SSA engages in various forms of data
exchanges from Social Security number verifications to computer
matches for benefit eligibility, depending on the requestor's
business needs. Section 1106 of the Social Security Act requires we
consider the requestor's legal authority to receive the data, our
disclosure policies, systems' feasibility, systems' security, and
costs before entering into a data exchange agreement. We will use
Form SSA-157, Data Exchange Request Form, for this purpose.
Respondents are Federal, State, local, and foreign governments, as
well as private organizations seeking to share data electronically
When we last cleared this IC in
2018, the burden was 73 hours. However, we are currently reporting
a burden of 160 hours. This change stems from an increase in
respondents requesting to use Form SSA-157. In addition, there has
been an increase in the burden time per response by 15 minutes to
allow for respond corrections after SSA initial review.