[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 27 (Monday, February 10, 2014)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 7576-7577]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-02853]


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SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION

20 CFR Parts 403 and 429

[Docket No. SSA-2013-0064]
RIN 0960-AH65


Change of Address for Requests: Testimony by Employees and the 
Production of Records and Information in Legal Proceedings, Claims 
Against the Government Under the Federal Tort Claims Act of 1948, and 
Claims Under the Military Personnel and Civilian Employees' Claim Act 
of 1964

AGENCY: Social Security Administration.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: This final rule updates the address used to file applications 
for testimony of a Social Security Administration employee and claims 
made pursuant to either the Federal Tort Claims Act of 1948 or the 
Military Personnel and Civilian Employees' Claims Act of 1964.

DATES: This final rule will be effective February 10, 2014.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Daniel F. Callahan, Office of the 
General Counsel, Social Security Administration, 6401 Security 
Boulevard, Room 617 Altmeyer Building, Baltimore, MD 21235-6401, (410) 
965-4296. For information on eligibility or filing for benefits, call 
our national toll-free number, 1-800-772-1213 or TTY 1-800-325-0778, or 
visit our Internet site, Social Security Online, at http://www.socialsecurity.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We are updating our regulations at 20 CFR 
403.120, 429.102, and 429.202 to reflect a change in the address where 
an individual may contact us to request that an employee of the Social 
Security Administration testify in a legal proceeding to which we are 
not a party, or to file a claim against the Government under either the 
Federal Tort Claims Act of 1948 or the Military Personnel and Civilian 
Employees' Claims Act of 1964. The new address is: Social Security 
Administration, Office of the General Counsel, Office of General Law, 
6401 Security Boulevard, Room 617 Altmeyer Building, Baltimore, 
Maryland 21235-6401.
    We are not making any substantive changes to the regulations.

Regulatory Procedures

Justification for Final Rule

    We follow the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) rulemaking 
procedures specified in 5 U.S.C. 553

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when developing our regulations.\1\ The APA provides exceptions to its 
prior notice and public comment procedures when an agency finds good 
cause for dispensing with such procedures on the basis that they are 
impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest. In the 
case of this final rule, we have determined that good cause exists for 
dispensing with the notice and public comment procedures because such 
procedures are unnecessary.\2\
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    \1\ 42 U.S.C. 902(a)(5).
    \2\ 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B).
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Executive Order 12866

    We consulted with the Office of Management and Budget and 
determined that this final rule does not meet the criteria for a 
significant regulatory action under Executive Order 12866, as 
supplemented by Executive Order 13563.

Regulatory Flexibility Act

    We certify that this final rule will not have a significant 
economic impact on a substantial number of small entities because it 
only affects individuals. Therefore, a regulatory flexibility analysis 
is not required under the Regulatory Flexibility Act, as amended.

Paperwork Reduction Act

    This rule does not create any new or affect any existing 
collections and, therefore, does not require Office of Management and 
Budget approval under the Paperwork Reduction Act.

(Catalog of Federal Domestic Program Nos. 96.001, Social Security--
Disability Insurance; 96.002, Social Security--Retirement Insurance; 
96.004, Social Security--Survivors Insurance; 96.006, Supplemental 
Security Income; 96.007, Social Security--Research and 
Demonstration; 96.008, Social Security--Work Incentives Planning and 
Assistance Program; 96.009 Social Security State Grants for Work 
Incentives Assistance to Disabled Beneficiaries; 96.020, Special 
Benefits for Certain World War II Veterans; and 96.021 Social 
Security Economic Recovery Act Payments)

List of Subjects

20 CFR Part 403

    Courts, Government employees, Reporting and recordkeeping 
requirements.

20 CFR Part 429

    Administrative practice and procedure, Claims, Government 
employees, Penalties.

    Dated: February 4, 2014.
Carolyn W. Colvin,
Acting Commissioner of Social Security.

    For the reasons set out in the preamble, we amend 20 CFR chapter 
III, parts 403 and 429 as follows:

PART 403--TESTIMONY BY EMPLOYEES AND THE PRODUCTION OF RECORDS AND 
INFORMATION IN LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

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1. The authority citation for part 403 continues to read as follows:

    Authority:  Secs. 702(a)(5) and 1106 of the Act, (42 U.S.C. 
902(a)(5) and 1306); 5 U.S.C. 301; 31 U.S.C. 9701.

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2. Amend Sec.  403.120 to revise paragraph (c) to read as follows:


Sec.  403.120  How do you request testimony?

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    (c) You must send your application for testimony to: Social 
Security Administration, Office of the General Counsel, Office of 
General Law, 6401 Security Boulevard, Room 617 Altmeyer Building, 
Baltimore, Maryland, 21235-6401, Attn: Touhy Officer. (If you are 
requesting testimony of an employee of the Office of the Inspector 
General, send your application to the address in Sec.  403.125.)
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PART 429--ADMINISTRATIVE CLAIMS UNDER THE FEDERAL TORT CLAIMS ACT 
AND RELATED STATUTES

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3. The authority citation for part 429 continues to read as follows:

    Authority:  Secs. 702(a)(5) of the Social Security Act (42 
U.S.C. 902(a)(5)); 28 U.S.C. 2672; 28 CFR 14.11; 31 U.S.C. 3721.

Subpart A--Claims Against the Government Under the Federal Tort 
Claims Act

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4. Amend Sec.  429.102 to revise paragraph (c) to read as follows:


Sec.  429.102  How do I file a claim under this subpart?

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    (c) Where to obtain claims forms and file claims. You can obtain 
claims forms by writing to the Social Security Administration, Office 
of the General Counsel, Office of General Law, 6401 Security Boulevard, 
Room 617 Altmeyer Building, Baltimore, Maryland 21235-6401. You may 
also file your claim with the Social Security Administration at this 
same address.

Subpart B--Claims Under the Military Personnel and Civilian 
Employees' Claims Act of 1964

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5. Amend Sec.  429.202 to revise paragraph (b) to read as follows:


Sec.  429.202  How do I file a claim under this subpart?

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    (b) Where to file. You must file your claim with the Social 
Security Administration, Office of the General Counsel, Office of 
General Law, 6401 Security Boulevard, Room 617 Altmeyer Building, 
Baltimore, Maryland 21235-6401.
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[FR Doc. 2014-02853 Filed 2-7-14; 8:45 am]
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