Agency Information Collection Activities: New Emergency Request

CourtSocial Security Administration
Citation86 FR 68717
Publication Date03 December 2021
Record Number2021-26376
Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 230 / Friday, December 3, 2021 / Notices
See Cboe BYX Rule 11.1(b) and (c) and Cboe
Rules 5.1(d) and 5.23(d).
15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(iii).
17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). In addition, Rule 19b–
4(f)(6) requires a self-regulatory organization to give
the Commission written notice of its intent to file
the proposed rule change at least five business days
prior to the date of filing of the proposed rule
change, or such shorter time as designated by the
Commission. The Exchange has satisfied this
17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12).
Further, the Exchange’s proposed
changes to General 3, Rule 1030(b) to
permit the Chief Executive Officer to
halt, suspend trading in any and all
securities traded on the Exchange, to
close some or all Exchange facilities,
and to determine the duration of any
such halt, suspension, or closing, when
he or she deems such action necessary
for the maintenance of fair and orderly
markets, the protection of investors, or
otherwise in the public interest
including certain specified special
circumstances does not impose an
undue burden on competition. The
proposed authority would permit
Nasdaq and its Affiliated Markets to
close on an ad hoc basis for an
extraordinary event without the need to
file a rule change by providing notice to
members of these unanticipated
closures. This would allow the
Exchange to continue to coordinate with
the securities industry for unanticipated
closures. These proposed changes are
not designed to address any competitive
issues and are consistent with existing
rules of other exchanges.
The Exchange’s proposal to add rule
text at the end of General 3, Section
1030(b) to make clear the power of the
Chief Executive Officer to halt, suspend
or close facilities of the Exchange within
paragraph (b) applies only to the
circumstances noted within that
paragraph does not impose an undue
burden on competition, rather, the rule
text will make clear the powers of the
Chief Executive Officer thereby adding
greater transparency to the proposed
C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s
Statement on Comments on the
Proposed Rule Change Received From
Members, Participants, or Others
No written comments were either
solicited or received.
III. Date of Effectiveness of the
Proposed Rule Change and Timing for
Commission Action
Because the foregoing proposed rule
change does not: (i) Significantly affect
the protection of investors or the public
interest; (ii) impose any significant
burden on competition; and (iii) become
operative for 30 days from the date on
which it was filed, or such shorter time
as the Commission may designate, it has
become effective pursuant to Section
19(b)(3)(A)(iii) of the Act
subparagraph (f)(6) of Rule 19b–4
At any time within 60 days of the
filing of the proposed rule change, the
Commission summarily may
temporarily suspend such rule change if
it appears to the Commission that such
action is necessary or appropriate in the
public interest, for the protection of
investors, or otherwise in furtherance of
the purposes of the Act. If the
Commission takes such action, the
Commission shall institute proceedings
to determine whether the proposed rule
should be approved or disapproved.
IV. Solicitation of Comments
Interested persons are invited to
submit written data, views, and
arguments concerning the foregoing,
including whether the proposed rule
change is consistent with the Act.
Comments may be submitted by any of
the following methods:
Electronic Comments
Use the Commission’s internet
comment form (
rules/sro.shtml); or
Send an email to rule-comments@ Please include File Number SR–
NASDAQ–2021–093 on the subject line.
Paper Comments
Send paper comments in triplicate
to Secretary, Securities and Exchange
Commission, 100 F Street NE,
Washington, DC 20549–1090.
All submissions should refer to File
Number SR–NASDAQ–2021–093. This
file number should be included on the
subject line if email is used. To help the
Commission process and review your
comments more efficiently, please use
only one method. The Commission will
post all comments on the Commission’s
internet website (
rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the
submission, all subsequent
amendments, all written statements
with respect to the proposed rule
change that are filed with the
Commission, and all written
communications relating to the
proposed rule change between the
Commission and any person, other than
those that may be withheld from the
public in accordance with the
provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be
available for website viewing and
printing in the Commission’s Public
Reference Room, 100 F Street NE,
Washington, DC 20549, on official
business days between the hours of
10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Copies of the
filing also will be available for
inspection and copying at the principal
office of the Exchange. All comments
received will be posted without change.
Persons submitting comments are
cautioned that we do not redact or edit
personal identifying information from
comment submissions. You should
submit only information that you wish
to make available publicly. All
submissions should refer to File
Number SR–NASDAQ–2021–093 and
should be submitted on or before
December 27, 2021.
For the Commission, by the Division of
Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated
J. Matthew DeLesDernier,
Assistant Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2021–26242 Filed 12–2–21; 8:45 am]
[Docket No: SSA–2021–0027]
Agency Information Collection
Activities: New Emergency Request
The Social Security Administration
(SSA) publishes a list of information
collection packages requiring clearance
by the Office of Management and
Budget (OMB) in compliance with
Public Law 104–13, the Paperwork
Reduction Act of 1995, effective October
1, 1995. This notice includes a new,
emergency information collection.
SSA is asking OMB for approval of
this information collection seven days
after the date of publication of this
Federal Register Notice, independent of
public comment, due to its emergency
nature. However, we still welcome
comment on the accuracy of the
agency’s burden estimate; the need for
the information; its practical utility;
ways to enhance its quality, utility, and
clarity; and ways to minimize burden on
respondents, including the use of
automated collection techniques or
other forms of information technology.
We will consider any comments if we
ultimately seek to extend this
information collection beyond the
standard six-month emergency
approval. Mail, email, or fax your
comments and recommendations on the
information collection(s) to the OMB
Desk Officer and SSA Reports Clearance
Officer at the following addresses or fax
(OMB) Office of Management and
Budget, Attn: Desk Officer for SSA.
public/do/PRAMain. Submit your
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comments online referencing Docket ID
Number [SSA–2021–0027].
(SSA) Social Security Administration,
OLCA, Attn: Director, Office of
Regulations and Reports Clearance,
3100 West High Rise, 6401 Security
Blvd., Baltimore, MD 21235, Fax:
410–966–2830, Email address: Or
you may submit your comments
online through https://,
referencing Docket ID Number [SSA–
2021–0027]. We recommend
submitting comments via this link as
the fastest way for them to reach us.
SSA is submitting the information
collection below to OMB for clearance.
If you wish to submit comments, we
recommend you do so no later than
January 3, 2022. However, please be
aware that due to the emergency nature
of this collection, SSA will be seeking
OMB clearance in advance of this date.
Individuals may obtain copies of this
OMB clearance package by writing to
COVID–19 Symptoms Screener for In-
Person Hearings—20 CFR 404.929,
404.933, 416.1429, 416.1433, 418.1350,
and 422.203—0960–NEW. Following a
temporary pause on in-person service,
such as in-person hearings due to the
COVID–19 pandemic, SSA will soon
restart in-person hearings on a limited
basis. When SSA resumes these limited
in-person hearings, we will ask
participating members of the public to
complete a brief COVID–19 symptoms
screener questionnaire within 24 hours
of their hearings.
During the recent COVID–19
pandemic, SSA conducted its services
almost exclusively online or by
telephone, to protect the health of both
the public and our employees. We took
these measures in accordance with
relevant Centers for Disease Control
COVID–19 pandemic guidance, and to
comply with existing Occupational
Safety and Health Act provisions
regarding workplace safety.
While in-person hearings have not
been available since March 2020,
claimants or their appointed
representatives who wished to appeal a
redetermination could choose to
participate in an online video hearing or
phone hearing instead. We would like to
soon resume in-person hearings on a
limited-capacity basis. Initially, we plan
to keep the number of in-person
hearings to an average of three separate
hearings per hearings office per day, to
ensure the continued health and safety
of the public and SSA employees. The
number of in-person hearings per
hearing office may be revised over the
course of reentry.
Need for Information Collection;
Collection Methodology; How
Information Will Be Used
Because of COVID–19 health and
safety considerations, we plan to require
all members of the public entering an
SSA hearing office to participate in an
in-person hearing to complete a brief
screener questionnaire designed to
identify COVID–19 symptoms. A link to
the questionnaire will be provided in
the mailed notice of scheduled hearings.
People participating in a hearing can
complete and submit the questionnaire
online within 24 hours before the start
of the hearing. If hearings participants
do not wish to use the internet, they can
call the hearings office where the
hearing is scheduled and complete the
questionnaire over the phone.
The questionnaire will ask questions
relating to personal experience of any
COVID symptoms; exposure to someone
diagnosed with COVID; or travel by
means other than land travel, such as
car, bus, ferry, or train. SSA will use the
screener responses to determine if the
in-person hearings participant is
‘‘cleared’’ or ‘‘not cleared’’ to enter an
SSA hearing office. If participants
answer ‘‘no’’ to all questions, they are
‘‘cleared’’ to participate. If they answer
‘‘yes’’ to any part of the screener, they
will be ‘‘not cleared.’’ Persons who are
not cleared may seek to be rescheduled
for the next in-person hearing date that
at least 14 days after the COVID–19
symptoms first presented, or 14 days
after they tested positive for COVID–19.
Alternatives to Completing the
Information Collection
Although completion of the
questionnaire will be required for an in-
person hearing, it is not required for
other modalities of appeals hearings.
One may choose an online video
hearing or telephone hearing as an
alternative to an in-person hearing.
Claimants may obtain Social Security
payments regardless of the hearing
method they choose.
Type of Request: New (temporary,
emergency) information collection.
Modality of
completion Number of respondents Frequency
of response
burden per
Estimated total annual
hourly cost
wait time in
hearing office
Total annual opportunity cost
179,580 (164 hearing of-
fices × 3 hearings per
office per day × 2 per-
sons per hearing ×
182.5 days, which is
the duration of the
emergency information
collection request
1 10 29,930 (179,580 re-
spondents × 10 com-
pletion minutes/60
minutes per burden
$19.01* 10** $1,934,496*** (29,930
response hours +
71,832 office wait time
hours = 101,762 total
hours. Then multiply
101,762 hours ×
*We based this figure on averaging both the average disability insurance (DI) payments based on SSA’s current fiscal year (FY) 2021 data (
2021FactSheet.pdf), and the average U.S. worker’s hourly wages, as reported by Bureau of Labor Statistics data (
**We based this figure on the average FY 2021 wait times for hearing offices, based on SSA’s current management information data.
***This figure does not represent actual costs that SSA is imposing on recipients of Social Security payments to complete this application; rather, these are theoretical opportunity costs for
the additional time respondents will spend to complete the application. There is no actual charge to respondents to complete the application.
Dated: November 17, 2021.
Naomi Sipple,
Reports Clearance Officer, Office of
Legislation and Congressional Affairs, Social
Security Administration.
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