Office of Personnel Management 2011 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Submission for Review: Verification of Who Is Getting Payments, RI 38-107 and RI 38-147
Document Number: 2011-33511
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-29
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
The Retirement Services, Office of Personnel Management (OPM) offers the general public and other federal agencies the opportunity to comment on an extension, without change, of a currently approved information collection request (ICR) 3206-0197, Verification of Who is Getting Payments. As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, (Pub. L. 104-13, 44 U.S.C. chapter 35) as amended by the Clinger-Cohen Act (Pub. L. 104-106), OPM is soliciting comments for this collection. The information collection was previously published in the Federal Register on July 22, 2011 at Volume 76 FR 44051 allowing for a 60-day public comment period. No comments were received for this information collection. The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comments. The Office of Management and Budget is particularly interested in comments that: 1. Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; 2. Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; 3. Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and 4. Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submissions of responses.
Submission for Review: Marital Status Certification Survey, RI 25-7
Document Number: 2011-33510
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-29
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
The Retirement Services, Office of Personnel Management (OPM) offers the general public and other federal agencies the opportunity to comment on a revised information collection request (ICR) 3206-0033, Marital Status Certification Survey, RI 25-7. As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, (Pub. L. 104-13, 44 U.S.C. chapter 35) as amended by the Clinger-Cohen Act (Pub. L. 104-106), OPM is soliciting comments for this collection. The information collection was previously published in the Federal Register on July 7, 2011 at Volume 76 FR 39927 allowing for a 60-day public comment period. No comments were received for this information collection. The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comments. The Office of Management and Budget is particularly interested in comments that: 1. Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; 2. Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; 3. Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and 4. Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submissions of responses.
Submission for Review: Request for Change to Unreduced Annuity, RI 20-120
Document Number: 2011-33508
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-29
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
The Retirement Services, Office of Personnel Management (OPM) offers the general public and other federal agencies the opportunity to comment on a revised information collection request (ICR) 3206-0245, Request for Change to Unreduced Annuity, RI 20-120. As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, (Pub. L. 104-13, 44 U.S.C. chapter 35) as amended by the Clinger-Cohen Act (Pub. L. 104-106), OPM is soliciting comments for this collection. The information collection was previously published in the Federal Register on June 7, 2011 at Volume 76 FR 32997 allowing for a 60-day public comment period. No comments were received for this information collection. The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comments. The Office of Management and Budget is particularly interested in comments that: 1. Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; 2. Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; 3. Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and 4. Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submissions of responses.
Submission for Review: SF 2800, Application for Death Benefits Under the Civil Service Retirement System; and SF 2800A, Documentation and Elections in Support of Application for Death Benefits When Deceased Was an Employee at the Time of Death
Document Number: 2011-33507
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-29
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
The Retirement Services, Office of Personnel Management (OPM) offers the general public and other federal agencies the opportunity to comment on a revised information collection request (ICR) 3206-0156, Application for Death Benefits Under the Civil Service Retirement System and Documentation and Elections in Support of Application for Death Benefits When Deceased Was an Employee at the Time of Death. As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13, 44 U.S.C. chapter 35) as amended by the Clinger-Cohen Act (Pub. L. 104- 106), OPM is soliciting comments for this collection. The information collection was previously published in the Federal Register on July 7, 2011 at Volume 76 FR 39926 allowing for a 60-day public comment period. No comments were received for this information collection. The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comments. The Office of Management and Budget is particularly interested in comments that: 1. Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; 2. Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; 3. Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and 4. Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submissions of responses.
Submission for Review: Alternative Annuity Election, RI 20-80
Document Number: 2011-33506
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-29
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
The Retirement Services, Office of Personnel Management (OPM), offers the general public and other federal agencies the opportunity to comment on a revised information collection request (ICR) 3206-0168, Alternative Annuity Election, RI 20-80. As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13, 44 U.S.C. chapter 35), as amended by the Clinger-Cohen Act (Pub. L. 104-106), OPM is soliciting comments for this collection. The information collection was previously published in the Federal Register on June 10, 2011, at Volume 76 FR 34108 allowing for a 60-day public comment period. No comments were received for this information collection. The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comments. The Office of Management and Budget is particularly interested in comments that: 1. Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; 2. Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; 3. Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and 4. Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submissions of responses.
