TN 4 (12-06)
GN 02613.930 Good Cause Reasons
NOTE: On April 1, 2009, SSA changed its policy of not paying fleeing felons. Follow the instructions below only for felony warrants with offense codes 4901, 4902, or 4999. Follow the Martinez settlement instructions in GN 02613.860 – GN 02613.885 for all other felony warrant codes.
On May 9, 2011, SSA changed its policy and no longer suspends or denies benefits or payments based solely on a probation or parole violation warrant (i.e., warrants with offense codes 5011, 5012, 8101, 8102, or 9999 or “Blank” and an offense charge symbol of “probation or parole violation”). Follow the Clark Court Order instructions in GN 02615.100 – GN 02615.190 for all probation or parole violation warrants.
We will make additional changes to this section, as necessary, in the future.
A. Process – good cause establishment reasons
The following chart provides the reasons SSA will grant good cause and the accompanying 3 position code that can be used to describe the good cause reason in an abbreviated format.
Good Cause Code
Good Cause Establishment Reason
Warrant was issued incorrectly because of identity theft or other identity issue
Individual found not guilty of the criminal offense
Criminal charges were dismissed
Warrant was withdrawn
Criminal charges were otherwise cleared
Law enforcement agency not taking action on the warrant
Mental condition impairs capability to resolve the warrant (based on impairment code)
Individual has a representative payee, is incapable, or incompetent
Individual is residing in a long-term nursing home or mental treatment/care facility and does not have a representative payee OR is granted relief under the Fowlkes AR as a resident of the Second Circuit (See GN 02613.800 for information about the Fowlkes AR).
B. Process – good cause denial reasons
The following chart provides the reasons SSA will not grant good cause and the accompanying 3 position code that can be used to describe the good cause denial reasons in an abbreviated format.
Good Cause Denial Reason Code
Good Cause Denial Reasons
Warrant issued correctly, no identity theft or other identity issue
NOTE: This code is used for situations where the beneficiary does not respond or cannot provide good cause for not satisfying his/her outstanding warrant.
Fugitive felon found guilty of criminal offense
Charges are not dismissed
Warrant not withdrawn
Charges not cleared
LEA is taking action on warrant
No mental condition, fugitive felon capable of resolving warrant
No rep payee, fugitive felon is capable or competent
Fugitive felon is not residing in a long-term care nursing home or mental treatment/care facility and there is no rep payee