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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.
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
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request
Document Number: 2020-28797
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-30
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Document Number: 2020-27773
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-17
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). The matching agreement between SSA and Fiscal Service sets forth the terms, conditions, and safeguards under which 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 in the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit program established under the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003.
Anti-Fraud System
Document Number: 2020-26754
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-12-11
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We separately published, in today's Federal Register, notice of a modified system of records entitled Anti-Fraud (AF) System. Because this system will contain some investigatory material compiled for law enforcement purposes, this proposed rule will exempt those records within this system of records from specific provisions of the Privacy Act.
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2020-26753
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-11
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, Anti-Fraud Enterprise Solution (AFES) (60-0388), last published on May 3, 2018. This notice publishes details of the modified system as set forth under the caption, SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Rescission of Acquiescence Ruling 15-1(4)
Document Number: 2020-26911
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-08
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with 20 CFR 402.35(b)(2), 404.985(e) and 416.1485(e), the Commissioner of Social Security gives notice of the rescission of Social Security Acquiescence Ruling 15-1(4).
Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-26871
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-08
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Rate for Assessment on Direct Payment of Fees to Representatives in 2021
Document Number: 2020-26795
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-07
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are announcing that the assessment percentage rate under the Social Security Act (Act) is 6.3 percent for 2021.
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2020-26794
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-07
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, Representative Disqualification, Suspension, and Non-Recognition File (60-0219), last published on May 10, 2010. This notice publishes details of the modified system as set forth below under the caption, SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Revised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Musculoskeletal Disorders
Document Number: 2020-25250
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-12-03
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are revising the criteria in the Listing of Impairments (listings) that we use to evaluate claims involving musculoskeletal disorders in adults and children under titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act (Act). The revisions reflect our adjudicative experience, advances in medical knowledge, and comments we received from the public in response to a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2020-26535
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-02
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, Disability Analysis File (DAF) and the National Beneficiary Survey (NBS) Data System (60-0382), last published on December 21, 2018. This notice publishes details of the modified system as set forth below under the caption, SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Notice Announcing Addresses for Service of Process
Document Number: 2020-26294
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-11-30
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We published notices in the Federal Register on October 28, 2019, March 2, 2020, and August 27, 2020, which announced the addresses for service of process. These documents contained the incorrect suite number in the address for the Office of the Regional Chief Counsel, Region VI, Social Security Administration. We are correcting the suite number in this notice.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request
Document Number: 2020-26292
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-11-30
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request
Document Number: 2020-26178
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-11-27
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Hearings Held by Administrative Appeals Judges of the Appeals Council
Document Number: 2020-23856
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-11-16
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are revising our rules to clarify when and how administrative appeals judges (AAJ) on our Appeals Council may hold hearings and issue decisions. The Appeals Council already has the authority to hold hearings and issue decisions under our existing regulations, but we have not exercised this authority or explained the circumstances under which it would be appropriate for the Appeals Council to assume responsibility for holding a hearing and issuing a decision. This final rule will ensure the Appeals Council is not limited in the type of claims for which it may hold hearings. We expect that this rule will increase our adjudicative capacity when needed, and allow us to adjust more quickly to fluctuating short-term workloads, such as when an influx of cases reaches the hearing level. Our ability to use our limited resources more effectively will help us quickly optimize our hearings capacity, which in turn will allow us to issue accurate, timely, high-quality decisions.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-24479
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-11-04
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Cost-of-Living Increase and Other Determinations for 2021
Document Number: 2020-23442
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-22
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Under title II of the Social Security Act (Act), there will be a 1.3 percent cost-of-living increase in Social Security benefits effective December 2020. In addition, the national average wage index for 2019 is $54,099.99. 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: 2020-23376
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-22
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 United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE). Under this matching program, OCSE will provide SSA the quarterly wage (QW) information from the National Directory of New Hires (NDNH) for the administration of Title II Disability Insurance (DI). The computer matching agreement governs the use, treatment, and safeguarding of the information exchanged. SSA will use the QW information to establish or verify eligibility, continuing entitlement, or payment amounts, or all of the above, of individuals under the DI program.
Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Document Number: 2020-23268
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-21
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 Railroad Retirement Board (RRB). This matching program sets forth the terms, safeguards, and procedures under which RRB, as the source agency, will disclose RRB annuity payment data to SSA, the recipient agency. SSA will use the information to verify Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Special Veterans Benefits (SVB) eligibility and benefit payment amounts. SSA will also record the railroad annuity amounts RRB paid to SSI and SVB recipients in the Supplemental Security Income Record (SSR).
Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-22972
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-16
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Document Number: 2020-22577
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-13
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 United States Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Under this matching program, the IRS will disclose IRS return information to SSA to administer benefits to qualified aged, blind and disabled individuals.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-22297
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-08
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Requiring Electronic Submission of Evidence by Certain Claimant Representatives
Document Number: 2020-21574
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-05
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with our rules, we are announcing a new requirement for representatives who request direct fee payment. A representative must submit all evidence electronically in claims for Social Security disability insurance benefits under title II of the Social Security Act (Act), and claims for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments based on disability under title XVI of the Act, if the representative requests direct fee payment on that claim; the claim or case has an electronic folder; and the claim is pending at the Office of Hearings Operations (OHO) or the Appeals Council. We expect electronic submission of this evidence will benefit claimants, representatives, and the Social Security Administration by improving our administrative efficiency and workload management, both during our COVID-19 health protocols and beyond.
Charging Standard Administrative Fees for Non-Program Information
Document Number: 2020-21520
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-09-29
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
On August 22, 2012, we announced in the Federal Register a schedule of standard administrative fees we charge to the public. We charge these fees to recover our full costs when we provide information and related services for non-program purposes. We are announcing an update to the previously published schedule of standard administrative fees. The updated standard fee schedule is part of our continued effort to standardize fees for non-program information requests. Standard fees provide consistency and ensure we recover the full cost of supplying information when we receive a request for a purpose not directly related to the administration of a program under the Social Security Act (Act).
Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-21180
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-09-25
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions