When there is not enough evidence to justify a continuance, we will stop benefit payments
for the first month in which the FO, DDS, or PSC discovers that the beneficiary or
recipient's whereabouts are unknown, but no earlier than the month in which the continuing
disability issue arose.
Title II WU is a non-medical cessation of benefits. Our regulations specifically require
benefits to be terminated for Title II WU cases, see 20 CFR 404.1579(e)(3), 404.1586(e)(3),
and 404.1594(e)(3). Note: Statutory benefit continuation (SBC) does not apply to Title
II WU cases per DI 12027.015 Cases Excluded from Statutory Benefit Continuation (SBC).
Title XVI WU is a technical suspension of benefits (pay status S06). Our regulations
specifically require Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits to be suspended in
Title XVI WU cases, see 20 CFR section 416.994(D)(4)(iii) and 416.994(a)(f)(3). Note: Goldberg-Kelly (GK) procedures do not apply, S06 suspensions are an exception to
the GK due process procedures. See SI 02301.240 Whereabouts Unknown (S06).
Reminder: The FO must follow the steps in DI 13015.013 Whereabouts Unknown (WU) Determinations and Reinstatement Procedures for a Continuing
Disability Review (CDR)- Field Office(FO) before ceasing or suspending payments due
Example: On 1/27/2018, the FO sends a letter requesting that the Title II beneficiary call
by 2/11/2018. The Post Office returns the letter on 2/10/2018 indicating that the
addressee is unknown at that address. After following all development steps in DI 13015.013, the FO cannot locate the beneficiary. The FO determines that disability ceased in