Social Security Administration 2012 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Agency Information Collection Activities: Emergency Clearance Request
Document Number: 2012-9203
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-04-17
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2012-8546
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-04-10
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2012-7712
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-30
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Reinstate Index to Chapter III in 20 CFR
Document Number: 2012-7702
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-30
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
The Social Security Administration published a document in the Federal Register of March 27, 2012, about reinstating an Index to Chapter III in Title 20 of the Code of Federal Regulations. The document contains a misprinted Web site link.
Nonpayment of Benefits to Fugitive Felons and Probation or Parole Violators
Document Number: 2012-7684
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-03-30
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are withdrawing the proposed rules we published in the Federal Register on December 5, 2005.
Removal of Regulations on Black Lung Benefits
Document Number: 2012-7672
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-03-30
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
This final rule removes regulations on the Black Lung program from the Social Security Administration's (SSA) chapter of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). The Black Lung Consolidation of Administrative Responsibility Act transferred the responsibility for administering Part B of the Black Lung benefits program from SSA to the Department of Labor (DOL), and we are removing the regulations in recognition of the fact that we are no longer responsible for administering any aspect of the Part B Black Lung program. DOL concurs with this final rule removing the regulations.
Reinstate Index to Chapter III in 20 CFR
Document Number: 2012-7182
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-27
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
At the request of the Office of the Federal Register, we are reinstating the finding aid ``Index to Chapter III'' in Title 20 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). The finding aid contains a list of all Acquiescence Rulings published in the Federal Register from January 11, 1990 through April 1, 2012.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request
Document Number: 2012-6499
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-19
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Requiring Electronic Filing of Select Appeals by Certain Claimant Representatives
Document Number: 2012-5673
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-03-08
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are revising the Notification of implementation of requirement we published on January 31, 2012 (77 FR 4653). We are clarifying the requirement that appointed representatives file certain appeals using our electronic systems in matters for which the representatives request direct fee payment. Specifically, we are clarifying that the electronic filing requirement includes both the submission of the forms we require to file the appeal request and the Disability ReportAppeal. This is the first service required under the regulation we published on September 12, 2011 (76 FR 56107), Requiring Use of Electronic Services.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request
Document Number: 2012-5573
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-07
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Occupational Information Development Advisory Panel Meeting
Document Number: 2012-5214
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-05
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2012-3291
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-02-14
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Revised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Visual Disorders
Document Number: 2012-3226
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-02-13
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We propose to revise and reorganize the criteria in the Listing of Impairments (listings) that we use to evaluate cases involving visual disorders in adults and children under titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act (Act). The proposed revisions reflect our program experience and address adjudicator questions we have received since we last revised these criteria in 2006. These proposed revisions reflect guidance we have issued in response to adjudicator questions and will ensure more timely adjudication of claims in which we evaluate visual impairments that involve a loss of visual acuity or loss of visual fields.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2012-2962
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-02-09
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Privacy Act of 1974, as Amended; Computer Matching Program (SSA/the States); Match 6000 and 6003
Document Number: 2012-2838
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-02-08
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
New Medical Criteria for Evaluating Language and Speech Disorders
Document Number: 2012-2498
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-02-06
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2012-1947
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-01-31
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request
Document Number: 2012-1598
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-01-31
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Requiring Electronic Filing of Select Appeals by Certain Claimant Representatives
Document Number: 2012-1597
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-01-31
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are announcing the requirement that appointed representatives file certain appeals using our electronic systems in matters for which the representatives request direct fee payment. This is the first service required under the regulation we published on September 12, 2011 (76 FR 56107), Requiring Use of Electronic Services.
Public Availability of Social Security Administration Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 Service Contract Inventory
Document Number: 2012-1561
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-01-25
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with Section 743 of Division C of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2010 (Pub. L. 111-117), we are publishing this notice to advise the public of the availability of the FY 2011 Service Contract inventory. This inventory provides information on FY 2011 service contract actions over $25,000. We organized the information by function to show how we distribute contracted resources throughout the agency. We developed the inventory in accordance with guidance issued on November 5, 2010 by the Office of Management and Budget's Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP). OFPP's guidance is available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/ procurement/memo/service-contract-inventories-guidance-110520 10.pdf. You can access the inventory and summary of the inventory on our homepage at the following link: http://www.socialsecurity.gov/sci.
Amendments to Regulations Regarding Eligibility for a Medicare Prescription Drug Subsidy
Document Number: 2012-827
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-01-18
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
This final rule adopts, without change, the interim final rule with request for comments we published in the Federal Register on December 29, 2010. The interim final rule incorporated changes to the Medicare prescription drug coverage low-income subsidy (Extra Help) program made by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Affordable Care Act) enacted in March 2010. Under our interpretation of section 3304 of the Affordable Care Act, if the death of a beneficiary's spouse would decrease or eliminate the subsidy provided by the Extra Help program, we will extend the effective period of eligibility for the most recent determination or redetermination until one year after the month following the month we are notified of the death of the spouse. The effective date of this provision was January 1, 2011. We also revised our regulations to incorporate changes made by the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (MIPPA) which affect the way we account for income and resources when determining eligibility for the Extra Help program. The statute provides that we no longer count the value of any life insurance policy as a resource for Extra Help effective on and after January 1, 2010. As of that date, we also no longer count as income the help a beneficiary receives when someone else provides food and shelter, or pays household bills for food, mortgage, rent, electricity, water, property taxes, or heating fuel or gas. These revisions updated our rules to reflect these statutory changes.
Occupational Information Development Advisory Panel
Document Number: 2012-678
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-01-17
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Notice is hereby given that on January 6, 2012; our Commissioner 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 our disability programs and adjudicative needs. We require advice and recommendations on the use of occupational information in our 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, (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. The charter was filed with the appropriate congressional committees. For further information contact, Ms. Leola S. Brooks, Designated Federal Officer, Occupational Information Development Advisory Panel, Social Security Administration, 6401 Security Boulevard 3-E-26 Richard Ball Building, Baltimore, MD 21235-0001. Fax to (410) 597-0825, or Email to OIDAP@ssa.gov.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2012-580
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-01-13
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Supplemental Security Income and Homeless Individuals
Document Number: 2012-406
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-01-12
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are requesting information from the public regarding the unique needs of homeless Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients, particularly those who live in public emergency shelters for the homeless, in an effort to better understand and address their needs. The SSI program provides a minimum income level for aged, blind, or disabled persons who do not have income or resources above levels specified in the Social Security Act (Act).
Mailing of Tickets Under the Ticket to Work Program
Document Number: 2012-405
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-01-12
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
The Social Security Act (Act) states that we may issue a Ticket to Work (Ticket) to disabled beneficiaries for participation in the Ticket to Work program (Ticket program). Under our current rules, however, we mail initial Ticket notices to all Ticket-eligible beneficiaries, regardless of whether they are likely to participate in the program, immediately after they begin receiving benefits. We are modifying our rules so that we may send a Ticket to eligible disabled beneficiaries. We will inform all newly eligible and current beneficiaries of the availability of the program via routine correspondence. In addition, we will conduct Ticket outreach to those disabled beneficiaries who are most likely to return to work. We will send a Ticket to any eligible disabled beneficiary upon request, regardless of whether we have identified the beneficiary through our outreach efforts. We expect this change will make the Ticket program more effective. This change does not affect Ticket eligibility requirements.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2011-33627
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-01-03
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions