TN 7 (09-16)
GN 00505.022 Development for Payment of Accrued Benefits for Foreign Claims
A. Procedure when developing to pay accrued benefits
If the accrued benefit for each beneficiary is $4,000 or more and one of the exceptions in GN00505.020 does not apply, see the process below prior to the release of the accrued benefit payment.
1. How to request a recommendation for payment of accrued benefits
The Program Service Center (PSC) will:
Request that the foreign service post (FSP) or the servicing field office (FO) make an evaluation of the representative payee's ability to handle the accrued benefits;
Request a recommendation for how to release payment; and
Furnish the amount of the regular monthly benefit and the approximate amount of the accrued benefits to assist the FSP or the FO in making its recommendation.
2. Evaluating the representative payee and accounting of benefits
Follow the instructions in this section to evaluate the representative payee and obtain an account of benefits. See Payment of Large Amounts Accumulated or Conserved Benefits -Title II Only per GN 00603.070B.3. The FSP or servicing FO will:
Evaluate the representative payee's ability to handle the accrued benefit payment;
Include information about how the representative payee plans to use the accrued benefit or what the representative payee plans to do with it; and
Recommend the way to make payment; (i.e. regular monthly installments, periodic release of a certain percentage of the amount, or in one lump sum) and document this information on a Report of Contact (RC).
3. Accrued benefit payments of $4000.00 or more in initial claims
Due to the time involved in development through a FSP, do not delay the adjudication of a claim solely because the file does not contain a recommendation on the payment of the accrued benefits. Instead, release current benefits and develop post-adjudicatively for the accrued benefits payment.
If the case is an initial district office final authorization (DOFA) claim, the FO or the Division of International Operations (DIO) should make the final determination about the manner in which to make the payment.
NOTE: Send the accrued benefit payment to the direct deposit account on the record. See GN 02402.055 for Direct Deposit for Representative Payee Cases.
B. Payment of Accrued benefits of $4000 or more for beneficiaries in the Philippines
When processing a payment of accrued benefits of $4000 or more for beneficiaries in the Philippines with a representative payee and no direct deposit follow these instructions:
DIO addresses the check in care of”
Social Security Administration,
American Embassy, 1
201 Roxas Boulevard,
Ermita 0930, PHILIPPINES.
(For when accrued benefits of any amount may be release see GN 00505.020),
NOTE: This will ensure that the FSP can readily identify the check;
NOTE: Defer payments of accrued benefits less than $4,000 if the claims authorizer, or the FSP, feels such action would serve the beneficiary's best interest.