CFR Title 20 Employees` Benefits

CFR Title 20 – Employees` Benefits

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2018-08-15RuleSocial Security AdministrationSocial Security AdministrationMaking Permanent the Attorney Advisor ProgramWe are making permanent the attorney advisor program, which has proved to be an integral tool in providing timely decisions to the public while maximizing the use of our administrative law judges (ALJs). The attorney advisor initiative permits some...2018-17547"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-08-15/pdf/2018-17547.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/08/15/2018-17547/making-permanent-the-attorney-advisor-programWe are making permanent the attorney advisor program, which has proved to be an integral tool in providing timely decisions to the public while maximizing the use of our administrative law judges (ALJs). The attorney advisor initiative permits some attorney advisors to develop claims, including holding prehearing conferences, and, in cases in which the documentary record clearly establishes that a fully favorable decision is warranted, issue fully favorable decisions before a hearing is conducted. We expect that by making the attorney advisor program permanent, we will be able to continue to reduce the number of pending claims at the hearing level of our administrative review process and provide more timely service to claimants.
2018-07-30RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentSenior Community Service Employment Program; Performance AccountabilityThe Employment and Training Administration (ETA) of the Department of Labor (Department) is adopting as a final rule without change the interim final rule (IFR) published by the Department in the Federal Register on December 1, 2017. The IFR revised...2018-16216"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-07-30/pdf/2018-16216.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/07/30/2018-16216/senior-community-service-employment-program-performance-accountabilityThe Employment and Training Administration (ETA) of the Department of Labor (Department) is adopting as a final rule without change the interim final rule (IFR) published by the Department in the Federal Register on December 1, 2017. The IFR revised performance accountability measures for the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). The Older Americans Act (OAA) Reauthorization Act of 2016 (2016 OAA) amended the measures of performance for the SCSEP program in large part to align them with the performance measures mandated for programs under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and required implementation, including through regulation by December 31, 2017. The IFR revised the Performance Accountability subpart of the SCSEP regulations to reflect changes necessitated by the passage of the 2016 OAA. In addition, the IFR made minor, non- substantive amendments to other subparts of the SCSEP regulations to reflect the 2016 OAA amendments that aligned the SCSEP program statutory language with WIOA, such as updating outdated terminology and outdated references to the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA), which WIOA superseded. The implemented regulations, referred to as an IFR, took effect on January 2, 2018. The Department solicited public comment on the IFR, and the Department considered these comments when it prepared this final rule.
2018-07-02RuleSocial Security AdministrationSocial Security AdministrationRules of Conduct and Standards of Responsibility for Appointed RepresentativesWe are revising our rules of conduct and standards of responsibility for representatives. We are also updating and clarifying the procedures we use when we bring charges against a representative for violating these rules and standards. These changes...2018-13989"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-07-02/pdf/2018-13989.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/07/02/2018-13989/rules-of-conduct-and-standards-of-responsibility-for-appointed-representativesWe are revising our rules of conduct and standards of responsibility for representatives. We are also updating and clarifying the procedures we use when we bring charges against a representative for violating these rules and standards. These changes are necessary to better protect the integrity of our administrative process and to further clarify representatives' existing responsibilities in their conduct with us. The revisions should not be interpreted to suggest that any specific conduct was permissible under our rules prior to these changes; instead, we seek to ensure that our rules of conduct and standards of responsibility are clearer as a whole and directly address a broader range of inappropriate conduct.
2018-06-22RuleSocial Security AdministrationSocial Security AdministrationExtension of Sunset Date for Attorney Advisor ProgramWe are extending for one year our rule authorizing attorney advisors to conduct certain prehearing proceedings and to issue fully favorable decisions. The current rule is scheduled to expire on August 3, 2018. In this final rule, we are extending the...2018-13359"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-22/pdf/2018-13359.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/06/22/2018-13359/extension-of-sunset-date-for-attorney-advisor-programWe are extending for one year our rule authorizing attorney advisors to conduct certain prehearing proceedings and to issue fully favorable decisions. The current rule is scheduled to expire on August 3, 2018. In this final rule, we are extending the sunset date to August 2, 2019. We are making no other substantive changes.
2018-06-19RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentFederal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects: Six Month Delay of the General Compliance Date of Revisions While Allowing the Use of Three Burden-Reducing Provisions During the Delay PeriodIn a final rule published on January 19, 2017, a number of federal departments and agencies revised to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (often referred to as the ``Common Rule''), which each department and agency adopted into...2018-13187"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-19/pdf/2018-13187.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/06/19/2018-13187/federal-policy-for-the-protection-of-human-subjects-six-month-delay-of-the-general-compliance-dateIn a final rule published on January 19, 2017, a number of federal departments and agencies revised to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (often referred to as the ``Common Rule''), which each department and agency adopted into regulations in its part of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) adopted the same changes in a final rule published on September 18, 2017. The revised Common Rule was scheduled to become effective on January 19, 2018, with a general compliance date of the same date. By an interim final rule issued on January 17, 2018 and published in the Federal Register on January 22, 2018, federal departments and agencies delayed the effective date and the general compliance date for the revised Common Rule for a 6-month period, until July 19, 2018. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published an interim final rule adopting the same regulatory changes on January 26, 2018. The revised Common Rule, including technical amendments made by the January 22, 2018 interim final rule, is referred to here as the ``2018 Requirements.'' On April 20, 2018, the federal departments and agencies listed here published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) proposing and seeking comments as to whether the general compliance date for the 2018 Requirements should be delayed for an additional 6-month period. The NPRM also proposed and sought comments on whether to allow regulated entities to implement certain burden-reducing provisions of the 2018 Requirements in specified circumstances during such continued delay period. Through this final rule, we are adopting the proposals described in the April 20, 2018 NPRM. This rule delays the general compliance date for the 2018 Requirements for an additional 6-month period, until January 21, 2019. As a result of this delay, regulated entities will be required, with an exception, to continue to comply with the requirements of the pre-2018 version of the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (the ``pre-2018 Requirements'') until January 21, 2019. The one exception to this general rule is that institutions will be permitted (but not required) to implement, for certain research, three burden-reducing provisions of the 2018 Requirements during the delay period (July 19, 2018, through January 20, 2019). Those three provisions are: The revised definition of ``research,'' which deems certain activities not to be research covered by the Common Rule; the elimination of the requirement for annual continuing review with respect to certain categories of research; and the elimination of the requirement that institutional review boards (IRBs) review grant applications or other funding proposals related to the research. Institutions taking advantage of the three-burden reducing provisions must comply with all other pre-2018 Requirements during the delay period. The three burden-reducing provisions of the 2018 Requirements can only be implemented during the delay period with respect to studies initiated prior to January 21, 2019 that will transition to compliance with the revised Common Rule. Any study that implements these three burden-reducing provisions during the delay period must, beginning on January 21, 2019, comply with all of the 2018 Requirements for the balance of the study's duration.
2018-06-14RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentBlack Lung Benefits Act: Medical Benefit PaymentsThis final rule revises the regulations under the Black Lung Benefits Act (BLBA or Act) governing the payment of medical benefits and maintains the level of care available to miners. The final rule establishes methods for determining the amounts that...2018-12418"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-14/pdf/2018-12418.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/06/14/2018-12418/black-lung-benefits-act-medical-benefit-paymentsThis final rule revises the regulations under the Black Lung Benefits Act (BLBA or Act) governing the payment of medical benefits and maintains the level of care available to miners. The final rule establishes methods for determining the amounts that the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund (Trust Fund) will pay for covered medical services and treatments provided to entitled miners. The Department based the rule on payment formulas that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) uses to determine payments under the Medicare program, which are similar to the formulas used by other programs that the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP) administers. The Department is adopting these payment formulas for the black lung program because they more accurately reflect prevailing community rates for authorized treatments and services than do the internally-derived payment formulas that OWCP currently uses. In addition, the final rule eliminates two obsolete provisions.
2018-06-14Proposed RuleSocial Security AdministrationSocial Security AdministrationSocial Security Administration Violence Evaluation and Reporting SystemIn today's Federal Register, the Social Security Administration (SSA) separately published, notice of a new system of records, Social Security Administration Violence Evaluation and Reporting System (SSAvers). Because this system will contain...2018-12819"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-14/pdf/2018-12819.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/06/14/2018-12819/social-security-administration-violence-evaluation-and-reporting-systemIn today's Federal Register, the Social Security Administration (SSA) separately published, notice of a new system of records, Social Security Administration Violence Evaluation and Reporting System (SSAvers). Because this system will contain investigatory material compiled for law enforcement purposes, this proposed rule will exempt those records from specific provisions of the Privacy Act.
2018-05-31RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentExercise of Time-Limited Authority To Increase the Fiscal Year 2018 Numerical Limitation for the H-2B Temporary Nonagricultural Worker ProgramThe Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of Labor, has decided to increase the numerical limitation on H-2B nonimmigrant visas to authorize the issuance of up to an additional 15,000 through the end of Fiscal Year (FY)...2018-11732"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-05-31/pdf/2018-11732.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/05/31/2018-11732/exercise-of-time-limited-authority-to-increase-the-fiscal-year-2018-numerical-limitation-for-theThe Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of Labor, has decided to increase the numerical limitation on H-2B nonimmigrant visas to authorize the issuance of up to an additional 15,000 through the end of Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. This increase is based on a time-limited statutory authority and does not affect the H-2B program in future fiscal years. The Departments are promulgating regulations to implement this determination.
2018-05-22RuleSocial Security AdministrationSocial Security AdministrationExtension of Expiration Date for Endocrine Disorders Body System ListingsWe are extending the expiration date of Endocrine Disorders body system in the Listing of Impairments (listings) in our regulations. We are making no other revisions to the body system in this final rule. This extension ensures that we will continue to...2018-10867"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-05-22/pdf/2018-10867.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/05/22/2018-10867/extension-of-expiration-date-for-endocrine-disorders-body-system-listingsWe are extending the expiration date of Endocrine Disorders body system in the Listing of Impairments (listings) in our regulations. We are making no other revisions to the body system in this final rule. This extension ensures that we will continue to have the criteria we need to evaluate impairments in the affected body system at step three of the sequential evaluation processes for initial claims and continuing disability reviews.
2018-05-10RuleSocial Security AdministrationSocial Security AdministrationRemoval of Special Payments at Age 72We are removing from the Code of Federal Regulations our ``Special Payments at Age 72'' rules because they are obsolete. We are removing these rules in accordance with the requirements of Executive Order (E.O.) 13777.2018-09910"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-05-10/pdf/2018-09910.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/05/10/2018-09910/removal-of-special-payments-at-age-72We are removing from the Code of Federal Regulations our ``Special Payments at Age 72'' rules because they are obsolete. We are removing these rules in accordance with the requirements of Executive Order (E.O.) 13777.
2018-05-07Proposed RuleSocial Security AdministrationSocial Security AdministrationRevised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Musculoskeletal DisordersWe propose to revise the criteria in the Listing of Impairments (listings) that we use to evaluate claims involving musculoskeletal disorders in adults and children under titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act (Act). These proposed revisions...2018-08889"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-05-07/pdf/2018-08889.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/05/07/2018-08889/revised-medical-criteria-for-evaluating-musculoskeletal-disordersWe propose to revise the criteria in the Listing of Impairments (listings) that we use to evaluate claims involving musculoskeletal disorders in adults and children under titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act (Act). These proposed revisions reflect our adjudicative experience, advances in medical knowledge and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders, and recommendations from medical experts.
