State Social Security Administrators
RO: RSI Team Leaders
Regional General Counsel Staff
We reviewed current policy and consulted with the Regional Office Specialists regarding
the involvement of the Parallel Social Security Office (PSSO) in the Section 218 Agreement
and Modification process. This transmittal streamlines the policy to remove the unnecessary
step of the PSSO.
Summary of Changes
SL 40001.401 State Enabling Legislation
We removed instructions to request assistance from the PSSO and replaced it with instructions
to request assistance from the Regional Office. We split the existing section into
two subsections for clarity.
SL 40001.405 SSA-State Negotiation Process
We removed this section and moved all information to section 410C and 420B.
SSL 40001.410 Original Agreement
We amended the title of the section and updated the wording of the entire section
Subsection A – We amended the title of this subsection.
Subsection C – We amended this policy to reflect the Regional Office, and not the PSSO. We changed
instructions to submit modifications to the RO instead of the PSSO. We also clarified
with which RO the Interstate Instrumentality should be working. We added the information
contained in the previous version of section 405 and removed reference to the PSSO
and replaced it with RO.
Subsection D – We removed reference to review by the PSSO and instructions to maintain a copy
of the modification in the PSSO. We amended this subsection to add an intermediary
step of legal clearance between Regional Specialist review and Regional Commissioner
SL 40001.420 Modifications to the Original Agreement
Subsection B – We removed reference to the Parallel Social Security Office, resulting in the removal
of all of subsection B2. We updated the wording of the subsection for clarity. We
added the information contained in the previous version of section 405 and removed
reference to the PSSO and replaced it with RO.
Subsections D, E, F –We added a new subsection D containing information from RS 01505.071B and have re-lettered the subsequent POMS accordingly. We updated the titles of subsection
E and the numbered subsections below it. We added new subsection F with information
from RS 01505.071B and changed the heading of the subsection.
Subsection H – We wrote out the acronym FICA - Federal Insurance Contributions Act and updated
the wording of the subsection for clarity.
SL 40001.470 Political Entity Erroneously Included in More Than One Modification
We amended the second sentence to send requests to the Regional Office instead of
the Parallel Social Security Office.
SL 40001.475 Changes in Entity NameW
We removed instructions to send a copy of the accepted notice of name change to the
Parallel Social Security Office. We split the section into two subsections and updated
the wording for clarity.
SL 40001.477 Reporting New Government Components
Subsection A – We wrote out the acronym EIN - employer identification number
Subsection B – We removed reference to the Parallel Social Security Office and replaced it with the
Regional Office. In B2, we replaced PSSO with Regional Office (RO). Removed B3. Renumbered
B4 to B3. Renumbered B5 to B4 and removed instructions to send a copy of the notification
form to the PSSO.
SL 40001.485 Legally Dissolved Entities
Subsection A – We wrote out the acronyms for the Regional Office (RO) and Employer Identification
Subsection B – We changed PSSO to RO and removed review by the PSSO from the policy.