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Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2024-14685
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-07-05
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request
Document Number: 2024-14025
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-06-26
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Social Security Ruling, SSR 24-2p. Titles II and XVI: How We Evaluate Past Relevant Work
Document Number: 2024-12414
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-06-06
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are providing notice of SSR 24-2p. This SSR explains how we evaluate past relevant work in establishing disability under titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act (Act) and our implementing regulations. This ruling rescinds SSR 86-8 and rescinds and replaces SSRs 82-61 and 82-62.
Social Security Ruling, SSR 24-1p. Titles II and XVI: How We Apply Medical-Vocational Profiles
Document Number: 2024-12413
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-06-06
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are providing notice of SSR 24-1p. This SSR explains how we apply the medical-vocational profiles in establishing disability under titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act (Act) and our implementing regulations. This ruling rescinds and replaces SSR 82-63.
Intermediate Improvement to the Disability Adjudication Process, Including How We Consider Past Work; Deferral of Effective Date
Document Number: 2024-12285
Type: Rule
Date: 2024-06-05
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We published in the Federal Register on April 18, 2024, a final rule to revise the time period we consider when determining whether an individual's past work is relevant for the purposes of making disability determinations and decisions under our rules. The preamble of that final rule cited an effective date of June 8, 2024. This rulemaking defers that effective date to June 22, 2024.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request
Document Number: 2024-11803
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-05-30
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Request for Information: Social Security Administration's Plan for Increasing Public Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research
Document Number: 2024-10279
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-05-13
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
The Social Security Administration (SSA) requests public comment about how to implement our Plan for Increasing Public Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research (public access plan). Our public access plan provides general guidelines supporting public access to our scientific research publications and scientific research data. We are seeking public input to inform our development of specific policies and guidelines that will apply to all new research grants, cooperative agreements, contracts, and other awards made on or after December 31, 2025. The policies and guidelines will also apply to all scientific research by our employees published on or after December 31, 2025.
Maximum Dollar Limit in the Fee Agreement Process
Document Number: 2024-10248
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-05-10
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are increasing the maximum dollar amount limit for fee agreements approved under the Social Security Act (the Act) to $9,200. Effective November 30, 2024, we may approve fee agreements up to the new dollar limit, provided that the fee agreement otherwise meets the statutory conditions of the agreement process.
Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Document Number: 2024-08794
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-04-25
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act, as amended, this notice announces a new matching program with the Department of Defense (DOD), Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC).
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2024-08565
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-04-23
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Expand the Definition of a Public Assistance Household
Document Number: 2024-08364
Type: Rule
Date: 2024-04-19
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are finalizing our proposed rule to expand the definition of a public assistance (PA) household for purposes of our programs, particularly the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program, to include the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) as an additional means-tested public income-maintenance (PIM) program. We are also revising the definition of a PA household from a household in which every member receives some kind of PIM payment to a household that has both an SSI applicant or recipient, and at least one other household member who receives one or more of the listed PIM payments (the any other definition). If determined to be living in a PA household, inside in-kind support and maintenance (ISM) would no longer need to be developed. The final rule will decrease the number of SSI applicants and recipients charged with ISM from others within their household. In addition, we expect this rule to decrease the amount of income we would deem to SSI applicants and recipients because we will no longer deem as income from ineligible spouses and parents who live in the same household: the value of the SNAP benefits that they receive; any income that was counted or excluded in figuring the amount of that payment; or any income that was used to determine the amount of SNAP benefits to someone else. These policy changes reduce administrative burden for low-income households and SSA.
Notice of Subscription Tier Structure Change for Our Electronic Consent Based Social Security Number Verification Service
Document Number: 2024-08152
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-04-17
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
The Social Security Administration (SSA) is announcing a revision in the upper transactions limit to the upper subscription tier for the electronic Consent Based Social Security Number (SSN) Verification (eCBSV) service. In accordance with statutory requirements, a permitted entity (PE) is required to provide payment to reimburse SSA for the development and support of the eCBSV system.
Expansion of the Rental Subsidy Policy for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Applicants and Recipients
Document Number: 2024-07675
Type: Rule
Date: 2024-04-11
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are finalizing our proposed regulation to apply nationwide the In-Kind Support and Maintenance (ISM) rental subsidy exception that has until now been available only for SSI applicants and recipients residing in seven States. This final rule provides that a "business arrangement" exists, such that the SSI applicant or recipient is not considered to be receiving ISM in the form of room or rent, when the amount of monthly required rent for the property equals or exceeds the presumed maximum value (PMV).
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request
Document Number: 2024-07449
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-04-09
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Omitting Food From In-Kind Support and Maintenance Calculations
Document Number: 2024-06464
Type: Rule
Date: 2024-03-27
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are updating our Supplemental Security Income (SSI) regulations to remove food from the calculations of In-Kind Support and Maintenance (ISM). We are also adding conforming language to our definition of income. These changes simplify our rules by making them less cumbersome to administer and easier for the public to understand and follow, and they improve the equitable treatment of food assistance within the SSI program. This final rule also includes other minor revisions to our regulations related to income, including clarifying our longstanding position that income may be received ``constructively.''
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2024-05296
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-03-13
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2024-03947
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-02-27
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, we are issuing public notice of our intent to modify our existing systems of records listed below under the System Name and Number section. This notice publishes details of the modified systems as set forth below under the caption, SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2024-03949
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-02-27
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, we are issuing public notice of our intent to modify our existing systems of records listed below under the System Name and Number section. This notice publishes details of the modified systems as set forth below under the caption, SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Use of Electronic Payroll Data To Improve Program Administration
Document Number: 2024-02961
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2024-02-15
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Section 824 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (BBA) authorizes the Commissioner of Social Security to enter into information exchanges with payroll data providers to obtain wage and employment information. We use wage and employment information to administer the Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) disability and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs under titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act (Act). We are proposing these rules pursuant to section 824 of the BBA, which requires us to prescribe, by regulation, procedures for implementing the access to and use of the information held by payroll data providers. We expect these proposed rules will support proper use of information exchanges with payroll data providers that will help us administer our programs more efficiently and prevent improper payments under titles II and XVI of the Act, which can otherwise occur when we do not receive timely and accurate wage and employment information.
Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Document Number: 2024-03021
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-02-14
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act, as amended, this notice announces a new matching program with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Under this matching program, OPM will provide SSA with civil service benefit and payment data. This disclosure will provide SSA with information necessary to verify an individual's self-certification of eligibility for the Extra Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs program (Extra Help). It will also enable SSA to identify individuals who may qualify for Extra Help as part of the agency's Medicare outreach efforts.
Public Availability of Social Security Administration Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Service Contract Inventory
Document Number: 2024-02850
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-02-13
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2010, we are publishing this notice to advise the public of the availability of the FY 2021 Service Contract inventory.
Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Document Number: 2024-02789
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-02-12
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act, as amended, this notice announces a new matching program with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Under this matching program, OPM will disclose civil service benefit and payment data to SSA. SSA is legally required to offset specific benefits by a percentage of civil service benefits received (Spousal and Survivors benefits, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, and Retirement and Disability Insurance Benefits are offset by a percentage of the recipients' own Federal Government pension benefits). SSA administers the Old Age, Survivors, Disability Insurance (OASDI), SSI, and Special Veterans' Benefits (SVB) programs. SSA will use the match results under this agreement to meet its civil service benefit offset obligations. SSA's Office of the Chief Actuary (OCA) will also use OPM's data for statistical and research purposes in tracking the size of, and impact on, subpopulations of government annuitants affected by the Government Pension Offset, the Windfall Elimination Provision, and in cost estimates of proposals to change the two provisions.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2024-02766
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-02-12
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Request for Information on Social Security Scientific Integrity Policy
Document Number: 2024-01494
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-01-25
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
The SSA is soliciting comments and suggestions from the public on the DRAFT Scientific Integrity Policy of the Social Security Administration (DRAFT SSA Scientific Integrity Policy). The DRAFT SSA Scientific Integrity Policy codifies expectations to preserve scientific integrity throughout SSA scientific activities, establishes key roles and responsibilities for those who will lead the agency's scientific integrity program, and, as appropriate, establishes relevant reporting and evaluation mechanisms.
