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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 Public Law 104-13, the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, effective October 1, 1995. The information collection packages that may be included in this notice are for new information collections, approval of existing 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 quality, 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, Fax: 202-395-6974.

(SSA), Social Security Administration, DCFAM, Attn: Reports Clearance Officer, 1333 Annex Building, 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. Special Benefits for Certain World War II Veterans—20 CFR 408, Subparts G, H, I, J & L—0960-0683. Title VIII of the Social Security Act, Special Benefits for Certain World War II Veterans (SVB), allows, under certain circumstances, the payment of SVB to qualified veterans who reside outside the United States. The accompanying regulations set out the requirements an individual must meet in order to establish continuing eligibility to, and insure correct payment amount of, SVB and/or State recognition payments.

Additionally, they provide requirements that a State must meet in order to elect, modify, or terminate a Federal agreement. The respondents are individuals who receive Title VIII SVB, and/or States that elect Federal administration of their recognition payments.

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

Number of Respondents: 60.

Estimated Annual Burden: 22 hours. Start Printed Page 34182

Section No.Number of respondentsFrequency of responseAverage burden per response (minutes)Estimated annual burden
§ 408.704-.71411601
§ 408.802(b)51151.25
§ 408.81451151.25
§ 408.820(c)51151.25
§ 408.923(b)11601
§ 408.931(b) &§ 408.932(d)11601
§ 408.932(c)2115.50
§ 408.932(e)2115.50
§ 408.941(b) &
§ 408.9422115.50
§ 408.944(a)21301
§ 408.1000(a)11601
§ 408.1007;
§ 408.1009(a)-(b)11601
§ 408.1009(c)11601
§ 408.1210(c)-(d)111202
§ 408.1215101152.50
§ 408.1230201155.00

2. Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Learning, Hospitals and Other Non-Profit Organizations—20 CFR 435—0960-0616. The information contained in 20 CFR 435 of the Code of Federal Regulations provides SSA's standards in the administration of grants and agreements awarded to institutions of higher learning, hospitals, other non-profit and/or commercial organizations. It provides administrative guidelines and reporting, recordkeeping and disclosure requirements for applicable recipients of grants and agreements. Respondents are applicants and recipients for grants and agreements with SSA.

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

Number of Respondents: 196.

Estimated Annual Burden: 12,871 hours.

Section No.Number of responsesFrequency of responseAverage burden per response (hours)Estimated annual burden (hours)
435.21 Rec-kp1N/A4040
435.23 Rec-kp143Quarterly (4)1572
435.25 Rpt157Biannually (2)41,256
435.33 Rpt1Annually (1)11
435.44 Rpt1Annually (1)22
435.51 Rpt196Quarterly (4)129,408
435.53 Rec-kp196Annually (1)81,568
435.81 Rpt1Annually (1)1616
435.82 Rpt1Annually (1)88

3. Medical Consultant's Review of Psychiatric Review Technique Form—20 CFR 404.1520a, 404.1640, 404.1643, 404.1645, 416.920a—0960-0677. SSA measures the performance of the State Disability Determination Services (DDSs) in the area of quality of documentation and determinations on claims. In mental claims, a Psychiatric Review Technique Form (PRTF) is completed by the DDS. The SSA-3023 is only completed when an adjudicating component's PRTF is in the file. An SSA-3023 is required for each completed PRTF and is used by the regional review component to facilitate SSA's medical/psychological consultants' review of the PRTF for quality purposes. The respondents are medical/psychological consultants who review the Psychiatric Review Technique Form for quality purposes.

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

Number of Respondents: 344.

Frequency of Response: 194.

Total Annual Responses: 66,736.

Average Burden per Response: 12 minutes.

Estimated Annual Burden: 13,347 hours.

4. Privacy and Disclosure of Official Records and Information; Availability of Information and Records to the Public—20 CFR 401.40(b)&(c), 401.55(b), 401.100(a), 402.130, 402.185—0960-0566. The Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a) authorizes SSA to collect certain information for access to and amendment or correction of records. The information collected is used by SSA to: (1) Identify individuals who request access to their records; (2) designate an individual to receive and review their medical records; (3) amend or correct records; (4) obtain consent from an individual to release his/her records to others (consent is submitted by letter in writing or by use of the SSA-3288, or other consent form). The Freedom of Information Act authorizes SSA to collect information needed to facilitate the release of information from SSA records. Respondents are individuals or businesses requesting access to, correction of, or disclosure of SSA records.

