent. Completion is required to retain a 
benefit.
    Previous Requests for Comments: The RRB has already published the 
initial 60-day notice (86 FR 21362 on April 22, 2021) required by 44 
U.S.C. 3506(c)(2). That request elicited no comments.

Information Collection Request (ICR)

    Title: Annual Earnings Questionnaire for Annuitants in Last Pre-
Retirement Non-Railroad Employment.
    OMB Control Number: 3220-0179.
    Form submitted: G-19L.

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    Type of request: Extension without change of a currently approved 
collection.
    Affected public: Individuals or Households.
    Abstract: Under Section 2(e)(3) of the Railroad Retirement Act, an 
annuity is not payable or is reduced for any month in which the 
beneficiary works for a railroad or earns more than the prescribed 
amounts. The collection obtains earnings information needed by the 
Railroad Retirement Board to determine possible reductions in annuities 
because of earnings.
    Changes proposed: The RRB proposes no changes to Form G-19L.
    The burden estimate for the ICR is as follows:

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                                                                    Annual
                           Form No.                               responses      Time (minutes)   Burden (hours)
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G-19L........................................................             300               15               75
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    Additional Information or Comments: Copies of the forms and 
supporting documents can be obtained from Kennisha Tucker at (312) 469-
2591 or [email protected]. Comments regarding the information 
collection should be addressed to Brian Foster, Railroad Retirement 
Board, 844 North Rush Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60611-1275 or 
[email protected].
    Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information 
collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice 
to www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain. Find this particular information 
collection by selecting ``Currently under 30-day Review--Open for 
Public Comments'' or by using the search function.

Brian Foster,
Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2021-13666 Filed 6-25-21; 8:45 am]
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