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Comment on Pending Collection Updates

    Rules Activity since January 5, 2023

    • January 25, 2023 - Final rule.

      Implementation of HAVANA Act of 2021

      This rule finalizes the initial implementation by the Department of State (the Department) of the HAVANA Act of 2021. The Act provides authority for the Secretary of State and other agency heads to provide payments to certain individuals who have incurred qualifying injuries to the brain. As noted in the interim final rule (IFR) published in June 2022, this rulemaking covers current and former Department of State employees, and dependents of current or former employees. This final rule responds to public comments and amends four provisions in the IFR, adding two additional certification Boards for physicians who can sign the Form DS-4316; clarifying the definition of ``qualifying injury to the brain;'' and adding approval for Social Security Insurance (SSI) benefits as one of the eligibility criteria for a Base Plus payment.

    • January 11, 2023 - Final rule.

      Department of State 2023 Civil Monetary Penalties Inflationary Adjustment

      This final rule is issued to adjust the civil monetary penalties (CMP) for regulatory provisions maintained and enforced by the Department of State. The revised CMP adjusts the amount of civil monetary penalties assessed by the Department of State based on the December 2022 guidance from the Office of Management and Budget and by recent legislation. For penalties adjusted according to the December 2022 guidance, the new amounts will apply only to those penalties assessed on or after the effective date of this rule, regardless of the date on which the underlying facts or violations occurred. For the penalty adjusted according to recent legislation, the new amounts will apply only to those penalties assessed for violations occurring on or after December 27, 2022.

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