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As soon as practicable after any adjustment under paragraph (3) or () is determined to be necessary, the Secretary, for purposes of this section, section 1817(g), and section 1841(f), shall certify (to the Railroad Retirement Board if the adjustment is to be made by decreasing subsequent payments under the Railroad Retirement Act of [1937] 1974) the amount of the overpayment as to which the adjustment is to be made. For purposes of clause (B) of paragraph (1), such provider of services or such other person shall, in the absence of evidence to the contrary, be deemed to be without fault if the Secretary's determination that more than such correct amount was paid was made subsequent to the third year following the year in which notice was sent to such individual that such amount had been paid; except that the Secretary may reduce such three-year period to not less than one year if he finds such reduction is consistent with the objectives of this title.

ADMINISTRATION

Sec. 1874. (a) Except as otherwise provided in this title and in the Railroad Retirement Act of (1937) 1974, the insurance programs established by this title shall be administered by the Secretary. The Secretary may perform any of his functions under this title directly, or by contract providing for payment in advance or by way of reimbursement, and in such installments, as the Secretary may deem necessary.

(b) The Secretary may contract with any person, agency, or institution to secure on a reimbursable basis such special data, actuarial information, and other information as may be necessary in the carrying out of his functions under this title.

(c) In the course of any hearing, investigation, or other proceeding that he is authorized to conduct under this title, the Secretary may administer oaths and affirmations.

RAILROAD UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE ACT

BENEFITS

Sec. 2. (a) * * *

(c) The maximum number of days of unemployment within a benefit vear for which benefits may be paid to an emplovee shall be one hundred and thirty, and the maximum number of days of sickness within a benefit vear for which benefits may be paid to an employee shall be one hundred and thirty: Provided, however, That the total amount of benefits which may be paid to an employee for days of unemplovment within a benefit vear shall in no case exceed the employee's compensation in the base year; and the total amount of benefits which may be paid to an emplovee for days of sickness within a benefit year shall in no case exceed the employee's compensation in the base year: And prorided further, That, with respect to an employee who has ten or more years of service as defined in section 1(f) of the Railroad Retirement Act of [1937] 1974, who did not voluntarily retire and (in a 200

case involving exhaustion of rights to benefits for days of unemployment) did not voluntarily leave work without good cause, and who had current rights to normal benefits for days of unemployment or days of sickness in a benefit year but has exhausted such rights, the benefit year in which such rights are exhausted shall be deemed not to be ended until the last day of the extended benefit period determined under the following schedule, and the maximum number of days of, and amount of payment for, unemployment or sickness (depending on the type of benefit rights exhausted) within such benefit year for which benefits may be paid to the employee shall be enlarged to in. clude all compensable days of unemployment or days of sickness, as the case may be, within such extended benefit period :

The extended benefit period shall begin on the first day of unemployment or sickness, as the case may be, following the day on which the employee exhausted his then current rights to normal benefits for days of unemploy. ment or days of sickness and shall continue for successive fourteen-day periods (each of which periods shall constitute a registration

period) until the number of such fourteenIf the employee's "years of service" total day periods totals10 and less than 15 --------

- 7 (but not more than 65 days) 15 and over--

---------- 13 but no such extended benefit period shall extend beyond the beginning of the first registration period in a benefit year in which the employee is again qualified for benefits in accordance with section 3 of this Act on the basis of compensation earned after the first of such successive fourteen-day periods has begun. For an employee who has ten or more years of service, who did not voluntarily retire and (in a case involving unemployment) did not voluntarily leave work without good cause, who has fourteen or more consecutive days of unemployment, or fourteen or more consecutive days of sickness, and who is not a "qualified emplovee” for the general benefit year current when such unemployment or sickness commences but is or becomes a "qualified employee" for the next succeeding general benefit year, such succeeding benefit year shall, in his case, begin on the first day of the month in which such unemployment or sickness commences. Notwithstanding the other provisions of this subsection, an extended benefit period for sickness benefits shall terminate on the day next preceding the date on which the employee attains age 65, except that it may continue for the purpose of the payment of unemployment benefits; and, in the case of a succeeding benefit year beginning in accordance with the next preceding sentence by reason of sickness, such sentence shall not operate to permit the payment of benefits in the period provided for in such sentence for any day of sickness beginning with the day on which age 65 is attained and continuing through the day preceding the first day of the next succeeding general benefit vear. For purposes of this subsection (and section 100h)], the Board may rely on evidence of age available in its records and files at the time determinations or age are made.

(g) Benefits accrued to an individual but not vet paid at death shall, upon certification by the Board, be paid, without necessity of filing further

therefor, to the same individual or individuals to whom

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the Railroad Retirement Act of [1937) 1974 are paid. In the event that no such accrued annuities are paid, and if application for such accrued benefits is filed prior to the expiration of two years after the death of the individual to whom such benefits accrued, such accrued benefits shall be paid, upon certification by the Board, to the individual or individuals who would be entitled thereto under section (3(f) (1)] 6(a)(1) of the Railroad Retirement Act of [1937] 1974 if such accrued benefits were accrued annuities. If there is no individual to whom all or any part of such accrued benefits can be paid in accordance with the foregoing provisions, such benefits or part thereof shall escheat to the credit of the account.

DISQUALIFYING CONDITIONS

Sec. 4. (a-1) There shall not be considered as a day of unemployment or as a day of sickness, with respect to any employee

(i) any of the seventy-five days beginning with the first day of any registration period with respect to which the Board finds that he knowingly made or aided in making or caused to be made any false or fraudulent statement or claim for the purpose of cansing benefits to be paid;

(ii) any day in any period with respect to which the Board finds that he is receiving or will have received annuity payments [or pensions] under the Railroad Retirement Act of [1935 or the Railroad Retirement Act of 1937] 1974, or insurance benefits under title II of the Social Security Act, or unemployment, maternity, or sickness benefits under an unemployment, maternity, or sickness compensation law other than this Act, or any other social insurance payments under any law : Provided, That if an employee receives or is held entitled to receive any such payments, other than unemployment, maternity, or sickness payments, with respect to any period which include days of unemployment or sickness in a registration period, after benefits under this Act for such registration period will have been paid, the amount by which such benefits under this Act will have been increased by including such days as days of unemployment or as days of sickness shall be recoverable by the Board : Prorided further. That, if that part of any such payment or payments, other than unemployment, maternity, or sickness payments, which is apportionable to such clays of unemployment or days of sickness is less in amount than the benefits under this Act which, but for this paragraph, would be payable and not recoverable with respect to such days of unemployment or days of sickness, the preceding provisions of this paragraph shall not apply but such benefits under this Act for such days of unemployment or days of sickness shall be diminished or recoverable in the amount of such part of such other payment

or payments; (iii) if he is paid a separation allowance, any of the days in the periol beginning with the day following his separation from service 202

and continuing for that number of consecutive fourteen-day periods which is equal, or most nearly equal, to the amount of the separation allowance divided (i) by ten times his last daily rate of compensation prior to his separation if he normally works five days a week, (ii) by twelve times such rate if he normally works six days a week, and (iii) by fourteen times such rate if he normally works seven days a week;

RAILROAD CXEMPLOYMENT INSURAXCE ACCOUNT

Sec. 10. (a) ***

[(h) At the close of the fiscal year ending June 30, 1968, and each fiscal year thereafter, the Board shall determine the amount, if any, which, if added to the railroad unemployment insurance account, would place such account in the same position it would have been in at the close of such fiscal year if every employee who had been paid benefits in the fiscal year for days of sickness in the extended benefit period under the first sentence of section 2(c), or in a “succeeding benefit year” begun in accordance with the second sentence of section 2(c), and who upon application therefor would have been entitled to a disability annuity under section 2(a) of the Railroad Retirement Act of 1937 with respect to some or all of the days for which such benefits were paid, had been paid such annuity with respect to all days of sickness for which he was paid benefits which were also days with respect to which such annuity could have accrued. In determining such amount, the Board shall presume that every such employee was, in respect to his permanent physical or mental condition, qualified for such an annuity from the date of onset of the last spell of illness for which he was paid such benefits, if (a) he died without applying for such an annuity and before fully exhausting all rights to such benefits; or (b) he died without applying for such an annuity but within a year after the last day of sickness for which he had been paid such benefits, and had not meanwhile engaged in substantial gainful employment; or (c) he applied for such an annuity within one year after the last day of sickness for which he was paid such benefits and had not engaged in substantial gainful employment after that day and before the day on which he filed an application for such an annuity. The Board shall also have authority to make reasonable approximations deemed necessary in computing annuities for this purpose. The Board shall determine such amount no later than June 15 following the close of the fiscal year, and within ten days after such determination shall certify such amount to the Secretary of the Treasury for transfer from the Railroad Retirement Account to the railroad unemployment insurance account, and the Secretary of the Treasury shall make such transfer. The amount so certified shall include interest (at a rate determined. as of the close of the fiscal year, in accordance with subsection (d) of this section) payable from the close of such fiscal year to the date of certification.]

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RAILROAD T'XEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE ADMINISTRATION FUND

Sec. 11. (a) * * *

(c) Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, all moneys at any time credited to the fund are hereby permanently appropriated to the Board to be continuously available to the Board without further appropriation for any expenses necessary or incidental to administering this Act, including personal services in the District of Columbia and elsewhere; travel expenses including expenses of attendance at meetings when authorized by the Board; actual transportation expenses and not to exceed $10 per diem to cover subsistence and other expenses while in attendance at and en route to and from the place to which he is invited, to any person other than an employee of the Federal Government who may from time to time, be invited to the city of Washington or elsewhere for conference or advisory purposes in furthering the work of the Board; when found by the Board to be in the interest of the Government, not exceeding 3 per centum, in any fiscal year, of the amounts credited during such year to the fund, for engaging persons or organizations, by contract or otherwise, for any special technical or professional services, determined necessary by the Board, including but not restricted to accounting, actuarial, statistical, and reporting services, without regard to section 3709 of the Revised Statutes (U.S.C., title 41, sec. 5) and the provisions of other laws applicable to the enıployment and compensation of officers and employees of the United States; services; advertising, postage, telephone, telegraph, teletype, and other communication services and tolls; supplies; reproducing, photographing, and all other equipment, office appliances, and labor-saving devices, including devices for internal communication and conveyance; purchase and exchange, operation, maintenance and repair of motor-propelled passenger-carrying vehicles to be used only for official purposes in the District of Columbia and in the field; printing and binding; purchase and exchange of law books, books of reference, and directories; periodicals, newspapers and press clippings, in such amounts as the Board deems necessary, without regard to the provisions of section 192 of the Revised Statutes; manuscripts and special reports; membership fees or dues in organizations which issue publications to members only, or to members at a lower price than to others, payment for which may be made in advance; rentals, including garages, in the District of Columbia or elsewhere; alterations and repairs; if found by the Board to be necessary to expedite the certification to the Board by the Civil Service Commission of persons eligible to be employed by the Board, and to the extent that the Board finds such expedition necessary, meeting the expenses of the Civil Service Commission in holding examinations for testing the fitness of applicants for admission to the classified service for employment by the Board pursuant to the second paragraph of section 12(1) of this Act, but not to exceed the additional expenses found by the Board to have been incurred by reason of the holding of such examinations; and miscellaneous items, including those for public instruction and information deemed necessary by the Board: Provided, That section 3709 of Revised Statutes (U.S.C.,

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