Federal-State Unemployment Compensation Program: Certifications for 2019 Under the Federal Unemployment Tax Act, 59841-59842 [2019-24216]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 215 / Wednesday, November 6, 2019 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employment and Training Administration Federal-State Unemployment Compensation Program: Certifications for 2019 Under the Federal Unemployment Tax Act Employment and Training Administration, Labor ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Secretary of Labor signed the annual certifications under the Federal Unemployment Tax Act, 26 U.S.C. 3301 et seq., thereby enabling employers who make contributions to state unemployment funds to obtain certain credits against their liability for the federal unemployment tax. By letter, the certifications were transmitted to the Secretary of the Treasury. The letter and certifications are printed below. SUMMARY: Signed in Washington, DC, October 31, 2019. John Pallasch, Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training. The Honorable Steven T. Mnuchin Secretary of the Treasury Department of the Treasury 1500 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20220 Dear Secretary Mnuchin: Transmitted herewith are an original and one copy of two separate certifications regarding unemployment compensation laws, for the 12-month period ending on October 31, 2019. One certification is required with respect to the ‘‘normal’’ federal unemployment tax credit under Section 3304 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (IRC), and the other certification is required with respect to the ‘‘additional’’ tax credit pursuant to Section 3303 of the IRC. Both certifications list all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Sincerely, EUGENE SCALIA Enclosures UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY WASHINGTON, D.C. CERTIFICATION OF STATES TO THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY PURSUANT TO SECTION 3304(c) OF THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE OF 1986 In accordance with the provisions of Section 3304(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (26 U.S.C. 3304(c)), I VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:43 Nov 05, 2019 Jkt 250001 hereby certify the following named states to the Secretary of the Treasury for the 12-month period ending on October 31, 2019, in regard to the unemployment compensation laws of those states, which heretofore have been approved under the Federal Unemployment Tax Act: Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California Colorado Connecticut Delaware District of Columbia Florida Georgia Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Puerto Rico Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah Vermont Virginia Virgin Islands Washington West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming This certification is for the maximum normal credit allowable under Section 3302(a) of the Code. Signed at Washington, D.C., on October 31, 2019. lllllllllllllllllll EUGENE SCALIA PO 00000 Frm 00078 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 59841 UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY WASHINGTON, D.C. CERTIFICATION OF STATE UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION LAWS TO THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY PURSUANT TO SECTION 3303(b)(1) OF THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE OF 1986 In accordance with the provisions of paragraph (1) of Section 3303(b) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (26 U.S.C. 3303(b)(1)), I hereby certify the unemployment compensation laws of the following named states, which heretofore have been certified pursuant to paragraph (3) of Section 3303(b) of the Code, to the Secretary of the Treasury for the 12-month period ending on October 31, 2019: Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California Colorado Connecticut Delaware District of Columbia Florida Georgia Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Puerto Rico Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah E:\FR\FM\06NON1.SGM 06NON1 59842 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 215 / Wednesday, November 6, 2019 / Notices Vermont Virginia Virgin Islands Washington West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming This certification is for the maximum additional credit allowable under Section 3302(b) of the Code, subject to the limitations of Section 3302(c) of the Code. Signed at Washington, D.C., on October 31, 2019. lllllllllllllllllll EUGENE SCALIA [FR Doc. 2019–24216 Filed 11–5–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–FW–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs Proposed Extension of Existing Collection; Comment Request Divison of Federal Employees’ Compensation, Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs, Labor. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a preclearance consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. This program helps to ensure that requested data can be provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of collection requirements on respondents can be properly assessed. DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the office listed in the addresses section below on or before January 6, 2020. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by mail, delivery service, or by hand to Anjanette Suggs, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave. NW, Room S–3323, Washington, DC 20210; by fax, (202) 354–9660, or email to suggs.anjanette@dol.gov. Please use only one method of transmission for comments (mail or email). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background: The purpose of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq., include SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:43 Nov 05, 2019 Jkt 250001 enhancing the quality and utility of information the Federal government requires and minimizing the paperwork and reporting burden of affected entitities. The public is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number (44 U.S.C. 3507). Also, notwithstanding any other provisions of law, no person shall be subject to penalty for failing to comply with a collection of information if there is not a current valid OMB control number (44 U.S.C. 3512). The DOL is requesting an approval of an extension of this information collection. This information collection is essential to the mission of DOL and the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP), to monitor and assure the appropriate use of opioids and compounded drugs in treating employment-related injuries under the Federal Employees Compensation Act (FECA), 5 U.S.C. 8101 et seq. The FECA statute grants OWCP discretion to provide an injured employee the ‘‘services, appliances, and supplies prescribed or recommended by a qualified physician’’ which OWCP considers ‘‘likely to cure, give relief, reduce the degree or the period of disability, or aid in lessening the amount of the monthly compensation.’’ 5 U.S.C. 8103. In other words, OWCP is mandated to provide medical supplies and services—including prescription drugs such as opioids and compounded drugs—that it considers medically necessary. 20 CFR 10.310. The FECA statute and implementing regulations are not primarily focused on managing doctor/patient decisions relating to medication therapy and, with the exception of few limitations on fentanyl (an opioid) and other controlled substances, the FECA program policy on pharmacy benefits has generally been a policy of payment for prescribed medications in accordance with a fee schedule based on a percentage of the average wholesale price (AWP) for drugs identified by a National Drug Code (NDC). See 20 CFR 10.809. To this end, the FECA program has a prior authorization policy (based on medical necessity) for opioid and compounded drugs utilizing the pre-authorization authority already contained in its regulations at 20 CFR 10.310(a) and § 10.800(b). Information collected on the CA–26 and the CA–27, require an injured worker’s treating physician to answer a number of questions about the prescribed opioids and/or compounded drugs and certify that they are medically necessary to treat the work-related injury. The responses to the questions PO 00000 Frm 00079 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 on the forms are intended to ensure that treating physicians have considered non-opioid and non-compounded drug alternatives, and are only prescribing the most cost effective and medically necessary drugs. The forms also permit OWCP to more easily track the volume, type, and characteristics of opioids and compounded drugs authorized by the FECA program. The forms serve as a means for injured workers to continue receiving opioids and compounded drugs only where medically necessary and simultaneously give OWCP greater oversight in monitoring their appropriate use and gather additional data about their use. II. Review Focus: The DOL is particularly interested in comments which: * Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; * evaluate the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; * enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; and * minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submissions of responses. III. Current Actions: The DOL seeks the approval for the extension of this currently approved information collection in order to carry out its responsibility to meet the statutory requirements of the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act. Agency: Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs. Type of Review: Extension. Title: Authorization and Certification/ Letter of Medical Necessity. OMB Number: 1240–0055. Agency Number: CA–26 and CA–27. Affected Public: Individuals or households; Businesses or other forprofit. Total Respondents: 45,600. Total Annual Responses: 45,600. Estimated Total Burden Hours: 22,800. Estimated Time per Response: 30 minutes. Frequency: On occasion. Total Burden Cost (capital/startup): $0. E:\FR\FM\06NON1.SGM 06NON1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 215 (Wednesday, November 6, 2019)]
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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Employment and Training Administration


