[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 150 (Thursday, August 4, 2016)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 51412-51413]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-18367]



20 CFR Part 404

[Docket No. SSA-2014-0052]
RIN 0960-AH71

Ensuring Program Uniformity at the Hearing and Appeals Council 
Levels of the Administrative Review Process

AGENCY: Social Security Administration.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM); reopening of the comment 


SUMMARY: On July 12, 2016, we published in the Federal Register a 
notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for Ensuring Program Uniformity at 
the Hearing and Appeals Council Levels of the Administrative Review 
Process. We provided a 30-day comment period ending on August 11, 2016. 
We are extending the comment period for 15 days.

DATES: The comment period for the NPRM published on July 12, 2016 (81 
FR 45079), is extended by 15 days and thus will end on August 26, 2016.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any one of three methods--
Internet, fax, or mail. Do not submit the same comments multiple times 
or by more than one method. Regardless of which method you choose, 
please state that your comments refer to Docket No. SSA-2014-0052 so 
that we may associate your comments with the correct rule.
    Caution: You should be careful to include in your comments only 
information that you wish to make publicly available. We strongly urge 
you not to include in your comments any personal information, such as 
Social Security numbers or medical information.
    1. Internet: We strongly recommend that you submit your comments 
via the Internet. Please visit the Federal eRulemaking portal at http://www.regulations.gov. Use the ``Search'' function to find docket number 
SSA-2014-0052. The system will issue a tracking number to confirm your

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submission. You will not be able to view your comment immediately 
because we must post each comment manually. It may take up to a week 
for your comment to be viewable.
    2. Fax: Fax comments to (410) 966-2830.
    3. Mail: Mail your comments to the Office of Regulations and 
Reports Clearance, Social Security Administration, 3100 West High Rise 
Building, 6401 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland 21235-6401.
    Comments are available for public viewing on the Federal 
eRulemaking portal at http://www.regulations.gov or in person, during 
regular business hours, by arranging with the contact person identified 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Maren Weight, Office of Appellate 
Operations, Social Security Administration, 5107 Leesburg Pike, Falls 
Church, VA 22041, (703) 605-7100. For information on eligibility or 
filing for benefits, call our national toll-free number, 1-800-772-1213 
or TTY 1-800-325-0778, or visit our Internet site, Social Security 
Online, at http://www.socialsecurity.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This document extends to August 26, 2016, 
the comment period for the NPRM that we published on July 12, 2016. We 
are extending the comment period in response to comments we received 
requesting additional time to review and comment on the proposed rules. 
If you have already provided comments on the proposed rules, we will 
consider your comments and you do not need to resubmit them.

Carolyn W. Colvin,
Acting Commissioner of Social Security.
[FR Doc. 2016-18367 Filed 8-3-16; 8:45 am]