Social Security Administration February 2009 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Agreement on Social Security Between the United States and the Republic of Poland; Entry Into Force
Document Number: E9-4104
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-02-26
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are giving notice that an agreement coordinating the United States (U.S.) and the Polish social security programs will enter into force on March 1, 2009. The agreement with the Republic of Poland, which was signed on April 2, 2008, is similar to U.S. social security agreements already in force with 23 other countriesAustralia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea (South), Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Agreements of this type are authorized by section 233 of the Social Security Act. 42 U.S.C. 433. Like the other agreements, the U.S.-Polish agreement eliminates dual social security coverage. This situation exists when a worker from one country works in the other country and is covered under the social security systems of both countries for the same work. When dual coverage occurs without such agreements in force, the worker, the worker's employer, or both may be required to pay social security contributions to the two countries simultaneously. Under the U.S.- Polish agreement, a worker who is sent by an employer in one country to work in the other country for 5 or fewer years remains covered only by the sending country. The agreement includes additional rules that eliminate dual U.S. and Polish coverage in other work situations. The agreement also helps eliminate situations where workers suffer a loss of benefit rights because they have divided their careers between the two countries. Under the agreement, workers may qualify for partial U.S. benefits or partial Polish benefits based on combined (totalized) work credits from both countries. Persons who would like a copy of the agreement or want more information about its provisions may write to the Social Security Administration, Office of International Programs, Post Office Box 17741, Baltimore, MD 21235-7741 or visit the Social Security Web site at http://www.socialsecurity.gov/international.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: E9-3894
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-02-25
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Title XVI: Determining Childhood Disability-The Functional Equivalence Domain of “Attending and Completing Tasks”
Document Number: E9-3380
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-02-18
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are giving notice of SSR 09-4p. This SSR consolidates information from our regulations, training materials, and question-and- answer documents about the functional equivalence domain of ``Attending and completing tasks.'' It also explains our policy about that domain.
Social Security Ruling, SSR 09-2p.; Title XVI: Determining Childhood Disability-Documenting a Child's Impairment-Related Limitations
Document Number: E9-3378
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-02-18
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are giving notice of SSR 09-2p. This SSR provides policy interpretations and consolidates information from our regulations, training materials, and question-and-answer documents about documenting and evaluating evidence of a child's impairment-related limitations and related issues.
Social Security Ruling, SSR 09-8p. Title XVI: Determining Childhood Disability-The Functional Equivalence Domain of “Health and Physical Well-Being”
Document Number: E9-3385
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-02-17
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are giving notice of SSR 09-8p. This SSR consolidates information from our regulations, training materials, and question-and- answer documents about the functional equivalence domain of ``Health and physical well-being.'' It also explains our policy about that domain.
Title XVI: Determining Childhood Disability-The Functional Equivalence Domain of “Caring for Yourself”
Document Number: E9-3384
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-02-17
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are giving notice of SSR 09-7p. This SSR consolidates information from our regulations, training materials, and question-and- answer documents about the functional equivalence domain of ``Caring for yourself.'' It also explains our policy about that domain.
Social Security Ruling, SSR 09-6p.; Title XVI: Determining Childhood Disability-The Functional Equivalence Domain of “Moving About and Manipulating Objects”
Document Number: E9-3383
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-02-17
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are giving notice of SSR 09-6p. This SSR consolidates information from our regulations, training materials, and question-and- answer documents about the functional equivalence domain of ``Moving about and manipulating objects.'' It also explains our policy about that domain.
Title XVI: Determining Childhood Disability-The Functional Equivalence Domain of “Interacting and Relating With Others”
Document Number: E9-3382
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-02-17
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are giving notice of SSR 09-5p. This SSR consolidates information from our regulations, training materials, and question-and- answer documents about the functional equivalence domain of ``Interacting and relating with others.'' It also explains our policy about that domain.
Social Security Ruling, SSR 09-3p.; Title XVI: Determining Childhood Disability-The Functional Equivalence Domain of “Acquiring and Using Information”
Document Number: E9-3379
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-02-17
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are giving notice of SSR 09-3p. This SSR consolidates information from our regulations, training materials, and question-and- answer documents about the functional equivalence domain of ``Acquiring and using information.'' It also explains our policy about that domain.
Title XVI: Determining Childhood Disability Under the Functional Equivalence Rule-The “Whole Child” Approach
Document Number: E9-3375
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-02-17
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are giving notice of SSR 09-1p. This SSR provides policy interpretations and consolidates information from our regulations, training materials, and question-and-answer documents about our ``whole child'' approach for determining whether a child's impairment(s) functionally equals the listings.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: E9-3171
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-02-17
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Maximum Dollar Limit in the Fee Agreement Process
Document Number: E9-2332
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-02-04
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are increasing the maximum dollar amount limit for fee agreements approved under sections 206(a)(2)(A) and 1631(d)(2)(A) of the Social Security Act to $6,000. Effective June 22, 2009, decision- makers may approve fee agreements up to the new limit provided that the fee agreement otherwise meets the statutory conditions of the agreement process.
Expiration Date Extension for Musculoskeletal Body System Listings
Document Number: E9-2109
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-02-02
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
This final rule extends for 2 years the date on which the Musculoskeletal System Listing of Impairments will no longer be effective. We use the body system 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. Other than extending the effective date of the listings, we have not revised the musculoskeletal listings. This extension will ensure that we continue to have the medical evaluation criteria in the listings to adjudicate disability claims involving disorders of the musculoskeletal body system at the third step of the sequential evaluation process.