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SSA RIN: 0960-AI42 Publication ID: Fall 2019 
Title: Considering Social Media in Evaluating Disability Claims 

As part of our policy to comprehensively examine all information relevant to disability claims, we propose to clarify our current policy on the use of social media in evaluating disability claims. Specifically, we propose that designated Social Security employees may now examine social media accounts for applicants for Social Security payments and for current Social Security disability payment recipients who are undergoing a Continuing Disability Review. We define social media tools as electronic services (current examples include web-based tools, websites, and applications) that connect users and allow them to engage in dialogue, share information, collaborate, and interact.    

Agency: Social Security Administration(SSA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Completed Actions 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Fully or Partially Exempt 
CFR Citation: 20 CFR 404.1513    20 CFR 416.913   
Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 902(a)(5)   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Withdrawn  07/26/2019 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Jennifer Whelan
Appeals Officer
Social Security Administration
DC OARO - OAO, 6401 Security Boulevard,
Woodlawn, MD 21235
Phone:410 965-2951