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2004 Federal Register Items (January - December)

The Federal Register is a daily publication used to provide notice of proposed or final changes to the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), including the the regulations of the Bureau of the Fiscal Service (formerly the Bureau of the Public Debt). The Federal Register is also used to provide other important information or requests for information. The most important items relating to the Bureau of the Fiscal Service published in the Federal Register from January 2004 through December 2004 are listed below. You will leave this site if you choose to access these Federal Register publications.

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October 25 , 2004

31 CFR Part 344 U.S. Treasury Securities - State and Local Government Series; Extension of Comment Period

Action: Notice of proposed rulemaking; extension of comment period.

The Department of the Treasury is extending the comment period for the notice of proposed rulemaking published September 30, 2004, proposing revisions of the regulations governing State and Local Government Series (SLGS) securities.

PDF Version (43K, uploaded 10/25/04)

2004 Federal Register Items (January - December)
September 30, 2004

31 CFR Part 344 US Treasury Securities - State and Local Government Series

Action: Notice of proposed rule making with request for comments.

The Department of the Treasury (Treasury) is issuing this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to revise the regulations governing State and Local Government Series (SLGS) securities. SLGS securities are non-marketable Treasury securities that are only available for purchase by issuers of tax-exempt securities. The NPRM deals with certain practices of issuers that in effect use the SLGS program as a cost-free option and which Treasury considers to be contrary to the purpose of the SLGS program. These practices also create volatility in Treasury's cash balances, make cash balance forecasting more difficult, and increase Treasury's borrowing costs. We are proposing changes to eliminate these practices. We are also proposing other changes that are designed to improve the administration of the SLGS program.

PDF Version (148K, uploaded 09/30/04)

September 2, 2004

Sale and Issue of Marketable Treasury Bills, Notes, and Bonds: Six-Decimal Pricing, Negative-Yield Bidding, Zero-Filling, and Noncompetitive Bidding and Award Limit Increase

Action: Final Rule

Marketable Book-Entry Treasury Bills, Notes, and Bonds). This amendment implements four policy changes and makes conforming changes to the formulas. First, this amendment changes the pricing convention for all marketable Treasury securities auctions from three decimal places to six decimal places. Second, this amendment allows for negative-yield bidding in Treasury inflation-protected securities (TIPS) auctions to accommodate circumstances in which the desired real yield is a negative number. Third, this amendment provides for “zero-filling” of competitive auction bids that are not expressed out to the required three decimals by modifying the bids to a three-decimal rate or yield that is mathematically equivalent to the rate or yield submitted. Finally, this amendment raises the noncompetitive bidding and award limit for all Treasury bill auctions from $1 million to $5 million, which is the current noncompetitive limit for all Treasury note and bond auctions.

PDF Version (101K, uploaded 06/18/09)

August 16, 2004

31 CFR Parts 351, 359, and 363 - Regulations Governing Treasury Securities, New TreasuryDirect System

Action: Final rule.

New TreasuryDirect (also referred to as TreasuryDirect) is a book-entry, online system for purchasing, holding and conducting transactions in Treasury securities. This rule describes a new security, the non-interest-bearing New TreasuryDirect certificate of indebtedness (C of I), whose sole purpose is to permit investors to accumulate the purchase price of other eligible securities, currently Series I and Series EE U.S. Savings Bonds in New TreasuryDirect.

PDF Version (71K, uploaded 08/17/04)

July 28, 2004

Sale and Issue of Marketable Book-Entry Treasury Bills, Notes, and Bonds--Plain Language Uniform Offering Circular

Action: Final Rule

The Department of the Treasury is issuing in final form an amendment to 31 CFR Part 356 (Uniform Offering Circular for the Sale and Issue of Marketable Book-Entry Treasury Bills, Notes, and Bonds) by converting it to plain language. We are issuing this amendment to make our Treasury marketable securities auction rules easier to understand. This amendment will also make certain minor revisions to better make the auction rules conform to current practices.

PDF Version (223K, uploaded 06/18/09)

July 16, 2004

Call for Redemption: 10-3/8 Percent Treasury Bonds of 2004-09

Action: Notice.

Public notice is hereby given that all outstanding 10-3/8 percent Treasury Bonds of 2004-09 (CUSIP No. 912810 CK 2) dated November 15, 1979, due November 15, 2009, are hereby called for redemption at par on November 15, 2004, on which date interest on such bonds will cease.

PDF Version (51.4K, uploaded 07/26/04)

July 12, 2004

31 CFR 344 U.S. Treasury Securities - State and Local Government Securities

Action: Interim rule with request for comments.

The Department of the Treasury (Treasury) is issuing an interim rule that updates the method by which owners of State and Local Government Series (SLGS) securities will obtain access to SLGSafe®. SLGSafe is a secure Internet site where customers subscribe for SLGS securities.

PDF Version (54K, uploaded 07/21/04)

July 2, 2004

31 CFR 352 - Offering of United States Savings Bonds, Series HH

Action: Final Rule.

The offering of Series HH Savings Bonds will terminate at the close of business on August 31, 2004.

PDF Version (54K, uploaded 07/02/04)

June 29, 2004

Renegotiation Board Interest Rate; Prompt Payment Interest Rate; Contract Disputes Act

Action: Notice.

For the Period beginning July 1, 2004 and ending on December 31, 2004, the prompt payment interest rate is 4.500 per centum per annum.

PDF Version (10K, uploaded 07/22/04)

January 16, 2004

31 CFR Part 363 - Regulations Governing New TreasuryDirect System

Action: Final Rule.

New TreasuryDirect is a book-entry, online system for purchasing, holding and conducting transactions in Treasury Securities. This rule amends the regulations relating to accounts belonging to minors. This rule also removes references to special forms of registration for decedents' and incompetents' estates.

PDF Version (41K, uploaded 03/08/04)