TN 3 (11-88)
GN 04020.100 Unrestricted Reopening - Deemed Wages For Certain Persons Interned During World War
II — Policy Principle
Deemed wage credits for title II benefit purposes are provided to persons who were
interned in the United States during World War II at a place operated by the United
States government for the internment of United States citizens of Japanese ancestry.
However, these deemed wages are not provided if the person's period of internment
is credited toward a benefit which is determined by any agency of the United States
to be payable under another Federal law or under a system set up by that agency.
If we awarded Social Security benefits based on deemed wage credits for the period
of internment, and we learn more than 4 years after the date of the notice of our
initial determination that a civil service pension was certified based on internment,
we can reopen the determination or decision and retroactively remove the wage credits
for Social Security benefit purposes. Similarly, if we learn after the expiration
of the four-year period that we erroneously denied someone the wage credits because
we were erroneously informed that a civil service pension was certified based on this
internment, we can reopen at any time and retroactively grant the wage credits.