Finding Regarding Foreign Social Insurance or Pension System-Bulgaria, 50283-50284 [2011-20489]

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[FR Doc. 2011–20579 Filed 8–11–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION [Docket No. SSA–2011–0067] Finding Regarding Foreign Social Insurance or Pension System— Bulgaria AGENCY: Social Security Administration (SSA). Notice of finding regarding foreign social insurance or pension system—Bulgaria. ACTION: Finding: Section 202(t)(1) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 402(t)(1)) prohibits payment of monthly benefits to any individual who is not a United States citizen or national for any month after he or she has been outside the United States for 6 consecutive months. This prohibition does not apply to such an individual where one of the exceptions described in section 202(t)(2) through 202(t)(5) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 402(t)(2) through 402(t)(5)) affects his or her case. Section 202(t)(2) of the Social Security Act provides that, subject to certain residency requirements of Section 202(t)(11), the prohibition against payment shall not apply to any individual who is a citizen of a country which the Commissioner of Social Security finds has in effect a social insurance or pension system which is of general application in such country and which: 14 17 PO 00000 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). Frm 00118 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 50283 (a) Pays periodic benefits, or the actuarial equivalent thereof, on account of old age, retirement, or death; and (b) Permits individuals who are United States citizens but not citizens of that country and who qualify for such benefits to receive those benefits, or the actuarial equivalent thereof, while outside the foreign country regardless of the duration of the absence. The Commissioner of Social Security has delegated the authority to make such a finding to the Associate Commissioner of the Office of International Programs. Under that authority, the Associate Commissioner of the Office of International Programs has approved a finding that Bulgaria, beginning January 1, 2000, has a social insurance system of general application which: (a) Pays periodic benefits, or the actuarial equivalent thereof, on account of old age, retirement, or death; and (b) Permits United States citizens who are not citizens of Bulgaria to receive such benefits, or their actuarial equivalent, at the full rate without qualification or restriction while outside Bulgaria. Accordingly, it is hereby determined and found that Bulgaria has in effect, beginning January 1, 2000, a social insurance system which meets the requirements of section 202(t)(2) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 402(t)(2). In 1982, it was determined that while Bulgaria continued to meet the requirements of section 202(t)(2)(A), it no longer met the requirements of section 202(t)(2)(B). The effective date of the determination was July 7, 1981. Notice of the decision appeared in the Federal Register August 4, 1982. Based on this decision, citizens of Bulgaria could not meet the exception provided under section 202(t)(2) of the Social Security Act, nor could they meet the limited exceptions under section 202(t)(4). Bulgaria instituted a new social insurance law that entered into force on January 1, 2000. The law incorporates the social insurance system as a modified first pillar. It adds a second pillar of mandatory individual accounts and a third pillar of voluntary individual accounts. The Bulgarian social insurance system provides old age, disability, and survivor’s benefits, as well as other types of social insurance. Information recently obtained from Bulgaria contains detailed information on the country’s social insurance system and its provisions. This information required a new determination under the section 202(t)(2) provisions. E:\FR\FM\12AUN1.SGM 12AUN1 50284 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 156 / Friday, August 12, 2011 / Notices FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Donna Powers, 3700 Robert Ball Building, 6401 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235–6401, (410) 965– 3558. (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance: Program Nos. 96.001 Social Security— Disability Insurance; 96.002 Social Security—Retirement Insurance; 96.004 Social Security—Survivors Insurance) Diane K. Braunstein, Associate Commissioner, Office of International Programs. [FR Doc. 2011–20489 Filed 8–11–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4191–02–P OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE Request for Public Comments on Interim Review of Eligibility of Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, and Niger for Benefits Under the African Growth and Opportunity Act Office of the United States Trade Representative. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: The African Growth and Opportunity Act Implementation Subcommittee of the Trade Policy Staff Committee (the ‘‘Subcommittee’’) is requesting written public comments for the interim review of the eligibility of Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, and Niger to receive the benefits of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). The Subcommittee will consider these comments in developing recommendations on AGOA country eligibility for the President. Comments received related to the child labor criteria may also be considered by the Secretary of Labor for the preparation of the Department of Labor’s report on child labor as required under section 412(c) of the Trade and Development Act of 2000. This notice identifies the eligibility criteria that must be considered under the AGOA. Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, and Niger are currently ineligible for AGOA benefits. 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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The AGOA (Title I of the Trade and Development Act of 2000, Public Law 106–200) (19 U.S.C. 3721 et seq.), as amended, authorizes the President to designate sub-Saharan African countries as beneficiary sub-Saharan African countries eligible for duty-free treatment for certain additional products under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) (Title V of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2461 et seq.) (the ‘‘1974 Act’’)), as well as for the preferential treatment the AGOA provides for certain textile and apparel articles. The President may designate a country as a beneficiary sub-Saharan African country eligible for both the additional GSP benefits and the textile and apparel benefits of the AGOA for countries meeting certain statutory requirements intended to prevent unlawful transshipment of such articles, if he determines that the country meets the eligibility criteria set forth in: (1) Section 104 of the AGOA; and (2) section 502 of the 1974 Act. Currently, 37 countries are designated as beneficiary sub-Saharan African countries. Section 506A of the 1974 Act provides that the President shall monitor and review annually the progress of each sub-Saharan African country in meeting the foregoing eligibility criteria in order to determine whether each beneficiary sub-Saharan African country should continue to be eligible, and whether each sub-Saharan African country that is currently not a beneficiary sub-Saharan African country, should be designated as such a country. Section 506A of the 1974 Act requires that, if the President determines that a beneficiary subSaharan African country is not making continual progress in meeting the eligibility requirements, he must terminate the designation of the country as a beneficiary sub-Saharan African country. The Subcommittee is seeking public comments in connection with an interim review of the eligibility of Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, and Niger for the AGOA’s benefits. The Subcommittee PO 00000 Frm 00119 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 will consider any such comments in developing recommendations on country eligibility for the President. Comments related to the child labor criteria may also be considered by the Secretary of Labor in making the findings required under section 504 of the 1974 Act. The eligibility criteria can be found at: 19 U.S.C. 2462 (Section 502 of the 1974 Act) and 19 U.S.C. 3703 (Section 104 of AGOA). Requirements for Submissions: Comments must be submitted in English. To ensure the most timely and expeditious receipt and consideration of petitions, USTR has arranged to accept on-line submissions via http:// www.regulations.gov. To submit petitions via this site, enter docket number USTR–2011–0009 on the home page and click ‘‘search.’’ The site will provide a search-results page listing all documents associated with this docket. 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[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 156 (Friday, August 12, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Pages 50283-50284]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-20489]


