Except as noted below, make a finding on a SSA-553 (Special Determination) as to whether
the amount of accrued benefits may be paid to the beneficiary in a single payment
without detriment to his/her interests.
A special determination is not required if the beneficiary has direct deposit. However,
development to determine whether installment payments are indicated is still necessary
(see GN 00603.085 -- Installment Payments of Accumulated or Conserved Funds - Title II Only). The file
should be annotated to show the method of payment.
NOTE: Where the PC has first notice of an accrual, do not delay payment of the current monthly
benefit pending development concerning payment of the accrual. The PC will certify
payment of current monthly benefits and request the FO to develop and prepare a determination.