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I'm looking at the SSA-1696 form. The form that allows someone to designate a representative for interactions with the Social Security Administration. It seems to prohibit anyone that works for, or has worked for, the federal government from being a representative. As is true for many government forms, it's ambiguous. Does it mean any current or former federal employee is disqualified or only current or former federal employees that did something to make them disqualified? It seems strange that simply working for the US government would make you ineligible to represent anyone forever. The text is as follows.


"I am not disqualified from representing the claimant as a current or former officer or employee of the United States"

I read it as not being eligible if you were a federal employee and provided services in claims against the US. Call SS and clarify the issue. And wouldn't it be a good idea for many of us to have this form completed and ready to go before the situation arises when someone has to contact SS on our behalf?
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gladimhere Jan 31, 2019
No experience in this department. But, it sure did not make sense to me. Too many former employees would be ineligible. Why would someone that worked for the EPA or any federal department be made ineligible. Like I said just doesn't make sense. Thanks Vegas!
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Means you have never worked for the government. If you have, you can't be the payee. Its probably considered a conflict of interest.
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needtowashhair Jan 31, 2019
You can work for the government and be a payee. That I know for sure. Regardless, this has nothing to do with being a payee. This has to do with being a representative for someone else that's a payee.
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Your best would be to call your local SS office and ask them to mail you that form, or go to SSA.gov and see if you can download it.
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needtowashhair Jan 31, 2019
I'm not looking for the form. I'm looking at the form. ;) Thus the remainder of my post.
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