TN 14 (03-12)
RS 00208.095 Field Office (FO) Action When Notice of Death Received from Widow(er) Entitled as Spouse under Full Retirement Age (FRA) with Child-in-Care
A. Procedure for claimant under full retirement age (FRA) entitled to spouse’s benefit based on child-in-care
When a claimant is under FRA with a child-in-care entitled to spouse's benefits, and the FO receives notice of the NH's death from a source other than the processing center (PC), take the following action:
1. Notifying the PC
Whenever applicable, process the notice by direct input or notify the PC by mail.
2. Additional development requirements
Include the following additional development as necessary:
additional wages or self-employment income (SEI) for a survivors work recomputation;
proof of LISH for a deemed widow(er) where necessary, see RS 00208.090D;
an annual report;
substitution of representative payee; and
proof of “child-in-care,” (not required if spouse was payee for the child, unless we suspended the spouse's benefits for the month of the NH's death for failure to have a child-in-care).
B. Procedure for underpayment and overpayment
Tell the widow(er) that we adjust any future Social Security benefits against an overpayment or underpayment. See GN 02201.003.