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SSA RIN: 0960-AG56 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Revisions to Rules on Representation of Parties (3396F) 
Abstract:

We will revise our rules on representation of parties in parts 404, 408, 416, and 422 to reflect changes in the way claimants obtain representation and in representatives' business practices. These new rules will improve our efficiency by increasing the use of electronic services.

 
Agency: Social Security Administration(SSA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: uncollected 
CFR Citation: 20 CFR 404.612    20 CFR 404.901    20 CFR 404.903    20 CFR 404.909    20 CFR 404.910    20 CFR 404.933    20 CFR 404.934    20 CFR 404.1700 to 404.1799    20 CFR 408.1101    20 CFR 416.315    20 CFR 416.1401    20 CFR 416.1403    20 CFR 416.1409    20 CFR 416.1410    20 CFR 416.1433    20 CFR 416.1434    20 CFR 416.1500 to 416.1599    20 CFR 422.203    20 CFR 422.515   
Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 405(a)    42 U.S.C. 406(a)(1)    42 U.S.C. 810(a)    42 U.S.C. 902(a)(5)    42 U.S.C. 1010    42 U.S.C. 1383(d)   
Legal Deadline:  None

Statement of Need:

These revisions will reflect changes in representatives' business practices and improve our efficiency by enhancing use of the Internet.

Summary of the Legal Basis:

Allows SSA to recognize firms as representatives.

Alternatives:

Determining if SSA has legal authority to permit appointed representatives to assign fees awarded under section 206 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 406) this would be an interim step.

 

Anticipated Costs and Benefits:

Costs include Systems changes, modifications, and/or updates. There will also be costs associated with training staff on the new policy. Benefits include a more streamlined process for paying fees under section 206 of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. 406, that will make it more efficient and effective saving significant work years for SSA as well as providing better customer service.

Risks:

SSA anticipates that its recognition of firms as representatives will streamline the process for paying fees under section 206 of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. 406, which will likely make the process more efficient and effective, and potentially reduce the number of incorrect payments.

Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  09/08/2008  73 FR 51963   
NPRM Comment Period End  11/07/2008    
Final Action  10/00/2017 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
Public Comment URL: www.regulations.gov  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Paraskevi Maddox
Social Insurance Specialist
Social Security Administration
Office of Disability Policy, 6401 Security Boulevard,
Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone:410 594-2129
Email: paraskevi.maddox@ssa.gov

Alexander Cristaudo
Program Analyst
Social Security Administration
Office of Disability Policy, 6401 Security Boulevard,
Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone:410 965-3671
Email: alexander.cristaudo@ssa.gov

William P. Gibson
Social Insurance Specialist, Regulations Writer
Social Security Administration
Office of Regulations and Reports Clearance, 6401 Security Boulevard,
Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone:410 966-9039
Email: william.gibson@ssa.gov