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Proposed Rule

Electronic Filing of Applications and Claims for Benefits Under the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act

Action

Proposed Rule.

Summary

The Railroad Retirement Board (Board) proposes to amend its regulations to permit the filing of applications and claims for benefits under the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act via the Internet. The Government Paperwork Elimination Act provides that Federal agencies are required to provide “for the option of the electronic maintenance, submission, or disclosure of information, when practicable as a substitute for paper”. This proposed new part will permit the filing of applications and claims for benefits under the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act electronically.

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Table of Contents Back to Top

DATES: Back to Top

Submit comments on or before January 6, 2004.

ADDRESSES: Back to Top

Address any comments concerning this proposed rule to Beatrice Ezerski, Secretary to the Board, Railroad Retirement Board, 844 North Rush Street, Chicago, Illinois 60611-2092.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Back to Top

Marguerite P. Dadabo, Assistant General Counsel, (312) 751-4945, TTD (312) 751-4701.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Back to Top

The amendments would add a new part 321 to the Board's regulations (20 CFR 321) to permit the filing of applications and claims for benefits under the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act via the Internet. The Government Paperwork Elimination Act, Public Law 105-277, sections 1701-1710 (codified as 44 U.S.C. 3504n) provides that Federal agencies are required to provide “for the option of the electronic maintenance, submission, or disclosure of information, when practicable as a substitute for paper”. The proposed part 321 will permit the filing of applications and claims for benefits under the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act electronically.

The new part 321 provides that both an application and claims for benefits under the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act may be filed electronically through the Board's Web site utilizing a User ID/PIN/Password system. The new part further provides that determinations regarding those applications and claims will be adjudicated in accord with established procedures.

In establishing the authenticity of the person who is filing an application or claim for benefits, the Board intends to use a User ID/PIN/Password system for identification as a substitute for a signature.

The Board currently uses a User ID/PIN/password system to allow employers access to RRBLINK to make electronic tax deposits and submit Form DC-1, “Employer's Quarterly Report of Contributions Under the RUIA” (Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act) electronically. A PIN/password system is used to access the Pay.gov website. The U.S. Department of the Treasury operates the Pay.gov website. Such a system also is consistent with the guidance provided by the Department of Justice regarding the use of electronic processes. The Board has also proposed amending its regulations to permit the filing of an application for benefits under the Railroad Retirement Act using the same User ID/PIN/password system.

The Board, with the concurrence of the Office of Management and Budget, has determined that this is not a significant regulatory action under Executive Order 12866. Therefore, no regulatory analysis is required. The Office of Management and Budget has approved information collections associated with this rule under control numbers 3220-0022, 3220-0039, and 3220-0198.

List of Subjects in 20 CFR Part 321 Back to Top

For the reasons set out in the preamble, the Railroad Retirement Board proposes to amend title 20, chapter II, of the Code of Federal Regulations by adding a new part 321 to read as follows:

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PART 321—ELECTRONIC FILING OF APPLICATIONS AND CLAIMS FOR BENEFITS UNDER THE RAILROAD UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE ACT Back to Top

Authority:

45 U.S.C. 355 and 362(l).

§ 321.1 Filing applications electronically.

(a) Electronic filing. An application for benefits under the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act may be filed electronically through the Board's Web site, http://www.rrb.gov, utilizing a User ID/PIN/Password.

(b) Adjudication of applications filed electronically. An application filed electronically shall be adjudicated in accordance with the procedures set forth in this part.

(c) Date of filing. The date of filing for an application filed electronically shall be the date that the electronic filing of the application is accepted by the Board's electronic system. If an attempt to file an application through the Board's electronic system is unsuccessful and is rejected by that system, the claimant must submit another application. If the subsequent application, filed either electronically or on paper, is received by the Board within 30 days from the date of the notification that the initial filing attempt was rejected, the Board will establish the filing date of the subsequent application as the date the rejected application was attempted to be filed.

§ 321.2 Filing claims for benefits electronically.

(a) Electronic Filing. A claim for benefits under the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act may be filed electronically through the Board's website, http://www.rrb.gov, utilizing a User ID/PIN/Password.

(b) Adjudication of claims filed electronically. A claim for benefits under the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act filed electronically shall be adjudicated in accordance with the procedures set forth in this part.

(c) Date of filing. The date of filing for a claim for benefits under the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act filed electronically shall be the date that the electronic filing of the claim is accepted by the Board's electronic system. If an attempt to file a claim for benefits under the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act is unsuccessful and is rejected by the Board's electronic system, the claimant must submit another claim for benefits. If the subsequent claim for benefits, either filed electronically or on paper, is received by the Board within 30 days from the date of the notification that the initial filing was rejected, the Board will establish the filing date of the subsequent claim as the date the rejected claim was attempted to be filed.

Dated: November 3, 2003.

By Authority of the Board.

Beatrice Ezerski,

Secretary to the Board.

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[FR Doc. 03-28031 Filed 11-6-03; 8:45 am]

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