Social Insurance for Railroad Workers

To pay rail social security level benefits (tier I), benefits based on rail service alone (tier II), vested dual benefits, supplemental annuities, annuities based on total or occupational disability, and sickness and unemployment benefits to railroad workers and, in some cases, their families to assist
with expenses of daily living.

Agency - Railroad Retirement Board

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

The Railroad Retirement Board has 53 local offices around the country.

To contact or obtain the address for the nearest office, call (1-877) 772-5772.
Website Address

http://www.rrb.gov




Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: About 553,000 individuals received benefits under the Railroad Retirement Act and approximately 33,000 received unemployment and sickness benefits. Fiscal Year 2017: An estimated 549,000 individuals should receive benefits under the Railroad Retirement Act and 29,000 should receive unemployment and sickness benefits. Fiscal Year 2018: An estimated 546,000 individuals should receive benefits under the Railroad Retirement Act and 27,000 should receive unemployment and sickness benefits.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Under the provisions of the Railroad Retirement Act and the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act, benefits are provided for: (1) workers who retire because of age or disability, including supplemental annuities for career railroad employees; (2) eligible spouses and divorced spouses of retired employees; (3) surviving widows, widowers, divorced spouses, children, and dependent parents of deceased employees; (4) unemployed workers; and (5) workers who are sick or injured.

In addition, the Railroad Retirement Board participates in the administration of the Medicare program, which covers railroad retirement beneficiaries on the same basis as other eligible persons.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Under the Railroad Retirement Act for employee, spouse and survivor benefits, the employee must have had 10 or more years of railroad service or, for annuities beginning January 2002 or later, 5 years of railroad service rendered after 1995.

For survivors to be eligible for benefits, the employee must also have been insured at death.

Under the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act, an employee must have earned at least $3,637.50 in calendar years 2015 and 2016, and $3,862.50 in 2017 (counting no more than $1,455 in calendar years 2015 and 2016, and $1,545 in 2017) and, if a new employee, must have worked for a railroad at least 5 months in a calendar (base) year to be a qualified employee in the applicable benefit year.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Individuals, families, pension recipients.

Credentials/Documentation

Proof of age must be provided for retirement benefits. For spouse and survivor benefits, proof of marriage and familial relationship is required. Medical evidence is necessary for disability and sickness benefits. Registration is required in order to receive unemployment benefits. Other proofs, such as military service, must also be submitted as required by law. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Application for retirement, disability, survivor, unemployment or sickness benefits should be made to any office of the Railroad Retirement Board. Individuals can call (1-877) 772-5772 for the location of the nearest office. Application for unemployment benefits can also be made online ? see www.rrb.gov.

Award Procedures

The Office of Programs makes awards under the Railroad Retirement Act and the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act. After review of the application is completed, the applicant will be notified by mail.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Railroad Retirement Act of 1974, Public Law 93-445, 88 Stat. 1305, 45 U.S.C 231; Social Security Act of 1935, Public Law 74-271, 49 Stat. 620, 42 U.S.C 7; Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act, Public Law 75-722, 52 Stat. 1094, 45 U.S.C 351.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Varies depending upon complexity of claim.

Appeals

From 30 to 60 days. Initial appeals are made to the agency's Reconsideration Section, with subsequent appeals to the Bureau of Hearings and Appeals, the Board and the U.S. Court of Appeals.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Benefits are paid on a one-time or recurring basis as long as eligibility is maintained. The death of the recipient generally terminates payment of benefits. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Section 093 (ante) provides information on the award process, with payments released on a monthly, periodic or lump-sum basis.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Any change in address or eligibility requirements (such as the death of a recipient, work status, excess earnings, marital/family status, medical condition or school attendance) should be reported to the Railroad Retirement Board when it occurs.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.

Audits

Not Applicable.

Records

Not applicable.

Financial Information

Account Identification

60-8011-0-7-601 - Railroad Retirement Account; 60-8051-0-7-603 - Railroad Unemployment Insurance Account; 60-8010-0-7-601 - Social Security Equivalent Benefit Account; 60-0111-0-1-601 - Dual Benefits Payments Account.

Obigations

(Direct Payments with Unrestricted Use) FY 16 $12,594,000,000; FY 17 est $12,608,000,000; and FY 18 est $13,019,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

(1) Employee initially awarded age annuities-monthly maximum $4,925, average $2,717; (2) employee disability-monthly maximum $4,876, average $2,688; (3) employee supplemental annuities-monthly maximum $70, average $42; (4) married spouse benefits-monthly maximum $2,353, average $1,018; (5) widows and widowers-monthly maximum $4,701, average $1,641; (6) widowed mothers and fathers-monthly maximum $4,155, average $1,868; (7) children-monthly maximum $2,724, average $1,079; (8) unemployment and sickness-weekly maximum for benefit year 2017-2018 $336, expected average $336.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Benefits paid under the Railroad Retirement Act and the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act are covered in Chapter 20 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Parts 200 through 350. Information on benefits is also available in press releases and various publications. They can be obtained free of charge at any Railroad Retirement Board office and on the agency website (www.rrb.gov). Information on extended unemployment benefits is also available at the Recovery Act website (www.recovery.gov).

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. The Railroad Retirement Board has 53 local offices around the country. To contact or obtain the address for the nearest office, call (1-877) 772-5772.

Headquarters Office

Railroad Retirement Board 844 North Rush Street, Chicago, Illinois 60611-2092 Email: opa@rrb.gov Phone: (312) 751-4777 Fax: (312) 751-7154

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.



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