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Privacy Act of 1974, as Amended; Computer Matching Program (SSA/Office of Personnel Management (OPM))-Match Numbers 1005, 1019, 1020, and 1021
Document Number: 2013-05977
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-15
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act, as amended, this notice announces renewals of existing computer matching programs that we are currently conducting with OPM.
Service Delivery Plan
Document Number: 2013-05595
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-12
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are requesting public input as we finalize our Service Delivery Plan (SDP). We designed our SDP as a roadmap for how we will serve the public over the next decade. The SDP explains how we will build on our achievements, accommodate our resource constraints, and achieve the goals and objectives laid out in our Agency Strategic Plan.
Privacy Act of 1974, as Amended; Computer Matching Program (SSA/Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service (IRS))-Match Number 1310
Document Number: 2013-03984
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-21
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.
Privacy Act of 1974; Computer Matching Program (SSA/Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service (IRS))-Match Number 1305
Document Number: 2013-03983
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-21
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act, (5 U.S.C. 552a), this notice announces a renewal of an existing computer matching program that we are currently conducting with IRS.
Social Security Ruling, SSR 13-3p; Appeal of an Initial Medical Disability Cessation Determination or Decision
Document Number: 2013-03914
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-21
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are giving notice of SSR 13-3p. This SSR changes the period an adjudicator must consider when deciding an appeal of a medical cessation determination. This Ruling also clarifies how this policy applies at the Appeals Council (AC) level when the AC denies a request for review or issues a remand or dismissal order. The adjudicator will consider a beneficiary's disability through the date on which we make the appeal determination or decision.
Rescission of Social Security Acquiescence Rulings 92-2(6)
Document Number: 2013-03913
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-21
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with 20 CFR 402.35(b)(2), 404.985(e) and 416.1485(e), the Commissioner of Social Security gives notice of the rescission of Social Security AR 92-2(6).
Social Security Ruling, SSR 13-2p.; Titles II and XVI: Evaluating Cases Involving Drug Addiction and Alcoholism (DAA)
Document Number: 2013-03751
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-20
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are giving notice of SSR 13-2p, in which we explain our policies for how we consider whether ``drug addiction and alcoholism'' (DAA) is material to our determination of disability in disability claims and continuing disability reviews. This SSR rescinds and replaces SSR 82-60, Titles II and XVI: Evaluation of Drug Addiction and Alcoholism. This SSR obsoletes EM 96-200.
Social Security Ruling, SSR 13-1p; Titles II and XVI: Agency Processes for Addressing Allegations of Unfairness, Prejudice, Partiality, Bias, Misconduct, or Discrimination by Administrative Law Judges (ALJs); Correction
Document Number: 2013-03126
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-12
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
The Social Security Administration published a document in the Federal Register of January 29, 2013, in FR Doc. 2013-01833, on page 6168, in the third column; correct the DATES caption to read:
Assigning New Social Security Numbers (SSN) for Children Age 13 and Under
Document Number: 2013-03043
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-11
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are considering changing our policy about assigning new SSNs to children age 13 and under. We are requesting information from the public to ensure that any policy changes we adopt appropriately address the unique issues associated with the misuse of an SSN for a child age 13 and under.
Individuals With Certain Criminal Convictions as Representative Payees
Document Number: 2013-02919
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-11
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are requesting information from the public regarding whether we should prohibit persons who have been convicted of certain crimes from serving as representative payees under titles II, VIII, and XVI of the Social Security Act (Act). We are seeking this information in order to determine the best way to protect our beneficiaries from persons whose criminal history indicates they may pose an increased risk of abuse or exploitation of vulnerable individuals.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-02727
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-07
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Social Security Ruling, SSR 13-1p; Titles II and XVI: Agency Processes for Addressing Allegations of Unfairness, Prejudice, Partiality, Bias, Misconduct, or Discrimination by Administrative Law Judges (ALJs); Correction
Document Number: 2013-02456
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-05
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
The Social Security Administration published a document in the Federal Register of January 29, 2013, in FR Doc. 2013-01833, on page 6168, in the third column, the fourth line under the ``Summary'' heading, change ``SSR-13-Xp'' to ``SSR-13-1p''
Revised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Congenital Disorders That Affect Multiple Body Systems
Document Number: 2013-02169
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-02-04
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 impairments that affect multiple body systems in adults and children under titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act (Act). The revisions reflect our program experience and address adjudicator questions we have received since we last comprehensively revised this body system in 2005. We do not expect any decisional differences due to the revisions in this body system.
