Office of Personnel Management 2008 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request for Revised Information Collection; 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 85PS (SF 85PS); Questionnaire for National Security Positions, Standard Form 86 (Sf 86); Continuation Sheet for Questionnaires SF 85, 85P, and 86, Standard Form 86a (Sf 86a); and Certification Statement for SF 86 (SF 86C)
Document Number: E8-31144
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-31
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) submitted to the Office of Management and Budget a request for review and clearance of the revised collection of information, Questionnaires for National Security, Public Trust, and Non-Sensitive Positions (OMB Control No. 3206-0005), which includes the following electronic, on-line collection instruments: Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions, Standard Form 85 (SF 85); Questionnaire for Public Trust Positions, Standard Form 85P (SF 85P); and Questionnaire for National Security Positions, Standard Form 86 (SF 86). This notice also announces that the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) submitted to the Office of Management and Budget a request to discontinue clearance of the Continuation Sheet for Questionnaires SF 85, 85P, and 86, Standard Form 86A (SF 86A), the Certification Statement for SF 86, Standard Form SF 86C (SF 86C); and the Supplemental Questionnaire for Selected Positions, Standard Form 85PS (SF 85PS), which were formerly included in the collection (OMB Control No. 3206-0005). These information collections are completed by respondents for, or incumbents of, Government positions or positions for the Government under contract, or by military personnel. The collections are used as the basis for background investigations to establish that such persons are: Suitable for employment or retention in the position; Suitable for employment or retention in a public trust position; Suitable for employment or retention in a national security position; and Eligible for access to classified national security information. We are discontinuing request for clearance of the SF 86A, SF 86C, and SF 85PS, and propose that these collections be eliminated. The SF 86A is currently used as a continuation of the form with which its use is associated and not for any unique purpose exclusive from the associated form. It is proposed that the SF 86A be eliminated as it is not necessary when e-QIP is used. Additionally, GSA has requested that the Standard Forms be available to customers in electronic format only. They will no longer be stocking the paper forms. The SF 86C is currently used in lieu of completing a new SF 86 to allow the individual to indicate that there have been no changes in the data provided on the most recently filed SF 86 or to allow the individual to easily provide new or changed information. The electronic format of the proposed SF 86 eliminates the need for a separate SF 86C. It is proposed that the SF 85PS be eliminated because the questions formerly on the SF 85PS now reside on the SF 85P. The SF 85, SF 85P, and SF 86 are completed by both employees of the Federal Government and individuals not employed with the Federal Government, to include Federal and military contractors. 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 47,700 non-Federal individuals will complete the SF 85 annually. Each form takes approximately 100 minutes to complete. The estimated annual public burden is 79,500 hours. It is estimated that 98,700 non-Federal individuals will complete the SF 85P annually. Each form takes approximately 150 minutes to complete. The estimated annual burden is 246,750 hours. It is estimated that 21,800 non-Federal individuals will complete the SF 86 annually. Each form takes approximately 150 minutes to complete. The estimated annual burden is 54,500 hours. e-QIP (Electronic Questionnaires for Investigations Processing) is a web-based system application that currently houses electronic versions of the SF 85, SF 85P, and SF 86. This internet data collection tool provides faster processing time and immediate data validation to ensure accuracy of the respondent's personal information. The e- Government initiative mandates that agencies utilize e-QIP for all investigations and reinvestigations. A variable in assessing burden hours is the nature of the electronic application. The electronic application includes branching questions and instructions which provide for a tailored collection from the respondent based on varying factors in the respondent's personal history. The burden on the respondent is reduced when the respondent's personal history is not relevant to a particular question, since the question branches, or expands for additional details, only for those persons who have pertinent information to provide regarding that line of questioning. As such, the burden on the respondent will vary depending on whether the information collection relates to the respondent's personal history. Additionally, once entered, a respondent's complete and certified investigative data remains secured in the e-QIP system until the next time the respondent is sponsored by an agency to complete a new investigative form. Upon initiation, the respondent's previously entered data (except `yes/no' questions) will populate a new investigative request and the respondent will be allowed to update their information and certify the data. In this instance, time to complete the form is reduced significantly. The 60-day Federal Register Notice was published June 23, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 121, pages 35421-35422). The following Federal agencies or agency organizations made comments during the public comment period: Social Security Administration, Joint Security and Suitability Reform Team, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Agency for International Development, Department of Homeland Security, Central Intelligence Agency, Department of Transportation, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Department of State, Department of State Mental Health Services, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Defense Personnel Security Research Center, Department of Energy, and internal commentators from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). The vast majority of comments were from OPM internal commentators and focused on administrative issues related to the formatting of the instructions and questions on the former paper collection. Most comments from other agencies focused on changes to the collection of mental health treatment information relative to treatment resulting from service in a military combat environment. Comments which most substantially affected the proposed revisions of the SF 85P and SF 86 were considered in light of the intent of Executive Order 13467 to align using consistent standards to the extent possible policies and procedures relating to suitability, contractor employee fitness, eligibility to hold a sensitive position, access to federally controlled facilities and information systems, and eligibility for access to classified information. As a result of reforms to investigative processes, the SF 85, SF 85P, and SF 86 were expanded to collect from the respondent more accurate and relevant information that is of investigative and adjudicative significance earlier in the investigative process, thus increasing the length of the collections. As a result of public comment, significant and substantial changes were made to the SF 85, SF 85P, and SF 86. Such changes to the SF 85 include revision to questions 9, 10, 17, 18, 21, and the addition of new questions 19, 20, and 22. These question numbers reflect renumbering to accommodate the addition of new areas of questioning. Changes to the SF 85P include revisions to questions 9, 10, 15, 17b, 18, 20c, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26 and the addition of questions 19, 20a, 20b, 21, 27, 28, and 29. Changes to the SF 86 include revisions to questions 19, 20a, 20b, 20c, 21, 22, 23, 24, and 29. Due to the extensive nature of the comments, they have been consolidated in a matrix and are available upon request. For copies of this proposal, contact Mary-Kay Brewer on 703-305- 1002, Fax 703-603-0576, or e-mail at marykay.brewer@opm.gov. Please be sure to include a mailing address with your request.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request for Reclearance of an Expiring Information Collection: OMB Control No. 3206-0106; Form INV 10, “Mail Reinterview Form”
Document Number: E8-30296
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-22
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13), this notice announces that the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request for re-clearance of an expiring information collection, Mail Reinterview Form (INV 10), OMB Control No. 3206-0106. OPM sends the INV 10 questionnaire to a random sampling of record and personal sources contacted during background investigations when investigators have performed fieldwork. The INV 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 114,000 INV 10 forms are sent to individual sources annually. Of those, it is estimated that 50,000 individuals respond. We anticipate sending and receiving a similar number of INV 10 forms in the years ahead. Each form takes approximately six minutes to complete. The estimated annual burden is 5,000 hours. We received no comments as a result of the 60-day Federal Register Notice, published in the Federal Register on June 19, 2008. Therefore, we determined that this collection of information continues to be necessary for the proper performance of functions of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and its Federal Investigative Services Division, which administers its background investigations. Further, we maintain that our estimate of the public burden of this collection is accurate, based on valid assumptions and methodology. The existing reinterview questionnaire addresses all of the questions relevant to ensure the accuracy and integrity of the investigative product at this time. For copies of this proposal, contact Mary-Kay Brewer on (703) 305- 1002, Fax (703) 603-0576 or e-mail to MaryKay.Brewer@opm.gov. Please be sure to include a mailing address with your request.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request for Reinstatement of an Expired Information Collection: Nonforeign Area Cost-of-Living Allowance Price and Background Surveys
Document Number: E8-30287
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-22
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget a request for reinstatement of the Nonforeign Area Cost-of-Living Allowance Price and Background Surveys (OMB Control No. 3206-0199), a previously-cleared information collection that was recently discontinued at OPM's discretion and for which the OMB clearance has expired. OPM uses price surveys and background surveys to gather data to be used in determining nonforeign area cost-of-living allowances (COLAs) paid 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 surveys, but much more limited in scope. OPM uses the results of the background surveys to prepare for the price surveys. The COLA Price Survey is necessary for collecting living-cost data used to determine COLAs. OPM uses the Price Survey results to compare prices in the allowance areas with prices in the Washington, DC, area and to derive COLA rates where local living costs significantly exceed those in the DC area. The COLA Background Survey is necessary to determine the continued appropriateness of items, services, and businesses selected for the annual price surveys. OPM uses the Background Survey results to identify items to be priced and the outlets at which OPM will price the items in the Price Surveys. OPM will survey selected retail, service, realty, and other businesses and local governments in the allowance areas and in the Washington, DC, area. OPM will contact approximately 2,000 establishments in each annual Price Survey and approximately 100 establishments in each annual Background Survey. Participation in the surveys is voluntary. OPM estimates that the average price survey interview will take approximately 6 minutes, for a total burden of 200 hours. The average background survey interview will take approximately 6.5 minutes, for a total burden of 11 hours. For copies of or further information on this proposal, contact J. Stanley Austin by telephone at (202) 606-2838, by fax at (202) 606- 4264, or by e-mail at COLA@opm.gov. If you are requesting a copy of this proposal, please include your mailing address with your request.
