TN 52 (06-14)
GN 02602.510 Scheduling a Centenarian Interview
A. Introduction for scheduling a centenarian interview
The preferred method to conduct a centenarian interview is by telephone. A manager or designee should conduct the telephone interview.
Possible designees include:
Public Affairs Specialists, or
Other position, as designated by management.
A management official decides whether a face-to-face interview is necessary, but it should only happen in rare situations. The management official’s decision to use a face-to-face interview depends on the facts of each individual case.
These examples indicate when a face-to-face interview may be appropriate:
centenarian requests a face-to-face interview,
centenarian may have conditions that impair effective telephone communication, or
integrity issues (e.g., unable to identify the centenarian) are apparent during telephone interview.
B. Procedure for scheduling a centenarian interview
1. Sending the centenarian appointment letter
Before sending the centenarian appointment letter, complete the following actions:
review the centenarian’s Social Security records (e.g., Supplemental Security Record (SSR), Master Beneficiary Record (MBR), Number Holder Identification (NUMI) record) prior to the interview; and
identify any discrepancies between the records and resolve them during the interview (e.g., date of birth or address).
2. Determining which centenarian interview notice to send
There are several notices available to use when scheduling a centenarian interview. These notices and their Spanish translations are available in the Document Processing System (DPS).
You must send an interview notice to the centenarian. If the centenarian has a representative payee, you must send the same notice to the representative payee.
Send one of the following interview notices of the scheduled appointment, based upon how you will conduct the interview (e.g., telephone):
a. Centenarian home visit
Use the SSA-L501 (Centenarian Project - Home Visit Letter) to schedule an interview at the centenarian's residence with the centenarian and the representative payee, if any. For a sample SSA-L501, see NL 00701.135. Document the interview using the SSA- L501 on the Centenarian Project Website.
b. Centenarian residence address request
Use the SSA L-505 (Centenarian Project - Residence Address Request Letter) to schedule an interview at the centenarian’s residence with the centenarian and the representative payee, if any. Send the SSA L-505 to request the centenarian's residence address when only the mailing address is available in SSA's records. For a sample SSA L-505, see NL 00701.139.
Document the Centenarian Project Website (http://sfapp.sf.ad.ssa.gov/centenarian/) with the appointment information. For more information about the Centenarian Project Website, see GN 02602.550.
3. Rescheduling the centenarian interview
If it is necessary to reschedule the interview:
Call the centenarian or the representative payee, if applicable, to reschedule the interview.
Mail a new interview appointment letter to the centenarian and the representative payee. The letter must provide the new time and date of the upcoming interview. If the new appointment is less than a week from the original appointment, an appointment letter is optional, but confirm that all parties will be available at the appointment time.
Add a remark to the Centenarian Project Website to document the reason for rescheduling, the date and time of the phone call, the date the new appointment letter was mailed, and that the centenarian and representative payee will be available.
NOTE: If the centenarian or representative payee asks to reschedule the interview, schedule a new appointment. When rescheduling the appointment, use the time and date the centenarian requested.
4. Centenarian fails to keep the appointment
We will attempt to reschedule the appointment twice. After two attempts, include the following language in the appointment letter when scheduling the final (third) appointment:
“We have tried to schedule an appointment with you twice. Each time we rescheduled, you were not available. It is very important that you keep this appointment. If you do not keep this appointment, we may suspend your benefits until we speak with you.”
If the centenarian resides in a nursing home, call the nursing home before suspending benefits to verify the centenarian is alive. If the nursing home alleges the centenarian is alive, begin representative payee development, if necessary. If the nursing home alleges the centenarian is deceased, see GN 02602.540 to process the report of death. If the centenarian or representative payee fails to keep the third appointment, see the following instructions:
a. Title II cases
For Title II cases, take the following actions:
Send an advance notice to the centenarian and the representative payee, if any, informing the centenarian of our planned action to suspend benefits. The advance notice must state the following:
pending adverse action,
reason why we plan to suspend benefits,
evidence we used to make the determination, and
give the centenarian 10 calendar days (plus 5 days for mailing) to respond before we suspend the benefits.
Establish a diary for 15 calendar days. For more information about the required content of advance notices in Title II cases, see GN 03001.015 and NL 00601.030.
Suspend the centenarian’s benefits after 15 calendar days (10 days plus 5 days for mailing) from the date you mailed the advance notice and if you have not received a response. Place the record into LAF S9 with a reason for suspension code of WHEREU.
After the MBR shows the LAF code as S9, update the LAF code in the “Centenarian Information” section on the Centenarian Project Website to show the centenarian’s benefits were suspended.
Send the centenarian a final notice that complies with the requirements applicable to notices of initial determination regarding the suspension. For information about the required contents of the final notice, see GN 03001.015 and 20 CFR 404.904.
b. Title XVI cases
For Title XVI cases, take the following actions:
Suspend the centenarian’s benefits S06 effective the first month you can suspend benefits using procedures as explained in SI 02301.240; and
After the SSR shows the PSY code as S06, update the PSY code in the “Centenarian Information” section on the Centenarian Project Website to show that SSA suspended benefits.
c. Title II and Title XVI cases
If you suspend benefits pursuant to GN 02602.510B in this section, add the following message to the MBR and the SSR:
“Centenarian interview needed. Payments suspended for failure to keep centenarian interview appointments. Immediately remove suspense once centenarian interview is conducted.”
