The Maine Department of Labor (ME DOL) shares data regarding unemployment compensation
with the Social Security Administration (SSA) through Internet access to the Bureau
of Unemployment Compensation records. This process is referred to as Social Security
Access to State Records Online (SASRO).
Currently, claims representatives and management staff in the Maine and Portsmouth,
NH field offices and staff in the Regional Commissioner's Office and the Regional
Office of Quality Assurance have access to a secure Internet site. ME DOL provides
SSA with an efficient method of obtaining State records which are necessary to determine
an individual's initial entitlement, continued eligibility or benefit amount for Title
II or Title XVI purposes. SSA employees access State records of individuals in order
to update files of such individuals. Online access to obtain unemployment insurance
benefit information through ME DOL SASRO is considered primary evidence of income.
(See SI 00830.230). See BOSNet SASRO
ME DOL website for more information.
Note: Beginning February 2006, 18 weeks of unemployment insurance data and six quarters
of wage data is also available through the Maine Interstate Benefit Query (IBIQ).
Unemployment data from IBIQ is considered primary evidence per SI 00830.230 but wage data is considered secondary evidence per SI 00820.130. See BOSNet
Maine IBIQ web site and MSOM QUERIES 009 for more information.