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SEC. 234. [42 U.S.C. 434] (a) AUTHORITY.—
(b) REQUIREMENTS.—The experiments and demonstration projects developed under subsection (a) shall be of sufficient scope and shall be carried out on a wide enough scale to permit a thorough evaluation of the alternative methods under consideration while giving assurance that the results derived from the experiments and projects will obtain generally in the operation of the disability insurance program under this title without committing such program to the adoption of any particular system either locally or nationally.
(c) AUTHORITY TO WAIVE COMPLIANCE WITH BENEFITS REQUIREMENTS.—In the case of any experiment or demonstration project initiated under subsection (a) on or before December 17, 2005, the Commissioner may waive compliance with the benefit requirements of this title and the requirements of section 1148 as they relate to the program established under this title, and the Secretary may (upon the request of the Commissioner) waive compliance with the benefits requirements of title XVIII, insofar as is necessary for a thorough evaluation of the alternative methods under consideration. No such experiment or project shall be actually placed in operation unless at least 90 days prior thereto a written report, prepared for purposes of notification and information only and containing a full and complete description thereof, has been transmitted by the Commissioner to the Committee on Ways and Means of the House of Representatives and to the Committee on Finance of the Senate. Periodic reports on the progress of such experiments and demonstration projects shall be submitted by the Commissioner to such committees. When appropriate, such reports shall include detailed recommendations for changes in administration or law, or both, to carry out the objectives stated in subsection (a).
 See Vol. II, P.L. 106-170, §302(c), with respect to expansion of waiver authority available in connection with demonstration projects providing for reductions in disability insurance benefits based on earnings and §302(f), with respect to funding of such demonstration projects.
 P.L. 108-203, §401(1), struck out “conducted under subsection (a)” and substituted “initiated under subsection (a) on or before December 17, 2005”, effective March 2, 2004.
 P.L. 108-203, §401(2), struck out the first sentence of (d)(2) and substituted this section, effective March 2, 2004.