Social Security Administration 2008 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Establishment of the Future Systems Technology Advisory Panel
Document Number: E8-9574
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-05-01
Agency: Future Systems Technology Advisory Panel, Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
The Commissioner of Social Security is establishing the Future Systems Technology Advisory Panel under the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). In making this decision, the Commissioner has found that the Panel is necessary and in the public interest. It will contribute to the performance of duties imposed upon SSA in carrying out its statutory mission. The Commissioner consulted with the Committee Management Secretariat, General Services Administration (GSA).
Privacy Act of 1974, as Amended; Computer Matching Program (SSA/Department of Labor (DOL) Match Number 1003))
Document Number: E8-9465
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-30
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.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request
Document Number: E8-9175
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-28
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Revised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Malignant Neoplastic Diseases
Document Number: E8-9170
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-04-28
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We propose to revise the criteria in parts A and B of the Listing of Impairments (the listings) that we use to evaluate claims involving malignant neoplastic diseases. 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 adjudicative experience, as well as advances in medical knowledge, treatment, and methods of evaluating malignant neoplastic diseases.
Use of Master and Sub Accounts and Other Account Arrangements for the Payment of Benefits
Document Number: E8-8576
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-21
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are issuing this notice to obtain public input regarding an anticipated change to an Agency payment procedure that permits benefit payments to be deposited into a third-party's ``master'' account when the third party maintains separate ``sub'' accounts for individual beneficiaries. We anticipate changing our current procedure in light of concerns about how high-interest lenders are using this master/sub account procedure. We are also seeking comments on the practice that some beneficiaries follow of preauthorizing their banks to transfer their benefits to lenders immediately after the benefits are deposited into their accounts.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: E8-8358
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-21
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Revised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Cardiovascular Disorders
Document Number: E8-8111
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-04-16
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are requesting your comments on whether and how we should update and revise the criteria we use to evaluate claims involving cardiovascular disorders in adults and children. These criteria are found in sections 4.00 and 104.00 of the Listing of Impairments in appendix 1 to subpart P of part 404 of our regulations (the listings). We are requesting your comments as part of our ongoing effort to ensure that the listings are up-to-date. After we have considered your comments and suggestions, other information about advances in medical knowledge, treatment, and methods of evaluating cardiovascular disorders, and our program experience using the current listings, we will determine whether we should revise any of the cardiovascular listings. If we propose specific revisions to the listings, we will publish a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register.
Retirement Research Consortium Request for Applications (RFA) Program Announcement No. SSA-ORES-08-01
Document Number: E8-6948
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-03
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
The growing share of older Americans in the population has profound long term effects on Social Security. Social Security's Board of Trustees projects that the program will be in poor fiscal shape over the long term at currently legislated payroll tax and benefit levels as a result of demographic changes. Through education and research efforts, the Social Security Administration (SSA) is committed to addressing these difficulties and ensuring responsive programs and sustainable solvency. SSA's research efforts will support informed public discussion and creative thinking that relates the principles of the program to economic and demographic realities and changing needs and preferences of American households. As authorized under section 1110 of the Social Security Act, SSA announces the solicitation of applications for a cooperative agreement to re-compete a Retirement Research Consortium to help inform the public and policymakers about Social Security issues. In the first year, the Consortium will be composed of one or more research centers. The centers will have a combined annual budget of approximately $7.5 million. SSA expects to fund the centers for a period of 5 years, contingent on an annual review process and continued availability of funds.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: E8-6435
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-28
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Privacy Act of 1974, as Amended; New Systems of Records and New Routine Use Disclosures
Document Number: E8-6232
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-27
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 three new systems of records entitled, the Recordings of Service Observations, Call Detail Management Information Report, and the Service Observation Database.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request
Document Number: E8-5983
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-26
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Privacy Act of 1974; as Amended; New System of Records and New Routine Use Disclosures
Document Number: E8-6066
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-25
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 Identity Protection Program (IPP) System, 60-0360, and routine uses applicable to this system of records. Hereinafter, we will refer to the proposed system of records as the IPP System. The proposed system of records will consist of information used to provide enhanced protection for employees who reasonably believe that they may be at risk of injury or other harm by the disclosure of their work location and telephone number information, supporting documentation, and the dispositions of the requests for program participation. We invite public comments on this proposal.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request
Document Number: E8-5716
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-21
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Revised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Immune System Disorders
Document Number: E8-5023
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-03-18
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 immune system 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 revisions reflect our adjudicative experience, as well as advances in medical knowledge, treatment, and methods of evaluating immune system disorders.
