Railroad Retirement Board.
The Railroad Retirement Board (Board) proposes to amend its regulations to permit a spouse application, when filed simultaneously with the employee's application for a disability annuity, to be filed more than three months in advance of the earliest annuity beginning date. The proposed changes would bring §§ 217.9 and 217.30 into agreement with the distinction already found in § 218.7.
Submit comments on or before January 28, 2002.
Address any comments concerning this proposed rule to the Secretary to the Board, Railroad Retirement Board, 844 North Rush Street, Chicago, Illinois 60611-2092.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Marguerite P. Dadabo, Assistant General Counsel, (312) 751-4945, TTD (312) 751-4701.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
Section 217.9 of the regulations of the Board provides for the effective period of application. This proposed rule amends section 217.9(b) to permit a spouse application, when filed simultaneously with the employee's application for a disability annuity, to be filed more than Start Printed Page 59549three months in advance of the earliest annuity beginning date. This proposed rule also makes a conforming amendment to § 217.30 concerning the reasons for denial of an application, and provides greater clarity for such denials.
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. Information collections associated with § 217.9 have been approved by the Office of Management and Budget under control number 3220-0002.Start List of Subjects
List of Subjects in 20 CFR Part 217End List of Subjects
For the reasons set out in the preamble, the Railroad Retirement Board proposes to amend title 20, chapter II, part 217 of the Code of Federal Regulations as follows:Start Part
PART 217—APPLICATION FOR ANNUITY OR LUMP SUM
1. The authority citation for part 217 continues to read as follows:
(b) * * *
(3) Application for spouse annuity filed simultaneously with employee disability annuity application. When the qualifying employee's annuity application effective period is determined by the preceding paragraph (b)(2) of this section, a spouse who meets all eligibility requirements may file an annuity application on the same date as the employee claimant. The spouse application will be treated as though it were filed on the later of the actual filing date or the employee's annuity beginning date.
3. Section 217.30 of subpart E is amended by removing paragraph (b), redesignating paragraph (c) as paragraph (b), and by adding a new paragraph (c) to read as follows:
(c) The applicant files an application more than three months before the date on which the eligible person's benefit can begin except if the application is for an employee disability annuity or for a spouse annuity filed simultaneously with the employee's disability annuity application.
Dated: November 20, 2001.
By Authority of the Board,
For the Board, Beatrice Ezerski,
Secretary to the Board.
[FR Doc. 01-29429 Filed 11-28-01; 8:45 am]
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