Do NOT disclose the NH’s or primary beneficiary’s SSN or address. If, however, the individual
files a claim, the NH’s SSN may be provided to him/her because it becomes his/her
claim number. See GN 03320.005A.5. for instructions about disclosure of tax return information.
A woman is applying for benefits on her own work record. Because she and her husband
are separated, she does not know whether he is entitled or (if so) what his PIA is.
Also, she does not have his SSN, although she does have enough identifying information
for a search. She asks the FO for information about his entitlement and his current
You may disclose the NH’s PIA to his wife so she can determine whether she would be
entitled to a wife's benefit in addition to her own primary benefit. However, do not
disclose the NH's current address, SSN, or other information about him as she does
not need this information to pursue a claim for wife's benefits.
The same facts as above, except that when the FO informs the wife of the NH's PIA,
she states that based on her knowledge of his work history, she believes he should
have a higher PIA. When you contact the NH about a possible earnings discrepancy,
he is not interested in pursuing the issue.
You may give the wife information from his earnings record so she can pursue the earnings
discrepancy development herself, since this is relevant to her own benefit rate as
IMPORTANT: Be especially careful if an auxiliary’s Numident record contains special indicator
(SI) 6. This indicates that the has been issued a new SSN as a result of abuse, harassment
or life endangerment. See RM 10215.230 for special actions that are required when
special indicator 6 appears on Numident record.