Commerce Alternative Personnel System, 22807-22808 [2019-10380]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 97 / Monday, May 20, 2019 / Notices Notice and request for comments. ACTION: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) invites comments on this information collection for which approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) will be requested. DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by July 19, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Thomas Dickson, Rural Development Innovation Center—Regulatory Team, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, STOP 1522, Washington, DC 20250, Telephone: 202–690–4492, email: thomas.dickson@ usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) regulation (5 CFR part 1320) implementing provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. 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[FR Doc. 2019–10408 Filed 5–17–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 22807 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE [Docket No.: 190430420–9420–01] Commerce Alternative Personnel System Office of Administration, Office of Human Resources Management, Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: This notice announces the expansion of employee coverage under the Commerce Alternative Personnel System (CAPS), formerly the Department of Commerce Personnel Management Demonstration Project, published in the Federal Register on December 24, 1997. This coverage is extended to include employees of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) located in the Northeast Fisheries Science Center. DATES: The amended Commerce Alternative Personnel System is effective May 20, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Department of Commerce—Sandra Thompson, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Room 51020, Washington, DC 20230, (202) 482–0056 or Valerie Smith at (202) 482–0272. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: 1. Background The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) approved the Department of Commerce (DoC) demonstration project for an alternative personnel management system, and published the final plan in the Federal Register on Wednesday, December 24, 1997 (62 FR 67434). The demonstration project was designed to simplify current classification systems for greater flexibility in classifying work and paying employees; establish a performance management and rewards system for improving individual and organizational performance; and improve recruiting and examining to attract highly-qualified candidates. The purpose of the project was to strengthen the contribution of human resources management and test whether the same innovations conducted under the National Institute of Standards and Technology alternative personnel management system would produce similarly successful results in other DoC environments. The project was implemented on March 29, 1998. The project plan has been modified thirteen times to clarify certain DoC Demonstration Project authorities, and E:\FR\FM\20MYN1.SGM 20MYN1 22808 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 97 / Monday, May 20, 2019 / Notices to extend and expand the project: 64 FR 52810 (September 30, 1999); 68 FR 47948 (August 12, 2003); 68 FR 54505 (September 17, 2003); 70 FR 38732 (July 5, 2005); 71 FR 25615 (May 1, 2006); 71 FR 50950 (August 28, 2006); 74 FR 22728 (May 14, 2009); 80 FR 25 (January 2, 2015); 81 FR 20322 (April 7, 2016); 81 FR 40653 (June 22, 2016); 81 FR 54787 (August 17, 2016); 82 FR 1688 (January 6, 2017); and 83 FR 54707 (October 31, 2018). With the passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008, Public Law 110–161, on December 26, 2007, the project was made permanent (extended indefinitely) and renamed the Commerce Alternative Personnel System (CAPS). CAPS provides for modifications to be made as experience is gained, results are analyzed, and conclusions are reached on how the system is working. This notice announces that the DoC expands CAPS to include bargaining unit employees in the NMFS located in the Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC). The DoC will follow the CAPS plan as published in the Federal Register on December 24, 1997, and subsequent modifications as listed in the Background Section of this notice. Kevin E. Mahoney, Director for Human Resources Management and Chief Human Capital Officer. Table of Contents khammond on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES I. Executive Summary II. Basis for CAPS Expansion III. Changes to the Project Plan I. Executive Summary CAPS is designed to (1) improve hiring and allow DoC to compete more effectively for high-quality candidates through direct hiring, selective use of higher entry salaries, and selective use of recruitment incentives; (2) motivate and retain staff through higher pay potential, pay-for-performance, more responsive personnel systems, and selective use of retention incentives; (3) strengthen the manager’s role in personnel management through delegation of personnel authorities; and (4) increase the efficiency of personnel systems through the installation of a simpler and more flexible classification system based on pay banding, through reduction of guidelines, steps, and paperwork in classification, hiring, and other personnel systems, and through automation. The current participating organizations include 1 office of the Deputy Secretary in the Office of the Secretary, 6 offices of the Chief Financial Officer/Assistant Secretary for Administration in the Office of the VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:41 May 17, 2019 Jkt 247001 Secretary; the Bureau of Economic Analysis; 2 units of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA): The Institute for Telecommunication Sciences and the First Responder Network Authority (an independent authority within NTIA); and 12 units of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: The Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, the National Marine Fisheries Service, the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service, the National Weather Service—Space Environment Center, the National Ocean Service, the Program Planning and Integration Office, the Office of the Under Secretary, the Marine and Aviation Operations, the Office of the Chief Administrative Officer, the Office of the Chief Financial Officer, the Office of Human Capital Services, formerly the Workforce Management Office, and the Office of the Chief Information Officer. This amendment modifies the December 24, 1997, Federal Register notice. Specifically, it expands DoC CAPS to include NMFS bargaining unit employees located in the NEFSC. II. Basis for CAPS Expansion A. Purpose CAPS is designed to provide supervisors/managers at the lowest organizational level the authority, control, and flexibility to recruit, retain, develop, recognize, and motivate its workforce, while ensuring adequate accountability and oversight. NMFS is responsible for the stewardship of the nation’s ocean resources and their habitat. NMFS provide vital services for the nation including productive and sustainable fisheries, safe sources of seafood, the recovery and conservation of protected resources, and healthy ecosystems. NMFS works in partnership with Regional Fishery Management Councils to assess and predict the status of fish stocks, set catch limits, ensure compliance with fisheries regulations, and reduce bycatch. Under the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act, NMFS works to recover protected marine species while allowing economic and recreational opportunities. Since the inception of the demonstration project in 1997, and subsequent modification/ expansion notices, units of NMFS have participated in CAPS. A September 17, 2003, notice (68 FR 54505) announced the expansion of CAPS to include nonbargaining unit employees located in the NEFSC. With the majority of NEFSC employees being covered by an alternative personnel management PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 system, NOAA and NMFS made the determination to convert the remaining bargaining unit GS NEFSC workforce under CAPS. The expansion of CAPS coverage to include the remaining bargaining unit GS employees of NEFSC will allow NMFS to continue to benefit from the flexibilities provided by CAPS and should improve the organization’s ability to recruit and retain a highquality workforce. DoC’s CAPS allows for modifications of procedures if no new waiver from law or regulation is added. Given that this expansion is in accordance with existing law and regulation and CAPS is a permanent alternative personnel system, the DoC is authorized to make the changes described in this notice. B. Participating Employees Employee notification of this expansion will be accomplished by providing a full set of briefings to employees and managers and providing them electronic access to all CAPS policies and procedures, including the thirteen previous Federal Register notices and this Federal Register notice will also be accessible electronically upon approval. Subsequent supervisor training and informational briefings for all employees will be accomplished prior to the implementation date of the expansion. C. Labor Participation The Labor organization was notified about the CAPS expansion pertaining to their bargaining unit membership. Bargaining unit employees are covered by AFGE Local 231, Woods Hole, Massachusetts. III. Changes to the Project Plan The CAPS at DoC, published in the Federal Register on December 24, 1997 (62 FR 67434), is amended as follows: 1. The following organization will be added to the project plan, Section II D—Participating Organizations Within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Additional employees in the following: Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) 2. The following bargaining units are added to the project plan, Section II F—Labor Participation Table 4— Bargaining Unit Coverage NEFSC .............. Woods Hole, MA. AFGE Local 231. [FR Doc. 2019–10380 Filed 5–17–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–EA–P E:\FR\FM\20MYN1.SGM 20MYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 97 (Monday, May 20, 2019)]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

[Docket No.: 190430420-9420-01]


Commerce Alternative Personnel System

AGENCY: Office of Administration, Office of Human Resources Management, 
Department of Commerce.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: This notice announces the expansion of employee coverage under 
the Commerce Alternative Personnel System (CAPS), formerly the 
Department of Commerce Personnel Management Demonstration Project, 
published in the Federal Register on December 24, 1997. This coverage 
is extended to include employees of the National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Marine Fisheries Service 
(NMFS) located in the Northeast Fisheries Science Center.

DATES: The amended Commerce Alternative Personnel System is effective 
May 20, 2019.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Department of Commerce--Sandra 
Thompson, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, 
Room 51020, Washington, DC 20230, (202) 482-0056 or Valerie Smith at 
(202) 482-0272.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

1. Background

    The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) approved the Department of 
Commerce (DoC) demonstration project for an alternative personnel 
management system, and published the final plan in the Federal Register 
on Wednesday, December 24, 1997 (62 FR 67434). The demonstration 
project was designed to simplify current classification systems for 
greater flexibility in classifying work and paying employees; establish 
a performance management and rewards system for improving individual 
and organizational performance; and improve recruiting and examining to 
attract highly-qualified candidates. The purpose of the project was to 
strengthen the contribution of human resources management and test 
whether the same innovations conducted under the National Institute of 
Standards and Technology alternative personnel management system would 
produce similarly successful results in other DoC environments. The 
project was implemented on March 29, 1998. The project plan has been 
modified thirteen times to clarify certain DoC Demonstration Project 
authorities, and

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to extend and expand the project: 64 FR 52810 (September 30, 1999); 68 
FR 47948 (August 12, 2003); 68 FR 54505 (September 17, 2003); 70 FR 
38732 (July 5, 2005); 71 FR 25615 (May 1, 2006); 71 FR 50950 (August 
28, 2006); 74 FR 22728 (May 14, 2009); 80 FR 25 (January 2, 2015); 81 
FR 20322 (April 7, 2016); 81 FR 40653 (June 22, 2016); 81 FR 54787 
(August 17, 2016); 82 FR 1688 (January 6, 2017); and 83 FR 54707 
(October 31, 2018). With the passage of the Consolidated Appropriations 
Act, 2008, Public Law 110-161, on December 26, 2007, the project was 
made permanent (extended indefinitely) and renamed the Commerce 
Alternative Personnel System (CAPS).
    CAPS provides for modifications to be made as experience is gained, 
results are analyzed, and conclusions are reached on how the system is 
working. This notice announces that the DoC expands CAPS to include 
bargaining unit employees in the NMFS located in the Northeast 
Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC).
    The DoC will follow the CAPS plan as published in the Federal 
Register on December 24, 1997, and subsequent modifications as listed 
in the Background Section of this notice.

Kevin E. Mahoney,
Director for Human Resources Management and Chief Human Capital 
Officer.

Table of Contents

I. Executive Summary
II. Basis for CAPS Expansion
III. Changes to the Project Plan

I. Executive Summary

    CAPS is designed to (1) improve hiring and allow DoC to compete 
more effectively for high-quality candidates through direct hiring, 
selective use of higher entry salaries, and selective use of 
recruitment incentives; (2) motivate and retain staff through higher 
pay potential, pay-for-performance, more responsive personnel systems, 
and selective use of retention incentives; (3) strengthen the manager's 
role in personnel management through delegation of personnel 
authorities; and (4) increase the efficiency of personnel systems 
through the installation of a simpler and more flexible classification 
system based on pay banding, through reduction of guidelines, steps, 
and paperwork in classification, hiring, and other personnel systems, 
and through automation.
    The current participating organizations include 1 office of the 
Deputy Secretary in the Office of the Secretary, 6 offices of the Chief 
Financial Officer/Assistant Secretary for Administration in the Office 
of the Secretary; the Bureau of Economic Analysis; 2 units of the 
National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA): The 
Institute for Telecommunication Sciences and the First Responder 
Network Authority (an independent authority within NTIA); and 12 units 
of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: The Office of 
Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, the National Marine Fisheries 
Service, the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information 
Service, the National Weather Service--Space Environment Center, the 
National Ocean Service, the Program Planning and Integration Office, 
the Office of the Under Secretary, the Marine and Aviation Operations, 
the Office of the Chief Administrative Officer, the Office of the Chief 
Financial Officer, the Office of Human Capital Services, formerly the 
Workforce Management Office, and the Office of the Chief Information 
Officer.
    This amendment modifies the December 24, 1997, Federal Register 
notice. Specifically, it expands DoC CAPS to include NMFS bargaining 
unit employees located in the NEFSC.

II. Basis for CAPS Expansion

A. Purpose

    CAPS is designed to provide supervisors/managers at the lowest 
organizational level the authority, control, and flexibility to 
recruit, retain, develop, recognize, and motivate its workforce, while 
ensuring adequate accountability and oversight.
    NMFS is responsible for the stewardship of the nation's ocean 
resources and their habitat. NMFS provide vital services for the nation 
including productive and sustainable fisheries, safe sources of 
seafood, the recovery and conservation of protected resources, and 
healthy ecosystems. NMFS works in partnership with Regional Fishery 
Management Councils to assess and predict the status of fish stocks, 
set catch limits, ensure compliance with fisheries regulations, and 
reduce bycatch. Under the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the 
Endangered Species Act, NMFS works to recover protected marine species 
while allowing economic and recreational opportunities. Since the 
inception of the demonstration project in 1997, and subsequent 
modification/expansion notices, units of NMFS have participated in 
CAPS. A September 17, 2003, notice (68 FR 54505) announced the 
expansion of CAPS to include non-bargaining unit employees located in 
the NEFSC. With the majority of NEFSC employees being covered by an 
alternative personnel management system, NOAA and NMFS made the 
determination to convert the remaining bargaining unit GS NEFSC 
workforce under CAPS.
    The expansion of CAPS coverage to include the remaining bargaining 
unit GS employees of NEFSC will allow NMFS to continue to benefit from 
the flexibilities provided by CAPS and should improve the 
organization's ability to recruit and retain a high-quality workforce.
    DoC's CAPS allows for modifications of procedures if no new waiver 
from law or regulation is added. Given that this expansion is in 
accordance with existing law and regulation and CAPS is a permanent 
alternative personnel system, the DoC is authorized to make the changes 
described in this notice.

B. Participating Employees

    Employee notification of this expansion will be accomplished by 
providing a full set of briefings to employees and managers and 
providing them electronic access to all CAPS policies and procedures, 
including the thirteen previous Federal Register notices and this 
Federal Register notice will also be accessible electronically upon 
approval. Subsequent supervisor training and informational briefings 
for all employees will be accomplished prior to the implementation date 
of the expansion.

C. Labor Participation

    The Labor organization was notified about the CAPS expansion 
pertaining to their bargaining unit membership. Bargaining unit 
employees are covered by AFGE Local 231, Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

III. Changes to the Project Plan

    The CAPS at DoC, published in the Federal Register on December 24, 
1997 (62 FR 67434), is amended as follows:

1. The following organization will be added to the project plan, 
Section II D--Participating Organizations
    Within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA),
    National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS),
    Additional employees in the following:
    Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC)
2. The following bargaining units are added to the project plan, 
Section II F--Labor Participation Table 4--Bargaining Unit Coverage

NEFSC...........................  Woods Hole, MA....  AFGE Local 231.
 

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