2018-04-20Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentFederal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects: Proposed Six Month Delay of the General Compliance Date While Allowing the Use of Three Burden-Reducing Provisions During the Delay PeriodIn a final rule published on January 19, 2017, federal departments and agencies made revisions to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (hereafter the ``2018 Requirements''). The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) adopted the...2018-08231"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-20/pdf/2018-08231.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/04/20/2018-08231/federal-policy-for-the-protection-of-human-subjects-proposed-six-month-delay-of-the-generalIn a final rule published on January 19, 2017, federal departments and agencies made revisions to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (hereafter the ``2018 Requirements''). The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) adopted the same regulatory changes in a separate final rule published on September 18, 2017. The 2018 Requirements were scheduled to become effective on January 19, 2018, with a general compliance date of January 19, 2018 (with the exception of the revisions to the cooperative research provision). The departments and agencies listed in this document have also published an interim final rule delaying the effective date and general compliance date for the 2018 Requirements for six months, to cover the time period of January 19, 2018 until July 19, 2018. As per the interim final rule, the effective date of the 2018 Requirements is now July 19, 2018. The departments and agencies listed in this document propose delaying the general compliance date for the 2018 Requirements for an additional six months, for the time period of July 19, 2018 until January 21, 2019. This proposed rule is intended to provide additional time to regulated entities for the preparations necessary to implement the 2018 Requirements. This proposed rule, if finalized, would require regulated entities to continue to comply with the requirements of the current Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (hereafter the ``pre-2018 Requirements'') until January 21, 2019. This proposal also takes comment on whether to permit institutions to implement, for certain research studies, the following provisions in the 2018 Requirements during the period from July 19, 2018, until January 21, 2019, that the general compliance date is delayed. Those three provisions, intended to reduce burdens on regulated entities, are the 2018 Requirements' definition of ``research,'' which deems certain activities not to be research, the allowance for no annual continuing review of certain categories of research, and the elimination of the requirement that institutional review boards (IRBs) review grant applications related to the research. The way that this option is proposed, regulated entities would be required to comply with all pre- 2018 Requirements during the period that the general compliance date is delayed, except for provisions substituted by the three burden-reducing provisions of the 2018 Requirements. As described in section III, below, this flexibility is proposed only for studies for which an institution makes a choice to transition to comply with the 2018 Requirements, beginning on July 19, 2018. In order to clearly describe this proposed flexibility, including how it would impact institutions choosing to transition research to comply with the 2018 Requirements, this document proposes a redrafted transition provision.
2018-04-19RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentLongshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act: Maximum and Minimum Compensation RatesThis final rule contains regulations implementing the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act's provisions on maximum and minimum amounts of compensation payable. These regulations clarify how the Department interprets and applies these...2018-08133"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-19/pdf/2018-08133.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/04/19/2018-08133/longshore-and-harbor-workers-compensation-act-maximum-and-minimum-compensation-ratesThis final rule contains regulations implementing the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act's provisions on maximum and minimum amounts of compensation payable. These regulations clarify how the Department interprets and applies these provisions in accordance with several court decisions to ensure injured workers are compensated properly and insurers and employers are aware of their responsibilities. In addition, the rule implements the Act's annual compensation-adjustment mechanism for permanent total disability compensation and death benefits.
2018-04-02RuleSocial Security AdministrationSocial Security AdministrationExtension of Expiration Dates for Two Body System ListingsWe are extending the expiration dates of the following body systems in the Listing of Impairments (listings) in our regulations: Special Senses and Speech and Congenital Disorders That Affect Multiple Body Systems. We are making no other revisions to...2018-06671"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-02/pdf/2018-06671.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/04/02/2018-06671/extension-of-expiration-dates-for-two-body-system-listingsWe are extending the expiration dates of the following body systems in the Listing of Impairments (listings) in our regulations: Special Senses and Speech and Congenital Disorders That Affect Multiple Body Systems. We are making no other revisions to these body systems in this final rule. This extension ensures that we will continue to have the criteria we need to evaluate impairments in the affected body systems at step three of the sequential evaluation processes for initial claims and continuing disability reviews.
2018-03-14RuleSocial Security AdministrationSocial Security AdministrationRevised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Cancer (Malignant Neoplastic Diseases)2018-05240"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-03-14/pdf/2018-05240.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/03/14/2018-05240/revised-medical-criteria-for-evaluating-cancer-malignant-neoplastic-diseases
2018-02-26RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentChange of Mailing Address for the Benefits Review BoardThis rule amends one section of the Benefits Review Board's regulations in order to change the mailing address for notices of appeal and correspondence sent to the Board.2018-03783"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-02-26/pdf/2018-03783.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/02/26/2018-03783/change-of-mailing-address-for-the-benefits-review-boardThis rule amends one section of the Benefits Review Board's regulations in order to change the mailing address for notices of appeal and correspondence sent to the Board.
2018-01-26RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentHonoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans (HIRE Vets) Medallion Program; Agency Information Collection Activities; OMB ApprovalsThis document announces that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved the information collections associated with the Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans (HIRE Vets) Medallion Program rule under the...2018-01262"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-01-26/pdf/2018-01262.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/01/26/2018-01262/honoring-investments-in-recruiting-and-employing-american-military-veterans-hire-vets-medallionThis document announces that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved the information collections associated with the Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans (HIRE Vets) Medallion Program rule under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA).
2018-01-22RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentFederal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects: Delay of the Revisions to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human SubjectsIn a final rule published on January 19, 2017, federal departments and agencies listed in this document made revisions to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) adopted the same regulatory...2018-00997"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-01-22/pdf/2018-00997.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/01/22/2018-00997/federal-policy-for-the-protection-of-human-subjects-delay-of-the-revisions-to-the-federal-policy-forIn a final rule published on January 19, 2017, federal departments and agencies listed in this document made revisions to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) adopted the same regulatory changes in a separate final rule published on September 18, 2017. The revised policy, reflected in both final rules, is described here as the ``2018 Requirements.'' The 2018 Requirements are scheduled to become effective on January 19, 2018, with a general compliance date of January 19, 2018 (with the exception of the revisions to the cooperative research provision). This interim final rule delays the effective date and general compliance date of the 2018 Requirements to July 19, 2018. The federal departments and agencies listed in this document are in the process of developing a proposed rule to further delay implementation of the 2018 Requirements. The limited implementation delay accomplished by this interim final rule both provides additional time to regulated entities for the preparations necessary to implement the 2018 Requirements, and additional time for the departments and agencies listed in this document to seek input from interested stakeholders through a notice and comment rulemaking process that allows for public engagement on the proposal for a further implementation delay.
2018-01-08RuleSocial Security AdministrationSocial Security AdministrationExtension of Sunset Date for Attorney Advisor ProgramWe are extending for six months our rule authorizing attorney advisors to conduct certain prehearing proceedings and to issue fully favorable decisions. The current rule is scheduled to expire on February 5, 2018. In this final rule, we are extending...2018-00058"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-01-08/pdf/2018-00058.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/01/08/2018-00058/extension-of-sunset-date-for-attorney-advisor-programWe are extending for six months our rule authorizing attorney advisors to conduct certain prehearing proceedings and to issue fully favorable decisions. The current rule is scheduled to expire on February 5, 2018. In this final rule, we are extending the sunset date to August 3, 2018. We are making no other substantive changes.
2018-01-02RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentDepartment of Labor Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Annual Adjustments for 2018The U.S. Department of Labor (Department) is publishing this final rule to adjust for inflation the civil monetary penalties assessed or enforced in its regulations, pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990 as amended by...2017-28224"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-01-02/pdf/2017-28224.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/01/02/2017-28224/department-of-labor-federal-civil-penalties-inflation-adjustment-act-annual-adjustments-for-2018The U.S. Department of Labor (Department) is publishing this final rule to adjust for inflation the civil monetary penalties assessed or enforced in its regulations, pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990 as amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (Inflation Adjustment Act). The Inflation Adjustment Act requires the Department to annually adjust its civil money penalty levels for inflation no later than January 15 of each year. The Inflation Adjustment Act provides that agencies shall adjust civil monetary penalties notwithstanding Section 553 of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA). Additionally, the Inflation Adjustment Act provides a cost- of-living formula for adjustment of the civil penalties. Accordingly, this final rule sets forth the Department's 2018 annual adjustments for inflation to its civil monetary penalties.
2017-12-15RuleSocial Security AdministrationSocial Security AdministrationExtension of Expiration Dates for Four Body System ListingsWe are extending the expiration dates of the following body systems in the Listing of Impairments (listings) in our regulations: Musculoskeletal System, Cardiovascular System, Digestive System, and Skin Disorders. We are making no other revisions to...2017-27086"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-12-15/pdf/2017-27086.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/12/15/2017-27086/extension-of-expiration-dates-for-four-body-system-listingsWe are extending the expiration dates of the following body systems in the Listing of Impairments (listings) in our regulations: Musculoskeletal System, Cardiovascular System, Digestive System, and Skin Disorders. We are making no other revisions to these body systems in this final rule. This extension ensures that we will continue to have the criteria we need to evaluate impairments in the affected body systems at step three of the sequential evaluation processes for initial claims and continuing disability reviews.
2017-12-01RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentSenior Community Service Employment Program; Performance AccountabilityThe Employment and Training Administration (ETA) of the Department of Labor (Department) is issuing this Interim Final Rule (IFR) revising performance accountability measures for the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). Revised measures...2017-25834"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-12-01/pdf/2017-25834.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/12/01/2017-25834/senior-community-service-employment-program-performance-accountabilityThe Employment and Training Administration (ETA) of the Department of Labor (Department) is issuing this Interim Final Rule (IFR) revising performance accountability measures for the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). Revised measures are necessary because the Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act of 2016 (OAA) amended the measures of performance for the SCSEP program in large part to align them with the performance measures mandated for programs under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). This IFR revises the Performance Accountability subpart of the SCSEP regulations to reflect changes necessitated by the passage of the 2016 OAA. In addition, this rule makes minor, non-substantive amendments to other subparts of the SCSEP regulations to reflect the OAA amendments that aligned the SCSEP program statutory language with WIOA, such as updating outdated terminology and outdated references to the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA), which WIOA superseded. This IFR solicits public comment on this IFR, which the Department will consider when it issues a Final Rule.
2017-11-13RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentHIRE Vets Medallion ProgramVETS published a proposed rule implementing the Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing (HIRE) American Military Veterans Act of 2017 (HIRE Vets Act or Act). The HIRE Vets Act requires the Department of Labor (DOL or Department) to establish...2017-24214"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-13/pdf/2017-24214.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/11/13/2017-24214/hire-vets-medallion-programVETS published a proposed rule implementing the Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing (HIRE) American Military Veterans Act of 2017 (HIRE Vets Act or Act). The HIRE Vets Act requires the Department of Labor (DOL or Department) to establish by rule a HIRE Vets Medallion Program (Medallion Program) and annually solicit and accept voluntary information from employers for consideration of employers to receive a HIRE Vets Medallion Award (the award). Under the Program, VETS will review applications and notify recipients of their awards, and announce their names at a time that coincides with Veterans Day. This final rule sets out the criteria for the different categories and levels of HIRE Vets Medallion Awards, the award application process, and the award fees. VETS invited written comments on the proposed rule, and any specific issues related to the proposal, from members of the public.
2017-08-22RuleSocial Security AdministrationSocial Security AdministrationRevised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Neurological Disorders; CorrectionWe published final rules in the Federal Register on July 1, 2016, that revised the Listing of Impairments (Listings) for the neurological body system. That document inadvertently omitted a reference. This document amends and corrects the final rule.2017-17724"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-08-22/pdf/2017-17724.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/08/22/2017-17724/revised-medical-criteria-for-evaluating-neurological-disorders-correctionWe published final rules in the Federal Register on July 1, 2016, that revised the Listing of Impairments (Listings) for the neurological body system. That document inadvertently omitted a reference. This document amends and corrects the final rule.
2017-08-18Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentHIRE Vets Medallion ProgramVETS is publishing this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM)2017-17249"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-08-18/pdf/2017-17249.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/08/18/2017-17249/hire-vets-medallion-programVETS is publishing this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM)
2017-07-25RuleSocial Security AdministrationSocial Security AdministrationExtension of Sunset Date for Attorney Advisor ProgramWe are extending for six months our rule authorizing attorney advisors to conduct certain prehearing proceedings and to issue fully favorable decisions. The current rule is scheduled to expire on August 4, 2017. In this final rule, we are extending the...2017-15493"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-07-25/pdf/2017-15493.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/07/25/2017-15493/extension-of-sunset-date-for-attorney-advisor-programWe are extending for six months our rule authorizing attorney advisors to conduct certain prehearing proceedings and to issue fully favorable decisions. The current rule is scheduled to expire on August 4, 2017. In this final rule, we are extending the sunset date to February 5, 2018. We are making no other substantive changes.
2017-07-19RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentExercise of Time-Limited Authority To Increase the Fiscal Year 2017 Numerical Limitation for the H-2B Temporary Nonagricultural Worker ProgramThe Secretary of Homeland Security (``Secretary''), in consultation with the Secretary of Labor, has decided to increase the numerical limitation on H-2B nonimmigrant visas to authorize the issuance of up to an additional 15,000 through the end of...2017-15208"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-07-19/pdf/2017-15208.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/07/19/2017-15208/exercise-of-time-limited-authority-to-increase-the-fiscal-year-2017-numerical-limitation-for-theThe Secretary of Homeland Security (``Secretary''), in consultation with the Secretary of Labor, has decided to increase the numerical limitation on H-2B nonimmigrant visas to authorize the issuance of up to an additional 15,000 through the end of Fiscal Year (FY) 2017. This is a one-time increase based on a time-limited statutory authority and does not affect the H-2B program in future fiscal years. The Departments are promulgating regulations to implement this determination.
2017-05-18RuleSocial Security AdministrationSocial Security AdministrationImplementation of the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007We are removing from the Code of Federal Regulations the final rules, Implementation of the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007 (NIAA), published on December 19, 2016. We are doing so because Congress passed, and the President signed, a joint...2017-10084"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-05-18/pdf/2017-10084.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/05/18/2017-10084/implementation-of-the-nics-improvement-amendments-act-of-2007We are removing from the Code of Federal Regulations the final rules, Implementation of the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007 (NIAA), published on December 19, 2016. We are doing so because Congress passed, and the President signed, a joint resolution of disapproval of the final rules under the Congressional Review Act.
2017-05-11RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentFederal State Unemployment Compensation Program; Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 Provision on Establishing Appropriate Occupations for Drug Testing of Unemployment Compensation ApplicantsUnder the Congressional Review Act, Congress has passed, and the President has signed a public law disapproving the Employment and Training Administration's (ETA's) final rule establishing appropriate occupations for State drug testing of unemployment...2017-09374"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-05-11/pdf/2017-09374.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/05/11/2017-09374/federal-state-unemployment-compensation-program-middle-class-tax-relief-and-job-creation-act-of-2012Under the Congressional Review Act, Congress has passed, and the President has signed a public law disapproving the Employment and Training Administration's (ETA's) final rule establishing appropriate occupations for State drug testing of unemployment compensation claimants. ETA published the final rule on August 1, 2016, and the rule became effective on September 30, 2016. Because the public law invalidates the rule, ETA is hereby removing it from the Code of Federal Regulations.
2017-04-27Proposed RuleRAILROAD RETIREMENT BOARDRailroad Retirement BoardGeneral Administration: Designation of Central and Field Organization; Internal OrganizationThe Railroad Retirement Board (Board) proposes to amend its regulations to update the members of the Executive Committee, update the responsibilities of the Executive Committee members, and update office titles.2017-07893"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-04-27/pdf/2017-07893.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/04/27/2017-07893/general-administration-designation-of-central-and-field-organization-internal-organizationThe Railroad Retirement Board (Board) proposes to amend its regulations to update the members of the Executive Committee, update the responsibilities of the Executive Committee members, and update office titles.
2017-04-05RuleSocial Security AdministrationSocial Security AdministrationAnti-Harassment and Hostile Work Environment Case Tracking and Records SystemThe Social Security Administration (SSA) is issuing a final rule to amend its Privacy Act regulation exempting portions of a system of records from certain provisions of the Privacy Act of 1974, entitled Anti-Harassment & Hostile Work Environment Case...2017-06719"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-04-05/pdf/2017-06719.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/04/05/2017-06719/anti-harassment-and-hostile-work-environment-case-tracking-and-records-systemThe Social Security Administration (SSA) is issuing a final rule to amend its Privacy Act regulation exempting portions of a system of records from certain provisions of the Privacy Act of 1974, entitled Anti-Harassment & Hostile Work Environment Case Tracking and Records System. Because this system will contain some investigatory material compiled for law enforcement purposes, this rule will exempt those records within this new system of records from specific provisions of the Privacy Act.
2017-03-27RuleSocial Security AdministrationSocial Security AdministrationRevisions to Rules Regarding the Evaluation of Medical Evidence; CorrectionWe published a document in the Federal Register on January 18, 2017, that revises our rules. That document inadvertently contained technical errors. This document amends and corrects the final rules.2017-06023"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-03-27/pdf/2017-06023.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/03/27/2017-06023/revisions-to-rules-regarding-the-evaluation-of-medical-evidence-correctionWe published a document in the Federal Register on January 18, 2017, that revises our rules. That document inadvertently contained technical errors. This document amends and corrects the final rules.
2017-01-23RuleSocial Security AdministrationSocial Security AdministrationUnsuccessful Work Attempts and Expedited Reinstatement Eligibility; CorrectionWe published a document in the Federal Register revising our rules on October 17, 2016. That document inadvertently omitted a corresponding technical change to Sec. 404.1592f(a) when Sec. 404.1592c(a) was amended with the final rule publication. By...2017-00076"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-23/pdf/2017-00076.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/01/23/2017-00076/unsuccessful-work-attempts-and-expedited-reinstatement-eligibility-correctionWe published a document in the Federal Register revising our rules on October 17, 2016. That document inadvertently omitted a corresponding technical change to Sec. 404.1592f(a) when Sec. 404.1592c(a) was amended with the final rule publication. By making this technical correction we will also need to redesignate the amendatory instructions to incorporate the missing section changes to Sec. 404.1592f(a). This document corrects the final regulation by making these technical corrections.
2017-01-19RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentFederal Policy for the Protection of Human SubjectsThe departments and agencies listed in this document announce revisions to modernize, strengthen, and make more effective the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects that was originally promulgated as a Common Rule in 1991. This final rule...2017-01058"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-19/pdf/2017-01058.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/01/19/2017-01058/federal-policy-for-the-protection-of-human-subjectsThe departments and agencies listed in this document announce revisions to modernize, strengthen, and make more effective the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects that was originally promulgated as a Common Rule in 1991. This final rule is intended to better protect human subjects involved in research, while facilitating valuable research and reducing burden, delay, and ambiguity for investigators. These revisions are an effort to modernize, simplify, and enhance the current system of oversight.
2017-01-18RuleSocial Security AdministrationSocial Security AdministrationRevisions to Rules Regarding the Evaluation of Medical EvidenceWe are revising our medical evidence rules. The revisions include redefining several key terms related to evidence, revising our rules about acceptable medical sources (AMS), revising how we consider and articulate our consideration of medical opinions...2017-00455"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-18/pdf/2017-00455.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/01/18/2017-00455/revisions-to-rules-regarding-the-evaluation-of-medical-evidenceWe are revising our medical evidence rules. The revisions include redefining several key terms related to evidence, revising our rules about acceptable medical sources (AMS), revising how we consider and articulate our consideration of medical opinions and prior administrative medical findings, revising our rules about medical consultants (MC) and psychological consultants (PC), revising our rules about treating sources, and reorganizing our evidence regulations for ease of use. These revisions conform our rules to the requirements of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (BBA), reflect changes in the national healthcare workforce and in the manner that individuals receive medical care, and emphasize the need for objective medical evidence in disability and blindness claims. We expect that these changes will simplify our rules to make them easier to understand and apply, and allow us to continue to make accurate and consistent disability determinations and decisions.
2017-01-18RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentDepartment of Labor Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Annual Adjustments for 2017The U.S. Department of Labor (Department) is publishing this final rule to adjust for inflation the civil monetary penalties assessed or enforced in its regulations, pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990 as amended by...2017-00614"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-18/pdf/2017-00614.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/01/18/2017-00614/department-of-labor-federal-civil-penalties-inflation-adjustment-act-annual-adjustments-for-2017The U.S. Department of Labor (Department) is publishing this final rule to adjust for inflation the civil monetary penalties assessed or enforced in its regulations, pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990 as amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (Inflation Adjustment Act). The Inflation Adjustment Act requires the Department to annually adjust its civil money penalty levels for inflation no later than January 15 of each year. The Inflation Adjustment Act provides that agencies shall adjust civil monetary penalties notwithstanding Section 553 of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA). Additionally, the Inflation Adjustment Act provides a cost- of-living formula for adjustment of the civil penalties. Accordingly, this final rule sets forth the Department's 2017 annual adjustments for inflation to its civil monetary penalties, effective January 13, 2017.
2017-01-04Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentBlack Lung Benefits Act: Medical Benefit PaymentsThe Department is proposing revisions to regulations under the Black Lung Benefits Act (BLBA or Act) governing the payment of medical benefits. The Department is basing these rules on payment formulas that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services...2016-31382"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-04/pdf/2016-31382.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/01/04/2016-31382/black-lung-benefits-act-medical-benefit-paymentsThe Department is proposing revisions to regulations under the Black Lung Benefits Act (BLBA or Act) governing the payment of medical benefits. The Department is basing these rules on payment formulas that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) uses to determine payments under the Medicare program. The Department also intends to make the rules similar to those utilized in the other programs that the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP) administers. These rules will determine the amounts payable for covered medical services and treatments provided to entitled miners, when those services or treatments are paid by the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund. In addition, the proposed rule would eliminate two obsolete provisions.
2016-12-19RuleSocial Security AdministrationSocial Security AdministrationImplementation of the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007These final rules implement provisions of the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007 (NIAA) that require Federal agencies to provide relevant records to the Attorney General for inclusion in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System...2016-30407"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-19/pdf/2016-30407.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/12/19/2016-30407/implementation-of-the-nics-improvement-amendments-act-of-2007These final rules implement provisions of the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007 (NIAA) that require Federal agencies to provide relevant records to the Attorney General for inclusion in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Under these final rules, we will identify, on a prospective basis, individuals who receive Disability Insurance benefits under title II of the Social Security Act (Act) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments under title XVI of the Act and who also meet certain other criteria, including an award of benefits based on a finding that the individual's mental impairment meets or medically equals the requirements of section 12.00 of the Listing of Impairments (Listings) and receipt of benefits through a representative payee. We will provide pertinent information about these individuals to the Attorney General on not less than a quarterly basis. As required by the NIAA, at the commencement of the adjudication process we will also notify individuals, both orally and in writing, of their possible Federal prohibition on possessing or receiving firearms, the consequences of such prohibition, the criminal penalties for violating the Gun Control Act, and the availability of relief from the prohibition on the receipt or possession of firearms imposed by Federal law. Finally, we also establish a program that permits individuals to request relief from the Federal firearms prohibitions based on our adjudication. These changes will allow us to fulfill responsibilities that we have under the NIAA.
2016-12-16RuleSocial Security AdministrationSocial Security AdministrationEnsuring Program Uniformity at the Hearing and Appeals Council Levels of the Administrative Review ProcessWe are revising our rules so that more of our procedures at the hearing and Appeals Council levels of our administrative review process are consistent nationwide. We anticipate that these nationally consistent procedures will enable us to administer...2016-30103"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-16/pdf/2016-30103.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/12/16/2016-30103/ensuring-program-uniformity-at-the-hearing-and-appeals-council-levels-of-the-administrative-reviewWe are revising our rules so that more of our procedures at the hearing and Appeals Council levels of our administrative review process are consistent nationwide. We anticipate that these nationally consistent procedures will enable us to administer our disability programs more efficiently and better serve the public.
2016-12-09Proposed RuleRAILROAD RETIREMENT BOARDRailroad Retirement BoardPayments Pursuant to Court Decree or Court-Approved Property SettlementThe Railroad Retirement Board (Board) proposes to amend its regulations addressing who may receive a portion of an employee annuity due to a former spouse of a railroad annuitant under a court decree of divorce or court-approved property settlement,...2016-29496"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-09/pdf/2016-29496.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/12/09/2016-29496/payments-pursuant-to-court-decree-or-court-approved-property-settlementThe Railroad Retirement Board (Board) proposes to amend its regulations addressing who may receive a portion of an employee annuity due to a former spouse of a railroad annuitant under a court decree of divorce or court-approved property settlement, but which was unpaid at the time of the former spouse's death. The current regulation states that the Board will follow the priority order provided for employee annuities unpaid at death in Section 234.1 of the Board's regulations. The proper section pertaining to employee annuities due but unpaid at death is located in Section 234.31 of the Board's regulations. This amendment is necessary to insert the correct section reference.
2016-12-02RuleSocial Security AdministrationSocial Security AdministrationRevised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Mental Disorders; CorrectionWe published a document in the Federal Register revising our rules on September 26, 2016. That document inadvertently included incorrect amendatory instructions to appendix 1 to subpart P of 20 CFR part 404, removing section 114.00I and redesignating...2016-28845"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-02/pdf/2016-28845.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/12/02/2016-28845/revised-medical-criteria-for-evaluating-mental-disorders-correctionWe published a document in the Federal Register revising our rules on September 26, 2016. That document inadvertently included incorrect amendatory instructions to appendix 1 to subpart P of 20 CFR part 404, removing section 114.00I and redesignating section 114.00J as section 114.00I. This document corrects the final regulation by removing that amendatory instruction.
2016-12-02RuleSocial Security AdministrationSocial Security AdministrationRevised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Infection and for Evaluating Functional Limitations in Immune System DisordersWe are revising the criteria in the Listing of Impairments (listings) that we use to evaluate claims involving human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection in adults and children under titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act (Act). We also are...2016-28843"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-02/pdf/2016-28843.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/12/02/2016-28843/revised-medical-criteria-for-evaluating-human-immunodeficiency-virus-hiv-infection-and-forWe are revising the criteria in the Listing of Impairments (listings) that we use to evaluate claims involving human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection in adults and children under titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act (Act). We also are revising the introductory text of the listings that we use to evaluate functional limitations resulting from immune system disorders. The revisions reflect our program experience, advances in medical knowledge, our adjudicative experience, recommendations from a commissioned report, and comments from medical experts and the public.
2016-12-02Proposed RuleSocial Security AdministrationSocial Security AdministrationAnti-Harassment and Hostile Work Environment Case Tracking and Records SystemThe Social Security Administration (SSA) separately published, in today's Federal Register, notice of a new system of records, entitled Anti-Harassment & Hostile Work Environment Case Tracking and Records System. Because this system will contain some...2016-28919"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-02/pdf/2016-28919.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/12/02/2016-28919/anti-harassment-and-hostile-work-environment-case-tracking-and-records-systemThe Social Security Administration (SSA) separately published, in today's Federal Register, notice of a new system of records, entitled Anti-Harassment & Hostile Work Environment Case Tracking and Records System. Because this system will contain some investigatory material compiled for law enforcement purposes, the SSA proposes to exempt those records within this new system of records from specific provisions of the Privacy Act.
2016-11-09Proposed RuleRAILROAD RETIREMENT BOARDRailroad Retirement BoardProviding Evidence of DisabilityWe propose to amend our regulations regarding the submission of evidence in disability claims to require you to inform us or submit all evidence known to you that ``relates to'' your disability claims with exceptions for privileged communications and...2016-27060"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-11-09/pdf/2016-27060.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/11/09/2016-27060/providing-evidence-of-disabilityWe propose to amend our regulations regarding the submission of evidence in disability claims to require you to inform us or submit all evidence known to you that ``relates to'' your disability claims with exceptions for privileged communications and duplicates. This requirement would include the duty to submit all evidence obtained from any source in its entirety, subject to one of these exceptions. These modifications to our regulations would better describe your duty to submit all evidence that relates to your disability claim and will enable us to have a more complete case record which will allow us to make more accurate determinations of your disability status.
2016-10-24RuleSocial Security AdministrationSocial Security AdministrationExtension of the Expiration Date for State Disability Examiner Authority To Make Fully Favorable Quick Disability Determinations and Compassionate Allowance DeterminationsWe are extending, until December 28, 2018, the expiration date of our disability examiner authority (DEA) rule, which authorizes State agency disability examiners to make fully favorable determinations without the approval of a State agency medical or...2016-25565"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-10-24/pdf/2016-25565.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/10/24/2016-25565/extension-of-the-expiration-date-for-state-disability-examiner-authority-to-make-fully-favorableWe are extending, until December 28, 2018, the expiration date of our disability examiner authority (DEA) rule, which authorizes State agency disability examiners to make fully favorable determinations without the approval of a State agency medical or psychological consultant in claims that we consider under our quick disability determination (QDD) and compassionate allowance (CAL) processes. This is our last extension of this rule because we will phase out the use of DEA during the extension period under section 832 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (BBA). This extension provides us the time necessary to take all of the administrative actions we need to take in order to reinstate uniform use of medical and psychological consultants. The current rule will expire on November 11, 2016. In this final rule, we are changing the November 11, 2016 expiration or ``sunset'' date to December 28, 2018, extending the authority for 2 years and 1 month. This is the final extension of our DEA rule. On December 28, 2018, at the conclusion of this extension, the authority for this test will terminate. We are making no other changes.
2016-10-17RuleSocial Security AdministrationSocial Security AdministrationUnsuccessful Work Attempts and Expedited Reinstatement EligibilityThese rules finalize the rules we proposed in our notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM), published on May 11, 2016. In these rules, we remove some of the requirements for evaluation of an unsuccessful work attempt (UWA) that lasts between 3 and 6...2016-24873"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-10-17/pdf/2016-24873.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/10/17/2016-24873/unsuccessful-work-attempts-and-expedited-reinstatement-eligibilityThese rules finalize the rules we proposed in our notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM), published on May 11, 2016. In these rules, we remove some of the requirements for evaluation of an unsuccessful work attempt (UWA) that lasts between 3 and 6 months, allow previously entitled beneficiaries to apply for expedited reinstatement (EXR) in the same month they stop performing substantial gainful activity (SGA), and provide that provisional benefits will begin the month after the request for EXR if the beneficiary stops performing SGA in the month of the EXR request. These changes will simplify our policies and make them easier for the public to understand.
2016-09-26RuleSocial Security AdministrationSocial Security AdministrationRevised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Mental DisordersWe are revising the criteria in the Listing of Impairments (listings) that we use to evaluate claims involving mental disorders in adults and children under titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act (Act). The revisions reflect our program...2016-22908"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-26/pdf/2016-22908.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/09/26/2016-22908/revised-medical-criteria-for-evaluating-mental-disordersWe are revising the criteria in the Listing of Impairments (listings) that we use to evaluate claims involving mental disorders in adults and children under titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act (Act). The revisions reflect our program experience, advances in medical knowledge, recommendations from a commissioned report, and public comments we received in response to a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM).
2016-09-23RuleSocial Security AdministrationSocial Security AdministrationEvidence From Excluded Medical Sources of EvidenceIn accordance with section 812 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (BBA section 812), these rules explain how we will address evidence furnished by medical sources that meet one of BBA section 812's exclusionary categories (excluded medical sources of...2016-22909"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-23/pdf/2016-22909.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/09/23/2016-22909/evidence-from-excluded-medical-sources-of-evidenceIn accordance with section 812 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (BBA section 812), these rules explain how we will address evidence furnished by medical sources that meet one of BBA section 812's exclusionary categories (excluded medical sources of evidence) as described below. Under these new rules, we will not consider evidence furnished by an excluded medical source of evidence unless we find good cause to do so. We identify five circumstances in which we may find good cause. In these rules, we also require excluded medical sources of evidence to notify us of their excluded status under section 223(d)(5)(C)(i) of the Social Security Act (Act), as amended, in writing each time they furnish evidence to us that relates to a claim for initial or continuing benefits under titles II or XVI of the Act. These rules will allow us to fulfill obligations that we have under BBA section 812.
2016-09-19RuleSocial Security AdministrationSocial Security AdministrationRevised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Respiratory System DisordersC1-2016-13275"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-19/pdf/C1-2016-13275.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/09/19/C1-2016-13275/revised-medical-criteria-for-evaluating-respiratory-system-disorders
2016-09-09Proposed RuleSocial Security AdministrationSocial Security AdministrationRevisions to Rules Regarding the Evaluation of Medical EvidenceWe are proposing several revisions to our medical evidence rules. The proposals include redefining several key terms related to evidence, revising our list of acceptable medical sources (AMS), revising how we consider and articulate our consideration...2016-21358"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-09/pdf/2016-21358.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/09/09/2016-21358/revisions-to-rules-regarding-the-evaluation-of-medical-evidenceWe are proposing several revisions to our medical evidence rules. The proposals include redefining several key terms related to evidence, revising our list of acceptable medical sources (AMS), revising how we consider and articulate our consideration of medical opinions and prior administrative medical findings, revising who can be a medical consultant (MC) and psychological consultant (PC), revising our rules about treating sources, and reorganizing our evidence regulations for ease of use. These proposed revisions would conform our rules with the requirements of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (BBA), reflect changes in the national healthcare workforce and in the manner that individuals receive primary medical care, simplify and reorganize our rules to make them easier to understand and apply, allow us to continue to make accurate and consistent decisions, and emphasize the need for objective medical evidence in disability and blindness claims.
