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Defense Department -- Assistance to and Support of Dependents; Paternity Complaints2018-May-172018-10587This final rule removes DoD's regulation requiring naval personnel to provide support to dependents. It has been determined that the content of this part is internal DoD policy, and while that policy is publicly available, the part should be removed.
Defense Department -- Garnishment of Pay of Naval Military and Civilian Personnel for Collection of Child Support and Alimony2018-Apr-162018-07759This final rule removes the DoD's regulation concerning garnishment of pay of Naval military and civilian personnel and collection of child support and alimony. It has been determined that this rule is duplicative of 5 CFR part 581, ``Processing Garnishment Orders for Child Support and/or Alimony.'' Therefore, this rule can be removed from the CFR.
Health and Human Services Department -- Flexibility, Efficiency, and Modernization in Child Support Enforcement Programs2016-Dec-202016-29598This rule is intended to carry out the President's directives in Executive Order 13563: Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review. The final rule will make Child Support Enforcement program operations and enforcement procedures more flexible, more effective, and more efficient by recognizing the strength of existing State enforcement programs, advancements in technology that can enable improved collection rates, and the move toward electronic communication and document management. This final rule will improve and simplify program operations, and remove outmoded limitations to program innovations to better serve families. In addition, the final rule clarifies and corrects technical provisions in existing regulations. The rule makes significant changes to the regulations on case closure, child support guidelines, and medical support enforcement. It will improve child support collection rates because support orders will reflect the noncustodial parent's ability to pay support, and more noncustodial parents will support their children.
Health and Human Services Department -- Adjustment of Civil Monetary Penalties for Inflation2016-Sep-062016-18680The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is issuing a new regulation to adjust for inflation the maximum civil monetary penalty amounts for the various civil monetary penalty authorities for all agencies within HHS. We are taking this action to comply with the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990 (the Inflation Adjustment Act), as amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015. In addition, this interim final rule includes updates to certain agency-specific regulations to identify their updated information, and note the location of HHS-wide regulations.
Health and Human Services Department -- Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Programs; Medicaid Managed Care, CHIP Delivered in Managed Care, and Revisions Related to Third Party Liability2016-May-062016-09581This final rule modernizes the Medicaid managed care regulations to reflect changes in the usage of managed care delivery systems. The final rule aligns, where feasible, many of the rules governing Medicaid managed care with those of other major sources of coverage, including coverage through Qualified Health Plans and Medicare Advantage plans; implements statutory provisions; strengthens actuarial soundness payment provisions to promote the accountability of Medicaid managed care program rates; and promotes the quality of care and strengthens efforts to reform delivery systems that serve Medicaid and CHIP beneficiaries. It also ensures appropriate beneficiary protections and enhances policies related to program integrity. This final rule also implements provisions of the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA) and addresses third party liability for trauma codes.
Treasury Department -- Debt Collection Authorities Under the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 19962016-Jan-122015-33044The Department of the Treasury, Bureau of the Fiscal Service, is amending its regulations concerning the offset of Federal benefit payments to collect past-due, legally enforceable nontax debt, centralized offset of Federal payments to collect nontax debts owed to the United States, salary offset, and transfer of debts to Treasury for collection. The amendment adjusts the time period in which Federal agencies must notify the Secretary of the Treasury of past due, nontax debt for the purposes of administrative offset. A statutory change, enacted as part of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014, shortened the period of delinquency within which Federal agencies are required to notify the Secretary of past due, nontax debt from 180 days to 120 days.
Treasury Department -- Offset of Tax Refund Payments To Collect Past-Due Support2015-Dec-302015-32732The Department of the Treasury (Treasury), Bureau of the Fiscal Service (Fiscal Service), is amending its regulation governing the offset of tax refund payments to collect past-due support obligations. This rule will limit the time period during which Treasury may recover certain tax refund offset collections from States, when the States have already forwarded such funds to custodial parents as required or as authorized by applicable laws. This change will limit the time period during which Treasury may require States to return the offset funds to six months from the date of such collection, if Treasury has determined that the underlying refund was not due to the taxpayer.
Health and Human Services Department -- Medicaid Program; Mechanized Claims Processing and Information Retrieval Systems (90/10)2015-Dec-042015-30591This final rule will extend enhanced funding for Medicaid eligibility systems as part of a state's mechanized claims processing system, and will update conditions and standards for such systems, including adding to and updating current Medicaid Management Information Systems (MMIS) conditions and standards. These changes will allow states to improve customer service and support the dynamic nature of Medicaid eligibility, enrollment, and delivery systems.
Health and Human Services Department -- Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Programs; Medicaid Managed Care, CHIP Delivered in Managed Care, Medicaid and CHIP Comprehensive Quality Strategies, and Revisions Related to Third Party Liability2015-Jun-012015-12965This proposed rule would modernize the Medicaid managed care regulations to reflect changes in the usage of managed care delivery systems. The proposed rule would align the rules governing Medicaid managed care with those of other major sources of coverage, including coverage through Qualified Health Plans and Medicare Advantage plans; implement statutory provisions; strengthen actuarial soundness payment provisions to promote the accountability of Medicaid managed care program rates; and promote the quality of care and strengthen efforts to reform delivery systems that serve Medicaid and CHIP beneficiaries. It would also ensure appropriate beneficiary protections and enhance policies related to program integrity. This proposed rule would also require states to establish comprehensive quality strategies for their Medicaid and CHIP programs regardless of how services are provided to beneficiaries. This proposed rule would also implement provisions of the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA) and addresses third party liability for trauma codes.
Health and Human Services Department -- Flexibility, Efficiency, and Modernization in Child Support Enforcement Programs2014-Nov-172014-26822This NPRM is intended to carry out the President's directives in Executive Order 13563: Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review. The NPRM proposes revisions to make Child Support Enforcement program operations and enforcement procedures more flexible, more effective, and more efficient by recognizing the strength of existing state enforcement programs, advancements in technology that can enable improved collection rates, and the move toward electronic communication and document management. This NPRM proposes to improve and simplify program operations, and remove outmoded limitations to program innovations to better serve families. In addition, changes are proposed to clarify and correct technical provisions in existing regulations.
Treasury Department -- Employee Retirement Benefit Plan Returns Required on Magnetic Media2014-Sep-292014-23161This document contains final regulations relating to the requirements for filing certain employee retirement benefit plan statements, returns, and reports on magnetic media. The term magnetic media includes electronic filing, as well as other magnetic media specifically permitted under applicable regulations, revenue procedures, publications, forms, instructions, or other guidance on the IRS.gov Internet Web site. These regulations affect plan administrators and employers maintaining retirement plans that are subject to various employee benefit reporting requirements under the Internal Revenue Code (Code).
Personnel Management Office -- Phased Retirement2014-Aug-082014-18681The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is adopting its proposed phased retirement regulations with four minor changes. Phased retirement is a human resources tool that will allow full-time employees to work a part-time schedule and draw partial retirement benefits during employment. The ``Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act,'' or ``MAP-21,'' requires OPM to publish regulations implementing phased retirement under the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) and the Federal Employees' Retirement System (FERS). The final rule informs agencies and employees about who may elect phased retirement, what benefits are provided during phased retirement, how OPM intends to compute the annuity payable during and after phased retirement, and how employees may fully retire after a period of phased retirement. The final rule does not address every administrative detail of the phased retirement process. OPM will be issuing separate guidance to assist agencies and employees with administrative and procedural matters that do not need to be addressed in this rule. Employees may not enter phased retirement or submit applications for phased retirement to OPM until 90 days after publication of this final rule.
Treasury Department -- Information Reporting by Passport Applicants2014-Jul-182014-16944This document contains final regulations that provide information reporting rules for certain passport applicants. These final regulations apply to certain individuals applying for passports (including renewals) and provide guidance to such individuals about the information that must be included with their passport applications.
Treasury Department -- Employee Retirement Benefit Plan Returns Required on Magnetic Media2013-Aug-302013-21159This document contains proposed regulations relating to the requirements for filing certain employee retirement benefit plan statements, returns, and reports on magnetic media. The term magnetic media includes electronic filing, as well as other magnetic media specifically permitted under applicable regulations, revenue procedures, publications, forms, instructions, or other guidance on the IRS.gov Internet Web site. These regulations would affect plan administrators and employers maintaining retirement plans that are subject to various employee benefit reporting requirements under the Internal Revenue Code (Code).
Personnel Management Office -- Phased Retirement2013-Jun-052013-13182The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is proposing to implement phased retirement, a new human resources tool that allows full-time employees to work a part-time schedule while beginning to draw retirement benefits. Section 100121 of the ``Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act,'' or ``MAP-21,'' authorizes phased retirement under the Civil Service Retirement System and the Federal Employees' Retirement System and requires OPM to publish regulations implementing phased retirement. The purpose of phased retirement is to allow the Federal Government to continue to benefit from the services of experienced employees who might otherwise choose to retire. These proposed regulations inform agencies and employees about who may elect phased retirement, what benefits are provided in phased retirement, how an annuity is computed during and after phased retirement, and how employees fully retire from phased retirement.
Health and Human Services Department -- Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Programs; Disallowance of Claims for FFP and Technical Corrections2012-May-292012-12637This final rule reflects the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' commitment to the general principles of the President's Executive Order 13563 released January 18, 2011, entitled ``Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review.'' This rule will: implement a new reconsideration process for administrative determinations to disallow claims for Federal financial participation (FFP) under title XIX of the Act (Medicaid); lengthen the time States have to credit the Federal government for identified but uncollected Medicaid provider overpayments and provide that interest will be due on amounts not credited within that time period; make conforming changes to the Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) disallowance process to allow States the option to retain disputed Federal funds through the new administrative reconsideration process; revise installment repayment standards and schedules for States that owe significant amounts; and provide that interest charges may accrue during the new administrative reconsideration process if a State chooses to retain the funds during that period. This final rule will also make a technical correction to reporting requirements for disproportionate share hospital payments, revise internal delegations of authority to reflect the term ``Administrator or current Designee,'' remove obsolete language, and correct other technical errors.
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board -- Roth Feature to the Thrift Savings Plan and Miscellaneous Uniformed Services Account Amendments2012-May-042012-10630The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board (Agency) is amending its regulations to add a Roth feature to the Thrift Savings Plan. This final rule also reorganizes regulatory provisions pertaining to uniformed services accounts.
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board -- Roth Feature to the Thrift Savings Plan and Miscellaneous Uniformed Services Account Amendments2012-Feb-082012-2489The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board (Agency) proposes to amend its regulations to add a Roth feature to the Thrift Savings Plan. The Agency also proposes to reorganize regulatory provisions pertaining to uniformed services accounts.
Treasury Department -- Information Reporting by Passport Applicants2012-Jan-262012-1567This document contains proposed regulations that provide information reporting rules for certain passport applicants. These regulations do not provide information reporting rules for individuals applying to become permanent residents (green card holders). This document also withdraws the notice of proposed rulemaking (57 FR 61373) published in the Federal Register on December 24, 1992.
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board -- Correction of Administrative Errors; Court Orders and Legal Processes Affecting Thrift Savings Plan Accounts2011-Dec-162011-32301The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board (Agency) is issuing an interim final rule to amend its regulations governing back pay awards and retirement benefits court orders. This rule clarifies that the regulations governing a participant's options for electing makeup contributions when he or she receives a back pay award or other retroactive pay adjustment apply when the back pay award or other retroactive pay adjustment is for a period during which the participant was not appointed to a position that is covered by FERS, CSRS, or an equivalent system under which TSP participation is authorized. This rule also clarifies that an attorney is not a permissible payee for a retirement benefits court order or legal process affecting the Thrift Savings Plan and ensures that the date used to compute earnings on a court-ordered distribution amount is the same as the date used to compute the payee's entitlement.
Health and Human Services Department -- Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Programs; Disallowance of Claims for FFP and Technical Corrections2011-Aug-032011-19528This proposed rule reflects the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' commitment to the general principles of the President's Executive Order 13563 released January 18, 2011, entitled ``Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review,'' as this rule would: implement a new reconsideration process for administrative determinations to disallow claims for Federal financial participation (FFP) under title XIX of the Act (Medicaid); lengthen the time States have to credit the Federal Government for identified but uncollected Medicaid provider overpayments and provide that interest will be due on amounts not credited within that time period; make conforming changes to the Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) disallowance process to allow States the option to retain disputed Federal funds through the new administrative reconsideration process; revise installment repayment standards and schedules for States that owe significant amounts; provide that interest charges may accrue during the new administrative reconsideration process if a State chooses to retain the funds during that period. This proposed rule would also make a technical correction to reporting requirements for disproportionate share hospital payments, revise internal delegations of authority to reflect current CMS structure, remove obsolete language, and correct other technical errors.
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board -- Court Orders and Legal Processes Affecting Thrift Savings Plan Accounts2011-May-262011-13011The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board (Agency) is amending its regulations at 5 CFR part 1653. Based on the Agency's memorandum of understanding and data match program with the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE), as well as a legislative amendment which subjects TSP accounts to orders issued pursuant to the Mandatory Victims Restitution Act (MVRA), the Agency's court order volume has significantly increased and will likely continue to increase significantly. In order to promote efficiency and equity in light of this current and likely future increase in the Agency's court order workload, the Agency is amending its regulations to shorten the time period in which child support orders and MVRA orders are payable. The amendments clarify that these payments are subject to Federal income tax withholding and that tax withholding cannot be waived. Further, the amendments provide that when payment of a qualifying retirement benefits order is to be made to a participant's current or former spouse, the payee may request to have the payment made as early as 30 days after the date of the TSP decision letter. The Agency considers these amendments to be procedural in character. As a result, no notice and comment period is required by the Administrative Procedure Act. See 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(A).
Treasury Department -- Disclosure of Returns and Return Information to Designee of Taxpayer2011-Mar-182011-6449This document contains a proposed regulation pertaining to the period for submission to the IRS of taxpayer authorizations permitting disclosure of returns and return information to third-party designees. Specifically, the proposed regulation extends from 60 days to 120 days the period within which a signed and dated authorization must be received by the IRS (or an agent or contractor of the IRS) in order for it to be effective. The proposed regulation extends the period as some institutions charged with assisting taxpayers in their financial dealings have encountered difficulty in obtaining written authorizations and submitting the authorizations within the 60-day period allowed by the existing regulations. The proposed regulation will affect taxpayers who submit authorizations permitting disclosure of returns and return information to third-party designees. This document also provides notice of a public hearing on the proposed regulation.
Personnel Management Office -- Garnishment of Accounts Containing Federal Benefit Payments2011-Feb-232011-3782Treasury, SSA, VA, RRB and OPM (Agencies) are issuing an interim final rule to implement statutory restrictions on the garnishment of Federal benefit payments. The rule establishes procedures that financial institutions must follow when they receive a garnishment order against an account holder who receives certain types of Federal benefit payments by direct deposit. The rule requires financial institutions that receive such a garnishment order to determine the sum of such Federal benefit payments deposited to the account during a two month period, and to ensure that the account holder has access to an amount equal to that sum or to the current balance of the account, whichever is lower.
Treasury Department -- Offset of Tax Refund Payments To Collect Delinquent State Unemployment Compensation Debts2011-Jan-282011-1697This rule implements the authority added by the SSI Extension for Elderly and Disabled Refugees Act of 2008 (``2008 Act''), as amended by the Claims Resolution Act of 2010 (2010 Act'') to offset overpayments of Federal taxes (referred to as ``tax refund offset'') to collect delinquent State unemployment compensation debts. The Department of the Treasury (Treasury) will incorporate the procedures necessary to collect State unemployment compensation debts as part of the Treasury Offset Program (TOP), a centralized offset program operated by the Financial Management Service (FMS), a Treasury bureau. FMS has promulgated a rule governing the offset of federal tax refunds to collect delinquent State income tax obligations. This rule amends FMS regulations to include unemployment compensation debts among the types of State debts that may be collected by tax refund offset. This rule does not affect any of the requirements or procedures for collecting delinquent State income tax obligations.
Health and Human Services Department -- Safeguarding Child Support Information2010-Dec-292010-32424The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA) created and expanded State and Federal Child Support Enforcement databases under title IV-D of the Social Security Act (the Act) and significantly enhanced access to information for title IV-D child support purposes. States are moving toward a more integrated service delivery to better serve families and further the mission of the Child Support Enforcement program, while protecting confidential data. This final rule specifies requirements for: State Parent Locator Service responses to authorized location requests; and State Child Support Enforcement program safeguards for confidential information and authorized disclosures of this information. This final rule revises certain aspects of the State Parent Locator Service; Safeguarding Child Support Information final rule published on September 26, 2008 with an effective date delayed until December 30, 2010. This final rule will prohibit the disclosure of confidential and personally identifiable information to private collection agencies and expand disclosure to child welfare programs and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Health and Human Services Department -- Medicaid Program; Cost Limit for Providers Operated by Units of Government and Provisions To Ensure the Integrity of Federal-State Financial Partnership2010-Nov-302010-30066This final rule amends Medicaid regulations to conform with the decision by the United States District Court for the District of Columbia on May 23, 2008 in Alameda County Medical Center, et al. v. Michael O. Leavitt, Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, et al., 559 F. Supp. 2d (2008) that vacated a final rule with comment period published in the Federal Register in May 29, 2007. This regulatory action takes ministerial steps to remove the vacated provisions from the Code of Federal Regulations and reinstate the prior regulatory language impacted by the May 29, 2007 final rule with comment period.
Treasury Department -- Information Reporting for Payments Made in Settlement of Payment Card and Third Party Network Transactions2010-Aug-162010-20200This document contains final regulations relating to information reporting requirements, information reporting penalties, and backup withholding requirements for payment card and third party network transactions. The final regulations implement section 6050W and related statutory changes enacted by the Housing Assistance Tax Act of 2008 that require payment settlement organizations to report payments in settlement of payment card and third party network transactions for each calendar year. The final regulations in this document will affect persons that make payment in settlement of payment card and third party network transactions and the payees of these transactions. The final regulations provide guidance to assist persons required to report payment card and third party network transactions and to the payees of those transactions.
Health and Human Services Department -- Child Support Enforcement Program; Intergovernmental Child Support2010-Jul-022010-15215This rule revises Federal requirements for establishing and enforcing intergovernmental support obligations in Child Support Enforcement (IV-D) program cases receiving services under title IV-D of the Social Security Act (the Act). This final rule revises previous interstate requirements to apply to case processing in all intergovernmental cases; requires the responding State IV-D agency to pay the cost of genetic testing; clarifies responsibility for determining in which State tribunal a controlling order determination is made where multiple support orders exist; recognizes and incorporates electronic communication advancements; and makes conforming changes to the Federal substantial compliance audit and State self-assessment requirements.
Health and Human Services Department -- Safeguarding Child Support Information2010-Jun-072010-13021The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA) created and expanded State and Federal Child Support Enforcement databases under title IV-D of the Social Security Act and significantly enhanced access to information for title IV-D child support purposes. States are moving toward more integrated service delivery to better serve the families and further the mission of the child support enforcement program, while protecting confidential data. This Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposes requirements for: State Parent Locator Service responses to authorized location requests; and State Child Support Enforcement program safeguards for confidential information and authorized disclosures of this information. This proposed rule would revise certain aspects of the final rule State Parent Locator Service; Safeguarding Child Support Information Final Rule published on September 26, 2008 and effective December 30, 2010. This NPRM will prohibit disclosure of confidential and personally identifiable information to private collection agencies and expand disclosure to child welfare programs and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Personnel Management Office -- Garnishment of Accounts Containing Federal Benefit Payments2010-Apr-192010-8899Treasury, SSA, VA, RRB and OPM (Agencies) are publishing for comment a proposed rule to implement statutory restrictions on the garnishment of Federal benefit payments. The Agencies are taking this action in response to recent developments in technology and debt collection practices that have led to an increase in the freezing of accounts containing Federal benefit payments. The proposed rule would establish procedures that financial institutions must follow when a garnishment order is received for an account into which Federal benefit payments have been directly deposited. The proposed rule would require financial institutions that receive a garnishment order for an account to determine whether any Federal benefit payments were deposited to the account within 60 calendar days prior to receipt of the order and, if so, would require the financial institution to ensure that the account holder has access to an amount equal to the sum of such payments in the account or to the current balance of the account, whichever is lower.
Treasury Department -- Offset of Tax Refund Payments To Collect Past-Due, Legally Enforceable Nontax Debt; Correction2010-Jan-062010-20The Department of the Treasury, Financial Management Service published a document in the Federal Register on Monday, December 28, 2009. That document inadvertently contained incorrect dates in the rule. This document corrects those dates.
Treasury Department -- Offset of Tax Refund Payments To Collect Past-Due, Legally Enforceable Nontax Debt2009-Dec-289-30550The Department of the Treasury, Financial Management Service (FMS), is amending its regulation governing the centralized offset of tax refund payments to collect nontax debts owed to the United States. The amendment authorizes the offset of Federal tax refunds irrespective of the amount of time the debt has been outstanding.
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board -- Uniformed Services Accounts; Death Benefits; Court Orders and Legal Processes Affecting Thrift Savings Plan Accounts; Thrift Savings Plan2009-Dec-029-28752The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board (Agency) is amending its regulations regarding uniformed services accounts to conform with mandatory tax provisions as well as current recordkeeping practices and allow only for pro rata court-ordered payments. The Agency amends its regulations regarding death benefits to provide for a clear process by which children of participants can establish parentage. The Agency amends its court order regulations so that when a court order directs that a payment includes earnings, the Agency is able to make a payment which calculates the payee's award amount based on the current price of the shares he/she was awarded. The Agency amends its court order regulations to remove a provision which permits courts to direct payment from only the tax-exempt balance of a uniformed services account. The Agency amends its regulations at part 1690, subpart B, to add a regulation outlining the circumstances under which a TSP account may be frozen.
Treasury Department -- Administrative Offset Under Reciprocal Agreements With States2009-Nov-039-26303This final rule describes the rules applicable to the offset of Federal nontax payments to collect delinquent debts owed to States pursuant to reciprocal agreements between the Secretary of the Treasury and the States. In addition to providing for the offset of Federal nontax payments, the reciprocal agreements provide for the offset of State payments to collect delinquent, nontax Federal debts. The offsets described in this rule are processed by the Treasury Offset Program (TOP), which the Department of the Treasury's Financial Management Service (FMS) established to centralize the process by which Federal payments are withheld or reduced (in other words, offset) to collect delinquent debts.
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board -- Uniformed Services Accounts; Death Benefits; Court Orders and Legal Processes Affecting Thrift Savings Plan Accounts; Thrift Savings Plan2009-Oct-229-25426The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board (Agency) proposes to amend its regulations regarding uniformed services accounts to conform with mandatory tax provisions as well as current record keeping practices and allow only for pro rata court-ordered payments. The Agency proposes to amend its regulations regarding death benefits to provide for a clear process by which children of participants can establish parentage. The Agency proposes to amend its court order regulations so that when a court order directs that payment is to include earnings, the Agency is able to make a payment which calculates the payee's award amount based on the current price of the shares he/she was awarded. The Agency also proposes to amend its court order regulations to remove a provision which permits courts to direct payment from only the tax-exempt balance of a uniformed services account. The Agency proposes to amend its regulations at part 1690, subpart B, to add a regulation outlining the circumstances under which a TSP account may be frozen.
Health and Human Services Department -- Medicaid Program: Rescission of School-Based Administration/Transportation Final Rule, Outpatient Hospital Services Final Rule, and Partial Rescission of Case Management Interim Final Rule2009-Jun-309-15345This rule finalizes our proposal to rescind the December 28, 2007 final rule entitled, ``Elimination of Reimbursement under Medicaid for School Administration Expenditures and Costs Related to Transportation of School-Age Children Between Home and School;'' the November 7, 2008 final rule entitled, ``Clarification of Outpatient Hospital Facility (Including Outpatient Hospital Clinic) Services Definition;'' and certain provisions of the December 4, 2007 interim final rule entitled, ``Optional State Plan Case Management Services.'' These regulations have been the subject of Congressional moratoria and have not yet been implemented (or, with respect to the case management interim final rule, have only been partially implemented) by CMS. In light of concerns raised about the adverse effects that could result from these regulations, in particular, the potential restrictions on services available to beneficiaries and the lack of clear evidence demonstrating that the approaches taken in the regulations are warranted, CMS is rescinding the two final rules in full, and partially rescinding the interim final rule. Rescinding these provisions will permit further opportunity to determine the best approach to further the objectives of the Medicaid program in providing necessary health benefits coverage to needy individuals.
Treasury Department -- Debt Collection Authorities Under the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 19962009-Jun-119-13617The Department of the Treasury, Financial Management Service, is amending its regulation governing the centralized offset of federal payments to collect nontax debts owed to the United States. The amendment removes the time limitation on the collection of nontax debts by centralized offset, consistent with a change in the statute on which it is based. The statutory change, enacted as part of the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008, allows for the use of centralized offset of federal payments, including federal salary payments, to collect nontax debts owed to the United States irrespective of the amount of time the debt has been outstanding.
