Social Security Administration October 2017 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Cost-of-Living Increase and Other Determinations for 2018
Document Number: 2017-23522
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-30
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Under title II of the Social Security Act (Act), there will be a 2.0 percent cost-of-living increase in Social Security benefits effective December 2017. In addition, the national average wage index for 2016 is $48,664.73. The cost-of-living increase and national average wage index affect other program parameters as described below.
Social Security Disability Program Demonstration Project: Promoting Opportunity Demonstration (POD)
Document Number: 2017-23521
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-30
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are announcing a demonstration project for the Social Security disability program under title II of the Social Security Act (Act). Under this project, we will modify program rules applied to beneficiaries who work and receive title II disability benefits. We are required to conduct the Promoting Opportunity Demonstration (POD), in compliance with section 823 of the Bipartisan Budget Act (BBA) of 2015. In this project, we will test simplified work incentives and use a benefit offset based on earnings as an alternative to rules we currently apply to title II disability beneficiaries who work. Under the benefit offset, we will reduce title II disability benefits by $1 for every $2 that a beneficiary earns above a certain threshold. We will select beneficiaries and offer them the opportunity to volunteer for the project. When we make the selection, we will include beneficiaries who receive title II disability benefits only as well as beneficiaries who receive both title II disability benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) based on disability or blindness under title XVI of the Act. We are modifying rules that apply to the title II program and the Ticket to Work program under title XI. We will continue to apply the usual SSI program rules for participants who receive SSI payments in addition to title II disability benefits.
Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Document Number: 2017-23389
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-27
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act, as amended, this notice announces a new computer matching program that we are currently conducting with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Document Number: 2017-23386
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-27
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act, as amended, this notice announces a new computer matching program that we are currently conducting with DOL.
Privacy Act of 1974, as Amended; Computer Matching Program (SSA/the Department of Labor (DOL)-Match Number 1003)
Document Number: 2017-23385
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-27
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act, as amended, this notice announces a renewal of an existing computer matching program that we are currently conducting with DOL.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request
Document Number: 2017-23342
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-26
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Document Number: 2017-23326
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-26
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act, as amended, this notice announces a new computer matching program that we are currently conducting with the Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE).
Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Document Number: 2017-23280
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-26
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act, as amended, this notice announces a new computer matching program that we are currently conducting with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). This computer matching agreement sets forth the terms, conditions, and safeguards under which IRS will disclose to SSA certain return information for the purpose of verifying eligibility for the Prescription Drug Subsidy Program (Subsidy) and or determining the correct subsidy percentage of benefits provided under section 1860D-14 of the Social Security Act (Act).
Social Security Ruling 16-3p Titles II And XVI: Evaluation Of Symptoms In Disability Claims
Document Number: 2017-23143
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-25
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are republishing SSR 16-3p, a ruling that rescinded and superseded SSR 96-7p, with a revision detailing how we apply the SSR as it relates to the applicable date. We changed our terminology from ``effective date'' to ``applicable date'' based on guidance from the Office of the Federal Register. We also updated citations to reflect the revised regulations that became effective on March 27, 2017. This Ruling is otherwise unchanged, and provides guidance about how we evaluate statements regarding the intensity, persistence, and limiting effects of symptoms in disability claims under Titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act (Act) and blindness claims under Title XVI of the Act.
Notice of Senior Executive Service Performance Review Board Membership
Document Number: 2017-22961
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-24
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Social Security Ruling, SSR 17-4p; Titles II and XVI: Responsibility for Developing Written Evidence
Document Number: 2017-21252
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-04
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are providing notice of SSR 17-4p. This SSR clarifies our responsibilities and the responsibilities of a claimant and a claimant's representative to develop evidence and other information in disability and blindness claims.