Section 30.13 of the Department of Health and Human Services' claims collection regulations (45 CFR part 30) provides that the Secretary shall charge an annual rate of interest as fixed by the Secretary of the Treasury after taking into consideration private consumer Start Printed Page 67147rates of interest prevailing on the date that HHS becomes entitled to recovery. The rate generally cannot be lower than the Department of Treasury's current value of funds rate or the applicable rate determined from the “Schedule of Certified Interest Rates with Range of Maturities.” This rate may be revised quarterly by the Secretary of the Treasury and shall be published quarterly by the Department of Health and Human Services in the Federal Register.
The Secretary of the Treasury has certified a rate of 12% for the quarter ended September 30, 2004. This interest rate will remain in effect until such time as the Secretary of the Treasury notifies HHS of the change.Start Signature
Dated: November 8, 2004.
Deputy Assistant Secretary, Finance.
[FR Doc. 04-25357 Filed 11-15-04; 8:45 am]
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