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Social Security Administration: Effective Date of Application for Supplemental Security Income Benefits

Published by the Government Accountability Office on 1999-06-28.

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United States General Accounting Office                                Office of the General Counsel
Washington, DC 20548



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          June 28, 1999

          The Honorable William V. Roth
          Chairman
          The Honorable Daniel Patrick Moynihan
          Ranking Minority Member
          Committee on Finance
          United States Senate

          The Honorable Bill Archer
          Chairman
          The Honorable Charles B. Rangel
          Ranking Minority Member
          Committee on Ways and Means
          House of Representatives

          Subject: Social Security Administration: Effective Date of Application for
                   Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Benefits

          Pursuant to section 801(a)(2)(A) of title 5, United States Code, this is our report on a
          major rule promulgated by Social Security Administration (SSA), entitled “Effective
          Date of Application for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Benefits” (RIN: 0960-
          AE71). We received the rule on June 10, 1999. It was published in the Federal
          Register as a final rule on June 15, 1999. 64 Fed. Reg. 31969.

          The final rule implements section 204 of the Personal Responsibility and Work
          Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, which changes the date a Social Security
          application is effective so that the earliest month for which benefits can be paid is
          the month following the month in which the application is filed. Previously, benefits
          were prorated for the month in which the application was filed. Also, the rule makes
          changes concerning emergency advance payments, interim assistance
          reimbursements, and in the definition of “eligible spouse.”

          Enclosed is our assessment of the SSA’s compliance with the procedural steps
          required by section 801(a)(1)(B)(i) through (iv) of title 5 with respect to the rule.
          Our review indicates that SSA complied with the applicable requirements.




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If you have any questions about this report, please contact James W. Vickers,
Assistant General Counsel, at (202) 512-8210. The official responsible for GAO
evaluation work relating to the subject matter of the rule is Cindy Fagnoni, Director,
Education, Workforce, and Income Security Issues. Ms. Fagnoni can be reached at
(202) 512-7215.

Sincerely yours,




Robert P. Murphy
General Counsel

Enclosure

cc: Ms. Georgia E. Myers
    Acting Regulations Officer
    Social Security Administration




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                                                                          ENCLOSURE

        ANALYSIS UNDER 5 U.S.C. § 801(a)(1)(B)(i)-(iv) OF A MAJOR RULE
                              ISSUED BY THE
                    SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION
                                 ENTITLED
                  "EFFECTIVE DATE OF APPLICATION FOR
            SUPPLEMENTAL SECURITY INCOME (SSI) BENEFITS"
                             (RIN: 0960-AE71)

(i) Cost-benefit analysis

Due to the final rule, it is estimated that Social Security program outlays will be
reduced by $785 million in the 6-year period covering fiscal years 1998 through 2003.

(ii) Agency actions relevant to the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. §§ 603-605,
607, and 609

The Commissioner of the SSA has certified that the final rule will not have a
significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities because the
rule only affects individuals.

(iii) Agency actions relevant to sections 202-205 of the Unfunded Mandates Reform
Act of 1995, 2 U.S.C. §§ 1532-1535

The final rule does not impose any intergovernmental or private sector mandates, as
defined in title II, under the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995.

(iv) Other relevant information or requirements under acts and executive orders

Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. §§ 551 et seq.

The final rule was issued pursuant to the notice and comment provisions of
5 U.S.C. § 553. On August 10, 1998, SSA published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
in the Federal Register. 63 Fed. Reg. 42601. No comments were received in
response to the notice and the proposed rule is being published substantially
unchanged as the final rule.

Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. §§ 3501-3520

The final rule does not contain any information collections, which are subject to
review by the Office of Management and Budget under the Paperwork Reduction
Act.




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Statutory authorization for the rule

The final rule is issued pursuant to the authority of and in implementation of
sections 204(a), (b), and (c) of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity
Reconciliation Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104-193).

Executive Order No. 12866

The final rule was reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget as an
“economically significant” regulatory action under the Order and found to comply
with the Order’s requirements.




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