TN 3 (11-94)
Approximately, 110,000 individuals of Japanese ancestry were interned in camps by
the U.S. during World War II in the period from December 7, 1941, through December
Deemed wages, in addition to any wages actually paid during the above period, may
be granted to persons for the time they were interned during the period 12/07/41 through
This is effective for monthly benefits payable after 1972 and LSDP's involving deaths
after 1972. Retroactivity for a recalculation for a benefit increase to all beneficiaries
is to 01/73, or MOET, if later, regardless of date of request.
The internment period may also be used to establish a disability freeze period.
Do not credit if the deemed wages or disability freeze period:
would not increase the PIA; or
are for a period of confinement prior to age 18; or
are being used, in whole or in part, to determine a payable benefit by any agency
or wholly owned instrumentality of the U.S.
OPM (formerly the Civil Service Commission) is the only other Federal agency known
to grant deemed wages as in RS 01404.235B.2.c.
OPM credits the internment period in the same way as it credits military service if
it would be beneficial to the annuitant.
The claimant cannot choose between civil service and social security credit.
Ask whether the NH was interned if:
year of birth is 1928 or earlier; and
there are indications that the NH was residing in the U.S. during any part of the
period 12/07/41 through 12/31/46; and
there are indications that the NH is of Japanese ancestry or could have been interned
at a camp for persons of Japanese ancestry.
Use the RMKS screen (see MSOM MCS 005.040) or an SSA-795 to document the following, if known:
if employed prior to the internment, the name and address of the employer, the type
of work, and the highest hourly wage paid;
if self-employed, the name and address of corporation or business and net earnings
for year(s) prior to internment;
the name and location of the internment camp and the dates of internment;
a female's maiden name, if applicable; and
a statement as to whether another Federal benefit has been established or computed
based wholly or in part upon the period of internment or that this information is unknown.
If claimant alleges use by OPM, do not develop further. No deemed wages/disability
freeze can be established.
If claimant alleges no use by OPM or if use is not known, prepare a memorandum (original and one copy) addressed to:
State in the memorandum:
the NH's full name (and, if female, maiden name);
date of birth; and
the name and location of the internment camp and dates of internment, if known.
Include reply spaces/blocks for:
dates of internment (from to );
unable to locate checkoff.
Include signature and title spaces for authorized signature.
Enclose a self-addressed envelope.
When further information is needed after a reply has been received, send a second memorandum, with relevant identifying information, marked at the top, “SECOND REQUEST.”
If no reply is received within 30 calendar days, send another memorandum marked at
the top, “DUPLICATE.”
To determine use of internship by OPM when internship is verified:
Prepare a letter to:
question as to whether internment credits were granted by OPM;
requesting office address;
name, address, SSN, and date of birth of NH; and
name and address of claimant, if different.
OPM will reply with a special form letter.
If OPM verifies use of internship, no deemed wages/disability period may be established.
If OPM verifies that internship is not being used, determine whether deemed wages
or disability freeze is more advantageous.
(Claimant must meet requirements for disability freeze per RS
If deemed wages apply:
Use highest hourly rate for any employment prior to internment where known. If unknown
or no work or self-employed prior to internment, use minimum wage.
Multiply this rate times the entire number of hours in the quarter based on a 40-hour
week if the NH was interned during any part of the quarter.
Deemed Wages for Year = 4 ×$156.00 = $624.00