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Download as PDF 80506 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 251 / Wednesday, December 31, 2008 / Notices force with 22 other countries. This agreement is authorized by section 233 of the Social Security Act. 42 U.S.C. 433. The U.S.-Czech agreement eliminates dual social security coverage—a situation that exists when a worker from one country works in the other country and is covered under the social security systems of both countries for the same work. Without such agreements in force, when dual coverage occurs, the worker or the worker’s employer or both may be required to pay social security contributions to the two countries simultaneously. Under the U.S.-Czech agreement, a worker who is sent by an employer in one country to work in the other country for 5 years or less remains covered only by the sending country. The agreement includes additional rules that eliminate dual U.S. and Czech coverage in other work situations. The agreement also helps eliminate situations where workers suffer a loss of benefit rights because they have divided their careers between the two countries. Under the agreement, workers may qualify for partial U.S. benefits or partial Czech benefits based on combined (totalized) work credits from both countries. If you want copies of the agreement or want more information about its provisions you may write to the Social Security Administration, Office of International Programs, Post Office Box 17741, Baltimore, MD 21235–7741 or visit the Social Security Web site at http://www.socialsecurity.gov/ international. Dated: December 23, 2008. Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security. [FR Doc. E8–31136 Filed 12–30–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4191–02–P SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION [Docket No. SSA–2008–0067] Rate for Assessment on Direct Payment Fees to Representatives in 2009 AGENCY: Office of the General Counsel, Social Security Administration, 6401 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235–6401. Phone: (410) 965–0495, e-mail Gwen.Jones.Kelley@ssa.gov. Section 406 of Public Law No. 106–170, the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999, established an assessment for the services required to determine and certify payments to attorneys from the benefits due claimants under Title II of the Act. This provision is codified in section 206 of the Act (42 U.S.C. 406). That legislation set the assessment for the calendar year 2000 at 6.3 percent of the amount that would be required to be certified for direct payment to the attorney under sections 206(a)(4) or (b)(1) of the Act before the application of the assessment. For subsequent years, the legislation requires us to determine the percentage rate necessary to achieve full recovery of the costs of determining and certifying fees to attorneys, but not in excess of 6.3 percent. Beginning in 2005, sections 302 and 303 of Public Law No. 108–203, the Social Security Protection Act of 2004 (SSPA), extended the direct payment of fees to attorneys in cases under Title XVI of the Act and to eligible nonattorney representatives in cases under Title II or Title XVI of the Act. Fees directly paid under these provisions are subject to the same assessment. In addition, sections 301 and 302 of the SSPA imposed a dollar cap (i.e., currently $83.00) on the amount of the assessment so that the assessment may not exceed the lesser of that dollar cap or the amount determined using the assessment percentage rate. Based on the best available data, we have determined that the current rate of 6.3 percent will continue for 2009. We will continue to review our costs for these services on a yearly basis. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Dated: December 19, 2008. Mary Glenn-Croft, Deputy Commissioner for Budget, Finance and Management. [FR Doc. E8–31129 Filed 12–30–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4191–02–P Social Security Administration (SSA). pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES ACTION: DEPARTMENT OF STATE Notice. SUMMARY: We are announcing that the assessment percentage rate under sections 206(d) and 1631(d)(2)(C) of the Social Security Act (the Act), 42 U.S.C. 406 (d), and 1383(d)(2)(C) is 6.3 percent for 2009. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gwen Jones Kelley, Acting Associate General Counsel for Program Law, VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:41 Dec 30, 2008 Jkt 217001 [Public Notice 6471] List of December 31, 2008 of Participating Countries and Entities (Hereinafter Known as ‘‘Participants’’) Under the Clean Diamond Trade Act of 2003 (Pub. L. 108–19) and Section 2 of Executive Order 13312 of July 29, 2003 AGENCY: PO 00000 Department of State. Frm 00146 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: In accordance with Sections 3 and 6 of the Clean Diamond Trade Act of 2003 (Pub. L. 108–19) and Section 2 of Executive Order 13312 of July 29, 2003, the Department of State is identifying all the Participants eligible for trade in rough diamonds under the Act, and their respective Importing and Exporting Authorities, and revising the previously published list of September 8, 2008 (73 FR 52073) to add Mexico and delete Cote d‘Ivoire. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sue Saarnio, Special Advisor for Conflict Diamonds, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, Department of State (202) 647–4108. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 4 of the Clean Diamond Trade Act (the ‘‘Act’’) requires the President to prohibit the importation into, or the exportation from, the United States of any rough diamond, from whatever source, that has not been controlled through the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS). Under Section 3(2) of the Act, ‘‘controlled through the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme’’ means an importation from the territory of a Participant or exportation to the territory of a Participant of rough diamonds that is either (i) carried out in accordance with the KPCS, as set forth in regulations promulgated by the President, or (ii) controlled under a system determined by the President to meet substantially the standards, practices, and procedures of the KPCS. The referenced regulations are contained at 31 CFR Part 592 (‘‘Rough Diamonds Control Regulations’’) (69 FR 56936, Sept. 23, 2004). 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SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION

[Docket No. SSA-2008-0067]


Rate for Assessment on Direct Payment Fees to Representatives in 
2009

AGENCY: Social Security Administration (SSA).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: We are announcing that the assessment percentage rate under 
sections 206(d) and 1631(d)(2)(C) of the Social Security Act (the Act), 
42 U.S.C. 406 (d), and 1383(d)(2)(C) is 6.3 percent for 2009.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gwen Jones Kelley, Acting Associate 
General Counsel for Program Law, Office of the General Counsel, Social 
Security Administration, 6401 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235-
6401. Phone: (410) 965-0495, e-mail Gwen.Jones.Kelley@ssa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 406 of Public Law No. 106-170, the 
Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999, established 
an assessment for the services required to determine and certify 
payments to attorneys from the benefits due claimants under Title II of 
the Act. This provision is codified in section 206 of the Act (42 
U.S.C. 406). That legislation set the assessment for the calendar year 
2000 at 6.3 percent of the amount that would be required to be 
certified for direct payment to the attorney under sections 206(a)(4) 
or (b)(1) of the Act before the application of the assessment. For 
subsequent years, the legislation requires us to determine the 
percentage rate necessary to achieve full recovery of the costs of 
determining and certifying fees to attorneys, but not in excess of 6.3 
percent. Beginning in 2005, sections 302 and 303 of Public Law No. 108-
203, the Social Security Protection Act of 2004 (SSPA), extended the 
direct payment of fees to attorneys in cases under Title XVI of the Act 
and to eligible non-attorney representatives in cases under Title II or 
Title XVI of the Act. Fees directly paid under these provisions are 
subject to the same assessment. In addition, sections 301 and 302 of 
the SSPA imposed a dollar cap (i.e., currently $83.00) on the amount of 
the assessment so that the assessment may not exceed the lesser of that 
dollar cap or the amount determined using the assessment percentage 
rate.
    Based on the best available data, we have determined that the 
current rate of 6.3 percent will continue for 2009. We will continue to 
review our costs for these services on a yearly basis.

    Dated: December 19, 2008.
Mary Glenn-Croft,
Deputy Commissioner for Budget, Finance and Management.
 [FR Doc. E8-31129 Filed 12-30-08; 8:45 am]
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