If the underpayment is to be paid to a surviving parent(s), issue the underpayment
using one-time payment (A-OTP) procedures (SM 01901.001). Pay only the amount due
for the months in which the deceased individual met the definition of a child. NOTE:
If the parent(s) is not present on the SSR, issue the underpayment using manual (MOTP)
If the underpayment is to be paid to more than one parent
make separate payments to each parent;
divide the underpayment equally between the parents.
NOTE: If there is an odd cent, pay that cent to either one of the parents.
Notify each parent of their payment on Form SSA-L8166-U2 which explains the underpayment.
If one parent dies before receiving their share, pay the entire underpayment to the
Issue a single payment to one of the parents, representing payment for both parents,
if the parents who are qualified to receive the underpayment request one payment,
and the parent who would not receive a share signs a statement that one payment is
If a parent who may be qualified for a share of an underpayment cannot be located
(i.e., routine efforts) pay that share to the other parent.