2016-08-26Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentLongshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act: Maximum and Minimum Compensation RatesThe Office of Workers' Compensation Programs is proposing rules to implement the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act's maximum and minimum compensation provisions. Some of these provisions, which cap the amounts of compensation and death...2016-20467"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-26/pdf/2016-20467.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/08/26/2016-20467/longshore-and-harbor-workers-compensation-act-maximum-and-minimum-compensation-ratesThe Office of Workers' Compensation Programs is proposing rules to implement the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act's maximum and minimum compensation provisions. Some of these provisions, which cap the amounts of compensation and death benefits payable to entitled claimants and provide a floor below which compensation may not fall, have become the topic of litigation. The proposed rules would clarify how the Department interprets and applies these provisions. In addition, the proposed rules would implement the Act's annual compensation-adjustment mechanism for permanent total disability compensation and death benefits.
2016-08-24RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentFederal-State Unemployment Compensation Program; Implementing the Total Unemployment Rate as an Extended Benefits Indicator and Amending for Technical Corrections; Final RuleThe Employment and Training Administration (ETA) of the U.S. Department of Labor (Department) issues this final rule to implement statutory amendments to the Extended Benefits (EB) program, which pays extra weeks of unemployment compensation during...2016-18382"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-24/pdf/2016-18382.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/08/24/2016-18382/federal-state-unemployment-compensation-program-implementing-the-total-unemployment-rate-as-anThe Employment and Training Administration (ETA) of the U.S. Department of Labor (Department) issues this final rule to implement statutory amendments to the Extended Benefits (EB) program, which pays extra weeks of unemployment compensation during periods of high unemployment in a State. Specifically, this final rule codifies a methodology for computing the Total Unemployment Rate (TUR) indicator which is an optional indicator used to measure unemployment in a State. Also, the final rule makes technical corrections to the current regulations and corrects minor mistakes.
2016-08-19RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentWorkforce Innovation and Opportunity Act; Joint Rule for Unified and Combined State Plans, Performance Accountability, and the One-Stop System Joint Provisions; Final RuleThe Departments of Education (ED) and Labor (DOL) (or, collectively, Departments) issue this Joint Final Rule to implement jointly administered activities authorized by title I of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) signed into law on...2016-15977"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-19/pdf/2016-15977.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/08/19/2016-15977/workforce-innovation-and-opportunity-act-joint-rule-for-unified-and-combined-state-plans-performanceThe Departments of Education (ED) and Labor (DOL) (or, collectively, Departments) issue this Joint Final Rule to implement jointly administered activities authorized by title I of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) signed into law on July 22, 2014 (hereafter ``Joint WIOA Final Rule''). Through these regulations, the Departments implement workforce education and employment system reforms and strengthen the nation's public workforce development system to provide increased economic opportunity and make the United States more competitive in the 21st century evolving labor market. This Joint WIOA Final Rule provides guidance for State and local workforce development systems that increase the skill and credential attainment, employment, retention, and earnings of participants, especially those with significant barriers to employment, thereby improving the quality of the workforce, reducing dependency on public benefits, increasing economic opportunity, and enhancing the productivity and competitiveness of the nation.
2016-08-19RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentWorkforce Innovation and Opportunity ActThe Department of Labor (DOL or the Department) issues this Final Rule to implement titles I and III of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Through these regulations, the Department reforms and modernizes our nation's workforce...2016-15975"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-19/pdf/2016-15975.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/08/19/2016-15975/workforce-innovation-and-opportunity-actThe Department of Labor (DOL or the Department) issues this Final Rule to implement titles I and III of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Through these regulations, the Department reforms and modernizes our nation's workforce development system. This rule provides the framework for changes for statewide and local workforce development systems to increase the employment, retention, earnings, and occupational skill attainment of U.S. workers, particularly those individuals with barriers to employment, so they can move into good jobs and careers and provide businesses with the skilled workforce needed to make the United States more competitive in the 21st Century global economy.
2016-08-16Proposed RuleSocial Security AdministrationSocial Security AdministrationRevisions to Rules of Conduct and Standards of Responsibility for Appointed RepresentativesWe propose to revise our rules of conduct and standards of responsibility for representatives. We also propose to update and clarify procedures we use when we bring charges against a representative for violating our rules of conduct and standards of...2016-19384"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-16/pdf/2016-19384.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/08/16/2016-19384/revisions-to-rules-of-conduct-and-standards-of-responsibility-for-appointed-representativesWe propose to revise our rules of conduct and standards of responsibility for representatives. We also propose to update and clarify procedures we use when we bring charges against a representative for violating our rules of conduct and standards of responsibilities for representatives. These changes are necessary to better protect the integrity of our administrative process and further clarify representatives' currently existing responsibilities in their conduct with us. The changes to our rules are not meant to suggest that any specific conduct is permissible under our existing rules; instead, we seek to ensure that our rules of conduct and standards of responsibility are clearer as a whole and directly address a broader range of inappropriate conduct.
2016-08-04Proposed RuleSocial Security AdministrationSocial Security AdministrationEnsuring Program Uniformity at the Hearing and Appeals Council Levels of the Administrative Review ProcessOn July 12, 2016, we published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for Ensuring Program Uniformity at the Hearing and Appeals Council Levels of the Administrative Review Process. We provided a 30-day comment period ending on...2016-18367"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-04/pdf/2016-18367.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/08/04/2016-18367/ensuring-program-uniformity-at-the-hearing-and-appeals-council-levels-of-the-administrative-reviewOn July 12, 2016, we published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for Ensuring Program Uniformity at the Hearing and Appeals Council Levels of the Administrative Review Process. We provided a 30-day comment period ending on August 11, 2016. We are extending the comment period for 15 days.
2016-08-03RuleSocial Security AdministrationSocial Security AdministrationExtension of Expiration Dates for Four Body System ListingsWe are extending the expiration dates of the following body systems in the Listing of Impairments (listings) in our regulations: Musculoskeletal System, Cardiovascular System, Digestive System, and Skin Disorders. We are making no other revisions to...2016-18051"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-03/pdf/2016-18051.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/08/03/2016-18051/extension-of-expiration-dates-for-four-body-system-listingsWe are extending the expiration dates of the following body systems in the Listing of Impairments (listings) in our regulations: Musculoskeletal System, Cardiovascular System, Digestive System, and Skin Disorders. We are making no other revisions to these body systems in this final rule. This extension ensures that we will continue to have the criteria we need to evaluate impairments in the affected body systems at step three of the sequential evaluation processes for initial claims and continuing disability reviews.
2016-08-01RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentFederal-State Unemployment Compensation Program; Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 Provision on Establishing Appropriate Occupations for Drug Testing of Unemployment Compensation ApplicantsThe Employment and Training Administration (ETA) of the U.S. Department of Labor (Department) is issuing this final rule to establish, for State Unemployment Compensation (UC) program purposes, occupations that regularly conduct drug testing. These...2016-17738"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-01/pdf/2016-17738.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/08/01/2016-17738/federal-state-unemployment-compensation-program-middle-class-tax-relief-and-job-creation-act-of-2012The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) of the U.S. Department of Labor (Department) is issuing this final rule to establish, for State Unemployment Compensation (UC) program purposes, occupations that regularly conduct drug testing. These regulations implement the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (the Act) amendments to the Social Security Act (SSA), permitting States to enact legislation that would allow State UC agencies to conduct drug testing on UC applicants for whom suitable work (as defined under the State law) is available only in an occupation that regularly conducts drug testing (as determined under regulations issued by the Secretary of Labor (Secretary)). States may deny UC to an applicant who tests positive for drug use under these circumstances. The Secretary is required under the SSA to issue regulations determining those occupations that regularly conduct drug testing.
2016-07-26RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentDepartment of Labor Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Catch-Up Adjustments; CorrectionThe U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is correcting an interim final rule published in the Federal Register on July 1, 2016 (81 FR 43430). The interim final rule adjusts the amounts of civil penalties assessed or enforced in its regulations pursuant to...2016-17552"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-07-26/pdf/2016-17552.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/07/26/2016-17552/department-of-labor-federal-civil-penalties-inflation-adjustment-act-catch-up-adjustments-correctionThe U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is correcting an interim final rule published in the Federal Register on July 1, 2016 (81 FR 43430). The interim final rule adjusts the amounts of civil penalties assessed or enforced in its regulations pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990 as amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015. That document inadvertently provided an incorrect authority citation when revising the general authority section for 20 CFR part 655. This document corrects the interim final rule by revising the appropriate authority section.
2016-07-12Proposed RuleSocial Security AdministrationSocial Security AdministrationEnsuring Program Uniformity at the Hearing and Appeals Council Levels of the Administrative Review ProcessWe propose to revise our rules so that more of our procedures at the administrative law judge (ALJ) and Appeals Council levels of our administrative review process are consistent nationwide. We anticipate that these nationally consistent procedures...2016-16265"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-07-12/pdf/2016-16265.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/07/12/2016-16265/ensuring-program-uniformity-at-the-hearing-and-appeals-council-levels-of-the-administrative-reviewWe propose to revise our rules so that more of our procedures at the administrative law judge (ALJ) and Appeals Council levels of our administrative review process are consistent nationwide. We anticipate that these nationally consistent procedures will enable us to administer our disability programs more efficiently and better serve the public.
2016-07-01RuleSocial Security AdministrationSocial Security AdministrationRevised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Neurological DisordersWe are revising the criteria in the Listing of Impairments (listings) that we use to evaluate disability claims involving neurological disorders in adults and children under titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act (Act). These revisions reflect...2016-15306"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-07-01/pdf/2016-15306.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/07/01/2016-15306/revised-medical-criteria-for-evaluating-neurological-disordersWe are revising the criteria in the Listing of Impairments (listings) that we use to evaluate disability claims involving neurological disorders in adults and children under titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act (Act). These revisions reflect our program experience; advances in medical knowledge, treatment, and methods of evaluating neurological disorders; comments we received from medical experts and the public at an outreach policy conference; responses to an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM); and public comments we received in response to a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) and a Federal Register notice that reopened the NPRM comment period.
2016-07-01RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentDepartment of Labor Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Catch-Up AdjustmentsThe U.S. Department of Labor is issuing this interim final rule to adjust the amounts of civil penalties assessed or enforced in its regulations. The Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990 as amended by the Federal Civil Penalties...2016-15378"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-07-01/pdf/2016-15378.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/07/01/2016-15378/department-of-labor-federal-civil-penalties-inflation-adjustment-act-catch-up-adjustmentsThe U.S. Department of Labor is issuing this interim final rule to adjust the amounts of civil penalties assessed or enforced in its regulations. The Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990 as amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (Inflation Adjustment Act) requires agencies to adjust the levels of civil monetary penalties with an initial catch-up adjustment, followed by annual adjustments for inflation. The Department is required to calculate the catch-up and subsequent annual adjustments based on the Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers. The Department must publish the interim final rule by July 1, 2016, and the new penalty levels are effective no later than August 1, 2016.