Revised Medical Criteria for Evaluating HIV Infection
Document Number: E8-5022
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-03-18
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In a separate notice in today's edition of the Federal Register, we are publishing final rules revising the criteria we use to evaluate immune system disorders, found in sections 14.00 and 114.00 of the Listing of Impairments in appendix 1 to subpart P of part 404 of our regulations (the listings). In those rules, we indicate that we will issue an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) inviting public comments on how we might update and revise listings 14.08 and 114.08, our listings for evaluating HIV infection. We are now requesting your comments and suggestions about possible revisions to those listings. After we have considered your comments and suggestions, other information about advances in medical knowledge, treatment, and methods of evaluating HIV infection, and our program experience using the current listings, we will determine whether we should revise listings 14.08 and 114.08. If we propose specific revisions to the listings, we will publish a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register.
Supplemental Security Income, Youth Transition Demonstration
Document Number: E8-5036
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-13
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
On October 7, 2003, the Commissioner of Social Security published a Notice in the Federal Register (68 FR 57950) announcing the beginning of a demonstration project designed primarily to test the effectiveness of altering certain Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and other program rules as an incentive to encourage individuals with disabilities or blindness to work or increase their work activity and earnings. In order to complete a more thorough evaluation of this project, we are extending the duration of the altered program rules in three of the seven original project locations and adding three new project locations that will also offer the alternative program rules. The Commissioner of Social Security is publishing this notice in accordance with 20 CFR 416.250(e) and conducting the project pursuant to authority in sections 234 and 1110 of the Social Security Act.
Representative Payment Under Titles II, VIII and XVI of the Social Security Act
Document Number: E8-4781
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-03-11
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We propose to amend our rules governing how we investigate representative payee applicants. Under these proposed rules, any payee who has previously satisfied the payee investigation process including a face-to-face interview and is currently serving as a payee, need not appear for another face-to-face interview when making a subsequent application to become a payee, unless we determine, within our discretion, that a new face-to-face interview is necessary. This change would streamline our representative payee application process, thereby allowing payee applicants to become qualified in a shorter timeframe when they have already been investigated. This should expedite the payment of benefits in certain representative payee situations. It will also reduce the burden to the public and reduce traffic in our field offices when a payee applicant has already satisfied the face-to-face interview required by law.
Modifications to the Disability Determination Procedures; Reinstatement of “Prototype” and “Single Decisionmaker” Tests in States in the Boston Region
Document Number: E8-4531
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-07
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Effective March 23, 2008, we are reinstating New Hampshire as a ``prototype'' State in the disability redesign tests we are conducting under the authority of our regulations. We are also reinstating Maine and Vermont as States that use ``single decisionmakers'' under the same authority. These three States stopped participating in the disability redesign tests on August 1, 2006, when they began to participate in the Disability Service Improvement (DSI) initiative that we have been testing in our Boston region since that date. On January 15, 2008, we published a final rule in the Federal Register suspending the Federal Reviewing Official review level of the DSI process. The final rule will be effective on March 23, 2008. Therefore, Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont will resume their participation in the disability redesign tests on the effective date of the final rule.
Privacy Act of 1974 as Amended; Computer Matching Program; (SSA/Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Match Numbers 1005, 1019, 1020, 1021)
Document Number: E8-4202
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-05
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.
Amendment to the Attorney Advisor Program
Document Number: E8-3945
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-03-03
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are issuing this final rule to adopt without change the interim final rule we published on August 9, 2007, which temporarily modifies the prehearing procedures we follow in claims for Social Security disability benefits and supplemental security income (SSI) payments based on disability or blindness. Under this final rule, we are permitting certain attorney advisors to conduct certain prehearing proceedings, and where the documentary record developed as a result of these proceedings warrants, issue decisions that are wholly favorable to the parties to the hearing.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request
Document Number: E8-3871
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-29
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Compassionate Allowances for Cancers; Office of the Commissioner, Hearing
Document Number: E8-3720
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-02-28
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are considering ways to quickly identify diseases and other serious medical conditions that obviously meet the definition of disability under the Social Security Act (the Act) and can be identified with minimal objective medical information. We are calling this method ``Compassionate Allowances.'' We held one public hearing already and plan to hold additional public hearings this year. This is the second hearing in the series. The purpose of this hearing is to obtain your views about the advisability and possible methods of identifying and implementing compassionate allowances for children and adults with cancers. Our first hearing, on December 4-5, 2007, dealt with rare diseases. We will address other kinds of medical conditions in later hearings.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: E8-3682
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-27
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Suspension of New Claims to the Federal Reviewing Official Review Level; Correction
Document Number: E8-3645
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-02-27
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
The Social Security Administration is correcting a final rule that appeared in the Federal Register on January 15, 2008 (73 FR 2411). The document amends our disability administrative adjudication processes to suspend new claims to the Federal reviewing official (FedRO) level, now operating in the Boston region. Claims already transferred to the Office of the Federal Reviewing Official (OFedRO) for FedRO review will continue to be processed by the OFedRO and a related component of the disability determination process, the Medical and Vocational Expert System (MVES), commonly known as the Office of Medical and Vocational Expertise (OMVE).
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: E8-2503
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-11
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Privacy Act of 1974; as Amended New System of Records and Routine Use Disclosures
Document Number: E8-1674
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-01-30
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, Social Security Administration Unified Measurement System/Managerial Cost Accountability System (SUMS/MCAS) 60-0371, and routine uses applicable to this system of records. SUMS/ MCAS will consist of information related to five interrelated Agency initiatives: (1) Workload counts, (2) performance measures, (3) time allocation, (4) customer service records, and (5) managerial cost accountability. We invite public comments on this proposal.
Social Security Ruling (SSR) 94-4p; Rescission of SSR 94-4p, Policy Interpretation Ruling; Title II of Social Security Act and Title IV of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977: Waiver of Recovery of Overpayments-Notice of Appeal and Waiver Rights-Right to a Pre-Recoupment Oral Hearing Before Waiver Can Be Denied
Document Number: E8-880
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-01-18
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
This document contains a correction to the notice of rescission of SSR 94-4p that was published in the Federal Register on January 11, 2008 (73 FR 2074). The effective date shown in one place in that notice was incorrect.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: E8-810
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-01-17
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Suspension of New Claims to the Federal Reviewing Official Review Level
Document Number: E8-148
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-01-15
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are modifying our disability administrative adjudication processes to suspend new claims to the Federal reviewing official (FedRO) level, now operating in the Boston region. Claims already transferred to the Office of the Federal Reviewing Official (OFedRO) for FedRO review will continue to be processed by the OFedRO and a related component of the disability determination process, the Medical and Vocational Expert System (MVES), commonly known as the Office of Medical and Vocational Expertise (OMVE). We are making these changes to ensure that we continually improve our disability adjudication process.
Methods for Conducting Personal Conferences When Waiver of Recovery of a Title II or Title XVI Overpayment Cannot Be Approved
Document Number: E8-314
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-01-11
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are revising our title II regulations and adding title XVI regulations on personal conferences when waiver of recovery of an overpayment cannot be approved. These final rules allow for the conferences to be conducted face-to-face, by telephone, or by video teleconference in these circumstances.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: E8-10
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-01-07
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions