Redelegation of Authority To Compromise and Close Civil Claims, 65457-65459 [E7-22702]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 224 / Wednesday, November 21, 2007 / Rules and Regulations efforts. The second commenter, a cigarette importer, supported the temporary rule for purposes of facilitating law enforcement. The third commenter supported the principle of tax-free removals for certain purposes. Based on the reasons set forth above and on comments received, we believe it is appropriate to adopt the temporary rule as a final rule without change. Signed: September 18, 2007. John J. Manfreda, Administrator. Approved: November 5, 2007. Timothy E. Skud, Deputy Assistant Secretary (Tax, Trade, and Tariff Policy). [FR Doc. E7–22703 Filed 11–20–07; 8:45 am] Inapplicability of Delayed Effective Date Requirement DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE Because these regulations recognize an exemption to tax payment, relieve manufacturers of the requirement to file a variance, and are identical to temporary regulations currently in effect, it has been determined pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(1) and (3) that good cause exists to issue these regulations without a delayed effective date. Regulatory Flexibility Act We certify that this regulation will not have a significant impact on a substantial number of small entities. This regulation provides greater flexibility for manufacturers of tobacco products and cigarette papers and tubes to remove these products without being subject to tax and imposes no new reporting, recordkeeping, or other administrative requirement. Therefore, no regulatory flexibility analysis is required. Executive Order 12866 We have determined that this notice of final rulemaking is not a significant regulatory action as defined by Executive Order 12866. Therefore, a regulatory assessment is not required. Drafting Information Maria Mahone of the Knowledge Management Staff drafted this final rule. List of Subjects in 27 CFR Part 45 Authority delegations (Government agencies), Cigars and cigarettes, Excise taxes, Labeling, Packaging and containers, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Tobacco. The Regulatory Amendment For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the temporary rule amending 27 CFR part 45 published in the Federal Register at 70 FR 19888 on April 15, 2005, is adopted as a final rule without change. rmajette on PROD1PC64 with RULES I VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:23 Nov 20, 2007 Jkt 214001 1. The authority citation for part 0 continues to read as follows: Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301; 28 U.S.C. 509, 510, 515–19. [Tax Division Directive No. 135] Redelegation of Authority To Compromise and Close Civil Claims Department of Justice. Final rule. AGENCY: This Tax Division directive increases the settlement authority of the Chiefs of the Civil Trial Sections, the Court of Federal Claims Section, the Appellate Section, the Office of Review, and the Deputy Assistant Attorneys General, to compromise and close civil claims. In addition, this directive increases the discretionary redelegation of limited authority by a section chief to his or her assistant chiefs and reviewers. This directive supersedes Directive No. 105. EFFECTIVE DATE: November 21, 2007. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Deborah Meland, Tax Division, Department of Justice, Washington, DC 20530, (202) 307–6567. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This rule relates to internal agency management. Therefore, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553, notice of proposed rulemaking and opportunity for comment are not required, and this rule may be made effective less than 30 days after publication in the Federal Register. This regulation is not a significant rule within the meaning of Executive Order 13866, as amended, and therefore was not reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget. Finally, this regulation does not have an impact on small entities and, therefore, is not subject to the Regulatory Flexibility Act. This action pertains to agency management, personnel and organization and does not substantially affect the rights or obligations of nonagency parties and, accordingly, is not a ‘‘rule’’ as that term is used by the Congressional Review Act (Subtitle E of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (SBREFA)). Therefore, the reporting requirement of 5 U.S.C. 801 does not apply. SUMMARY: Frm 00017 Fmt 4700 Accordingly, 28 CFR part 0 is amended as follows: I I 28 CFR Part 0 PO 00000 List of Subjects in 28 CFR Part 0 Authority delegations (Government agencies), Government employees, Organization and functions (Government agencies). PART 0—ORGANIZATION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE BILLING CODE 4810–31–P ACTION: 65457 Sfmt 4700 2. The Appendix to Subpart Y of Part 0 is amended by removing Tax Division Directive No. 105 and adding in its place Tax Division Directive No. 135, to read as follows: I Appendix to Subpart Y of Part 0— Redelegations of Authority To Compromise and Close Civil Claims * * * * * [Directive No. 135] By virtue of the authority vested in me by Part 0 of Title 28 of the Code of Federal Regulations, particularly Sections 0.70, 0.160, 0.162, 0.164, 0.166, and 0.168, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1. The Chiefs of the Civil Trial Sections, the Court of Federal Claims Section, and the Appellate Section are authorized to reject offers in compromise, regardless of amount, provided that such action is not opposed by the agency or agencies involved. Section 2. Subject to the conditions and limitations set forth in Section 10 hereof, the Chiefs of the Civil Trial Sections and the Court of Federal