Notice of Rate for Use in Federal Debt Collection and Discount and Rebate Evaluation
Pursuant to Section 11 of the Debt Collection Act of 1982, as amended, (31 U.S.C. 3717), the Secretary of the Treasury is responsible for computing and publishing the percentage rate to be used in assessing interest charges for outstanding debts owed to the Government. Treasury's Cash Management Requirements (1 TFM 6-8000) prescribe use of this rate by agencies as a comparison point in evaluating the cost-effectiveness of a cash discount. In addition, 5 CFR 1315.8 of the Prompt Payment rule on ``Rebates'' requires that this rate be used in determining when agencies should pay purchase card invoices when the card issuer offers a rebate. Notice is hereby given that the applicable rate is 4.00 percent for calendar year 2007.
Obtaining Payments From the Judgment Fund and Under Private Relief Bills
The Financial Management Service (FMS) is revising 31 CFR part 256, governing how Federal government agencies (agencies) obtain payments from the Judgment Fund, 31 U.S.C. 1304, and how individuals obtain payments under private relief acts. The revision reflects current rules and procedures; it does not include any substantive changes.
Federal Process Agents of Surety Corporations
The Financial Management Service (FMS) is revising its regulation governing the appointment of Federal process agents of surety corporations to allow for the appointment of a state official as a process agent. We are also revising the regulation by removing the requirement that all surety corporations appoint a process agent in the District of Columbia, regardless of whether the surety corporation provides bonds in the District of Columbia. Finally, we are updating obsolete contact information and references in the regulation.
Demand Deposit Securities of the State and Local Government Series (SLGS); Average Marginal Tax Rate and Treasury Administrative Cost
This notice is being published to provide the information necessary to apply the interest rate formula for Demand Deposit certificates of indebtednessState and Local Government Series (SLGS) (31 CFR part 344, subpart C). In the final rule governing securities of the State and Local Government Series that appeared in the Federal Register of June 30, 2005, (70 FR 37904), provision was made to provide by notice the information necessary to apply the interest rate formula to the Demand Deposit certificates of indebtedness, i.e., the average yield for three-month Treasury bills at the most recent auction, multiplied by one minus the estimated average marginal tax rate (1-MTR) of purchasers of tax-exempt bonds, less the Treasury administrative cost. The factor necessary to convert the interest rate to a tax-exempt equivalent (1the estimated average marginal tax rate of purchasers of tax-exempt bonds) is 1-.24 or .76. The Treasury administrative cost is one basis point.