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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 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 and revisions to 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 collection listed below is 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 instrument 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 full approval for a collection cleared under OMB emergency clearance procedures.

Number of Respondents: 6,000.

Frequency of Response: 1.

Average Burden Per Response: 15 minutes.

Estimated Annual Burden: 1,500 hours.

II. The information collection listed below has been submitted to OMB for clearance. Your comments on the information collection 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.

Representative Payee Report—20 CFR 404.265 and 416.665—0960-0691. Form SSA-6234 is used to collect information from organizational representative payees, such as institutions, to determine if (1) payments sent to these representative payees have been used for Social Security beneficiaries' current maintenance and personal needs; (2) the representative payees continue to be capable representatives concerned with beneficiaries' welfare; and (3) the representative payee organization is charging the beneficiary a fee, and if so, the amount of the fee. The respondents are organizational representative payees.

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

Number of Respondents: 750,000.

Frequency of Response: 1.

Average Burden Per Response: 15 minutes.

Estimated Annual Burden: 187,500.

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Dated: January 26, 2007.

Elizabeth A. Davidson,

Reports Clearance Officer, Social Security Administration.

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[FR Doc. E7-1625 Filed 1-31-07; 8:45 am]

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