Claims Section are authorized to: (A) Accept offers in compromise in, settle administratively, and close (other than by compromise or by entry of judgment), all civil cases in which the amount of the Government’s concession, exclusive of statutory interest, does not exceed $500,000; (B) Accept offers in compromise in injunction or declaratory judgment suits against the United States in which the principal amount of the related liability, if any, does not exceed $500,000; and (C) Accept offers in compromise in all other nonmonetary cases; provided that such action is not opposed by the agency or agencies involved, and provided further that the proposed compromise or concession is not subject to reference to the Joint Committee on Taxation. Section 3. The Chiefs of the Civil Trial Sections and the Court of Federal Claims Section are authorized on a case-by-case basis to redelegate in writing to their respective Assistant Section Chiefs or Reviewers the authority delegated to them in Section 1 hereof to reject offers, and in Section 2 hereof, to accept offers in compromise in, settle administratively, and close (other than by compromise or by entry of judgment), all civil cases in which the E:\FR\FM\21NOR1.SGM 21NOR1 rmajette on PROD1PC64 with RULES 65458 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 224 / Wednesday, November 21, 2007 / Rules and Regulations amount of the Government’s concession, exclusive of statutory interest, does not exceed $250,000; provided that such redelegation is not made to the attorney-ofrecord in the case. The redelegations pursuant to this section shall be by memorandum signed by the Section Chief, which shall be placed in the Department of Justice file for the applicable case. Section 4. Subject to the conditions and limitations set forth in Section 10 hereof, the Chief of the Appellate Section is authorized to: (A) Accept offers in compromise with reference to litigating hazards of the issue(s) on appeal in all civil cases (other than claims for attorneys’ fees, litigation expenses and court costs) in which the amount of the Government’s concession, exclusive of statutory interest, does not exceed $500,000; (B) Accept offers in compromise in injunction [see sec. 2(B)] or declaratory judgment suits against the United States in which the principal amount of the related liability, if any, does not exceed $500,000; (C) Accept offers in compromise in, or settle administratively, all civil claims for attorneys’ fees, litigation expenses and court costs in which the aggregate amount of the Government’s concession on these claims does not exceed $200,000, and in which the aggregate amount of the Government’s concession in the case, exclusive of statutory interest, does not exceed $500,000; and (D) Accept offers in compromise in all other nonmonetary cases which do not involve issues concerning collectibility; provided that (i) such acceptance is not opposed by the agency or agencies involved or the chief of the section in which the case originated, and (ii) the proposed compromise is not subject to reference to the Joint Committee on Taxation. Section 5. The Chief of the Appellate Section is authorized on a case-by-case basis to redelegate in writing to the Appellate Section’s Assistant Section Chiefs the authority delegated to the Chief of the Appellate Section in Section 1 hereof to reject offers, and in Section 4 hereof, to: (A) Accept offers in compromise with reference to litigation hazards of the issue(s) on appeal in all civil cases (other than claims for attorneys’ fees, litigation expenses and court costs) in which the amount of the Government’s concession, exclusive of statutory interest, does not exceed $250,000; and (B) Accept offers in compromise in, or settle administratively, all civil claims for attorneys’ fees, litigation expenses and court costs in which the aggregate amount of the Government’s concession on these claims does not exceed $100,000, and in which the aggregate amount of the Government’s concession in the case, exclusive of statutory interest, does not exceed $250,000; provided that such redelegation is not made to the attorney-of-record in the case. The redelegations pursuant to this section shall be by memorandum signed by the Chief of the Appellate Section, which shall be placed in the Department of Justice file for the applicable case. Section 6. Subject to the conditions and limitations set forth in Section 10 hereof, the VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:23 Nov 20, 2007 Jkt 214001 Chief of the Office of Review is authorized to: (A) Accept offers in compromise and settle administratively claims against the United States in all civil cases in which the amount of the Government’s concession, exclusive of statutory interest, does not exceed $1,500,000; and (B) Accept offers in compromise and close (other than by compromise or by entry of judgment), claims by the United States in all civil cases in which the difference between the gross amount of the original claim and the proposed settlement does not exceed $1,500,000 or 15 percent of the original claim, whichever is greater; (C) Accept offers in compromises in all nonmonetary cases; and (D) Reject offers in compromise or disapprove concessions, regardless of amount; provided that such action is not opposed by the agency or agencies involved or the chief of the section to which the case is assigned, and provided further that the proposed compromise or concession is not subject to reference to the Joint Committee on Taxation. Section 7. The Chief, Office of Review, is authorized on a case-by-case basis to redelegate in writing to the offices’ Assistant Section Chief or Reviewer the authority delegated to the Chief, Office of Review in Section 6 hereof to reject offers, and in Section 6 hereof, to