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Agency Information Collection Activities: Emergency Clearance Request

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The Social Security Administration (SSA) publishes a list of information collection packages requiring clearance by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in compliance with Public Law (Pub. L.) 104-13, the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, effective October 1, 1995. This notice includes a revision to an existing OMB-approved collection.

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 ways to minimize burden on respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Mail, e-mail, or fax your comments and recommendations on the information collection to the OMB Desk Officer and SSA Reports Clearance Officer to the following addresses or fax numbers.

(OMB), Office of Management and Budget, Attn: Desk Officer for SSA, Fax: 202-395-6974, E-mail address: OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov.

(SSA), Social Security Administration, DCBFM, Attn: Reports Clearance Officer, 1333 Annex Building, 6401 Security Blvd., Baltimore, MD 21235, Fax: 410-965-6400, E-mail address: OPLM.RCO@ssa.gov.

SSA submitted the information collection below to OMB for Emergency Clearance. SSA is requesting Emergency Clearance from OMB no later than November 22, 2010. Individuals can obtain copies of the collection instrument by calling the SSA Reports Clearance Officer at 410-965-8783 or by writing to the above e-mail address.

Medicare Income-Related Monthly Adjustment Amount—Life-Changing Event Form—0960-NEW. Per the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003, selected Medicare insurance recipients pay an income-related monthly adjustment amount (IRMAA). The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) transmits income tax return data to SSA for SSA to determine the IRMAA. SSA will use the new Form SSA-44 to determine if a recipient qualifies for a reduction in IRMAA. If affected Medicare recipients believe SSA should use more recent tax data because a life-changing event occurred that significantly reduces their income, they can report these changes to Start Printed Page 70342SSA and ask for a new initial determination of their IRMAA.

We are seeking OMB clearance for a new SSA-44 to fulfill the provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Pub. L. 111-148), which mandates reductions in the Federal Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage subsidies, resulting in higher premiums for those with income above a specific threshold who have this coverage. Since the provisions of the law become effective January 1, 2011, we are seeking emergency clearance for this form. The respondents are Medicare Part B and prescription drug coverage recipients and enrollees with modified adjusted gross income over a high-income threshold who experience one of the eight significant life-changing events.

Type of Request: Request for a new information collection.

Method of information collectionNumber of respondentsFrequency of responseAverage burden per response (minutes)Estimated annual burden (hours)
Personal Interview (SSA field office)147,00013073,500
Paper Form (mailed)39,00014529,250
Totals186,000102,750
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Liz Davidson,

Center Director, Center for Reports Clearance, Social Security Administration.

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[FR Doc. 2010-28992 Filed 11-16-10; 8:45 am]

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