Revised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Genitourinary Disorders
Document Number: 2013-02166
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-02-04
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We propose to revise the criteria in the Listing of Impairments (listings) that we use to evaluate claims involving genitourinary disorders in adults and children under titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act (Act). The proposed revisions reflect our program experience, advances in methods of evaluating genitourinary disorders, and comments we received in response to an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM).
Revised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Respiratory System Disorders
Document Number: 2013-02165
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-02-04
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We propose to revise the criteria in the Listing of Impairments (listings) that we use to evaluate claims involving respiratory disorders in adults and children under titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act (Act). The proposed revisions reflect our program experience, advances in medical knowledge, and comments we received from medical experts and the public at an outreach policy conference and in response to an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM).
Social Security Ruling, SSR 13-1p; Titles II and XVI: Agency Processes for Addressing Allegations of Unfairness, Prejudice, Partiality, Bias, Misconduct, or Discrimination by Administrative Law Judges (ALJs)
Document Number: 2013-01833
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-01-29
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with 20 CFR 402.35(b)(1), the Commissioner of Social Security gives notice of Social Security Ruling, SSR-13-Xp. This Ruling explains the three separate vehicles we have for addressing complaints of unfairness, prejudice, partiality, bias, misconduct, or discrimination by an administrative law judge (ALJ). First, the Ruling describes the procedures that the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review's (ODAR) Appeals Council follows when it receives such allegations in the context of claim adjudication. Next, the Ruling describes how ODAR's Division of Quality Service reviews or investigates such complaints outside of the claim adjudication process to determine whether ODAR should take any administrative or disciplinary action with respect to the ALJ. Finally, the Ruling describes how the public may file with us complaints of discrimination based on race, color, national origin (including English language ability), religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or in retaliation for having previously filed a civil rights complaint against the agency. This Ruling supersedes our prior Notice of Procedures: Social Security Administration Procedures Concerning Allegations of Bias or Misconduct by Administrative Law Judges, 57 FR 49186 (October 30, 1992).
Public Availability of Social Security Administration Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 Service Contract Inventory
Document Number: 2013-01826
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-01-29
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 2012 Service Contract inventory. This inventory provides information on FY 2012 service contract actions over $25,000. We organized the information by function to show how contracted resources are distributed 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-inventori es- guidance-11052010.pdf. You can access the inventory and summary of the inventory on our homepage at the following link: http:// www.socialsecurity.gov/sci.
Change in Terminology: “Mental Retardation” to “Intellectual Disability”
Document Number: 2013-01522
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-01-28
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We propose to replace the term ``mental retardation'' with ``intellectual disability'' in our Listing of Impairments (listings) that we use to evaluate claims involving mental disorders in adults and children under titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act (Act) and in other appropriate sections of our rules. This change would reflect the widespread adoption of the term ``intellectual disability'' by Congress, government agencies, and various public and private organizations.
Applications for New Awards; Minorities and Retirement Security Program
Document Number: 2013-01176
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-01-22
Agency: Department of Education, Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Finding Regarding Foreign Social Insurance or Pension System-Romania
Document Number: 2013-00493
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-01-14
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-00162
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-01-08
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Notice of Solicitation of Public and Federal Agency Comments for Collaboration on Evaluating the World Health Organization (WHO) International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) Standard for Coding Functional Capability in Federal Programs
Document Number: 2012-31479
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-01-02
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are seeking information and comments from other Federal agencies' regarding their intention to use the WHO ICF \1\ as a standard for coding functional capacity with broad potential for application to the business processes of other Federal agencies and researchers throughout the world. We invite other interested Federal agencies involved in disability monitoring to collaborate with us to evaluate an ICF-based standard for coding functional capacity in Federal disability programs. We also invite interested public and private parties to comment on appropriate Federal direction on capturing data on functioning.
Rate for Assessment on Direct Payment of Fees to Representatives in 2013
Document Number: 2012-31372
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-31
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are announcing that the assessment percentage rate under sections 206(d) and 1631(d)(2)(C) of the Social Security Act (Act), 42 U.S.C. 406(d) and 1383(d)(2)(C), is 6.3 percent for 2013.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2012-31161
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-28
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2012-30949
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-26
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Privacy Act of 1974, as Amended; Computer Matching Program (Social Security Administration (SSA)/Office of Personnel Management (OPM))-Match Number 1307
Document Number: 2012-30381
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-18
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 and Comment Request
Document Number: 2012-29577
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-07
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2012-28891
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-11-29
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Rescission of Social Security Acquiescence Ruling 05-1(9)
Document Number: 2012-27447
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-11-13
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with 20 CFR 402.35(b)(2), 404.985(e)(1) and 416.1485(e)(1), the Commissioner of Social Security gives notice of the rescission of Social Security Acquiescence Ruling (AR) 05-1(9).
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2012-27358
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-11-09
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Cost-of-Living Increase and Other Determinations for 2013
Document Number: 2012-26663
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-10-30
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Under title II of the Social Security Act (Act), there will be a 1.7 percent cost-of-living increase in Social Security benefits effective December 2012. As a result of this increase, the following items will increase for 2013: (1) The maximum Federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI) monthly benefit amounts for 2013 under title XVI of the Act will be $710 for an eligible individual, $1,066 for an eligible individual with an eligible spouse, and $356 for an essential person; (2) The special benefit amount under title VIII of the Act for certain World War II veterans will be $532.50 for 2013; (3) The student earned income exclusion under title XVI of the Act will be $1,730 per month in 2013, but not more than $6,960 for all of 2013; (4) The dollar fee limit for services performed as a representative payee will be $39 per month ($76 per month in the case of a beneficiary who is disabled and has an alcoholism or drug addiction condition that leaves him or her incapable of managing benefits) in 2013; and (5) The dollar limit on the administrative cost assessment charged to attorneys representing claimants will be $88 in 2013. The national average wage index for 2011 is $42,979.61. This index affects the following amounts: (1) The Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) contribution and benefit base will be $113,700 for remuneration paid in 2013 and self-employment income earned in taxable years beginning in 2013; (2) The monthly exempt amounts under the OASDI retirement earnings test for taxable years ending in calendar year 2013 will be $1,260 for years prior to the year in which a person attains his or her Normal Retirement Age (NRA; defined later in this Notice) and $3,340 for the year in which a person attains his or her NRA; (3) The dollar amounts (``bend points;'' defined later in this Notice) used in the primary insurance amount (PIA) benefit formula for workers who become eligible for benefits, or who die before becoming eligible, in 2013 will be $791 and $4,768; (4) The bend points used in the formula for computing maximum family benefits for workers who become eligible for benefits, or who die before becoming eligible, in 2013 will be $1,011, $1,459, and $1,903; (5) The amount of taxable earnings a person must have to be credited with a quarter of coverage in 2013 will be $1,160; (6) The ``old-law'' contribution and benefit base under title II of the Act will be $84,300 for 2013; (7) The monthly amount deemed to constitute substantial gainful activity for statutorily blind individuals in 2013 will be $1,740, and the corresponding amount for non-blind disabled persons will be $1,040; (8) The earnings threshold establishing a month as a part of a trial work period will be $750 for 2013; and (9) Coverage thresholds for 2013 will be $1,800 for domestic workers and $1,600 for election officials and election workers.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request