Changes in Pay Administration Rules for General Schedule Employees; Correction
Document Number: E8-30106
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-18
Agency: Office of Personnel Management, Personnel Management Office, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management issued final regulations on pay setting rules for General Schedule employees on November 7, 2008 (73 FR 66143). This correcting amendment clarifies an instruction.
Excepted Service
Document Number: E8-29067
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-09
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.
2007 Nonforeign Area Cost-of-Living Allowance Survey Report: Pacific and Washington, DC, Areas
Document Number: E8-28833
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-09
Agency: Office of Personnel Management, Personnel Management Office, Agencies and Commissions
This notice publishes the ``2007 Nonforeign Area Cost-of- Living Allowance Survey Report: Pacific and Washington, DC, Areas.'' The Federal Government uses the results of surveys such as these to set cost-of-living allowance (COLA) rates for General Schedule, U.S. Postal Service, and certain other Federal employees in Alaska, Hawaii, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This report contains the results of the COLA surveys conducted by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management in Hawaii, Guam, and the Washington, DC, area during the spring and summer of 2007.
Nonforeign Area Cost-of-Living Allowances; 2008 Interim Adjustments
Document Number: E8-28832
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-12-09
Agency: Office of Personnel Management, Personnel Management Office, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is proposing to change the cost-of-living allowance (COLA) rates received by certain white-collar Federal and U.S. Postal Service employees in the Pacific and Alaska COLA areas. The proposed rate changes are the result of interim adjustments OPM calculated based on relative Consumer Price Index differences. The proposed regulations would reduce the COLA rates for the Pacific allowance areas and Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau, Alaska, by 1 percentage point.
Proposed Information Collection; Request for Comments on a Revised Information Collection; Standard Forms 2800 and 2800A
Document Number: E8-28918
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-08
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 (OMB) a request for review of a revised information collection. This information collection, ``Application for Death Benefits under the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS)'' (OMB Control No. 3206-0156; form SF 2800), is needed to collect information so that OPM can pay death benefits to the survivors of Federal employees and annuitants. ``Documentation and Elections in Support of Application for Death Benefits When Deceased Was an Employee at the Time of Death'' (OMB Control No. 3206-0156; form SF 2800A), is needed for deaths in service so that survivors can make the needed elections regarding military service. Comments are particularly invited on whether this information is necessary for the proper performance of functions of the Office of Personnel Management, 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. Approximately 68,000 SF 2800's are processed annually. The completion time for this form is approximately 45 minutes. An annual burden of 51,000 hours is estimated. Approximately 6,800 applicants will use SF 2800A annually. The completion time for this form is also approximately 45 minutes. An annual burden of 5,100 hours is estimated. The total burden is 56,100 hours. For copies of this proposal, contact Margaret A. Miller by telephone at (202) 606-2699, by Fax (202) 418-3251, or by e-mail at Margaret.Miller@opm.gov. Please include a mailing address with your request.
Prevailing Rate Systems; Redefinition of the Little Rock, AR, Southern Missouri, and Tulsa, OK, Appropriated Fund Federal Wage System Wage Areas
Document Number: E8-28916
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-12-08
Agency: Office of Personnel Management, Personnel Management Office, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management is issuing a proposed rule that would redefine the geographic boundaries of the Little Rock, AR, Southern Missouri, and Tulsa, OK, appropriated fund Federal Wage System (FWS) wage areas. The proposed rule would redefine Crawford and Sebastian Counties, AR, from the Little Rock wage area to the Tulsa wage area and Madison County, AR, and McDonald County, MO, from the Southern Missouri wage area to the Tulsa wage area. These changes are based on recent consensus recommendations of the Federal Prevailing Rate Advisory Committee to best match the counties proposed for redefinition to a nearby FWS survey area. No other changes are proposed for the Little Rock, Southern Missouri, and Tulsa FWS wage areas.
Federal Prevailing Rate Advisory Committee; Open Committee Meetings
Document Number: E8-28835
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-05
Agency: Office of Personnel Management, Personnel Management Office, Agencies and Commissions
Noncompetitive Appointment of Certain Military Spouses
Document Number: E8-28747
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-12-05
Agency: Office of Personnel Management, Personnel Management Office, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is issuing proposed regulations that allow agencies to noncompetitively appoint certain military spouses to positions in the competitive service. These regulations implement Executive Order 13473, 73 FR 56703 (Sept. 28, 2008), which authorizes noncompetitive appointments in the Civil Service for spouses of certain members of the armed forces. These regulations facilitate the entry of military spouses into the Federal civil service as part of an effort to recruit and retain skilled and experienced members of the armed forces and to recognize and honor the service of members injured, disabled, or killed in connection with their service.
National Security Personnel System
Document Number: E8-28672
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-12-03
Agency: Office of Personnel Management, Department of Defense
The Department of Defense (DoD) and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) are issuing a proposed regulation adding Subpart E, Staffing and Employment, to the National Security Personnel System (NSPS) regulation published in the Federal Register on September 26, 2008. NSPS is a human resources management system for DoD, originally authorized by the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004, amended by the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008, and the Duncan Hunter National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009. The proposed regulation governs staffing and employment under NSPS.
Proposed Information Collection; Request for Comments on an Existing Information Collection
Document Number: E8-28442
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-01
Agency: Office of Personnel Management, Personnel Management Office, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13, May 22, 1995), this notice announces that the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) intends to submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request for review of an existing information collection. This information collection, ``Health Benefits Election Form'' (OMB Control No. 3206-0141; OPM Form 2809), is used by annuitants and former spouses to elect, cancel, suspend, or change health benefits enrollment during periods other than open season. Comments are particularly invited on: whether this information is necessary for the proper performance of functions of the Office of Personnel Management, 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. There are approximately 30,000 changes to health benefits coverage per year. Of these, 20,000 are submitted on OPM Form 2809 and 10,000 verbally or in written correspondence. Each form takes approximately 45 minutes to complete; data collection by telephone or mail takes approximately 10 minutes. The annual burden for the form is 15,000 hours; the burden not using the form is 1,667 hours. The total burden is 16,667 hours. For copies of this proposal, contact Cyrus S. Benson on (202) 606- 4808, FAX (202) 606-0910 or via E-mail to Cyrus.Benson@opm.gov. Please include a mailing address with your request.
Proposed Information Collection; Request for Comments on an Existing Information Collection
Document Number: E8-28441
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-01
Agency: Office of Personnel Management, Personnel Management Office, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13, May 22, 1995), this notice announces that the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) intends to submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request for review of an existing information collection. This information collection, ``Verification of Full-Time School Attendance'' (OMB Control No. 3206-0215; form RI 25- 49), is used to verify that adult student annuitants are entitled to payments. OPM must confirm that a full-time enrollment has been maintained. 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 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 10,000 RI 25-49 forms are completed annually. This form will take approximately 60 minutes to complete. The annual estimated burden is 10,000 hours. For copies of this proposal, contact Cyrus S. Benson by telephone at (202) 606-4808, by FAX (202) 606-0910, or by e-mail at Cyrus.Benson@opm.gov. Please include a mailing address with your request.
Examining System
Document Number: E8-27834
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-11-24
Agency: Office of Personnel Management, Personnel Management Office, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is issuing a proposed regulation to amend its direct-hire authority regulations. The amendment is necessary to incorporate a statutory extension of direct- hire authority for certain acquisition positions.
SES Performance Review Board
Document Number: E8-27533
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-20
Agency: Office of Personnel Management, Personnel Management Office, Agencies and Commissions
Notice is hereby given of the appointment of members of the OPM Performance Review Board.
Prevailing Rate Systems; Change in Nonappropriated Fund Federal Wage System Survey Schedule From Fiscal Year to Calendar Year
Document Number: E8-26561
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-11-10
Agency: Office of Personnel Management, Personnel Management Office, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management is issuing a final rule to change the annual schedule of nonappropriated fund (NAF) Federal Wage System wage surveys from a fiscal year cycle to a calendar year cycle. The purpose of this change is to move certain wage surveys to a different time of year and thus optimize the data collection process for those areas. In addition, this change would more evenly distribute the workload for the agency responsible for conducting NAF surveys.
Suitability
Document Number: E8-26558
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-11-10
Agency: Office of Personnel Management, Personnel Management Office, Agencies and Commissions
In order to limit duplication of efforts by applying reciprocity where appropriate to the investigative and adjudicative processes, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is modifying regulations governing Federal employment suitability. The final regulations establish the requirements for applying reciprocity to Federal employment suitability determinations and investigations.
Changes in Pay Administration Rules for General Schedule Employees
Document Number: E8-26562
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-11-07
Agency: Office of Personnel Management, Personnel Management Office, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management is issuing final regulations on pay setting rules for General Schedule employees. The final regulations revise the interim regulations by making a number of technical modifications, corrections, and clarifications.
Proposed Information Collection; Request for Comment on an Existing Information Collection
Document Number: E8-26560
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-07
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 (OMB) a request for review of an existing information collection. This information collection, ``Life Insurance Election'' (OMB Control No. 3206-0230; SF 2817), is used by Federal employees and assignees (those who have acquired control of an employee/annuitant's coverage through an assignment or ``transfer'' of the ownership of the life insurance). Clearance of this form for use by active Federal employees is not required according to the Paperwork Reduction Act (Pub. L. 98-615). The Public Burden Statement meets the requirements of 5 CFR 1320.8(b)(3). Therefore, only the use of this form by assignees, i.e., members of the public, is subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act. Comments are particularly invited on whether this information is necessary for the proper performance of functions of the Office of Personnel Management, 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. Approximately 100 SF 2817 forms are completed annually by assignees. This form takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. The annual estimated burden is 25 hours. For copies of this proposal, contact Cyrus S. Benson by telephone at (202) 606-4808, by FAX (202) 606-0910, or by e-mail to Cyrus.Benson@opm.gov. Please include a mailing address with your request.
Time-in-Grade Rule Eliminated
Document Number: E8-26559
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-11-07
Agency: Office of Personnel Management, Personnel Management Office, Agencies and Commissions
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is eliminating the time-in-grade restriction on advancement to competitive service positions in the General Schedule. The rule eliminates the 52-week time-in-grade requirement for promotions. Employees must continue to meet occupational qualification standard requirements and any additional job-related qualification requirements established for the position.
Prevailing Rate Systems; Abolishment of Santa Clara, CA, as a Nonappropriated Fund Federal Wage System Wage Area
Document Number: E8-26274
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-11-04
Agency: Office of Personnel Management, Personnel Management Office, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management is issuing an interim rule to abolish the Santa Clara, California, nonappropriated fund (NAF) Federal Wage System (FWS) wage area and redefine Santa Clara County, CA, to the Monterey, CA, NAF wage area and Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Francisco Counties, CA, to the Solano, CA, NAF wage area. San Mateo County, CA, will no longer be defined. These changes are necessary because the closure of the Moffett Federal Airfield Navy Exchange will leave the Santa Clara wage area without an activity having the capability to conduct a local wage survey.
Emergency Leave Transfer Program
Document Number: E8-26220
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-11-04
Agency: Office of Personnel Management, Personnel Management Office, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management is issuing final regulations on the Emergency Leave Transfer Program to provide alternative methods for agencies to assist their employees in the event of a pandemic health crisis or other major disaster or emergency as declared by the President. The final regulations allow donated annual leave in a voluntary leave bank administered by one agency to be transferred to an emergency leave transfer program administered by another agency, revise the rules for returning unused donated annual leave to emergency leave donors (including leave banks), and incorporate the inclusion of Judicial branch employees as eligible participants in the emergency leave transfer program. In addition, the final regulations have been reorganized and renumbered to aid in accessibility and enhance reader understanding.
Excepted Service
Document Number: E8-26219
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-04
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.
Nonforeign Area Cost-of-Living Allowance Rates; Alaska
Document Number: E8-26141
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-11-03
Agency: Office of Personnel Management, Personnel Management Office, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is reducing the cost-of-living allowance (COLA) rates received by certain white-collar Federal and U.S. Postal Service employees in Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau, Alaska. The rate reductions are the result of living-cost surveys conducted by OPM in Alaska and the Washington, DC area in 2006. Based on the survey results, OPM is reducing the COLA rates for Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau from 24 percent to 23 percent. OPM is also issuing a minor clarification regarding the Alaska COLA area boundaries to make clear the 50-mile area radius is by the shortest route using paved roads.
Repayment of Student Loans
Document Number: E8-26013
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-10-31
Agency: Office of Personnel Management, Personnel Management Office, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management is issuing final regulations to revise the rules governing the authority to offer student loan repayment benefits to Federal job candidates or current Federal employees when necessary to recruit or retain highly qualified personnel. These revisions include certain policy changes and clarifications to assist agencies in the administration of the Federal student loan repayment program.
Reemployment Rights
Document Number: E8-26009
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-10-31
Agency: Office of Personnel Management, Personnel Management Office, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is issuing final regulations on the detail and transfer of Federal employees to international organizations. The final regulation eliminates the ``equalization allowance,'' modernizes regulatory language, and clarifies that the Department of State is the delegated authority to designate any organization as an international organization.
Veterans' Preference
Document Number: E8-25753
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-10-29
Agency: Office of Personnel Management, Personnel Management Office, Agencies and Commissions
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is adopting as a final rule an interim rule that implemented a change to the definition of ``active duty'' for veterans' preference entitlement contained in Sec. 211.102(f) of title 5, Code of Federal Regulations.
SES Performance Review Board
Document Number: E8-24952
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-21
Agency: Office of Personnel Management, Personnel Management Office, Agencies and Commissions
Notice is hereby given of the appointment of members of the OPM Performance Review Board.
Disabled Veterans Documentation
Document Number: E8-24227
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-10-14
Agency: Office of Personnel Management, Personnel Management Office, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is issuing final regulations regarding documentation required for appointments of disabled veterans. The purpose of this change is to provide consistency with the policy implemented by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Excepted Service
Document Number: E8-23967
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-10
Agency: Office of Personnel Management, Personnel Management Office, Agencies and Commissions
This gives notice of OPM decisions granting authority to make appointments underSchedules A, B, and C in the excepted service as required by 5 CFR 6.6 and 213.103.
Federal Employees Health Benefits Acquisition Regulation: Board of Contract Appeals
Document Number: E8-23224
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-10-08
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is adopting as final, without change, the proposed rule published April 7, 2008 to remove the designation of the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA) from the Federal Employees Health Benefits Acquisition Regulation (FEHBAR).
Federal Employees Group Life Insurance; Federal Acquisition Regulation: Board of Contract Appeals
Document Number: E8-23223
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-10-08
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is adopting as final, without change, the proposed rule published April 7, 2008 to remove the designation of the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA) from the Federal Employees Group Life Insurance Federal Acquisition Regulation (LIFAR).
National Security Personnel System; Correction
Document Number: E8-23727
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-10-07
Agency: Office of Personnel Management, Department of Defense
The Department of Defense (DoD) and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) published in the Federal Register of September 26, 2008 (73 FR 56344) a final rule governing the operation of the National Security Personnel System (NSPS), a human resources management system for DoD, as originally authorized by the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004 and amended by the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008. This correction document clarifies the effective date of the final rule.
Prevailing Rate Systems; Redefinition of the Buffalo, NY, and Pittsburgh, PA, Appropriated Fund Federal Wage System Wage Areas
Document Number: E8-23725
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-10-07
Agency: Office of Personnel Management, Personnel Management Office, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management is issuing a proposed rule that would redefine the geographic boundaries of the Buffalo, NY, and Pittsburgh, PA, appropriated fund Federal Wage System (FWS) wage areas. The proposed rule would redefine McKean and Warren Counties, PA, and the Allegheny National Forest portions of Elk and Forest Counties, PA, from the Pittsburgh wage area to the Buffalo wage area. These changes are based on a recent consensus recommendation of the Federal Prevailing Rate Advisory Committee to best match the counties proposed for redefinition to a nearby FWS survey area. No other changes are proposed for the Buffalo or Pittsburgh FWS wage areas.
Submission for OMB Review: Comment Request for Review of a Revised Information Collection
Document Number: E8-23610
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-07
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 U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request for review of an expiring information collection. This information collection, ``Claim for Unpaid Compensation of Deceased Civilian Employee'' (OMB Control No. 3206- 0234; SF 1153), is used to collect information from individuals who have been designated as beneficiaries of the unpaid compensation of a deceased Federal civilian employee or who believe that their relationship to the deceased entitles them to receive the unpaid compensation of the deceased employee. OPM needs this information in order to adjudicate the claim and properly assign a deceased Federal civilian employee's unpaid compensation to the appropriate individuals(s). We received no comments on our 60-day notice on this information collection (SF 1153), published in the Federal Register on June 17, 2008. Approximately 3,000 SF 1153 forms are submitted annually. It takes approximately 15 minutes to complete the form. The annual estimated burden is 750 hours. For copies of this proposal, contact Margaret A. Miller by telephone at (202) 606-2699, by FAX at (202) 418-3251, or by e-mail at Margaret.Miller@opm.gov. Please include your mailing address with your request.
Proposed Information Collection; Request for Comments on a Revised Information Collection
Document Number: E8-23609
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-07
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 (OMB) a request for review of a revised information collection. This information collection, ``Designation of Beneficiary (FERS)'' (OMB Control No. 3206-0173; form SF 3102), is used by an employee or an annuitant covered under the Federal Employees Retirement System to designate a beneficiary to receive any lump sum due in the event of his/her death. 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 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 2,893 SF 3102 forms are completed annually. Each form will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. The annual estimated burden is 723 hours. For copies of this proposal, contact Margaret A. Miller by telephone at (202) 606-2699, by FAX (202) 418-3251, or by e-mail to Margaret.Miller@opm.gov. Please include a mailing address with your request.
Proposed Information Collection; Request for Comment on a Revised Information Collection
Document Number: E8-23608
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-07
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 (OMB) a request for comment on a revised information collection. This information collection, ``Financial Resources Questionnaire'' (OMB Control No. 3206-0167; form RI 34-1), 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. ``Notice of Amount Due Because Of Annuity Overpayment'' (OMB Control No. 3206-0167; form RI 34-3), 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 the Office of Personnel Management, 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. 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. The total annual estimated burden is 2,081 hours. For copies of this proposal, contact Margaret A. Miller by telephone at (202) 606-2699, by FAX (202) 418-3251, or by e-mail at Margaret.Miller@opm.gov. Please include a mailing address with your request.
Submission for OMB Review; Request for Comments on a Revised Information Collection
Document Number: E8-23607
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-07
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 (OMB) a request for review of a revised information collection. This information collection, ``Evidence to Prove Dependency of a Child'' (OMB Control No. 3206-0206; form RI 25-37), is designed to collect sufficient information for OPM to determine whether the surviving child of a deceased federal employee is eligible to receive benefits as a dependent child. Approximately 250 forms are completed annually. We estimate it takes approximately 60 minutes to assemble the needed documentation. The annual estimated burden is 250 hours. For copies of this proposal, contact Margaret A. Miller by telephone at (202) 606-2699, by FAX at (202) 418-3251, or by e-mail at Margaret.Miller@opm.gov. Please include your mailing address with your request.
Testimony by OPM Employees Relating to Official Information and Production of Official Records in Legal Proceedings
Document Number: E8-23605
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-10-06
Agency: Office of Personnel Management, Personnel Management Office, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management is adopting as final a proposed rule, with certain minor changes, that sets forth procedures that requesters have to follow when making demands on or requests to an OPM employee to produce official records and information, and provide testimony relating to official information, in connection with a legal proceeding in which OPM is not a party. This final rule establishes procedures to respond to such demands and requests in an orderly and consistent manner. The rule, among other benefits, will promote uniformity in decisions, protect confidential information, provide guidance to requesters, and reduce the potential for both inappropriate disclosures of official information and wasteful allocation of agency resources.
Submission for OMB Review: Comment Request for Review of an Expiring Information Collection: Procedures for Submitting Compensation and Leave Claims
Document Number: E8-22974
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-09-30
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 U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request for review of an expiring information collection. This information collection, ``Procedures for Submitting Compensation and Leave Claims'' (OMB Control No. 3206-0232; OPM Form 1673), is used to collect information from current and former Federal civilian employees who are submitting a claim for compensation and/or leave. OPM needs this information in order to adjudicate the claim. We received no comments on our 60-day notice on this information collection (OPM Form 1673), published in the Federal Register on June 17, 2008. Approximately 80 claims are submitted annually. It takes approximately 60 minutes to complete the form. The annual estimated burden is 80 hours. For copies of this proposal, contact Margaret A. Miller by telephone at (202) 606-2699, by FAX at (202) 418-3251, or by e-mail at Margaret.Miller@opm.gov. Please include a mailing address with your request.