Submission for Review: Certificate of Medical Examination
Document Number: 2011-33505
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-29
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) offers the general public and other Federal agencies the opportunity to comment on an extension without change of a currently approved collection, information collection request (ICR) 3206-0250, Certificate of Medical Examination.
Submission for Review: Health Benefits Registration Form, OPM 2809
Document Number: 2011-33504
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-29
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
The Retirement Services, Office of Personnel Management (OPM) offers the general public and other federal agencies the opportunity to comment on an existing information collection request (ICR) 3206-0141, Health Benefits Election Form, OPM 2809. As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13, 44 U.S.C. chapter 35), as amended by the Clinger-Cohen Act (Pub. L. 104-106), OPM is soliciting comments for this collection. This information collection was previously published in the Federal Register on June 7, 2011 at volume 76 FR 32996 allowing for a 60 day public comment period. We received comments from one organization. A response was sent to the organization. The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comments. The Office of Management and Budget is particularly interested in comments that: 1. Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; 2. Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; 3. Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and 4. Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submissions of responses.
Submission for Review: DD 1918 Establishment Information Form, DD 1919 Wage Data Collection Form, DD 1919C Wage Data Collection Continuation Form
Document Number: 2011-33503
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-29
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) offers the general public and other Federal agencies the opportunity to comment on an existing information collection request (ICR) 3206-0036, Establishment Information Form (DD 1918), Wage Data Collection Form (DD 1919), and Wage Data Collection Continuation Form (DD 1919C). As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13, 44 U.S.C. chapter 35) as amended by the Clinger-Cohen Act (Pub. L. 104- 106), OPM is soliciting comments for this collection. The information collection was previously published in the Federal Register on August 16, 2011, at Volume 76 FR 50771 allowing for a 60-day public comment period. No comments were received for this information collection. The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comments. The Office of Management and Budget is particularly interested in comments that: 1. Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; 2. Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; 3. Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and 4. Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submissions of responses.
National Security Personnel System
Document Number: 2011-33235
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-28
Agency: Department of Defense, Office of Personnel Management
This final rule removes the Department of Defense and Office of Personnel Management regulations concerning the National Security Personnel System (NSPS). Section 1113 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 repealed the legal authority for NSPS and provided that any existing NSPS regulations would cease to be effective on January 1, 2012.
Excepted Service
Document Number: 2011-32285
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-16
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
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 213.103.
Submission for Review: 3206-0173, Designation of Beneficiary (FERS), SF 3102
Document Number: 2011-31472
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-08
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
The Retirement Services, Office of Personnel Management (OPM) offers the general public and other Federal agencies the opportunity to comment on a revised information collection request (ICR) 3206-0173, Designation of Beneficiary (FERS), SF 3102. As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, (Pub. L. 104-13, 44 U.S.C. chapter 35) as amended by the Clinger-Cohen Act (Pub. L. 104-106), OPM is soliciting comments for this collection. The information collection was previously published in the Federal Register on June 7, 2011 at Volume 76 FR 32996 allowing for a 60-day public comment period. No comments were received for this information collection. The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comments. The Office of Management and Budget is particularly interested in comments that: 1. Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; 2. Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; 3. Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and 4. Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submissions of responses.
Submission for Review: OPM 1496A, Application for Deferred Retirement (For Persons Separated on or After October 1, 1956), 3206-0121
Document Number: 2011-31471
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-08
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
The Retirement Services, Office of Personnel Management (OPM) offers the general public and other federal agencies the opportunity to comment on a revised information collection request (ICR) 3206-0121, Application for Deferred Retirement (For persons separated on or after October 1, 1956). As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, (Pub. L. 104-13, 44 U.S.C. chapter 35) as amended by the Clinger-Cohen Act (Pub. L. 104-106), OPM is soliciting comments for this collection. The information collection was previously published in the Federal Register on September 2, 2011 at Volume 76 FR 54811 allowing for a 60- day public comment period. No comments were received for this information collection. The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comments. The Office of Management and Budget is particularly interested in comments that: 1. Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; 2. Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; 3. Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and 4. Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submissions of responses.
Submission for Review: Standard Form 1153: Claim for Unpaid Compensation of Deceased Civilian Employee
Document Number: 2011-31469
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-08
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
Merit System Audit and Compliance, Office of Personnel Management (OPM) offers the general public and other federal agencies the opportunity to comment on an existing information collection request (ICR) 3206-0234, Standard Form 1153, Claim for Unpaid Compensation of Deceased Civilian Employee. As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, (Pub. L. 104-13, 44 U.S.C. chapter 35) as amended by the Clinger-Cohen Act (Pub. L. 104-106), OPM is soliciting comments for this collection. The information collection was previously published in the Federal Register on September 2, 2011 at Volume 76 FR 54809 to allow for a 60-day public comment period. No comments were received for this information collection. The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comment. The Office of Management and Budget is particularly interested in comments that: 1. Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; 2. Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; 3. Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and 4. Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submissions of responses.
Excepted Service
Document Number: 2011-31220
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-06
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
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 213.103.
Hispanic Council on Federal Employment
Document Number: 2011-31060
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-02
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
The Hispanic Council on Federal Employment will hold its fifth meeting on Friday, December 16, 2011, at the time and location shown below. The Council is an advisory committee composed of representatives from Hispanic organizations and senior government officials. Along with its other responsibilities, the Council shall advise the Director of the Office of Personnel Management on matters involving the recruitment, hiring, and advancement of Hispanics in the Federal workforce. The Council is co-chaired by the Chief of Staff of the Office of Personnel Management and the Assistant Secretary for Human Resources and Administration at the Department of Veterans Affairs. The meeting is open to the public. Please contact the Office of Personnel Management at the address shown below if you wish to present material to the Council at the meeting. The manner and time prescribed for presentations may be limited, depending upon the number of parties that express interest in presenting information.
Federal Prevailing Rate Advisory Committee; Open Committee Meetings
Document Number: 2011-31057
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-02
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
Statutory Bar to Appointment of Persons Who Fail To Register Under Selective Service Law
Document Number: 2011-30788
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-11-29
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management is issuing proposed regulations to change its procedures for determining whether an individual's failure to register with the Selective Service System was knowing and willful. These changes are intended to ensure that individuals in these circumstances have an opportunity to fully explain their failure to register and that the determination is based on a more complete record. In addition, the proposed regulations delegate authority to Federal agencies to make initial determinations as to whether an individual's failure to register with the Selective Service System was knowing and willful. This delegation will facilitate more efficient decisions and reduce paperwork.
CFC-50 Commission
Document Number: 2011-30240
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-23
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
The CFC-50 Advisory Commission will hold its second meeting on December 6, 2011, at the time and location shown below. The Commission shall advise the Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) on strengthening the integrity, the operation and effectiveness of the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) to ensure its continued growth and success. The Commission is an advisory committee composed of Federal employees, private campaign administrators, charitable organizations and ``watchdog'' groups. The Commission is co-chaired by Thomas Davis and Beverly Byron. The meeting is open to the public. Please contact the Office of Personnel Management at the address shown below if you wish to present material to the Commission at the meeting. The manner and time prescribed for presentations may be limited, depending upon the number of parties that express interest in presenting information.