Document Number: 2012-26152
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-10-24
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2012-26151
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-10-24
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request
Document Number: 2012-25277
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-10-15
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request
Document Number: 2012-25276
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-10-15
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2012-23869
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-09-28
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2012-23441
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-09-24
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Social Security Ruling (SSR), 12-1p; Title II: Determining Whether Work Performed in Self-Employment by Persons Who Are Blind Is Substantial Gainful Activity and Treatment of Income Resulting From the Randolph-Sheppard Act and Similar Programs
Document Number: 2012-23321
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-09-21
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are giving notice of SSR 12-1p. This SSR explains our policy for evaluating whether work performed by self-employed persons who are blind is substantial gainful activity (SGA) under the disability program in title II of the Social Security Act (Act). In addition, this ruling clarifies that we do not count the income resulting from the Randolph-Sheppard Act and similar programs as earnings when we determine whether blind persons are engaging in SGA.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request
Document Number: 2012-22843
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-09-17
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: 2012-21929
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-09-06
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.
Social Security Acquiescence Ruling (AR) 12-1(8); Correction; Petersen v. Astrue, 633 F.3d 633 (8th Cir. 2011): Whether a National Guard Technician Who Worked in Noncovered Employment is Exempt From the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP)-Title II of the Social Security Act
Document Number: 2012-21799
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-09-05
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
The Social Security Administration published a document in the Federal Register of August 27, 2012, in FR Doc. 2012-21065, in the first column, correct the ``title'' to read: Social Security Acquiescence Ruling (AR) 12-1(8); Petersen v. Astrue, 633 F.3d 633 (8th Cir. 2011); Whether a National Guard Technician Who Worked in Noncovered Employment is Exempt From the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP)Title II of the Social Security Act. Also, in the second column, correct the heading to read: Acquiescence Ruling 12-1(8)
Social Security Acquiescence Ruling (AR) 12-X(8); Petersen v. Astrue, 633 F.3d 633 (8th Cir. 2011); Whether a National Guard Technician Who Worked in Noncovered Employment Is Exempt From the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP)-Title II of the Social Security Act
Document Number: 2012-21065
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-08-27
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are publishing this Social Security Acquiescence Ruling (AR) in accordance with 20 CFR 402.35(b)(2).
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2012-20972
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-08-27
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Charging Standard Administrative Fees for Nonprogram-Related Information
Document Number: 2012-20559
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-08-22
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are announcing the standardized administrative fees we will charge to recover our full cost of providing information and related services for nonprogram purposes we provide to the public. Previously, the fees we charged for nonprogram information requests were not standardized. Standard fee implementation will ensure fees are consistent and that we collect the full cost of supplying our information when a request is for a purpose not directly related to our administration of a program under the Social Security Act (Act). We expect the implementation of standard fees across all field offices will allow us to provide consistent service to members of the public who request information from us for nonprogram-related purposes.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2012-20324
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-08-20
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 1306
Document Number: 2012-20204
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-08-17
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 OCSE.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2012-19615
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-08-10
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2012-19493
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-08-09
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Notice of Senior Executive Service Performance Review Board Membership
Document Number: 2012-19328
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-08-08
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Service Delivery Plan
Document Number: 2012-18269
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-07-27
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are requesting public input as we develop our Service Delivery Plan (SDP). We recently completed our Agency Strategic Plan (ASP) for 2013-2016. The ASP identifies four goals: (1) Deliver quality disability decisions and services; (2) provide quality service to the public; (3) preserve the public's trust in our programs; and (4) strengthen our workforce and infrastructure. Consistent with these goals, our SDP will outline how we plan to provide our services over the next four years and beyond.