accept offers in compromise in, settle administratively, and close (other than by compromise or by entry of judgment), all civil cases in which the amount of the Government’s concession, exclusive of statutory interest, does not exceed $750,000; provided that such redelegation is not made to the attorney-ofrecord in the case. The redelegations pursuant to this section shall be made by memorandum signed by the Section Chief, which shall be placed in the Department of Justice file for the applicable case. Section 8. Subject to the conditions and limitations set forth in Section 10 hereof, each of the Deputy Assistant Attorneys General is authorized to: (A) Accept offers in compromise and settle administratively claims against the United States in all civil cases in which the amount of the Government’s concession, exclusive of statutory interest, does not exceed $2,000,000; (B) Accept offers in compromise and close (other than by compromise or by entry of judgment), claims by the United States in all civil cases in which the difference between the gross amount of the original claim and the proposed settlement does not exceed $2,000,000 or 15 percent of the original claim, whichever is greater; (C) Accept offers in compromise in all nonmonetary cases; and (D) Reject offers in compromise or disapprove concessions, regardless of amount; provided that such action is not opposed by the agency or agencies involved and the proposed compromise or concession is not subject to reference to the Joint Committee on Taxation. Section 9. Subject to the conditions and limitations set forth in Section 10 hereof, United States Attorneys are authorized to: PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 (A) Reject offers in compromise of judgments in favor of the United States, regardless of the amount; (B) Accept offers in compromise of judgments in favor of the United States where the amount of the judgment does not exceed $300,000; and (C) Terminate collection activity by his or her office as to judgments in favor of the United States which do not exceed $300,000 if the United States Attorney concludes that the judgment is uncollectible; provided that such action has the concurrence in writing of the agency or agencies involved, and provided further that this authorization extends only to judgments which have been formally referred to the United States Attorney for collection. Section 10. The authority redelegated herein shall be subject to the following conditions and limitations; (A) When, for any reason, the compromise or concession of a particular claim, as a practical matter, will control or adversely influence the disposition of other claims totaling more than the respective amounts designated in Sections 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 hereof, the case shall be forwarded for review at the appropriate level for the cumulative amount of the affected claims; (B) When, because of the importance of a question of law or policy presented, the position taken by the agency or agencies or by the United States Attorney involved, or any other considerations, the person otherwise authorized herein to take final action is of the opinion that the proposed disposition should be reviewed at a higher level, the case shall be forwarded for such review; (C) If the Department has previously submitted a case to the Joint Committee on Taxation leaving one or more issues unresolved, any subsequent compromise or concession in that case must be submitted to the Joint Committee, whether or not the overpayment exceeds the amount specified in Section 6405 of the Internal Revenue Code; (D) Nothing in this Directive shall be construed as altering any provision of Subpart Y of Part 0 of Title 28 of the Code of Federal Regulations requiring the submission of certain cases to the Attorney General, the Associate Attorney General, or the Solicitor General; (E) Authority to approve recommendations that the Government confess error in or to concede cases on appeal is excepted from the foregoing redelegations; and (F) The Assistant Attorney General, at any time, may withdraw any authority delegated by this Directive as it relates to any particular case or category of cases, or to any part thereof. Section 11. With respect to a claim by the United States (also sometimes referred to as a claim on behalf of the United States), the term ‘‘offer in compromise’’ as used in this Directive is any settlement of such a claim, except settlements in which the United States would receive nothing or virtually nothing in exchange for giving up its claim; and the term ‘‘to close (other than by compromise or entry of judgment),’’ refers to a settlement under which the United States E:\FR\FM\21NOR1.SGM 21NOR1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 224 / Wednesday, November 21, 2007 / Rules and Regulations would receive nothing, or virtually nothing in exchange for giving up its claim. Section 12. For a claim against the United States, the term ‘‘offer in compromise’’ as used in this Directive is any settlement of such a claim, except settlements in which the United States would receive nothing, or virtually nothing, in exchange for conceding the claim against it; and the term to ‘‘settle administratively,’’ means a settlement in which the United States would receive nothing, or virtually nothing, for conceding the claim against it. Section 13. This Directive supersedes Tax Division Directive No. 105, effective June 14, 1995. Section 14. This Directive shall become effective on November 21, 2007. Dated: October 26, 2007. Richard T. Morrison, Acting Assistant Attorney General. [FR Doc. E7–22702 Filed 11–20–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4410–16–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 165 [COTP Guam 07–005] RIN 