TN 10 (11-91)
RS 02001.668 Rule for Government Employees - U.S. Austrian Agreement
A. POLICY - VIENNA CONVENTIONS
In general, nationals of a country who work abroad in the diplomatic or consular services of their country are exempt, under the Vienna Conventions, from social security coverage and contributions under the laws of the host country unless that exemption has been specifically waived.
The Conventions, to which both the United States and Austria are parties, apply to:
members of the staff of a diplomatic or consular mission, including the diplomatic, consular, administrative and technical staffs;
dependents of members of those staffs;
the domestic service staffs of those missions, and;
the private servants employed by members of such missions (under certain conditions).
B. POLICY - AGREEMENT PROVISIONS
The agreement does not affect the coverage of U.S. or Austrian Government employees to whom the Vienna Conventions apply. They remain exempt from coverage in the host country.
The agreement establishes the following rules for government employees not covered by the Vienna Conventions:
U.S. national employed by the U.S. Government in Austria—U.S. coverage applies (Social Security and/or Federal Pension Program)
Austrian national employed by the Austrian Government in the United States—Austrian coverage applies
a. U.S. Government employee
For purposes of applying this provision of the agreement, U.S. Government employee includes employees of the Federal Government or any of its instrumentalities.
b. Austrian Government employee
For purposes of applying this provision of the agreement, Austrian Government employee includes employees of the Republic of Austria, the U.S. Representative of the Austrian Trade Commission and his/her staff, and anyone working for the Austrian National Tourist Office in the United States.
U.S. citizens employed by foreign governments, RS 01802.050