I received the following information from the ACS unit in the U.S. Embassy in Panama City.
Wardens – below are the two links that we have updated to try to make the situation with having a foreign address in the Social Security system if you are living outside the US and the Proof of Life requirement for all persons receiving benefits when living outside the US a little more clear.
People living inside the US do not have the same Proof of Life requirement as those living outside the country, just to be clear.
These are official regulations, and must be followed to avoid interruption of benefits. If US citizens living here are getting other information from the US that they wish to act on instead, they are, of course, free to do so. If they can share the contacts that are providing this information to them, we would appreciate it.
The following are updated links relative to Social Security Changes of Address and Proof of Life requirements provided for your information.
http://panama.usembassy.gov/ssae.html – Change of address
http://panama.usembassy.gov/ssai.html – Proof of life