Social Security Administration 2005 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request
Document Number: E5-8095
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-12-30
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request
Document Number: E5-8094
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-12-30
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Medicare Part D Subsidies
Document Number: 05-24633
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-12-30
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are adding to our regulations a new part to contain rules that we will apply when we evaluate applications for premium and cost- sharing subsidies under the Medicare program. We are including a new subpart, Medicare Part D Subsidies, to this part. This new subpart contains the rules that we use to determine eligibility for premium and cost-sharing subsidies under the Medicare Part D program, which was added by the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 (Medicare Modernization Act or MMA). These final rules describe: What the new subpart is about; how we determine whether you are eligible for premium and cost-sharing subsidies; how we redetermine your eligibility for a subsidy; how you apply for a subsidy; how we evaluate your income and resources; when your eligibility for premium and cost-sharing subsidies terminates; how you may report changes in your circumstances; and how you can appeal a determination we make under the Part D subsidy program.
Privacy Act of 1974 as Amended; Computer Matching Program (SSA/Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Support Enforcement (HHS/ACF/OCSE)) Match 1095
Document Number: E5-7830
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-12-27
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act, as amended, this notice announces a computer matching program that SSA plans to conduct with HHS/ACF/OCSE.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: E5-7514
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-12-20
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request
Document Number: 05-24096
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-12-16
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Social Security Number (SSN) Cards; Limiting Replacement Cards
Document Number: 05-23962
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-12-16
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
These regulations reflect and implement amendments to the Social Security Act (the Act) made by part of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (IRTPA). Section 7213(a)(1)(A) of the IRTPA requires that we limit individuals to three replacement SSN cards per year and ten replacement SSN cards during a lifetime. The provision permits us to allow for reasonable exceptions from these limits on a case-by-case basis in compelling circumstances. This provision also helps us to further strengthen the security and integrity of the SSN issuance process. The limits on replacement SSN cards will be established prospectively, effective no later than December 17, 2005, regardless of the date we issue final rules in the Federal Register.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: E5-7242
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-12-13
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request
Document Number: E5-7111
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-12-09
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Notice Announcing Addresses for Service of Process
Document Number: 05-23837
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-12-09
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
As set forth in a Federal Register rule in the Rules and Regulations section, we have amended our rules regarding service of legal process in lawsuits involving judicial review of Agency final decisions on individual claims for benefits under titles II, VIII, and/ or XVI of the Social Security Act. Under the new rules, summonses and complaints in these types of cases should be mailed directly to the office in SSA's Office of the General Counsel (OGC) that is responsible for the processing and handling of litigation in the particular jurisdiction in which the complaint has been filed. The names and current addresses of those offices, and the jurisdictions for which they are currently responsible, are detailed in this Notice.
Service of Process
Document Number: 05-23836
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-12-09
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are amending our rules regarding service of legal process in lawsuits involving judicial review of Agency final decisions on individual claims for benefits under titles II, VIII, and/or XVI of the Social Security Act (Act). Under the current rules, summonses and complaints in these types of cases are required to be sent to the Social Security Administration (SSA), Office of the General Counsel (OGC) in Baltimore, Maryland. These final rules provide that summonses and complaints in these types of cases shall be mailed directly to the OGC office that is responsible for the processing and handling of litigation in the particular jurisdiction in which the complaint has been filed. The names and addresses of those offices, and the jurisdictions for which they are currently responsible, are detailed in a separate notice in the Notices section of today's Federal Register. Future changes in the addresses and/or jurisdictional responsibilities of these offices will similarly be published in the Federal Register. Current procedures for service of summonses and complaints in all other types of cases filed against SSA, i.e., those that do not involve judicial review of Agency final decisions on individual claims for benefits under titles II, VIII, and/or XVI of the Act, are not affected by this change.
Nonpayment of Benefits to Fugitive Felons and Probation or Parole Violators
Document Number: 05-23618
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-12-05
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
To implement section 203 of the Social Security Protection Act of 2004 (SSPA), we propose to revise our regulations on the payment of Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits under titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act (the Act). Section 203 requires that title II benefits will not be paid to a person who is a fugitive felon or probation or parole violator, unless good cause is shown as specified in this new law. Section 203 also added a good cause exception to the title XVI fugitive felon ineligibility provision. In addition, we propose to make other changes in our regulations, required by this legislation, such as removing the reference to high misdemeanors in the state of New Jersey. Finally, we propose to clarify our interpretation of the statutory language ``fleeing to avoid'' for the purposes of the title II and title XVI provisions.
Continuing Disability Review Failure To Cooperate Process
Document Number: 05-23615
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-12-05
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We propose to amend our regulations to provide that we will suspend your disability benefits before we make a determination during a continuing disability review (CDR) under title II and title XVI of the Social Security Act (the Act) when you fail to comply with our request for necessary information. Should you remain non-compliant for a period of one year following your suspension, we will then terminate your disability benefits. Although our current title XVI regulations generally provide for the termination of payments after 12 months of suspension, we are proposing to amend our regulations by adding this policy to our title II regulations and by restating it in the title XVI CDR regulatory provisions.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request, Comment Request and Correction Request
Document Number: 05-22983
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-22
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
The Ticket To Work and Work Incentives Advisory Panel Meeting
Document Number: 05-22048
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-04
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Age as a Factor in Evaluating Disability
Document Number: 05-21975
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-11-04
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are proposing to revise the definitions of the age categories we use as one of the criteria in determining disability under titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act (the Act). The proposed changes reflect our adjudicative experience, advances in medical treatment and healthcare, changes in the workforce since we originally published our rules for considering age in 1978, and current and future increases in the full retirement age under Social Security law. The proposed changes would not affect the rules under part 404 of our regulations for individuals age 55 or older who have statutory blindness. They also would not affect our other rules that are dependent on age, such as the age at which you can qualify for early retirement benefits or for Medicare as a retired individual.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 05-21820
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-02
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Additional Town Hall Meetings on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Program
Document Number: 05-21819
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-11-01
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We will be holding a series of town hall meetings to maximize the opportunities for individuals and organizations to give us input on our Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to amend our regulations for the Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Program (Ticket to Work program). We invite the public, including beneficiaries and other individuals with disabilities, their advocates, service providers, employers and other interested parties to attend these public meetings and to give us input on our proposed changes to the rules for the Ticket to Work program. We are announcing the scheduling of three additional town hall meetings.
The Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Advisory Panel Meeting
Document Number: 05-21818
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-01
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Emergency Consideration Request
Document Number: 05-21492
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-28
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Privacy Act of 1974; as Amended; New System of Records and New Routine Use Disclosures
Document Number: 05-21491
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-28
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. 552a(e)(4) and (e)(11)), we are issuing public notice of our intent to establish a new system of records entitled Reasonable Accommodation for Persons With Disabilities (RAPD) System, 60-0315, and routine uses applicable to this system of records. Hereinafter, we will refer to the proposed system of records as the RAPD System. The proposed system of records will consist of information used to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified employees on the basis of disability, the disposition of the requests and the reasonable accommodations provided. We invite public comments on this proposal.
Office of the Commissioner; Cost-of-Living Increase and Other Determinations for 2006
Document Number: 05-21272
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-25
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
The Commissioner has determined (1) A 4.1 percent cost-of-living increase in Social Security benefits under title II of the Social Security Act (the Act), effective for December 2005; (2) An increase in the Federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI) monthly benefit amounts under title XVI of the Act for 2006 to $603 for an eligible individual, $904 for an eligible individual with an eligible spouse, and $302 for an essential person; (3) The student earned income exclusion to be $1,460 per month in 2006 but not more than $5,910 in all of 2006; (4) The dollar fee limit for services performed as a representative payee to be $33 per month ($64 per month in the case of a beneficiary who is disabled and has an alcoholism or drug addiction condition that leaves him or her incapable of managing benefits) in 2006; (5) The national average wage index for 2004 to be $35,648.55; (6) The Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) contribution and benefit base to be $94,200 for remuneration paid in 2006 and self-employment income earned in taxable years beginning in 2006; (7) The monthly exempt amounts under the Social Security retirement earnings test for taxable years ending in calendar year 2006 to be $1,040 and $2,770; (8) The dollar amounts (``bend points'') used in the primary insurance amount benefit formula for workers who become eligible for benefits, or who die before becoming eligible, in 2006 to be $656 and $3,955; (9) The dollar amounts (``bend points'') used in the formula for computing maximum family benefits for workers who become eligible for benefits, or who die before becoming eligible, in 2006 to be $838, $1,210, and $1,578; (10) The amount of taxable earnings a person must have to be credited with a quarter of coverage in 2006 to be $970; (11) The ``old-law'' contribution and benefit base to be $69,900 for 2006; (12) The monthly amount deemed to constitute substantial gainful activity for statutorily blind individuals in 2006 to be $1,450, and the corresponding amount for non-blind disabled persons to be $860; (13) The earnings threshold establishing a month as a part of a trial work period to be $620 for 2006; and (14) Coverage thresholds for 2006 to be $1,500 for domestic workers and $1,300 for election workers.
Deemed Duration of Marriage for Widows/Widowers and Removal of Restriction on Benefits to Children of Military Parents Overseas
Document Number: 05-21117
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-10-24
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are issuing these final rules to reflect in our regulations changes to the Social Security Act (the Act) made by two provisions in the Social Security Protection Act of 2004 (SSPA), enacted on March 2, 2004. One provision added a new situation in which the 9-month duration-of-marriage requirement for surviving spouses under title II of the Act is deemed to have been met. The other provision removed a restriction against payment of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, under title XVI of the Act, to certain blind or disabled children who were not eligible for SSI benefits the month before their military parents reported for duty outside the United States.
Town Hall Meetings on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the Ticket To Work and Self-Sufficiency Program
Document Number: 05-20972
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-10-19
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We intend to hold a series of town hall meetings to maximize the opportunities for individuals and organizations to give us input on our Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to amend our regulations for the Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Program (Ticket to Work program). We invite the public, including beneficiaries and other individuals with disabilities, their advocates, service providers, employers and other interested parties to attend these public meetings and to give us input on our proposed changes to the rules for the Ticket to Work program. We are announcing the scheduling of the first of these town hall meetings and a tentative schedule of additional meetings.
Rules for the Issuance of Work Report Receipts, Payment of Benefits for Trial Work Period Service Months After a Fraud Conviction, Changes to the Student Earned Income Exclusion, and Expansion of the Reentitlement Period for Childhood Disability Benefits
Document Number: 05-20803
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-10-18
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are proposing to amend our rules to reflect and implement sections 202, 208, 420A, and 432 of the Social Security Protection Act of 2004 (the SSPA). Section 202 of the SSPA requires us to issue a receipt each time you or your representative report a change in your work activity or give us documentation of a change in your earnings if you receive benefits based on disability under title II or title XVI of the Social Security Act (the Act). Section 208 changes the way we pay benefits during the trial work period if you are convicted by a Federal court of fraudulently concealing your work activity. Section 420A changed the law to allow you to become reentitled to childhood disability benefits under title II at any time if your previous entitlement to childhood disability benefits was terminated because of the performance of substantial gainful activity. Section 432 changes the way we decide if you are eligible for the student earned income exclusion. We also propose to change the SSI student policy to include home schooling as a form of regular school attendance. Additionally, we are proposing to apply the student earned income exclusion when determining the countable income of an ineligible spouse or ineligible parent.
Representative Payment Policies and Administrative Procedure for Imposing Penalties for False or Misleading Statements or Withholding of Information
Document Number: 05-20697
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-10-17
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We propose to amend our regulations on representative payment and on the administrative procedure for imposing penalties for false or misleading statements or withholding of information to reflect and implement certain provisions of the Social Security Protection Act of 2004 (SSPA), Public Law 108-203. The SSPA amends representative payment policies by providing additional safeguards for Social Security, Special Veterans and Supplemental Security Income beneficiaries served by representative payees. These changes include additional disqualifying factors for representative payee applicants, additional requirements for non-governmental fee-for-service payees, authority to redirect delivery of benefit payments when a representative payee fails to provide required accountings, and authority to treat misused benefits as an overpayment to the representative payee. In addition, we propose to modify our rules to explain financial requirements for representative payees, and we also have made minor clarifying plain language changes. The SSPA also allows SSA to impose a penalty on any person who knowingly withholds information that is material for use in determining any right to or the amount of monthly benefits under titles II or XVI. The penalty is nonpayment for a specified number of months of benefits under title II that would otherwise be payable and ineligibility for the same period of time for cash benefits under title XVI (including State supplementary payments).
Alteration to Existing Systems of Records
Document Number: 05-20696
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-17
Agency: Privacy Act of 1974; As Amended, Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. 552a (e)(4)), we are issuing public notice of our intent to alter and make minor housekeeping changes to two existing systems of records, the Working File of the Appeals Council, HHS/SSA/OHA, 09-60-0004, and the Administrative Law Judge Working File on Claimant Cases System, HHS/ SSA/OHA, 09-60-0005, hereinafter referred to as the ALJ Working File, as follows: Expansion of the record storage medium in each system of records to include the maintenance of records in electronic form; Housekeeping changes that will result in corrections in the systems of records reference number; System name; Notification procedures; Record access procedures; and Contesting records procedures. We also propose to make housekeeping changes to the SSA Litigation Tracking System, HHS/SSA/LS, 09-60-0186 system of records to more accurately reflect the current functions of that system. The proposed changes will include corrections to the following sections of the notice of the SSA Litigation Tracking system of records: Systems of records reference number; System name; Notification procedures; Record access procedures; Contesting record procedures; and System manager. The proposed alteration and housekeeping changes are discussed in the Supplementary Information section below. We invite public comments on this proposal.
Privacy Act of 1974, as Amended; Alterations to Existing System of Records and New Routine Use Disclosure
Document Number: 05-20503
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-13
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. 552a(e)(4) and (e)(11)), we are issuing public notice of our intent to alter an existing system of records entitled the Visitor Intake Process/Customer Service Record (VIP/CSR) System, 60-0350. The proposed alterations will result in the following changes to the VIP/CSR system of records: (1) Expansion of the categories of individuals covered by the VIP/ CSR system of records to include individuals who visit any SSA office or who may contact any SSA office by telephone and/or by e-mail and who attempt or commit a violent act or make threats of violence towards an SSA employee, any individual visiting an SSA office conducting business, or any SSA office; and recording identifying information about the individual within the Visitor Intake Process/Customer Service Record (VIP/CSR) system. (2) Expansion of the categories of records maintained in the VIP/ CSR system of records to include identifying information about the new category of individuals that will be maintained in the VIP/CSR system of records, and a ``High Risk'' alert indicator based on type of threat or act of violence perpetrated by the individual. (3) Expansion of the purposes for which SSA uses information maintained in the VIP/CSR system of records to include use of the system to alert employees in a Social Security office when an individual attempted or committed a violent act or made threats of violence towards an SSA employee, any individual visiting an SSA office conducting business, or any SSA office ; and (4) A proposed new routine use disclosure applicable to information in the VIP/CSR system of records providing for the release of information to law enforcement agencies and private security contractors to protect the safety of SSA employees and customers, the security of the SSA workplace and the operation of SSA facilities, or to assist investigations or prosecutions with respect to activities that affect such safety and security or activities that disrupts the operation of SSA facilities. All of the proposed alterations are discussed in the Supplementary Information section below. We invite public comment on this proposal.
Privacy Act of 1974 as Amended; Computer Matching Program (SSA/Department of Labor (DOL))-Match Number 1003
Document Number: 05-20502
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-13
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act, as amended, this notice announces the renewal of an existing computer matching program that SSA is currently conducting with DOL.
The Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Advisory Panel Meeting
Document Number: 05-20397
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-12
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Exemption of Work Activity as a Basis for a Continuing Disability Review
Document Number: 05-20266
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-10-11
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are proposing to amend our regulations to include rules to carry out section 221(m) of the Social Security Act (the Act). Section 221(m) affects our rules for when we will conduct a continuing disability review if you work and receive benefits under title II of the Act based on disability. (We interpret this section to include you if you receive both title II disability benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments based on disability.) It also affects our rules on how we evaluate work activity when we decide if you have engaged in substantial gainful activity for purposes of determining whether your disability has ended. In addition, section 221(m) of the Act affects certain other standards we use when we determine whether your disability continues or ends. We are also proposing to make certain other revisions to our regulations for how we determine whether your disability continues or ends. These other proposed revisions would codify our existing operating instructions for how we consider certain work at the last two steps of our continuing disability review process. In addition, we are proposing to incorporate into our disability regulations some rules which are contained in another part of our regulations and which apply if you are using a ticket under the Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency program (the Ticket to Work program). Finally, we are proposing to amend our regulations to eliminate the secondary substantial gainful activity amount that we currently use to evaluate work you did as an employee before January 2001.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 05-20158
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-07
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Amendments to the Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Program
Document Number: 05-19530
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-09-30
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are proposing to revise our regulations for the Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Program (Ticket to Work program), authorized by the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999. The Ticket to Work program provides beneficiaries with disabilities expanded options for access to employment services, vocational rehabilitation services, and other support services. We are proposing to make revisions to the current rules to improve the overall effectiveness of the program in assisting beneficiaries to maximize their economic self-sufficiency through work opportunities. These revisions are based on our vision of the future direction of the Ticket to Work program, our experience using the current rules, and recommendations made by a number of commenters on the program.
Reinstatement of Entitlement to Disability Benefits
Document Number: 05-19529
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-09-30
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are publishing final rules regarding the Reinstatement of Entitlement (Expedited Reinstatement) provision in section 112 of the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999. This provision allows former Social Security disability and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability or blindness beneficiaries, whose entitlement or eligibility had been terminated due to their work activity, to have their entitlement or eligibility reinstated in a timely fashion if they become unable to do substantial gainful work. These rules provide beneficiaries an additional incentive to return to work.
Modifications to the Disability Determination Procedures; Extension of Testing of Some Disability Redesign Features
Document Number: 05-19123
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-26
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are announcing the extension of tests involving modifications to our disability determination procedures that we are conducting under the authority of current rules codified at 20 CFR 404.906 and 416.1406. These rules provide authority to test several modifications to the disability determination procedures that we normally follow in adjudicating claims for disability insurance benefits under title II of the Social Security Act (the Act) and for supplemental security income payments based on disability under title XVI of the Act. On July 27, 2005, we published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that described an approach to improve the disability determination process. We have decided to extend the testing of two redesign features of the disability prototype for 12 months to ensure a smooth transition while these changes to the disability determination process are being finalized and implemented.
Social Security Acquiescence Ruling 05-1(9); Gillett-Netting v. Barnhart; Application of State Law and the Social Security Act in Determining Eligibility for a Child Conceived By Artificial Means After an Insured Individual's Death-Title II of the Social Security Act
Document Number: 05-18920
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-22
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with 20 CFR 402.35(b)(2), the Commissioner of Social Security gives notice of Social Security Acquiescence Ruling 05- 1(9).
Revised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Growth Impairments
Document Number: 05-17790
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-09-08
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are planning to update and revise the rules we use to evaluate growth impairments of individuals under age 18 who apply for, or receive, disability benefits under title II and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments based on disability under title XVI of the Social Security Act (the Act). The rules we plan on revising are in section 100.00 in the Listing of Impairments in appendix 1 to subpart P of part 404 of our regulations (the listings). We invite you to send us comments and suggestions for updating and revising these rules. After we have considered your comments and suggestions, as well as information about advances in medical knowledge, treatment, and methods of evaluating growth impairments, along with our program experience, we intend to publish for public comment a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that will propose specific revisions to the rules.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request
Document Number: 05-17726
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-07
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Changes to the Income and Resources Provisions for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Based on Sections 430, 435, and 436 of the Social Security Protection Act (SSPA) of 2004
Document Number: 05-17588
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-09-06
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We propose to revise our regulations on how we determine an individual's income and resources under the SSI program based on the SSPA of 2004, enacted on March 2, 2004. Some of the provisions of the SSPA make a number of changes in the way we determine income and resources including: how we calculate infrequent and irregular income; what interest and dividend income we exclude; how we count cash military compensation; and when we exclude gifts for tuition or educational expenses from income or resources. We are also proposing to apply the exclusions required by the SSPA when determining the countable income and resources of an ineligible spouse or ineligible parent.
Revised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Impairments That Affect Multiple Body Systems
Document Number: 05-17114
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-08-30
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are revising the criteria in the Listing of Impairments (the listings) that we use to evaluate claims involving impairments that affect multiple body systems. We apply these criteria when you claim benefits based on disability under title II and title XVI of the Social Security Act (the Act). The revisions reflect current medical knowledge, methods of evaluating impairments that affect multiple body systems, treatment, and our adjudicative experience.
Privacy Act of 1974 as Amended; Computer Matching Program (SSA/Office of Personnel Management (OPM))-Matches 1005, 1019, 1020, 1021
Document Number: 05-17113
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-29
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act, as amended, this notice announces the renewal of an existing computer matching program that SSA is currently conducting with OPM.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 05-16660
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-23
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Privacy Act of 1974, as Amended; Minor Changes to a System of Records
Document Number: 05-16633
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-23
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. 552a(e)(4)), we are issuing public notice of our intent to make housekeeping changes to the system of records entitled, Recovery of Overpayments, Accounting and Reporting (ROAR) SSA/OTSO, 60-0094, to more accurately describe the records maintained in this system of records. The housekeeping changes make the Privacy Act notice of the ROAR system of records accurate and up to date. We invite public comment on this proposal.
Revised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Visual Disorders
Document Number: 05-16218
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-08-17
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We propose to revise the criteria in the Listing of Impairments (the listings) that we use to evaluate claims involving visual disorders. We apply these criteria when you claim benefits based on disability under title II and title XVI of the Social Security Act (the Act). The proposed revisions reflect our program experience and advances in medical knowledge, treatment, and methods of evaluating visual disorders.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 05-15963
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-11
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Revised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Endocrine Disorders
Document Number: 05-15905
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-08-11
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are planning to update and revise the rules we use to evaluate endocrine disorders of adults and children who apply for, or receive, disability benefits under title II and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments based on disability under title XVI of the Social Security Act (the Act). The rules we plan on revising are sections 9.00 and 109.00 in the Listing of Impairments in appendix 1 to subpart P of part 404 of our regulations (the listings). We invite you to send us comments and suggestions for updating and revising these rules. After we have considered your comments and suggestions, as well as information about advances in medical knowledge, treatment, and methods of evaluating endocrine disorders, and our program experience, we intend to publish for public comment a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that will propose specific revisions to the rules. As part of our long-term planning for the disability programs, we are also interested in your ideas about how we may be able to improve our programs for people who have endocrine disorders, especially those who would like to work.
Notice of Senior Executive Service Performance Review Board Membership
Document Number: 05-15499
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-05
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
The Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Advisory Panel Meeting
Document Number: 05-14968
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-07-29
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Administrative Review Process for Adjudicating Initial Disability Claims
Document Number: 05-14845
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-07-27
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
The Social Security Administration is committed to providing the type of service the American people expect and deserve. In light of the significant growth in disability claims, the increased complexity of those claims, and the younger age of beneficiaries in recent years, the need to make substantial changes in our disability determination process has become urgent. We propose to amend our administrative review process for benefit claims you file under title II of the Social Security Act (Act) based on disability, and for applications you file for supplemental security income (SSI) payments based on disability or blindness under title XVI of the Act. We expect that the changes we are proposing will improve the accuracy, consistency, and timeliness of decision making throughout the disability determination process.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Emergency Consideration Request
Document Number: 05-14628
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-07-26
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions