Prevailing Rate Systems; Redefinition of Certain Appropriated Fund Federal Wage System Wage Areas, 419-421 [2019-28009]

Download as PDF 419 Rules and Regulations Federal Register Vol. 85, No. 3 Monday, January 6, 2020 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–AN87 Prevailing Rate Systems; Redefinition of Certain Appropriated Fund Federal Wage System Wage Areas U.S. Office of Personnel Management. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is issuing a final rule to redefine the geographic boundaries of several appropriated fund Federal Wage System (FWS) wage areas for pay-setting purposes. Based on reviews of Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) boundaries in a number of wage areas, OPM is redefining the following wage areas: Washington, DC; Hagerstown-Martinsburg-Chambersburg, MD; Detroit, MI; Jackson, MS; Meridian, MS; and Cleveland, OH. DATES: Effective February 5, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Madeline Gonzalez, by telephone at (202) 606–2858 or by email at pay-leavepolicy@opm.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On August 14, 2019, OPM issued a proposed rule (84 FR 40297) to redefine the following counties: • Madison County, VA, from the Hagerstown-Martinsburg-Chambersburg, MD, area of application to the Washington, DC, area of application; • Ottawa County, OH, from the Cleveland, OH, area of application to the Detroit, MI, area of application; • Covington County, MS, from the Jackson, MS, area of application to the Meridian, MS, area of application. The Federal Prevailing Rate Advisory Committee (FPRAC), the national labormanagement committee responsible for advising OPM on matters concerning the pay of FWS employees, reviewed and recommended these changes by consensus. lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with RULES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:31 Jan 03, 2020 Jkt 250001 The 30-day comment period ended on September 13, 2019. OPM received two comments requesting OPM consider revising the definition of the SeattleEverett-Tacoma, WA, FWS wage area. OPM must receive the advice of FPRAC before making any changes to wage area boundaries. The comments are therefore beyond the scope of the proposed rule. 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 rule is not an Executive Order 13771 regulatory action because this rule is not significant under E.O. 12866. OPM certifies that this 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 rule in accordance with Executive Order 13132, Federalism, and have determined that this rule will not have any negative impact on the rights, roles and responsibilities of State, local, or tribal governments. Civil Justice Reform This regulation meets the applicable standard set forth in Executive Order 12988. Unfunded Mandates Act of 1995 This 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 Frm 00001 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Paperwork Reduction Act This 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 amending 5 CFR part 532 as follows: Regulatory Flexibility Act PO 00000 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 Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (SBREFA)). Therefore, the reporting requirement of 5 U.S.C. 801 does not apply. 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. In Appendix C to subpart B amend the table by revising the wage area listings for the District of Columbia and the States of Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, and Ohio to read as follows: ■ Appendix C to Subpart B of Part 532— Appropriated Fund Wage and Survey Areas * * * * * Definitions of Wage Areas and Wage Area Survey Areas * * * * * DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Washington, DC Survey Area District of Columbia: Washington, DC Maryland: Charles Frederick Montgomery Prince George’s Virginia (cities): Alexandria E:\FR\FM\06JAR1.SGM 06JAR1 420 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 3 / Monday, January 6, 2020 / Rules and Regulations Fairfax Falls Church Manassas Manassas Park Virginia (counties): Arlington Fairfax Loudoun Prince William Area of Application. Survey area plus: Maryland: Calvert St. Mary’s Virginia (city): Fredericksburg Virginia (counties): Clarke Culpeper Fauquier King George Madison Rappahannock Spotsylvania Stafford Warren West Virginia: Jefferson * * * * * MARYLAND Baltimore Survey Area Maryland (city): Baltimore Maryland (counties): Anne Arundel Baltimore Carroll Harford Howard Area of Application. Survey area plus: Maryland: Queen Anne’s lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with RULES Hagerstown-MartinsburgChambersburg Shenandoah West Virginia: Hampshire Hardy Mineral Morgan * * * * * MICHIGAN Detroit Survey Area Michigan: Lapeer Livingston Macomb Oakland St. Clair Wayne Area of Application. Survey area plus: Michigan: Arenac Bay Clare Clinton Eaton Genesee Gladwin Gratiot Huron Ingham Isabella Lenawee Midland Monroe Saginaw Sanilac Shiawassee Tuscola Washtenaw Ohio: Fulton Lucas Ottawa Wood Northwestern Michigan Survey Area Survey Area Maryland: Washington Pennsylvania: Franklin West Virginia: Berkeley Area of Application. Survey area plus: Maryland: Allegany Garrett Pennsylvania: Fulton Virginia (cities): Harrisonburg Winchester Virginia (counties): Frederick Page Rockingham Michigan: Delta Dickinson Marquette Area of Application. Survey area plus: Michigan: Alcona Alger Alpena Antrim Baraga Benzie Charlevoix Cheboygan Chippewa Crawford Emmet Gogebic Grand Traverse VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:31 Jan 03, 2020 Jkt 250001 PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Houghton Iosco Iron Kalkaska Keweenaw Leelanau Luce Mackinac Manistee Menominee Missaukee Montmorency Ogemaw Ontonagon Oscoda Otsego Presque Isle Roscommon Schoolcraft Wexford Southwestern Michigan Survey Area Michigan: Barry Calhoun Kalamazoo Van Buren Area of Application. Survey area plus: Michigan: Allegan Berrien Branch Cass Hillsdale Ionia Jackson Kent Lake Mason Mecosta Montcalm Muskegon Newaygo Oceana Osceola Ottawa St. Joseph * * * * * MISSISSIPPI Biloxi Survey Area Mississippi: Hancock Harrison Jackson Area of Application. Survey area plus: Mississippi: George Pearl River Stone Jackson Survey Area Mississippi: E:\FR\FM\06JAR1.SGM 06JAR1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 3 / Monday, January 6, 2020 / Rules and Regulations Hinds Rankin Warren Area of Application. Survey area plus: Mississippi: Adams Amite Attala Claiborne Copiah Franklin Holmes Humphreys Issaquena Jefferson Jefferson Davis Lawrence Lincoln Madison Marion Pike Scott Sharkey Simpson Smith Walthall Wilkinson Yazoo Calhoun Carroll Chickasaw Choctaw Coahoma Itawamba Lafayette (Does not include the Holly Springs National Forest portion) Montgomery Noxubee Pontotoc (Does not include the Holly Spring National Forest portion) Prentiss Quitman Sunflower Tallahatchie Tishomingo Union (Does not include the Holly Springs National Forest portion) Washington Webster Winston Yalobusha * * * * * Meridian Indiana: Dearborn Kentucky: Boone Campbell Kenton Ohio: Clermont Hamilton Warren Area of Application. Survey area plus: Indiana: Franklin Ohio Ripley Switzerland Union Kentucky: Bracken Carroll Gallatin Grant Mason Pendleton Ohio: Adams Brown Butler Highland Survey Area Alabama: Choctaw Mississippi: Forrest Lamar Lauderdale Area of Application. Survey area plus: Alabama: Sumter Mississippi: Clarke Covington Greene Jasper Jones Kemper Leake Neshoba Newton Perry Wayne Northern Mississippi lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with RULES Survey Area Mississippi: Clay Grenada Lee Leflore Lowndes Monroe Oktibbeha Area of Application. Survey area plus: Mississippi: Alcorn Bolivar VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:31 Jan 03, 2020 Jkt 250001 OHIO Cincinnati Survey Area Cleveland Survey Area Ohio: Cuyahoga Geauga Lake Medina Area of Application. Survey area plus: Ohio: PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 9990 421 Ashland Ashtabula Carroll Columbiana Erie Huron Lorain Mahoning Portage Sandusky Seneca Stark Summit Trumbull Wayne Pennsylvania: Mercer Columbus Survey Area Ohio: Delaware Fairfield Franklin Licking Madison Pickaway Area of Application. Survey area plus: Ohio: Coshocton Crawford Fayette Guernsey Hancock Hardin Hocking Holmes Knox Marion Morrow Muskingum Perry Richland Ross Union Wyandot Dayton Survey Area Ohio: Champaign Clark Greene Miami Montgomery Preble Area of Application. Survey area plus: Indiana: Randolph Wayne Ohio: Auglaize Clinton Darke Logan Shelby * * * * * [FR Doc. 2019–28009 Filed 1–3–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6325–39–P E:\FR\FM\06JAR1.SGM 06JAR1

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Rules and Regulations
                                                Federal Register
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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. 

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Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 3 / Monday, January 6, 2020 / Rules 
and Regulations

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OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT

5 CFR Part 532

RIN 3206-AN87


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

AGENCY: U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is issuing a final 
rule to redefine the geographic boundaries of several appropriated fund 
Federal Wage System (FWS) wage areas for pay-setting purposes. Based on 
reviews of Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) boundaries in a number 
of wage areas, OPM is redefining the following wage areas: Washington, 
DC; Hagerstown-Martinsburg-Chambersburg, MD; Detroit, MI; Jackson, MS; 
Meridian, MS; and Cleveland, OH.

DATES: Effective February 5, 2020.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Madeline Gonzalez, by telephone at 
(202) 606-2858 or by email at [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On August 14, 2019, OPM issued a proposed 
rule (84 FR 40297) to redefine the following counties:
     Madison County, VA, from the Hagerstown-Martinsburg-
Chambersburg, MD, area of application to the Washington, DC, area of 
application;
     Ottawa County, OH, from the Cleveland, OH, area of 
application to the Detroit, MI, area of application;
     Covington County, MS, from the Jackson, MS, area of 
application to the Meridian, MS, area of application.
    The Federal Prevailing Rate Advisory Committee (FPRAC), the 
national labor-management committee responsible for advising OPM on 
matters concerning the pay of FWS employees, reviewed and recommended 
these changes by consensus.
    The 30-day comment period ended on September 13, 2019. OPM received 
two comments requesting OPM consider revising the definition of the 
Seattle-Everett-Tacoma, WA, FWS wage area. OPM must receive the advice 
of FPRAC before making any changes to wage area boundaries. The 
comments are therefore beyond the scope of the proposed rule.

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 rule is not an Executive Order 13771 regulatory action because 
this rule is not significant under E.O. 12866.

Regulatory Flexibility Act

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

Civil Justice Reform

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

Unfunded Mandates Act of 1995

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

Paperwork Reduction Act

    This 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 amending 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. In Appendix C to subpart B amend the table by revising the wage area 
listings for the District of Columbia and the States of Maryland, 
Michigan, Mississippi, and Ohio to read as follows:

Appendix C to Subpart B of Part 532--Appropriated Fund Wage and Survey 
Areas

* * * * *

Definitions of Wage Areas and Wage Area Survey Areas

* * * * *

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Washington, DC

Survey Area

District of Columbia:
    Washington, DC
Maryland:
    Charles
    Frederick
    Montgomery
    Prince George's
Virginia (cities):
    Alexandria

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    Fairfax
    Falls Church
    Manassas
    Manassas Park
Virginia (counties):
    Arlington
    Fairfax
    Loudoun
    Prince William

    Area of Application. Survey area plus:

Maryland:
    Calvert
    St. Mary's
Virginia (city):
    Fredericksburg
Virginia (counties):
    Clarke
    Culpeper
    Fauquier
    King George
    Madison
    Rappahannock
    Spotsylvania
    Stafford
    Warren
West Virginia:
    Jefferson
* * * * *

MARYLAND

Baltimore

Survey Area

Maryland (city):
    Baltimore
Maryland (counties):
    Anne Arundel
    Baltimore
    Carroll
    Harford
    Howard

    Area of Application. Survey area plus:

Maryland:
    Queen Anne's

Hagerstown-Martinsburg-Chambersburg

Survey Area

Maryland:
    Washington
Pennsylvania:
    Franklin
West Virginia:
    Berkeley

    Area of Application. Survey area plus:

Maryland:
    Allegany
    Garrett
Pennsylvania:
    Fulton
Virginia (cities):
    Harrisonburg
    Winchester
Virginia (counties):
    Frederick
    Page
    Rockingham
    Shenandoah
West Virginia:
    Hampshire
    Hardy
    Mineral
    Morgan
* * * * *

MICHIGAN

Detroit

Survey Area

Michigan:
    Lapeer
    Livingston
    Macomb
    Oakland
    St. Clair
    Wayne

    Area of Application. Survey area plus:

Michigan:
    Arenac
    Bay
    Clare
    Clinton
    Eaton
    Genesee
    Gladwin
    Gratiot
    Huron
    Ingham
    Isabella
    Lenawee
    Midland
    Monroe
    Saginaw
    Sanilac
    Shiawassee
    Tuscola
    Washtenaw
Ohio:
    Fulton
    Lucas
    Ottawa
    Wood

Northwestern Michigan

Survey Area

Michigan:
    Delta
    Dickinson
    Marquette

    Area of Application. Survey area plus:

Michigan:
    Alcona
    Alger
    Alpena
    Antrim
    Baraga
    Benzie
    Charlevoix
    Cheboygan
    Chippewa
    Crawford
    Emmet
    Gogebic
    Grand Traverse
    Houghton
    Iosco
    Iron
    Kalkaska
    Keweenaw
    Leelanau
    Luce
    Mackinac
    Manistee
    Menominee
    Missaukee
    Montmorency
    Ogemaw
    Ontonagon
    Oscoda
    Otsego
    Presque Isle
    Roscommon
    Schoolcraft
    Wexford

Southwestern Michigan

Survey Area

Michigan:
    Barry
    Calhoun
    Kalamazoo
    Van Buren

    Area of Application. Survey area plus:

Michigan:
    Allegan
    Berrien
    Branch
    Cass
    Hillsdale
    Ionia
    Jackson
    Kent
    Lake
    Mason
    Mecosta
    Montcalm
    Muskegon
    Newaygo
    Oceana
    Osceola
    Ottawa
    St. Joseph
* * * * *

MISSISSIPPI

Biloxi

Survey Area

Mississippi:
    Hancock
    Harrison
    Jackson
    Area of Application. Survey area plus:

Mississippi:
    George
    Pearl River
    Stone

Jackson

Survey Area

Mississippi:

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    Hinds
    Rankin
    Warren
    Area of Application. Survey area plus:

Mississippi:
    Adams
    Amite
    Attala
    Claiborne
    Copiah
    Franklin
    Holmes
    Humphreys
    Issaquena
    Jefferson
    Jefferson Davis
    Lawrence
    Lincoln
    Madison
    Marion
    Pike
    Scott
    Sharkey
    Simpson
    Smith
    Walthall
    Wilkinson
    Yazoo

Meridian

Survey Area

Alabama:
    Choctaw
Mississippi:
    Forrest
    Lamar
    Lauderdale

    Area of Application. Survey area plus:

Alabama:
    Sumter
Mississippi:
    Clarke
    Covington
    Greene
    Jasper
    Jones
    Kemper
    Leake
    Neshoba
    Newton
    Perry
    Wayne

Northern Mississippi

Survey Area

Mississippi:
    Clay
    Grenada
    Lee
    Leflore
    Lowndes
    Monroe
    Oktibbeha
    Area of Application. Survey area plus:

Mississippi:
    Alcorn
    Bolivar
    Calhoun
    Carroll
    Chickasaw
    Choctaw
    Coahoma
    Itawamba
    Lafayette (Does not include the Holly Springs National Forest 
portion)
    Montgomery
    Noxubee
    Pontotoc (Does not include the Holly Spring National Forest 
portion)
    Prentiss
    Quitman
    Sunflower
    Tallahatchie
    Tishomingo
    Union (Does not include the Holly Springs National Forest portion)
    Washington
    Webster
    Winston
    Yalobusha
* * * * *

OHIO

Cincinnati

Survey Area

Indiana:
    Dearborn
Kentucky:
    Boone
    Campbell
    Kenton
Ohio:
    Clermont
    Hamilton
    Warren
    Area of Application. Survey area plus:

Indiana:
    Franklin
    Ohio
    Ripley
    Switzerland
    Union
Kentucky:
    Bracken
    Carroll
    Gallatin
    Grant
    Mason
    Pendleton
Ohio:
    Adams
    Brown
    Butler
    Highland

Cleveland

Survey Area

Ohio:
    Cuyahoga
    Geauga
    Lake
    Medina

    Area of Application. Survey area plus:

Ohio:
    Ashland
    Ashtabula
    Carroll
    Columbiana
    Erie
    Huron
    Lorain
    Mahoning
    Portage
    Sandusky
    Seneca
    Stark
    Summit
    Trumbull
    Wayne
Pennsylvania:
    Mercer

Columbus

Survey Area

Ohio:
    Delaware
    Fairfield
    Franklin
    Licking
    Madison
    Pickaway

    Area of Application. Survey area plus:

Ohio:
    Coshocton
    Crawford
    Fayette
    Guernsey
    Hancock
    Hardin
    Hocking
    Holmes
    Knox
    Marion
    Morrow
    Muskingum
    Perry
    Richland
    Ross
    Union
    Wyandot

Dayton

Survey Area

Ohio:
    Champaign
    Clark
    Greene
    Miami
    Montgomery
    Preble

    Area of Application. Survey area plus:

Indiana:
    Randolph
    Wayne
Ohio:
    Auglaize
    Clinton
    Darke
    Logan
    Shelby
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