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Rules Regarding the Frequency and Notice of Continuing Disability Reviews
Document Number: 2019-24700
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-11-18
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We propose to revise our regulations regarding when and how often we conduct continuing disability reviews (CDR), which are periodic reviews of eligibility required for benefit continuation. The proposed rules would add a category to the existing medical diary categories that we use to schedule CDRs and revise the criteria for assigning each of the medical diary categories to cases. The proposed rules would also change the frequency with which we perform a CDR for claims with the medical diary category for permanent impairments. The revised changes would ensure that we continue to maintain appropriate stewardship of the disability program and identify medical improvement (MI) at its earliest point.
National Disability Forum
Document Number: 2019-24833
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-11-15
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are announcing the fourteenth National Disability Forum. The purpose of this public forum is to obtain feedback from experts in their field on what impairments have a likelihood to improve. This forum will be moderated, and include up to five panelists presenting information on the topic. Additionally, there will be a combined question and answer session during which the panelists will address questions from those on site and received by email during the forum.
Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Document Number: 2019-24724
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-11-14
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 Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). This matching agreement establishes the terms, conditions, and safeguards under which CMS will disclose to SSA Medicare non-utilization information for Social Security Title II beneficiaries aged 90 and above. CMS will identify Medicare enrollees whose records have been inactive for three or more years. SSA will use this data as an indicator to select and prioritize cases for review to determine continued eligibility for benefits under Title II of the Social Security Act (Act). SSA will contact these individuals to verify ongoing eligibility. SSA will use this data for the purposes of fraud discovery and the analysis of fraud program operations; this agreement allows for SSA's Office of Anti-Fraud Programs (OAFP) to evaluate the data for the purposes of fraud detection. SSA will refer individual cases of suspected fraud, waste, or abuse to the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for investigation.
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2019-23750
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-31
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, Claims Folders System (60-0089), last published on April 1, 2003. This notice publishes details of the modified system as set forth under the caption, SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Notice Announcing Addresses for Service of Process
Document Number: 2019-23478
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-28
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Our Office of the General Counsel (OGC) is responsible for processing and handling summonses and complaints in lawsuits involving judicial review of our final decisions on individual claims for benefits under titles II, VIII, and XVI of the Social Security Act (Act), and individual claims for a Medicare Part D subsidy under title XVIII of the Act. This notice sets out the names and current addresses of those offices and the jurisdictions for which each office has responsibility.
Prohibiting Persons With Certain Criminal Convictions From Serving as Representative Payees; Correction
Document Number: 2019-23235
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-10-25
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
On February 15, 2019, we published final rules in the Federal Register to prohibit persons convicted of certain crimes from serving as representative payees under the Social Security Act (Act), as required by the Strengthening Protections for Social Security Beneficiaries Act of 2018. Those final rules inadvertently included two words in three places that should not have been there, and omitted one word in two sections of the rules. This document corrects the inadvertent inclusions and omissions in the final rules.
Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Document Number: 2019-23132
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-23
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 Department of Labor (DOL). This matching agreement establishes the terms, conditions, and safeguards under which the DOL will disclose the DOL-administered Part B Black Lung (BL) benefit data to SSA. SSA will match DOL's Part B BL data with SSA's records of persons receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to verify that Part B BL beneficiaries are receiving the correct amount of SSI payments.
Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Document Number: 2019-23131
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-23
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 Department of Labor (DOL). The matching agreement (agreement) establishes the terms, conditions, and safeguards under which DOL will disclose the DOL- administered Part C Black Lung (BL) benefit data to SSA. SSA will match DOL's Part C BL data with SSA's records of persons receiving Social Security disability benefits to verify that Part C BL beneficiaries are receiving the correct amount of Social Security disability benefits.
Cost-of-Living Increase and Other Determinations for 2020
Document Number: 2019-22921
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-22
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Under title II of the Social Security Act (Act), there will be a 1.6 percent cost-of-living increase in Social Security benefits effective December 2019. In addition, the national average wage index for 2018 is $52,145.80. 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: 2019-22158
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-10
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 (VBA). The matching agreement (agreement) sets forth the terms, conditions, and safeguards under which VA/VBA will provide SSA with information necessary to: (1) Identify certain Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Special Veterans Benefit (SVB) recipients under Title XVI and Title VIII of the Social Security Act (Act), respectively, who receive VA-administered benefits; (2) determine the eligibility or amount of payment for SSI and SVB recipients; and (3) 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 and Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-21767
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-07
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Rules of Conduct and Standards of Responsibility for Appointed Representatives; Correction
Document Number: 2019-20446
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-09-30
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
On July 2, 2018, we published final rules in the Federal Register revising our rules of conduct and standards of responsibility for representatives. Those final rules reduced the amount of time to request Appeals Council review of a hearing officer's decision from 30 days to 14 business days, but we inadvertently failed to make the same change in the parallel sections of the CFR, which details when the Appeals Council will dismiss a request for review. This document corrects the omitted sections and makes our regulations consistent.
Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Document Number: 2019-20962
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-09-27
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 agreement sets forth the terms, conditions, and safeguards under which RRB will disclose to SSA 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.
Extension of Expiration Dates for Two Body System Listings
Document Number: 2019-20444
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-09-24
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 and Genitourinary 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: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-19910
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-09-16
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request
Document Number: 2019-19696
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-09-12
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-19678
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-09-12
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Security and Suitability Files
Document Number: 2019-18892
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-09-03
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are issuing a final rule to exempt a system of records entitled Security and Suitability Files. This final rule also removes two systems of records listed in our exemptions, but which do not exist, and will replace them with a new exemption for this specified system of records from specific provisions of the Privacy Act.\1\
Social Security Ruling, SSR 19-4p; Titles II and XVI: Evaluating Cases Involving Primary Headache Disorders
Document Number: 2019-18310
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-08-26
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are providing notice of SSR 19-4p. This SSR provides guidance on how we establish that a person has a medically determinable impairment of a primary headache disorder and how we evaluate primary headache disorders in disability claims under titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act.
Social Security Ruling 19-3p; Titles II and XVI: Requesting Reconsideration or Hearing by an Administrative Law Judge
Document Number: 2019-17359
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-08-14
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are giving notice of SSR 19-3p. This SSR explains the two options available to claimants appealing our determinations that they are not disabled based on medical factors. In this SSR, we explain both the paper and electronic appeal options for requesting reconsideration or a hearing by an administrative law judge (ALJ), and the similarities and differences between these two options. We explain these options to help claimants make informed decisions when deciding whether to use the paper appeal or electronic appeal option to request reconsideration or a hearing.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-17281
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-08-13
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-16805
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-08-07
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-16355
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-08-01
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Revised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Digestive Disorders and Skin Disorders
Document Number: 2019-15554
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-07-25
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We propose to revise the criteria in the Listing of Impairments (listings) that we use to evaluate claims involving digestive and skin disorders in adults and children under titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act (Act). The proposed revisions reflect our adjudicative experience, advances in medical knowledge, and comments we received from experts and the public in response to two advance notices of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM).
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-15249
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-07-18
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request
Document Number: 2019-14173
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-07-03
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Notice of an Initial Enrollment Period for Our Electronic Consent Based Social Security Number Verification Service
Document Number: 2019-11995
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-06-07
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
The Social Security Administration (SSA) is announcing the initial enrollment period for a new electronic Consent Based Social Security Number (SSN) Verification (eCBSV) service. SSA will roll out the service to a limited number of users in June 2020, and plans on expanding the number of users within six months of the initial rollout. All interested permitted entities must apply during this initial enrollment period to be eligible to use the new eCBSV service during either the initial rollout or subsequent planned expansion. Permitted entities that do not apply during the initial enrollment period must wait until the next designated period after the planned expansion to apply for enrollment. The initial enrollment period for permitted entities will begin on July 17, 2019, and remain open until the period closes on July 31, 2019. In accord with statutory requirements, permitted entities will be required to provide payment to build the new eCBSV system.
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records; Correction
Document Number: 2019-11982
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-06-07
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
The Social Security Administration published a System of Records Notice (SORN) in the Federal Register on Monday, April 15, 2019 concerning the Mass Emergency Notification System. That document contained an incorrect SORN number. This notice corrects that error.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request
Document Number: 2019-11629
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-06-04
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-10670
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-05-22
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Social Security Ruling, SSR 19-2p; Titles II and XVI: Evaluating Cases Involving Obesity
Document Number: 2019-10432
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-05-20
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are providing notice of SSR 19-2p. This SSR provides guidance on how we establish that a person has a medically determinable impairment of obesity and how we evaluate obesity in disability claims under Titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act.
Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Document Number: 2019-10036
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-05-15
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 States, including tribal agencies and United States (U.S.) territories.
Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Document Number: 2019-10031
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-05-15
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act, as amended, this notice announces new matching program with the Law Enforcement Agency (Source Jurisdiction). The purpose of this agreement is to establish the terms, conditions, and safeguards under which SSA will conduct a computer matching program with Source Jurisdiction in accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended by the Computer Matching and Privacy Protection Act of 1988, and the regulations and guidance promulgated thereunder, to identify individuals in the Source Jurisdiction who are (1) fleeing fugitive felons, parole violators, or probation violators, as defined by the Social Security Act (Act) and in accordance with the Martinez Settlement and the Clark Court Order, as defined below; and who are also (2) Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients, Retirement, Survivors and Disability Insurance (RSDI) beneficiaries, Special Veterans Benefit (SVB) beneficiaries, or representative payees for SSI recipients, RSDI beneficiaries, or SVB beneficiaries.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request
Document Number: 2019-08946
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-05-02
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2019-07444
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-04-29
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the Privacy Act and our disclosure regulations we are issuing public notice of our intent to establish a new system of records entitled, Program Litigation File System (60- 0278). This notice publishes details of the new system as set forth under the caption, SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2019-07452
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-04-26
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, Completed Determination RecordContinuing Disability Determinations, (60-0050), last published in January 11, 2006. This notice publishes details of the proposed updates as set forth below under the caption SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Document Number: 2019-07659
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-04-17
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act, as amended, this notice announces new matching program with the Department of Defense, Defense Manpower Data Center (DoD/DMDC). This computer matching agreement (agreement) sets forth the terms, conditions, and safeguards under which DoD/DMDC will disclose to SSA data to verify information provided to SSA by applicants, beneficiaries, and recipients of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments and Special Veterans Benefits (SVB). The SSI and SVB recipient/beneficiary provides information about eligibility/ entitlement factors (e.g., income, reosurces, living arrangements). SSA obtains additional information, as necessary, before making any determinations of eligibility/payment or entitlement/benefit amounts or adjustments thereto. Military retirement payments to SSI recipients and SVB beneficiaries include retired members, or their survivors, of the Uniformed Services, i.e., Army; Navy; Air Force; Marine Corps; Coast Guard; and the Commissioned Corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. SSA will accomplish this task by computer matching with DoD/DMDC.
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2019-07455
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-04-15
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the Privacy Act, we are issuing public notice of our intent to establish a new system of records entitled, Mass Emergency Notification System (MENS) (60-0386), hereinafter called the MENS Record System. This notice publishes details of the new system as set forth under the caption, SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records; Extension of Comment Period
Document Number: 2019-06907
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-04-10
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are extending the comment period for a previously published Notice of a new system of records, due to the inability of the public to comment from the day the notice published on March 13, 2019, until March 25, 2019. Accordingly, we are extending the comment period by 12 days for the new system of records entitled, Travel and Border Crossing Records (60-0389).
Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-06533
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-04-04
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Public Availability of Social Security Administration Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Service Contract Inventory
Document Number: 2019-06338
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-04-02
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with Section 743 of Division C of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2010, we are publishing this notice to advise the public of the availability of the FY 2017 Service Contract inventory. This inventory provides information on FY 2017 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-inventory-guidance.pdf. You can access the inventory and summary of the inventory on our homepage at the following link: http://www.socialsecurity.gov/sci.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-05834
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-27
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Social Security Ruling 19-1p; Titles II and XVI: Effect of the Decision in Lucia v. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) On Cases Pending at the Appeals Council
Document Number: 2019-04817
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-15
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are giving notice of SSR 19-1p. This ruling explains how we will adjudicate cases pending at the Appeals Council in which the claimant has raised a timely challenge to the appointment of an administrative law judge (ALJ) under the Appointments Clause of the United States Constitution in light of the Supreme Court's recent 2018 decision in Lucia v. SEC.
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2019-04583
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-13
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the Privacy Act, we are issuing public notice of our intent to establish a new system of records entitled, Travel and Border Crossing Records (60-0389). This notice publishes details of the new system as set forth under the caption, SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-04292
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-11
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agreement on Social Security Between the United States and Iceland; Entry Into Force
Document Number: 2019-03271
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-26
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are giving notice that an agreement coordinating the United States (U.S.) and Icelandic social security programs will go into force effective on March 1, 2019. The Agreement with Iceland, which was signed on September 27, 2016, is similar to U.S. social security agreements already in force with 29 other countriesAustralia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea (South), Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, the Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and Uruguay. Section 233 of the Social Security Act authorizes agreements of this type.
Prohibiting Persons With Certain Criminal Convictions From Serving as Representative Payees
Document Number: 2019-02483
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-02-15
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are finalizing our proposed regulations on conducting background checks to prohibit persons convicted of certain crimes from serving as representative payees under the Social Security Act (Act), as required by the Strengthening Protections for Social Security Beneficiaries Act of 2018.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-02469
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-15
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Document Number: 2019-01693
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-08
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 its Medicare outreach efforts.
Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Document Number: 2019-01198
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-06
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). The agreement between SSA and OPM 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 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. 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.