The Peace Corps is revising its regulation concerning claims filed under the Federal Tort Claims Act, to make the regulation internally consistent with another provision stating that the Chief Financial Officer has authority to approve claims for amounts under $5000.
The final rule is effective September 24, 2008.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Nancy G. Miller, Associate General Counsel, Office of the General Counsel, 202-692-2150.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
The Peace Corps published a proposed rule on July 9, 2008, for public review and comment. See 73 FR 39270, (July 9, 2008). The Peace Corps received no public comments and the Agency has made no further revisions. Therefore, this rule is final and will be effective on the date stated above.
On March 16, 2007, Peace Corps revised 22 CFR 304.7 to provide that the Chief Financial Officer “has the authority to adjust, determine, compromise, and settle claims for less than $5,000.” This final rule will rectify an omission in sec. 304.10 which did not refer to the Chief Financial Officer's authority for deciding claims worth less than $5,000.
This rule amends section 304.10(b) to provide that the Chief Financial Officer will make final determinations for claims worth less than $5,000.
Executive Order 12866
This regulation has been determined to be non-significant within the meaning of Executive Order 12866.
Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980 (5 U.S.C. 605(b))
This regulatory action will not have a significant adverse impact on a substantial number of small entities.
Unfunded Mandates Act of 1995 (Sec. 202, Pub. L. 104-4)
This regulatory action does not contain a Federal mandate that will result in the expenditure by state, local, and tribal governments, in aggregate, or by the private sector of $100 million or more in any one year.
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C., Chapter 35)
This regulatory action will not impose any additional reporting or recordkeeping requirements under the Paperwork Reduction Act.
Federalism (Executive Order 13132)
This regulatory action does not have Federalism implications, as set forth in Executive Order 13132. It will not have substantial direct effects on the States, on the relationship between the national government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government.Start List of Subjects
List of Subjects in 22 CFR Part 304End List of Subjects Start Amendment Part
Accordingly, Peace Corps amendsEnd Amendment Part Start Part
PART 304—CLAIMS AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT UNDER THE FEDERAL TORT CLAIMS ACTEnd Part Start Amendment Part
1. The authority citation for part 304 continues to read as follows:End Amendment Part Start Amendment Part
2. Amend § 304.10 by revising paragraph (b) to read as follows:End Amendment Part
(b) After legal review and recommendation by the General Counsel, the Director of the Peace Corps will make a written determination on the claim, unless the claim is worth less than $5,000, in which case the Chief Financial Officer will make the written determination.
Dated: August 18, 2008.
[FR Doc. E8-19642 Filed 8-22-08; 8:45 am]
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