2016-06-27RuleSocial Security AdministrationSocial Security AdministrationPenalty Inflation Adjustments for Civil Money PenaltiesIn accordance with the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, as amended by the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996, and further amended by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, section 701: Federal Civil Penalties Inflation...2016-13241"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-27/pdf/2016-13241.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/06/27/2016-13241/penalty-inflation-adjustments-for-civil-money-penaltiesIn accordance with the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, as amended by the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996, and further amended by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, section 701: Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, this interim final rule incorporates the penalty inflation adjustments for the civil money penalties contained in the Social Security Act.
2016-06-24RuleSocial Security AdministrationSocial Security AdministrationExtension of Effective Date for Temporary Pilot Program Setting the Time and Place for a Hearing Before an Administrative Law JudgeWe are extending for one year our pilot program that authorizes the agency to set the time and place for a hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ). Extending the pilot program continues our commitment to improve the efficiency of our hearing...2016-14974"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-24/pdf/2016-14974.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/06/24/2016-14974/extension-of-effective-date-for-temporary-pilot-program-setting-the-time-and-place-for-a-hearingWe are extending for one year our pilot program that authorizes the agency to set the time and place for a hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ). Extending the pilot program continues our commitment to improve the efficiency of our hearing process and to maintain a hearing process that results in accurate, high-quality decisions for claimants. The current pilot program will expire on August 12, 2016. In this final rule, we are extending the effective date to August 11, 2017. We are making no other changes.
2016-06-10Proposed RuleSocial Security AdministrationSocial Security AdministrationEvidence From Statutorily Excluded Medical SourcesIn accordance with section 812 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (BBA section 812), we propose to revise our rules to explain how we would address evidence furnished by medical sources that meet one of BBA section 812's exclusionary categories...2016-13744"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-10/pdf/2016-13744.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/06/10/2016-13744/evidence-from-statutorily-excluded-medical-sourcesIn accordance with section 812 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (BBA section 812), we propose to revise our rules to explain how we would address evidence furnished by medical sources that meet one of BBA section 812's exclusionary categories (statutorily excluded medical sources). Under this proposed rule, we would not consider evidence furnished by a statutorily excluded medical source unless we find good cause to do so. We propose several circumstances in which we would find good cause, and we also propose to require statutorily excluded medical sources to notify us of their excluded status when they furnish evidence to us. These rules would allow us to fulfill obligations that we have under the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (BBA).
2016-06-09RuleSocial Security AdministrationSocial Security AdministrationRevised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Respiratory System DisordersWe are revising the criteria in the Listing of Impairments (listings) that we use to evaluate claims involving respiratory disorders in adults and children under titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act (Act). The revisions reflect our program...2016-13275"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-09/pdf/2016-13275.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/06/09/2016-13275/revised-medical-criteria-for-evaluating-respiratory-system-disordersWe are revising the criteria in the Listing of Impairments (listings) that we use to evaluate claims involving respiratory disorders in adults and children under titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act (Act). The revisions reflect our program experience and advances in medical knowledge since we last comprehensively revised this body system in 1993, as well as comments we received from medical experts and the public.
2016-05-24RuleSocial Security AdministrationSocial Security AdministrationExtension of Expiration Dates for Two Body System ListingsWe are extending the expiration dates of the following body systems in the Listing of Impairments (listings) in our regulations: Endocrine Disorders and Immune System Disorders. We are making no other revisions to these body systems in this final rule....2016-12182"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-24/pdf/2016-12182.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/05/24/2016-12182/extension-of-expiration-dates-for-two-body-system-listingsWe are extending the expiration dates of the following body systems in the Listing of Impairments (listings) in our regulations: Endocrine Disorders and Immune System Disorders. We are making no other revisions to these body systems in this final rule. This extension ensures that we will continue to have the criteria we need to evaluate impairments in the affected body systems at step three of the sequential evaluation processes for initial claims and continuing disability reviews.
2016-05-20RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentBlack Lung Benefits Act: Disclosure of Medical Evidence and Payment of Benefits; Technical AmendmentThe Office of Workers' Compensation Programs is making a technical amendment to its regulation on disclosure of medical information to reflect the Office of Management and Budget's approval under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), 44 U.S.C....2016-11840"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-20/pdf/2016-11840.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/05/20/2016-11840/black-lung-benefits-act-disclosure-of-medical-evidence-and-payment-of-benefits-technical-amendmentThe Office of Workers' Compensation Programs is making a technical amendment to its regulation on disclosure of medical information to reflect the Office of Management and Budget's approval under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), 44 U.S.C. 3501-20, of the information collection requirements contained in that regulation.
2016-05-16RuleRAILROAD RETIREMENT BOARDRailroad Retirement BoardRecovery of Debts Owed to the United States Government by Administrative OffsetThe Railroad Retirement Board (Board) amends its regulations by changing from 180 days delinquent to 120 days delinquent debts that are referred to Treasury in compliance with the DATA Act.2016-11445"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-16/pdf/2016-11445.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/05/16/2016-11445/recovery-of-debts-owed-to-the-united-states-government-by-administrative-offsetThe Railroad Retirement Board (Board) amends its regulations by changing from 180 days delinquent to 120 days delinquent debts that are referred to Treasury in compliance with the DATA Act.
2016-05-11Proposed RuleSocial Security AdministrationSocial Security AdministrationUnsuccessful Work Attempts and Expedited Reinstatement EligibilityWe propose to remove some of the requirements for evaluation of an unsuccessful work attempt (UWA) that lasts between 3 and 6 months. We also propose to allow previously entitled beneficiaries to apply for expedited reinstatement (EXR) in the same...2016-10932"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-11/pdf/2016-10932.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/05/11/2016-10932/unsuccessful-work-attempts-and-expedited-reinstatement-eligibilityWe propose to remove some of the requirements for evaluation of an unsuccessful work attempt (UWA) that lasts between 3 and 6 months. We also propose to allow previously entitled beneficiaries to apply for expedited reinstatement (EXR) in the same month they stop performing substantial gainful activity (SGA). Provisional benefits will begin the month after the request for EXR if the beneficiary stops performing SGA in the month of the EXR request. These changes would simplify our policies and make them easier for the public to understand.
2016-05-05Proposed RuleSocial Security AdministrationSocial Security AdministrationImplementation of the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007We propose to implement provisions of the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007 (NIAA) that require Federal agencies to provide relevant records to the Attorney General for inclusion in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS)....2016-10424"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-05/pdf/2016-10424.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/05/05/2016-10424/implementation-of-the-nics-improvement-amendments-act-of-2007We propose to implement provisions of the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007 (NIAA) that require Federal agencies to provide relevant records to the Attorney General for inclusion in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Under the proposed rule, we would identify, on a prospective basis, individuals who receive Disability Insurance benefits under title II of the Social Security Act (Act) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments under title XVI of the Act and also meet certain other criteria, including an award of benefits based on a finding that the individual's mental impairment meets or medically equals the requirements of section 12.00 of the Listing of Impairments (Listings) and receipt of benefits through a representative payee. We propose to provide pertinent information about these individuals to the Attorney General on not less than a quarterly basis. As required by the NIAA, at the commencement of the adjudication process we would also notify individuals, both orally and in writing, of their possible Federal prohibition on possessing or receiving firearms, the consequences of such inclusion, the criminal penalties for violating the Gun Control Act, and the availability of relief from the prohibitions imposed by Federal law. Finally, we also propose to establish a program that permits individuals to request relief from the Federal firearms prohibitions based on our adjudication. The proposed rule would allow us to fulfill responsibilities that we have under the NIAA.
2016-05-02RuleRAILROAD RETIREMENT BOARDRailroad Retirement BoardCivil Monetary Penalty Inflation AdjustmentAs required by Section 701 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, entitled the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, the Railroad Retirement Board (Board) hereby amends its regulations to provide for adjustments in...2016-09959"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-02/pdf/2016-09959.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/05/02/2016-09959/civil-monetary-penalty-inflation-adjustmentAs required by Section 701 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, entitled the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, the Railroad Retirement Board (Board) hereby amends its regulations to provide for adjustments in the minimum and maximum amounts of civil monetary penalties under the Board's jurisdiction. The amendment will increase the amount of penalties to adjust for inflation since the Board last adjusted its penalty amounts, and will provide the formula to be used for required annual adjustments in the penalty amounts.
2016-04-26RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentBlack Lung Benefits Act: Disclosure of Medical Information and Payment of BenefitsThis final rule revises the regulations implementing the Black Lung Benefits Act to address certain procedural issues that have arisen in claim adjudications and other technical issues. To protect miners' health, assist parties without adequate legal...2016-09525"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-04-26/pdf/2016-09525.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/04/26/2016-09525/black-lung-benefits-act-disclosure-of-medical-information-and-payment-of-benefitsThis final rule revises the regulations implementing the Black Lung Benefits Act to address certain procedural issues that have arisen in claim adjudications and other technical issues. To protect miners' health, assist parties without adequate legal representation, and enhance the accuracy of benefits entitlement decisions, the final rule includes a new provision that requires all parties to exchange with each other any medical information developed in connection with a claim for benefits and allows for the imposition of sanctions for failure to comply with the rule. The final rule also clarifies a liable coal mine operator's obligation to pay effective benefits awards by requiring payment before allowing the operator to challenge the award through the Act's modification procedures. In addition, the final rule resolves an ambiguity regarding how physicians' follow-up reports should be considered under the evidence-limiting rules, and allows the Department to fully participate in claims adjudications after the liable coal mine operator stops participating because of adverse financial developments, such as bankruptcy or insolvency.
2016-04-05Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentClaims for Compensation Under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program ActThe Department of Labor is reopening and extending the comment period for the notice of proposed rulemaking it published on November 18, 2015 (80 FR 72296). The Department originally allowed a 60-day comment period that was scheduled to close on...2016-07488"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-04-05/pdf/2016-07488.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/04/05/2016-07488/claims-for-compensation-under-the-energy-employees-occupational-illness-compensation-program-actThe Department of Labor is reopening and extending the comment period for the notice of proposed rulemaking it published on November 18, 2015 (80 FR 72296). The Department originally allowed a 60-day comment period that was scheduled to close on January 19, 2016, but on that date extended the comment period another 30 days through February 18, 2016 (81 FR 2787). This notice indicates that the comment period is being reopened as of April 5, 2016 and extended for an additional period. The comment period for the information collection requirements in the proposed rule ended on December 18, 2015, and that period is not being reopened.
2016-04-04RuleSocial Security AdministrationSocial Security AdministrationExtension of the Workers' Compensation Offset From Age 65 to Full Retirement Age-Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) ActThis final rule adopts, with one additional change, the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that we published in the Federal Register on January 4, 2016. This final rule revises our rules by incorporating changes made by the ABLE Act to section 224(a)...2016-07602"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-04-04/pdf/2016-07602.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/04/04/2016-07602/extension-of-the-workers-compensation-offset-from-age-65-to-full-retirement-age-achieving-a-betterThis final rule adopts, with one additional change, the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that we published in the Federal Register on January 4, 2016. This final rule revises our rules by incorporating changes made by the ABLE Act to section 224(a) of the Social Security Act (Act). Under this final rule, the age at which disability insurance benefits (DIB) are no longer subject to reduction (offset) based on receipt of workers' compensation or public disability benefits (WC/PDB) changes from age 65 to the day the individual attains full retirement age.
2016-02-23RuleJOINT BOARD FOR THE ENROLLMENT OF ACTUARIESJoint Board for Enrollment of ActuariesRegulations Governing Organization of the Joint Board for the Enrollment of ActuariesThis document contains final regulations relating to the organization of the Joint Board for the Enrollment of Actuaries. The regulations are being amended in order to conform one provision of the regulations to the Bylaws of the Joint Board. These...2016-03655"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-02-23/pdf/2016-03655.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/02/23/2016-03655/regulations-governing-organization-of-the-joint-board-for-the-enrollment-of-actuariesThis document contains final regulations relating to the organization of the Joint Board for the Enrollment of Actuaries. The regulations are being amended in order to conform one provision of the regulations to the Bylaws of the Joint Board. These regulations solely address the internal management of the Joint Board and do not affect pension plans, plan participants, actuaries, or the general public.
2016-02-10Proposed RuleSocial Security AdministrationSocial Security AdministrationRevising the Ticket to Work Program RulesWe are soliciting public input on whether and how we might revise the current Ticket to Work program rules. The Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999 established the Ticket to Work program to allow individuals with disabilities to...2016-02657"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-02-10/pdf/2016-02657.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/02/10/2016-02657/revising-the-ticket-to-work-program-rulesWe are soliciting public input on whether and how we might revise the current Ticket to Work program rules. The Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999 established the Ticket to Work program to allow individuals with disabilities to seek services to obtain and retain employment in order to reduce dependency on cash benefit programs. In creating the program, Congress found that eliminating barriers to work and providing individuals with real choice in obtaining services and technology to find, enter, and maintain employment can greatly improve the short and long-term financial independence and personal well-being of our beneficiaries. We want to explore improving our Ticket to Work program as part of our ongoing effort to help our beneficiaries find and maintain employment that leads to increased independence and enhanced productivity. If we propose specific revisions to our regulations, we will publish a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register.
2016-02-05RuleSocial Security AdministrationSocial Security AdministrationReturning Evidence at the Appeals Council LevelThis final rule adopts the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that we published in the Federal Register on October 21, 2015. This final rule revises our rules regarding returning evidence at the Appeals Council (AC) level. Under this final rule, the...2016-02267"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-02-05/pdf/2016-02267.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/02/05/2016-02267/returning-evidence-at-the-appeals-council-levelThis final rule adopts the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that we published in the Federal Register on October 21, 2015. This final rule revises our rules regarding returning evidence at the Appeals Council (AC) level. Under this final rule, the AC will no longer return additional evidence it receives when the AC determines the additional evidence does not relate to the period on or before the date of the administrative law judge (ALJ) decision.
2016-01-19Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentClaims for Compensation Under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program ActThe Department of Labor is extending the comment period for the notice of proposed rulemaking it published on November 18, 2015 (80 FR 72296). The original deadline to submit comments on the proposed regulations was January 19, 2016. That comment...2016-00835"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-01-19/pdf/2016-00835.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/01/19/2016-00835/claims-for-compensation-under-the-energy-employees-occupational-illness-compensation-program-actThe Department of Labor is extending the comment period for the notice of proposed rulemaking it published on November 18, 2015 (80 FR 72296). The original deadline to submit comments on the proposed regulations was January 19, 2016. That comment period is being extended for an additional 30 days. The comment period for the information collection requirements in the proposed rule ended on December 18, 2015, and that period is not being extended.
2016-01-04Proposed RuleSocial Security AdministrationSocial Security AdministrationExtension of the Workers' Compensation Offset From Age 65 to Full Retirement Age-Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) ActWe propose to amend our regulations to incorporate changes made by the ABLE Act to section 224(a) of the Social Security Act. The ABLE Act amends section 224(a) by changing the age at which disability insurance benefits (DIB) are no longer subject to...2015-33036"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-01-04/pdf/2015-33036.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/01/04/2015-33036/extension-of-the-workers-compensation-offset-from-age-65-to-full-retirement-age-achieving-a-betterWe propose to amend our regulations to incorporate changes made by the ABLE Act to section 224(a) of the Social Security Act. The ABLE Act amends section 224(a) by changing the age at which disability insurance benefits (DIB) are no longer subject to reduction (offset) based on receipt of workers' compensation or public disability benefits (WC/PDB), from age 65 to the day the individual attains full retirement age. This change will make our rules consistent with the provisions of the Act, as amended by the ABLE Act.
2015-11-25Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentFederal Policy for the Protection of Human SubjectsThe Department of Health and Human Services and the other Federal Departments and Agencies listed in this document are extending the comment period on the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects notice of proposed rulemaking. The NPRM...2015-30122"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-11-25/pdf/2015-30122.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/11/25/2015-30122/federal-policy-for-the-protection-of-human-subjectsThe Department of Health and Human Services and the other Federal Departments and Agencies listed in this document are extending the comment period on the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects notice of proposed rulemaking. The NPRM requests comment on proposed revisions to modernize, strengthen, and make more effective the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects that was promulgated as a Common Rule in 1991. The NPRM was published in the Federal Register on September 8, 2015.
2015-11-18Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentClaims for Compensation Under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program ActThis document contains the changes to the regulations governing the administration of the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act of 2000, as amended (EEOICPA or Act), being proposed by the Department of Labor (Department or...2015-27121"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-11-18/pdf/2015-27121.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/11/18/2015-27121/claims-for-compensation-under-the-energy-employees-occupational-illness-compensation-program-actThis document contains the changes to the regulations governing the administration of the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act of 2000, as amended (EEOICPA or Act), being proposed by the Department of Labor (Department or DOL). Part B of the Act provides uniform lump-sum payments and medical benefits to covered employees and, where applicable, to survivors of such employees, of the Department of Energy (DOE), its predecessor agencies and certain of its vendors, contractors and subcontractors. Part B of the Act also provides smaller uniform lump-sum payments and medical benefits to individuals found eligible by the Department of Justice (DOJ) for benefits under section 5 of the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) and, where applicable, to their survivors. Part E of the Act provides variable lump-sum payments (based on a worker's permanent impairment and/or qualifying calendar years of established wage-loss) and medical benefits for covered DOE contractor employees and, where applicable, provides variable lump-sum payments to survivors of such employees (based on a worker's death due to a covered illness and any qualifying calendar years of established wage-loss). Part E of the Act also provides these same payments and benefits to uranium miners, millers and ore transporters covered by section 5 of RECA and, where applicable, to survivors of such employees. The Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP) administers the adjudication of claims and the payment of benefits under EEOICPA, with National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) estimating the amounts of radiation received by employees alleged to have sustained cancer as a result of such exposure and establishing guidelines to be followed by OWCP in determining whether such cancers are at least as likely as not related to employment. Both DOE and DOJ are responsible for notifying potential claimants and for submitting evidence necessary for OWCP's adjudication of claims under EEOICPA.
2015-11-10RuleSocial Security AdministrationSocial Security AdministrationFederal Awarding Agency Regulatory Implementation of Office of Management and Budget's Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal AwardsThis final rule adopts the joint interim final rule that was published in the Federal Register on December 19, 2014. This final rule implements the final guidance Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal...2015-28432"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-11-10/pdf/2015-28432.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/11/10/2015-28432/federal-awarding-agency-regulatory-implementation-of-office-of-management-and-budgets-uniformThis final rule adopts the joint interim final rule that was published in the Federal Register on December 19, 2014. This final rule implements the final guidance Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance) published by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on December 26, 2013. This rule brings into effect the Uniform Guidance as required by OMB. Implementation of this guidance by all Federal award- making agencies will reduce administrative burden and risk of waste, fraud, and abuse for the approximately $600 billion per year awarded in Federal financial assistance government wide. The result will be more Federal dollars reprogrammed to support the mission, an increase in the number of new entities able to compete and win awards, and ultimately a stronger framework to provide key services to American citizens and support the basic research that underpins the United States economy.
2015-10-30Proposed RuleSocial Security AdministrationSocial Security AdministrationVocational Factors of Age, Education, and Work Experience in the Adult Disability Determination Process; Extending of the Comment PeriodOn September 14, 2015, we published in the Federal Register an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) regarding Vocational Factors of Age, Education, and Work Experience in the Adult Disability Determination Process and solicited public...2015-27692"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-10-30/pdf/2015-27692.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/10/30/2015-27692/vocational-factors-of-age-education-and-work-experience-in-the-adult-disability-determinationOn September 14, 2015, we published in the Federal Register an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) regarding Vocational Factors of Age, Education, and Work Experience in the Adult Disability Determination Process and solicited public comments. We provided a 60- day comment period ending on November 13, 2015. We are extending the comment period to December 14, 2015. Our extension of the comment date accommodates and facilitates public comments we expect in response to the National Disability Forum we are sponsoring on Friday, November 20, 2015. During the forum, we are hosting a moderator-led discussion entitled: The Realities of Work for Individuals with Disabilities: Impact of Age, Education, and Work Experience (for information on the forum see the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section).
2015-10-21Proposed RuleSocial Security AdministrationSocial Security AdministrationReturning Evidence at the Appeals Council LevelWe propose to amend our regulations by revising our rules regarding the return of evidence at the Appeals Council (AC) level. Our current rules state that the AC will return to the claimant additional evidence it receives when the AC finds the evidence...2015-26747"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-10-21/pdf/2015-26747.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/10/21/2015-26747/returning-evidence-at-the-appeals-council-levelWe propose to amend our regulations by revising our rules regarding the return of evidence at the Appeals Council (AC) level. Our current rules state that the AC will return to the claimant additional evidence it receives when the AC finds the evidence does not relate to the period on or before the date of the administrative law judge's (ALJ) hearing decision. We are proposing these revisions to give the AC discretion in returning additional evidence that it receives when the AC determines the additional evidence does not relate to the period on or before the date of the ALJ decision.
2015-10-19RuleSocial Security AdministrationSocial Security AdministrationExtension of the Expiration Date for State Disability Examiner Authority To Make Fully Favorable Quick Disability Determinations and Compassionate Allowance DeterminationsWe are extending the expiration date of our rule that authorizes State agency disability examiners to make fully favorable determinations without the approval of a State agency medical or psychological consultant in claims that we consider under our...2015-26488"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-10-19/pdf/2015-26488.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/10/19/2015-26488/extension-of-the-expiration-date-for-state-disability-examiner-authority-to-make-fully-favorableWe are extending the expiration date of our rule that authorizes State agency disability examiners to make fully favorable determinations without the approval of a State agency medical or psychological consultant in claims that we consider under our quick disability determination (QDD) and compassionate allowance (CAL) processes. The current rule will expire on November 13, 2015. In this final rule, we are changing the November 13, 2015 expiration or ``sunset'' date to November 11, 2016, extending the authority for 1 year. We are making no other substantive changes.
2015-10-16RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentTemporary Agricultural Employment of H-2A Foreign Workers in the Herding or Production of Livestock on the Range in the United StatesThe Department of Labor is issuing regulations to govern its certification of the employment of nonimmigrant workers in temporary or seasonal agricultural employment under the H-2A program. Specifically, these regulations establish standards and...2015-26252"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-10-16/pdf/2015-26252.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/10/16/2015-26252/temporary-agricultural-employment-of-h-2a-foreign-workers-in-the-herding-or-production-of-livestockThe Department of Labor is issuing regulations to govern its certification of the employment of nonimmigrant workers in temporary or seasonal agricultural employment under the H-2A program. Specifically, these regulations establish standards and procedures for employers seeking to hire foreign temporary agricultural workers for job opportunities in herding and production of livestock on the range. These regulations are consistent with the Secretary of Labor's statutory responsibility to certify that there are not sufficient able, willing, qualified and available U.S. workers to perform these jobs, and that the employment of foreign workers will not adversely affect the wages and working conditions of workers in the United States similarly employed. Among the issues addressed in these regulations are the qualifying criteria for employing foreign workers in the applicable job opportunities, preparing job orders, program obligations of employers, filing of H-2A applications requesting temporary labor certification for range occupations, recruiting U.S. workers, determining the minimum offered wage rate, and the minimum standards for housing used on the range. The regulations establish a single set of standards and procedures applicable to employers seeking to hire foreign temporary agricultural workers for sheep and goat herding and range production of livestock, given the unique characteristics of these job opportunities in their industry.
2015-10-14RuleSocial Security AdministrationSocial Security AdministrationCollection of Administrative DebtsThis final rule adopts the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that we published in the Federal Register on March 24, 2014. This final rule creates our own administrative debt collection regulations, and it improves our authorities to pursue...2015-25544"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-10-14/pdf/2015-25544.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/10/14/2015-25544/collection-of-administrative-debtsThis final rule adopts the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that we published in the Federal Register on March 24, 2014. This final rule creates our own administrative debt collection regulations, and it improves our authorities to pursue collection of administrative debts from current and separated employees and non- employee debtors as authorized by the Debt Collection Act (DCA) of 1982, amended by the Debt Collection Improvement Act (DCIA) of 1996 and other existing debt collection statutes. We expect that this final rule will have no impact on the public.
2015-09-14Proposed RuleSocial Security AdministrationSocial Security AdministrationVocational Factors of Age, Education, and Work Experience in the Adult Disability Determination ProcessWe are soliciting public input about how we should consider the vocational factors of age, education, and work experience in adult disability claims under titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act (Act). There have been significant changes in...2015-22839"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-09-14/pdf/2015-22839.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/09/14/2015-22839/vocational-factors-of-age-education-and-work-experience-in-the-adult-disability-determinationWe are soliciting public input about how we should consider the vocational factors of age, education, and work experience in adult disability claims under titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act (Act). There have been significant changes in technology use and workforce demographics since we first adopted our vocational factor regulations in 1978. We are requesting public comments, along with any supporting data, to assist in our efforts to streamline, simplify, and ensure the ongoing relevance of our disability determination programs.
2015-09-08Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentFederal Policy for the Protection of Human SubjectsThe departments and agencies listed in this document propose revisions to modernize, strengthen, and make more effective the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects that was promulgated as a Common Rule in 1991. This NPRM seeks comment on...2015-21756"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-09-08/pdf/2015-21756.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/09/08/2015-21756/federal-policy-for-the-protection-of-human-subjectsThe departments and agencies listed in this document propose revisions to modernize, strengthen, and make more effective the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects that was promulgated as a Common Rule in 1991. This NPRM seeks comment on proposals to better protect human subjects involved in research, while facilitating valuable research and reducing burden, delay, and ambiguity for investigators. This proposed rule is an effort to modernize, simplify, and enhance the current system of oversight. The participating departments and agencies propose these revisions to the human subjects regulations because they believe these changes would strengthen protections for research subjects while facilitating important research.
2015-08-18Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentLongshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act: Transmission of Documents and InformationThe Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP) published a notice of proposed rulemaking and companion direct final rule in the Federal Register on March 12, 2015, broadening the acceptable methods by which claimants, employers, and insurers can...2015-20422"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-08-18/pdf/2015-20422.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/08/18/2015-20422/longshore-and-harbor-workers-compensation-act-transmission-of-documents-and-informationThe Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP) published a notice of proposed rulemaking and companion direct final rule in the Federal Register on March 12, 2015, broadening the acceptable methods by which claimants, employers, and insurers can communicate with OWCP and each other regarding claims arising under the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act and its extensions. The comment period closed on May 11, 2015. OWCP did not receive significant adverse comment and therefore the direct final rule took effect on June 10, 2015. For these reasons, OWCP is withdrawing the notice of proposed rulemaking.
2015-08-12RuleSocial Security AdministrationSocial Security AdministrationRevised Listings for Growth Disorders and Weight Loss in Children; Correcting AmendmentsWe published a document in the Federal Register revising our rules on April 13, 2015. That document inadvertently included incorrect values in table II of listing 105.08(B)(1)(c) of appendix 1 to subpart P of 20 CFR part 404. This document corrects the...2015-19825"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-08-12/pdf/2015-19825.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/08/12/2015-19825/revised-listings-for-growth-disorders-and-weight-loss-in-children-correcting-amendmentsWe published a document in the Federal Register revising our rules on April 13, 2015. That document inadvertently included incorrect values in table II of listing 105.08(B)(1)(c) of appendix 1 to subpart P of 20 CFR part 404. This document corrects the final regulation by revising this table.
2015-08-10RuleSocial Security AdministrationSocial Security AdministrationSocial Security Number Card ApplicationsThis final rule adopts the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) we published in the Federal Register on February 26, 2015. This rule revises our regulations to allow applicants for a Social Security number (SSN) card to apply by completing a prescribed...2015-19568"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-08-10/pdf/2015-19568.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/08/10/2015-19568/social-security-number-card-applicationsThis final rule adopts the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) we published in the Federal Register on February 26, 2015. This rule revises our regulations to allow applicants for a Social Security number (SSN) card to apply by completing a prescribed application and submitting the required evidence. We are also removing the word ``documentary'' from our description of certain evidence requirements and replacing ``Immigration and Naturalization Service'' with ``Department of Homeland Security'' to reflect that agency's creation. These changes will provide more flexibility in the ways in which the public may request SSN cards and allow us to implement an online SSN replacement card application system.
2015-07-02RuleSocial Security AdministrationSocial Security AdministrationExtension of Effective Date for Temporary Pilot Program Setting the Time and Place for a Hearing Before an Administrative Law JudgeWe are extending for one year our pilot program that authorizes the agency to set the time and place for a hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ). Extending of the pilot program continues our commitment to improve the efficiency of our...2015-16397"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-02/pdf/2015-16397.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/07/02/2015-16397/extension-of-effective-date-for-temporary-pilot-program-setting-the-time-and-place-for-a-hearingWe are extending for one year our pilot program that authorizes the agency to set the time and place for a hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ). Extending of the pilot program continues our commitment to improve the efficiency of our hearing process and to maintain a hearing process that results in accurate, high-quality decisions for claimants. The current pilot program will expire on August 10, 2015. In this final rule, we are extending the effective date to August 12, 2016. We are making no other substantive changes.
2015-06-15RuleSocial Security AdministrationSocial Security AdministrationSixty-Month Period of Employment Requirement for Government Pension Offset ExemptionThis final rule adopts, with clarifying changes, the proposed rule we previously published in the Federal Register on August 3, 2007. This final rule revises our Government Pension Offset (GPO) regulations to reflect changes to the Social Security Act...2015-14509"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-06-15/pdf/2015-14509.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/06/15/2015-14509/sixty-month-period-of-employment-requirement-for-government-pension-offset-exemptionThis final rule adopts, with clarifying changes, the proposed rule we previously published in the Federal Register on August 3, 2007. This final rule revises our Government Pension Offset (GPO) regulations to reflect changes to the Social Security Act (``Act'') made by section 9007 of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 (OBRA 1987) and section 418 of the Social Security Protection Act of 2004 (SSPA). These regulations explain how and when we will reduce the Social Security spouse's benefit for some people who receive Federal, State, or local government pensions if Social Security did not cover their government work.
2015-06-05RuleSocial Security AdministrationSocial Security AdministrationExtension of Sunset Date for Attorney Advisor ProgramWe are extending for 2 years our rule authorizing attorney advisors to conduct certain prehearing procedures and to issue fully favorable decisions. The current rule will expire on August 7, 2015. In this final rule, we are extending the sunset date to...2015-13768"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-06-05/pdf/2015-13768.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/06/05/2015-13768/extension-of-sunset-date-for-attorney-advisor-programWe are extending for 2 years our rule authorizing attorney advisors to conduct certain prehearing procedures and to issue fully favorable decisions. The current rule will expire on August 7, 2015. In this final rule, we are extending the sunset date to August 4, 2017. We are making no other substantive changes.
2015-05-20RuleSocial Security AdministrationSocial Security AdministrationRevised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Cancer (Malignant Neoplastic Diseases)We are revising the criteria in parts A and B of the Listing of Impairments (listings) that we use to evaluate claims involving cancer (malignant neoplastic diseases) under titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act (Act). These revisions reflect our...2015-11923"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-20/pdf/2015-11923.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/05/20/2015-11923/revised-medical-criteria-for-evaluating-cancer-malignant-neoplastic-diseasesWe are revising the criteria in parts A and B of the Listing of Impairments (listings) that we use to evaluate claims involving cancer (malignant neoplastic diseases) under titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act (Act). These revisions reflect our adjudicative experience, advances in medical knowledge, recommendations from medical experts we consulted, and public comments we received in response to a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM).
2015-05-05Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentTemporary Agricultural Employment of H-2A Foreign Workers in the Herding or Production of Livestock on the Open Range in the United States; Extension of Comment PeriodThe Department of Labor (Department) issued a proposed rule in the Federal Register of April 15, 2015 [FR Doc. 2015-08505], concerning proposed amendments to its regulations governing certification of the employment of nonimmigrant workers in temporary...2015-10464"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-05/pdf/2015-10464.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/05/05/2015-10464/temporary-agricultural-employment-of-h-2a-foreign-workers-in-the-herding-or-production-of-livestockThe Department of Labor (Department) issued a proposed rule in the Federal Register of April 15, 2015 [FR Doc. 2015-08505], concerning proposed amendments to its regulations governing certification of the employment of nonimmigrant workers in temporary or seasonal agricultural employment under the H-2A program to codify certain procedures for employers seeking to hire foreign temporary agricultural workers for job opportunities in sheepherding, goat herding and production of livestock on the open range. This notice extends the comment period for 15 days, from May 15 to June 1, 2015. Multiple commenters requested additional time to develop their comments concerning the proposed rulemaking. The Department is therefore extending the comment period in order to give all interested persons the opportunity to comment fully.
2015-04-29RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentTemporary Non-Agricultural Employment of H-2B Aliens in the United StatesThe Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) are jointly issuing regulations governing the certification of the employment of nonimmigrant workers in temporary or seasonal non-agricultural employment and the enforcement...2015-09694"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-29/pdf/2015-09694.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/04/29/2015-09694/temporary-non-agricultural-employment-of-h-2b-aliens-in-the-united-statesThe Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) are jointly issuing regulations governing the certification of the employment of nonimmigrant workers in temporary or seasonal non-agricultural employment and the enforcement of the obligations applicable to employers of such nonimmigrant workers. This interim final rule establishes the process by which employers obtain a temporary labor certification from DOL for use in petitioning DHS to employ a nonimmigrant worker in H-2B status. We are also issuing regulations to provide for increased worker protections for both United States (U.S.) and foreign workers. DHS and DOL are issuing simultaneously with this rule a companion rule governing the methodology to set the prevailing wage in the H-2B program.
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