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Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2022-06700
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-03-30
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request
Document Number: 2022-06734
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-03-30
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Document Number: 2022-05387
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-03-15
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 VA compensation and pension payment data. SSA will use the data to determine the eligibility or amount of payment for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Special Veterans Benefit (SVB) recipients. SSA will also identify the income of individuals who may be eligible for Medicare cost-sharing assistance through the Medicare Savings Programs (MSP) as part of the agency's Medicare outreach efforts.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request
Document Number: 2022-05026
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-03-10
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request
Document Number: 2022-04400
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-03-02
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: New Emergency Request
Document Number: 2022-04301
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-02-28
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request
Document Number: 2022-02474
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-02-07
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Document Number: 2022-01847
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-01-31
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 States, including tribal agencies and United States (U.S.) territories. The purpose of the matching program is to set forth the terms and conditions governing disclosures of records, information, or data (collectively referred to herein as ``data'') made by SSA to various State agencies and departments, tribal agencies, and U.S. territories (collectively referred to as ``State Agencies'') that administer federally funded benefit programs, including those under various provisions of the Social Security Act (Act), as well as the state- funded state supplementary payment programs under Title XVI of the Act.
Notice of Open Enrollment and Fee Increase for Our Electronic Consent Based Social Security Number Verification Service
Document Number: 2022-00638
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-01-14
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
The Social Security Administration (SSA) is announcing open enrollment and a change in the subscription tier structure and associated fees for the electronic Consent Based Social Security Number (SSN) Verification (eCBSV) service. SSA will open eCBSV enrollment in Fiscal Year (FY) 2022, to interested permitted entities (PEs), as defined in section 215 of the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act (i.e., the Banking Bill). The open enrollment period for PEs will begin on February 21, 2022 and remain open indefinitely. In accordance with statutory requirements, PEs will be required to provide payment to reimburse SSA for the development and support of the eCBSV system.
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2021-28495
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-01-04
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, Reasonable Accommodation for Persons with Disabilities, Social Security Administration (60-0315), last published on October 25, 2005. This notice publishes details of the modified system as set forth below under the caption, SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2021-28490
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-01-04
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, Master Files of Social Security Number (SSN) Holders and SSN Applications (60-0058), last published on December 29, 2010. This notice publishes details of the modified system as set forth below under the caption, SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2021-28387
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-01-03
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Notice on Penalty Inflation Adjustments for Civil Monetary Penalties
Document Number: 2021-28144
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-28
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, 2022 through January 14, 2023. 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.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request
Document Number: 2021-27575
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-21
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Rate for Assessment on Direct Payment of Fees to Representatives in 2022
Document Number: 2021-27474
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-20
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are announcing the assessment percentage rate under the Social Security Act (Act) is 6.3 percent for 2022.
Extension of Expiration Dates for Four Body System Listings
Document Number: 2021-26884
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-12-13
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are extending the expiration dates of the following body systems in the Listing of Impairments (listings) in our regulations: Cardiovascular System, Digestive System, Skin Disorders, and Immune System Disorders. We are making no other revisions to these body systems in this final rule. This extension ensures that we will continue to have the criteria we need to evaluate impairments in the affected body systems at step three of the sequential evaluation processes for initial claims and continuing disability reviews.
Agency Information Collection Activities: New Emergency Request
Document Number: 2021-26376
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-03
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request
Document Number: 2021-25969
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-11-30
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Addressing Certain Types of Fraud Affecting Medicare Income Related Monthly Adjusted Amounts (IRMAA)
Document Number: 2021-25364
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-11-23
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Certain Medicare beneficiaries may have their taxable income affected by fraudulent activity, which in turn could affect the amount of and their ability to afford their Medicare Part B (medical insurance) and Medicare Part D (prescription drug coverage) premiums. We are seeking information from the public on the type of information we should consider relating to evidence of life changing events (LCE) resulting from criminal fraud or theft. Information from the public will help us determine whether and how we should revise our rules to provide relief to beneficiaries affected by fraud.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request
Document Number: 2021-25138
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-11-18
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Extension of Expiration Dates for Three Body System Listings
Document Number: 2021-25026
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-11-17
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are extending the expiration dates of the following body systems in the Listing of Impairments (listings) in our regulations: Respiratory Disorders, Genitourinary Disorders, and Mental Disorders. We are making no other revisions to these body systems in this final rule. This extension ensures that we will continue to have the criteria we need to evaluate impairments in the affected body systems at step three of the sequential evaluation processes for initial claims and continuing disability reviews.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request
Document Number: 2021-23273
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-10-26
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Cost-of-Living Increase and Other Determinations for 2022
Document Number: 2021-23031
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-10-22
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Under title II of the Social Security Act (Act), there will be a 5.9 percent cost-of-living increase in Social Security benefits effective December 2021. In addition, the national average wage index for 2020 is $55,628.60. The cost-of-living increase and national average wage index affect other program parameters as described below.
Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Document Number: 2021-22631
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-10-18
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 State or local law enforcement agency or jurisdiction (Source Jurisdiction).
Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Document Number: 2021-22630
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-10-18
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, Defense Manpower Data Center (DoD/DMDC).