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SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION

[Docket No. SSA-2011-0067]


Finding Regarding Foreign Social Insurance or Pension System--
Bulgaria

AGENCY: Social Security Administration (SSA).

ACTION: Notice of finding regarding foreign social insurance or pension 
system--Bulgaria.

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    Finding: Section 202(t)(1) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 
402(t)(1)) prohibits payment of monthly benefits to any individual who 
is not a United States citizen or national for any month after he or 
she has been outside the United States for 6 consecutive months. This 
prohibition does not apply to such an individual where one of the 
exceptions described in section 202(t)(2) through 202(t)(5) of the 
Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 402(t)(2) through 402(t)(5)) affects his 
or her case.
    Section 202(t)(2) of the Social Security Act provides that, subject 
to certain residency requirements of Section 202(t)(11), the 
prohibition against payment shall not apply to any individual who is a 
citizen of a country which the Commissioner of Social Security finds 
has in effect a social insurance or pension system which is of general 
application in such country and which:
    (a) Pays periodic benefits, or the actuarial equivalent thereof, on 
account of old age, retirement, or death; and
    (b) Permits individuals who are United States citizens but not 
citizens of that country and who qualify for such benefits to receive 
those benefits, or the actuarial equivalent thereof, while outside the 
foreign country regardless of the duration of the absence.
    The Commissioner of Social Security has delegated the authority to 
make such a finding to the Associate Commissioner of the Office of 
International Programs. Under that authority, the Associate 
Commissioner of the Office of International Programs has approved a 
finding that Bulgaria, beginning January 1, 2000, has a social 
insurance system of general application which:
    (a) Pays periodic benefits, or the actuarial equivalent thereof, on 
account of old age, retirement, or death; and
    (b) Permits United States citizens who are not citizens of Bulgaria 
to receive such benefits, or their actuarial equivalent, at the full 
rate without qualification or restriction while outside Bulgaria.
    Accordingly, it is hereby determined and found that Bulgaria has in 
effect, beginning January 1, 2000, a social insurance system which 
meets the requirements of section 202(t)(2) of the Social Security Act 
(42 U.S.C. 402(t)(2).
    In 1982, it was determined that while Bulgaria continued to meet 
the requirements of section 202(t)(2)(A), it no longer met the 
requirements of section 202(t)(2)(B). The effective date of the 
determination was July 7, 1981. Notice of the decision appeared in the 
Federal Register August 4, 1982. Based on this decision, citizens of 
Bulgaria could not meet the exception provided under section 202(t)(2) 
of the Social Security Act, nor could they meet the limited exceptions 
under section 202(t)(4).
    Bulgaria instituted a new social insurance law that entered into 
force on January 1, 2000. The law incorporates the social insurance 
system as a modified first pillar. It adds a second pillar of mandatory 
individual accounts and a third pillar of voluntary individual 
accounts. The Bulgarian social insurance system provides old age, 
disability, and survivor's benefits, as well as other types of social 
insurance. Information recently obtained from Bulgaria contains 
detailed information on the country's social insurance system and its 
provisions. This information required a new determination under the 
section 202(t)(2) provisions.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Donna Powers, 3700 Robert Ball 
Building, 6401 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235-6401, (410) 965-
3558.

(Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance: Program Nos. 96.001 Social 
Security--Disability Insurance; 96.002 Social Security--Retirement 
Insurance; 96.004 Social Security--Survivors Insurance)

Diane K. Braunstein,
Associate Commissioner, Office of International Programs.
[FR Doc. 2011-20489 Filed 8-11-11; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4191-02-P