H.R. 922 (103rd): Social Security Miscellaneous Amendments Act of 1993

103rd Congress, 1993–1994. Text as of Feb 17, 1993 (Introduced).

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HR 922 IH

103d CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 922

To amend the Social Security Act and related provisions of law to make miscellaneous improvements in the old-age, survivors, and disability insurance program.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 17, 1993

Mr. JACOBS introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means


A BILL

To amend the Social Security Act and related provisions of law to make miscellaneous improvements in the old-age, survivors, and disability insurance program.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE AND TABLE OF CONTENTS.

    (a) SHORT TITLE- This Act may be cited as the ‘Social Security Miscellaneous Amendments Act of 1993’.

    (b) TABLE OF CONTENTS-

      Sec. 1. Short title and table of contents.

      Sec. 2. Explicit requirements for maintenance of telephone access to local offices of the Social Security Administration.

      Sec. 3. Expansion of State option to exclude service of election officials or election workers from coverage.

      Sec. 4. Treatment of certain noncash remuneration for agricultural labor.

      Sec. 5. Use of social security numbers by States and local governments and Federal district courts for jury selection purposes.

      Sec. 6. Authorization for all States to extend coverage to State and local policemen and firemen under existing coverage agreements.

      Sec. 7. Limited exemption for Canadian ministers from certain self-employment tax liability.

      Sec. 8. Exclusion of totalization benefits from the application of the windfall elimination provision.

      Sec. 9. Exclusion of military reservists from application of the Government pension offset and windfall elimination provisions.

      Sec. 10. Repeal of the facility-of-payment provision.

      Sec. 11. Maximum family benefits in guarantee cases.

      Sec. 12. Authorization for disclosure by the Secretary of Health and Human Services of information for purposes of public or private epidemiological and similar research.

SEC. 2. EXPLICIT REQUIREMENTS FOR MAINTENANCE OF TELEPHONE ACCESS TO LOCAL OFFICES OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION.

    (a) MAINTENANCE OF SERVICE TO LOCAL OFFICES-

      (1) IN GENERAL- Section 5110(a) of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990 (104 Stat. 1388-272) is amended by adding at the end the following new sentences: ‘In carrying out the requirements of the preceding sentence, the Secretary shall reestablish and maintain in service at least the same number of telephone lines to each such local office as was in place as of such date, including telephone sets for connections to such lines.’.

      (2) EFFECTIVE DATE- The Secretary of Health and Human Services shall ensure that the requirements of the amendment made by paragraph (1) are carried out no later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act.

      (3) GAO REPORT- The Comptroller General of the United States shall make an independent determination of the number of telephone lines to each local office of the Social Security Administration which are in place as of 90 days after the enactment of this Act and shall report his findings to the Committee on Ways and Means of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Finance of the Senate no later than 150 days after the date of the enactment of this Act.

    (b) MAINTENANCE OF TOLL-FREE TELEPHONE NUMBER SERVICE- The Secretary of Health and Human Services shall ensure that toll-free telephone service provided by the Social Security Administration is maintained at a level which is at least equal to that in effect on the date of the enactment of this Act.

SEC. 3. EXPANSION OF STATE OPTION TO EXCLUDE SERVICE OF ELECTION OFFICIALS OR ELECTION WORKERS FROM COVERAGE.

    (a) Limitation on Mandatory Coverage of State Election Officials and Election Workers Without State Retirement System-

      (1) AMENDMENT TO SOCIAL SECURITY ACT- Section 210(a)(7)(F)(iv) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 410(a)(7)(F)(iv)) (as amended by section 11332(a) of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990) is amended by striking ‘$100’ and inserting ‘$1,000 with respect to service performed during 1994, and the exempt remuneration amount determined under section 218(c)(8)(B) with respect to service performed thereafter’.

      (2) AMENDMENT TO FICA- Section 3121(b)(7) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (as amended by section 11332(b) of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990) is amended by striking ‘$100’ and inserting ‘$1,000 with respect to service performed during 1994, and the exempt remuneration amount determined under section 218(c)(8)(B) of the Social Security Act with respect to service performed thereafter’.

    (b) Conforming Amendments Relating to Medicare Qualified Government Employment-

      (1) AMENDMENT TO SOCIAL SECURITY ACT- Section 210(p)(2)(E) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 410(p)(2)(E)) is amended by striking ‘$100’ and inserting ‘$1,000 with respect to service performed during 1994, and the exempt remuneration amount determined under section 218(c)(8)(B) with respect to service performed thereafter’.

      (2) AMENDMENT TO FICA- Section 3121(u)(2)(B)(ii)(V) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by striking ‘$100’ and inserting ‘$1,000 with respect to service performed during 1994, and the exempt remuneration amount determined under section 218(c)(8)(B) of the Social Security Act with respect to service performed thereafter’.

    (c) AUTHORITY FOR STATES TO MODIFY COVERAGE AGREEMENTS WITH RESPECT TO ELECTION OFFICIALS AND ELECTION WORKERS- Section 218(c)(8) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 418(c)(8)) is amended--

      (1) by striking ‘on or after January 1, 1968,’ and inserting ‘at any time’;

      (2) by striking ‘$100’ and inserting ‘$1,000 with respect to service performed during 1994, and the exempt remuneration amount determined under subparagraph (B) with respect to service performed thereafter’; and

      (3) by striking the last sentence and inserting the following new sentence: ‘Any modification of an agreement pursuant to this paragraph shall be effective with respect to services performed in and after the calendar year in which the modification is mailed or delivered by other means to the Secretary.’.

    (d) Indexation of Exempt Remuneration Amount-

      (1) IN GENERAL- Section 218(c)(8) of the Social Security Act (as amended by subsection (c)) is further amended--

        (A) by inserting ‘(A)’ after ‘(8)’; and

        (B) by adding at the end the following new subparagraphs:

    ‘(B) The Secretary shall, on or before November 1 of 1994 and of every year thereafter, determine and publish in the Federal Register the exempt remuneration amount which shall be effective with respect to service performed during the following calendar year.

    ‘(C) The exempt remuneration amount determined under subparagraph (B) shall be the larger of--

      ‘(i) the dollar amount in effect under subparagraph (A) with respect to service performed during the calendar year in which the determination under subparagraph (B) is made, or

      ‘(ii) the product of--

        ‘(I) $1,000, and

        ‘(II) the indexing ratio described in subparagraph (D).

    ‘(D) For purposes of subparagraph (C)(ii)(II), the indexing ratio is the ratio of--

      ‘(i) the deemed average total wages (as defined in section 209(k)(1)) for the calendar year before the calendar year in which the determination under subparagraph (B) is made, to

      ‘(ii) the average of the total wages (as defined in regulations of the Secretary and computed without regard to the limitations specified in section 209(a)(1)) reported to the Secretary of the Treasury or his delegate for 1991 (as published in the Federal Register in accordance with section 215(a)(1)(D)),

    with such product, if not a multiple of $100, being rounded to the next higher multiple of $100 where such product is a multiple of $50 but not of $100 and to the nearest multiple of $100 in any other case.’.

      (2) CONFORMING AMENDMENT- Section 209(k)(1) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 409(k)(1)) is amended by inserting ‘218(c)(8)(D)(i),’ after ‘215(b)(3)(A)(ii),’.

    (e) EFFECTIVE DATE- The amendments made by subsections (a), (b), and (c) shall apply with respect to service performed on or after January 1, 1994.

SEC. 4. TREATMENT OF CERTAIN NONCASH REMUNERATION FOR AGRICULTURAL LABOR.

    (a) AMENDMENTS TO 1986 CODE- Paragraph (8) of section 3121(a) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (defining wages) is amended--

      (1) by striking so much of such paragraph as precedes subparagraph (B) thereof and inserting the following:

      ‘(8)(A) remuneration for agricultural labor to the extent such remuneration consists of--

        ‘(i) meals or lodging furnished on the premises of the employer to the employee, the employee’s spouse, or any of the employee’s dependents, or

        ‘(ii) in the case of an employee who is a seasonal worker, temporary lodging furnished in reasonable proximity to such premises to the employee, the employee’s spouse, or any of the employee’s dependents;’; and

      (2) by striking ‘cash remuneration’ each place it appears in subparagraph (B) and inserting ‘remuneration (not excluded under subparagraph (A))’.

    (b) AMENDMENTS TO SOCIAL SECURITY ACT- Paragraph (7) of section 209(a) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 409(a)(7)) is amended--

      (1) by striking so much of such paragraph as precedes subparagraph (B) thereof and inserting the following:

      ‘(7)(A) Remuneration for agricultural labor to the extent such remuneration consists of--

        ‘(i) meals or lodging furnished on the premises of the employer to the employee, the employee’s spouse, or any of the employee’s dependents, or

        ‘(ii) in the case of an employee who is a seasonal worker, temporary lodging furnished in reasonable proximity to such premises to the employee, the employee’s spouse, or any of the employee’s dependents;’, and

      (2) in subparagraph (B)--

        (A) by striking ‘Cash remuneration’ and inserting ‘Remuneration (not excluded under subparagraph (A))’, and

        (B) by striking ‘cash remuneration’ and inserting ‘remuneration (not excluded under subparagraph (A))’.

    (c) EFFECTIVE DATE- The amendments made by this section shall apply to remuneration paid after December 31, 1993.

SEC. 5. USE OF SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS BY STATES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AND FEDERAL DISTRICT COURTS FOR JURY SELECTION PURPOSES.

    (a) IN GENERAL- Section 205(c)(2) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 405(c)(2)) is amended--

      (1) in subparagraph (B)(i), by striking ‘(E)’ in the matter preceding subclause (I) and inserting ‘(F)’;

      (2) by redesignating subparagraphs (E) and (F) as subparagraphs (F) and (G), respectively; and

      (3) by inserting after subparagraph (D) the following:

    ‘(E)(i) It is the policy of the United States that--

      ‘(I) any State (or any political subdivision of a State) may utilize the social security account numbers issued by the Secretary for the additional purposes described in clause (ii) if such numbers have been collected and are otherwise utilized by such State (or political subdivision) in accordance with applicable law, and

      ‘(II) any district court of the United States may use, for such additional purposes, any such social security account numbers which have been so collected and are so utilized by any State.

    ‘(ii) The additional purposes described in this clause are the following:

      ‘(I) identifying duplicate names of individuals on master lists used for jury selection purposes, and

      ‘(II) identifying on such master lists those individuals who are ineligible to serve on a jury by reason of their conviction of a felony.

    ‘(iii) To the extent that any provision of Federal law enacted before the date of the enactment of this subparagraph is inconsistent with the policy set forth in clause (i), such provision shall, on and after that date, be null, void, and of no effect.

    ‘(iv) For purposes of this subparagraph, the term ‘State’ has the meaning such term has in subparagraph (D).’.

    (b) EFFECTIVE DATE- The amendments made by subsection (a) shall take effect on the date of the enactment of this Act.

SEC. 6. AUTHORIZATION FOR ALL STATES TO EXTEND COVERAGE TO STATE AND LOCAL POLICEMEN AND FIREMEN UNDER EXISTING COVERAGE AGREEMENTS.

    (a) IN GENERAL- Section 218(l) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 418(l)) is amended--

      (1) in paragraph (1), by striking ‘(1)’ after ‘(l)’, and by striking ‘the State of’ and all that follows through ‘date of the enactment of this subsection’ and inserting ‘a State entered into pursuant to this section’; and

      (2) by striking paragraph (2).

    (b) CONFORMING AMENDMENT- Section 218(d)(8)(D) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 418(d)(8)(D)) is amended by striking ‘agreements with States named in’ and inserting ‘State agreements modified as provided in’.

    (c) EFFECTIVE DATE- The amendments made by this section shall apply with respect to modifications filed by States after the date of the enactment of this Act.

SEC. 7. LIMITED EXEMPTION FOR CANADIAN MINISTERS FROM CERTAIN SELF-EMPLOYMENT TAX LIABILITY.

    (a) IN GENERAL- Notwithstanding any other provision of law, if--

      (1) an individual performed services described in section 1402(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 which are subject to tax under section 1401 of such Code,

      (2) such services were performed in Canada at a time when no agreement between the United States and Canada pursuant to section 233 of the Social Security Act was in effect, and

      (3) such individual was required to pay contributions on the earnings from such services under the social insurance system of Canada,

    then such individual may file a certificate under this section in such form and manner, and with such official, as may be prescribed in regulations issued under chapter 2 of such Code. Upon the filing of such certificate, notwithstanding any judgment which has been entered to the contrary, such individual shall be exempt from payment of such tax and from any penalties or interest for failure to pay such tax or to file a self-employment tax return as required under section 6017 of such Code.

    (b) PERIOD FOR FILING- A certificate referred to in subsection (a) may be filed only during the 180-day period commencing with the date on which the regulations referred to in subsection (a) are issued.

    (c) TAXABLE YEARS AFFECTED BY CERTIFICATE- A certificate referred to in subsection (a) shall be effective for taxable years ending after December 31, 1978, and before January 1, 1985.

    (d) RESTRICTION ON CREDITING OF EXEMPT SELF-EMPLOYMENT INCOME- In any case in which an individual is exempt under this section from paying a tax imposed under section 1401 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, any income on which such tax would have been imposed but for such exemption shall not constitute self-employment income under section 211(b) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 411(b)), and, if such individual’s primary insurance amount has been determined under section 215 of such Act (42 U.S.C. 415), notwithstanding section 215(f)(1) of such Act, the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall recompute such primary insurance amount so as to take into account the provisions of this subsection.

SEC. 8. EXCLUSION OF TOTALIZATION BENEFITS FROM THE APPLICATION OF THE WINDFALL ELIMINATION PROVISION.

    (a) IN GENERAL- Section 215(a)(7) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 415(a)(7)) is amended--

      (1) in subparagraph (A), by striking ‘but excluding’ and all that follows through ‘1937’ and inserting ‘but excluding (I) a payment under the Railroad Retirement Act of 1974 or 1937, and (II) a payment by a social security system of a foreign country based on an agreement concluded between the United States and such foreign country pursuant to section 233’; and

      (2) in subparagraph (E), by inserting after ‘in the case of an individual’ the following: ‘whose eligibility for old-age or disability insurance benefits is based on an agreement concluded pursuant to section 233 or an individual’.

    (b) CONFORMING AMENDMENT RELATING TO BENEFITS UNDER 1939 ACT- Section 215(d)(3) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 415(d)(3)) is amended by striking ‘but excluding’ and all that follows through ‘1937’ and inserting ‘but excluding (I) a payment under the Railroad Retirement Act of 1974 or 1937, and (II) a payment by a social security system of a foreign country based on an agreement concluded between the United States and such foreign country pursuant to section 233’.

    (c) EFFECTIVE DATE- The amendments made by this section shall apply (notwithstanding section 215(f)(1) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 415(f)(1))) with respect to benefits payable for months after October 1993.

SEC. 9. EXCLUSION OF MILITARY RESERVISTS FROM APPLICATION OF THE GOVERNMENT PENSION OFFSET AND WINDFALL ELIMINATION PROVISIONS.

    (a) EXCLUSION FROM GOVERNMENT PENSION OFFSET PROVISIONS- Subsections (b)(4), (c)(2), (e)(7), (f)(2), and (g)(4) of section 202 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 402 (b)(4), (c)(2), (e)(7), (f)(2), and (g)(4)) are each amended--

      (1) in subparagraph (A)(ii), by striking ‘unless subparagraph (B) applies.’;

      (2) in subparagraph (A), by striking ‘The’ in the matter following clause (ii) and inserting ‘unless subparagraph (B) applies. The’; and

      (3) in subparagraph (B), by redesignating the existing matter as clause (ii), and by inserting before such clause (ii) (as so redesignated) the following:

    ‘(B)(i) Subparagraph (A)(i) shall not apply with respect to monthly periodic benefits based wholly on service as a member of a uniformed service (as defined in section 210(m)).’.

    (b) EXCLUSION FROM WINDFALL ELIMINATION PROVISIONS- Section 215(a)(7)(A) of such Act (as amended by section 8(a) of this Act) and section 215(d)(3) of such Act (as amended by section 8(b) of this Act) are each further amended--

      (1) by striking ‘and’ before ‘(II)’; and

      (2) by striking ‘section 233’ and inserting ‘section 233, and (III) a payment based wholly on service as a member of a uniformed service (as defined in section 210(m))’.

    (c) EFFECTIVE DATE- The amendments made by this section shall apply (notwithstanding section 215(f) of the Social Security Act) with respect to benefits payable for months after October 1993.

SEC. 10. REPEAL OF THE FACILITY-OF-PAYMENT PROVISION.

    (a) REPEAL OF RULE PRECLUDING REDISTRIBUTION UNDER FAMILY MAXIMUM- Section 203(i) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 403(i)) is repealed.

    (b) COORDINATION UNDER FAMILY MAXIMUM OF REDUCTION IN BENEFICIARY’S AUXILIARY BENEFITS WITH SUSPENSION OF AUXILIARY BENEFITS OF OTHER BENEFICIARY UNDER EARNINGS TEST- Section 203(a)(4) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 403(a)(4)) is amended by striking ‘section 222(b). Whenever’ and inserting the following: ‘section 222(b). Notwithstanding the preceding sentence, any reduction under this subsection in the case of an individual who is entitled to a benefit under subsection (b), (c), (d), (e), (f), (g), or (h) of section 202 for any month on the basis of the same wages and self-employment income as another person--

      ‘(A) who also is entitled to a benefit under subsection (b), (c), (d), (e), (f), (g), or (h) of section 202 for such month,

      ‘(B) who does not live in the same household as such individual, and

      ‘(C) whose benefit for such month is suspended (in whole or in part) pursuant to subsection (h)(3) of this section,

    shall be made before the suspension under subsection (h)(3). Whenever’.

    (c) CONFORMING AMENDMENT APPLYING EARNINGS REPORTING REQUIREMENT DESPITE SUSPENSION OF BENEFITS- The third sentence of section 203(h)(1)(A) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 403(h)(1)(A)) is amended by striking ‘Such report need not be made’ and all that follows through ‘The Secretary may grant’ and inserting the following: ‘Such report need not be made for any taxable year--

      ‘(i) beginning with or after the month in which such individual attained age 70, or

      ‘(ii) if benefit payments for all months (in such taxable year) in which such individual is under age 70 have been suspended under the provisions of the first sentence of paragraph (3) of this subsection, unless--

        ‘(I) such individual is entitled to benefits under subsection (b), (c), (d), (e), (f), (g), or (h) of section 202,

        ‘(II) such benefits are reduced under subsection (a) of this section for any month in such taxable year, and

        ‘(III) in any such month there is another person who also is entitled to benefits under subsection (b), (c), (d), (e), (f), (g), or (h) of section 202 on the basis of the same wages and self-employment income and who does not live in the same household as such individual.

    The Secretary may grant’.

    (d) CONFORMING AMENDMENT DELETING SPECIAL INCOME TAX TREATMENT OF BENEFITS NO LONGER REQUIRED BY REASON OF REPEAL- Section 86(d)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (relating to income tax on social security benefits) is amended by striking the last sentence.

    (e) EFFECTIVE DATES-

      (1) The amendments made by subsections (a), (b), and (c) shall apply with respect to benefits payable for months after December 1994.

      (2) The amendment made by subsection (d) shall apply with respect to benefits received after December 31, 1994, in taxable years ending after such date.

SEC. 11. MAXIMUM FAMILY BENEFITS IN GUARANTEE CASES.

    (a) IN GENERAL- Section 203(a) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 403(a)) is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

    ‘(10)(A) Subject to subparagraphs (B) and (C)--

      ‘(i) the total monthly benefits to which beneficiaries may be entitled under sections 202 and 223 for a month on the basis of the wages and self-employment income of an individual whose primary insurance amount is computed under section 215(a)(2)(B)(i) shall equal the total monthly benefits which were authorized by this section with respect to such individual’s primary insurance amount for the last month of his prior entitlement to disability insurance benefits, increased for this purpose by the general benefit increases and other increases under section 215(i) that would have applied to such total monthly benefits had the individual remained entitled to disability insurance benefits until the month in which he became entitled to old-age insurance benefits or reentitled to disability insurance benefits or died, and

      ‘(ii) the total monthly benefits to which beneficiaries may be entitled under sections 202 and 223 for a month on the basis of the wages and self-employment income of an individual whose primary insurance amount is computed under section 215(a)(2)(C) shall equal the total monthly benefits which were authorized by this section with respect to such individual’s primary insurance amount for the last month of his prior entitlement to disability insurance benefits.

    ‘(B) In any case in which--

      ‘(i) the total monthly benefits with respect to such individual’s primary insurance amount for the last month of his prior entitlement to disability insurance benefits was computed under paragraph (6), and

      ‘(ii) the individual’s primary insurance amount is computed under subparagraph (B)(i) or (C) of section 215(a)(2) by reason of the individual’s entitlement to old-age insurance benefits or death,

    the total monthly benefits shall equal the total monthly benefits that would have been authorized with respect to the primary insurance amount for the last month of his prior entitlement to disability insurance benefits if such total monthly benefits had been computed without regard to paragraph (6).

    ‘(C) This paragraph shall apply before the application of paragraph (3)(A), and before the application of section 203(a)(1) of this Act as in effect in December 1978.’.

    (b) CONFORMING AMENDMENT- Section 203(a)(8) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 403(a)(8)) is amended by striking ‘Subject to paragraph (7),’ and inserting ‘Subject to paragraph (7) and except as otherwise provided in paragraph (10)(C),’.

    (c) EFFECTIVE DATE- The amendments made by this section shall apply for the purpose of determining the total monthly benefits to which beneficiaries may be entitled under sections 202 and 223 of the Social Security Act based on the wages and self-employment income of an individual who--

      (1) becomes entitled to an old-age insurance benefit under section 202(a) of such Act,

      (2) becomes reentitled to a disability insurance benefit under section 223 of such Act, or

      (3) dies,

    after October 1993.

SEC. 12. AUTHORIZATION FOR DISCLOSURE BY THE SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES OF INFORMATION FOR PURPOSES OF PUBLIC OR PRIVATE EPIDEMIOLOGICAL AND SIMILAR RESEARCH.

    (a) IN GENERAL- Section 1106 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1306) is amended--

      (1) by redesignating subsections (d) and (e) as subsections (e) and (f), respectively;

      (2) in subsection (f) (as so redesignated), by striking ‘subsection (d)’ and inserting ‘subsection (e)’; and

      (3) by inserting after subsection (c) the following new subsection:

    ‘(d) Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, in any case in which--

      ‘(1) information regarding whether an individual is shown on the records of the Secretary as being alive or deceased is requested from the Secretary for purposes of epidemiological or similar research which the Secretary finds may reasonably be expected to contribute to a national health interest, and

      ‘(2) the requester agrees to reimburse the Secretary for providing such information and to comply with limitations on safeguarding and rerelease or redisclosure of such information as may be specified by the Secretary,

    the Secretary shall comply with such request, except to the extent that compliance with such request would constitute a violation of the terms of any contract entered into under section 205(r).’.

    (b) AVAILABILITY OF INFORMATION RETURNS REGARDING WAGES PAID EMPLOYEES- Section 6103(l)(5) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (relating to disclosure of returns and return information to the Department of Health and Human Services for purposes other than tax administration) is amended--

      (1) by striking ‘for the purpose of’ and inserting ‘for the purpose of--’;

      (2) by striking ‘carrying out, in accordance with an agreement’ and inserting the following:

        ‘(A) carrying out, in accordance with an agreement’;

      (3) by striking ‘program.’ and inserting ‘program; or’; and

      (4) by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:

        ‘(B) providing information regarding the mortality status of individuals for epidemiological and similar research in accordance with section 1106(d) of the Social Security Act.’.

    (c) EFFECTIVE DATE- The amendments made by this section shall apply with respect to requests for information made after the date of the enactment of this Act.