Notice of Senior Executive Service Performance Review Board Membership
Document Number: 2021-21200
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-30
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request
Document Number: 2021-21141
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-29
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Request for Information on Potential Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income Demonstrations
Document Number: 2021-20158
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-17
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We administer the Disability Insurance (DI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs to provide income support to people with disabilities. The Commissioner of Social Security is authorized to test new program rules to promote attachment to the labor force and increase the employment and self-sufficiency of individuals receiving or applying for DI or SSI benefits, including children and youth; and to coordinate planning between private and public welfare agencies to improve the administration and effectiveness of the DI, SSI, and related programs. This request for information (RFI) seeks public input on potential services, supports, or DI and SSI policy changes that could achieve these goals. The input we receive will inform our deliberations about possible future demonstrations and tests. We will also use the responses as reference material as we provide Congress technical advice regarding any potential renewal of the section 234 authorization.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2021-18988
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-02
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Removing the Waiting Period for Entitlement to Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits for Individuals With Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Document Number: 2021-18435
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-08-27
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the ALS Disability Insurance Access Act of 2019, as amended, this final rule eliminates the 5-month waiting period for the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program for individuals with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) who were approved for SSDI benefits on or after July 23, 2020.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request
Document Number: 2021-17928
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-23
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2021-17857
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-20
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request
Document Number: 2021-17659
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-18
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Document Number: 2021-17269
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-12
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). This matching agreement sets forth the terms, conditions, and safeguards under which 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.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request
Document Number: 2021-17067
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-11
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Public Availability of Social Security Administration Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Service Contract Inventory
Document Number: 2021-16940
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-09
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 2019 Service Contract inventory. This inventory provides information on FY 2019 service contract actions over $25,000. We organized the information by function to show how we distribute contracted resources throughout the agency. We developed the inventory in accordance with guidance issued on December 19, 2011 by the Office of Management and Budget's Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP). OFPP's guidance is available at https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/ sites/default/files/omb/procurement/memo/service-contract-inv entory- guidance.pdf. You can access the inventory and summary of the inventory on our homepage at the following link: http://www.socialsecurity.gov/ sci.
Extension of Expiration Date for Neurological Disorders Body System Listings
Document Number: 2021-16417
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-08-02
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are extending the expiration date of the body system, Neurological Disorders, in the Listing of Impairments (listings) in our regulations. We are making no other revisions to this body system in this final rule. This extension ensures that we will continue to have the criteria we need to evaluate neurological impairments at step three of the sequential evaluation processes for initial claims and continuing disability reviews.
Rules Regarding the Frequency and Notice of Continuing Disability Reviews; Withdrawal
Document Number: 2021-15896
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-07-28
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are withdrawing the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), Rules Regarding the Frequency and Notice of Continuing Disability Reviews, published in the Federal Register on November 18, 2019.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request
Document Number: 2021-15898
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-07-27
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Flexibility in Evaluating “Close Proximity of Time” Due to COVID-19 Related Barriers to Healthcare
Document Number: 2021-15423
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-07-23
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Since the outset of the COVID-19 national public health emergency, many individuals have experienced barriers that prevent them from timely accessing healthcare. In response to those barriers, we are issuing this rule to temporarily revise our requirement in the Listing of Impairments (listings) that, for purposes of applying several of our musculoskeletal disorder listings, all relevant medical criteria be present simultaneously or ``within a close proximity of time,'' which we define as being ``within a consecutive 4-month period.'' While this rule is in effect, we will find that the evidence of a musculoskeletal disorder is present ``within a close proximity of time'' if the available evidence establishes such a condition within a consecutive 12-month period. We expect that this temporary change to our rules will allow us to make findings of disability in appropriate cases in which individuals have experienced barriers to access to healthcare because of the COVID-19 national public health emergency.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request
Document Number: 2021-14167
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-07-02
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2021-13144
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-06-23
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Document Number: 2021-13137
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-06-23
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). This matching agreement (agreement) sets forth the terms, conditions, and safeguards under which 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' 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. Appendices A, B, C, and D of this agreement contain specific information on the matching programs that SSA will conduct under this agreement. 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 (GPO), the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP), and in cost estimates of proposals to change the two provisions.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request
Document Number: 2021-11896
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-06-08
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2021-11421
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-06-01
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2021-10046
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-05-13
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the Privacy Act, we are issuing public notice of our intent to modify an existing system of records entitled, Mass Emergency Notification System (MENS) (60-0386), last published on April 15, 2019. This notice publishes details of the modified system as set forth below under the caption, SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Interventional Cooperative Agreement Program
Document Number: 2021-09521
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-05-06
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are announcing a new funding opportunity, the Interventional Cooperative Agreement Program (ICAP). The purpose of this new program is to allow us to enter into cooperative agreements to collaborate with States, private foundations, and other non-Federal groups and organizations who have the interest and ability to identify, operate, and partially fund interventional research. The Request for Applications is now open on Grants.gov.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2021-08800
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-04-28
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Document Number: 2021-08352
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-04-22
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 Medciare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in which CMS will disclose to the Security Administration (SSA) certain individuals' admission and discharge information for care received in a nursing care facility. Nursing care facility, for purposes of this agreement, means certain facilities referenced in CMS' Long Term Care-Minimum Data Set System Number 09-70-0528 (LTC/MDS), as defined below. 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; Matching Program
Document Number: 2021-08219
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-04-21
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 the Bureau of the Fiscal Service (Fiscal Service), Department of the Treasury (Treasury). Under this matching program, Fiscal Service, Treasury will disclose savings security data to SSA. SSA will use the data to determine continued eligibility for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) applicants and recipients, or the correct benefit amount for recipients and deemors who did not report or incorrectly reported ownership of savings securities.