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Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request

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The Social Security Administration (SSA) publishes a list of information collection packages that will require clearance by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in compliance with P.L. 104-13 effective October 1, 1995, The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The information collection packages that may be included in this notice are for new information collections, revisions to OMB-approved information collections and extensions (no change) of OMB-approved information collections.

SSA is soliciting comments on the accuracy of the agency's burden estimate; the need for the information; its practical utility; ways to enhance its Start Printed Page 67233quality, utility and clarity; and on ways to minimize burden on respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Written comments and recommendations regarding the information collection(s) should be submitted to the OMB Desk Officer and the SSA Reports Clearance Officer. The information can be mailed and/or faxed to the individuals at the addresses and fax numbers listed below:

(OMB) Office of Management and Budget, Attn: Desk Officer for SSA, New Executive Office Building, Room 10235, 725 17th St., NW., Washington, DC 20503, Fax: 202-395-6974;

(SSA) Social Security Administration, DCFAM, Attn: Reports Clearance Officer, 1-A-21 Operations Bldg., 6401 Security Blvd., Baltimore, MD 21235, Fax: 410-965-6400.

I. The information collections listed below are pending at SSA and will be submitted to OMB within 60 days from the date of this notice. Therefore, your comments should be submitted to SSA within 60 days from the date of this publication. You can obtain copies of the collection instruments by calling the SSA Reports Clearance Officer at 410-965-0454, or by writing to the address listed above.

1. Statement of Funds You Provided to Another, Statement of Funds You Received—20 CFR 416.1103(f)—0960-0481. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) entitlement, and the amount of the SSI payment, is affected by any other income the applicant has. Forms SSA-2854 and SSA-2855 are used by SSA to collect information in situations where the SSI applicant alleges that money was borrowed on an informal basis from a noncommercial lender, e.g., a relative or friend, etc. These statements are completed by the borrower/claimant and by the lender and are required to determine whether the proceeds from the transaction are/are not income to the borrower/claimant. If the transaction constitutes a bona fide loan, the proceeds are not income to the SSI borrower/claimant. The respondents are applicants for SSI payments who borrow money on an informal (noncommercial) basis and by individuals who lend money informally to SSI applicants.

Type of Request: Extension of an OMB-approved information collection.

Number of Respondents: 40,000.

Frequency of Response: 1.

Average Burden Per Response: 10 minutes.

Estimated Annual Burden: 6,667 hours.

II. The information collection listed below has been submitted to OMB for clearance. Your comments on the information collections would be most useful if received by OMB and SSA within 30 days from the date of this publication. You can obtain a copy of the OMB clearance package by calling the SSA Reports Clearance Officer at 410-965-0454, or by writing to the address listed above.

1. The Internet Social Security Benefits Application (ISBA)—20 CFR Subpart D, 404.310-404.311 and 20 CFR Subpart F, 404.601-404.603—0960-0618. One of the requirements for obtaining Social Security benefits is the filing of an application so that a determination may be made on the applicant's eligibility for monthly benefits. ISBA, which is available at SSA's Internet site, is one method that an individual can choose to file an application for benefits. Individuals can use ISBA to apply for retirement insurance benefits (RIB), disability insurance benefits (DIB) and spouse's insurance benefits based on age. SSA gathers only information relevant to the individual applicant's circumstances and will use the information collected by ISBA to entitle individuals to RIB, DIB and/or spouses benefits. The respondents are applicants for RIB, DIB and/or spouses benefits. Below is an estimate of the public reporting burden:

Type of Request: Revision of an OMB-approved information collection.

Number of Respondents: 169,000.

Frequency of Response: 1.

Average Burden Per Response: 21.4 minutes.

Estimated Annual Burden: 60,277 hours.

2. Application for Disability Insurance Benefits—20 CFR Subpart P—404.1501-1512 and Subpart D—404.315-404.322—0960-0060. Section 223 of the Social Security Act allows payment of disability insurance benefits to any individual who is insured for disability benefits by virtue of covered employment under Social Security; has not attained full retirement age; has filed an application for disability insurance benefits; and is under a disability as defined by the Act. Form SSA-16-F6 obtains the information necessary to determine whether the provisions of the Act have been satisfied with respect to an applicant for disability benefits and detects whether the applicant has dependents who would qualify for benefits on his or her earnings record. The information collected on form SSA-16 helps to determine eligibility for social security disability benefits. The respondents are applicants for Social Security disability benefits.

Type of Request: Revision of an OMB-Approved Information Collection.

Number of Respondents: 1,513,677.

Frequency of Response: 1.

Average Burden Per Response: 20 minutes.

Estimated Annual Burden: 504,559 hours.

3. Worker's Compensation/Public Disability Benefit Questionnaire—20 CFR Subpart E, 404.408—0960-0247. Section 224 of the Social Security Act provides for the reduction of disability insurance benefits (DIB) when the combination of DIB benefits and any worker's compensation (WC) and/or certain Federal, State or Local public disability benefits (PDB) exceeds 80% of the worker's predisability earnings. SSA-546 collects the information to determine whether or not the worker's receipt of WC/PDB payments will cause a reduction of DIB. The respondents are applicants for title II DIB.

Type of Request: Extension of an OMB-approved information collection.

Number of Respondents: 100,000.

Frequency of Response: 1.

Average Burden Per Response: 15 minutes.

Estimated Annual Burden: 25,000 hours.

4. Medical Report on Adult with Allegation of Human Immune Deficiency Virus Infection and Medical Report on Child with Allegation of Human Immune Deficiency Virus Infection—20 CFR Subpart I, 416.933—0960-0500. The information collected on forms SSA-4814-F5 and SSA-4815-F6 assist the field offices/disability determination services to make findings of presumptive disability that confirms the claimants' disease manifestations meet the severity of listing-level criteria for Human Immunodeficency Virus (HIV) infection. The respondents are medical sources of claimants for title XVI disability payments based on HIV infection.

Type of Request: Extension of an OMB-approved information collection.

Number of Respondents: 59,100.

Frequency of Response: 1.

Average Burden Per Response: 10 minutes.

Estimated Annual Burden: 9,850 hours.

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Dated: October 29, 2002.

Elizabeth A. Davidson,

Reports Clearance Officer, Social Security Administration.

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[FR Doc. 02-27974 Filed 11-1-02; 8:45 am]

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