Prevailing Rate Systems; Redefinition of the Austin, TX and Waco, TX, Appropriated Fund Federal Wage System Wage Areas
Document Number: 2011-29350
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-11-14
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management is issuing a proposed rule that would redefine the geographic boundaries of the Austin, TX, and Waco, TX, appropriated fund Federal Wage System (FWS) wage areas. The proposed rule would redefine Burleson and Lampasas Counties, TX, from the Austin wage area to the Waco 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 Austin and Waco FWS wage areas.
Prevailing Rate Systems; Abolishment of Cumberland, ME, as a Nonappropriated Fund Federal Wage System Wage Area
Document Number: 2011-29349
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-11-14
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management is issuing a final rule to abolish the Cumberland, Maine, nonappropriated fund (NAF) Federal Wage System (FWS) wage area and redefine Cumberland, Kennebec, and Penobscot Counties, ME, to the York, ME, NAF wage area. Aroostook, Hancock, Knox, Sagadahoc, and Washington Counties, ME, will no longer be defined. These changes are necessary because the closure of the Naval Air Station Brunswick left the Cumberland wage area without an activity having the capability to conduct a local wage survey.
Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance Program: New Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) Premiums
Document Number: 2011-29285
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-14
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is announcing changes in premiums for certain Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) categories in accordance with sections 870.401(a)(2) and 870.402(a)(3) of title 5 of the Code of Federal Regulations. These include changes to premiums for Option B (most age bands), Option C (all age bands), and Post-Retirement Basic Insurance. These rates will be effective the first pay period beginning on or after January 1, 2012.
Privacy Act of 1974: New System of Records
Document Number: 2011-29282
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-14
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Public Law 111-148, was enacted on March 23, 2010, and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act (the Reconciliation Act), Public Law 111- 152, was enacted on March 30, 2010 (jointly referred to as ``the Affordable Care Act''). The Affordable Care Act and implementing regulations (codified in Department of Heath and Human Services (HHS) amended interim final rules (IFR) at 45 CFR Part 147) require that non- grandfathered health insurance plans and issuers offering group and individual coverage have effective internal claims and appeals and external review processes. The effective date for these requirements is plan or policy years beginning on or after September 23, 2010. Regarding external review, the statute requires that health plans and issuers comply with either a state external review process or a process meeting standards issued by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) that is ``similar to'' a state process meeting requirements in section 2719 (of what?) (a ``federal external review process''). The IFR now includes a transition period prior to January 1, 2012, during which time HHS will work with states to assist in making any necessary changes so that the state process will meet either the minimum consumer protections identified in 45 CFR 147.136 or, until January 1, 2014, the temporary standards listed in Technical Release 2011-02 that must be met in order for the state process to apply. Currently, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is administering an interim federal external review process for states that have not passed an external review law that was in effect on September 23, 2010. Beginning January 1, 2012, OPM will administer a federal external review process for all states that do not meet the required minimum consumer protections identified in the interim final regulations. On September 16, 2010, OPM published a system of records that includes data relevant to external reviews entitled OPM Central 16, Health Claims Disputes External Review Services. OPM now proposes three changes to the system of records. First, OPM proposes expanding the categories of individuals covered by the system of records to include individuals covered by plans and issuers in all states that fail to comply with the minimum standards promulgated by HHS. In addition, the category of individuals that may utilize the external review process provided by OPM and covered by this system of records is further qualifiedthey must now be covered by a plan that has elected to participate in the external review process operated by OPM and the individual's claim must involve a rescission of coverage or medical judgment. The second change to the system of records reflects OPM's requirement that claimants provide additional information necessary to determine whether the claimant is eligible for review. In some cases, much of this additional information may have already have been included under the original system of records notice because the information may be derived from documents provided by insurers. However, we have added three additional categories of information: The claimant's county name, an indication from the claimant of whether the external review request is for an urgent care claim, and an indication from the claimant of whether the external review request is related to a rescission of coverage or medical judgment. Third, the routine uses have been expanded to include disclosure to a contractor for adjudication of the entire appeal. After October 1, 2011, the external review process may be administered by one or more Independent Review Organization(s) (IRO) under contract with OPM and under OPM's direction. This systems notice has also been modified to account for the possible involvement of IROs in this process. In accordance with specific contract provisions, the IRO(s) must comply with the requirements of The Privacy Act.