Notice on Penalty Inflation Adjustments for Civil Monetary Penalties
Document Number: 2024-00408
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-01-11
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
The Social Security Administration is giving notice of its updated maximum civil monetary penalties. These amounts are effective from January 15, 2024 through January 14, 2025. These figures represent an annual adjustment for inflation. The updated figures and notification are required by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015.
Finding Regarding Foreign Social Insurance or Pension System of Cambodia
Document Number: 2024-00404
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-01-11
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We find that, under the Alien Nonpayment Provision of the Social Security Act (Act), citizens of Cambodia may continue to receive Social Security benefits under title II, after 6 consecutive months of absence from the United States, without regard to length of absence, if they meet certain conditions. This finding is based on our analysis of information and data we received about the social insurance system of Cambodia and its laws. The Commissioner of Social Security delegated the authority to make this finding to the Deputy Commissioner for Retirement and Disability Policy.
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2024-00001
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-01-05
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, we are issuing public notice of our intent to modify our existing systems of records listed below under the System Name and Number section. This notice publishes details of the modified systems as set forth below under the caption, SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2023-28774
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-12-29
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Document Number: 2023-28104
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-12-21
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act, as amended, this notice announces a new matching program with Office of Personnel Management (OPM). This matching program sets forth the terms, conditions, and safeguards under which SSA uses identifying information (e.g., name, Social Security number (SSN), and date of birth) concerning United States Postal Service (Postal Service) annuitants and their family members as part of a process to verify eligibility to enroll in Medicare Part B during the Postal Service Reform Act of 2022 (PSRA) Medicare special enrollment period (SEP).
Rate for Assessment on Direct Payment of Fees to Representatives in 2024
Document Number: 2023-27955
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-12-20
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
The Social Security Administration (SSA) is announcing the assessment percentage rate under the Social Security Act (Act) is 6.3 percent for 2024.
Federal Old-Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance (1950- )
Document Number: 2023-26983
Type: Rule
Date: 2023-12-07
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Intermediate Improvement to the Disability Adjudication Process: Including How We Consider Past Work; Correction
Document Number: 2023-26180
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2023-12-01
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
On September 29, 2023, we published a proposed rule entitled Intermediate Improvement to the Disability Adjudication Process: Including How We Consider Past Work. The proposed rule inadvertently contained a sentence of regulatory text which should have been removed. We are publishing this document to correct the error.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2023-25167
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-11-15
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Social Security Ruling, SSR 23-1p.; Titles II and XVI: Duration Requirement for Disability
Document Number: 2023-24523
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-11-07
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are providing notice of SSR 23-1p. This SSR explains and clarifies our policy regarding the duration requirement for establishing disability under Titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act and implementing regulations. This ruling rescinds and replaces SSR 82-52.
Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Document Number: 2023-24263
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-11-03
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act, as amended, this notice announces a new matching program with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Under this matching program, the CMS will disclose to SSA certain individuals' admission and discharge information for care received in a nursing care facility covered by the agreement. SSA will use this information to administer the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program efficiently and to identify Special Veterans' Benefits (SVB) beneficiaries who are no longer residing outside of the United States.
