Social Security Administration 2011 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Eliminating the Decision Review Board
Document Number: 2011-10486
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-05-03
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are eliminating the Decision Review Board (DRB) portions of part 405 of our rules, which we currently use as the final step in our administrative review process for adjudicating initial disability claims in our Boston region. As of the effective date of this regulation, we will replace the DRB step with review by the Appeals Council. The Appeals Council will follow most of the rules in parts 404 and 416 that we use in the rest of the country to adjudicate disability claims at the Appeals Council level, with some differences needed to accommodate the rules that govern administrative law judge (ALJ) hearings in the Boston region. We will also authorize attorney advisors in the Boston region to conduct certain prehearing proceedings and make fully favorable decisions as they do in the rest of the country. We are making these changes to improve service to claimants and to increase consistency in our program rules.
Privacy Act of 1974; as Amended; Proposed Alteration to an Existing Privacy Act System of Records, Housekeeping Changes, and New Routine Use
Document Number: 2011-10487
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-05-02
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, make housekeeping and other miscellaneous changes, and add a routine use applicable to our system of records entitled the Listing and Alphabetical Name File (Folder) of Vocational Experts, Medical Experts, and Other Health Care Professional and/or Non-Health Care Professional Experts (Medicare) (60-0012). Hereinafter, we will refer to the system as the File (Folder) and Hearing Availability and Scheduling Information of Vocational Experts, Medical Experts, Other Health Care Professional and/or Non-Health Care Professional Experts (Medicare), and Verbatim Hearing Reporters. We propose the following changes: Change the system of records name from the Listing and Alphabetical Name File (Folder) of Vocational Experts, Medical Experts, and Other Health Care Professional and/or Non-Health Care Professional Experts (Medicare) to the File (Folder) and Hearing Availability and Scheduling Information of Vocational Experts, Medical Experts, Other Health Care Professional and/or Non-Health Care Professional Experts (Medicare), and Verbatim Hearing Reporters to more accurately reflect the functions and persons covered by the system of records. Expand the category of persons covered by the system of records to include persons who provide verbatim reporter services. Expand the category of records we maintain in the system of records to include Social Security number (SSN), employer identification number, primary specialty, business address(es), and telephone numbers; e.g., business, fax and cell phone. The expanded category also will include the blanket purchase agreement number, contract beginning and ending dates, renewal date, termination date, and termination reason. Add new routine use number 9 to the system of records to allow us to disclose information to the Department of Treasury to assist in collecting erroneous payments made to persons who provide services in disability and non-disability hearing cases. Edit the document to ensure a more reader-friendly document and correct miscellaneous and stylistic format errors. We discuss the system of records changes in the Supplementary Information section below. We invite public comments on this proposal.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2011-10132
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-04-27
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Occupational Information Development Advisory Panel Meeting
Document Number: 2011-9259
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-04-18
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Privacy Act of 1974, as Amended; Computer Matching Program (SSA/Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS))-Match Number 1076
Document Number: 2011-9094
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-04-14
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act, as amended, this notice announces a renewal of an existing computer matching program that we are currently conducting with CMS.
How We Collect and Consider Evidence of Disability
Document Number: 2011-8388
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-04-12
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We propose to modify the requirement to recontact your medical source(s) first when we need to resolve an inconsistency or insufficiency in the evidence he or she provided. Depending on the nature of the inconsistency or insufficiency, there may be other, more appropriate sources from whom we could obtain the information we need. By giving adjudicators more flexibility in determining how best to obtain this information, we will be able to make a determination or decision on disability claims more quickly and efficiently in certain situations. Eventually, our need to recontact your medical source(s) in many situations will be significantly reduced as a result of our efforts to improve the evidence collection process through the increased utilization of Health Information Technology (HIT).
Revised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Endocrine Disorders
Document Number: 2011-8389
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-04-08
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 under titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act (Act) involving endocrine disorders in adults and children. The revisions reflect our adjudicative experience, advances in medical knowledge, information from medical experts, and comments we received from the public in response to an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM), a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM), and at an outreach policy conference.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2011-8127
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-04-06
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Extension of Sunset Date for Attorney Advisor Program
Document Number: 2011-7898
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-04-04
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are extending for 2 years our rule authorizing attorney advisors to conduct certain prehearing procedures and to issue fully favorable decisions. The current rule will expire on August 10, 2011. In this final rule, we are extending the sunset date to August 9, 2013. We are making no other substantive changes.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2011-7692
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-04-01
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Emergency Clearance Request
Document Number: 2011-7591
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-31
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2011-7503
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-31
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2011-7124
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-25
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2011-7123
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-25
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Technical Correction for Neurological Listing Cross-Reference
Document Number: 2011-6983
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-03-24
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are making a technical correction to a listing in the neurological body system in the Listing of Impairments. We are correcting a cross-reference that became outdated when we published revisions elsewhere in the Listing of Impairments in 2010. This technical correction will provide an updated cross-reference to conform to the 2010 revisions.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on Agency Service Delivery
Document Number: 2011-6452
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-18
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
As part of a Federal Government-wide effort to streamline the process to seek feedback from the public on service delivery, the SSA has submitted a Generic Information Collection Request (Generic ICR): ``Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on Agency Service Delivery'' to OMB for approval under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et. seq.). Your comments would be most useful if OMB and SSA receive them within 30 days from the date of this publication. To be sure we consider your comments, we must receive them no later than April 18, 2011. Mail, email, or fax your comments and recommendations to the OMB Desk Officer and SSA Reports Clearance Officer at the following addresses or fax numbers. (OMB), Office of Management and Budget, Attn: Desk Officer for SSA, Fax: 202-395-6974, E-mail address: OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov. (SSA), Social Security Administration, DCBFM, Attn: Reports Clearance Officer, 1333 Annex Building, 6401 Security Blvd., Baltimore, MD 21235, Fax: 410-965-6400, E-mail address: OPLM.RCO@ssa.gov.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2011-6082
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-16
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Protecting the Public and Our Employees in Our Hearing Process
Document Number: 2011-5750
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-03-14
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are clarifying our regulatory procedures to ensure the safety of the public and our employees in our hearing process. Due to increasing reports of threats to our hearing office employees, we are taking steps to explicitly increase the level of protection we provide to our staff and to the public during the hearing process. We expect these changes to result in a safer work environment for our employees, while at the same time ensuring that our claimants continue to receive a full and fair hearing on their claims for benefits.
Compassionate Allowances for Autoimmune Disease, Office of the Commissioner; Hearing
Document Number: 2011-5464
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-03-10
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We developed ``Compassionate Allowances'' to provide benefits quickly to applicants whose medical conditions obviously meet the definition of disability under the Social Security Act (Act) and can be identified with minimal objective medical information. In December 2007, April 2008, November 2008, July 2009, November 2009, and November 2010, we held Compassionate Allowance public hearings to help us identify the diseases and other serious medical conditions that we should consider under the Compassionate Allowance process. These hearings concerned rare diseases, cancers, traumatic brain injury and stroke, early-onset Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, schizophrenia, and cardiovascular disease and multiple organ transplants, respectively. We will hold our next hearing on March 16 to address the advisability and possible methods of identifying and implementing compassionate allowances for both adults and children with autoimmune diseases. While the public is welcome to attend the hearing, only scheduled witnesses will present testimony. We plan to address other medical conditions at subsequent hearings.
Privacy Act of 1974, as Amended; Computer Matching Program (SSA/Bureau of the Public Debt (BPD))-Match Number 1304
Document Number: 2011-5016
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-07
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act, as amended, this notice announces a renewal of an existing computer matching program that we are currently conducting with BPD.
Privacy Act of 1974, as Amended; Computer Matching Program (SSA/Bureau of the Public Debt (BPD))-Match Number 1038
Document Number: 2011-4999
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-07
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act, as amended, this notice announces a renewal of an existing computer matching program that we are currently conducting with BPD.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request
Document Number: 2011-4860
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-04
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request
Document Number: 2011-4797
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-03
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Recovery of Delinquent Debts-Treasury Offset Program Enhancements
Document Number: 2011-4586
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-03-02
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We propose to amend our Tax Refund Offset (TRO) and Administrative Offset regulations. We are conforming our regulations to those of the Department of the Treasury (Treasury) for the following reasons: (1) Treasury removed the 10-year limitation to collect delinquent debts owed the United States by reducing eligible Federal payments, and (2) more States are participating in reciprocal agreements with Treasury to offset State payments, including tax refunds to reduce or extinguish a federally owed debt. The potential exists to increase collection of Federal debts for two reasons: (1) We are authorized to collect debts indefinitely by offsetting eligible Federal payments through the Treasury Offset Program (TOP), and (2) States that have reciprocal agreements with Treasury are authorized to offset payments to reduce or extinguish debts owed to the Federal agencies.
Garnishment of Accounts Containing Federal Benefit Payments
Document Number: 2011-3782
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-02-23
Agency: Railroad Retirement Board, Agencies and Commissions, Social Security Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of the Treasury, Office of Personnel Management
Treasury, SSA, VA, RRB and OPM (Agencies) are issuing an interim final rule to implement statutory restrictions on the garnishment of Federal benefit payments. The rule establishes procedures that financial institutions must follow when they receive a garnishment order against an account holder who receives certain types of Federal benefit payments by direct deposit. The rule requires financial institutions that receive such a garnishment order to determine the sum of such Federal benefit payments deposited to the account during a two month period, and to ensure that the account holder has access to an amount equal to that sum or to the current balance of the account, whichever is lower.
On Behalf of the Accessibility Committee of the Federal CIO Council (29 U.S.C. 794d); Listening Session on Improving the Accessibility of Government Information
Document Number: 2011-3311
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-15
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
This notice announces a listening session on improving the accessibility of government information. Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (29 U.S.C. 794d) requires federal agencies to buy and use electronic and information technology (EIT) that is accessible. On July 19, 2010, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued to a memo to federal agencies on ``Improving the Accessibility of Government Information'' which directs them to take stronger steps toward improving the acquisition and implementation of accessible technology. In order to better understand the needs of diverse communities and provide better solutions, the U.S. Council of CIOs, in collaboration with the Chief Acquisition Officers Council, the GSA Office of Governmentwide Policy, and the U.S. Access Board, is holding the first in a series of listening sessions to encourage citizens and employees to express their concerns and propose ideas. Persons with disabilities, their advocates, and government employees are invited to participate.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2011-3171
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-14
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2011-1924
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-01-28
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Privacy Act of 1974, as Amended; Computer Matching Program (SSA Internal Match)-Match Number 1014
Document Number: 2011-1810
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-01-28
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act, as amended, this notice announces a new computer matching program that we are conducting with ourselves.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2011-1445
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-01-25
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Service Contract Inventory and Corresponding Point of Contact Information Per Section 703 of Division C of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 Consolidated Appropriations Act
Document Number: 2011-1378
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-01-25
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are providing the Web site address (URL) for the Service Contract Inventory and the corresponding point of contact information per Section 743 of Division C of the FY 2010 Consolidated Appropriations Act, Public Law 111-117.
Future Systems Technology Advisory Panel Meeting
Document Number: 2011-1309
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-01-24
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2011-1028
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-01-20
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Occupational Information Development Advisory Panel
Document Number: 2011-401
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-01-12
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Notice is hereby given that on January 7, 2011, the Commissioner of Social Security renewed the Charter for the Occupational Information Development Advisory Panel (Panel). This discretionary Panel will provide independent advice and recommendations on plans and activities to create an occupational information system (OIS) tailored specifically for SSA's disability programs and adjudicative needs. SSA requires advice and recommendations on the use of occupational information in SSA's disability programs and the research design of the OIS, including the development and testing of an OIS content model and taxonomy, work analysis instrumentation, sampling, and data collection and analysis. Membership includes professionals from academia, private-sector, and public entities (including various Federal agencies, e.g., Department of Labor) with expertise in one or more of the following subject areas: (a) Occupational analysis, design and development of occupational classifications, instrument design, labor market economics, sampling, data collection and analyses; (b) disability evaluation, vocational rehabilitation, forensic vocational assessment, and physical or occupational therapy; (c) occupational or physical rehabilitation medicine, psychiatry, or psychology; and (d) disability claimant advocacy. The Panel will function solely as an advisory body and in compliance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act. SSA will file the charter 15 days from the date of the publication of this notice. For further information contact, Ms. Debra Tidwell-Peters, Designated Federal Officer, Occupational Information Development Advisory Panel, Social Security Administration, 6401 Security Boulevard, 3-E-26 Operations, Baltimore, MD 21235-0001. Fax: 410-597- 0825. E-mail to: OIDAP@ssa.gov.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request
Document Number: 2011-1
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-01-06
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for the Aged, Blind, and Disabled; Dedicated Accounts and Installment Payments for Certain Past-Due SSI Benefits
Document Number: 2010-33272
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-01-05
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
These final rules adopt, with some minor changes, the interim final rules with request for comment we published in the Federal Register on December 20, 1996. 61 FR 67203. The interim final rules concerned dedicated accounts and installment payments for certain past- due SSI benefits and reflected amendments to the Social Security Act (Act) made by sections 213 and 221 of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA). These final rules reflect these provisions, as well as subsequent changes to these provisions made by the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 (BBA), the Social Security Protection Act of 2004 (SSPA), and the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (DRA). The changes we are making in these final rules will ensure that our rules accurately reflect the statutory provisions on which they are based.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request
Document Number: 2010-33078
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-01-03
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions