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STATE RIN: 1400-AD31 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Repeal of Benefits for Hostages in Iraq, Kuwait, or Lebanon 

Section 599C of Public Law 101-513 provided limited monetary payments and Federal life and health insurance benefits as a humanitarian gesture to certain U.S. nationals held hostage in Kuwait, Iraq, or Lebanon, and to the family members thereof, subject to specified funding and other limitations. The authorization to obligate funds under this law expired on May 5, 1991. The 1992-1993 Foreign Relations Authorization Act amended the Hostage Relief Act of 1990 to extend both the period of time during which the benefits were available and the eligibility criteria. In addition, section 302 contained two additional changes with respect to hostages captured in Lebanon. Section 302(a)(3) provided that health and life insurance benefits were available under certain circumstances for the period of the individual's hostage status, plus a 60-month period following the termination of hostage status. Previously, these benefits expired 12 months after the termination of hostage status, which remained the law with respect to hostages held in Iraq and Kuwait. 22 CFR part 193 implemented these statutes, and described the classes of persons who could apply for benefits under the Act and the procedures according to which such applications will be processed by the Department of State. The funds allocated for the benefits have been depleted and no other individuals can qualify under statutory authority; therefore, the Department of State is repealing part 193.

Agency: Department of State(STATE)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 22 CFR 193   
Legal Authority: sec. 599C of Pub. L. 101-513    Pub. L. 102-138   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Final Action  11/00/2016 
Additional Information: Includes Retrospective Review under E.O. 13563.
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Colleen Flood
Department of State
CA/OCS/L, 600 19th Street, NW, SA-17 Room 10-230,
Washington, DC 20036
Phone:202 485-6070
Fax:202 647-6201