[Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions]
[Social Security Administration Semiannual Regulatory Agenda]
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Social Security Administration





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Semiannual Regulatory Agenda

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SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION (SSA)






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SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION

Office of the Commissioner

20 CFR Ch. III

Semiannual Unified Regulatory Agenda

AGENCY: Social Security Administration.

ACTION: Semiannual regulatory agenda.

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SUMMARY: Executive Order (E.O.) 12866 (as amended by E.O. 13258) 
entitled Regulatory Planning and Review, issued September 30, 1993, and 
the Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980 (Pub. L. 96-354) require each 
Federal agency to publish semiannually a brief description of all 
regulatory actions under development or review, expected to be under 
development or review for the next 12 months, or completed since the 
previous publication of the agenda. Our last agenda of regulations was 
published December 9, 2002.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information about a 
specific regulatory action, contact the person identified as the agency 
contact for that action. Comments or inquiries of a general nature 
should be directed to Martin Sussman, Regulations Officer, Social 
Security Administration, 100 Altmeyer Building, 6401 Security 
Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235-6401; Telephone (410) 965-1767 or TTY 
(410) 966-5609.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Social Security Administration (SSA) 
administers the retirement, survivors, and disability insurance 
programs under title II of the Social Security Act (the Act), the 
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program under title XVI of the Act, 
and Special Benefits to Certain World War II Veterans under title VIII 
of the Act. Our regulations generally do not impose burdens on the 
private sector or on State, local, or tribal governments. Our 
regulations document the rules under which we make eligibility 
determinations and set forth both the responsibilities of the Agency 
towards the public and beneficiaries' rights and responsibilities under 
the programs we administer.

     Our regulatory efforts can be placed into one of the following 
three categories: (1) legislative implementation; (2) program 
changes to improve SSA service to the public; and (3) improvements 
or clarifications to enhance effective stewardship of SSA programs.

     We continue to seek legislative improvements for the programs 
we administer. However, because of the complexity of our programs, 
statutory language is rarely detailed enough to govern the actions 
of agency adjudicative decision-makers. Supporting regulations are 
often required. In some instances, Congress directs SSA to issue 
implementing regulations. For other legislative provisions, SSA 
regulations provide program information to applicants for benefits, 
current beneficiaries, and their legal counsels.

     Included in our agenda are items that will amend our 
regulations to include more provisions of ``The Ticket to Work and 
Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999,'' (Pub. L. 106-170), which 
was signed on December 17, 1999. Among the provisions still 
requiring regulations are provisions that will suspend continuing 
disability reviews based on work activity and expedited 
reinstatement of disability benefits terminated due to work 
activity.

     We continue to work diligently to improve our program benefit 
regulations and to develop partnerships with large segments of the 
community of interest groups concerned about Social Security 
programs. The remainder of our Unified Agenda reflects such 
improvements and clarifications.

     The spring 2003 regulatory agenda for the Social Security 
Administration follows.

Dated: March 25, 2003.

 Martin Sussman,

SSA Regulations Officer.

                                  Social Security Administration--Prerule Stage
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                                                                                                    Regulation
 Sequence                                          Title                                          Identification
  Number                                                                                              Number
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3687        Revised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Immune System Disorders (804A)..............     0960-AF33
3688        Revised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Mental Disorders (886A).....................     0960-AF69
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                               Social Security Administration--Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                                                                    Regulation
 Sequence                                          Title                                          Identification
  Number                                                                                              Number
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3689        Revised Medical Criteria for Endocrine Disorders (436P).............................     0960-AD78
3690        Deeming of Income From an Ineligible Spouse to an Eligible Individual and an             0960-AE50
            Eligible Child (606P)...............................................................
3691        Federal Salary Offset (Withholding a Portion of a Federal Employee's Salary To           0960-AE89
            Collect a Delinquent Debt Owed to the Social Security Administration) (721P)........
3692        Exemption of Work Activity as a Basis for a Continuing Disability Review (Ticket to      0960-AE93
            Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999) (725P)............................
3693        Evidence Requirement for Assignment of Social Security Administration Numbers (SSNs)     0960-AF05
            and Assignment of SSNs for Nonwork Purposes (751P)..................................
3694        Medical Equivalence for Adults and Children (787P)..................................     0960-AF19
3695        Expedited Reinstatement of Disability Benefits (Ticket to Work and Work Incentives       0960-AF21
            Improvement Act) (790P).............................................................
3696        SSI Trusts and Transfers of Resources (791P)........................................     0960-AF22

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3697        Revised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Genitourinary Disorders (802P)..............     0960-AF30
3698        Revised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Special Senses and Speech Disorders (805P)..     0960-AF34
3699        Revised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Neurological Disorders (806P)...............     0960-AF35
3700        Wage Reports and Pension Information (809P).........................................     0960-AF38
3701        Disability Insurance Program Demonstration Project Authority (Ticket to Work and         0960-AF41
            Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999) (789P).....................................
3702        Revisions to the Medical-Vocational Guidelines (823P)...............................     0960-AF47
3703        Revised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Cardiovascular Disorders (826P).............     0960-AF48
3704        Determining Disability for an Individual With Drug Addiction or Alcoholism (851P)...     0960-AF57
3705        Revised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Respiratory System Disorders (859P).........     0960-AF58
3706        Amendments to Annual Earnings Test Regulations (866P)...............................     0960-AF62
3707        Revised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Growth Disorders (444P).....................     0960-AF67
3708        Clarification of the Disability Exclusion (915P)....................................     0960-AF71
3709        Special Benefits for Certain World War II Veterans; Reporting Requirements,              0960-AF72
            Suspension and Termination Events, Overpayments, and Administrative Review Process
            (922P)..............................................................................
3710        Stepchild Entitlement and Termination Requirements (934P)...........................     0960-AF78
3711        Representative Payment Under Titles II, VIII, and XVI of the Social Security Act         0960-AF83
            (949P)..............................................................................
3712        Removal of Clothing From the Definitions of Income and In-Kind Support and               0960-AF84
            Maintenance, Exclusions of One Automobile, and Household Goods and Personal Effects
            Under SSI From Resources (950P).....................................................
3713        Revised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Hematological Disorders (974P)..............     0960-AF88
3714        Elimination of Deemed Military Wages (968P).........................................     0960-AF90
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                                Social Security Administration--Final Rule Stage
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                                                                                                    Regulation
 Sequence                                          Title                                          Identification
  Number                                                                                              Number
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3715        Revised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Malignant Neoplastic Diseases (399F)........     0960-AD67
3716        Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements With Institutions of       0960-AE25
            Higher Education, Hospitals, Other Nonprofit Organizations, and Commercial
            Organizations (547F)................................................................
3717        Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State       0960-AE28
            and Local Governments and Indian Tribal Governments (555F)..........................
3718        Restrictions on Lobbying in Connection with the Award of Grants, Contracts, and          0960-AE29
            Cooperative Agreements (556F).......................................................
3719        Technical Changes to Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Regulations (664F)..........     0960-AE79
3720        Administrative Wage Garnishment (To Repay a Debt Owed to the Social Security             0960-AE92
            Administration) (724F)..............................................................
3721        OASDI and SSI; Administrative Review Process; Video Teleconferencing Appearances         0960-AE97
            Before Administrative Law Judges of the Social Security Administration (737F).......
3722        Revised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Impairments of the Digestive System (800F)..     0960-AF28
3723        Revised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Skin Disorders (801F).......................     0960-AF29
3724        Revised Medical Criteria of Evaluating Impairments Affecting Multiple Body Systems       0960-AF32
            (803F)..............................................................................
3725        Clarification of Rules Involving RFC Assessments; Clarification of Use of Vocational     0960-AF37
            Experts and Other Sources of the Sequential Evaluation Process; Incorporation of
            ``Special Profile'' Into Regs (808F)................................................
3726        Filing Claims Under the Federal Tort Claims Act and the Military Personnel and           0960-AF39
            Civilian Employees Claims Act (785F)................................................
3727        Access to Information Held by Financial Institutions (815F).........................     0960-AF43
3728        New Disability Claims Process--Roles of State Agency (816F).........................     0960-AF44
3729        Filing of Applications and Related Forms (797F).....................................     0960-AF52
3730        Referral of Persons Eligible for Disability or Blindness Benefits to Other Agencies      0960-AF80
            for Vocational Rehabilitation Services (929F).......................................
3731        Elimination of Sanctions for Refusal of Vocational Rehabilitation Services Without       0960-AF81
            Cause (938F)........................................................................
3732        Interrelationship of Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance Program with the       0960-AF82
            Railroad Retirement Program (943I)..................................................
3733        F-1 Students (960I).................................................................     0960-AF87
3734        Availability of Information and Records to the Public (969F)........................     0960-AF91
3735        Administrative Review Process; Incorporation by Reference of Oral Findings of Fact       0960-AF92
            and Rationale in Wholly Favorable Written Decisions (964I)..........................
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                                Social Security Administration--Long-Term Actions
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                                                                                                    Regulation
 Sequence                                          Title                                          Identification
  Number                                                                                              Number
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3736        Governmentwide Debarment and Suspension (Nonprocurement) and Governmentwide              0960-AE27
            Requirements for Drug-Free Workplace (Grants) (554F)................................
3737        Supplemental Standards for Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Social Security          0960-AE48
            Administration (601P)...............................................................
3738        Dedicated Accounts and Installment Payments for Certain Past Due SSI Benefits (622F)     0960-AE59
3739        Title VI (Civil Rights Act (1964)), Title IX (Education Amend. (1972)),                  0960-AE63
            Rehabilitation Act (1973), and Age Discrimination Act (1975) in Programs/Activities
            Receiving Financial Assistance by SSA (617P)........................................
3740        Enforcement of Nondiscrimination in Social Security Programs or Activities (661P)...     0960-AE78
3741        Privacy and Disclosure of Official Records and Information (711P)...................     0960-AE88
3742        Payment of Benefits to Aliens Residing Outside the United States (909F).............     0960-AF70
3743        Mandatory Exclusion of Health Care Providers, Representatives, and Representative        0960-AF85
            Payees From Participation in SSA Programs (954P)....................................
3744        Continuation of Benefit Payment to Certain Individuals Who Are Particpating in a         0960-AF86
            Program of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Employment Services, or Other Support
            Services (925P).....................................................................
3745        Who is Eligible to Receive a Ticket Under the Ticket to Work Program (967P).........     0960-AF89
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                                Social Security Administration--Completed Actions
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                                                                                                    Regulation
 Sequence                                          Title                                          Identification
  Number                                                                                              Number
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3746        Repeal of Facility of Payment Provision (508F)......................................     0960-AE02
3747        Change in Retirement Age (775F).....................................................     0960-AF16
3748        Special Benefits for Certain World War II Veterans (880F)...........................     0960-AF61
3749        Claimant Identification Pilot Projects (937F).......................................     0960-AF79
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  Regulation
Identification                                             Title                                                  Date                 Comments
    Number
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0960-AF14        Cost of Living Increases in Primary Insurance Amounts (759F)                                   03/17/2003   Withdrawn
0960-AF46        Exclusion of Representatives and Health Care Providers Convicted of Violations from            02/25/2003   Merged With 0960-AF85
                 Participation in Social Security Disability Programs (820F)
0960-AF56        Non-Payment of Monthly Social Security Benefits to Aliens Residing in the United States        03/24/2003   Withdrawn
                 Who Are Not Lawfully Present (849P)
0960-AF64        Revising the Rules on Consideration of Work History in Determining Whether an Individual       02/20/2003   Withdrawn
                 is Disabled (875P)
0960-AF65        Revising the Rules on the Steps for Evaluating Disability (894P)                               03/10/2003   Withdrawn
0960-AF75        Continued Payment of Benefits to Certain Individuals Who Medically Recover While               03/03/2003   Duplicate of 0960-AF86
                 Participating in Certain Vocational Rehabilitation Programs (926P)
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Social Security Administration (SSA)                      Prerule Stage






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3687. REVISED MEDICAL CRITERIA FOR EVALUATING IMMUNE SYSTEM DISORDERS 
(804A)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 42 USC 405; 42 USC 902(a)(5); 42 USC 1383

CFR Citation: 20 CFR 404.1500, app 1

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: We are planning to update and revise the rules that we use to 
evaluate immune system disorders of adults and children who apply for, 
or receive, disability benefits under title II and Supplemental 
Security Income (SSI) payments based on disability under title XVI of 
the Social Security Act (the Act). The rules we plan on revising are 
section 14.00 and 114.00 in the Listing of Impairments in appendix 1 to 
subpart P of part 404 of our regulations (the listings). These listings 
include such disorders as HIV infection, other Immunoglobulin 
deficiency syndromes or deficiencies of cell-mediated immunity, System 
Lupus Erythematosus, Scleroderma,

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Polymyositis, Inflammatory Arthritis, and other connective tissue 
disorders.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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ANPRM                           06/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Paul J. Scott, Social Insurance Specialist, Social 
Security Administration, Office of Disability Programs, 6401 Security 
Bouleveard, Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 966-1192

Suzanne DiMarino, Social Insurance Specialist, Social Security 
Administration, Office of Regulations, 6401 Security Boulevard, 
Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 965-1769

RIN: 0960-AF33
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3688. REVISED MEDICAL CRITERIA FOR EVALUATING MENTAL DISORDERS (886A)

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 42 USC 405; 42 USC 902(a)(5); 42 USC 1383

CFR Citation: 20 CFR 404.1500, app 1; 20 CFR 404.1520; 20 CFR 
404.1520a; 20 CFR 404.1528; 20 CFR 416.920a; 20 CFR 416.928

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: We are planning to update and revise the rules that we use to 
evaluate mental disorders of adults and children who apply for, or 
receive, disability benefits under title II and Supplemental Security 
Income (SSI) payments based on disability under title XVI of the Social 
Security Act (the Act). The rules we plan on revising are in sections 
404.1520a and 416.920a of our regulations, and sections 12.00 and 
112.00 in the Listing of Impairments in appendix 1 to subpart P of part 
404 of our regulations (the listings).

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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ANPRM                           03/17/03                    68 FR 12639
ANPRM Comment Period End        06/16/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Federalism:  Undetermined

Agency Contact: Cathy Lively, Social Insurance Specialist, Social 
Security Administration, Office of Disability Programs, 6401 Security 
Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 966-1180

RIN: 0960-AF69
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3689. REVISED MEDICAL CRITERIA FOR ENDOCRINE DISORDERS (436P)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 42 USC 405; 42 USC 902(a)(5); 42 USC 1383

CFR Citation: 20 CFR 404.1500, app 1

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Sections 9.00 and 109.00 of appendix 1 to subpart P of part 
404 of our regulations (404.1501 through 404.1599) describe those 
endocrine impairments that are considered severe enough to prevent a 
person from doing any gainful activity, or in the case of a child 
claiming SSA payments under title XVI, that cause marked and severe 
functional limitations. We are proposing to revise the criteria in 
these sections to reflect advances in medical knowledge, treatment, and 
methods of evaluating endocrine impairments. The Supplemental Security 
Income Program incorporates and uses the same medical criteria as the 
Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance Program.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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NPRM                            08/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Bonnie Davis, Social Insurance Specialist, Social 
Security Administration, Office of Disability Programs, 6401 Security 
Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 965-4172

RIN: 0960-AD78
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3690. DEEMING OF INCOME FROM AN INELIGIBLE SPOUSE TO AN ELIGIBLE 
INDIVIDUAL AND AN ELIGIBLE CHILD (606P)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 42 USC 902(a)(5); 42 USC 1381a; 42 USC 1382; 42 USC 
1382a; 42 USC 1382b; 42 USC 1382c(f); 42 USC 1382j; 42 USC 1383

CFR Citation: 20 CFR 416.1160; 20 CFR 416.1165; 20 CFR 416.1166

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule would revise the method used under the SSI program 
to determine income for a child who lives with both parents where one 
parent is ineligible for SSI because of income deemed from an 
ineligible spouse. Instead of deeming any excess income from the 
ineligible spouse to the child, referred to as ``pass-through 
deeming,'' we would deem income to the child using the method we use 
where neither parent files for SSI. Under current rules, ``pass-
through'' deeming has had the unintended effect of deeming more income 
than would have been deemed if the regular rules for deeming from 
ineligible parents who do not file for SSI are used.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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NPRM                            05/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Agency Contact: Martin Sussman, Social Security Administration, 6401 
Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 965-1767

RIN: 0960-AE50

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3691. FEDERAL SALARY OFFSET (WITHHOLDING A PORTION OF A FEDERAL 
EMPLOYEE'S SALARY TO COLLECT A DELINQUENT DEBT OWED TO THE SOCIAL 
SECURITY ADMINISTRATION) (721P)

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 42 USC 404; 42 USC 405; 42 USC 902; 42 USC 1383; 5 USC 
5514

CFR Citation: 20 CFR 422

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This initiative would enable the Social Security 
Administration (SSA) to collect from Federal salaries qualifying, 
delinquent title II and title XVI overpayment debts and administrative 
debts owed by individuals who are currently Federal employees. The debt 
collection would be accomplished by the partial reduction of the 
employee's disposable salary.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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NPRM                            09/00/03
Final Action                    03/00/04

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: Federal

Agency Contact: Edward Johns, Financial Management Analyst, Social 
Security Administration, 6401 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235-
6401
Phone: 410 965-0392

Robert J. Augustine, Social Insurance Specialist, Social Security 
Administration, Office of Regulations, 6401 Security Boulevard, 
Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 965-0020

RIN: 0960-AE89
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3692. EXEMPTION OF WORK ACTIVITY AS A BASIS FOR A CONTINUING DISABILITY 
REVIEW (TICKET TO WORK AND WORK INCENTIVES IMPROVEMENT ACT OF 1999) 
(725P)

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 42 USC 421(m)

CFR Citation: 20 CFR 404.1590; 20 CFR 404.1594; 20 CFR 416.990; 20 CFR 
416.994

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: We propose to amend our regulations to explain how we 
implement section 221(m) of the Scoial Security Act for Social Security 
Disability Insurance (SSDI) beneficiaries, including SSDI beneficiaries 
who also receive Supplemental Security Income benefits based on 
disability. Section 221(m) provides a work incentive for certain SSDI 
beneficiaries by eliminating the scheduling of continuing disability 
medical reviews solely because of the beneficiary's work activity, once 
the beneficiary has received SSDI benefits for 24 months. (Such 
beneficiaries will continue to be subject to regularly scheduled 
continuing disability reviews, work investigations, and benefit 
termination due to earnings from work activity at the level of 
substantial gainful activity.) Section 221(m) also affects certain 
standards specified in our regulations, which we use when we determine 
whether a beneficiary's disabiltiy continues or ends.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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NPRM                            10/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Jack Baumel, Social Insurance Specialist, Social 
Security Administration, Office of Employment Support programs, 6401 
Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 965-9834

Suzanne DiMarino, Social Insurance Specialist, Social Security 
Administration, Office of Regulations, 6401 Security Boulevard, 
Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 965-1769

RIN: 0960-AE93
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3693. EVIDENCE REQUIREMENT FOR ASSIGNMENT OF SOCIAL SECURITY 
ADMINISTRATION NUMBERS (SSNS) AND ASSIGNMENT OF SSNS FOR NONWORK 
PURPOSES (751P)

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 42 USC 405; 42 USC 432; 42 USC 902(a)(5); 42 USC 
1320b-1; 42 USC 1320b-13

CFR Citation: 20 CFR 422.104; 20 CFR 422.107

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: We propose to change our rules regarding the age at which a 
mandatory in-person interview is required for original applications for 
an SSN. In addition, we propose eliminating the waiver of evidence of 
identity for children under age 7 who are applying for an original SSN 
card. Under these proposals, SSA will require an in-person interview 
with all individuals age 12 or older who are applying for an original 
SSN, and SSA will no longer waive the requirement to provide evidence 
of identity in original applications for a child under age 7. SSA will 
clarify that evidence of identity must contain sufficient biographical 
information to identify the individual. Additionally, we propose to 
eliminate reference to a pilot no longer under consideration by SSA 
pertaining to the processing of replacement SSN cards for United States 
(U.S.) citizens.
We also propose to clarify our rules regarding when we will assign an 
SSN to an alien who is legally in the U.S. but not under authority of 
law permitting him or her to work in the U.S. We are proposing to 
define a ``valid nonwork purpose'' as those instances when a Federal 
statute or regulation requires an alien to have an SSN in order to 
receive a federally-funded benefit to which the alien has established 
entitlement, or when a State or local law requires an alien to have an 
SSN in order to receive general public assistance benefits (i.e., a 
public benefit that is means-tested) to which the alien has established 
entitlement.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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ANPRM                           10/12/99                    64 FR 55217
ANPRM Comment Period End        12/13/99
NPRM                            03/26/03                    68 FR 14564
NPRM Comment Period End         05/27/03
Final Action                    08/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: State

Agency Contact: Arthur LaVeck, Social Insurance Specialist, Social 
Security Administration, Office of Income Security Programs, 6401 
Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 966-5665


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Karen Cool, Social Insurance Specialist, Social Security 
Administration, Office of Income Security Programs, 6401 Security 
Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 966-7094

Fran O. Thomas, Social Insurance Specialist, Social Security 
Administration, Office of Regulations, 6401 Security Boulevard, 
Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 966-9822

RIN: 0960-AF05
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3694. MEDICAL EQUIVALENCE FOR ADULTS AND CHILDREN (787P)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 42 USC 405; 42 USC 902(a)(5); 42 USC 1383

CFR Citation: 20 CFR 404.1526; 20 CFR 404.1529; 20 CFR 416.926; 20 CFR 
416.929

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This notice of proposed rulemaking will clarify that we will 
consider the medical severity of the individual's impairment, based on 
all relevant evidence in the case record when we make a finding 
regarding medical equivalence. These rules will clarify our medical 
equivalence policy in light of the decision in Hickman v. Apfel, 187 
F.3d 683 (7th Cir. 1999).

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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NPRM                            12/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Jane Deweib, Social Insurance Specialist, Social 
Security Administration, Office of Disability Programs, 6401 Security 
Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 965-9878

Robert J. Augustine, Social Insurance Specialist, Social Security 
Administration, Office of Regulations, 6401 Security Boulevard, 
Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 965-0020

RIN: 0960-AF19
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3695. EXPEDITED REINSTATEMENT OF DISABILITY BENEFITS (TICKET TO WORK AND 
WORK INCENTIVES IMPROVEMENT ACT) (790P)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 42 USC 423(i); 42 USC 1383(p)

CFR Citation: 20 CFR 404.1592b to 404.1592f; 20 CFR 416.999 to 416.999d

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Individuals with disabilities face multiple barriers in 
attempting to return to work. Section 112 of Public Law 106-170 
provides a new statutory work incentive by providing for expedited 
reinstatement of SSDI and SSI benefits terminated due to work activity, 
when the former beneficiary requests reinstatement within 60 months of 
termination because his or her disability prevents work activity. 
Section 112 also provides for payment of provisional benefits for up to 
six months until SSA makes a determination on the requester's 
entitlement to reinstated benefits.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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NPRM                            07/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Jack Baumel, Social Insurance Specialist, Social 
Security Administration, Office of Employment Support programs, 6401 
Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 965-9834

Suzanne DiMarino, Social Insurance Specialist, Social Security 
Administration, Office of Regulations, 6401 Security Boulevard, 
Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 965-1769

RIN: 0960-AF21
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3696. SSI TRUSTS AND TRANSFERS OF RESOURCES (791P)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 42 USC 1382a(a); 42 USC 1382b(c); 42 USC 1382b(e); PL 
106-169, sec 205; PL 106-169, sec 206

CFR Citation: 20 CFR 416

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: We propose to amend our regulations to reflect sections 205 
and 206 of Public Law 106-169, the Foster Care Independence Act of 
1999. Section 205 generally provides for counting certain trusts as 
resources in the SSI program. Section 206 generally provides for a 
period of ineligibility for SSI benefits as a result of transferring 
resources for less than fair market value.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            06/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Albert Fatur, Social Insurance Specialist, Social 
Security Administration, Office of Income Security Programs, 6401 
Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 965-9855

Robert J. Augustine, Social Insurance Specialist, Social Security 
Administration, Office of Regulations, 6401 Security Boulevard, 
Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 965-0020

RIN: 0960-AF22
_______________________________________________________________________




3697. REVISED MEDICAL CRITERIA FOR EVALUATING GENITOURINARY DISORDERS 
(802P)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 42 USC 405; 42 USC 902(a)(5); 42 USC 1383

CFR Citation: 20 CFR 404.1500, app 1

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: We propose to revise the criteria in the Listing of 
Impairments (the Listings) that we use to evaluate genitourinary 
impairments. We apply these criteria at step three of our sequential 
evaluation processes for adults and children who claim Social Security 
or Supplemental Security Income benefits based on disability under 
title II and title XVI of the Social Security Act. The revisions 
reflect advances in medical knowledge, treatment, and methods of 
evaluating genitourinary impairments.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            01/00/04

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

[[Page 31246]]

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Paul J. Scott, Social Insurance Specialist, Social 
Security Administration, Office of Disability Programs, 6401 Security 
Bouleveard, Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 966-1192

RIN: 0960-AF30
_______________________________________________________________________




3698. REVISED MEDICAL CRITERIA FOR EVALUATING SPECIAL SENSES AND SPEECH 
DISORDERS (805P)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 42 USC 405; 42 USC 902(a)(5); 42 USC 1383

CFR Citation: 20 CFR 404.1500, app 1

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: We propose to revise the criteria in the Listing of 
Impairments that we use to evaluate claims involving special senses and 
speech disorders. We apply these criteria when you claim benefits based 
on disability under title II and title XVI of the Social Security Act. 
The proposed revisions reflect advances in medical knowledge, 
treatment, and methods of evaluating special senses and speech 
disorders.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            11/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Michelle Hungerman, Social Insurance Specialist, Social 
Security Administration, Office of Disability Programs, 6401 Security 
Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 965-2289

Robert J. Augustine, Social Insurance Specialist, Social Security 
Administration, Office of Regulations, 6401 Security Boulevard, 
Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 965-0020

RIN: 0960-AF34
_______________________________________________________________________




3699. REVISED MEDICAL CRITERIA FOR EVALUATING NEUROLOGICAL DISORDERS 
(806P)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 42 USC 405; 42 USC 902(a)(5); 42 USC 1383

CFR Citation: 20 CFR 404.1500, app 1

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: We propose to revise the criteria in the Listing of 
Impairments (the listings) that we use to evaluate claims involving 
neurological disorders at the third step of our sequential evaluation 
processes for adults and children under title II and title XVI of the 
Social Security Act (the Act). The proposed revisions reflect advances 
in medical knowledge, treatment, and methods of evaluating neurological 
disorders.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            03/00/04

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Carolyn Kiefer, Social Insurance Specialist, Social 
Security Administration, Office of Disability Programs, 6401 Security 
Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 965-9104

Fran O. Thomas, Social Insurance Specialist, Social Security 
Administration, Office of Regulations, 6401 Security Boulevard, 
Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 966-9822

RIN: 0960-AF35
_______________________________________________________________________




3700. WAGE REPORTS AND PENSION INFORMATION (809P)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 42 USC 405; 42 USC 432; 42 USC 902(a)(5)

CFR Citation: 20 CFR 422.114

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Social Security Administration (SSA) proposes to amend 
its rules on processing reports of wages (paper Forms W-2, ``Wage and 
Tax Statement,'' and W-3 ``Transmittal of Income and Tax Statements,'' 
or equivalent W-2 and W-3 magnetic media or electronic reports) 
submitted annually by employers. We are proposing to eliminate the 
acceptance level for wage reports with unidentified or incorrectly 
identified wage items. We are proposing to include electronic filing as 
a means of wage reporting. Also, we propose replacing references to 
obsolete technical instruction bulletins with Magnetic Media Reporting 
and Electronic Filing instructions. We have updated form names and 
updated the address for obtaining a publication. These rules are 
intended to ensure that wages are reported to SSA with accurate 
information so that earnings can be properly credited to employees' 
Social Security records.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            06/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Suzanne DiMarino, Social Insurance Specialist, Social 
Security Administration, Office of Regulations, 6401 Security 
Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 965-1769

RIN: 0960-AF38
_______________________________________________________________________




3701. DISABILITY INSURANCE PROGRAM DEMONSTRATION PROJECT AUTHORITY 
(TICKET TO WORK AND WORK INCENTIVES IMPROVEMENT ACT OF 1999) (789P)

Priority: Other Significant

Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined

Legal Authority: 42 USC 434

CFR Citation: 20 CFR 404.1599

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: One of SSA's most important initiatives is to ensure that 
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) beneficiaries with 
disabilities who want to work have the opportunity to do so. Section 
301 of Public Law 106-170 provides the Commissioner of Social Security 
the authority to develop and carry out experiments and demonstration 
projects designed to determine the relative advantages and 
disadvantages of various alternative methods of treating the work 
activity of individuals entitled to disability insurance benefits.

[[Page 31247]]

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            04/00/04

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Suzanne DiMarino, Social Insurance Specialist, Social 
Security Administration, Office of Regulations, 6401 Security 
Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 965-1769

RIN: 0960-AF41
_______________________________________________________________________




3702. REVISIONS TO THE MEDICAL-VOCATIONAL GUIDELINES (823P)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 42 USC 405(a); 42 USC 423; 42 USC 1382; 42 USC 
902(a)(5)

CFR Citation: 20 CFR 404, subpart P, app 2; 20 CFR 404.1564; 20 CFR 
416.964

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule will make several clarifications to our medical-
vocational guidelines. First, for individuals whose previous 
semiskilled or skilled work does not allow him or her to transfer 
skills to other semiskilled or skilled work within his or her residual 
functional capacity (RFC), we will treat the past work experience as if 
it were unskilled. It will also clarify which medical-vocational rules 
apply to individuals who are illiterate or unable to communicate in 
English.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            07/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Elaine Tocco, Vocational Policy Specialist, Social 
Security Administration, Office of Disability, 6401 Security Boulevard, 
Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 966-6356

RIN: 0960-AF47
_______________________________________________________________________




3703. REVISED MEDICAL CRITERIA FOR EVALUATING CARDIOVASCULAR DISORDERS 
(826P)

Priority: Other Significant

Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined

Legal Authority: 42 USC 405; 42 USC 902(a)(5); 42 USC 1383

CFR Citation: 20 CFR 404.1500, app 1

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Listings 4.00 and 104.00 of appendix 1 to subpart P of our 
regulation (20 CFR 404.1501 through 404.1599) describe those 
cardiovascular impairments that are considered severe enough to prevent 
a person from doing any gainful activity, or for a child claiming SSI 
payments under title XVI, that cause marked and severe functional 
limitations. We propose to revise the criteria that we use to evaluate 
cardiovascular impairments under the listings to reflect our program 
experience and advances in medical knowledge, treatment and methods of 
evaluating these disorders. The SSI program incorporates by reference 
and uses the same medical criteria as the old-age, survivors, and 
disability insurance program.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            08/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Bonnie Davis, Social Insurance Specialist, Social 
Security Administration, Office of Disability Programs, 6401 Security 
Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 965-4172

Fran O. Thomas, Social Insurance Specialist, Social Security 
Administration, Office of Regulations, 6401 Security Boulevard, 
Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 966-9822

RIN: 0960-AF48
_______________________________________________________________________




3704. DETERMINING DISABILITY FOR AN INDIVIDUAL WITH DRUG ADDICTION OR 
ALCOHOLISM (851P)

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: PL 104-121, sec 105; PL 105-33, sec 5525; PL 106-170, 
sec 401

CFR Citation: 20 CFR 404.315; 20 CFR 404.316; 20 CFR 404.321; 20 CFR 
404.332; 20 CFR 404.335; 20 CFR 404.337; 20 CFR 404.350; 20 CFR 
404.352; 20 CFR 404.402; 20 CFR 404.470; 20 CFR 404.480; 20 CFR 
404.902; 20 CFR 404.1535 to 404.1541; 20 CFR 1500, app 1; 20 CFR 
416.202; 20 CFR 416.214; 20 CFR 416.262; 20 CFR 416.265; 20 CFR 
416.535; 20 CFR 416.542; 20 CFR 416.544; 20 CFR 416.558; 20 CFR 
416.601; 20 CFR 416.610; 20 CFR 416.925; 20 CFR 416.935 to 416.941; 20 
CFR 416.1123; 20 CFR 416.1326; 20 CFR 416.1331; 20 CFR 416.1335; 20 CFR 
416.1402; 20 CFR 416.1701; 20 CFR 416.1720; 20 CFR 416.1725

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: We propose to revise our regulations that address drug 
addiction and alcoholism (DAA) under title II and XVI of the Social 
Security Act. The proposed rules reflect provisions of section 105 of 
the Contract with America Advancement Act of 1996, Public Law 104-121; 
section 5525 of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, Public Law 105-33; and 
section 401 of the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act 
of 1999, Public Law 106-170.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            12/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Larry P. Spain, Social Insurance Specialist, Social 
Security Administration, Office of Disability Programs, 6401 Security 
Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 965-9139

Suzanne DiMarino, Social Insurance Specialist, Social Security 
Administration, Office of Regulations, 6401 Security Boulevard, 
Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 965-1769

RIN: 0960-AF57
_______________________________________________________________________




3705. REVISED MEDICAL CRITERIA FOR EVALUATING RESPIRATORY SYSTEM 
DISORDERS (859P)

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 42 USC 405; 42 USC 902(a)(5); 42 USC 1383

[[Page 31248]]

CFR Citation: 20 CFR 404.1500, app 1

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: We propose to revise the criteria in the Listing of 
Impairments that we use to evaluate claims involving respiratory system 
disorders. The proposed revisions reflect advances in medical 
knowledge, treatment, and methods of evaluating respiratory disorders.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            12/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Carolyn Kiefer, Social Insurance Specialist, Social 
Security Administration, Office of Disability Programs, 6401 Security 
Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 965-9104

Robert J. Augustine, Social Insurance Specialist, Social Security 
Administration, Office of Regulations, 6401 Security Boulevard, 
Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 965-0020

RIN: 0960-AF58
_______________________________________________________________________




3706. AMENDMENTS TO ANNUAL EARNINGS TEST REGULATIONS (866P)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 42 USC 402; 42 USC 403; 42 USC 403(a); 42 USC 405(a); 
42 USC 416; 42 USC 423; 42 USC 425; 42 USC 428(a) to 428(e); 42 USC 
902(a)(5); PL 106-182

CFR Citation: 20 CFR 404.415; 20 CFR 404.416

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Senior Citizen's Freedom to Work Act of 2000, enacted on 
April 7, 2000, eliminates the annual earnings test for beneficiaries, 
starting from the month in which they reach full retirement age.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            06/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Suzanne DiMarino, Social Insurance Specialist, Social 
Security Administration, Office of Regulations, 6401 Security 
Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 965-1769

RIN: 0960-AF62
_______________________________________________________________________




3707. REVISED MEDICAL CRITERIA FOR EVALUATING GROWTH DISORDERS (444P)

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 42 USC 405; 42 USC 902(a)(5); 42 USC 1302; 42 USC 1383

CFR Citation: 20 CFR 404.1500, app 1; 20 CFR 416 subpart I

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Section 100.00 of part B of appendix 1 to subpart P of part 
404 of the Disability Regulations describes growth impairments 
considered severe enough to cause marked and severe functional 
limitations in a child under age 18. We are proposing revisions to the 
growth impairment listings. The revisions contained in these 
regulations reflect advances in medical knowledge, treatment, and 
methods of evaluating growth impairments. The Supplemental Security 
Income program incorporates and uses the same medical criteria as the 
Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance program.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            12/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Regina Connell, Social Insurance Specialist, Social 
Security Administration, Office of Disability, 6401 Security Boulevard, 
Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 965-1891

Related RIN: Related To 0960-AD80
RIN: 0960-AF67
_______________________________________________________________________




3708. CLARIFICATION OF THE DISABILITY EXCLUSION (915P)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 42 USC 402; 42 USC 402(a); 42 USC 403(a); 42 USC 
403(b); 42 USC 405(a); 42 USC 412 to 417; 42 USC 423; 42 USC 425; 42 
USC 428(a) to 428(e); 42 USC 902(a)(5)

CFR Citation: 20 CFR 404.130(f); 20 CFR 404.211(b)(2); 20 CFR 
404.211(e)(1); 20 CFR 404.320(a)

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: These proposed rules amend our regulations at sections 
404.130, 404.211 and 404.320 to clarify that if we count a prior period 
of disability in determining a person's insured status or benefit 
amount, the period of disability must be counted for both purposes. 
Similarly, if we exclude a prior period of disability when either 
determining insured status or the benefit amount, we must exclude it 
for both purposes.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            08/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Ines Riley, Social Insurance Specialist, Social 
Security Administration, Office of Income Security Programs, 6401 
Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 965-4138

Fran O. Thomas, Social Insurance Specialist, Social Security 
Administration, Office of Regulations, 6401 Security Boulevard, 
Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 966-9822

RIN: 0960-AF71
_______________________________________________________________________




3709. SPECIAL BENEFITS FOR CERTAIN WORLD WAR II VETERANS; REPORTING 
REQUIREMENTS, SUSPENSION AND TERMINATION EVENTS, OVERPAYMENTS, AND 
ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW PROCESS (922P)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 31 USC 3720A; 42 USC 402; 42 USC 403; 42 USC 404(a); 
42 USC 404(e); 42 USC 405(a); 42 USC 405(c); 42 USC 422(b); 42 USC 
423(e); 42 USC 424a; 42 USC 425; 42 USC 902(a)(5); 42 USC 1001 to 1013; 
42 USC 1104; 42 USC 1106; 42 USC 1320a-8a

CFR Citation: 20 CFR 404.401; 20 CFR 408.101; 20 CFR 408.701; 20 CFR 
408.704; 20 CFR 408.708; 20 CFR 408.710; 20 CFR 408.712; 20 CFR

[[Page 31249]]

408.714; 20 CFR 408.801 to 408.809; 20 CFR 408.810; 20 CFR 408.812; 20 
CFR 408.814; 20 CFR 408.816; 20 CFR 408.818; 20 CFR 408.820; 20 CFR 
408.900 to 408.905; 20 CFR 408.910 to 408.915; 20 CFR 408.918; 20 CFR 
408.920; 20 CFR 408.922; 20 CFR 408.923; 20 CFR 408.930 to 408.933; 20 
CFR 408.940 to 408.946; 20 CFR 408.950; 20 CFR 408.1000 to 408.1007; 20 
CFR 408.1009; 20 CFR 408.1011; 20 CFR 408.1013 to 408.1016; 20 CFR 
408.1020 to 408.1022; 20 CFR 408.1040; 20 CFR 408.1045; 20 CFR 
408.1050; 20 CFR 408.1060; 20 CFR 408.1070; 20 CFR 408.1101; 20 CFR 
408.1201; 20 CFR 408.1205; 20 CFR 408.1210; 20 CFR 408.1215; 20 CFR 
408.1220; 20 CFR 408.1225; 20 CFR 408.1226; 20 CFR 408.1230; 20 CFR 
408.1235; 20 CFR 416.570

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: We propose to add six additional subchapters to part 408 
(proposed) of our regulations. The title VIII program provides monthly 
benefits to certain World War II veterans who were previously eligible 
for supplemental security income payments under title XVI of the Act 
and reside outside the United States. These additional subparts would 
codify the title VIII requirements on reporting responsibilities, 
suspension and termination events, overpayment and underpayment 
policies, and the administrative review process.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            06/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Robert J. Augustine, Social Insurance Specialist, 
Social Security Administration, Office of Regulations, 6401 Security 
Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 965-0020

RIN: 0960-AF72
_______________________________________________________________________




3710. STEPCHILD ENTITLEMENT AND TERMINATION REQUIREMENTS (934P)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 42 USC 402; 42 USC 403(a); 42 USC 403(b); 42 USC 
405(a); 42 USC 416; 42 USC 423; 42 USC 425; 42 USC 428(a) to 428(e); 42 
USC 902(a)(5)

CFR Citation: 20 CFR 404.339; 20 CFR 404.352; 20 CFR 404.363; 42 CFR 
404.364

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: SSA proposes to amend its regulations to incorporate the 
changes to the entitlement and termination requirements for stepchild's 
benefits introduced by the Contract with America Advancement Act of 
1996. The statutory changes allow a stepchild to be considered 
dependent upon an insured stepparent for purposes of entitlement to 
benefits as a stepchild, only if he or she is receiving at least one-
half support from the insured person (stepparent). The changes also 
require benefit termination when the stepchild's natural parent and the 
insured stepparent divorce. We propose to extend the termination 
requirement to include: (1) a divorce that ends the marriage between a 
stepchild's adoptive parent and the insured stepparent; and (2) a 
prospective annulment that ends the marriage between a stepchild's 
natural or adoptive parent and the stepparent. We also propose to 
include in the regulations our longstanding policy that a stepchild's 
benefits are terminated when the marriage between the stepchild's 
parent and the stepparent is annulled from the beginning (ab initio). 
These proposed rules also correct a cross-reference affecting 
entitlement to mother's or father's benefits, and reintroduce an 
inadvertently deleted definition concerning dependency determinations 
for grandchildren and stepgrandchildren born during the one-year 
support period relevant to a child's entitlement on the basis of those 
relationships to insured persons. These rules will reflect enacted 
legislation and provide accurate and complete guidelines for 
determining entitlement to benefits.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            06/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Sherry Pollack, Social Insurance Specialist, Social 
Security Administration, Office of Income Security Programs, 6401 
Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 965-7915

RIN: 0960-AF78
_______________________________________________________________________




3711. REPRESENTATIVE PAYMENT UNDER TITLES II, VIII, AND XVI OF THE 
SOCIAL SECURITY ACT (949P)

Priority: Other Significant. Major status under 5 USC 801 is 
undetermined.

Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined

Legal Authority: 42 USC 902(a)(5); 42 USC 405 note; 42 USC 421 note; 42 
USC 1383(a)(2); 42 USC 1383(d)(1); 42 USC 404(f); 42 USC 405(a); 42 USC 
405(b); 42 USC 405(d) to 405(h); 42 USC 405(j); 42 USC 405(k); 42 USC 
421; 42 USC 425; 42 USC 1007

CFR Citation: 20 CFR 404.902; 20 CFR 404.2011; 20 CFR 404.2021; 20 CFR 
404.2022; 20 CFR 404.2024; 20 CFR 404.2025; 20 CFR 404.2030; 20 CFR 
404.2035; 20 CFR 404.2040(a); 20 CFR 404.2041; 20 CFR 404.2045; 20 CFR 
404.2050; 20 CFR 404.2065; 20 CFR 416.611; 20 CFR 416.621; 20 CFR 
416.622; 20 CFR 416.624; 20 CFR 416.625; 20 CFR 416.630; 20 CFR 
416.635; 20 CFR 416.640(a); 20 CFR 416.641; 20 CFR 416.645; 20 CFR 
416.650; 20 CFR 416.665; 20 CFR 416.1402

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Effective stewardship of SSA programs requires mechanisms to 
assure that benefits are used to meet the needs of beneficiaries 
determined incapable of managing or directing someone else to manage 
their benefits. Congress determined that improvements to the 
representative payment procedures were needed to assure program 
integrity. These regulations are required to reflect these legislative 
improvements and to further our program integrity efforts.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            07/00/03
Final Action                    04/00/04

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined

Small Entities Affected: Governmental Jurisdictions, Organizations

Government Levels Affected: State, Local

Agency Contact: Betsy Byrd, Social Insurance Specialist, Social 
Security Administration, Office of Income Security Programs, 6401 
Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235-6401

[[Page 31250]]

Phone: 410 965-7981

Robert J. Augustine, Social Insurance Specialist, Social Security 
Administration, Office of Regulations, 6401 Security Boulevard, 
Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 965-0020

RIN: 0960-AF83
_______________________________________________________________________




3712. REMOVAL OF CLOTHING FROM THE DEFINITIONS OF INCOME AND IN-KIND 
SUPPORT AND MAINTENANCE, EXCLUSIONS OF ONE AUTOMOBILE, AND HOUSEHOLD 
GOODS AND PERSONAL EFFECTS UNDER SSI FROM RESOURCES (950P)

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: Sec 1612 of the Social Security Act; Sec 1613(a)(2)(A) 
of the Social Security Act

CFR Citation: 20 CFR 416.1102 to 416.1104; 20 CFR 416.1121; 20 CFR 
416.1124; 20 CFR 416.1130; 20 CFR 416.1133; 20 CFR 416.1140; 20 CFR 
416.1142; 20 CFR 416.1144 to 416.1145; 20 CFR 416.1147 to 416.1149; 20 
CFR 416.1157; 20 CFR 416.1210; 20 CFR 416.1216; 20 CFR 416.1218

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: We propose to make the following changes to our rules on 
determining income and resources under the Supplemental Security Income 
(SSI) program.
1. We propose to remove clothing from the definition of income and from 
the definition of in-kind support and maintenance. As a result, we 
generally will not count gifts of clothing as income when we decide 
whether a person can receive SSI benefits or when we compute the amount 
of benefits.
2. We propose to simplify our rules on how we exclude an automobile in 
determining the resources of a SSI applicant or recipient. 
Specifically, we propose to exclude one automobile from resources if it 
is used for transportation, without consideration of its value.
3. We propose to change our resources counting rules in the SSI program 
by eliminating the dollar value limit for the exclusion of household 
goods and personal effects. As a result, we would not count household 
goods and personal effects as resources when we decide whether a person 
can receive SSI benefits.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            08/00/03
Final Action                    12/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Kenneth A. Brown, Social Insurance Specialist, Social 
Security Administration, Office of Program Benefits, 6401 Security 
Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 965-9772

Robert J. Augustine, Social Insurance Specialist, Social Security 
Administration, Office of Regulations, 6401 Security Boulevard, 
Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 965-0020

RIN: 0960-AF84
_______________________________________________________________________




3713. [bull] REVISED MEDICAL CRITERIA FOR EVALUATING HEMATOLOGICAL 
DISORDERS (974P)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 42 USC 405; 42 USC 902(a)(5); 42 USC 1383

CFR Citation: 20 CFR 404.1500, app 1

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Sections 7.00 and 107.00 (hemic and lymphatic system) of 
appendix 1 to subpart P of part 404 of our regulations (404.1501 
through 404.1599) describe hematological disorders that are considered 
severe enough to prevent a person from doing any gainful activity, or 
for a child claiming SSI payments under title XVI, which causes marked 
and severe functional limitation. We are proposing to revise these 
sections to ensure that the medical evaluation criteria are up-to-date 
and consistent with the latest advances in medical knowledge and 
treatment. The Supplemental Security Income program incorporates and 
uses the same medical criteria as the Old-Age, Survivors, and 
Disability Insurance program.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            03/00/04

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Michelle Hungerman, Social Insurance Specialist, Social 
Security Administration, Office of Disability Programs, 6401 Security 
Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 965-2289

RIN: 0960-AF88
_______________________________________________________________________




3714. [bull] ELIMINATION OF DEEMED MILITARY WAGES (968P)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: PL 107-117

CFR Citation: 20 CFR 404.1301

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: We propose to revise our regulations to reflect a provision 
in Public Law 107-117 that eliminates deemed military service wage 
credits for members of the uniformed services for all years after 
calendar year 2001.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            11/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Gareth N. Dence, Social Insurance Specialist, Social 
Security Administration, Office of Income Security Programs, 6401 
Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 965-9872

Robert J. Augustine, Social Insurance Specialist, Social Security 
Administration, Office of Regulations, 6401 Security Boulevard, 
Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 965-0020

RIN: 0960-AF90

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3715. REVISED MEDICAL CRITERIA FOR EVALUATING MALIGNANT NEOPLASTIC 
DISEASES (399F)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 42 USC 405; 42 USC 902(a)(5); 42 USC 1383

CFR Citation: 20 CFR 404.1500, app 1

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Sections 13.00 and 113.00 (malignant neoplastic diseases) of 
appendix 1 to subpart P of part 404 of our regulations (404.1501 
through 404.1599) describe those impairments that are considered severe 
enough to prevent a person from doing any gainful activity, or for a 
child claiming SSI payments under title XVI, that causes marked and 
severe functional limitations. We are revising these sections to ensure 
that the medical evaluation criteria are up-to-date and consistent with 
the latest advances in medical knowledge and treatment. The 
Supplemental Security Income program incorporates and uses the same 
medical criteria as the Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance 
program.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            11/27/01                    66 FR 59305
NPRM Comment Period End         01/28/02
NPRM Comment Period End Extended04/18/02                    67 FR 19138
Final Action                    06/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Michelle Hungerman, Social Insurance Specialist, Social 
Security Administration, Office of Disability Programs, 6401 Security 
Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 965-2289

Suzanne DiMarino, Social Insurance Specialist, Social Security 
Administration, Office of Regulations, 6401 Security Boulevard, 
Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 965-1769

RIN: 0960-AD67
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3716. UNIFORM ADMINISTRATIVE REQUIREMENTS FOR GRANTS AND AGREEMENTS WITH 
INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION, HOSPITALS, OTHER NONPROFIT 
ORGANIZATIONS, AND COMMERCIAL ORGANIZATIONS (547F)

Priority: Info./Admin./Other

Legal Authority: 31 USC 7505; 41 USC 403(11); 42 USC 902(a)(5)

CFR Citation: 20 CFR 435.000

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This final rule will create a new part in the Code of Federal 
Regulations. The new part will provide standards in the administration 
of grants and agreements with institutions of higher education, 
hospitals, other nonprofit organizations, and commercial organizations.
The Social Security Independence and Program Improvements Act of 1994, 
enacted August 15, 1994, established SSA as an independent agency 
separate from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), 
effective March 31, 1995. To implement its own set of grants 
regulations, SSA proposes to codify almost verbatim the text of the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular Number A-110 ``Uniform 
Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements with Institutions 
of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Nonprofit Organizations.'' 
These regulations will establish SSA grants regulations, separate from 
the HHS regulations.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            04/27/00                    65 FR 24767
NPRM Comment Period End         06/26/00
Final Action                    05/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Robert J. Augustine, Social Insurance Specialist, 
Social Security Administration, Office of Regulations, 6401 Security 
Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 965-0020

RIN: 0960-AE25
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3717. UNIFORM ADMINISTRATIVE REQUIREMENTS FOR GRANTS AND COOPERATIVE 
AGREEMENTS TO STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AND INDIAN TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS 
(555F)

Priority: Info./Admin./Other

Legal Authority: 41 USC 403(ii); 42 USC 902(a)(5)

CFR Citation: 20 CFR 437.000

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This final regulation migrates the HHS grants regulation at 
45 CFR part 92 into a new SSA regulation at 20 CFR part 437 now that 
SSA is an independent agency.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Final Action                    05/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: State, Local, Tribal

Agency Contact: Robert J. Augustine, Social Insurance Specialist, 
Social Security Administration, Office of Regulations, 6401 Security 
Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 965-0020

RIN: 0960-AE28
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3718. RESTRICTIONS ON LOBBYING IN CONNECTION WITH THE AWARD OF GRANTS, 
CONTRACTS, AND COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS (556F)

Priority: Info./Admin./Other

Legal Authority: 31 USC 1352; 42 USC 902(a)(5)

CFR Citation: 20 CFR 438.000

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This final regulation migrates the HHS grants regulation at 
45 CFR part 93 into a new SSA regulation at 20 CFR part 438 now that 
SSA is an independent agency.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Final Action                    05/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Robert J. Augustine, Social Insurance Specialist, 
Social Security Administration, Office of Regulations, 6401 Security 
Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235-6401

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Phone: 410 965-0020

RIN: 0960-AE29
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3719. TECHNICAL CHANGES TO SUPPLEMENTAL SECURITY INCOME (SSI) 
REGULATIONS (664F)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: Not Yet Determined

CFR Citation: 20 CFR 416.1236; 20 CFR 416, subpart K, app

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: We are amending the SSI regulations by making technical 
changes to our rules on income and resources. These technical changes 
update lists of exclusions from income and resources under the SSI 
program that are based on statutes other than the Social Security Act 
and make additional technical changes.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Final Action                    12/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Eric Ice, Social Insurance Specialist, Social Security 
Administration, Office of Income Security Programs, 6401 Security 
Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 966-3233

Robert J. Augustine, Social Insurance Specialist, Social Security 
Administration, Office of Regulations, 6401 Security Boulevard, 
Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 965-0020

RIN: 0960-AE79
_______________________________________________________________________




3720. ADMINISTRATIVE WAGE GARNISHMENT (TO REPAY A DEBT OWED TO THE 
SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION) (724F)

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 31 USC 3720D; 42 USC 405; 42 USC 902; 42 USC 1383

CFR Citation: 20 CFR 404.527; 20 CFR 404.903; 20 CFR 416.590; 20 CFR 
416.1403; 20 CFR 422.401 to 422.403; 20 CFR 422.405; 20 CFR 422.410; 20 
CFR 422.415; 20 CFR 422.420; 20 CFR 422.425; 20 CFR 422.430; 20 CFR 
422.435; 20 CFR 422.440; 20 CFR 422.445

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This initiative will enable the Social Security 
Administration (SSA) to use administrative wage garnishment to collect 
administrative debts and to collect qualifying, delinquent titles II 
and XVI overpayment debts owed by individuals who are now employed in 
other than Federal employment. Administrative wage garnishment allows 
SSA to order an employer to deduct a percentage of the disposable pay 
earned by the worker/debtor and to send that amount to SSA as payment 
toward satisfying the delinquent debt. Administrative wage garnishment 
does not require a court judgment to impose the withholding order.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            11/15/02                    67 FR 69164
NPRM Comment Period End         01/14/03
Final Action                    09/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined

Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Organizations

Government Levels Affected: State, Local, Tribal, Federal

Agency Contact: Edward Johns, Financial Management Analyst, Social 
Security Administration, 6401 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235-
6401
Phone: 410 965-0392

Robert J. Augustine, Social Insurance Specialist, Social Security 
Administration, Office of Regulations, 6401 Security Boulevard, 
Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 965-0020

RIN: 0960-AE92
_______________________________________________________________________




3721. OASDI AND SSI; ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW PROCESS; VIDEO 
TELECONFERENCING APPEARANCES BEFORE ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGES OF THE 
SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION (737F)

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 31 USC 3720A; 42 USC 401(d); 42 USC 404(f); 42 USC 
405(a); 42 USC 405(b); 42 USC 405(d) to 405(L); 42 USC 405(j); 42 USC 
421; 42 USC 425; 42 USC 902(a)(5); 42 USC 1383; 42 USC 1383b

CFR Citation: 20 CFR 404.929; 20 CFR 404.936; 20 CFR 404.938; 20 CFR 
404.950; 20 CFR 416.1429; 20 CFR 416.1436; 20 CFR 416.1438; 20 CFR 
416.1450

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This final rule revises our rules to permit us to conduct 
hearings before an administrative law judge (ALJ) at which a party or 
parties to the hearing and/or witness or witnesses may appear before 
the ALJ by video teleconference (VTC). The revised rules provide that 
if we schedule a hearing as one at which a party would appear by VTC, 
rather than in person, and the party objects to use of that procedure, 
we will reschedule the hearing as one at which the party may appear in 
person. We requested public comments on this final rule, which was 
published on February 3, 2003. The final rule became effective on March 
5, 2003. The comment period ended April 4, 2003.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            01/05/01                     66 FR 1059
NPRM Comment Period End         03/06/01
Final Rule with Request for 
Comment                         02/03/03                     68 FR 5210
Final Rule Effective            03/05/03
Final Action                    08/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Robert J. Augustine, Social Insurance Specialist, 
Social Security Administration, Office of Regulations, 6401 Security 
Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 965-0020

Related RIN: Previously reported as 0960-AA05
RIN: 0960-AE97
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3722. REVISED MEDICAL CRITERIA FOR EVALUATING IMPAIRMENTS OF THE 
DIGESTIVE SYSTEM (800F)

Priority: Economically Significant. Major under 5 USC 801.

Legal Authority: 42 USC 405; 42 USC 1302; 42 USC 1383

CFR Citation: 20 CFR 404.1500, app 1

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Listings 5.00 and 105.00 of appendix 1 to the disability 
regulation at 20 CFR part 404, subpart P describe those digestive 
impairments that are

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considered severe enough to prevent a person from doing any gainful 
activity or, for a child claiming SSI payments under title XVI, that 
are considered severe enough to result in marked and severe functional 
limitations. Comprehensive revisions to these listings are being made 
to ensure that the medical evaluation criteria are up to date and 
consistent with the latest advances in medicine. The SSI program 
incorporates by reference and uses the same medical criteria as the 
Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance Program.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            11/14/01                    66 FR 57009
NPRM Comment Period End         01/14/02
Final Action                    12/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Cheryl Wrobel, Policy Specialist, Social Security 
Administration, Office of Disability Programs, 6401 Security Boulevard, 
Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 965-9108

Suzanne DiMarino, Social Insurance Specialist, Social Security 
Administration, Office of Regulations, 6401 Security Boulevard, 
Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 965-1769

RIN: 0960-AF28
_______________________________________________________________________




3723. REVISED MEDICAL CRITERIA FOR EVALUATING SKIN DISORDERS (801F)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 42 USC 405; 42 USC 902(a)(5); 42 USC 1383

CFR Citation: 20 CFR 404.1500, app 1

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This final rule will revise the criteria in the Listing of 
Impairments (the Listings) we use for evaluating skin disorders in 
adults and to introduce corresponding medical criteria for evaluating 
skin disorders in children. We will revise the skin listings to ensure 
that the medical evaluation criteria are up-to-date and consistent and 
that the latest advances in medical knowledge and treatment are 
included.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            12/10/01                    66 FR 63634
NPRM Comment Period End         02/08/02
Final Action                    01/00/04

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Cheryl Wrobel, Policy Specialist, Social Security 
Administration, Office of Disability Programs, 6401 Security Boulevard, 
Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 965-9108

Suzanne DiMarino, Social Insurance Specialist, Social Security 
Administration, Office of Regulations, 6401 Security Boulevard, 
Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 965-1769

RIN: 0960-AF29
_______________________________________________________________________




3724. REVISED MEDICAL CRITERIA OF EVALUATING IMPAIRMENTS AFFECTING 
MULTIPLE BODY SYSTEMS (803F)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 42 USC 405; 42 USC 902(a)(5); 42 USC 1383

CFR Citation: 20 CFR 404.1500, app 1

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: These final rules revise the criteria in the Listing of 
Impairments that we use to evaluate claims involving impairments 
affecting multiple body systems. We apply these criteria when you claim 
benefits based on disability under title II and title XVI of the Social 
Security Act. The proposed revisions reflect current medical knowledge, 
treatment, and methods of evaluating impairments affecting multiple 
body systems.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            12/23/02                    67 FR 78196
NPRM Comment Period End         02/21/03
Final Action                    01/00/04

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Sharon Arden, Social Insurance Specialist, Social 
Security Administration, Office of Disability Programs, 6401 Security 
Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 965-9098

Suzanne DiMarino, Social Insurance Specialist, Social Security 
Administration, Office of Regulations, 6401 Security Boulevard, 
Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 965-1769

RIN: 0960-AF32
_______________________________________________________________________




3725. CLARIFICATION OF RULES INVOLVING RFC ASSESSMENTS; CLARIFICATION OF 
USE OF VOCATIONAL EXPERTS AND OTHER SOURCES OF THE SEQUENTIAL EVALUATION 
PROCESS; INCORPORATION OF ``SPECIAL PROFILE'' INTO REGS (808F)

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 42 USC 402; 42 USC 405(a); 42 USC 405(b); 42 USC 
405(d) to 405(h); 42 USC 416(i); 42 USC 421(a); 42 USC 421(i); 42 USC 
422(c); 42 USC 423; 42 USC 425; 42 USC 902(a)(5); 42 USC 1382; 42 USC 
1382c; 42 USC 1382h; 42 USC 1383(a); 42 USC 1383(c); 42 USC 1383(d)(l); 
42 USC 1383b

CFR Citation: 20 CFR 404.1501; 20 CFR 404.1505; 20 CFR 404.1512; 20 CFR 
404.1520; 20 CFR 404.1545; 20 CFR 404.1546; 20 CFR 404.1560; 20 CFR 
404.1561; 20 CFR 404.1563; 20 CFR 404.1569a; 20 CFR 404.1594; 20 CFR 
416.901; 20 CFR 416.905; 20 CFR 416.912; 20 CFR 416.920; 20 CFR 
416.945; 20 CFR 416.946; 20 CFR 416.960 to 416.963; 20 CFR 416.969a; 20 
CFR 416.994

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: These final rules will change several sections of our rules 
to clarify how we make determinations and decisions at steps 4 and 5 of 
the sequential evaluation process. Among other things, the final rules 
would clarify (1) the responsibility that claimants have to provide 
evidence of their disability (including evidence related to their 
residual functional capacity), and (2) that SSA may use a vocational 
expert to help determine whether a claimant is able to do his or her 
past relevant work at step 4 of the sequential evaluation process.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            06/11/02                    67 FR 39904

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NPRM Comment Period End         08/12/02
Final Action                    06/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Suzanne DiMarino, Social Insurance Specialist, Social 
Security Administration, Office of Regulations, 6401 Security 
Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 965-1769

RIN: 0960-AF37
_______________________________________________________________________




3726. FILING CLAIMS UNDER THE FEDERAL TORT CLAIMS ACT AND THE MILITARY 
PERSONNEL AND CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES CLAIMS ACT (785F)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 28 USC 2672; 31 USC 3721; 42 USC 905(a)(5)

CFR Citation: 20 CFR 429.101 to 429.110; 20 CFR 429.201 to 429.211; 28 
CFR 14

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: These final rules will establish a new subpart B in part 429 
that will prescribe the procedures SSA follows when claims are filed by 
employees against SSA for personal property damage or loss incident to 
their service with SSA. We will also make corrections and 
clarifications to our current procedures and practices on claims 
against the government for damage to or loss of property or personal 
injury or death that is caused by the negligent or wrongful act or 
omission of an SSA employee.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            12/20/02                    67 FR 77942
NPRM Comment Period End         02/18/03
Final Action                    08/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: Federal

Agency Contact: Jonathan R. Cantor, General Attorney, Social Security 
Administration, General Law Division, Office of the General Counsel, 
6401 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235
Phone: 410 965-3166

Robert J. Augustine, Social Insurance Specialist, Social Security 
Administration, Office of Regulations, 6401 Security Boulevard, 
Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 965-0020

RIN: 0960-AF39
_______________________________________________________________________




3727. ACCESS TO INFORMATION HELD BY FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS (815F)

Priority: Other Significant

Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined

Legal Authority: 42 USC 1383(e); PL 106-169, sec 213

CFR Citation: 20 CFR 416.200; 20 CFR 416.207; 20 CFR 416.421; 20 CFR 
416.640; 20 CFR 416.1231; 20 CFR 416.1242; 20 CFR 416.1245; 20 CFR 
416.1247; 20 CFR 416.1320; 20 CFR 416.1321; 20 CFR 416.1335; 20 CFR 
416.1337; 20 CFR 416.1618

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: These final rules implement law that will enhance our access 
to bank account information of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) 
applicants and recipients and other individuals whose income and 
resources we consider to be available to the applicant or recipient.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            05/02/02                    67 FR 22021
NPRM Comment Period End         07/01/02
Final Action                    06/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Eric Ice, Social Insurance Specialist, Social Security 
Administration, Office of Income Security Programs, 6401 Security 
Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 966-3233

Suzanne DiMarino, Social Insurance Specialist, Social Security 
Administration, Office of Regulations, 6401 Security Boulevard, 
Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 965-1769

RIN: 0960-AF43
_______________________________________________________________________




3728. NEW DISABILITY CLAIMS PROCESS--ROLES OF STATE AGENCY (816F)

Priority: Economically Significant. Major under 5 USC 801.

Legal Authority: 42 USC 405(a); 42 USC 902(a)(5)

CFR Citation: 20 CFR 404.1512; 20 CFR 404.1513; 20 CFR 404.1526; 20 CFR 
404.1527; 20 CFR 404.1529; 20 CFR 404.1546; 20 CFR 404.1615; 20 CFR 
404.1616; 20 CFR 416.912; 20 CFR 416.913; 20 CFR 416.926; 20 CFR 
416.927; 20 CFR 416.929; 20 CFR 416.946; 20 CFR 416.1015; 20 CFR 
416.1016

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: We plan to revise our regulations that pertain to the 
processing of initial claims for disability benefits under title II and 
title XVI of the Social Security Act at the initial and reconsideration 
steps of the administrative review process. Under these final rules, 
certain State agency disability examiners, familiarly called ``single 
decisionmakers,'' will be responsible for the disability determinations 
in many initial claims for disability benefits. However, they will be 
able to ask for advice from State agency medical or psychological 
consultants when they decide they need it. We also plan to review other 
rules to reflect these changes, including our rules about how we decide 
whether a person's impairment(s) medically equals a listing.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            01/19/01                     66 FR 5494
NPRM Comment Period End         03/20/01
Final Action                    05/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: State, Federal

Agency Contact: Susan Grier, Social Security Administration, Disability 
Process Redesign Staff, Office of Disability, 6401 Security Boulevard, 
Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 966-5005

Robert J. Augustine, Social Insurance Specialist, Social Security 
Administration, Office of Regulations,

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6401 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 965-0020

Related RIN: Merged With 0960-AE73
RIN: 0960-AF44
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3729. FILING OF APPLICATIONS AND RELATED FORMS (797F)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 42 USC 402(i); 42 USC 402(j); 42 USC 402(o); 42 USC 
402(p); 42 USC 402(r); 42 USC 405; 42 USC 416(i)(2); 42 USC 423(b); 42 
USC 428(a); 42 USC 902(a)(5)

CFR Citation: 20 CFR 404.610; 20 CFR 404.611; 20 CFR 422.505

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This final rule includes language that explains the Internet 
applications completed on SSA's website and submitted to SSA are 
prescribed applications for filing for social security benefits. It 
incorporates an explanation that once SSA has an approved electronic 
signature method in place, the signature method will be included as 
part of the Internet application process and will be required for the 
applications.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            08/17/01                    66 FR 43136
NPRM Comment Period End         10/16/01
Final Action                    05/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Saundra Robinson, Social Insurance Speecialist, Social 
Security Administration, Office of Income Security Programs, 6401 
Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235-640
Phone: 410 965-4327

Fran O. Thomas, Social Insurance Specialist, Social Security 
Administration, Office of Regulations, 6401 Security Boulevard, 
Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 966-9822

RIN: 0960-AF52
_______________________________________________________________________




3730. REFERRAL OF PERSONS ELIGIBLE FOR DISABILITY OR BLINDNESS BENEFITS 
TO OTHER AGENCIES FOR VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION SERVICES (929F)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: PL 106-170; 42 USC 405(a); 42 USC 421; 42 USC 422; 42 
USC 902(a)(5); 42 USC 1381 to 1383d; 42 USC 1383(e); 48 USC 1681 note

CFR Citation: 20 CFR 404.1630; 20 CFR 404.2104; 20 CFR 404.2106; 20 CFR 
416.101; 20 CFR 416.110; 20 CFR 4116.1030; 20 CFR 416.1701; 20 CFR 
416.1710; 20 CFR 416.2204; 20 CFR 416.2206

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: We are revising our regulations pertaining to the requirement 
to refer for vocational rehabilitation (VR) services those individuals 
who filed for disability benefits, thereby conforming them to 
provisions in the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 
1999. The Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999 
repealed the VR referral requirement effective with January 1, 2001. 
For States in which we have implemented the Ticket to Work program, we 
are no longer referring beneficiaries eligible for disability benefits 
to State vocational rehabilitation agencies.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Final Action                    12/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Agency Contact: Melvin Winer, Social Insurance Specialist, Social 
Security Administration, Office of Employment Support Programs, 6401 
Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 965-9175

Suzanne DiMarino, Social Insurance Specialist, Social Security 
Administration, Office of Regulations, 6401 Security Boulevard, 
Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 965-1769

RIN: 0960-AF80
_______________________________________________________________________




3731. ELIMINATION OF SANCTIONS FOR REFUSAL OF VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION 
SERVICES WITHOUT CAUSE (938F)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 42 USC 402; 42 USC 403; 42 USC 404(a); 42 USC 404(e); 
42 USC 405(a); 42 USC 405(c); 42 USC 423(e); 42 USC 424a; 42 USC 425; 
42 USC 902(a)(5); 42 USC 1320a-8a

CFR Citation: 20 CFR 404.401; 20 CFR 404.402; 20 CFR 404.412; 20 CFR 
404.421 to 404.423; 20 CFR 404.425; 20 CFR 404.435 to 404.437; 20 CFR 
404.458; 20 CFR 404.902; 20 CFR 404.1596; 20 CFR 404.2101 to 2103; 20 
CFR 404.2109; 20 CFR 404.2113; 20 CFR 404.2116; 20 CFR 404.2117; 20 CFR 
416.213; 20 CFR 416.708; 20 CFR 416.1701; 20 CFR 416.1715; 20 CFR 
416.2040; 20 CFR 416.2201 to 416.2203; 20 CFR 416.2209; 20 CFR 
416.2213; 20 CFR 416.2216; 20 CFR 416.2217

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: We are revising our regulations to eliminate the sanctions 
for refusal of vocational rehabilitation (VR) services without good 
cause, thereby conforming them to the amendments made by the Ticket to 
Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999. The Ticket to Work 
and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999, which established the 
Ticket to Work program, repealed the VR refusal sanctions (i.e., 
deductions from social security disability or suspension of 
Supplemental Security Income benefits) effective with January 1, 2001. 
Under the obsolete sanctions, we were required to suspend disability 
benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments for any 
disability beneficiary or disabled or blind SSI recipient who refused 
rehabilitation services without good cause. Since January 1, 2001, 
refusal of rehabilitation services is no longer a reason for us to 
sanction disability benefits. Accordingly, we are eliminating the rules 
regarding the sanctions for refusal of vocational rehabilitation 
services without good cause.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Final Action                    06/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

[[Page 31256]]

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Melvin Winer, Social Insurance Specialist, Social 
Security Administration, Office of Employment Support Programs, 6401 
Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 965-9175

Suzanne DiMarino, Social Insurance Specialist, Social Security 
Administration, Office of Regulations, 6401 Security Boulevard, 
Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 965-1769

RIN: 0960-AF81
_______________________________________________________________________




3732. INTERRELATIONSHIP OF OLD-AGE, SURVIVORS, AND DISABILITY INSURANCE 
PROGRAM WITH THE RAILROAD RETIREMENT PROGRAM (943I)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant. Major status under 5 USC 801 is 
undetermined.

Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined

Legal Authority: PL 107-90, sec 103; 42 USC 405(i); 45 USC 231(a) to 
231(e); 45 USC 231(l); 45 USC 231(q); 45 USC 231(r)

CFR Citation: 20 CFR 404.1401; 20 CFR 404.1402; 20 CFR 404.1404; 20 CFR 
404.1405; 20 CFR 404.1413

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: These interim final rules implement section 103 of the 
Railroad Retirement and Survivors' Improvement Act of 2001, that 
established an alternative railroad annuity vesting requirement for 
certain categories of individuals. Under the alternative provision, 
affected railroad workers with 5 or more years of service (but less 
than 10) become vested under the Railroad Retirement Act provided all 
of those years of service accrued after December 31, 1995. The 
provision was effective on January 1, 2002.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              07/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Federalism:  Undetermined

Agency Contact: Marylin Buster, Social Insurance Specialist, Social 
Security Administration, Office of Income Security Programs, 6401 
Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235
Phone: 410 965-5555

Robert J. Augustine, Social Insurance Specialist, Social Security 
Administration, Office of Regulations, 6401 Security Boulevard, 
Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 965-0020

RIN: 0960-AF82
_______________________________________________________________________




3733. [bull] F-1 STUDENTS (960I)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: Sec 205(c)(2) of the Social Security Act

CFR Citation: 20 CFR 422.105; 20 CFR 422.107

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: We are clarifying our rules for assigned SSNs to foreign 
academic students in INS classification status F.1. In addition to 
meeting SSA's requirements to provide evidence of age, identity, legal 
alien status, and work authorization, F-1 students will also be 
required to present evidence that employment has been secured before we 
will assign the F-1 student an SSN card that is valid for work.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              07/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Susan Werych, Social Insurance Specialist, Social 
Security Administration, Office of Income Security Programs, 6401 
Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 965-9145

Robert J. Augustine, Social Insurance Specialist, Social Security 
Administration, Office of Regulations, 6401 Security Boulevard, 
Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 965-0020

RIN: 0960-AF87
_______________________________________________________________________




3734. [bull] AVAILABILITY OF INFORMATION AND RECORDS TO THE PUBLIC 
(969F)

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 552; 5 USC 552a; 8 USC 1360; 18 USC 1905; 26 USC 
6103; 31 USC 9701; 36 USC 923b; 42 USC 405; 42 USC 902(a)(5); 42 USC 
1306

CFR Citation: 20 CFR 402.125; 20 CFR 402.135; 20 CFR 402.180; 20 CFR 
402.190; 20 CFR 402.195

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: These final rules amend our regulations to reflect 
organizational changes and to correct a typographical error. We are 
changing the title of the official responsible for decisions on Freedom 
of Information Act (FOIA) requests to conform to organizational 
changes. We published a notice on October 10, 2002, of organizational 
and functional changes within the Office of the General Counsel (OGC). 
The Office of Public Disclosure in OGC is now responsible for FOIA 
activities in SSA. This function previously was performed by the Office 
of Program Support, Office of Disclosure Policy in the Office of 
Disability and Income Security programs. We published a notice on 
November 15, 2002, deleting the Office of Program Support. These 
revisions will inform the public of the change in the official 
designated as SSA's Freedom of Information Officer.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Final Action                    08/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Ethel Burrows, Social Insurance Specialist, Social 
Security Administration, Office of the General Counsel, Office of 
Public Disclosure, 6401 Security Bouleveard, Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 965-3948

Fran O. Thomas, Social Insurance Specialist, Social Security 
Administration, Office of Regulations, 6401 Security Boulevard, 
Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 966-9822

RIN: 0960-AF91

[[Page 31257]]

_______________________________________________________________________




3735. [bull] ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW PROCESS; INCORPORATION BY REFERENCE 
OF ORAL FINDINGS OF FACT AND RATIONALE IN WHOLLY FAVORABLE WRITTEN 
DECISIONS (964I)

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 42 USC 405(a); 42 USC 405(b); 42 USC 902(a)(5); 42 USC 
1383

CFR Citation: 20 CFR 404.953; 20 CFR 416.1453

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This interim final rule revises our regulations to provide 
that if an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) enters a wholly favorable, 
oral decision into the record of a hearing, the ALJ may subsequently 
issue a written decision that gives the findings and the reasons for 
the decision by incorporating by reference the findings and reasons 
stated orally at the hearing, provided that the ALJ does not determine 
subsequent to the hearing that the oral findings and reasons should be 
changed.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              05/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Robert J. Augustine, Social Insurance Specialist, 
Social Security Administration, Office of Regulations, 6401 Security 
Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 965-0020

RIN: 0960-AF92
_______________________________________________________________________


Social Security Administration (SSA)                  Long-Term Actions






_______________________________________________________________________




3736. GOVERNMENTWIDE DEBARMENT AND SUSPENSION (NONPROCUREMENT) AND 
GOVERNMENTWIDE REQUIREMENTS FOR DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE (GRANTS) (554F)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 41 USC 403(11); 41 USC 701 et seq; 42 USC 902(a)(5)

CFR Citation: 20 CFR 436.000

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This final regulation migrates the HHS grants regulation at 
45 CFR part 76 into a new SSA regulation at 20 CFR part 436 now that 
SSA is an independent agency.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            01/23/02                     67 FR 3266
NPRM Comment Period End         03/25/02


Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Robert J. Augustine, Social Insurance Specialist, 
Social Security Administration, Office of Regulations, 6401 Security 
Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 965-0020

RIN: 0960-AE27
_______________________________________________________________________




3737. SUPPLEMENTAL STANDARDS FOR ETHICAL CONDUCT FOR EMPLOYEES OF THE 
SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION (601P)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 5 USC app, Ethics in Government Act of 1978; 5 USC 
7301; 5 USC 7353

CFR Citation: 5 CFR ch LXXXI (New)

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Social Security Administration (SSA), with the 
concurrence of the Office of Government Ethics (OGE), proposes to issue 
regulations for officers and employees of SSA that supplement the OGE 
Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch, 
which became effective February 3, 1993. The proposed rule specifies 
procedural and substantive requirements that are necessary to address 
ethical issues unique to SSA.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                             To Be                       Determined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Agency Contact: Stuart M. Besser, Attorney, Social Security 
Administration, Office of the General Counsel, 6401 Security Boulevard, 
Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 965-3194

Suzanne DiMarino, Social Insurance Specialist, Social Security 
Administration, Office of Regulations, 6401 Security Boulevard, 
Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 965-1769

RIN: 0960-AE48
_______________________________________________________________________




3738. DEDICATED ACCOUNTS AND INSTALLMENT PAYMENTS FOR CERTAIN PAST DUE 
SSI BENEFITS (622F)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 42 USC 902(a)(5); 42 USC 1381; 42 USC 1381a; 42 USC 
1382(c); 42 USC 1382(e); 42 USC 1383(a) to 1383(d); 42 USC 1383(g)

CFR Citation: 20 CFR 416.545; 20 CFR 416.546; 20 CFR 416.640; 20 CFR 
416.1210; 20 CFR 416.1247

Legal Deadline: Final, Statutory, November 22, 1996.
Interim Final Rules were published on December 20, 1996.

Abstract: These regulations reflect amendments to the Social Security 
Act made by sections 213 and 221 of the Personal Responsibility and 
Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996. Section 213 requires the 
establishment of accounts in financial institutions for the payment of 
past due SSI benefits after reimbursement to a State for Interim 
Assistance Reimbursement exceeding 6 months' benefits to representative 
payees on behalf of children under age 18. These accounts will be 
dedicated for certain

[[Page 31258]]

purposes by restrictions on the use of such past due benefits.
Section 221 requires past due SSI benefits after reimbursement to a 
State for Interim Assistance Reimbursement that equals or exceeds 12 
months' benefits to be paid in installments, with certain exceptions.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              12/20/96                    61 FR 67203
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      02/18/97
Final Action                     To Be                       Determined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: Federal

Agency Contact: Suzanne DiMarino, Social Insurance Specialist, Social 
Security Administration, Office of Regulations, 6401 Security 
Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 965-1769

RIN: 0960-AE59
_______________________________________________________________________




3739. TITLE VI (CIVIL RIGHTS ACT (1964)), TITLE IX (EDUCATION AMEND. 
(1972)), REHABILITATION ACT (1973), AND AGE DISCRIMINATION ACT (1975) IN 
PROGRAMS/ACTIVITIES RECEIVING FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE BY SSA (617P)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 20 USC 1681; 29 USC 794; 42 USC 902(a)(5); 42 USC 
2000d; 42 USC 6101

CFR Citation: 20 CFR 431

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Prior to March 31, 1995, SSA was an operating component of 
HHS and the general regulatory authority for SSA programs and 
administration was vested in the Secretary of Health and Human Services 
(the Secretary) based on section 1102 of the Social Security Act (the 
Act) (42 U.S.C. 1302). The Social Security Independence and Program 
Improvements Act (SSIPIA) established SSA as an independent agency in 
the Executive Branch of the Federal Government effective March 31, 
1995, and vested general regulatory authority in the Commissioner of 
Social Security (the Commissioner). Under section 106(b) of SSIPIA, HHS 
regulations in effect immediately prior to March 31, 1995, which relate 
to functions now vested in the Commissioner by reason of SSA's 
independence, continue to apply to SSA until such time as they are 
modified, suspended, terminated or repealed by the Commissioner. SSA is 
promulgating regulations at 20 CFR part 431, which are based in large 
measure upon the HHS regulations at 45 CFR parts 80, 81, 84, 86, and 
91. These SSA regulations reflect changes necessary to adapt the HHS 
regulations to SSA procedures. Upon SSA's rules becoming final 
regulations, the HHS regulations will cease to have application to SSA 
in accordance with section 106(b) of SSIPIA.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                             To Be                       Determined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Eileen Inglesby-Houghton, Attorney, Social Security 
Administration, Office of the General Counsel, 6401 Security Boulevard, 
Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 965-4816

Suzanne DiMarino, Social Insurance Specialist, Social Security 
Administration, Office of Regulations, 6401 Security Boulevard, 
Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 965-1769

RIN: 0960-AE63
_______________________________________________________________________




3740. ENFORCEMENT OF NONDISCRIMINATION IN SOCIAL SECURITY PROGRAMS OR 
ACTIVITIES (661P)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 29 USC 794; 42 USC 902

CFR Citation: 20 CFR 432

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: These proposed regulations are intended to ensure that 
individuals are not subjected to discrimination on the basis of 
disability, race, color, national origin, sex, age, or religion in any 
program or activity conducted by SSA.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                             To Be                       Determined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Suzanne DiMarino, Social Insurance Specialist, Social 
Security Administration, Office of Regulations, 6401 Security 
Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 965-1769

RIN: 0960-AE78
_______________________________________________________________________




3741. PRIVACY AND DISCLOSURE OF OFFICIAL RECORDS AND INFORMATION (711P)

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 552; 5 USC 552a; 42 USC 1306(a); 42 USC 
902(a)(5)

CFR Citation: 20 CFR 401.30; 20 CFR 401.45; 20 CFR 401.55; 20 CFR 
401.150; 20 CFR 401.180

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: We propose to revise our privacy and disclosure rules to:
1. Describe safeguards against inappropriate disclosure of personal 
information when individuals request information about themselves by 
electronic means (e.g., through the Internet);
2. Revise our special procedures on an individual's access to medical 
records;
3. Add a new section to grant direct access to a minor's medical 
records by the minor's parent or legal guardian acting on the minor's 
behalf; and
4. Fully describe the role and function of the Privacy Officer.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                             To Be                       Determined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Chris W. Johnson, Social Insurance Specialist, Social 
Security Administration, Office of Public Disclosure, Office of the 
General Counsel, 6401 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 965-8563

Suzanne DiMarino, Social Insurance Specialist, Social Security 
Administration, Office of Regulations, 6401 Security Boulevard, 
Baltimore, MD 21235-6401

[[Page 31259]]

Phone: 410 965-1769

RIN: 0960-AE88
_______________________________________________________________________




3742. PAYMENT OF BENEFITS TO ALIENS RESIDING OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES 
(909F)

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 42 USC 402(t); 42 USC 405(a); 42 USC 902(a)(5)

CFR Citation: 20 CFR 404.460

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: We are revising our rules to remove Democratic Kampuchea (now 
Cambodia) and Vietnam from the list of countries to which social 
security benefits may not be sent to aliens in those countries under 
Department of the Treasury (Treasury) restrictions. The removal of the 
Treasury restrictions on these countries permits benefit payments to 
accrue for aliens who are entitled to title II benefits for months in 
which they reside in either Cambodia or Vietnam provided they are not 
subject to other nonpayment provisions for those months. These benefits 
may be paid to them if they go to the United States or to another 
country to which SSA sends benefits, or if we receive assurance of free 
access to beneficiaries and vital records from appropriate officials in 
the country in which they reside. The revisions are necessary to 
reflect that Treasury has published regulations that have removed 
restrictions on sending Federal payments to any payees living in 
Cambodia or Vietnam.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Final Action                     To Be                       Determined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Robert J. Augustine, Social Insurance Specialist, 
Social Security Administration, Office of Regulations, 6401 Security 
Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 965-0020

RIN: 0960-AF70
_______________________________________________________________________




3743. [bull] MANDATORY EXCLUSION OF HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS, 
REPRESENTATIVES, AND REPRESENTATIVE PAYEES FROM PARTICIPATION IN SSA 
PROGRAMS (954P)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: PL 106-169, sec 208; 42 USC 1320b-6

CFR Citation: 20 CFR 404.1503b; 20 CFR 416.903b

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This proposed rule creates a new administrative procedure 
that requires the SSA to exclude representatives and health care 
providers who are convicted under title 18 of the U.S. Code of fraud in 
the title II or title XVI disability programs administered by SSA, or 
who are assessed civil monetary penalties under section 1129a of the 
Social Security Act from further participation in those programs for at 
least five years and may result in permanent exclusion.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                             To Be                       Determined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Suzanne DiMarino, Social Insurance Specialist, Social 
Security Administration, Office of Regulations, 6401 Security 
Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 965-1769

RIN: 0960-AF85
_______________________________________________________________________




3744. [bull] CONTINUATION OF BENEFIT PAYMENT TO CERTAIN INDIVIDUALS WHO 
ARE PARTICPATING IN A PROGRAM OF VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION SERVICES, 
EMPLOYMENT SERVICES, OR OTHER SUPPORT SERVICES (925P)

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 42 USC 425(b); 42 USC 1383(a)(6)

CFR Citation: 20 CFR 404.316; 20 CFR 404.327 (New); 20 CFR 404.328 
(New); 20 CFR 404.337; 20 CFR 404.352; 20 CFR 404.392; 20 CFR 404.902; 
20 CFR 404.1586; 20 CFR 404.1596; 20 CFR 404.1597; 20 CFR 416.1321; 20 
CFR 416.1331; 20 CFR 416.1338; 20 CFR 416.1402

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: We propose to amend our regulations that provide for the 
continuation of Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) 
disability benefit payments to certain individuals who recover 
medically while participating in a vocational rehabilitation (VR) 
program with a State VR agency. For benefit payments to continue, we 
must determine that completion of the program, or its continuation for 
a specified period of time, will increase the likelihood that the 
individual may be permanently removed from the benefit rolls. The 
proposed changes to the regulations take account of statutory 
amendments that extend eligibility for these continued benefit payments 
to certain individuals who recover medically while participating in 
another appropriate program of VR services. These include individuals 
participating in the Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency program or 
another program of VR services, employment services, or other support 
services approved by the Commissioner of Social Security. The proposed 
rules also reflect a statutory amendment to cover certain individuals 
who receive SSI benefits based on blindness and who recover medically 
while in an appropriate VR program.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                             To Be                       Determined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Suzanne DiMarino, Social Insurance Specialist, Social 
Security Administration, Office of Regulations, 6401 Security 
Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 965-1769

RIN: 0960-AF86
_______________________________________________________________________




3745. [bull] WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE A TICKET UNDER THE TICKET TO 
WORK PROGRAM (967P)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant. Major status under 5 USC 801 is 
undetermined.

Legal Authority: Not Yet Determined

CFR Citation: 20 CFR 411.125

Legal Deadline: None

[[Page 31260]]

Abstract: These proposed rules eliminate exceptions in the current 
rules to expand the eligibility under the Ticket to Work and Self-
Sufficiency Program to three additional groups of individuals. The 
Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Act of 1999 added section 1148 to 
the Social Security Act, to establish the Ticket to Work and Self-
Sufficiency Program, to expand the universe of service providers 
available to beneficiaries with disabilities who are seeking employment 
to assist them in obtaining, regaining, and maintaining self-supporting 
employment. These rules propose to extend eligibility under the Program 
to beneficiaries between the ages of 16 and 18, beneficiaries whose 
impairments are expected to improve and for whom we have not yet 
conducted at least one continuing disability review, and beneficiaries 
who have received title XVI payments prior to age 18, but for whom we 
have not yet conducted a redetermination of their eligibility under the 
disability standard for adults.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                             To Be                       Determined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Agency Contact: Geoffrey Funk, Social Insurance Specialist, Social 
Security Administration, Office of Employment Support Programs, 6401 
Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 965-9010

Suzanne DiMarino, Social Insurance Specialist, Social Security 
Administration, Office of Regulations, 6401 Security Boulevard, 
Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone: 410 965-1769

RIN: 0960-AF89
_______________________________________________________________________


Social Security Administration (SSA)                  Completed Actions






_______________________________________________________________________




3746. REPEAL OF FACILITY OF PAYMENT PROVISION (508F)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

CFR Citation: 20 CFR 404.402(b); 20 CFR 404.458

Completed:
________________________________________________________________________

Reason                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Final Action                    04/01/03                    68 FR 15658
Final Action Effective          04/01/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Robert J. Augustine
Phone: 410 965-0020

RIN: 0960-AE02
_______________________________________________________________________




3747. CHANGE IN RETIREMENT AGE (775F)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

CFR Citation: 20 CFR 404.201; 20 CFR 404.277; 20 CFR 404.304; 20 CFR 
404.310 to 404.313; 20 CFR 404.317; 20 CFR 404.335 to 404.338; 20 CFR 
404.352; 20 CFR 404.409 to 404.413; 20 CFR 404.421; 20 CFR 404.621; 20 
CFR 404.623; 20 CFR 404.762

Completed:
________________________________________________________________________

Reason                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Final Action                    01/30/03                     68 FR 4700
Final Action Effective          01/30/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Bill Hilton
Phone: 410 965-2468

Suzanne DiMarino
Phone: 410 965-1769

RIN: 0960-AF16
_______________________________________________________________________




3748. SPECIAL BENEFITS FOR CERTAIN WORLD WAR II VETERANS (880F)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

CFR Citation: 20 CFR 408.101 (New); 20 CFR 408.105 (New); 20 CFR 
408.110 (New); 20 CFR 408.120 (New); 20 CFR 408.201 (New); 20 CFR 
408.202 (New); 20 CFR 408.204 (New); 20 CFR 408.206 (New); 20 CFR 
408.208 (New); 20 CFR 408.210 (New); 20 CFR 408.212 (New); 20 CFR 
408.214 (New); 20 CFR 408.216 (New); 20 CFR 408.218 (New); 20 CFR 
408.220 (New); 20 CFR 408.222 (New); 20 CFR 408.224 (New); 20 CFR 
408.226 (New); 20 CFR 408.228 (New); 20 CFR 408.230 (New); 20 CFR 
408.232 (New); 20 CFR 408.234 (New); 20 CFR 408.301 (New); 20 CFR 
408.305 (New); 20 CFR 408.310 (New); 20 CFR 408.315 (New); 20 CFR 
408.320 (New); 20 CFR 408.325 (New); 20 CFR 408.330 (New); 20 CFR 
408.340 (New); 20 CFR 408.345 (New); 20 CFR 408.351 (New); 20 CFR 
408.355 (New); 20 CFR 408.360 (New); 20 CFR 408.401 (New) to 408.406 
(New); 20 CFR 408.410 (New); 20 CFR 408.412 (New); 20 CFR 408.413 
(New); 20 CFR 408.420 (New); 20 CFR 408.425 (New); 20 CFR 408.430 
(New); 20 CFR 408.432 (New); 20 CFR 408.435 (New); 20 CFR 408.437 
(New); 20 CFR 408.501 (New); 20 CFR 408.505 (New); 20 CFR 408.510 
(New); 20 CFR 408.515 (New); 20 CFR 408.601 (New); 20 CFR 408.610 
(New); 20 CFR 408.615 (New); 20 CFR 408.620 (New) to 408.622 (New); 20 
CFR 408.624 (New); 20 CFR 408.625 (New); 20 CFR 408.635 (New); 20 CFR 
408.640 (New); 20 CFR 408.641 (New); 20 CFR 408.645 (New); 20 CFR 
408.650 (New); 20 CFR 408.655 (New); 20 CFR 408.660 (New); 20 CFR 
408.665 (New)

Completed:
________________________________________________________________________

Reason                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Final Action                    04/04/03                    68 FR 16415
Final Action Effective          05/05/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Robert J. Augustine
Phone: 410 965-0020

RIN: 0960-AF61
_______________________________________________________________________




3749. CLAIMANT IDENTIFICATION PILOT PROJECTS (937F)

Priority: Other Significant

CFR Citation: 20 CFR 404.617 (New); 20 CFR 416.217 (New)

Completed:
________________________________________________________________________

Reason                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            11/15/02                    67 FR 69161
Final Action                    05/01/03                    68 FR 23192
Final Action Effective          05/31/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: Federal

Agency Contact: Suzanne DiMarino

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Phone: 410 965-1769

RIN: 0960-AF79
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