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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 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 revisions of OMB-approved information collections and new 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 ways to minimize burden on respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Mail, email, or fax your comments and recommendations on the information collection(s) to the OMB Desk Officer and SSA Reports Clearance Officer at the following addresses or fax numbers.Start Printed Page 72995

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

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Social Security Administration, DCRDP, Attn: Reports Clearance Officer, 107 Altmeyer Building, 6401 Security Blvd., Baltimore, MD 21235, Fax: (410) 966-2830, Email address: OPLM.RCO@ssa.gov.

I. The information collection below is pending at SSA. SSA will submit it to OMB within 60 days from the date of this notice. To be sure we consider your comments, we must receive them no later than January 27, 2012. 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 email address.

Workers' Compensation/Public Disability Questionnaire—20 CFR 404.408—0960-0247. Section 224 of the Social Security Act (Act) provides for the reduction of disability insurance benefits (DIB) when the combination of DIB and any worker's compensation (WC) or certain Federal, State, or local public disability benefits (PDB) exceeds 80 percent of the worker's pre-disability earnings. SSA uses Form SSA-546 to collect the data necessary to determine if the worker's receipt of WC or PDB payments will cause a reduction of DIB. The respondents are applicants for title II DIB.

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

Collection instrumentNumber of respondentsFrequency of responseAverage burden per response (minutes)Estimated total annual burden (hours)
SSA-5462,000115500
Modernized Claims System248,00011562,000
Totals250,00062,500

II. SSA submitted the information collections below to OMB for clearance. Your comments regarding the information collections would be most useful if OMB and SSA receive them within 30 days from the date of this publication. To be sure we consider your comments, we must receive them no later than December 28, 2011. Individuals can obtain copies of the OMB clearance packages by calling the SSA Reports Clearance Officer at (410) 965-8783 or by writing to the above email address.

1. Application for Access to SSA Systems—20 CFR 401.45—0960-NEW. SSA uses Form SSA-120 to allow limited access to SSA's information resources for SSA employees and non-Federal employees (contractors). SSA requires supervisory approval and local or component Security Officer review prior to granting this access. The respondents are SSA employees and non-Federal Employees (contractors) who require access to SSA systems to perform their jobs. Note: Because SSA employees are Federal workers exempt from the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act, the burden below is only for SSA contractors.

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Because SSA employees are Federal workers exempt from the requirements of the PRA, the burden below is only for SSA contractors.

Type of Request: In use without OMB approval.

Collection instrumentNumber of respondentsFrequency of responseAverage burden per response (minutes)Estimated total annual burden (hours)
SSA-1204,31312144

2. Screen Pop—20 CFR 401.45—0960-NEW. Section 205(a) of the Act requires SSA to verify the identity of individuals who request a record or information pertaining to themselves, and to establish procedures for disclosing personal information. SSA established Screen Pop, an automated telephone process, to speed up verification for such individuals. Accessing Screen Pop, callers enter their Social Security number (SSN) using their telephone keypad or speech technology prior to speaking with a National 800 Number Network (N8NN) agent. The automated Screen Pop application collects the SSN and routes it to the “Start New Call” Customer Help and Information (CHIP) screen. Functionality for the Screen Pop application ends once the SSN connects to the CHIP screen and the SSN routes to the agent's screen. When the call connects to the SSA agent, the agent can use the SSN to access the caller's record as needed. The respondents for this collection are individuals who contact SSA's N8NN to speak with an agent.

Type of Request: Request for a new information collection.

Collection instrumentNumber of respondentsFrequency of responseAverage burden per response (minutes)Estimated total annual burden (hours)
Screen Pop34,000,00011566,667

3. Marital Relationship Questionnaire—20 CFR 416.1826-0960-0460. SSA uses Form SSA-4178 to determine if unrelated individuals of the opposite sex who live together are misrepresenting themselves as husband and wife. SSA needs this information to determine whether we are making correct payments to couples and Start Printed Page 72996individuals applying for or currently receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments. The respondents are applicants for and recipients of SSI payments.

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

Collection instrumentNumber of respondentsFrequency of responseAverage burden per response (minutes)Estimated total annual burden (hours)
SSA-41785,10015425
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Dated: November 18, 2011.

Faye Lipsky,

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

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[FR Doc. 2011-30475 Filed 11-25-11; 8:45 am]

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