Prevailing Rate Systems; Redefinition of the Northern Mississippi and Memphis, TN, Appropriated Fund Federal Wage System Wage Areas
Document Number: 2011-29277
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-11-14
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management is issuing a final rule to redefine the geographic boundaries of the Northern Mississippi and Memphis, Tennessee, appropriated fund Federal Wage System (FWS) wage areas. The final rule redefines Panola County, MS, from the Northern Mississippi wage area to the Memphis wage area. This change is based on a consensus recommendation of the Federal Prevailing Rate Advisory Committee (FPRAC) to best match Panola County to a nearby FWS survey area. FPRAC did not recommend other changes for the Northern Mississippi and Memphis FWS wage areas at this time.
Federal Prevailing Rate Advisory Committee; Cancellation of Upcoming Meeting
Document Number: 2011-29274
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-14
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
The Federal Prevailing Rate Advisory Committee is issuing this notice to cancel the November 17, 2011, public meeting scheduled to be held in Room 5A06A, U.S. Office of Personnel Management Building, 1900 E Street NW., Washington, DC. The original Federal Register notice announcing this meeting was published Monday, December 6, 2010, at 75 FR 75706.
Suitability
Document Number: 2011-29057
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-11-09
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is issuing final regulations to assist agencies in carrying out new requirements to reinvestigate individuals in public trust positions under Executive Order (E.O.) 13488, Granting Reciprocity on Excepted Service and Federal Contractor Employee Fitness and Reinvestigating Individuals in Positions of Public Trust, to ensure their continued employment is appropriate. This final regulation will implement the suitability reinvestigation provisions of E.O. 13488.
Senior Executive Service Performance Review Board
Document Number: 2011-29047
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-09
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
Notice is hereby given of the appointment of members of the OPM Performance Review Board.
Pay in Nonforeign Areas
Document Number: 2011-28742
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-11-07
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is issuing final regulations on certain pay administration rules dealing with employees in nonforeign areas outside the 48 contiguous States. We are revising provisions related to special rates, locality rates, and retained rates. Some of the revisions are necessary to address the effects of implementing the Non-Foreign Area Retirement Equity Assurance Act of 2009, while others are to improve the administration of special rates.
Hispanic Council on Federal Employment
Document Number: 2011-28165
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-10-31
Agency: Office of Personnel Management, Personnel Management Office, Agencies and Commissions
The Hispanic Council on Federal Employment will hold its fourth meeting on Friday, November 18, 2011, at the time and location shown below. The Council is an advisory committee composed of representatives from Hispanic organizations and senior government officials. Along with its other responsibilities, the Council shall advise the Director of the Office of Personnel Management on matters involving the recruitment, hiring, and advancement of Hispanics in the Federal workforce. The Council is co-chaired by the Chief of Staff of the Office of Personnel Management and the Assistant Secretary for Human Resources and Administration at the Department of Veterans Affairs. The meeting is open to the public. Please contact the Office of Personnel Management at the address shown below if you wish to present material to the Council at the meeting. The manner and time prescribed for presentations may be limited, depending upon the number of parties that express interest in presenting information.
Excepted Service
Document Number: 2011-27746
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-10-27
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 213.103.
