2019-21767. 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 104-13, the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, effective October 1, 1995. This notice includes revisions 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 ways to Start Printed Page 53552minimize 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.

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

    (SSA), Social Security Administration, OLCA, Attn: Reports Clearance Director, 3100 West High Rise, 6401 Security Blvd., Baltimore, MD 21235, Fax: 410-966-2830, Email address: OR.Reports.Clearance@ssa.gov.

    Or you may submit your comments online through www.regulations.gov, referencing Docket ID Number [SSA-2019-0042].

    I. The information collections below are pending at SSA. SSA will submit them 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 December 6, 2019. Individuals can obtain copies of the collection instruments by writing to the above email address.

    1. Missing and Discrepant Wage Reports Letter and Questionnaire—26 CFR 31.6051-2—0960-0432. Each year employers report the wage amounts they paid their employees to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for tax purposes, and separately to SSA for retirement and disability coverage purposes. Employers should report the same figures to SSA and the IRS; however, each year some of the employer wage reports SSA receives show wage amounts lower than those employers report to the IRS. SSA uses Forms SSA-L93-SM, SSA-L94-SM, SSA-95-SM, and SSA-97-SM to ensure employees receive full credit for their wages. Respondents are employers who reported lower wage amounts to SSA than they reported to the IRS.

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

    Modality of completionNumber of respondentsFrequency of responseAverage burden per response (minutes)Estimated total annual burden (hours)Average theoretical hourly cost amount (dollars)*Total annual opportunity cost (dollars) **
    SSA-95-SM and SSA-97-SM (and accompanying cover letters SSA-L93, L94)360,000130180,000* $22.50** $4,050,000
    * We based this figure on average U.S. citizen's hourly salary, as reported by Bureau of Labor Statistics data.
    ** This figure does not represent actual costs that SSA is imposing on recipients of Social Security payments to complete this application; rather, these are theoretical opportunity costs for the additional time respondents will spend to complete the application. There is no actual charge to respondents to complete the application.

    2. Request for Proof(s) from Custodian of Records—20 CFR 404.703, 404.704, 404.720, 404.721, 404.723, 404.725, & 404.728—0960-0766. SSA sends Form SSA-L707, Request for Proof(s) from Custodian of Records, to records custodians on behalf of individuals who need help obtaining evidence of death, marriage, or divorce in connection with claims for benefits. SSA uses the information from the SSA-L707 to determine eligibility for benefits. The respondents are records custodians including statistics and religious entities, coroners, funeral directors, attending physicians, and State agencies.

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

    Modality of completionNumber of respondentsFrequency of responseAverage burden per response (minutes)Estimated total annual burden (hours)Average theoretical hourly cost amount (dollars) *Total annual opportunity cost (dollars) **
    State or Local Government9411016* $18.00** $288.00
    Private Sector241104* 37.60** 150.00
    Totals11820** 438.00
    * We based this figure on average U.S. citizen's hourly salary, as reported by Bureau of Labor Statistics data.
    ** This figure does not represent actual costs that SSA is imposing on recipients of Social Security payments to complete this application; rather, these are theoretical opportunity costs for the additional time respondents will spend to complete the application. There is no actual charge to respondents to complete the application.

    II. SSA submitted the information collection below to OMB for clearance. Your comments regarding this information collection would be most useful if OMB and SSA receive them 30 days from the date of this publication. To be sure we consider your comments, we must receive them no later than November 6, 2019. Individuals can obtain copies of the OMB clearance package by writing to OR.Reports.Clearance@ssa.gov.

    Work Incentives Planning and Assistance Program—0960-0629. As part of SSA's strategy to assist Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) beneficiaries and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients who wish to return to work and achieve self-sufficiency, SSA established the Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) program. This community based, work incentive, planning and assistance project collects identifying claimant information via project sites and community work incentives coordinators (CWIC). SSA uses this information to ensure proper management of the project, with particular emphasis on administration, budgeting, and training. In addition, project sites and CWIC's collect data from SSDI beneficiaries and SSI recipients on background employment, training, benefits, and work incentives. SSA is interested in identifying SSDI beneficiary and SSI recipient outcomes under the WIPA program, to determine Start Printed Page 53553the extent to which beneficiaries with disabilities and SSI recipients achieve their employment, financial, and healthcare goals. SSA will also use the data in its analysis and future planning for SSDI and SSI programs. Respondents are SSDI beneficiaries, SSI recipients, community project sites, and employment advisors.

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

    Modality of completionNumber of respondentsFrequency of responseAverage burden per response (minutes)Estimated total annual burden (hours)Average theoretical hourly cost amount (dollars) *Total annual opportunity cost (dollars) **
    Small Site (Under 150 beneficiaries served) (SSA-4565; SSA-4566; SSA-4567)4,8001201,600* $20.65** $33,040
    Medium Site (150-599 beneficiaries served) (SSA-4565; SSA-4566; SSA-4567)7,5001202,50020.65** 51,625
    Large Site (600 or more beneficiaries served) (SSA-4565; SSA-4566; SSA-4567)17,7001205,900* 20.65** 121,835
    Total Sites30,00010,000** 206,500
    SSDI & SSI Beneficiaries30,00012512,500* 10.22** 127,750
    Help Line30,000152,500* 10.22** 25,550
    Totals90,00025,000** 359,800
    * We based this figure on average DI payments, as reported in SSA's disability insurance payment data.
    ** This figure does not represent actual costs that SSA is imposing on recipients of Social Security payments to complete this application; rather, these are theoretical opportunity costs for the additional time respondents will spend to complete the application. There is no actual charge to respondents to complete the application.
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    Dated: October 2, 2019.

    Naomi Sipple,

    Reports Clearance Officer, Social Security Administration.

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    [FR Doc. 2019-21767 Filed 10-4-19; 8:45 am]

    BILLING CODE 4191-02-P

Document Information

Published:
10/07/2019
Department:
Social Security Administration
EntryType:
Notice
Document Number:
2019-21767
Pages:
53551-53553 (3 pages)
Docket Numbers:
Docket No: SSA-2019-0042
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PDF File:
2019-21767.pdf