DIO forwards the request for special payment with the documentation to OIP for a decision.
OIP reviews the material and advises DIO whether the beneficiary, and any representative
payee, is qualified to receive payment in the restricted country. OIP also notifies
DIO if a person is not qualified to receive payment or if OIP requires additional
information to make a decision. OIP keeps a record of all requests it receives and
the action taken.
If OIP approves qualification for payment, DIO:
enters the approval on the Master Beneficiary Record (MBR) according to instructions
in MSOM COMMON 005.006, and
enters the FSP address as the beneficiary’s mailing address on the MBR, and
places the beneficiary’s actual residence address in a Special Message field.
NOTE: All SSA mail goes to the FSP address on the MBR. This includes the annual Foreign
Enforcement Questionnaire (FEQ). It is important that the FEQ be completed and returned
timely to SSA in the envelope provided so that benefits are not affected. For more
information about the FEQ, see RS 02655.001 through RS 02655.010.
As explained in RS 02650.020D.2 of this section, if a qualified beneficiary or qualified representative payee does
not comply with the six-month FSP or FBU visit requirements, payments will stop. The
FSP or FBU will return any checks to the Treasury Department. If payments are by direct
deposit, the FSP or FBU will notify SSA and DIO will stop the payments. Payments will
not resume until the qualified beneficiary and any qualified representative payee
visit the FSP or FBU and show continuing eligibility to payments.