Treasury Department -- Offset of Tax Refund Payments to Collect Past-Due, Legally Enforceable Nontax Debt2009-Jun-119-13604The Department of the Treasury, Financial Management Service, is proposing to amend its regulation governing the offset of tax refund payments to collect nontax debts owed to the United States. We are proposing to remove the ten-year time limitation on the collection of debts by tax refund offset. This change will allow for the use of tax refund offset to collect nontax debts owed to the United States irrespective of the amount of time the debt has been outstanding.
Treasury Department -- Disbursing Official Offset2009-Jun-109-13613The Department of the Treasury, Financial Management Service, is amending its regulations governing the offset of Federal payments to collect nontax debts owed to the United States and States through the Treasury Offset Program. This amendment changes the priorities for collecting debt when a debtor owes more than one debt which has been referred to the Treasury Offset Program for collection by offset, consistent with a change in the statute on which the priority is based. The statutory change, enacted as part of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005, amends the priority given to the collection of certain past-due support debts.
Health and Human Services Department -- Child Support Enforcement Program2008-Dec-098-28660These rules implement provisions of title IV-D of the Social Security Act (the Act) as amended by the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005, Public Law 109-171 (DRA). The rules address use of the Federal tax refund offset program to collect past-due child support on behalf of children who are not minors, mandatory review and adjustment of child support orders for families receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), reduction of the Federal matching rate for laboratory costs incurred in determining paternity, States' option to pay more child support collections to former-assistance families, and the mandatory annual $25 fee in certain child support enforcement (IV-D) cases in which the State has collected and disbursed at least $500 of support to the family. The rules also make other conforming changes necessary to implement changes to the distribution and disbursement requirements.
Health and Human Services Department -- Child Support Enforcement Program; Intergovernmental Child Support2008-Dec-088-28812These proposed regulations would revise Federal requirements for establishing and enforcing intergovernmental support obligations in Child Support Enforcement (IV-D) program cases receiving services under title IV-D of the Social Security Act (the Act). The proposed changes would: Revise current interstate requirements to apply to case processing in all intergovernmental cases; require the responding State IV-D agency to pay the cost of genetic testing; clarify responsibility for determining in which State tribunal a controlling order determination is made where multiple support orders exist; recognize and incorporate electronic communication advancements; and make conforming changes to the Federal substantial-compliance audit and State self-assessment requirements.
Health and Human Services Department -- Medicaid Program; State Allotments for Payment of Medicare Part B Premiums for Qualifying Individuals: Federal Fiscal Year 2008 and Federal Fiscal Year 20092008-Nov-248-27810This interim final rule with comment period makes technical changes to the existing methodology and process used to compute and issue each State's preliminary and final allotments available to pay the Medicare Part B premiums for qualifying individuals (QIs). The technical revisions conform the existing regulations to reflect continued funding of this program. Additionally, this rule contains charts providing the States' final QI allotments for the Federal fiscal year (FY) 2008 and preliminary QI allotments for FY 2009, determined in accordance with the methodology set forth in the October 2006 final rule, and reflecting funding for the QI program made available under recent legislation.
Health and Human Services Department -- State Parent Locator Service; Safeguarding Child Support Information2008-Sep-268-22054The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA) created and expanded State and Federal title IV-D child support enforcement databases and significantly enhanced access to information for title IV-D child support purposes. States are moving toward integrated service delivery and developing enterprise architecture initiatives to link their program databases. This final rule prescribes requirements for: State Parent Locator Service responses to authorized location requests; and State IV-D program safeguarding of confidential information and authorized disclosures of this information. This rule restricts the use of confidential data and information to child support purposes, with exceptions for certain disclosures permitted by statute.
Health and Human Services Department -- Child Support Enforcement Program; Medical Support2008-Jul-218-15771This regulation revises Federal requirements for establishing and enforcing medical support obligations in Child Support Enforcement (CSE) program cases receiving services under title IV-D of the Social Security Act (the Act). The changes: require that all support orders in the IV-D program address medical support; redefine reasonable-cost health insurance; require health insurance to be accessible, as defined by the State; and make conforming changes to the Federal interstate, substantial-compliance audit, and State self-assessment requirements.
Health and Human Services Department -- Medicaid Program; Health Care-Related Taxes2008-Feb-228-3207This final rule revises the collection threshold under the regulatory indirect guarantee hold harmless arrangement test to reflect the provisions of the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006. When determining whether there is an indirect guarantee under the 2-prong test for portions of fiscal years beginning on or after January 1, 2008 and before October 1, 2011, the allowable amount that can be collected from a health care-related tax is reduced from 6 to 5.5 percent of net patient revenues received by the taxpayers. This final rule also clarifies the standard for determining the existence of a hold harmless arrangement under the positive correlation test, Medicaid payment test, and the guarantee test (with conforming changes to parallel provisions concerning hold harmless arrangements with respect to provider-related donations); codifies changes to permissible class of health care items or services related to managed care organizations as enacted by the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005; and, removes obsolete transition period regulatory language.
Treasury Department -- Offset of Tax Refund Payments To Collect Past-Due Support2007-Oct-2207-5175The Financial Management Service, Department of the Treasury, is amending its regulations governing the offset of federal tax refund payments to collect past-due child support obligations. We are removing the definition of Qualified child due to a change in the statutory definition on which it is based enacted as part of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005. This statutory change will allow the tax refund offset program to collect past-due child support on behalf of children who are no longer minors. We are also amending the description of past- due support obligations that qualify for the tax refund offset by removing the requirement that the support be owed to or on behalf of a qualified child.
Health and Human Services Department -- Medicaid Program; Elimination of Reimbursement Under Medicaid for School Administration Expenditures and Costs Related to Transportation of School-Age Children Between Home and School2007-Sep-0707-4356Under the Medicaid program, Federal payment is available for the costs of administrative activities ``as found necessary by the Secretary for the proper and efficient administration of the State plan.'' The proposed rule would eliminate reimbursement under the Medicaid program for the costs of certain activities based on a Secretarial finding that these activities are not necessary for the proper and efficient administration of the State plan, nor do they meet the definition of an optional transportation benefit. Based on these determinations, under the proposed rule, Federal Medicaid payments would no longer be available for administrative activities performed by school employees or contractors, or anyone under the control of a public or private educational institution, and transportation from home to school and back for school-aged children with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or an Individualized Family Services Plan (IFSP) established pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
Health and Human Services Department -- Medicaid Program; Cost Limit for Providers Operated by Units of Government and Provisions To Ensure the Integrity of Federal-State Financial Partnership2007-May-2907-2657This regulation clarifies that entities involved in the financing of the non-Federal share of Medicaid payments must be a unit of government; clarifies the documentation required to support a Medicaid certified public expenditure; limits Medicaid reimbursement for health care providers that are operated by units of government to an amount that does not exceed the health care provider's cost of providing services to Medicaid individuals; requires all health care providers to receive and retain the full amount of total computable payments for services furnished under the approved Medicaid State plan; and makes conforming changes to provisions governing the State Child Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) to make the same requirements applicable, with the exception of the cost limit on reimbursement. The Medicaid cost limit provision of this regulation does not apply to: Stand-alone SCHIP program payments made to governmentally-operated health care providers; Indian Health Service (IHS) facilities and tribal 638 facilities that are paid at the all-inclusive IHS rate; Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MCOs), Prepaid Inpatient Health Plans (PIHPs), and Prepaid Ambulatory Health Plans (PAHPs); Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs). Moreover, disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments and payments authorized under Section 701(d) and Section 705 of the Benefits Improvement Protection Act of 2000 are not subject to the newly established Medicaid cost limit for governmentally-operated health care providers. Except as noted above, all Medicaid payments and SCHIP payments made under the authority of the State plan and under waiver and demonstration authorities, as well as associated State Medicaid and SCHIP financing arrangements, are subject to all provisions of this regulation. Finally, this regulation solicits comments from the public on issues related to the definition of the Unit of Government.
Health and Human Services Department -- Medicaid Program; Health Care-Related Taxes2007-Mar-2307-1331This proposed rule would revise the threshold under the indirect guarantee hold harmless arrangement test to reflect the provisions of the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006, Public Law 109-432, by providing that, when determining whether there is an indirect guarantee under the 2-prong test for any part of a fiscal year on or after January 1, 2008 through September 30, 2011, the allowable amount that can be collected from a health care-related tax is reduced from 6 to 5.5 percent of net patient revenues received by the taxpayers. This proposed rule would also clarify the standard for determining the existence of a hold harmless arrangement under the positive correlation test, Medicaid payment test, and the guarantee test (with conforming changes to parallel provisions concerning hold harmless arrangements with respect to provider-related donations); codify descriptions for two classes of health care services permissible under Federal statute for purposes of taxes on health care providers; and, remove obsolete transition period regulatory language.
Health and Human Services Department -- Child Support Enforcement Program2007-Jan-247-953These proposed regulations implement provisions of title IV-D of the Social Security Act (the Act) as amended by the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005, Pub. L. 109-171 (DRA of 2005). The proposed regulations address use of the tax refund intercept program to collect past-due child support on behalf of children who are not minors, mandatory review and adjustment of child support orders for families receiving Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), reduction of Federal matching rate for laboratory costs incurred in determining paternity, States' option to pay more child support collections to former assistance families, and the mandatory annual $25 fee in certain child support (IV-D) cases in which the State has collected and disbursed at least $500 of support. The regulations also make other conforming changes necessary to implement changes to the distribution and disbursement requirements.
Health and Human Services Department -- Medicaid Program; Cost Limit for Providers Operated by Units of Government and Provisions To Ensure the Integrity of Federal-State Financial Partnership2007-Jan-1807-195This proposed rule would: Clarify that entities involved in the financing of the non-Federal share of Medicaid payments must be a unit of government; clarify the documentation required to support a certified public expenditure; limit reimbursement for health care providers that are operated by units of government to an amount that does not exceed the provider's cost; require providers to receive and retain the full amount of total computable payments for services furnished under the approved State plan; and make conforming changes to provisions governing the State Child Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). The provisions of this regulation apply to all providers of Medicaid and SCHIP services, except that Medicaid managed care organizations and SCHIP providers are not subject to the cost limit provision of this regulation. Except as noted above, all Medicaid payments (including disproportionate share hospital payments) made under the authority of the State plan and under Medicaid waiver and demonstration authorities are subject to all provisions of this regulation.
Treasury Department -- Administrative Offset Under Reciprocal Agreements With States2007-Jan-117-127This interim rule describes the rules applicable to the offset of Federal nontax payments to collect delinquent debts owed to States pursuant to reciprocal agreements between the Secretary of the Treasury and the States. In addition to providing for the offset of Federal nontax payments, the reciprocal agreements will provide for the offset of State payments to collect delinquent, nontax Federal debts. The offsets described in this rule will be processed by the Treasury Offset Program (TOP). The Department of the Treasury's Financial Management Service (FMS) established TOP in order to centralize the process by which Federal payments are withheld or reduced (in other words, offset) to collect delinquent debts. This interim rule specifically applies to the centralized offset of Federal nontax payments by Federal disbursing officials to collect delinquent debts owed to States pursuant to reciprocal agreements. Therefore, this interim rule affects persons who owe delinquent debts to a State of the United States and who receive Federal payments. It also affects persons who owe delinquent, nontax Federal debts and who receive payments from States. This rule does not apply to collection of past-due support debts (see 31 CFR 285.1), the offset of Federal tax refund payments, the offset of Federal salary payments, or the offset of other Federal payments excluded from offset by law.
Health and Human Services Department -- Medicaid Program; State Allotments for Payment of Medicare Part B Premiums for Qualifying Individuals: Federal Fiscal Year 2006 and Fiscal Year 20072006-Oct-166-17033This final rule sets forth the methodology and process used to compute and issue each State's allotments for fiscal years (FY) 2006 and FY 2007 that are available to pay Medicare Part B premiums for qualifying individuals. It also provides the final FY 2006 allotments and the preliminary FY 2007 allotments determined under this methodology. We are also confirming the April 28, 2006 interim final rule as final.
Health and Human Services Department -- Child Support Enforcement Program; Medical Support2006-Sep-2006-7964These proposed regulations would revise Federal requirements for establishing and enforcing medical support obligations in child support enforcement program cases receiving services under title IV-D of the Social Security Act (the Act). The proposed changes would: require that all support orders in the IV-D program address medical support; redefine reasonable-cost health insurance; require health insurance to be accessible, as defined by the State; and make conforming changes to the Federal substantial-compliance audit and State self-assessment requirements.
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board -- Court Orders and Legal Processes Affecting Thrift Savings Plan Accounts2006-Sep-2006-7925The Executive Director, Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board (Agency) is adopting as final, the Agency's proposed rule amending the Thrift Savings Plan's (TSP's) regulations to improve processing of court orders that seek to divide a TSP account pursuant to a divorce. The final rule limits the types of court orders the Agency will accept to either one that requires payment of a specific dollar amount or that requires payment of a stated percentage or fraction of the account. The Agency will no longer accept formula court orders.
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board -- Thrift Savings Plan Service Office and ThriftLine Contact Information2006-Aug-256-14097The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board (Agency) is adopting as final, without change, its proposed rule updating the Thrift Savings Plan's (TSP) participant services' contact information. The mailing addresses for the TSP's benefits processing units (e.g., correspondence, benefits request forms, court orders and legal process actions, death benefit claims) has changed from National Finance Center, P.O. Box 61500, New Orleans, Louisiana 70161-1500 to the current addresses provided at http://www.tsp.gov. (These units were formerly known collectively as the TSP Service Office.) Additionally, the TSP's ThriftLine telephone number has changed from (504) 255-8777 to (877) 968-3778.
Defense Department -- Allotments for Child Support and Spousal Support2006-Jul-186-11323The Department of Defense is administratively amending 32 CFR part 54, ``Allotments for Child Support and Spousal Support'' to identify the location of the policy and procedures for Allotments for Child Support and Spousal Support in the DoD Directives System. All other information remains unchanged.
Health and Human Services Department -- Child Support Enforcement Program; Reasonable Quantitative Standard for Review and Adjustment of Child Support Orders2006-May-2306-4731This rule finalizes without change the provisions of the Interim Final Rule published on December 28, 2004 and responds to public comments received as a result of the interim final rule. The rule permits States to use a reasonable quantitative standard to determine whether or not to proceed with an adjustment of an existing child support award amount after conducting a review of the order, regardless of the method of review used.
Health and Human Services Department -- Medicaid Program; State Allotments for Payment of Medicare Part B Premiums for Qualifying Individuals: Federal Fiscal Year 20062006-Apr-2806-3981This interim final rule with comment period sets forth the methodology and process used to compute and issue each State's allotment for fiscal year (FY) 2006 and FY 2007 that is available to pay Medicare Part B premiums for qualifying individuals. It also provides the preliminary FY 2006 allotments determined under this methodology.
Health and Human Services Department -- State Parent Locator Service; Safeguarding Child Support Information2005-Oct-1405-20508The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA) created and expanded State and Federal title IV-D child support enforcement databases and significantly enhanced access to information for title IV-D child support purposes. States are moving toward integrated service delivery and developing enterprise architecture initiatives to link their program databases. This proposed rule is designed to prescribe requirements for: State Parent Locator Service responses to authorized location requests; and State IV-D agency safeguarding of confidential information and authorized disclosures of this information. This proposed rule would restrict the use of confidential data and information to child support purposes, with exceptions for certain disclosures permitted by statute.
Health and Human Services Department -- Medicaid Program; State Allotments for Payment of Medicare Part B Premiums for Qualifying Individuals: Federal Fiscal Year 20052005-Aug-2605-16973This interim final rule with comment period sets forth the methodology used to compute State allotments that are available to pay Medicare Part B premiums for qualifying individuals, allows changes to the State allotments and describes the methodology used to determine the changes to each State's allotment.
Treasury Department -- Salary Offset2005-May-0305-8640This final rule describes the rules and procedures applicable to the centralized offset of Federal salary payments to collect delinquent nontax debts owed by Federal employees to the United States. The Financial Management Service (FMS), a bureau of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, administers centralized salary offset through the Treasury Offset Program (TOP).
Treasury Department -- Offset of Tax Refund Payments To Collect State Income Tax Obligations2005-Jan-2605-1421Under provisions of the Internal Revenue Service Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998, the Federal tax refund of a taxpayer who owes a past-due, legally enforceable State income tax obligation may be reduced, or offset, by the amount owed by the taxpayer. The funds offset from the taxpayer's Federal tax refund are forwarded to the State that reported the past-due State income tax obligation. On December 20, 1999, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Financial Management Service (FMS) published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register by cross-reference to an interim rule published in the Federal Register on the same day. This final rule adopts the interim rule without change.
Treasury Department -- Centralized Offset of Federal Payments To Collect Nontax Debts Owed to the United States2005-Jan-2105-1051This final rule describes the general rules and procedures applicable to the collection, through the Treasury Offset Program (TOP), of delinquent, nontax debts owed to Federal agencies. TOP is a program administered by the Financial Management Service (FMS), a bureau of the Treasury Department.
Health and Human Services Department -- Child Support Enforcement Program; Reasonable Quantitative Standard for Review and Adjustment of Child Support Orders2004-Dec-2804-28410This interim final rule revises existing regulations on review and adjustment of child support orders to reinstate a rule which was in place since 1993. The change permits States to once again use reasonable quantitative standards in adjusting an existing child support award amount after conducting a review of the order, regardless of the method of review used.
Health and Human Services Department -- Child Support Enforcement Program Federal Tax Refund Offset2004-Oct-2604-23953This final rule responds to comments received on the interim final rule with comment period, published on June 26, 2003, that amended regulations on collecting child support arrears through the Federal Tax Refund Offset process. The interim final rule reflected changes in OCSE's data processing protocols with the Department of the Treasury and incorporated current business practices and requests from State Child Support Enforcement agencies.
Health and Human Services Department -- Tribal Child Support Enforcement Programs2004-Mar-3004-6457ACF is issuing final regulations to implement direct funding to Indian Tribes and Tribal organizations under section 455(f) of the Social Security Act (the Act). Section 455(f) of the Act authorizes direct funding of Tribal Child Support Enforcement (IV-D) programs meeting requirements contained in the statute and established by the Secretary of HHS by regulation. These regulations address these requirements and related provisions, and provide guidance to Tribes and Tribal organizations on how to apply for and, upon approval, receive direct funding for the operation of Tribal IV-D programs.
Health and Human Services Department -- Child Support Enforcement Program; Federal Tax Refund Offset2003-Jun-2603-14883This interim final rule revises existing regulations on collecting child support arrears through the Federal Tax Refund Offset process. The revisions are needed to reflect changes in OCSE's data processing protocols with the Department of the Treasury. We are also taking this opportunity to update the regulation to reflect current business practices and requests from State Child Support Enforcement agencies.
Health and Human Services Department -- Child Support Enforcement Program; State Plan Approval and Grant Procedures, State Plan Requirements, Standards for Program Operations, Federal Financial Participation, Computerized Support Enforcement Systems2003-May-1203-11223This final rule responds to comments on, and makes technical corrections to, interim final child support enforcement regulations published in the Federal Register on February 9, 1999. The 1999 interim final rule eliminated regulations, in whole or in part, that were rendered obsolete by, or inconsistent with, welfare reform legislation and a series of related laws that followed.
Health and Human Services Department -- Medicaid Program; External Quality Review of Medicaid Managed Care Organizations2003-Jan-2403-1294This final rule establishes requirements and procedures for external quality review (EQR) of Medicaid managed care organizations (MCOs) and prepaid inpatient health plans (PIHPs). It defines who qualifies to conduct EQR and what activities can be conducted as part of EQR. In addition, under certain circumstances, this rule allows State agencies to (1) use findings from particular Medicare or private accreditation review activities to avoid duplicating review activities, or (2) exempt certain Medicare MCOs and PIHPs from all EQR requirements. Also, this rule allows the payment of enhanced Federal financial participation (FFP) at the 75 percent rate for the administrative costs of EQRs or EQR activities that are conducted by approved entities.
Treasury Department -- Centralized Offset of Federal Payments to Collect Nontax Debts Owed to the United States2002-Dec-2602-32572This interim rule describes the general rules and procedures applicable to the centralized offset of Federal payments to collect delinquent, nontax debts owed to Federal agencies. The Department of the Treasury's Financial Management Service has established the Treasury Offset Program (TOP) in order to centralize the process by which Federal payments are withheld or reduced (in other words, offset) to collect delinquent debts. This interim rule specifically applies to the centralized offset of all types of Federal payments by Federal disbursing officials to collect delinquent, nontax debts owed to the United States. Therefore, this interim rule affects persons who owe delinquent, nontax debts to the United States and who receive Federal payments. It also affects Federal agencies that are owed delinquent debts and that disburse and certify Federal payments. This rule does not apply to collection of child support debts and other debts owed to States.
Defense Department -- Removal of Regulatory Parts2001-Oct-2501-26845The Department of Defense is removing various parts from chapter I, Office of the Secretary of Defense. This administrative action removes obsolete information from the Code of Federal Regulations and notifies readers of the availability of the current DoD documents that contain the information being removed.
Health and Human Services Department -- State Child Health; Implementing Regulations for the State Children's Health Insurance Program2001-Jan-1101-607Section 4901 of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 (BBA) amended the Social Security Act (the Act) by adding a new title XXI, the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) . Title XXI provides funds to States to enable them to initiate and expand the provision of child health assistance to uninsured, low-income children in an effective and efficient manner. To be eligible for funds under this program, States must submit a State plan, which must be approved by the Secretary. This final rule implements provisions related to SCHIP including State plan requirements and plan administration, coverage and benefits, eligibility and enrollment, enrollee financial responsibility, strategic planning, substitution of coverage, program integrity, certain allowable waivers, and applicant and enrollee protections. This final rule also implements the provisions of sections 4911 and 4912 of the BBA, which amended title XIX of the Act to expand State options for coverage of children under the Medicaid program. In addition, this final rule makes technical corrections to subparts B, and F of part 457.
Health and Human Services Department -- Child Support Enforcement Program; Incentive Payments, Audit Penalties2000-Dec-2700-32702This final rule implements the statutory requirement of the Social Security Act that requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to establish the new performance-based incentive system. It also implements a performance-based penalty system and establishes standards for certain types of audits. Finally, this rule includes a requirement that States establish an administrative review process. The incentive system will be used to reward States for their performance in running a Child Support Enforcement (IV-D) Program. The penalty system will be used to penalize States that fail to perform at acceptable levels or fail to submit complete and reliable data.
Health and Human Services Department -- National Medical Support Notice2000-Dec-2700-31611This rule implements provisions of the Child Support Performance and Incentives Act of 1998 (CSPIA), Public Law 105-200, that require State child support enforcement agencies, under title IV-D of the Social Security Act (the Act), to enforce the health care coverage provision in a child support order through the use of the National Medical Support Notice (NMSN). A proposed rule was published in the Federal Register on November 15, 1999 (64 FR 62074). After consideration of the written comments received, changes have been made in this final regulation, including changes to the NMSN found in the Appendix.
Defense Department -- Personal Financial Responsibility2000-Dec-2700-32949The Department of the Air Force is amending the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) by removing its rule on Personal Financial Responsibility. This rule is removed, as the current information contained in it does not reflect current policy of AFI 36-2906, January 1998.
Health and Human Services Department -- State Self-Assessment Review and Report2000-Dec-1200-31612These regulations implement a provision of the Social Security Act added by the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA), which requires each State to annually assess the performance of its child support enforcement program and to provide a report of the findings to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
Defense Department -- Garnishment of Pay of Naval Military and Civilian Personnel for Collection of Child Support and Alimony2000-Oct-1900-26791The Department of the Navy is updating its regulation on garnishment of pay of naval military and civilian personnel for collection of child support and alimony. This amendment reflects changes to the Marine Corps provision on receipt of legal process and other administrative changes.
Defense Department -- Assistance to and Support of Dependants; Paternity Complaints2000-Oct-1900-26793The Department of the Navy is updating its regulation on assistance to and support of dependents and paternity complaints. Significant changes were made to Marine Corps specific provisions to reflect the language found in the Marine Corps Legal Administration Manual. Other changes reflect administrative and nomenclature changes.
Health and Human Services Department -- Tribal Child Support Enforcement Programs2000-Aug-2100-20798The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is issuing this notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to implement direct funding to Indian Tribes and Tribal organizations under section 455(f) of the Social Security Act (the Act) as added by the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (Public Law 104-193), and amended by section 5546 of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 (Public Law 105-33). Section 455(f) of the Act authorizes direct funding of Tribal Child Support Enforcement (CSE) programs meeting requirements contained in the statute and established by the Secretary by regulation. These proposed regulations address these requirements and related provisions, provide guidance to Tribes and Tribal organizations on how to apply for and, upon approval, receive direct funding for the operation of Tribal CSE programs. A separate interim final rule for comprehensive Tribal CSE programs is published concurrently with this NPRM in this Federal Register. The interim final rule enables Tribes and Tribal organizations currently operating a comprehensive Tribal CSE program directly or through agreement, resolution, or contract, to apply for and receive direct Tribal CSE funding.
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