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

Number of Respondents: 3,028,500.

Estimated Annual Burden: 159,133 hours. Start Printed Page 34183

Type of requestNumber of respondentsFrequency of responseAverage burden per responseEstimated annual burden (hours)
Access to Records10,000111 minutes1,833
Designating a Representative for Disclosure of Records3,00012 hours6,000
Amendment of Records10011017
Consent of Release of Records3,000,00013 minutes150,000
FOIA Requests for Records15,00015 minutes1,250
Waiver/Reduction of Fees40015 minutes33
Totals3,028,500159,133

II. The information collections listed below have 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 packages by calling the SSA Reports Clearance Officer at 410-965-0454 or by writing to the address listed above.

1. Request for Withdrawal of Application—20 CFR 404.640—0960-0015. The filing of an application for Social Security benefits may be to the claimant's disadvantage. The withdrawal procedure provides a method for overcoming and nullifying this disadvantage. The SSA-521 collects the required information to effectuate withdrawal of benefits or of an application for benefits. The respondents are applicants or claimants for Social Security benefits.

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

Number of Respondents: 100,000.

Frequency of Response: 1.

Average Burden per Response: 5 minutes.

Estimated Annual Burden: 8,333 hours.

2. Statement of Claimant or Other Person—20 CFR 404.702, 416.570—0960-0045. The SSA-795 is used to obtain information from claimants or other persons having knowledge of facts in connection with claims for Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits when there is no standard form which collects the needed information. The information is used by SSA to process claims for benefits or for ongoing issues related to the above programs. The respondents are applicants/beneficiaries for Social Security benefits or SSI payments, or others who are in a position to provide information pertinent to the claims.

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

Number of Respondents: 305,500.

Frequency of Response: 1.

Average Burden per Response: 15 minutes.

Estimated Annual Burden: 76,375 hours.

3. Application for Search of Census Records for Proof of Age—20 CFR 404.716-0960-0097. The information collected on Form SSA-1535-U3 is needed to provide sufficient identifying information to allow an accurate search of census records to establish proof of age for an individual applying for Social Security benefits. It is used for individuals who must establish proof of age as a factor of entitlement, and cannot otherwise document their date of birth. The respondents are applicants for Social Security benefits who must establish their date of birth as a factor of entitlement.

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

Number of Respondents: 18,030.

Frequency of Response: 1.

Average Burden per Response: 12 minutes.

Estimated Annual Burden: 3,606 hours.

4. Claim for Amounts Due in the Case of a Deceased Beneficiary—20 CFR 404.503(b)-0960-0101. SSA collects information using form SSA-1724 when there is insufficient information in the file to identify the person(s) entitled to an underpayment, or that person's address. This information is needed when there is an underpayment due to a deceased beneficiary. Generally, the SSA-1724 is used in cases where a surviving widow(er) is not already entitled to a monthly benefit on the same earnings record, or is not filing for a lump-sum death payment as a living-with spouse. The respondents are applicants for underpayments in cases of deceased beneficiaries.

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

Number of Respondents: 300,000.

Frequency of Response: 1.

Average Burden per Response: 10 minutes.

Estimated Annual Burden: 50,000 hours.

5. Statement of Care and Responsibility for Beneficiary—20 CFR 404.2020, 404.2025, 408.620, 408.625, 416.620, 416.625-0960-0109. Form SSA-788 is used to obtain information from the beneficiary's custodian about the representative payee applicant's concern and responsibility for the beneficiary. The respondents are individuals who have custody of the beneficiary where someone else has filed to be the beneficiary's representative payee.

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

Number of Respondents: 130,000.

Frequency of Response: 1.

Average Burden per Response: 10 minutes.

Estimated Annual Burden: 21,667 hours.

6. Self-Employment/Corporate Officer Questionnaire—20 CFR 404.435(e), 404.446-0960-0487. Form SSA-4184 is used to develop earnings and corroborate the claimant's allegations of retirement when the claimant is self-employed or a corporate officer. The information collected is used to determine the benefit amount. The respondents are self-employed individuals or corporate officers who apply for retirement or survivors' insurance benefits.

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

Number of Respondents: 50,000.

Frequency of Response: 1.

Average Burden per Response: 20 minutes.

Estimated Annual Burden: 16,667 hours.

7. Application for Special Benefits for World War II Veterans—20 CFR 408, Subparts B, C and D-0960-0615. Title VIII of the Social Security Act (Special Benefits for Certain World War II Veterans) allows for the payment of a monthly benefit to a qualified World War II veteran who resides outside the United States. The regulations set out the requirements an individual must meet in order to qualify for and become entitled to Special Veterans Benefits (SVB). SSA-2000-F6 is the application used to elicit the information necessary to determine entitlement to SVB. The respondents are individuals who are Start Printed Page 34184applying for SVB under Title VIII of the Social Security Act.

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

Estimated Annual Burden: 359 hours.

Section No.Number of respondentsFrequency of responseAverage burden per response (minutes)Estimated annual hour burden
§ 408.202(d); § 408.210; § 408.230(a); § 408.305; §§ 408.310-.315325120108
§ 408.232(a)51151.25
§ 408.32051151.25
§ 408.34051151.25
§ 408.3452115.50
§ 408.351(d) & (f)21301.00
§ 408.355(a)51151.25
§ 408.360(a)2115.50
§ 408.404(c)201155.00
§ 408.410-412201155.00
§ 408.420(a), (b)23011558.00
§ 408.430 & .432215130108.00
§ 408.435(a), (b),(c)23011558.00
§ 408.437(b), (c),(d)2013010.00
Totals1,086359

8. Prohibition of Payment of SSI Benefits to Fugitive Felons and Parole/Probation Violators—20 CFR 416.708(o)-0960-0617. Section 1611(e)(4) of the Social Security Act precludes eligibility for SSI benefits for certain fugitives and probation/parole violators. Regulations at 20 CFR 416.708(o) require that a report is given to SSA when an individual is fleeing to avoid prosecution for a crime, fleeing to avoid custody or confinement after conviction of a crime, or violating a condition of probation or parole. The respondents are SSI applicants/recipients or representative payees of SSI recipients who are reporting that a recipient is a fugitive felon or probation/parole violator.

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

Number of Respondents: 1,000.

Frequency of Response: 1.

Average Burden per Response: 1 minute.

Estimated Annual Burden: 17 hours.

9. Application for SSA Employee Testimony—20 CFR 403.100-155—0960-0619. SSA's regulations at 20 CFR 403.100-155 establish policies and procedures whereby an individual, organization, or governmental entity may request official Agency information, records, or testimony of an agency employee in a legal proceeding to which the agency is not a party. The request, which must be in writing to the Commissioner, must fully set out the nature and relevance of the sought testimony. Respondents are individuals or entities who request testimony from SSA employees in a legal proceeding.

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

Number of Respondents: 100.

Frequency of Response: 1.

Average Burden per Response: 60 minutes.

Estimated Annual Burden: 100 hours.

10. Representative Payee Report-Special Veterans Benefits—20 CFR 408.665—0960-0621. Title VIII allows the payment of monthly benefits by the Commissioner of Social Security to qualified World War II veterans who reside outside the U.S. A representative payee may be appointed to receive and manage the monthly payment for the beneficiary's use and benefit. The SSA-2001-F6 is completed by the payee to determine if he has used the benefits properly and continues to demonstrate strong concern for the beneficiary. Respondents are persons or organizations who act on behalf of beneficiaries receiving SVB.

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

Number of Respondents: 100.

Frequency of Response: 1.

Average Burden per Response: 10 minutes.

Estimated Annual Burden: 17 hours.

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Dated: June 6, 2006.

Elizabeth A. Davidson,

Reports Clearance Officer, Social Security Administration.

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[FR Doc. E6-9147 Filed 6-12-06; 8:45 am]

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