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Current Program Rules

    Our current program rules include the law; regulations; Commissioner rulings; and, employee operating instructions.

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    The Law


    The Regulations

    Code of Federal Regulations for Social Security --
    Revised as of April 1, 2007
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    All Social Security documents published in the Federal Register since September 25, 2006, can now be found by accessing the Federal eRulemaking web portal.

    This centralized docket management system provides Federal Agencies and the public the ability to search, view, download and submit comments on proposed federal rules. Social Security is currently in the process of migrating Federal Register documents published prior to September 25, 2006 to the Federal eRulemaking web portal. If you would like to see the public comments for the proposed rules that were published prior to September 25, 2006, see Rules Closed to Comment.

    To view Social Security documents go to the Federal eRulemaking web portal and select “Social Security Administration” from the agency drop-down menu, and click “Submit.”

    SSI Law and Regulations Finder --
    Specific references to Supplemental Security Income law and regulations


    The Rulings


Guidance Documents

    Link to “Guidance Documents”

    The Social Security Administration has not published any significant “Guidance Documents” since 01/25/2007.

    You may view guidance documents that are currently available for comment by using Go to, and select, “Social Security Administration” from the agency drop-down menu and select “Submit”. Once you locate the information that you are interested in, you can read, submit or view public comments.

    The Social Security Administration has issued four significant guidance documents prior to January 25, 2007 that are currently in effect. You may view the significant guidance documents issued before January 25, 2007 by using the following link:  good-guidance.htm

    Members of the public may provide feedback on any of the guidance documents. All comments will be reviewed and referred to the appropriate component for considerations. Comments should be submitted to:


Employee Operating




Program Home Pages

Other Sources For Program
Rules Information

On our Program Rules Resources page, we list the various handbooks we have developed for use by the public.

What's New!

For all new Social Security articles published in the Federal Register, see the website.

Comment on Developing Rules

You are invited to comment on developing rules before they become final. Please visit the,, for further information. Included are requests for public comments published in the Federal Register (e.g., requests for comments on proposed changes in our regulatory rules). Portal to U.S. government agencies Privacy Policy | Website Policies & Other Important Information | Site Map
Last reviewed or modified Monday May 12, 2008
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