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Agency Information Collection Activities: Emergency 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, the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, effective October 1, 1995. The information collection package that is included in this notice is for an emergency approval request for use of an existing OMB-approved form.

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: Start Printed Page 176

(OMB) Office of Management and Budget, Attn: Desk Officer for SSA, Fax: 202-395-6974. (SSA) Social Security Administration, DCBFM, Attn: Reports Clearance Officer, 1333 Annex Building, 6401 Security Blvd., Baltimore, MD 21235, Fax: 410-965-6400.

The information collection listed directly below has been submitted to OMB for Emergency Clearance. SSA is requesting Emergency Clearance from OMB on the date this Notice is published. Please note however, that we will begin a regular clearance period for the collection almost immediately following emergency clearance, so your comments are still necessary and welcome. 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.

SSA Guidance for Use of the Tax Information Authorization Form—0960-NEW. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Form 8821 is used by taxpayers to authorize the release of tax information to a third party. The IRS agrees that a properly completed IRS Form 8821 is an appropriate means of designating the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to receive the tax information of a Medicare Part B beneficiary who has appealed a determination of Income-Related Monthly Adjustment Amount (IRMAA). Specifically, Medicare Part B beneficiaries who wish to appeal SSA's reconsideration of their IRMAA amounts will be sent a copy of the HA-501 (Request for Hearing by an Administrative Law Judge) and with it the IRS Form 8821, which will enable beneficiaries to authorize disclosure of their relevant beneficiary tax data to HHS for use in conducting the appeals hearing. The respondents are Medicare Part B beneficiaries who want to request an appeal of their IRMAA amount.

Type of Request: Request for emergency approval for use of an existing OMB-approved information collection.

Number of Respondents: 6,000.

Frequency of Response: 1.

Average Burden Per Response: 15 minutes.

Estimated Annual Burden: 1,500 hours.

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Dated: December 27, 2006.

Elizabeth A. Davidson,

Reports Clearance Officer, Social Security Administration.

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[FR Doc. E6-22518 Filed 12-29-06; 8:45 am]

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