Notice of Revision of Standard Form 1152: Unpaid Compensation of Deceased Civilian Employee
Document Number: 2011-27255
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-10-21
Agency: Office of Personnel Management, Personnel Management Office, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has revised Standard Form (SF) 1152, Unpaid Compensation of Deceased Civilian Employee, to update examples of beneficiary designations. The SF 1152 is used by a civilian employee to designate the beneficiary or beneficiaries to receive any unpaid compensation due and payable after the employee's death. The form relates solely to money due as defined in 5 U.S.C. 5581, 5582, and 5583, and has no effect on any benefits which may become payable under the Retirement or Group Life Insurance Acts applicable to the deceased employee's Government service. The revised form is PDF fillable and is located on OPM's Web site at http:/ /www.opm.gov/forms/html.sf.asp for agency use. This version supersedes all previous versions. Please destroy any versions you may have in stock.
Excepted Service
Document Number: 2011-26402
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-10-13
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 213.103.
Revision of Information Collection: OPM Online Form 1417
Document Number: 2011-25905
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-10-06
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 clearance to revise an information collection. OPM Online Form 1417, the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) Information System form, collects information from the 208 local CFC campaigns to verify campaign results and collect contact information. The proposed revisions remove data that is collected from other sources and incorporates new questions regarding the Federal employees who oversee the campaign at the local level. On February 7, 2011, we published a 60-day notice and request for comments. We received no comments. We estimate 208 Online OPM Forms 1417 are completed annually. Each form takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. The annual estimated burden is 104 hours. The change in the estimated burden is the result of a reduction in the number of campaigns and the elimination of questions on local charity participation. 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 appropriate use of technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. For copies of this proposal, contact Curtis Rumbaugh on (202) 606- 2564, Fax (202) 606-5056 or e-mail to curtis.rumbaugh@opm.gov. Please be sure to include a mailing address with your request.
Absence and Leave; Qualifying Exigency Leave
Document Number: 2011-25310
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-09-30
Agency: Office of Personnel Management, Personnel Management Office, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management is issuing final regulations to amend the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) regulations to provide eligible Federal employees up to 12 administrative workweeks of unpaid leave under the FMLA for qualifying exigency purposes. Qualifying exigencies arise when the spouse, son, daughter, or parent of an employee is on covered active duty in the Armed Forces, or has been notified of an impending call or order to covered active duty status. These regulations will help employees manage family affairs when their family members are on covered active duty.
Federal Salary Council; Meeting
Document Number: 2011-24490
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-09-23
Agency: Office of Personnel Management, Personnel Management Office, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Salary Council will meet on November 4, 2011, at the time and location shown below. The Council is an advisory body composed of representatives of Federal employee organizations and experts in the fields of labor relations and pay policy. The Council makes recommendations to the President's Pay Agent (the Secretary of Labor and the Directors of the Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Personnel Management) about the locality pay program for General Schedule employees under section 5304 of title 5, United States Code. The Council's recommendations cover the establishment or modification of locality pay areas, the coverage of salary surveys, the process of comparing Federal and non-Federal rates of pay, and the level of comparability payments that should be paid. The Council will hear public testimony about the locality pay program, review the results of pay comparisons, and formulate its recommendations to the President's Pay Agent on pay comparison methods, locality pay rates, and locality pay areas and boundaries for 2013. The meeting is open to the public. Please contact the Office of Personnel Management at the address shown below if you wish to submit testimony or present material to the Council at the meeting.
CFC-50 Commission
Document Number: 2011-22875
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-09-07
Agency: Office of Personnel Management, Personnel Management Office, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management announces the establishment of the CFC-50 Advisory Commission. The Commission shall advise the Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) on strengthening the integrity, the operation and effectiveness of the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) to ensure its continued growth and success. The Commission is an advisory committee composed of Federal employees, private campaign administrators, charitable organizations and ``watchdog'' groups. The Commission is co-chaired by Thomas Davis and Beverly Byron.
Technical Amendments to Federal Employees' Retirement System; Present Value Conversion Factors for Spouses of Deceased Separated Employees; Corrections
Document Number: 2011-22873
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-09-07
Agency: Office of Personnel Management, Personnel Management Office, Agencies and Commissions
The Office of Personnel Management published a final rule in the Federal Register on August 23, 2011, (76 FR 52539) revising the factor at 5 CFR 843.309(b)(2) used to convert a lump sum basic employee death benefit under 5 U.S.C. 8442(b) to 36 installment payments. That change inadvertently stated that the revised factor would apply to deaths occurring on or after October 1, 2004. The revised factor, however, applies to deaths occurring on or after October 1, 2011. Therefore, this document corrects the final regulation by revising this date. Additionally, this document corrects a misspelling in the heading to Appendix A to subpart C of part 843 that was included with the rule.
Hispanic Council on Federal Employment
Document Number: 2011-22532
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-09-02
Agency: Office of Personnel Management, Personnel Management Office, Agencies and Commissions
The Hispanic Council on Federal Employment will hold its third meeting on Friday, September 30, 2011, at the time and location shown below. The Council is an advisory committee composed of representatives from Hispanic organizations and senior government officials. Along with its other responsibilities, the Council shall advise the Director of the Office of Personnel Management on matters involving the recruitment, hiring, and advancement of Hispanics in the Federal workforce. The Council is co-chaired by the Chief of Staff of the Office of Personnel Management and the Assistant Secretary for Human Resources and Administration at the Department of Veterans Affairs. The meeting is open to the public. Please contact the Office of Personnel Management at the address shown below if you wish to present material to the Council at the meeting. The manner and time prescribed for presentations may be limited, depending upon the number of parties that express interest in presenting information.
Submission for Review: 3206-0215, Verification of Full-Time School Attendance, RI 25-49
Document Number: 2011-22473
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-09-02
Agency: Office of Personnel Management, Personnel Management Office, Agencies and Commissions
The Retirement Services, Office of Personnel Management (OPM) offers the general public and other federal agencies the opportunity to comment on a revised information collection request (ICR) 3206-0215, Verification of Full-Time School Attendance. As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13, 44 U.S.C. chapter 35) as amended by the Clinger-Cohen Act (Pub. L. 104-106), OPM is soliciting comments for this collection. The information collection was previously published in the Federal Register on May 23, 2011 at Volume 76 FR 29805 allowing for a 60-day public comment period. No comments were received for this information collection. The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comments. The Office of Management and Budget is particularly interested in comments that: 1. Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; 2. Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; 3. Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and 4. Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submissions of responses.
Submission for Review: 3206-0121, Application for Deferred Retirement (For Persons Separated on or After October 1, 1956), OPM 1496A
Document Number: 2011-22472
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-09-02
Agency: Office of Personnel Management, Personnel Management Office, Agencies and Commissions
The Retirement Services, Office of Personnel Management (OPM) offers the general public and other Federal agencies the opportunity to comment on a revised information collection request (ICR) 3206-0121, Application for Deferred Retirement (For persons separated on or after October 1, 1956). As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, (Pub. L. 104-13, 44 U.S.C. chapter 35) as amended by the Clinger-Cohen Act (Pub. L. 104-106), OPM is soliciting comments for this collection. The Office of Management and Budget is particularly interested in comments that: 1. Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; 2. Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; 3. Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and 4. Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submissions of responses.
Submission for Review: Standard Form 1153: Claim for Unpaid Compensation of Deceased Civilian Employee
Document Number: 2011-22471
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-09-02
Agency: Office of Personnel Management, Personnel Management Office, Agencies and Commissions
Merit System Audit and Compliance, Office of Personnel Management (OPM) offers the general public and other Federal agencies the opportunity to comment on an existing information collection request (ICR) 3206-0234, Standard Form 1153, Claim for Unpaid Compensation of Deceased Civilian Employee. As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, (Pub. L. 104-13, 44 U.S.C. chapter 35) as amended by the Clinger-Cohen Act (Pub. L. 104-106), OPM is soliciting comments for this collection. The Office of Management and Budget is particularly interested in comments that: 1. Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; 2. Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; 3. Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and 4. Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submissions of responses.
