A-86047, MAY 17, 1937, 16 COMP. GEN. 1009

A-86047: May 17, 1937

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THERE IS NO OBJECTION TO THE USE OF A CERTIFICATE ISSUED UNDER THE SEAL OF. IS NOT ACCEPTABLE. IS AS FOLLOWS: APPLICATION FOR PAYMENTS UNDER TITLE II OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT MAY. BENEFIT PAYMENTS ARE IN MANY INSTANCES VERY SMALL. WHERE THE CLAIM IS FOR LESS THAN $100. THAT SUCH APPOINTMENT IS IN FORCE AND EFFECT? SHOWING THAT HIS CERTIFICATE IS BASED ON PERSONAL EXAMINATION OF THE COURT RECORDS. IT IS NOT REQUESTED THAT THERE BE ANY MODIFICATION OF ANY CLAIMS FORMS AS HERETOFORE APPROVED BY YOU. ANY PERMISSIVE VARIANCE SUGGESTED BY YOU IN ANSWER TO THIS INQUIRY WILL BE REFLECTED ONLY IN MODIFICATION OF INSTRUCTIONS IN CONNECTION WITH EXECUTION AND COMPLETION OF CLAIMS. THERE IS NO OBJECTION TO THE USE OF A SHORT FORM CERTIFICATE.

A-86047, MAY 17, 1937, 16 COMP. GEN. 1009

SOCIAL SECURITY - APPLICATIONS FOR PAYMENT - EVIDENCE OF APPOINTMENT AS EXECUTOR, ADMINISTRATOR, GUARDIAN, ETC. THERE IS NO OBJECTION TO THE USE OF A CERTIFICATE ISSUED UNDER THE SEAL OF, AND SIGNED BY THE PROPER OFFICIAL, OF THE COURT, STATING THE NAME OF THE DECEASED, OR PERSON UNDER DISABILITY, THE PERSON APPOINTED BY THE COURT, HIS LEGAL DESIGNATION, ETC., IN LIEU OF THE USUAL EVIDENCE OF ADMINISTRATION, GUARDIANSHIP, ETC., IN CONNECTION WITH APPLICATIONS BY ADMINISTRATORS OR EXECUTORS OF DECEASED WAGE EARNERS, OR BY GUARDIANS, COMMITTEES, OR OTHER CUSTODIANS FOR PAYMENTS IN AMOUNTS LESS THAN $100 UNDER TITLE II OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT, 49 STAT. 622, BUT A SIMILAR CERTIFICATE BY SOCIAL SECURITY BOARD PERSONNEL, BASED UPON PERSONAL EXAMINATION OF THE COURT RECORDS, IS NOT ACCEPTABLE.

ACTING COMPTROLLER GENERAL ELLIOTT TO THE CHAIRMAN, SOCIAL SECURITY BOARD, MAY 17, 1937:

YOUR LETTER OF MAY 6, 1937, IS AS FOLLOWS:

APPLICATION FOR PAYMENTS UNDER TITLE II OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT MAY, UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES, BE MADE BY ADMINISTRATORS OR EXECUTORS OF DECEASED WAGE EARNERS, OR BY THE GUARDIAN, COMMITTEE, OR OTHER DULY APPOINTED CUSTODIAN OF A CLAIMANT UNDER LEGAL DISABILITY.

BENEFIT PAYMENTS ARE IN MANY INSTANCES VERY SMALL, AND THE BOARD DESIRES IN EVERY WAY POSSIBLE TO MINIMIZE EXPENSE OF CLAIMANTS. WHERE THE CLAIM IS FOR LESS THAN $100, IN LIEU OF A CERTIFIED COPY OF LETTERS TESTAMENTARY, OR OF ADMINISTRATION, OR OF THE ORDER APPOINTING THE GUARDIAN, COMMITTEE, OR OTHER CUSTODIAN OF A CLAIMANT, A CERTIFICATE AS TO APPOINTMENT MIGHT BE USED.

WOULD IT MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS IF THE BOARD PERMITTED THE USE OF A CERTIFICATE ISSUED UNDER THE SEAL, AND SIGNED BY THE PROPER OFFICIAL, OF THE APPOINTING COURT, STATING THE NAME OF THE DECEASED, OR THE PERSON UNDER DISABILITY, THE PERSON APPOINTED BY THE COURT, HIS LEGAL DESIGNATION AS APPOINTEE, AND THAT SUCH APPOINTMENT IS IN FORCE AND EFFECT? FURTHER, WOULD A SIMILAR CERTIFICATE BY AN OFFICIAL OR EMPLOYEE OF THE BOARD, SHOWING THAT HIS CERTIFICATE IS BASED ON PERSONAL EXAMINATION OF THE COURT RECORDS, BE ACCEPTABLE?

IT IS NOT REQUESTED THAT THERE BE ANY MODIFICATION OF ANY CLAIMS FORMS AS HERETOFORE APPROVED BY YOU. ANY PERMISSIVE VARIANCE SUGGESTED BY YOU IN ANSWER TO THIS INQUIRY WILL BE REFLECTED ONLY IN MODIFICATION OF INSTRUCTIONS IN CONNECTION WITH EXECUTION AND COMPLETION OF CLAIMS.

THERE IS NO OBJECTION TO THE USE OF A SHORT FORM CERTIFICATE, SUCH AS THAT DESCRIBED IN THE FIRST QUESTION OF YOUR SUBMISSION, TO SUPPORT PAYMENTS FROM PUBLIC FUNDS TO THE FIDUCIARY OR FIDUCIARIES NAMED IN THE CERTIFICATE; BUT A SIMILAR CERTIFICATE BY AN OFFICIAL OR EMPLOYEE OF THE BOARD, SUCH AS THAT REFERRED TO IN THE SECOND QUESTION OF YOUR SUBMISSION, IS NOT SUCH ACCEPTABLE EVIDENCE.