1625–AA87 Security Zone; Tinian, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Coast Guard, DHS. Final rule. AGENCY: rmajette on PROD1PC64 with RULES ACTION: SUMMARY: The Coast Guard is changing a permanent security zone in waters adjacent to the island of Tinian, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). Review of the established zone indicates that its scope is overly-broad and that it imposes an unnecessary and unsustainable enforcement burden on the Coast Guard. This change is intended to narrow the zone’s scope so it more accurately reflects current enforcement needs. DATES: This rule is effective December 21, 2007. ADDRESSES: Comments and material received from the public, as well as documents indicated in this preamble as being available in the docket, are part of docket COTP Guam 07–005 and are available for inspection and copying at Coast Guard Sector Guam between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lieutenant Commander John Winter, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Guam at (671) 355–4861. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:23 Nov 20, 2007 Jkt 214001 Regulatory Information On August 17, 2007, we published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) entitled Security Zone; Tinian, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands in the Federal Register (72 FR 46185). We received no letters commenting on the proposed rule. No public meeting was requested, and none was held. Background and Purpose The security zones at Tinian codified in 33 CFR 165.1403 were first established on November 14, 1986 (51 FR 42220, November 24, 1986), as requested by the U.S. Navy in order to prevent injury or damage to persons and equipment incident to the mooring of the first Maritime Preposition Ships in the port. In addition to describing a larger security zone that is enforced when a Maritime Position Ship is moored at the site, the regulation, as currently written, establishes a permanent 50-yard security zone around Moorings A and B when no vessel is moored there. The zone is approximately 100 nautical miles from the nearest Coast Guard surveillance assets, a distance that hinders our ability to patrol it regularly. A recent review of the 50-yard zone indicates that patrolling it is unnecessary except when the Navy needs to ensure availability of the mooring space, which is signaled by the anchoring of mooring balls. The purpose of this rule is to change the smaller zone from one that is activated all the time to one that is activated only when necessary. This change reflects our current enforcement needs more accurately and eliminates our need to travel 100 miles to patrol the zone when enforcement is unnecessary. In addition, we are changing the section heading of this regulation to reflect CNMI’s proper name and the fact that the section describes two security zones. We also made it easier to distinguish the two zones by describing them in separate paragraphs in 33 CFR 165.1403(a). Finally, we are clarifying that, while these regulations are in effect at all times, the security zones will only be activated—and thus subject to enforcement—when necessary. Discussion of Comments and Changes We did not receive any comments in response to our NPRM. No changes were made to the regulation text proposed in the NPRM. Regulatory Evaluation This rule is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under section 3(f) of Executive Order 12866, Regulatory PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 65459 Planning and Review, and does not require an assessment of potential costs and benefits under section 6(a)(3) of that Order. The Office of Management and Budget has not reviewed it under that Order. The Coast Guard expects the economic impact of this rule to be so minimal that a full Regulatory Evaluation is unnecessary. This expectation is based on the nature of the change (diminishing an established security zone’s enforcement period), which is likely to further minimize the economic impact of an established rule. Small Entities Under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601–612), we have considered whether this rule will have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. The term ‘‘small entities’’ comprises small businesses, not-for-profit organizations that are independently owned and operated and are not dominant in their fields, and governmental jurisdictions with populations of less than 50,000. The Coast Guard certifies under 5 U.S.C. 605(b) that this rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. Due to the nature of the change (diminishing an established security zone’s enforcement period), we anticipate that it will further reduce any economic impact of the established rule. If you think that your business, organization, or governmental jurisdiction qualifies as a small entity and that this rule would have a significant economic impact on it, please submit a comment (see ADDRESSES) explaining why you think it qualifies and how and to what degree this rule would economically affect it. Assistance for Small Entities Under section 213(a) of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104–121), we want to assist small entities in understanding this rule so that they can better evaluate its effects on them and participate in the rulemaking. If the rule would affect your small business, organization, or governmental jurisdiction and you have questions concerning its provisions or options for compliance, please contact Lieutenant Commander John Winter, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Guam, (671) 355–4861. The Coast Guard will not retaliate against small entities that question or complain about this rule or any policy or action of the Coast Guard. E:\FR\FM\21NOR1.SGM 21NOR1