If you suspend benefits for failure to keep the appointment, immediately refer the case to the Office of Inspector General (OIG) using Form e8551 (Fraud Entry Form). Provide as much information as available on the e8551. For more information on the e8551, see GN 04124.001.
5. Centenarian resides outside the country
We will not select centenarians with a foreign address on the MBR or SSR to participate in the Centenarian Project. Therefore, no centenarian with a foreign address on the SSR should have a PSY of C01 (payment status code of current pay).
a. For Title XVI cases
Consider suspension of payments for non-U.S. residency and follow instructions in SI 02301.225. We must give the Centenarian at least 30 days to respond before we send the Goldberg-Kelly notice.
If you suspend Title XVI benefits, update the PSY code in the “Centenarian Information” section on the Centenarian Project Website to show we suspended the centenarian’s benefits.
If you suspend benefits, immediately refer the case to OIG, using form e8551. Provide as much information on the e8551 as available. For more information on the e8551, see GN 04124.001.
Centenarians or their representative payees, if applicable, do not always notify us right away when a centenarian moves out of the country. You may discover this fact when you initiate contact with the centenarian and a family member or friend informs you that the centenarian has moved. Immediately obtain the complete foreign address and telephone number. If the reporter alleges he or she does not know how to contact the centenarian, this may be an indication the centenarian is deceased. In this case, initiate “unable to locate a recipient” procedures found in GN 02602.530 and SI 02301.240.
If the centenarian is residing outside of the country and the foreign address is available, we require additional development. Policy for absence from the United States is found in SI 02301.225.
b. For Title II cases
A centenarian receiving title II benefits must use a foreign mailing address if he or she will be outside the U.S. for more than 3 months, unless the address is an:
Army or Air Force Post Office (APO),
Diplomatic Post Office (DPO),
Fleet Post Office (FPO), or
address of a representative payee who is remaining within the U.S.
If the centenarian lives in a foreign country and the representative payee lives in the U.S., a change of representative payee may be appropriate.
Once you have secured the exact foreign address and phone number where the centenarian now resides, develop as follows:
Determine the correct field office (FO). A domestic Social Security office serves beneficiaries who live in Canada, British Virgin Islands, or Samoa. Identify the new FO code and transfer the case to the new servicing FO via the TRANSFER facility on the Centenarian Project Website. This removes the case from your list and posts the case on the new FO’s list. Consider your case cleared if the transfer was successful.
NOTE: American Samoa is an unincorporated territory of the U.S. Samoa, an independent country, is officially the Independent State of Samoa, which the Manila Foreign Service Post (FSP) services.
When the beneficiary lives outside the U.S., except for Canada, the British Virgin Islands, or Samoa, send an e-mail to the Office of Central Operations (OCO), Office of Earnings and International Operations (OEIO) at OCO.OEIO INTERNATIONAL@ssa.gov that includes the following information:
Centenarian Case (subject),
Name of beneficiary,
New phone number or contact number,
Estimated date of the change. (This will serve as an indicator for the Form SSA-21 (Supplement to Claim of Person Outside the United States)), and
Type the comment, “Please verify if beneficiary is alive or deceased. If deceased, please secure acceptable proof of death in the Claims File Records Management System (CFRMS) and input date of death via Post-entitlement Online System (POS).”
NOTE: Please be aware that development between OEIO and the FSP takes additional time.
Take the following actions in conjunction with the Centenarian interview request:
then, OEIO will
the beneficiary is alive,
(OEIO necessary action)
confirm the beneficiary lives at the furnished address,
input the applicable change of address. This action ensures we code the foreign address correctly, and
reply to the FO by email to inform them of your findings.
then, the FO will
the beneficiary is alive,
(FO necessary action)
annotate the Centenarian Project Website after you receive OEIO’s email reply that the beneficiary is alive,
update the new foreign address and telephone number in the “Centenarian Information” section of the online worksheet,
update the LAF in the “Centenarian Information” section of the Centenarian Project Website to show that the beneficiary has returned to current pay,
update remarks on the worksheet(s) that the beneficiary is alive, living in a foreign country, and was contacted by OEIO, and
annotate the case status as “COMPLETE.”
(This action clears the case from your list.)
the beneficiary is deceased,
OEIO secures acceptable proof of death and input the death via the Post-entitlement Online System (POS),
OEIO posts Electronic Evidence Documentation and Retention per GN 00301.286,
OEIO replies to the FO by email to inform them of your findings, and
FO, after receipt of OEIO’s email reply, updates the LAF in the “Centenarian Information” section of the Centenarian Project Website to show we terminated the beneficiary’s payments.
If a representative payee is involved, or if we made incorrect payments to the representative payee, follow representative payee policy to determine if we need a new payee.
Post this specific Special Message to the MBR, as appropriate: “Centenarian Project – foreign change of address (COA) thru (OEIO #) – FO# and unit code.”
Document the Centenarian Project Website online worksheet in the “Remarks” field with your findings and the date you submitted the email to OEIO. For additional information about the Centenarian Project Website, see GN 02602.550.