Prevailing Rate Systems; Special Appropriated Fund Wage Schedules for U.S. Insular Areas, 3729-3730 [2019-02113]

Download as PDF 3729 Proposed Rules Federal Register Vol. 84, No. 30 Wednesday, February 13, 2019 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains notices to the public of the proposed issuance of rules and regulations. The purpose of these notices is to give interested persons an opportunity to participate in the rule making prior to the adoption of the final rules. OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT 5 CFR Part 532 RIN 3206–AN76 Prevailing Rate Systems; Special Appropriated Fund Wage Schedules for U.S. Insular Areas Office of Personnel Management. ACTION: Proposed rule with request for comments. AGENCY: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is issuing a proposed rule that would amend the special appropriated fund wage schedules for U.S. insular areas, to designate the Department of Defense (DOD) as the sole lead agency for American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Midway, and the U.S. Virgin Island. The Federal Prevailing Rate Advisory Committee (FPRAC) approved this change by consensus. DATES: We must receive comments on or before March 15, 2019. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by docket number and/or Regulatory Information Number (RIN) and title, by the following method: • Federal Rulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. All submissions received must include the agency name and docket number or RIN for this document. The general policy for comments and other submissions from members of the public is to make these submissions available for public viewing at http:// www.regulations.gov as they are received without change, including any personal identifiers or contact information. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Madeline Gonzalez, by telephone at (202) 606–2838 or by email at pay-leavepolicy@opm.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: OPM is issuing a proposed rule to amend khammond on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with PROPOSALS SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:05 Feb 12, 2019 Jkt 247001 section 532.259(a) of title 5, Code of Federal Regulations. This section provides that lead agencies establish and issue special wage schedules for U.S. civil service wage employees in certain U.S. insular areas. When the Federal Wage System (FWS) was established in 1972, certain agency policies and practices, including the special wage schedules for U.S. civil service wage employees in certain U.S. insular areas, were continued as special schedules under the FWS. These U.S. insular areas special schedules are currently codified in 5 CFR 532.259. Section 532.259(a) lists DOD as the lead agency for Guam, Midway, and the U.S. Virgin Islands; the Department of Transportation (DOT) as the lead agency for American Samoa; and the Department of the Interior (DOI) as the lead agency for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. DOT was given lead agency responsibility for American Samoa and DOI was given lead agency responsibility for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands because they were the only agencies with wage employees in those duty locations at the time the original lead agency determinations were made. The Department of the Army now has five wage employees in American Samoa. DOI has two wage employees in American Samoa and four wage employees in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. DOT no longer has wage employees in American Samoa. Under 5 CFR 532.259(b), the special schedules for U.S. insular areas must be established at the same time and with rates identical to the foreign area appropriated fund wage schedules established under section 532.255. DOD is the lead agency for the foreign area appropriated fund wage schedules. Since these U.S. insular areas special schedules must be identical to the foreign wage schedule issued by DOD, the administration of the U.S. insular areas wage schedules would be streamlined if DOD becomes the sole lead agency issuing these special schedules. DOT and DOI agree with this determination. FPRAC, the national labormanagement committee responsible for advising OPM on matters concerning the pay of FWS employees, reviewed and concurred by consensus with these changes. These changes would apply on PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 the first day of the first applicable pay period beginning on or after 30 days following publication of the final regulations. Regulatory Impact Analysis This action is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under the terms of Executive Order (E.O.) 12866 (58 FR 51735, October 4, 1993) and is therefore not subject to review under E.O. 12866 and 13563 (76 FR 3821, January 21, 2011) Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs This proposed rule is not expected to be subject to the requirements of E.O. 13771 because this proposed rule is not significant under E.O. 12866. Regulatory Flexibility Act OPM certifies that this proposed rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities because they will affect only Federal agencies and employees. Federalism We have examined this rulemaking in accordance with Executive Order 13132, Federalism, and have determined that this proposed rule will not have any negative impact on the rights, roles and responsibilities of State, local, or tribal governments. Civil Justice Reform This proposed regulation meets the applicable standard set forth in Executive Order 12988. Unfunded Mandates Act of 1995 This proposed rule will not result in the expenditure by State, local, and tribal governments, in the aggregate, or by the private sector, of $100 million or more in any year and it will not significantly or uniquely affect small governments. Therefore, no actions were deemed necessary under the provisions of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995. Congressional Review Act This action pertains to agency management, personnel, and organization and does not substantially affect the rights or obligations of nonagency parties and, accordingly, is not a ‘‘rule’’ as that term is used by the Congressional Review Act (Subtitle E of the Small Business Regulatory E:\FR\FM\13FEP1.SGM 13FEP1 3730 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 30 / Wednesday, February 13, 2019 / Proposed Rules Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (SBREFA)). Therefore, the reporting requirement of 5 U.S.C. 801 does not apply. Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). ACTION: Federal Aviation Administration This action proposes to modify VHF Omnidirectional Range (VOR) Federal airways V–8, V–92, V– 214, and V–438 due to planned decommissioning of the Grantsville, MD, VOR/DME navigation aid which provides navigation guidance for segments of the routes. DATES: Comments must be received on or before April 1, 2019. ADDRESSES: Send comments on this proposal to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590; telephone: 1 (800) 647–5527 or (202) 366–9826. You must identify FAA Docket No. FAA– 2018–1073; Airspace Docket No. 18– AEA–17 at the beginning of your comments. You may also submit comments through the internet at http:// www.regulations.gov. FAA Order 7400.11C, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, and subsequent amendments can be viewed online at http://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/ publications/. For further information, you can contact the Airspace Policy Group, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20591; telephone: (202) 267–8783. The Order is also available for inspection at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of FAA Order 7400.11C at NARA, call (202) 741–6030, or go to http:// www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ ibr-locations.html. FAA Order 7400.11, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, is published yearly and effective on September 15. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul Gallant, Airspace Policy Group, Office of Airspace Services, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20591; telephone: (202) 267–8783. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 14 CFR Part 71 Authority for This Rulemaking SUMMARY: Paperwork Reduction Act This proposed rule does not impose any new reporting or record-keeping requirements subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act. List of Subjects in 5 CFR Part 532 Administrative practice and procedure, Freedom of information, Government employees, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Wages. Office of Personnel Management. Alexys Stanley, Regulatory Affairs Analyst. 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: ■ Authority: 5 U.S.C. 5343, 5346; § 532.707 also issued under 5 U.S.C. 552. 2. Section 532.259 is amended by revising paragraph (a) to read as follows: ■ § 532.259 Special appropriated fund wage schedules for U.S. insular areas (a) The lead agency shall establish and issue special wage schedules for U.S. civil service wage employees in certain U.S. insular areas. The Department of Defense is the lead agency for American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Midway, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. These schedules shall provide rates of pay for nonsupervisory, leader, supervisory, and production facilitating employees. * * * * * [FR Doc. 2019–02113 Filed 2–12–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6325–39–P khammond on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with PROPOSALS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION [Docket No. FAA–2018–1073; Airspace Docket No. 18–AEA–17] RIN 2120–AA66 Proposed Amendment of VOR Federal Airways V–8, V–92, V–214, and V–438 in the Vicinity of Grantsville, MD Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. AGENCY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:05 Feb 12, 2019 Jkt 247001 The FAA’s authority to issue rules regarding aviation safety is found in Title 49 of the United States Code. Subtitle I, Section 106 describes the authority of the FAA Administrator. Subtitle VII, Aviation Programs, describes in more detail the scope of the agency’s authority. This rulemaking is promulgated under the authority described in Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart I, Section 40103. Under that PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 section, the FAA is charged with prescribing regulations to assign the use of the airspace necessary to ensure the safety of aircraft and the efficient use of airspace. This regulation is within the scope of that authority as it would modify the VOR Federal airway route structure in the eastern United States to maintain the efficient flow of air traffic. Comments Invited Interested parties are invited to participate in this proposed rulemaking by submitting such written data, views, or arguments as they may desire. Comments that provide the factual basis supporting the views and suggestions presented are particularly helpful in developing reasoned regulatory decisions on the proposal. Comments are specifically invited on the overall regulatory, aeronautical, economic, environmental, and energy-related aspects of the proposal. Communications should identify both docket numbers (FAA Docket No. FAA– 2018–1073; Airspace Docket No. 18– AEA–17 and be submitted in triplicate to the Docket Management Facility (see ADDRESSES section for address and phone number). You may also submit comments through the internet at http:// www.regulations.gov. Commenters wishing the FAA to acknowledge receipt of their comments on this action must submit with those comments a self-addressed, stamped postcard on which the following statement is made: ‘‘Comments to FAA Docket No. FAA–2018–1073; Airspace Docket No. 18–AEA–17’’. The postcard will be date/time stamped and returned to the commenter. All communications received on or before the specified comment closing date will be considered before taking action on the proposed rule. The proposal contained in this action may be changed in light of comments received. A report summarizing each substantive public contact with FAA personnel concerned with this rulemaking will be filed in the docket. Availability of NPRM’s An electronic copy of this document may be downloaded through the internet at http://www.regulations.gov. Recently published rulemaking documents can also be accessed through the FAA’s web page at http:// www.faa.gov/air_traffic/publications/ airspace_amendments/. 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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 30 (Wednesday, February 13, 2019)]
[Proposed Rules]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-02113]


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This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains notices to the public of 
the proposed issuance of rules and regulations. The purpose of these 
notices is to give interested persons an opportunity to participate in 
the rule making prior to the adoption of the final rules.

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Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 30 / Wednesday, February 13, 2019 / 
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OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT

5 CFR Part 532

RIN 3206-AN76


Prevailing Rate Systems; Special Appropriated Fund Wage Schedules 
for U.S. Insular Areas

AGENCY: Office of Personnel Management.

ACTION: Proposed rule with request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is issuing a proposed 
rule that would amend the special appropriated fund wage schedules for 
U.S. insular areas, to designate the Department of Defense (DOD) as the 
sole lead agency for American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern 
Mariana Islands, Guam, Midway, and the U.S. Virgin Island. The Federal 
Prevailing Rate Advisory Committee (FPRAC) approved this change by 
consensus.

DATES: We must receive comments on or before March 15, 2019.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by docket number and/or 
Regulatory Information Number (RIN) and title, by the following method:
     Federal Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
    All submissions received must include the agency name and docket 
number or RIN for this document. The general policy for comments and 
other submissions from members of the public is to make these 
submissions available for public viewing at http://www.regulations.gov 
as they are received without change, including any personal identifiers 
or contact information.

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: OPM is issuing a proposed rule to amend 
section 532.259(a) of title 5, Code of Federal Regulations. This 
section provides that lead agencies establish and issue special wage 
schedules for U.S. civil service wage employees in certain U.S. insular 
areas.
    When the Federal Wage System (FWS) was established in 1972, certain 
agency policies and practices, including the special wage schedules for 
U.S. civil service wage employees in certain U.S. insular areas, were 
continued as special schedules under the FWS. These U.S. insular areas 
special schedules are currently codified in 5 CFR 532.259. Section 
532.259(a) lists DOD as the lead agency for Guam, Midway, and the U.S. 
Virgin Islands; the Department of Transportation (DOT) as the lead 
agency for American Samoa; and the Department of the Interior (DOI) as 
the lead agency for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. 
DOT was given lead agency responsibility for American Samoa and DOI was 
given lead agency responsibility for the Commonwealth of the Northern 
Mariana Islands because they were the only agencies with wage employees 
in those duty locations at the time the original lead agency 
determinations were made.
    The Department of the Army now has five wage employees in American 
Samoa. DOI has two wage employees in American Samoa and four wage 
employees in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. DOT no 
longer has wage employees in American Samoa.
    Under 5 CFR 532.259(b), the special schedules for U.S. insular 
areas must be established at the same time and with rates identical to 
the foreign area appropriated fund wage schedules established under 
section 532.255. DOD is the lead agency for the foreign area 
appropriated fund wage schedules.
    Since these U.S. insular areas special schedules must be identical 
to the foreign wage schedule issued by DOD, the administration of the 
U.S. insular areas wage schedules would be streamlined if DOD becomes 
the sole lead agency issuing these special schedules. DOT and DOI agree 
with this determination.
    FPRAC, the national labor-management committee responsible for 
advising OPM on matters concerning the pay of FWS employees, reviewed 
and concurred by consensus with these changes. These changes would 
apply on the first day of the first applicable pay period beginning on 
or after 30 days following publication of the final regulations.

Regulatory Impact Analysis

    This action is not a ``significant regulatory action'' under the 
terms of Executive Order (E.O.) 12866 (58 FR 51735, October 4, 1993) 
and is therefore not subject to review under E.O. 12866 and 13563 (76 
FR 3821, January 21, 2011)

Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs

    This proposed rule is not expected to be subject to the 
requirements of E.O. 13771 because this proposed rule is not 
significant under E.O. 12866.

Regulatory Flexibility Act

    OPM certifies that this proposed rule will not have a significant 
economic impact on a substantial number of small entities because they 
will affect only Federal agencies and employees.

Federalism

    We have examined this rulemaking in accordance with Executive Order 
13132, Federalism, and have determined that this proposed rule will not 
have any negative impact on the rights, roles and responsibilities of 
State, local, or tribal governments.

Civil Justice Reform

    This proposed regulation meets the applicable standard set forth in 
Executive Order 12988.

Unfunded Mandates Act of 1995

    This proposed rule will not result in the expenditure by State, 
local, and tribal governments, in the aggregate, or by the private 
sector, of $100 million or more in any year and it will not 
significantly or uniquely affect small governments. Therefore, no 
actions were deemed necessary under the provisions of the Unfunded 
Mandates Reform Act of 1995.

Congressional Review Act

    This action pertains to agency management, personnel, and 
organization and does not substantially affect the rights or 
obligations of nonagency parties and, accordingly, is not a ``rule'' as 
that term is used by the Congressional Review Act (Subtitle E of the 
Small Business Regulatory

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Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (SBREFA)). Therefore, the reporting 
requirement of 5 U.S.C. 801 does not apply.

Paperwork Reduction Act

    This proposed rule does not impose any new reporting or record-
keeping requirements subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act.

List of Subjects in 5 CFR Part 532

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

Office of Personnel Management.
Alexys Stanley,
Regulatory Affairs Analyst.

    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.

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2. Section 532.259 is amended by revising paragraph (a) to read as 
follows:


Sec.  532.259  Special appropriated fund wage schedules for U.S. 
insular areas

    (a) The lead agency shall establish and issue special wage 
schedules for U.S. civil service wage employees in certain U.S. insular 
areas. The Department of Defense is the lead agency for American Samoa, 
the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Midway, and the 
U.S. Virgin Islands. These schedules shall provide rates of pay for 
nonsupervisory, leader, supervisory, and production facilitating 
employees.
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[FR Doc. 2019-02113 Filed 2-12-19; 8:45 am]
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