National Security Personnel System
Document Number: E8-22483
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-09-26
Agency: Office of Personnel Management, Department of Defense
The Department of Defense (DoD) and the Office of Personnel Management are issuing final regulations governing the operation of the National Security Personnel System (NSPS), a human resources management system for DoD, as originally authorized by the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004 and amended by the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008. This final regulation governs compensation, classification and performance management under NSPS. NSPS aligns DoD's human resources management system with the Department's critical mission requirements and protects the civil service rights of its employees.
Excepted Service
Document Number: E8-22519
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-09-25
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 Information Collection; Request for Comments on an Existing Information Collection
Document Number: E8-22112
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-09-22
Agency: Office of Personnel Management, Personnel Management Office, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13, May 22, 1995), this notice announces that the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) intends to submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request for comments on an existing information collection. This information collection, ``Alternative Annuity Election'' (OMB Control No. 3206-0168; form RI 20-80), 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. 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 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. Approximately 200 RI 20-80 forms are completed annually. The form takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. The annual estimated burden is 67 hours. For copies of this proposal, contact Margaret A. Miller by telephone at (202) 606-2699, by FAX (202) 418-3251, or by e-mail to Margaret.Miller@opm.gov. Please include a mailing address with your request.
Proposed Information Collection; Request for Comments on an Existing Information Collection
Document Number: E8-22111
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-09-22
Agency: Office of Personnel Management, Personnel Management Office, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13, May 22, 1995), this notice announces that the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) intends to submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request for review of an existing information collection. This information collection, ``Medicare Part B Certification'' (OMB Control No. 3206-0017; Form RI 78-11), collects information from annuitants, their spouses, and survivor annuitants to determine their eligibility under the Retired Federal Employees Health Benefits Program for a Government contribution toward the cost of Part B of Medicare. 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 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. Approximately 100 RI 78-11 forms are completed annually. Each form requires approximately 10 minutes to complete. The annual estimated burden is 17 hours. For copies of this proposal, contact Margaret A. Miller by telephone at (202) 606-2699, by FAX (202) 418-3251, or by e-mail to Margaret.Miller@opm.gov. Please include a mailing address with your request.
Prevailing Rate Systems; Redefinition of the New Orleans, LA, Appropriated Fund Federal Wage System Wage Area
Document Number: E8-21831
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-09-18
Agency: Office of Personnel Management, Personnel Management Office, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management is issuing a final rule to add St. Charles and St. John the Baptist Parishes, Louisiana, to the survey area of the New Orleans, LA, appropriated fund Federal Wage System wage area. The purpose of this change is to ensure the lead agency for the New Orleans wage area is able to obtain wage data that best represent the prevailing rates paid by businesses in the area.
Adverse Actions
Document Number: E8-21523
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-09-18
Agency: Office of Personnel Management, Personnel Management Office, Agencies and Commissions
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) proposes to amend its regulations governing Federal adverse actions. The proposed amendments would clarify the adverse action rules regarding reductions in pay and indefinite suspension. In addition, OPM proposes to remove unnecessary subparts pertaining to statutory requirements, make a number of technical corrections, and utilize consistent language for similar regulatory requirements. OPM also proposes various revisions to make the regulations more readable.
Recruitment, Selection, and Placement (General)
Document Number: E8-20657
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-09-08
Agency: Office of Personnel Management, Personnel Management Office, Agencies and Commissions
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is proposing to revise the rules on Federal vacancy announcements, reemployment priority list requirements, positions restricted to preference eligibles, time after competitive appointment, the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), and the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP). The proposed rules clarify the regulations, incorporate longstanding OPM policies, revise placement assistance programs for consistency and effectiveness, remove references to two expired interagency placement assistance programs, and reorganize information for ease of reading.
Training; Supervisory, Management, and Executive Development
Document Number: E8-20273
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-09-02
Agency: Office of Personnel Management, Personnel Management Office, Agencies and Commissions
The Office of Personnel Management proposes to amend its regulations to implement certain training and development requirements contained in the Federal Workforce Flexibility Act of 2004.
Recruitment and Selection Through Competitive Examination
Document Number: E8-20272
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-09-02
Agency: Office of Personnel Management, Personnel Management Office, Agencies and Commissions
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is proposing to amend its regulations governing recruitment and selection through competitive examination primarily to clarify the distinction among objections, pass overs, and suitability determinations. OPM is also proposing to amend the definition section of this part to make the regulations more readable and to remove the section in this part dealing with filling certain postmaster positions because the information is obsolete.