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Submission for OMB Review: Comment Request for A Revised Information Collection: OPM Online Form 1417
Document Number: 05-4902
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-14
Agency: Office of Personnel Management, Personnel Management Office, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13, May 22, 1995), this notice announces that the Office of Personnel Management has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget a request for a revised information collection. Online OPM Form 1417, Combined Federal Campaign Results Form, is used to collect information from the 320 local CFC's around the country to verify campaign results. Revisions to the form clarify OPM's request for budgeted campaign costs and provide the ability to create a printer friendly copy of the report. We estimate 320 Online OPM Forms 1417 are completed annually. Each form takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. The annual estimated burden is 107 hours. For copies of this proposal, contact Mary Beth Smith-Toomey on (202) 606-8358, FAX (202) 418-3251 or e-mail to mbtoomey@opm.gov. Please be sure to include a mailing address with your request.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request for Review of a Revised Information Collection: RI 38-47
Document Number: 05-4901
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-14
Agency: Office of Personnel Management, Personnel Management Office, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13, May 22, 1995), this notice announces that the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget a request for review of a revised information collection. Information and Instructions on Your Reconsideration Rights, RI 38-47, outlines the procedures required to request reconsideration of an initial OPM decision about Civil Service or Federal Employees retirement, Federal or Retired Federal Employees Health Benefits requests to enroll or change enrollment, or Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance coverage. This form lists the procedures and time periods required for requesting reconsideration. Approximately 3,100 annuitants and survivors request reconsideration annually. We estimate it takes approximately 45 minutes to apply. The annual burden is 2,325 hours. For copies of this proposal, contact Mary Beth Smith-Toomey on (202) 606-8358, FAX (202) 418-3251 or via e-mail to mbtoomey@opm.gov. Please include a mailing address with your request.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request for Revision of an Expiring Information Collection: Mail Reinterview Form (OFI 10), OMB No. 3206-0106
Document Number: 05-3838
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-01
Agency: Office of Personnel Management, Personnel Management Office, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13), this notice announces that the Office of Personnel Management has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request for revision of an expiring information collection (Mail Reinterview Form OFI 10; OMB No. 3206-0106). OPM sends the OFI 10 questionnaire to a random sampling of record and personal sources contacted during background investigations when investigators have performed fieldwork. The OFI 10 is used as a quality control instrument designed to ensure the accuracy and integrity of the investigative product, as it inquires of the sources about the investigative procedure employed by the investigator, the investigator's professionalism, and the information discussed and reported. It is estimated that 9,600 OFI 10 forms are sent to individual sources annually. Of those, it is estimated that 5,600 individuals respond. We anticipate sending and receiving a similar number of OFI 10 forms in the years ahead. Each form takes approximately six minutes to complete. The estimated annual burden is 560 hours. For copies of this proposal, contact Mary Beth Smith-Toomey on (202) 606-8358, Fax (202) 418-3251 or e-mail to mbtoomey@opm.gov. Please be sure to include a mailing address with your request.
Implementation of Title II of the Notification and Federal Employee Antidiscrimination and Retaliation Act of 2002
Document Number: 05-3840
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-02-28
Agency: Office of Personnel Management, Personnel Management Office, Agencies and Commissions
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is proposing regulations to carry out the notification and training requirements of the Notification and Federal Employees Antidiscrimination and Retaliation Act of 2002 (No FEAR Act). This rule will implement the notice and training provisions of the No FEAR Act.
Privacy Act of 1994; Computer Matching Programs; Office of Personnel Management/Social Security Administration
Document Number: 05-3580
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-02-24
Agency: Office of Personnel Management, Personnel Management Office, Agencies and Commissions
OPM is publishing notice of its computer matching program with the Social Security Administration (SSA) to meet the reporting requirements of Pub. L. 100-503. The purpose of this match is for SSA to establish the conditions under which the SSA agrees to disclose tax return and/or Social Security benefit information to OPM. The SSA records will be used in redetermining and recomputing the benefits of certain annuitants and survivors whose computations are based, in part, on military service performed after December 1956 under the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) and certain annuitants and survivors whose annuity computation under the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) have a CSRS component.
Excepted Service
Document Number: 05-3233
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-02-22
Agency: Office of Personnel Management, Personnel Management Office, Agencies and Commissions
This gives notice of OPM decisions granting authority to make appointments under Schedules A, B and C in the excepted service as required by 5 CFR 6.6 and 213.103.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request for Revision of an Expiring Information Collection: Fingerprint Chart Standard Form 87 (SF-87) and Standard Form 87A (SF-87A)
Document Number: 05-3232
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-02-22
Agency: Office of Personnel Management, Personnel Management Office, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13), this notice announces that the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request for revision of an expiring information collection (Fingerprint Charts SF-87 and SF-87A; OMB No. 3206-0150). The Fingerprint Charts are used in processing fingerprint checks submitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to assist in determining whether an applicant is suitable for Federal employment or should be granted a security clearance. The SF-87 and SF-87A are completed by applicants to, or incumbents of, Government positions, positions for the Government under contract, or by military personnel as a basis of any criminal history check to establish that such persons are suitable for employment or retention in employment, or employment or retention as a contractor. It is estimated that 363,500 SF-87 or SF-87A inquiries are sent to individuals annually. Each form takes approximately five minutes to complete. The estimated annual burden is approximately 28,630 hours. The Privacy Act and Public Burden language was updated to reference the applicable executive order and reflect the correct title of the forms officer for OPM, respectively. For copies of this proposal, contact Mary Beth Smith-Toomey on (202) 606-8358, Fax (202) 418-3251 or e-mail to mbtoomey@opm.gov. Please be sure to include a mailing address with your request.
Federal Prevailing Rate Advisory Committee; Open Committee Meetings
Document Number: 05-2811
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-02-15
Agency: Office of Personnel Management, Personnel Management Office, Agencies and Commissions
National Security Personnel System
Document Number: 05-2582
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-02-14
Agency: Office of Personnel Management, Department of Defense
The Department of Defense (DoD) and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) are issuing proposed regulations to establish the National Security Personnel System (NSPS), a human resources management system for the DoD, as authorized by the National Defense Authorization Act (Pub. L. 108-136, November 24, 2003). NSPS governs basic pay, staffing, classification, performance management, labor relations, adverse actions, and employee appeals. NSPS aligns DoD's human resources management system with the Department's critical mission requirements and protects the civil service rights of its employees.
Comment Request for OMB Review of an Extension of the Nonforeign Area Cost-of-Living Allowance Price and Background Surveys
Document Number: 05-1728
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-02-01
Agency: Office of Personnel Management, Personnel Management Office, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) seeks comments on its intention to request an extension of two currently approved information collections. OPM uses the two collections, a Price Survey and a Background Survey, to gather data it uses to determine cost-of-living allowances the Government provides to certain Federal employees in Alaska, Hawaii, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. OPM conducts Price Surveys in the Washington, DC, area on an annual basis and once every 3 years in each allowance area on a rotating basis. Prior to these surveys, OPM conducts Background Surveys that are similar to the Price Survey, but much more limited in scope. OPM uses the results of the Background Surveys to prepare for the Price Surveys.
Department of Homeland Security Human Resources Management System
Document Number: 05-1629
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-02-01
Agency: Office of Personnel Management, Department of Homeland Security
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS or the Department) and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) are issuing final regulations to establish a new human resources management system within DHS, as authorized by the Homeland Security Act of 2002. The affected subsystems include those governing basic pay, classification, performance management, labor relations, adverse actions, and employee appeals. These changes are designed to ensure that the Department's human resources management system aligns with its critical mission requirements without compromising the statutorily protected civil service rights of its employees.
Voluntary Separation Incentive Payments
Document Number: 05-1483
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-01-27
Agency: Office of Personnel Management, Personnel Management Office, Agencies and Commissions
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is issuing final regulations on Voluntary Separation Incentive Payments (generally known as ``VSIPs'' or ``buyouts''). These final regulations explain how an agency requests authority from OPM to offer Voluntary Separation Incentive Payments under the Chief Human Capital Officers Act of 2002, which applies to most executive branch agencies. These final regulations also explain how agencies must inform employees returning from military leave of any Voluntary Separation Incentive Payment offers they may have missed while on military leave. Finally, these regulations explain how in exceptional circumstances an agency that is hiring a former employee who previously received a Voluntary Separation Incentive Payment may request that OPM waive the general requirement that the individual repay the incentive if reemployed in the Government within 5 years of receiving the incentive.
Pay Administration (General)
Document Number: 05-1457
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-01-27
Agency: Office of Personnel Management, Personnel Management Office, Agencies and Commissions
The Office of Personnel Management is issuing interim regulations to implement a provision of the Federal Workforce Flexibility Act of 2004, which established a new form of compensatory time off for time spent by an employee in a travel status away from the employee's official duty station when such time is not otherwise compensable.
Excepted Service
Document Number: 05-1456
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-01-27
Agency: Office of Personnel Management, Personnel Management Office, Agencies and Commissions
This gives notice of OPM decisions granting authority to make appointments under Schedules A, B and C in the excepted service as required by 5 CFR 6.6 and 213.103.
Proposed Collection; Comment Request for Proposed Clearance of Revised Information Collections
Document Number: 05-1280
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-01-25
Agency: Office of Personnel Management, Personnel Management Office, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13), this notice announces that the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) intends to submit to the Office of Management and Budget a request for clearance of these information collections: Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions, Standard Form 85 (SF 85); Questionnaire for Public Trust Positions, Standard Form 85P (SF 85P); Supplemental Questionnaire for Selected Positions, Standard Form 85P-S (SF 85P-S); Questionnaire for National Security Positions, Standard Form 86 (SF 86); Continuation Sheet for Questionnaires SF 86, 85P, and 85, Standard Form 86A (SF 86A); Certification Statement for SF 86, Standard Form SF 86C (SF 86C); and Parallel, electronic versions of the SF 85, SF 85P, and SF 86, including accompanying releases, housed in a system named e-QIP (Electronic Questionnaires for Investigations Processing) These information collections are completed by applicants for, or incumbents of, Government positions, or positions for the Government under contract, or by military personnel. The collections are used as the basis of information for background investigations to establish that such persons are suitable for: Employment or retention in employment; Employment or retention as contractor; or eligible for: A public trust position; or Employment or retention as a Federal employee, Federal contractor or military personnel in a sensitive or national security position requiring access to classified national security information or special nuclear information or material. When use is necessary, the SF 86A is used in lieu of blank paper as a continuation of the form with which its use is associated and not for any unique purpose exclusive from the associated form. Comments are particularly invited on: Whether this collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of functions of the Office of Personnel Management and its Center for Federal Investigative Services, which administers background investigations; Whether our estimate of the public burden of this collection is accurate, and based on valid assumptions and methodology; and Ways in which we can minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, through use of the appropriate technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Ways in which we can enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected. The SF 85, SF 85P, SF 85P-S, SF 86, SF 86A, and SF 86C are completed by both employees of the Federal Government and individuals not employed with the Federal Government, including Federal contractors, and military personnel. Federal employees are defined as those individuals who are employed as civilian or military personnel with the Federal Government. Non- Federal employees include members of the general public and all individuals employed as Federal and military contractors, or individuals otherwise not directly employed by the Federal Government. It is estimated that 17,000 non-Federal individuals will complete the SF 85 annually. Each form takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. The estimated annual public burden is 8,500 hours. It is estimated that 49,000 non-Federal individuals will complete the SF 85P annually. Each form takes approximately 60 minutes to complete. The estimated annual burden is 49,000 hours. It is estimated that 3,600 non-Federal individuals will complete the SF 85P-S annually. Each form takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. The estimated annual burden is 600 hours. It is estimated that 56,000 non-Federal individuals will complete the SF 86 annually. Each form takes approximately 90 minutes to complete. The estimated annual burden is 84,000 hours. It is estimated that 16,000 non-Federal individuals will complete the SF 86A annually. When this continuation form is used, however, no public burden estimate is provided as it is included with the time computed with the associated security questionnaire. It is estimated that 1,200 non-Federal individuals will complete the SF 86C annually. Each form takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. The estimated annual burden is 300 hours. e-QIP (Electronic Questionnaires for Investigations Processing) is a Web-based system application that houses or will house electronic versions or the SF 86, SF 85P, SF 85P-S, and SF 85. The SF 86 is in full production and the SF 85P, SF 85P-S and SF 85 will be available for full production by early 2005. This Internet data collection tool is used in place ofnot in addition tothe paper versions of these forms. Individuals using the e-QIP versions will enjoy more convenience, faster processing time, and immediate data validation to ensure accuracy of their personal history information. The data requested on these forms is consistent with that requested on their paper counterparts. e-QIP is a newly implemented system, which accounts for approximately 5% of all security forms submitted at this time. As implementation among Federal agencies expands, it is anticipated that the percentage of all security forms processed through e-QIP will exceed 50% by 2006. While e-QIP will significantly enhance the processing of security questionnaires for processing of background investigations, we do not expect an immediate discernable change to the public burden hours from those cited above for identical paper versions of the forms. For copies of this proposal, contact Mary Beth Smith-Toomey on (202) 606-8358, Fax (202) 418-3251, or e-mail at mbtoomey@opm.gov. Please be sure to include a mailing address with your request.
