TN 19 (08-11)
GN 02604.190 Processing Instructions for Foreign Work Test or Child-in-Care Penalties
A. Processing center (PC) and field office (FO) procedure for processing foreign work test
1. PC action to take when processing foreign work test
If a penalty applies to a foreign work test report, advise the beneficiary of the penalty, the proposed adjustment, and good cause provisions in the notice of overpayment. If the beneficiary alleges good cause and we approve it:
document the approval on the SSA-553 (Special Determination) or its equivalent, and
Prepare a notice advising the beneficiary that we will not withhold the penalty.
and if good cause is not approved:
prepare a notice advising the beneficiary of the decision, and
withhold the penalty from benefits due.
2. FO action to take when processing foreign work test
Send the annual reports under the foreign work test to the PC for processing. However, if the beneficiary files the annual report in person, advise him or her of the possibility of a penalty and the good cause provision at that time.
If good cause is alleged, document your decision on an SSA-553 (or its equivalent) and send it to the PC with the annual report.
B. Processing center (PC) and field office (FO) procedure for processing child-in-care issues
1. PC action to take when processing child-in-care issues
Directly input suspension of benefits due to no child-in-care via the Child Left Care (DCLC) Entitlement and Eligibility screen. For more information on Child Left Care issues and suspension of benefits, see SM 03020.110.
2. FO action to take when processing child-in-care issues
If the beneficiary files the annual report in person, see GN 02604.190A.2. in this section. Otherwise, develop good cause when the Regular Transcript Attainment and Selection Pass Alerts (RETAP) program generates an S4 alert due to the beneficiary not having a child-in-care. If the beneficiary alleges good cause, see GN 02604.190A.2.b. in this section.