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Stop, Look & Listen: Railroad Retirement Benefits Q&A

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Finding Out About Railroad Retirement Regulations

(Posted August 26, 1999)

Question 27: How can I find out what the Railroad Retirement Board's regulations require in the area of screening applicants for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) eligibility? Specifically, I want to know if the RRB's regulations or policies require the RRB representative who assists in filing of the application to "screen" the applicant to see if (s)he also meets the requirements for the SSI program. I know that Social Security screens its applicants. If the RRB regulations require SSI screening, can you cite the specific regulation?

Vince A.
Flint MI

Answer: Like most Federal agencies, the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) publishes official regulations as part of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Most large public and university libraries maintain current copies for public use.

Your question about a specific RRB regulation is really beyond the scope of this column. I suggest that you contact the RRB General Counsel to get the most accurate answers to your questions. You can either send an e-mail through the RRB Web site at or write to him at the United States Railroad Retirement Board, 844 North Rush Street, Chicago, IL 60611-2092.

Important notice:

Answers are provided as general guidance on the subjects covered in the question and are not provided as legal advice to the questioner or to readers. Any legal issues should be reviewed by your legal counsel to apply the law to the particular facts of this and similar situations.

The law in this area changes frequently. Answers are believed to be correct as of the posting dates shown. The completeness or accuracy of a particular answer may be affected by changes in the law (statutes, regulations, rulings, court decisions, etc.) that occur after the date on which a particular Q&A is posted.

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