Prevailing Rate Systems; Redefinition of Certain Nonappropriated Fund Federal Wage System Wage Areas, 24825-24826 [2017-11232]

Download as PDF 24825 Rules and Regulations Federal Register Vol. 82, No. 103 Wednesday, May 31, 2017 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains regulatory documents having general applicability and legal effect, most of which are keyed to and codified in the Code of Federal Regulations, which is published under 50 titles pursuant to 44 U.S.C. 1510. The Code of Federal Regulations is sold by the Superintendent of Documents. OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT 5 CFR Part 532 RIN 3206–AN48 Prevailing Rate Systems; Redefinition of Certain Nonappropriated Fund Federal Wage System Wage Areas U.S. Office of Personnel Management. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: This rule amends the geographic boundaries of several nonappropriated fund (NAF) Federal Wage System (FWS) wage areas. Based on consensus recommendations of the Federal Prevailing Rate Advisory Committee (FPRAC), the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is defining Lee County, Florida, as an area of application county to the Hillsborough, FL, NAF FWS wage area; Leon County, FL, as an area of application county to the Lowndes, Georgia, NAF FWS wage area; Fulton County, GA, as an area of application county to the Cobb, GA, NAF FWS wage area; and Lane County, Oregon, as an area of application county to the Pierce, Washington, NAF FWS wage area. These changes are necessary because there are NAF FWS employees working in these four counties, and the counties are not currently defined in regulation to NAF wage areas. In addition, OPM is removing Mississippi County, Arkansas, from the wage area definition of the Shelby, Tennessee, NAF FWS wage area because there are no longer NAF FWS employees working in the county. DATES: Effective date: This regulation is effective on May 31, 2017. Applicability date: This change applies on the first day of the first applicable pay period beginning on or after June 30, 2017. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Madeline Gonzalez, by telephone at asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with RULES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:13 May 30, 2017 Jkt 241001 (202) 606–2838 or by email at pay-leavepolicy@opm.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On January 12, 2017, OPM issued a proposed rule (82 FR 3677) to define— • Lee County, Florida, as an area of application county to the Hillsborough, FL, NAF FWS wage area; • Leon County, FL, as an area of application county to the Lowndes, Georgia, NAF FWS wage area; • Fulton County, GA, as an area of application county to the Cobb, GA, NAF FWS wage area; and • Lane County, Oregon, as an area of application county to the Pierce, Washington, NAF FWS wage area. In addition, the proposed rule removed Mississippi County, AR, from the wage area definition of the Shelby, TN, NAF FWS wage area. FPRAC, the national labormanagement committee responsible for advising OPM on matters concerning the pay of FWS employees, reviewed and recommended this change by consensus. These changes will apply on the first day of the first applicable pay period beginning on or after 30 days following publication of the final regulations. The proposed rule had a 30-day comment period, during which OPM received no comments. Regulatory Flexibility Act I certify that these regulations will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities because they will affect only Federal agencies and employees. Appendix D to Subpart B of Part 532— Nonappropriated Fund Wage and Survey Areas 2. Appendix D to subpart B is amended by revising the wage area listing for the Hillsborough, FL; Cobb, GA; Lowndes, GA; Shelby, TN; and Pierce, WA, wage areas to read as follows: ■ Appendix D to Subpart B— Nonappropriated Fund Wage and Survey Areas * * * FLORIDA * * * * * Hillsborough Survey Area * * Florida: Hillsborough Area of Application. Survey area plus: Florida: Lee Pinellas Polk * * * GEORGIA * * * * * Cobb Survey Area * * Georgia: Cobb Area of Application. Survey area plus: Georgia: Bartow De Kalb Fulton * * List of Subjects in 5 CFR Part 532 Administrative practice and procedure, Freedom of information, Government employees, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Wages. U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Kathleen M. McGettigan, Acting Director. Accordingly, OPM is proposing to amend 5 CFR part 532 as follows: PART 532—PREVAILING RATE SYSTEMS 1. The authority citation for part 532 continues to read as follows: ■ Frm 00001 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 * * Georgia: Lowndes Area of Application. Survey area plus: Florida: Leon * * * TENNESSEE Shelby Survey Area * * Tennessee: Shelby Area of Application. Survey area plus: Missouri: Butler * * Authority: 5 U.S.C. 5343, 5346; § 532.707 also issued under 5 U.S.C. 552. PO 00000 * Lowndes Survey Area E:\FR\FM\31MYR1.SGM 31MYR1 * * WASHINGTON * 24826 * Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 103 / Wednesday, May 31, 2017 / Rules and Regulations * * Pierce Survey Area * * Regulatory Flexibility Act I certify that this regulation will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. This regulation will affect Federal employees and members of the uniformed services who participate in the TSP. Washington: Pierce Area of Application. 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[FR Doc No: 2017-11232]



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This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains regulatory documents 
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to and codified in the Code of Federal Regulations, which is published 
under 50 titles pursuant to 44 U.S.C. 1510.

The Code of Federal Regulations is sold by the Superintendent of Documents. 

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OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT

5 CFR Part 532

RIN 3206-AN48


Prevailing Rate Systems; Redefinition of Certain Nonappropriated 
Fund Federal Wage System Wage Areas

AGENCY: U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: This rule amends the geographic boundaries of several 
nonappropriated fund (NAF) Federal Wage System (FWS) wage areas. Based 
on consensus recommendations of the Federal Prevailing Rate Advisory 
Committee (FPRAC), the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is 
defining Lee County, Florida, as an area of application county to the 
Hillsborough, FL, NAF FWS wage area; Leon County, FL, as an area of 
application county to the Lowndes, Georgia, NAF FWS wage area; Fulton 
County, GA, as an area of application county to the Cobb, GA, NAF FWS 
wage area; and Lane County, Oregon, as an area of application county to 
the Pierce, Washington, NAF FWS wage area. These changes are necessary 
because there are NAF FWS employees working in these four counties, and 
the counties are not currently defined in regulation to NAF wage areas. 
In addition, OPM is removing Mississippi County, Arkansas, from the 
wage area definition of the Shelby, Tennessee, NAF FWS wage area 
because there are no longer NAF FWS employees working in the county.

DATES: 
    Effective date: This regulation is effective on May 31, 2017.
    Applicability date: This change applies on the first day of the 
first applicable pay period beginning on or after June 30, 2017.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Madeline Gonzalez, by telephone at 
(202) 606-2838 or by email at pay-leave-policy@opm.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On January 12, 2017, OPM issued a proposed 
rule (82 FR 3677) to define--
     Lee County, Florida, as an area of application county to 
the Hillsborough, FL, NAF FWS wage area;
     Leon County, FL, as an area of application county to the 
Lowndes, Georgia, NAF FWS wage area;
     Fulton County, GA, as an area of application county to the 
Cobb, GA, NAF FWS wage area; and
     Lane County, Oregon, as an area of application county to 
the Pierce, Washington, NAF FWS wage area.
    In addition, the proposed rule removed Mississippi County, AR, from 
the wage area definition of the Shelby, TN, NAF FWS wage area.
    FPRAC, the national labor-management committee responsible for 
advising OPM on matters concerning the pay of FWS employees, reviewed 
and recommended this change by consensus. These changes will apply on 
the first day of the first applicable pay period beginning on or after 
30 days following publication of the final regulations.
    The proposed rule had a 30-day comment period, during which OPM 
received no comments.

Regulatory Flexibility Act

    I certify that these regulations will not have a significant 
economic impact on a substantial number of small entities because they 
will affect only Federal agencies and employees.

List of Subjects in 5 CFR Part 532

    Administrative practice and procedure, Freedom of information, 
Government employees, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Wages.

U.S. Office of Personnel Management.
Kathleen M. McGettigan,
Acting Director.

    Accordingly, OPM is proposing to amend 5 CFR part 532 as follows:

PART 532--PREVAILING RATE SYSTEMS

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1. The authority citation for part 532 continues to read as follows:

    Authority:  5 U.S.C. 5343, 5346; Sec.  532.707 also issued under 
5 U.S.C. 552.

Appendix D to Subpart B of Part 532--Nonappropriated Fund Wage and 
Survey Areas

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2. Appendix D to subpart B is amended by revising the wage area listing 
for the Hillsborough, FL; Cobb, GA; Lowndes, GA; Shelby, TN; and 
Pierce, WA, wage areas to read as follows:

Appendix D to Subpart B--Nonappropriated Fund Wage and Survey Areas

 
 
 
 
                                * * * * *
                                 FLORIDA
 
                                * * * * *
                              Hillsborough
 
                               Survey Area
 
Florida:
  Hillsborough
 
                 Area of Application. Survey area plus:
Florida:
  Lee
  Pinellas
  Polk
 
                                * * * * *
                                 GEORGIA
 
                                * * * * *
                                  Cobb
 
                               Survey Area
 
Georgia:
  Cobb
 
                 Area of Application. Survey area plus:
Georgia:
  Bartow
  De Kalb
  Fulton
 
                                * * * * *
                                 Lowndes
 
                               Survey Area
 
Georgia:
  Lowndes
 
                 Area of Application. Survey area plus:
Florida:
  Leon
 
                                * * * * *
                                TENNESSEE
                                 Shelby
 
                               Survey Area
 
Tennessee:
  Shelby
 
                 Area of Application. Survey area plus:
Missouri:
  Butler
 
                                * * * * *
                               WASHINGTON
 

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                                * * * * *
                                 Pierce
 
                               Survey Area
Washington:
  Pierce
 
                 Area of Application. Survey area plus:
Oregon:
  Clatsop
  Coos
  Douglas
  Multnomah
  Tillamook
Washington:
  Clark
  Grays Harbor
  Lane
 
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