Social Security Administration 2021 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

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.
Rescission of Rules on Improved Agency Guidance Documents
Document Number: 2021-08113
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-04-21
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are rescinding our rules on improved agency guidance documents. We published the rules pursuant to an Executive order (E.O.) entitled, ``Promoting the Rule of Law Through Improved Agency Guidance Documents,'' signed October 9, 2019. The October 2019 E.O. has been revoked by an E.O. entitled, ``Revocation of Certain Executive Orders Concerning Federal Regulation,'' signed January 20, 2021. We are rescinding these rules because the January 2021 E.O. requires the heads of Federal agencies to take steps promptly to rescind any regulations that implement or enforce the October 2019 E.O.
Request for Information on the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018 Learning Agenda
Document Number: 2021-08115
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-04-20
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
The Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018 (Evidence Act) and implementing Executive Branch guidance requires Federal agencies to develop an evidence-building plan, referred to as a Learning Agenda, to identify and address questions relevant to agency programs, policies, and regulations. Through this Request for Information (RFI), we seek public input to help us identify priority questions to guide our evidence-building activities.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2021-07266
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-04-09
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request
Document Number: 2021-06975
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-04-06
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request
Document Number: 2021-06962
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-04-05
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request
Document Number: 2021-05179
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-03-12
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2021-04165
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-03-01
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2021-04084
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-03-01
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, Travel and Border Crossing Records (60-0389), last published on March 3, 2019. This notice publishes details of the modified system as set forth under the caption, SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2021-02341
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-02-04
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2021-01886
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-01-28
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Use of Electronic Payroll Data to Improve Program Administration
Document Number: 2021-01026
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-01-19
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
This is advance notification to the public regarding the implementation of an information exchange between the Social Security Administration (SSA) and Equifax, a payroll data provider. We expect that the information exchange will enable us to administer Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments more efficiently, while helping to prevent improper payments.
Notice on Penalty Inflation Adjustments for Civil Monetary Penalties
Document Number: 2021-00007
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-01-07
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, 2021 through January 14, 2022. 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: 2020-29207
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-01-06
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions