Social Security Administration June 2005 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Continuation of Benefit Payments to Certain Individuals Who Are Participating in a Program of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Employment Services, or Other Support Services
Document Number: 05-12432
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-06-24
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are publishing final rules that amend the rules for the continuation of disability benefit payments under titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act (the Act) to certain individuals who recover medically while participating in an appropriate vocational rehabilitation (VR) program with a State vocational rehabilitation agency. We are amending these rules to conform with statutory amendments that extend eligibility for these continued benefit payments to certain individuals who recover medically while participating in an appropriate program of services. These include individuals participating in the Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Program or another program of vocational rehabilitation services, employment services, or other support services approved by the Commissioner of Social Security. We are also extending eligibility for these continued benefit payments to students age 18 through 21 who recover medically, or whose disability is determined to have ended as a result of an age- 18 redetermination, while participating in an individualized education program developed under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act with an appropriate provider of services. Providers of services we may approve include a public or private organization with expertise in the delivery or coordination of vocational rehabilitation services, employment services, or other support services; or a public, private or parochial school that provides or coordinates a program of vocational rehabilitation services, employment services, or other support services carried out under an individualized program or plan.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 05-12286
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-23
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Privacy Act of 1974; as Amended; New System of Records and New Routine Use Disclosures
Document Number: 05-12243
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-22
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
The Social Security Administration published a document in the Federal Register on June 14, 2005, establishing a new system of records, the National Docketing Management Information System. The document contained an error in the system number.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 05-11974
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-17
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Evidentiary Requirements for Making Findings About Medical Equivalence
Document Number: 05-11886
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-06-17
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We propose to revise our regulations that pertain to the processing of claims for disability benefits under title II and title XVI of the Social Security Act (the Act). The proposed revisions would make the language in the rules we use under title II of the Act for making findings about medical equivalence consistent with the language in the rules that we use under title XVI of the Act. The proposed revisions would also clarify our rules about the evidence we use when we make findings about medical equivalence for adults and children. We also propose to update and clarify our rules that explain the Listing of Impairments (the listings) and how your impairment(s) can meet a listing.
Extension of the Expiration Date for Several Body System Listings
Document Number: 05-11887
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-06-16
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We use the Listing of Impairments (the listings) at the third step of the sequential evaluation process when we evaluate your claim for benefits based on disability under title II and title XVI of the Social Security Act (the Act). This final rule extends until July 3, 2006, the date on which listings for four body systems will no longer be effective and extends until July 2, 2007, the date on which the listings for eight body systems will no longer be effective. Other than extending the date during which the listings will be effective, we have made no revisions to the listings; they remain the same as they now appear in the Code of Federal Regulations. This extension will ensure that we continue to have the medical evaluation criteria in the listings to adjudicate disability claims in these body systems at step three of the sequential evaluation process.
Privacy Act of 1974; as Amended; New System of Records and New Routine Use Disclosures
Document Number: 05-11745
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-14
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, the National Docketing Management Information System (NDMIS) and routine uses applicable to this system of records. Hereinafter, we will refer to the proposed system of records as the NDMIS. We invite public comments on this proposal.
Work Activity of Persons Working as Members of Advisory Committees Established Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA)
Document Number: 05-11074
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-06-03
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are proposing to revise our disability regulations under titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act to incorporate a new, special rule that would affect individuals who are receiving payments or providing services as members or consultants of a committee, board, commission, council or similar group established under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). Under this special rule, we would not count any earnings an individual is receiving from serving as a member or consultant of a FACA advisory committee when we determine if the individual is engaging in substantial gainful activity under titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act (the Act). In addition, we would not evaluate any of the services the individual is providing as a member or consultant of the FACA advisory committee when determining if the individual has engaged in substantial gainful activity under titles II and XVI of the Act. Based on our experience with FACA advisory committees and the frequency and level of activity required by these committees, we believe that performance of activity on these committees does not demonstrate the ability to perform substantial gainful activity. We believe this to be consistent with Congress's view as it has recognized in creating the Ticket to Work advisory committee, for example, that current disability beneficiaries should be considered for membership. This also will encourage individuals with disabilities to serve on FACA advisory committees, thereby providing the benefit of their unique perspective on policies and programs to the Federal Government.