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[June 28, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 123)]
[Unified Agenda]
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[Page 38444-38446]
 
SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION (SSA)

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Part XLIV





Social Security Administration





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Semiannual Regulatory Agenda

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SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION

Office of the Commissioner

20 CFR Ch. III

Semiannual Unified Regulatory Agenda

AGENCY: Social Security Administration.

ACTION: Semiannual regulatory agenda.

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SUMMARY: Executive Order (E.O.) 12866 (as amended by E.O. 13258) 
entitled Regulatory Planning and Review, issued September 30, 1993, and 
the Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980 (Pub. L. 96-354) require each 
Federal agency to publish semiannually a brief description of all 
regulatory actions under development or review, expected to be under 
development or review for the next 12 months, or completed since the 
previous publication of the agenda. Our last agenda of regulations was 
published December 22, 2003.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information about a 
specific regulatory action, contact the person identified as the agency 
contact for that action. Comments or inquiries of a general nature 
should be directed to Martin J. Sussman, Regulations Officer, Social 
Security Administration, 100 Altmeyer Building, 6401 Security 
Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235-6401; Telephone (410) 965-1767 or TTY 
(410) 966-5609.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Social Security Administration (SSA) 
administers the retirement, survivors, and disability insurance 
programs under title II of the Social Security Act (the Act), the 
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program under title XVI of the Act, 
and Special Benefits to Certain World War II Veterans under title VIII 
of the Act. Our regulations generally do not impose burdens on the 
private sector or on State, local, or tribal governments. Our 
regulations document the rules under which we make eligibility 
determinations and set forth both the responsibilities of the Agency 
towards the public and beneficiaries' rights and responsibilities under 
the programs we administer.

     Our regulatory efforts can be placed into one of the following 
three categories: (1) legislative implementation; (2) program 
changes to improve SSA service to the public; and (3) improvements 
or clarifications to enhance effective stewardship of SSA programs.

     We continue to seek legislative improvements for the programs 
we administer. However, because of the complexity of our programs, 
statutory language is rarely detailed enough to govern the actions 
of agency adjudicative decisionmakers. Supporting regulations are 
often required. In some instances, Congress directs SSA to issue 
implementing regulations. For other legislative provisions, SSA 
regulations provide program information to applicants for benefits, 
current beneficiaries, and their legal counsels.

     Our regulatory agenda includes an item to amend our 
regulations to reflect the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, 
and Modernization Act of 2003 (Pub. L. 108-173). We will also be 
planning regulatory changes to reflect provisions of the Social 
Security Protection Act of 2004 (Pub. L. 108-203).

     Included in our agenda are items that will amend our 
regulations to include more provisions of The Ticket to Work and 
Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999, (Pub. L. 106-170), which 
was signed on December 17, 1999. Among the provisions still 
requiring regulations are provisions that will suspend continuing 
disability reviews based on work activity and expedited 
reinstatement of disability benefits terminated due to work 
activity. In addition, we expect to propose revisions to the 
existing rules that implement the Ticket to Work program.

     We continue to work diligently to improve our program benefit 
regulations and to develop partnerships with large segments of the 
community of interest groups concerned about Social Security 
programs. The remainder of our Unified Agenda reflects such 
improvements and clarifications.

     The spring 2004 regulatory agenda for the Social Security 
Administration follows.

Dated: May 11, 2004.

 Martin J. Sussman,

SSA Regulations Officer.

                               Social Security Administration--Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
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3745        Revised Medical Criteria for Endocrine Disorders (436P)...............................    0960-AD78
3746        Supplemental Standards for Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Social Security           0960-AE48
            Administration (601P).................................................................
3747        Title VI (Civil Rights Act (1964)), Title IX (Education Amend. (1972)), Rehabilitation    0960-AE63
            Act (1973), and Age Discrimination Act (1975) in Programs/Activities Receiving
            Financial Assistance by SSA (617P)....................................................
3748        Enforcement of Nondiscrimination in Social Security Programs or Activities (661P).....    0960-AE78
3749        Privacy and Disclosure of Official Records and Information (711P).....................    0960-AE88
3750        Federal Salary Offset (Withholding a Portion of a Federal Employee's Salary To Collect    0960-AE89
            a Delinquent Debt Owed to the Social Security Administration) (721P)..................
3751        Exemption of Work Activity as a Basis for a Continuing Disability Review (Ticket to       0960-AE93
            Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999) (725P)..............................
3752        Revised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Genitourinary Disorders (802P)................    0960-AF30
3753        Revised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Immune System Disorders (804P)................    0960-AF33
3754        Revised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Cardiovascular Disorders (826P)...............    0960-AF48
3755        Revised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Mental Disorders (886P).......................    0960-AF69
3756        Mandatory Exclusion of Health Care Providers, Representatives, and Representative         0960-AF85
            Payees From Participation in SSA Programs (954P)......................................
3757        Revised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Hematological Disorders (974P)................    0960-AF88

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3758        Amendments to the Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Program (967P)..................    0960-AF89
3759        Elimination of Parent-to-Child Deeming for Individuals Who No Longer Meet the             0960-AF96
            Definition of Spouse of the Natural or Adoptive Parent (793P).........................
3760        $30 Private Insurance (794P)..........................................................    0960-AF99
3761        Rules for Helping Blind and Disabled Individuals Achieve Self-Support (506P)..........    0960-AG00
3762        Medicare Prescription Drug Premium and Cost-Sharing (1024P)...........................    0960-AG03
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                                Social Security Administration--Final Rule Stage
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                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
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3763        Revised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Malignant Neoplastic Diseases (399F)..........    0960-AD67
3764        Dedicated Accounts and Installment Payments for Certain Past Due SSI Benefits (622F)..    0960-AE59
3765        Technical Changes to Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Regulations (664F)............    0960-AE79
3766        Revised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Impairments of the Digestive System (800F)....    0960-AF28
3767        Revised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Impairments Affecting Multiple Body Systems       0960-AF32
            (803F)................................................................................
3768        Revisions to the Medical-Vocational Guidelines (823F).................................    0960-AF47
3769        Amendments to Annual Earnings Test Regulations (866F).................................    0960-AF62
3770        Stepchild Entitlement and Termination Requirements (934P).............................    0960-AF78
3771        Representative Payment Under Titles II, VIII, and XVI of the Social Security Act          0960-AF83
            (949F)................................................................................
3772        Elimination of Clothing From the Definitions of Income and In-Kind Support and            0960-AF84
            Maintenance, Exclusions of One Automobile, and Household Goods and Personal Effects
            Under SSI From Resources (950F).......................................................
3773        Continuation of Benefit Payment to Certain Individuals Who Are Participating in a         0960-AF86
            Program of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Employment Services, or Other Support
            Services (925F).......................................................................
3774        Evidence Requirement for Assignment of Social Security Numbers (SSNs); Assignment of      0960-AF87
            SSNs to Foreign Students (960F).......................................................
3775        Elimination of Deemed Military Wages (768F)...........................................    0960-AF90
3776        Administrative Review Process; Incorporation by Reference of Oral Findings of Fact and    0960-AF92
            Rationale in Wholly Favorable Written Decisions (964I)................................
3777        Exclusion of Military Pay for Combat Service from Deemed Income and Resources (978I)..    0960-AF97
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                                Social Security Administration--Long-Term Actions
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                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
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3778        Deeming of Income From an Ineligible Spouse to an Eligible Individual and an Eligible     0960-AE50
            Child (606P)..........................................................................
3779        Medical Equivalence for Adults and Children (787P)....................................    0960-AF19
3780        Expedited Reinstatement of Disability Benefits (Ticket to Work and Work Incentives        0960-AF21
            Improvement Act) (790P)...............................................................
3781        SSI Trusts and Transfers of Resources (791P)..........................................    0960-AF22
3782        Revised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Special Senses and Speech Disorders (805P)....    0960-AF34
3783        Revised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Neurological Disorders (806P).................    0960-AF35
3784        Filing Claims Under the Federal Tort Claims Act and the Military Personnel and            0960-AF39
            Civilian Employees Claims Act (785F)..................................................
3785        Disability Insurance Program Demonstration Project Authority (Ticket to Work and Work     0960-AF41
            Incentives Improvement Act of 1999) (789P)............................................
3786        Determining Disability for an Individual With Drug Addiction or Alcoholism (851P).....    0960-AF57
3787        Revised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Respiratory System Disorders (859P)...........    0960-AF58
3788        Revised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Growth Disorders (444P).......................    0960-AF67
3789        Referral of Persons Eligible for Disability or Blindness Benefits to Other Agencies       0960-AF80
            for Vocational Rehabilitation Services (929F).........................................
3790        Coverage of Residents in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI);         0960-AG01
            Coverage of Ministers, Members of the Clergy, and Christian Science Practitioners
            (792P)................................................................................
3791        Liability of Representative Payees for Overpayments to Deceased Recipients (796P).....    0960-AG02
3792        Recontacting Your Medical Source(s) (2241P)...........................................    0960-AG04

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3793        Medical and Other Evidence of Your Impairment(s) (2261P)..............................    0960-AG05
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                                Social Security Administration--Completed Actions
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                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
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3794        Administrative Wage Garnishment (To Repay a Debt Owed to the Social Security              0960-AE92
            Administration) (724F)................................................................
3795        OASDI and SSI; Administrative Review Process; Video Teleconferencing Appearances          0960-AE97
            Before Administrative Law Judges of the Social Security Administration (737F).........
3796        Revised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Skin Disorders (801F).........................    0960-AF29
3797        Wage Reports and Pension Information (809P)...........................................    0960-AF38
3798        New Disability Claims Process--Roles of State Agency (816F)...........................    0960-AF44
3799        Filing of Applications and Related Forms (797F).......................................    0960-AF52
3800        Payment of Benefits to Aliens Residing Outside the United States (909F)...............    0960-AF70
3801        Special Benefits for Certain World War II Veterans; Reporting Requirements, Suspension    0960-AF72
            and Termination Events, Overpayments, and Administrative Review Process (922F)........
3802        Interrelationship of Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance Program with the        0960-AF82
            Railroad Retirement Program (943F)....................................................
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[June 28, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 123)]
[Unified Agenda]
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Social Security Administration (SSA)                Proposed Rule Stage

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3745. REVISED MEDICAL CRITERIA FOR ENDOCRINE DISORDERS (436P)




Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 42 USC 405; 42 USC 902(a)(5); 42 USC 1383

CFR Citation: 20 CFR 404.1500, app 1

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Sections 9.00 and 109.00 of appendix 1 to subpart P of part 
404 of our regulations (404.1501 through 404.1599) describe those 
endocrine impairments that are considered severe enough to prevent a 
person from doing any gainful activity, or in the case of a child 
claiming SSA payments under title XVI, that cause marked and severe 
functional limitations. We are proposing to revise the criteria in 
these sections to reflect advances in medical knowledge, treatment, and 
methods of evaluating endocrineimpairments. The Supplemental Security 
Income Program incorporates and uses the same medical criteria as the 
Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance Program.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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NPRM                            12/00/04

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