Prevailing Rate Systems; Redefinition of the Little Rock, Arkansas, and Tulsa, Oklahoma, Appropriated Fund Federal Wage System Wage Areas, 38273-38274 [2020-12805]

Download as PDF 38273 Rules and Regulations Federal Register Vol. 85, No. 124 Friday, June 26, 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–AN95 Prevailing Rate Systems; Redefinition of the Little Rock, Arkansas, and Tulsa, Oklahoma, Appropriated Fund Federal Wage System Wage Areas 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 the Little Rock, Arkansas, and Tulsa, Oklahoma, appropriated fund Federal Wage System (FWS) wage areas. The final rule will redefine the Fort Chaffee portion of Franklin County, AR, to the Tulsa wage area. This change is based on a consensus recommendation of the Federal Prevailing Rate Advisory Committee (FPRAC). jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with RULES DATES: Effective date: June 26, 2020. Applicability date: This change applies on the first day of the first applicable pay period beginning on or after July 27, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Madeline Gonzalez, by telephone at (202) 606–2858 or by email at pay-leavepolicy@opm.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On February 13, 2020, OPM issued a proposed rule (85 FR 8205) to redefine the Fort Chaffee portion of Franklin County, AR, from the Little Rock, AR, wage area to the Tulsa, OK, wage area. FPRAC, the national labormanagement 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 March 16, 2020. OPM received one 16:24 Jun 25, 2020 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. 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). This rule does not impose any new reporting or record-keeping requirements subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act. 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 SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 comment supporting the move of the Fort Chaffee portion of Franklin County to the Tulsa wage area and asking OPM to define Monroe County, PA, from the Scranton-Wilkes-Barre, PA, wage area to the New York, NY, wage area. The wage area definition of Monroe County is beyond the scope of this rule. Jkt 250001 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. 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 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. Appendix C to Subpart B of Part 532— Appropriated Fund Wage and Survey Areas 2. In Appendix C to subpart B amend the table by revising the wage area listings for the States of Arkansas and Oklahoma to read as follows: ■ Definitions of Wage Areas and Wage Area Survey Areas 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 PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 * * * ARKANSAS Little Rock Survey Area * * Arkansas: Jefferson Pulaski Saline Area of Application. Survey area plus: Arkansas: Arkansas Ashley Baxter Boone Bradley Calhoun Chicot Clay E:\FR\FM\26JNR1.SGM 26JNR1 38274 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 124 / Friday, June 26, 2020 / Rules and Regulations Clark Cleburne Cleveland Conway Dallas Desha Drew Faulkner Franklin (Does not include the Fort Chaffee portion) Fulton Garland Grant Greene Hot Spring Independence Izard Jackson Johnson Lawrence Lincoln Logan Lonoke Marion Monroe Montgomery Newton Ouachita Perry Phillips Pike Polk Pope Prairie Randolph Scott Searcy Sharp Stone Union Van Buren White Woodruff Yell jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with RULES * * * * OKLAHOMA Oklahoma City Survey Area * Oklahoma: Canadian Cleveland McClain Oklahoma Pottawatomie Area of Application. Survey area plus: Oklahoma: Alfalfa Atoka Beckham Blaine Bryan Caddo Carter Coal Custer Dewey Ellis Garfield Garvin Grady Grant Harper Hughes Johnston Kingfisher VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:57 Jun 25, 2020 Jkt 250001 Lincoln Logan Love Major Marshall Murray Noble Payne Pontotoc Roger Mills Seminole Washita Woods Woodward final rule to revise the component designations of three agencies for purposes of the one-year postemployment conflict of interest restriction for senior employees. Specifically, based on the recommendations of the agencies concerned, OGE is designating two new components in appendix B to 5 CFR part 2641, and correcting an inadvertent error in the current appendix B listing of a previously-designated component. Tulsa Survey Area DATES: Oklahoma: Creek Mayes Muskogee Osage Pittsburg Rogers Tulsa Wagoner Area of Application. Survey area plus: Arkansas: Benton Carroll Crawford Franklin (Only includes the Fort Chaffee portion) Madison Sebastian Washington Missouri: McDonald Oklahoma: Adair Cherokee Choctaw Craig Delaware Haskell Kay Latimer LeFlore McCurtain McIntosh Nowata Okfuskee Okmulgee Ottawa Pawnee Pushmataha Sequoyah Washington * * * * * [FR Doc. 2020–12805 Filed 6–25–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6325–39–P OFFICE OF GOVERNMENT ETHICS 5 CFR Part 2641 RIN 3209–AA44 Post-Employment Conflict of Interest Restrictions; Revision of Departmental Component Designations AGENCY: Office of Government ACTION: Final rule. Ethics. The U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE) is issuing this SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 This rule is effective June 26, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kimberly L. Sikora Panza, Associate Counsel, Telephone: (202) 482–9300. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background The Director of OGE (Director) is authorized by 18 U.S.C. 207(h) to designate distinct and separate departmental or agency components in the executive branch for purposes of 18 U.S.C. 207(c), the one-year postemployment conflict of interest restriction for senior employees. Under 18 U.S.C. 207(h)(2), component designations do not apply to persons employed at a rate of pay specified in or fixed according to subchapter II of 5 U.S.C. chapter 53 (the Executive Schedule). Component designations are listed in appendix B to 5 CFR part 2641. The representational bar of 18 U.S.C. 207(c) usually extends to the whole of any department or agency in which a former senior employee served in any capacity during the year prior to termination from a senior employee position. However, 18 U.S.C. 207(h) provides that whenever the Director determines that an agency or bureau within a department or agency in the executive branch exercises functions which are distinct and separate from the remaining functions of the department or agency and there exists no potential for use of undue influence or unfair advantage based on past Government service, the Director shall by rule designate such agency or bureau as a separate component of that department or agency. Pursuant to the procedures prescribed in 5 CFR 2641.302(e), three agencies forwarded written requests to OGE to amend their listings in appendix B to part 2641, and on February 7, 2020, OGE published a proposed rule in the Federal Register that proposed to revise the component designations of those agencies (85 FR 7252). The proposed rule provided a 30-day comment period, which ended on March 9, 2020. OGE E:\FR\FM\26JNR1.SGM 26JNR1

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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. 124 / Friday, June 26, 2020 / Rules 
and Regulations

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OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT

5 CFR Part 532

RIN 3206-AN95


Prevailing Rate Systems; Redefinition of the Little Rock, 
Arkansas, and Tulsa, Oklahoma, Appropriated Fund Federal Wage System 
Wage Areas

AGENCY: 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 the Little Rock, 
Arkansas, and Tulsa, Oklahoma, appropriated fund Federal Wage System 
(FWS) wage areas. The final rule will redefine the Fort Chaffee portion 
of Franklin County, AR, to the Tulsa wage area. This change is based on 
a consensus recommendation of the Federal Prevailing Rate Advisory 
Committee (FPRAC).

DATES: 
    Effective date: June 26, 2020.
    Applicability date: This change applies on the first day of the 
first applicable pay period beginning on or after July 27, 2020.

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On February 13, 2020, OPM issued a proposed 
rule (85 FR 8205) to redefine the Fort Chaffee portion of Franklin 
County, AR, from the Little Rock, AR, wage area to the Tulsa, OK, wage 
area.
    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 March 16, 2020. OPM received one 
comment supporting the move of the Fort Chaffee portion of Franklin 
County to the Tulsa wage area and asking OPM to define Monroe County, 
PA, from the Scranton-Wilkes-Barre, PA, wage area to the New York, NY, 
wage area. The wage area definition of Monroe County is beyond the 
scope of this 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.

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

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2. In Appendix C to subpart B amend the table by revising the wage area 
listings for the States of Arkansas and Oklahoma to read as follows:

Definitions of Wage Areas and Wage Area Survey Areas

 
 
 
 
                                * * * * *
                                ARKANSAS
 
                               Little Rock
 
                               Survey Area
Arkansas:
  Jefferson
  Pulaski
  Saline
 
                 Area of Application. Survey area plus:
 
Arkansas:
  Arkansas
  Ashley
  Baxter
  Boone
  Bradley
  Calhoun
  Chicot
  Clay

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  Clark
  Cleburne
  Cleveland
  Conway
  Dallas
  Desha
  Drew
  Faulkner
  Franklin (Does not include the Fort Chaffee portion)
  Fulton
  Garland
  Grant
  Greene
  Hot Spring
  Independence
  Izard
  Jackson
  Johnson
  Lawrence
  Lincoln
  Logan
  Lonoke
  Marion
  Monroe
  Montgomery
  Newton
  Ouachita
  Perry
  Phillips
  Pike
  Polk
  Pope
  Prairie
  Randolph
  Scott
  Searcy
  Sharp
  Stone
  Union
  Van Buren
  White
  Woodruff
  Yell
 
                                * * * * *
                                OKLAHOMA
 
                              Oklahoma City
 
                               Survey Area
Oklahoma:
  Canadian
  Cleveland
  McClain
  Oklahoma
  Pottawatomie
 
                 Area of Application. Survey area plus:
 
Oklahoma:
  Alfalfa
  Atoka
  Beckham
  Blaine
  Bryan
  Caddo
  Carter
  Coal
  Custer
  Dewey
  Ellis
  Garfield
  Garvin
  Grady
  Grant
  Harper
  Hughes
  Johnston
  Kingfisher
  Lincoln
  Logan
  Love
  Major
  Marshall
  Murray
  Noble
  Payne
  Pontotoc
  Roger Mills
  Seminole
  Washita
  Woods
  Woodward
                                  Tulsa
 
                               Survey Area
Oklahoma:
  Creek
  Mayes
  Muskogee
  Osage
  Pittsburg
  Rogers
  Tulsa
  Wagoner
 
                 Area of Application. Survey area plus:
 
Arkansas:
  Benton
  Carroll
  Crawford
  Franklin (Only includes the Fort Chaffee portion)
  Madison
  Sebastian
  Washington
Missouri:
  McDonald
Oklahoma:
  Adair
  Cherokee
  Choctaw
  Craig
  Delaware
  Haskell
  Kay
  Latimer
  LeFlore
  McCurtain
  McIntosh
  Nowata
  Okfuskee
  Okmulgee
  Ottawa
  Pawnee
  Pushmataha
  Sequoyah
  Washington
 

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