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DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

28 CFR Part 0

[Tax Division Directive No. 135]


Redelegation of Authority To Compromise and Close Civil Claims

AGENCY: Department of Justice.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: This Tax Division directive increases the settlement authority 
of the Chiefs of the Civil Trial Sections, the Court of Federal Claims 
Section, the Appellate Section, the Office of Review, and the Deputy 
Assistant Attorneys General, to compromise and close civil claims. In 
addition, this directive increases the discretionary redelegation of 
limited authority by a section chief to his or her assistant chiefs and 
reviewers. This directive supersedes Directive No. 105.

EFFECTIVE DATE: November 21, 2007.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Deborah Meland, Tax Division, 
Department of Justice, Washington, DC 20530, (202) 307-6567.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This rule relates to internal agency 
management. Therefore, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553, notice of proposed 
rulemaking and opportunity for comment are not required, and this rule 
may be made effective less than 30 days after publication in the 
Federal Register. This regulation is not a significant rule within the 
meaning of Executive Order 13866, as amended, and therefore was not 
reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget. Finally, this 
regulation does not have an impact on small entities and, therefore, is 
not subject to the Regulatory Flexibility Act. This action pertains to 
agency management, personnel and organization and does not 
substantially affect the rights or obligations of non-agency parties 
and, accordingly, is not a ``rule'' as that term is used by the 
Congressional Review Act (Subtitle E of the Small Business Regulatory 
Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (SBREFA)). Therefore, the reporting 
requirement of 5 U.S.C. 801 does not apply.

List of Subjects in 28 CFR Part 0

    Authority delegations (Government agencies), Government employees, 
Organization and functions (Government agencies).


0
Accordingly, 28 CFR part 0 is amended as follows:

PART 0--ORGANIZATION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

0
1. The authority citation for part 0 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301; 28 U.S.C. 509, 510, 515-19.


0
2. The Appendix to Subpart Y of Part 0 is amended by removing Tax 
Division Directive No. 105 and adding in its place Tax Division 
Directive No. 135, to read as follows:

Appendix to Subpart Y of Part 0--Redelegations of Authority To 
Compromise and Close Civil Claims

* * * * *
[Directive No. 135]

    By virtue of the authority vested in me by Part 0 of Title 28 of 
the Code of Federal Regulations, particularly Sections 0.70, 0.160, 
0.162, 0.164, 0.166, and 0.168, it is hereby ordered as follows:
    Section 1. The Chiefs of the Civil Trial Sections, the Court of 
Federal Claims Section, and the Appellate Section are authorized to 
reject offers in compromise, regardless of amount, provided that 
such action is not opposed by the agency or agencies involved.
    Section 2. Subject to the conditions and limitations set forth 
in Section 10 hereof, the Chiefs of the Civil Trial Sections and the 
Court of Federal Claims Section are authorized to:
    (A) Accept offers in compromise in, settle administratively, and 
close (other than by compromise or by entry of judgment), all civil 
cases in which the amount of the Government's concession, exclusive 
of statutory interest, does not exceed $500,000;
    (B) Accept offers in compromise in injunction or declaratory 
judgment suits against the United States in which the principal 
amount of the related liability, if any, does not exceed $500,000; 
and
    (C) Accept offers in compromise in all other nonmonetary cases;
provided that such action is not opposed by the agency or agencies 
involved, and provided further that the proposed compromise or 
concession is not subject to reference to the Joint Committee on 
Taxation.
    Section 3. The Chiefs of the Civil Trial Sections and the Court 
of Federal Claims Section are authorized on a case-by-case basis to 
redelegate in writing to their respective Assistant Section Chiefs 
or Reviewers the authority delegated to them in Section 1 hereof to 
reject offers, and in Section 2 hereof, to accept offers in 
compromise in, settle administratively, and close (other than by 
compromise or by entry of judgment), all civil cases in which the

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amount of the Government's concession, exclusive of statutory 
interest, does not exceed $250,000; provided that such redelegation 
is not made to the attorney-of-record in the case. The redelegations 
pursuant to this section shall be by memorandum signed by the 
Section Chief, which shall be placed in the Department of Justice 
file for the applicable case.
    Section 4. Subject to the conditions and limitations set forth 
in Section 10 hereof, the Chief of the Appellate Section is 
authorized to:
    (A) Accept offers in compromise with reference to litigating 
hazards of the issue(s) on appeal in all civil cases (other than 
claims for attorneys' fees, litigation expenses and court costs) in 
which the amount of the Government's concession, exclusive of 
statutory interest, does not exceed $500,000;
    (B) Accept offers in compromise in injunction [see sec. 2(B)] or 
declaratory judgment suits against the United States in which the 
principal amount of the related liability, if any, does not exceed 
$500,000;
    (C) Accept offers in compromise in, or settle administratively, 
all civil claims for attorneys' fees, litigation expenses and court 
costs in which the aggregate amount of the Government's concession 
on these claims does not exceed $200,000, and in which the aggregate 
amount of the Government's concession in the case, exclusive of 
statutory interest, does not exceed $500,000; and
    (D) Accept offers in compromise in all other nonmonetary cases 
which do not involve issues concerning collectibility;
provided that (i) such acceptance is not opposed by the agency or 
agencies involved or the chief of the section in which the case 
originated, and (ii) the proposed compromise is not subject to 
reference to the Joint Committee on Taxation.
    Section 5. The Chief of the Appellate Section is authorized on a 
case-by-case basis to redelegate in writing to the Appellate 
Section's Assistant Section Chiefs the authority delegated to the 
Chief of the Appellate Section in Section 1 hereof to reject offers, 
and in Section 4 hereof, to:
    (A) Accept offers in compromise with reference to litigation 
hazards of the issue(s) on appeal in all civil cases (other than 
claims for attorneys' fees, litigation expenses and court costs) in 
which the amount of the Government's concession, exclusive of 
statutory interest, does not exceed $250,000; and
    (B) Accept offers in compromise in, or settle administratively, 
all civil claims for attorneys' fees, litigation expenses and court 
costs in which the aggregate amount of the Government's concession 
on these claims does not exceed $100,000, and in which the aggregate 
amount of the Government's concession in the case, exclusive of 
statutory interest, does not exceed $250,000;
provided that such redelegation is not made to the attorney-of-
record in the case. The redelegations pursuant to this section shall 
be by memorandum signed by the Chief of the Appellate Section, which 
shall be placed in the Department of Justice file for the applicable 
case.
    Section 6. Subject to the conditions and limitations set forth 
in Section 10 hereof, the Chief of the Office of Review is 
authorized to:
    (A) Accept offers in compromise and settle administratively 
claims against the United States in all civil cases in which the 
amount of the Government's concession, exclusive of statutory 
interest, does not exceed $1,500,000; and
    (B) Accept offers in compromise and close (other than by 
compromise or by entry of judgment), claims by the United States in 
all civil cases in which the difference between the gross amount of 
the original claim and the proposed settlement does not exceed 
$1,500,000 or 15 percent of the original claim, whichever is 
greater;
    (C) Accept offers in compromises in all nonmonetary cases; and
    (D) Reject offers in compromise or disapprove concessions, 
regardless of amount;
provided that such action is not opposed by the agency or agencies 
involved or the chief of the section to which the case is assigned, 
and provided further that the proposed compromise or concession is 
not subject to reference to the Joint Committee on Taxation.
    Section 7. The Chief, Office of Review, is authorized on a case-
by-case basis to redelegate in writing to the offices' Assistant 
Section Chief or Reviewer the authority delegated to the Chief, 
Office of Review in Section 6 hereof to reject offers, and in 
Section 6 hereof, to accept offers in compromise in, settle 
administratively, and close (other than by compromise or by entry of 
judgment), all civil cases in which the amount of the Government's 
concession, exclusive of statutory interest, does not exceed 
$750,000; provided that such redelegation is not made to the 
attorney-of-record in the case. The redelegations pursuant to this 
section shall be made by memorandum signed by the Section Chief, 
which shall be placed in the Department of Justice file for the 
applicable case.
    Section 8. Subject to the conditions and limitations set forth 
