By The Hill Staff - 11/03/11 11:56 PM EDT
• The United States Postal Service has proposed a rule that would change the manual for USPS domestic mail. It would “modify the policy for filing claims for domestic Express Mail refunds from 90 days to 30 days after the date of mailing.” The rule would also “change the Express Mail ‘waiver of signature’ standard for domestic items” by only requiring a signature for delivery if the mailer wants it. The rule is open for comment through Nov. 7.
• The Social Security Administration is proposing to allow adjudicators who assess if an individual qualifies for disability benefits to “proceed to a fifth step of the sequential evaluation process” to evaluate the applicant’s ability to do “other work that exists in significant numbers in the national economy.” The fifth step would be allowed if there were “insufficient information about a claimant’s past relevant work history to make findings in step 4,” which decides the applicant’s disability based on his or her ability to do work done previously. The rule is open for comment through Nov. 14.
• U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has proposed a rule that would amend current Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) classification requirements. It would “require a petitioner to be under the age of 21 only at the time of filing for SIJ classification.” The classification currently allows children “whose reunification with one or both parents is not viable due to abuse, neglect, abandonment or a similar basis found under state law” to stay in the states as a court dependent and apply for permanent residency. Comments are due on or before Nov. 7.