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SSA RIN: 0960-AH63 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Revisions to Rules of Conduct and Standards of Responsibility for Appointed Representatives 

We 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.

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 
CFR Citation: Not Yet Determined     (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)
Legal Authority: Not Yet Determined   
Legal Deadline:  None

Statement of Need:

These changes are necessary because or current regulations do not specifically address some representative conduct that we find inappropriate.

Summary of the Legal Basis:

Administrative--not required by statute or court order.


Based on our program experience, there are no alternatives at this time. These rules will be based on recommendations.

Anticipated Costs and Benefits:

The administrative effect of this regulation is negligible.



Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  08/16/2016  81 FR 54520   
NPRM Comment Period End  10/17/2016 
Final Action  01/00/2017 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
Public Comment URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Brian J. Rudick
Social Insurance Specialist, Regulations Writer
Social Security Administration
Office of Regulations and Reports Clearance, 6401 Security Boulevard,
Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone:410 965-7102