Federal-State Unemployment Compensation Program: Certifications 
for 2019 Under the Federal Unemployment Tax Act

AGENCY: Employment and Training Administration, Labor

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Secretary of Labor signed the annual certifications under 
the Federal Unemployment Tax Act, 26 U.S.C. 3301 et seq., thereby 
enabling employers who make contributions to state unemployment funds 
to obtain certain credits against their liability for the federal 
unemployment tax. By letter, the certifications were transmitted to the 
Secretary of the Treasury. The letter and certifications are printed 
below.

    Signed in Washington, DC, October 31, 2019.
John Pallasch,
Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training.

The Honorable Steven T. Mnuchin
Secretary of the Treasury
Department of the Treasury
1500 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20220

Dear Secretary Mnuchin:

Transmitted herewith are an original and one copy of two separate 
certifications regarding unemployment compensation laws, for the 12-
month period ending on October 31, 2019. One certification is required 
with respect to the ``normal'' federal unemployment tax credit under 
Section 3304 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (IRC), and the other 
certification is required with respect to the ``additional'' tax credit 
pursuant to Section 3303 of the IRC. Both certifications list all 50 
states as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin 
Islands.

Sincerely,

EUGENE SCALIA

Enclosures

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY

WASHINGTON, D.C.

CERTIFICATION OF STATES TO THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY PURSUANT TO 
SECTION 3304(c) OF THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE OF 1986

    In accordance with the provisions of Section 3304(c) of the 
Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (26 U.S.C. 3304(c)), I hereby certify the 
following named states to the Secretary of the Treasury for the 12-
month period ending on October 31, 2019, in regard to the unemployment 
compensation laws of those states, which heretofore have been approved 
under the Federal Unemployment Tax Act:

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Puerto Rico
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Virgin Islands
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming

    This certification is for the maximum normal credit allowable under 
Section 3302(a) of the Code.

    Signed at Washington, D.C., on October 31, 2019.

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EUGENE SCALIA

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY

WASHINGTON, D.C.

CERTIFICATION OF STATE UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION LAWS TO THE SECRETARY 
OF THE TREASURY PURSUANT TO SECTION 3303(b)(1) OF THE INTERNAL REVENUE 
CODE OF 1986

    In accordance with the provisions of paragraph (1) of Section 
3303(b) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (26 U.S.C. 3303(b)(1)), I 
hereby certify the unemployment compensation laws of the following 
named states, which heretofore have been certified pursuant to 
paragraph (3) of Section 3303(b) of the Code, to the Secretary of the 
Treasury for the 12-month period ending on October 31, 2019:

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Puerto Rico
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah

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Vermont
Virginia
Virgin Islands
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming

    This certification is for the maximum additional credit allowable 
under Section 3302(b) of the Code, subject to the limitations of 
Section 3302(c) of the Code.

    Signed at Washington, D.C., on October 31, 2019.

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EUGENE SCALIA

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