Proposed Collection; Comment Request for Review of a Revised Information Collection: RI 34-1 and RI 34-3
Document Number: 05-758
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-01-14
Agency: Office of Personnel Management, Personnel Management Office, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13, May 22, 1995), this notice announces that the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) intends to submit to the Office of Management and Budget a request for review of a revised information collection. RI 34-1, Financial Resources Questionnaire, collects detailed financial information for use by OPM to determine whether to agree to a waiver, compromise, or adjustment of the collection of erroneous payments from the Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund. RI 34-3, Notice of Amount Due Because of Annuity Overpayment, informs the annuitant about the overpayment and collects information from the annuitant about how repayment will be made. Comments are particularly invited on: Whether this collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of functions of OPM, and whether it will have practical utility; whether our estimate of the public burden of this collection is accurate, and based on valid assumptions and methodology; and ways in which we can minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, through use of the appropriate technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Approximately 520 RI 34-1 and 1,561 RI 34-3 forms are completed annually. Each form takes approximately 60 minutes to complete. The annual estimated burden is 520 hours and 1,561 hours respectively. For copies of this proposal, contact Mary Beth Smith-Toomey on (202) 606-8358, FAX (202) 418-3251 or via e-mail to mbtoomey@opm.gov. Please include a mailing address with your request.
Solicitation of Federal Civilian and Uniformed Service Personnel for Contributions To Private Voluntary Organizations
Document Number: 05-745
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-01-14
Agency: Office of Personnel Management, Personnel Management Office, Agencies and Commissions
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is implementing a Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) pilot program for up to 16 Local Federal Coordinating Committees (LFCC) to allow them to enter into two- year agreements with non-profit organizations to serve as the Principal Combined Fund Organization (PCFO). These agreements would be subject to renewal after the first year, following a review of performance as defined by the CFC regulations at 5 CFR Part 950, subparts A, D through F, and I. The primary objective of the pilot program is to assess the potential impact of the multi-year agreements in advance of a possible proposal for a permanent amendment to the CFC regulations and nationwide implementation with particular attention on: (a) Potential for costs savings; (b) potential to promote competition; (c) serve as incentive for mergers; and (d) potential need for new regulatory safeguards.
Excepted Service; Consolidated Listing of Schedules A, B, and C Exceptions
Document Number: 05-533
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-01-12
Agency: Office of Personnel Management, Personnel Management Office, Agencies and Commissions
This gives a consolidated notice of all positions excepted under Schedules A, B, and C as of June 30, 2004, as required by Civil Service Rule VI, Exceptions from the Competitive Service.
Excepted Service-Appointment for Persons With Disabilities and Career and Career-Conditional Employment
Document Number: 05-456
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-01-11
Agency: Office of Personnel Management, Personnel Management Office, Agencies and Commissions
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is proposing changes to existing regulations regarding the excepted appointments of persons with mental retardation, severe physical, and psychiatric disabilities. These changes will provide agencies the authority to determine, on a case-by-case basis, whether these individuals can receive an excepted appointment based solely on medical documentation submitted by the applicant. We also propose to consolidate three excepted appointing authorities for persons with the above disabilities into one authority.
Proposed Collection; Comment Request for Review of an Expiring Information Collection: RI 20-80
Document Number: 05-455
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-01-11
Agency: Office of Personnel Management, Personnel Management Office, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13, May 22, 1995), this notice announces that the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) intends to submit to the Office of Management and Budget a request for review of an expiring information collection. RI 20-80, Alternative Annuity Election, is used for individuals who are eligible to elect whether to receive a reduced annuity and a lump-sum payment equal to their retirement contributions (alternative form of annuity) or an unreduced annuity and no lump sum. Approximately 200 RI 20-80 forms are completed annually. We estimate it takes approximately 20 minutes to complete this form. The annual burden is 67 hours. Comments are particularly invited on: Whether this collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of functions of OPM, and whether it will have practical utility; whether our estimate of the public burden of this collection of information is accurate, and based on valid assumptions and methodology; and ways in which we can minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, through the use of appropriate technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. For copies of this proposal, contact Mary Beth Smith-Toomey on (202) 606-8358, fax (202) 418-3251 or via e-mail to mbtoomey@opm.gov. Please include a mailing address with your request.
Restoration to Duty From Uniformed Service or Compensable Injury; Payrates and Systems (General); Pay Under the General Schedule; Pay Administration (General); Pay Administration Under the Fair Labor Standards Act; Recruitment and Relocation Bonuses; Retention Allowances; Supervisory Differentials; Hours of Duty; and Absence and Leave
Document Number: 04-28544
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-01-05
Agency: Office of Personnel Management, Personnel Management Office, Agencies and Commissions
The Office of Personnel Management is issuing proposed regulations to amend the rules concerning the determination of official duty station for location-based pay entitlements, compensatory time off for religious observance, hours of work and alternative work schedules, and absence and leave. In addition, the proposed regulations are being issued to aid and support the standardization of pay policies under the e-Payroll initiative. The regulations have been rewritten and, in some instances, reordered to enhance reader understanding.