Noncompetitive Appointment of Certain Military Spouses
Document Number: 2011-22268
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-08-31
Agency: Office of Personnel Management, Personnel Management Office, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management is issuing final regulations to eliminate the 2-year eligibility limitation for noncompetitive appointment for spouses of certain deceased or 100 percent disabled veterans. OPM is removing this restriction to provide spouses of certain deceased or 100 percent disabled veterans with unlimited eligibility for noncompetitive appointment. The intended effect of this change is to further facilitate the entry of these military spouses into the Federal civil service.
Excepted Service
Document Number: 2011-21808
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-25
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 213.103.
Submission for Review: Request To Change Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Enrollment for Spouse Equity/Temporary Continuation of Coverage (TCC) Enrollees/Direct Pay Annuitants (DPRS 2809)
Document Number: 2011-21783
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-25
Agency: Office of Personnel Management, Personnel Management Office, Agencies and Commissions
The Retirement Services, Office of Personnel Management (OPM) offers the general public and other federal agencies the opportunity to comment on a revised information collection request (ICR) 3206-0202, Request to Change Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Enrollment for Spouse Equity/Temporary Continuation of Coverage (TCC) Enrollees/ Direct Pay Annuitants. As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13, 44 U.S.C. chapter 35) as amended by the Clinger- Cohen Act (Pub. L. 104-106), OPM is soliciting comments for this collection. The information collection was previously published in the Federal Register on April 11, 2011 at Volume 76 FR 18810 allowing for a 60-day public comment period. We received comments from one organization. Based on those comments, several changes have been made to this information collection that makes it consistent with the Affordable Care Act (Pub. L. 111-48). The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comments. The Office of Management and Budget is particularly interested in comments that: 1. Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; 2. Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; 3. Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and 4. Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submissions of responses.
CFC-50 Commission Meeting
Document Number: 2011-21779
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-25
Agency: Office of Personnel Management, Personnel Management Office, Agencies and Commissions
The CFC-50 Advisory Commission will hold its initial meeting on September 13, 2011, at the time and location shown below. The Commission shall advise the Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) on strengthening the integrity, the operation and effectiveness of the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) to ensure its continued growth and success. The Commission is an advisory committee composed of Federal employees, private campaign administrators, charitable organizations and ``watchdog'' groups. The Commission is co- chaired by Thomas Davis and Beverly Byron. The meeting is open to the public. Please contact the Office of Personnel Management at the address shown below if you wish to present material to the Commission at the meeting. The manner and time prescribed for presentations may be limited, depending upon the number of parties that express interest in presenting information.
Prevailing Rate Systems; Abolishment of Monmouth, NJ, as a Nonappropriated Fund Federal Wage System Wage Area
Document Number: 2011-21776
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-08-25
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 Monmouth, New Jersey, nonappropriated fund (NAF) Federal Wage System (FWS) wage area and redefine Monmouth County, NJ, to the Burlington, NJ, NAF wage area. These changes are necessary because the closure of Fort Monmouth will leave the Monmouth wage area without an activity having the capability to conduct a local wage survey.
Pay for Sunday Work
Document Number: 2011-21397
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-08-23
Agency: Office of Personnel Management, Personnel Management Office, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management is issuing final regulations to implement the ruling in the case of Fathauer v. United States, 566 F.3d 1352 (Fed. Cir. 2009). In this decision, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled that part-time employees are covered under the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 5546(a), the statute governing the payment of Sunday premium pay for work performed on Sundays. The revised Sunday premium pay regulations eliminate references to ``full-time'' employees, which will permit Sunday premium payments to part-time employees, in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 5546(a). Consistent with the reasoning in the Fathauer decision, OPM has determined that part-time prevailing rate employees are also entitled to payment of Sunday premium pay, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 5544(a). Intermittent employees continue to be excluded from earning Sunday premium pay because of the nature of their appointment.
Federal Employees' