[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 126 (Tuesday, June 30, 2020)]
[Notices]
[Pages 39225-39226]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-13985]


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RAILROAD RETIREMENT BOARD


Proposed Collection; Comment Request

    Summary: In accordance with the requirement of Section 3506 
(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 which provides 
opportunity for public comment on new or revised data collections, the 
Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) will publish periodic summaries of 
proposed data collections.
    Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed information 
collection is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of 
the agency, including whether the information has practical utility; 
(b) the accuracy of the RRB's estimate of the burden of the collection 
of the information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and 
clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize 
the burden related to the collection of information on respondents, 
including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of 
information technology.
    Title and purpose of information collection: Continuing Disability 
Report; OMB 3220-0187. Under Section 2 of the Railroad Retirement Act 
(45 U.S.C. 231a), an annuity is not payable or is reduced for any month 
in which the annuitant works for a railroad or earns more than 
prescribed dollar amounts from either non-railroad employment or self-
employment. Certain types of work may indicate an annuitant's recovery 
from disability. The provisions relating to the reduction or non-
payment of an annuity by reason of work, and an annuitant's recovery 
from disability for work, are prescribed in 20 CFR 220.17-220.20. The 
RRB conducts continuing disability reviews (CDR) to determine whether 
an annuitant continues to meet the disability requirements of the law. 
Provisions relating to when and how often the RRB conducts CDR's are 
prescribed in 20 CFR 220.186.
    Form G-254, Continuing Disability Report, is used by the RRB to 
develop information for a CDR determination, including a determination 
prompted by a report of work, return to railroad service, allegation of 
medical improvement, or a routine disability review call-up. The RRB 
proposes no changes to Form G-254.
    Form G-254a, Continuing Disability Update Report, is used to help 
identify a disability annuitant whose work activity and/or recent 
medical history warrants completion of Form G-254 for a more extensive 
review. The RRB proposes no changes to Form G-254a.
    Form RL-8A, Occupational Disability Certification, was used to 
annually monitor occupational disability annuitants who met certain 
criteria. The form required annuitants to certify that they are still 
disabled in order to continue receiving their occupational disability 
annuities. A CDR may be conducted in any case in which the annuitant 
does not return a completed and signed RF-8A within 30 days to the RRB. 
Form RL-8 was used as a cover letter to transmit the Form RL-8A. The 3-
member Board has decided our resources no longer allows us to perform 
CDRs (Continued Disability Reviews) for high-risk cases.
    The RRB proposes to remove Form RL-8a from the information 
collection.

                                      Estimate of Annual Respondent Burden
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                                                                      Annual
                            Form No.                                 responses    Time (minutes)  Burden (hours)
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G-254:
    Annuitant...................................................           1,000              35             583
    Employer verification.......................................             100               5               8
    Doctor, hospital, or clinic verification....................             100               5               8
    Vocational, Rehabilitation Counselor verification)..........             100               5               8
    Other governmental agency verification......................             100               5               8
    School verification.........................................             100               5               8

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G-254a..........................................................           1,500               5             125
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        Total...................................................           3,000  ..............             748
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    Additional Information or Comments: To request more information or 
to obtain a copy of the information collection justification, forms, 
and/or supporting material, contact Kennisha Tucker at (312) 469-2591 
or [email protected]. Comments regarding the information 
collection should be addressed to Brian Foster, Railroad Retirement 
Board, 844 North Rush Street, Chicago, Illinois 60611-1275 or emailed 
to [email protected]. Written comments should be received within 60 
days of this notice.

Brian Foster,
Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2020-13985 Filed 6-29-20; 8:45 am]
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