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2023-24049
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-11-01
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, we are issuing public notice of our intent to modify an existing system of records entitled, Race and Ethnicity Collection System (60-0104), last published on August 24, 2009. This notice publishes details of the modified system as set forth below under the caption, SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Cost-of-Living Increase and Other Determinations for 2024
Document Number: 2023-23317
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-10-23
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Under title II of the Social Security Act (Act), there will be a 3.2 percent cost-of-living increase in Social Security benefits effective December 2023. In addition, the national average wage index for 2022 is $63,795.13. The cost-of-living increase and national average wage index affect other program parameters as described below.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Requests
Document Number: 2023-22655
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-10-13
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request
Document Number: 2023-21973
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-10-04
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Extension of the Flexibility in Evaluating “Close Proximity of Time” To Evaluate Changes in Healthcare Following the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
Document Number: 2023-21671
Type: Rule
Date: 2023-09-29
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
On July 23, 2021, we issued a temporary final rule (TFR) with request for comments to lengthen the ``close proximity of time'' standard in the Listing of Impairments (the listings) for musculoskeletal disorders because the COVID-19 national public health emergency (PHE) caused many individuals to experience barriers that prevented them from timely accessing in-person healthcare. That prior TFR is effective until six months after the effective date of a determination by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) that a PHE resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic no longer exists. The Secretary of HHS made that determination, and the COVID-19 national PHE ended on May 11, 2023. However, healthcare practices in a post-PHE world are still evolving. We are therefore issuing this new TFR to extend the flexibility provided by the prior TFR until May 11, 2025, so we can evaluate changes in healthcare practices and determine the proper ``close proximity of time'' standard for the musculoskeletal disorders listings.
Intermediate Improvement to the Disability Adjudication Process: Including How We Consider Past Work
Document Number: 2023-21557
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2023-09-29
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We propose to revise the time period that we consider when determining whether an individual's past work is relevant for purposes of making disability determinations and decisions. Specifically, we would revise the definition of past relevant work (PRW) by reducing the relevant work period from 15 to 5 years. This change would allow individuals to focus on the most current and relevant information about their past work, better reflect the current evidence base on changes over time in worker skill decay and job responsibilities, reduce processing time and improve customer service, and reduce burden on individuals.
Expand the Definition of a Public Assistance Household
Document Number: 2023-21550
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2023-09-29
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We propose to expand the definition of a public assistance (PA) household for purposes of our programs, particularly the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program, to include the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) as an additional means-tested public income maintenance (PIM) program. In addition, we seek public comment on expanding the definition to include households in which any other (as opposed to every other) member receives public assistance. We expect that the proposed rule would decrease the number of SSI applicants and recipients charged with in-kind support and maintenance (ISM). In addition, we expect that this proposal would decrease the amount of income we would deem to SSI applicants or recipients because we would no longer deem income from ineligible spouses and parents who receive SNAP benefits and live in the same household. These policy changes would reduce administrative burden for low-income households and SSA.
Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Document Number: 2023-20045
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-09-15
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act, as amended, this notice announces a new matching program with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Benefits Administration. Under this matching program, VA will provide SSA with compensation and pension payment data necessary to administer Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Special Veterans Benefits (SVB) and to fulfill SSA's obligations for the Medicare Savings Program and Medicare Prescription Drug (Medicare Part D) subsidy (Extra Help).
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2023-19371
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-09-08
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Notice of Senior Executive Service Performance Review Board Membership
Document Number: 2023-18613
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-08-29
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Document Number: 2023-18318
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-08-25
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act, as amended, this notice announces a new matching program with the Bureau of the Fiscal Service, Department of the Treasury (Fiscal Service). Under this matching program, Fiscal Service will disclose ownership of Savings Securities data to SSA. This disclosure will provide SSA with information necessary to verify an individual's self-certification of his or her financial status to determine eligibility for low-income subsidy assistance (Extra Help) in the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit program established under the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA).
Expansion of the Rental Subsidy Policy for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Applicants and Recipients
Document Number: 2023-18213
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2023-08-24
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We propose to revise our regulations by applying nationwide the In-Kind Support and Maintenance (ISM) rental subsidy exception that is currently in place for SSI applicants and recipients residing in seven States. The exception recognizes that a ``business arrangement'' exists when the amount of required monthly rent for a property equals or exceeds the presumed maximum value. This proposed rule would improve nationwide program uniformity, and, we expect, improve equality in the application of the rental subsidy policy.
Revised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Digestive Disorders and Skin Disorders
Document Number: C2-2023-11771
Type: Rule
Date: 2023-08-22
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2023-17727
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-08-17
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Revised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Digestive Disorders and Skin Disorders
Document Number: C1-2023-11771
Type: Rule
Date: 2023-08-15
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
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