in Section 10 hereof, each of the Deputy Assistant Attorneys General 
is authorized to:
    (A) Accept offers in compromise and settle administratively 
claims against the United States in all civil cases in which the 
amount of the Government's concession, exclusive of statutory 
interest, does not exceed $2,000,000;
    (B) Accept offers in compromise and close (other than by 
compromise or by entry of judgment), claims by the United States in 
all civil cases in which the difference between the gross amount of 
the original claim and the proposed settlement does not exceed 
$2,000,000 or 15 percent of the original claim, whichever is 
greater;
    (C) Accept offers in compromise in all nonmonetary cases; and
    (D) Reject offers in compromise or disapprove concessions, 
regardless of amount;
provided that such action is not opposed by the agency or agencies 
involved and the proposed compromise or concession is not subject to 
reference to the Joint Committee on Taxation.
    Section 9. Subject to the conditions and limitations set forth 
in Section 10 hereof, United States Attorneys are authorized to:
    (A) Reject offers in compromise of judgments in favor of the 
United States, regardless of the amount;
    (B) Accept offers in compromise of judgments in favor of the 
United States where the amount of the judgment does not exceed 
$300,000; and
    (C) Terminate collection activity by his or her office as to 
judgments in favor of the United States which do not exceed $300,000 
if the United States Attorney concludes that the judgment is 
uncollectible;
provided that such action has the concurrence in writing of the 
agency or agencies involved, and provided further that this 
authorization extends only to judgments which have been formally 
referred to the United States Attorney for collection.
    Section 10. The authority redelegated herein shall be subject to 
the following conditions and limitations;
    (A) When, for any reason, the compromise or concession of a 
particular claim, as a practical matter, will control or adversely 
influence the disposition of other claims totaling more than the 
respective amounts designated in Sections 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 
hereof, the case shall be forwarded for review at the appropriate 
level for the cumulative amount of the affected claims;
    (B) When, because of the importance of a question of law or 
policy presented, the position taken by the agency or agencies or by 
the United States Attorney involved, or any other considerations, 
the person otherwise authorized herein to take final action is of 
the opinion that the proposed disposition should be reviewed at a 
higher level, the case shall be forwarded for such review;
    (C) If the Department has previously submitted a case to the 
Joint Committee on Taxation leaving one or more issues unresolved, 
any subsequent compromise or concession in that case must be 
submitted to the Joint Committee, whether or not the overpayment 
exceeds the amount specified in Section 6405 of the Internal Revenue 
Code;
    (D) Nothing in this Directive shall be construed as altering any 
provision of Subpart Y of Part 0 of Title 28 of the Code of Federal 
Regulations requiring the submission of certain cases to the 
Attorney General, the Associate Attorney General, or the Solicitor 
General;
    (E) Authority to approve recommendations that the Government 
confess error in or to concede cases on appeal is excepted from the 
foregoing redelegations; and
    (F) The Assistant Attorney General, at any time, may withdraw 
any authority delegated by this Directive as it relates to any 
particular case or category of cases, or to any part thereof.
    Section 11. With respect to a claim by the United States (also 
sometimes referred to as a claim on behalf of the United States), 
the term ``offer in compromise'' as used in this Directive is any 
settlement of such a claim, except settlements in which the United 
States would receive nothing or virtually nothing in exchange for 
giving up its claim; and the term ``to close (other than by 
compromise or entry of judgment),'' refers to a settlement under 
which the United States

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would receive nothing, or virtually nothing in exchange for giving 
up its claim.
    Section 12. For a claim against the United States, the term 
``offer in compromise'' as used in this Directive is any settlement 
of such a claim, except settlements in which the United States would 
receive nothing, or virtually nothing, in exchange for conceding the 
claim against it; and the term to ``settle administratively,'' means 
a settlement in which the United States would receive nothing, or 
virtually nothing, for conceding the claim against it.
    Section 13. This Directive supersedes Tax Division Directive No. 
105, effective June 14, 1995.
    Section 14. This Directive shall become effective on November 
21, 2007.

    Dated: October 26, 2007.
Richard T. Morrison,
Acting Assistant Attorney General.
 [FR Doc. E7-22702 Filed 11-20-07; 8:45 am]
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