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Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2015-32643
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-29
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Finding Regarding Foreign Social Insurance or Pension System-Australia
Document Number: 2015-32586
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-28
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2015-31743
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-17
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Advance Notification Regarding Reporting by State ABLE Programs Under Section 529A of the Internal Revenue Code
Document Number: 2015-31351
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-14
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
This notice provides advance notification to State Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) programs of the general types of information we anticipate requiring that the State programs include in their monthly electronic reports of ABLE account balances and distributions. We are also requesting information from the public and State ABLE programs about these general types of information and whether these electronic reports should include any other information.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2015-30530
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-02
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects
Document Number: 2015-30122
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-11-25
Agency: Agency for International Development, Agencies and Commissions, Department of Transportation, Social Security Administration, National Science Foundation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Department of Labor, Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Health and Human Services, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy, Department of Education, Department of Defense, Department of Commerce, Department of Agriculture, Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Health and Human Services and the other Federal Departments and Agencies listed in this document are extending the comment period on the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects notice of proposed rulemaking. The NPRM requests comment on proposed revisions to modernize, strengthen, and make more effective the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects that was promulgated as a Common Rule in 1991. The NPRM was published in the Federal Register on September 8, 2015.
Privacy Act of 1974, as Amended; Computer Matching Program (SSA/Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service (IRS))-Match Number 1016
Document Number: 2015-29646
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-11-20
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 IRS.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2015-29570
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-11-19
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Privacy Act of 1974, as Amended; Computer Matching Program (SSA/Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE))-Match Number 1098
Document Number: 2015-29283
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-11-17
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 currently will conduct with OCSE.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2015-29269
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-11-17
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Federal Awarding Agency Regulatory Implementation of Office of Management and Budget's Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards
Document Number: 2015-28432
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-11-10
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
This final rule adopts the joint interim final rule that was published in the Federal Register on December 19, 2014. This final rule implements the final guidance Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance) published by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on December 26, 2013. This rule brings into effect the Uniform Guidance as required by OMB. Implementation of this guidance by all Federal award- making agencies will reduce administrative burden and risk of waste, fraud, and abuse for the approximately $600 billion per year awarded in Federal financial assistance government wide. The result will be more Federal dollars reprogrammed to support the mission, an increase in the number of new entities able to compete and win awards, and ultimately a stronger framework to provide key services to American citizens and support the basic research that underpins the United States economy.
Cost-of-Living Increase and Other Determinations for 2016
Document Number: 2015-27828
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-30
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
There will be no cost-of-living increase in Social Security benefits effective December 2015. The national average wage index for 2014 is $46,481.52. The cost-of-living increase and national average wage index affect other program parameters as described below.
Vocational Factors of Age, Education, and Work Experience in the Adult Disability Determination Process; Extending of the Comment Period
Document Number: 2015-27692
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-10-30
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
On September 14, 2015, we published in the Federal Register an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) regarding Vocational Factors of Age, Education, and Work Experience in the Adult Disability Determination Process and solicited public comments. We provided a 60- day comment period ending on November 13, 2015. We are extending the comment period to December 14, 2015. Our extension of the comment date accommodates and facilitates public comments we expect in response to the National Disability Forum we are sponsoring on Friday, November 20, 2015. During the forum, we are hosting a moderator-led discussion entitled: The Realities of Work for Individuals with Disabilities: Impact of Age, Education, and Work Experience (for information on the forum see the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section).
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2015-27679
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-30
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2015-26821
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-22
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Returning Evidence at the Appeals Council Level
Document Number: 2015-26747
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-10-21
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We propose to amend our regulations by revising our rules regarding the return of evidence at the Appeals Council (AC) level. Our current rules state that the AC will return to the claimant additional evidence it receives when the AC finds the evidence does not relate to the period on or before the date of the administrative law judge's (ALJ) hearing decision. We are proposing these revisions to give the AC discretion in returning additional evidence that it receives when the AC determines the additional evidence does not relate to the period on or before the date of the ALJ decision.
Extension of the Expiration Date for State Disability Examiner Authority To Make Fully Favorable Quick Disability Determinations and Compassionate Allowance Determinations
Document Number: 2015-26488
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-10-19
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are extending the expiration date of our rule that authorizes State agency disability examiners to make fully favorable determinations without the approval of a State agency medical or psychological consultant in claims that we consider under our quick disability determination (QDD) and compassionate allowance (CAL) processes. The current rule will expire on November 13, 2015. In this final rule, we are changing the November 13, 2015 expiration or ``sunset'' date to November 11, 2016, extending the authority for 1 year. We are making no other substantive changes.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2015-26120
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-15
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Collection of Administrative Debts
Document Number: 2015-25544
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-10-14
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
This final rule adopts the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that we published in the Federal Register on March 24, 2014. This final rule creates our own administrative debt collection regulations, and it improves our authorities to pursue collection of administrative debts from current and separated employees and non- employee debtors as authorized by the Debt Collection Act (DCA) of 1982, amended by the Debt Collection Improvement Act (DCIA) of 1996 and other existing debt collection statutes. We expect that this final rule will have no impact on the public.
Privacy Act of 1974, as Amended; Computer Matching Program (SSA/Office of Personnel Management (OPM))-Match Numbers 1005, 1019, 1020, and 1021
Document Number: 2015-25601
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-08
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act, as amended, this notice announces a renewal of existing computer matching programs that we are currently conducting with OPM.
Consent Based Social Security Number Verification (CBSV) Service
Document Number: 2015-25300
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-06
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We provide fee-based Social Security number (SSN) verification services to enrolled private businesses and government agencies who obtain a valid, signed consent form from the Social Security number holder. We originally published a notice announcing the CBSV service in the Federal Register on August 10, 2007. Based on the signed consent forms, we verify the number holders' SSNs for the requesting party. The Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a(b)), section 1106 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1306) and our regulation at 20 CFR 401.100, establish the legal authority for us to provide SSN verifications to third party requesters based on consent. The CBSV process provides the business community and other government entities with consent-based SSN verifications in high volume. We developed CBSV as a user-friendly, internet-based application with safeguards that will protect the public's information. In addition to the benefit of providing high volume, centralized SSN verification services to the business community in a secure manner, CBSV provides us with cost and workload management benefits. New Information: To use CBSV, interested parties must pay a one- time non-refundable enrollment fee of $5,000. Currently, users also pay a fee of $3.10 per SSN verification transaction in advance of services. We agreed to calculate our costs periodically for providing CBSV services and adjust the fees as needed. We also agreed to notify our customers who currently use the service and allow them to cancel or continue using the service at the new transaction fee. Based on the most recent cost analysis, we will adjust the fiscal year 2016 fee to $1.40 per SSN verification transaction. New customers will still be responsible for the one-time $5,000 enrollment fee.
Notice of Senior Executive Service Performance Review Board Membership
Document Number: 2015-24782
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-30
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2015-24302
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-25
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Social Security Acquiescence Ruling (AR) 15-1(4), Radford v. Colvin: Standard for Meeting the Listing for Disorders of the Spine With Evidence of Nerve Root Compression
Document Number: 2015-24204
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-23
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
This Social Security AR explains how we will apply a holding in a decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit that we determined conflicts with our interpretation of the section in the Listing of Impairments (the Listings) that addresses disorders of the spine with evidence of nerve root compression.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2015-23275
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-16
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Vocational Factors of Age, Education, and Work Experience in the Adult Disability Determination Process
Document Number: 2015-22839
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-09-14
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are soliciting public input about how we should consider the vocational factors of age, education, and work experience in adult disability claims under titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act (Act). There have been significant changes in technology use and workforce demographics since we first adopted our vocational factor regulations in 1978. We are requesting public comments, along with any supporting data, to assist in our efforts to streamline, simplify, and ensure the ongoing relevance of our disability determination programs.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request
Document Number: 2015-16612
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-07-07
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Privacy Act of 1974, as Amended; Computer Matching Program (Social Security Administration (SSA)/Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA))-Match Number 1309
Document Number: 2015-16433
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-07-06
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 VA/VBA.
Extension of Effective Date for Temporary Pilot Program Setting the Time and Place for a Hearing Before an Administrative Law Judge
Document Number: 2015-16397
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-07-02
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are extending for one year our pilot program that authorizes the agency to set the time and place for a hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ). Extending of the pilot program continues our commitment to improve the efficiency of our hearing process and to maintain a hearing process that results in accurate, high-quality decisions for claimants. The current pilot program will expire on August 10, 2015. In this final rule, we are extending the effective date to August 12, 2016. We are making no other substantive changes.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2015-16132
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-07-01
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request
Document Number: 2015-15837
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-06-29
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request
Document Number: 2015-15480
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-06-24
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2015-15380
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-06-23
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request
Document Number: 2015-15081
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-06-19
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Sixty-Month Period of Employment Requirement for Government Pension Offset Exemption
Document Number: 2015-14509
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-06-15
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
This final rule adopts, with clarifying changes, the proposed rule we previously published in the Federal Register on August 3, 2007. This final rule revises our Government Pension Offset (GPO) regulations to reflect changes to the Social Security Act (``Act'') made by section 9007 of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 (OBRA 1987) and section 418 of the Social Security Protection Act of 2004 (SSPA). These regulations explain how and when we will reduce the Social Security spouse's benefit for some people who receive Federal, State, or local government pensions if Social Security did not cover their government work.
Extension of Sunset Date for Attorney Advisor Program
Document Number: 2015-13768
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-06-05
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 7, 2015. In this final rule, we are extending the sunset date to August 4, 2017. We are making no other substantive changes.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2015-12671
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-05-27
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2015-12454
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-05-22
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Revised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Cancer (Malignant Neoplastic Diseases)
Document Number: 2015-11923
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-05-20
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are revising the criteria in parts A and B of the Listing of Impairments (listings) that we use to evaluate claims involving cancer (malignant neoplastic diseases) under titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act (Act). These revisions reflect our adjudicative experience, advances in medical knowledge, recommendations from medical experts we consulted, and public comments we received in response to a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM).
Privacy Act of 1974, as Amended; Computer Matching Program (SSA/Office of Personnel Management (OPM)-Match Number 1307
Document Number: 2015-11895
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-05-18
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 OPM.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request
Document Number: 2015-11052
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-05-08
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Request for Information on Early Intervention Strategies for Serving Individuals With Disabilities
Document Number: 2015-10993
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-05-07
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
The Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 (Pub. L. 113-235), provided us with money under section 1110 of the Social Security Act to begin the design, development, and implementation of an early intervention demonstration to test innovative strategies aimed at helping people with disabilities remain in the workforce. The President's FY 2016 Budget requested additional funds to support a complete demonstration project. In order to inform the development of that demonstration, this request for information (RFI) seeks recommendations on targeted design features related to improving employment and earnings outcomes for people with disabilities, specifically individuals with mental impairments. The input we receive will inform and complement ongoing interagency deliberations about the best use of funds for an initial demonstration project relevant to future policy discussions for the Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2015-10057
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-04-30
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request
Document Number: 2015-09296
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-04-22
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Revised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Hematological Disorders
Document Number: 2015-08849
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-04-17
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are revising the criteria in the Listing of Impairments (listings) that we use to evaluate cases involving hematological disorders in adults and children under titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act (Act). These revisions reflect our adjudicative experience, advances in medical knowledge, diagnosis, and treatment, and public comments we received in response to a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM).
Public Availability of Social Security Administration Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Service Contract Inventory
Document Number: 2015-08809
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-04-17
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 2014 Service Contract inventory. This inventory provides information on FY 2014 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.
Revised Listings for Growth Disorders and Weight Loss in Children
Document Number: 2015-08185
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-04-13
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
This rule adopts, with one change, the rule for evaluating growth disorders in children we proposed in a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) published in the Federal Register on May 22, 2013. Several body systems in the Listing of Impairments (listings) contain listings for children based on impairment of linear growth or weight loss. We are replacing those listings with new listings for low birth weight (LBW) and failure to thrive; a new listing for genitourinary impairments; and revised listings for growth failure in combination with a respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive, or immune system disorder. These revisions reflect our program experience, advances in medical knowledge, and comments we received from medical experts and the public.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2015-08165
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-04-09
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Social Security Ruling, SSR 15-1p; Titles II and XVI: Evaluating Cases Involving Interstitial Cystitis (IC); Correction
Document Number: 2015-08136
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-04-09
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
The Social Security Administration published a document in the Federal Register of March 18, 2015, in FR Doc. 2015-05680, on page 14217, in the first column, in section ``D,'' in the second sentence, delete ``and dimethyl sulfoxide''.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2015-07881
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-04-07
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions