Social Security Administration (SSA).
We adjudicate claims at the third step of our sequential evaluation process for evaluating disability using the Listing of Impairments (the Listings) under the Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs. This final rule extends until July 2, 2002, the date on which the respiratory body system listings will no longer be effective. We have made no revisions to the medical criteria in these listings; they remain the same as they now appear in the Code of Federal Regulations. This extension will ensure that we continue to have medical evaluation criteria in the listings to adjudicate claims for disability based on impairments in the respiratory body system at step three of our sequential evaluation process.
This final regulation is effective September 27, 2000.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Deborah Barnes, Social Insurance Specialist, Office of Disability, Social Security Administration, 3-A-8 Operations Building, 6401 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235-6401, (410) 965-4171 or TTY (410) 966-5609. For information on eligibility, claiming benefits, or coverage of earnings, call our national toll-free number, 1-800-772-1213 or TTY 1-800-325-0778, or visit the Internet site for SSA: http://www.ssa.gov/.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
We use the Listings in appendix 1 to subpart P of part 404 at the third step of the sequential evaluation process to evaluate claims filed by adults and children for benefits based on disability under the Social Security and SSI programs. The Listings are divided into parts A and B. We use the criteria in part A to evaluate the impairments of adults. We use the criteria in part B to evaluate impairments of children. If those criteria do not apply, then we will apply the medical criteria in part A.
As a result of medical advances in disability evaluation and treatment, and program experience, we periodically review and update the Listings. When we last published the respiratory body system listings on October 7, 1993 (58 FR 52346), we established October 7, 2000, as the date on which the respiratory body system listings would no longer be effective unless they were extended or revised and promulgated again.
In this final rule, we are extending until July 2, 2002, the date on which the respiratory body system listings (3.00 and 103.00) will no longer be effective. We are extending this date because we do not expect to develop revised listings criteria for this body system by the current expiration date. However, we are reviewing the respiratory body system listings and we plan to publish proposed and final rules over the course of the next two years.
We believe that the requirements in these listings are still valid for our program purposes. Specifically, if we find that an individual has an impairment that meets the statutory duration requirement and that meets or equals the Listings, we will find that the individual is disabled at the third step of the sequential evaluation process.
Justification For Final Rule
Pursuant to section 702(a)(5) of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. 902(a)(5), we follow the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) rulemaking procedures specified in 5 U.S.C. 553 in the development of our regulations. The APA provides exceptions to its notice and public comment procedures when an agency finds there is good cause for dispensing with such procedures on the basis that they are impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest. We have determined that, under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), good cause exists for dispensing with the notice and public comment procedures for this rule. Good cause exists because this final rule only extends the date on which the respiratory body system listings will no longer be effective. It makes no substantive changes to the listings. The current regulations expressly provide that the listings may be extended, as well as revised and promulgated again. Therefore, we have determined that opportunity for prior comment is unnecessary, and we are issuing this regulation as a final rule.
In addition, we find good cause for dispensing with the 30-day delay in the effective date of a substantive rule provided by 5 U.S.C. 553(d). As explained above, we are not making any substantive changes in the respiratory body system listings. However, without an extension of the expiration date for the respiratory body system listings, we will lack regulatory criteria for assessing respiratory impairments at the third step of the sequential evaluation process after the current expiration date of the listings. In order to ensure that we continue to have regulatory criteria for assessing respiratory impairments under the listings, we find that it is in the public interest to make this rule effective upon publication.
Executive Order 12866
We have consulted with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and determined that this final rule does not meet the criteria for a significant regulatory action under Executive Order 12866. Thus, it was not subject to OMB review. We have also determined that this final rule meets the plain language requirement of Executive Order 12866 and the President's memorandum of June 1, 1998 (63 FR 31885). Start Printed Page 57947
Regulatory Flexibility Act
We certify that this final regulation will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. Therefore, a regulatory flexibility analysis as provided in the Regulatory Flexibility Act, as amended, is not required.
Paperwork Reduction Act
This final regulation imposes no reporting/recordkeeping requirements necessitating clearance by OMB.
(Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Program Nos. 96.001, Social Security-Disability Insurance; 96.002, Social Security-Retirement Insurance; 96.004, Social Security-Survivors Insurance; 96.006, Supplemental Security Income)Start List of Subjects
List of Subjects in 20 CFR Part 404
- Administrative practice and procedure
- Disability benefits
- Survivors and Disability Insurance
- Reporting and recordkeeping requirements
- Social Security
Dated: September 19, 2000.
Kenneth S. Apfel,
Commissioner of Social Security.
For the reasons set forth in the preamble, part 404, subpart P, chapter III of title 20 of the Code of Federal Regulations is amended as set forth below.Start Part
PART 404—FEDERAL OLD-AGE, SURVIVORS AND DISABILITY INSURANCE (1950-)
Subpart P—[Amended]End Part Start Amendment Part
1. The authority citation for subpart P of part 404 continues to read as follows:End Amendment Part
2. Appendix 1 to subpart P of part 404 is amended by revising item 4 of the introductory text before Part A to read as follows:Start Appendix
Appendix 1 to Subpart P of Part 404—Listing of Impairments
4. Respiratory System (3.00 and 103.00): July 2, 2002.
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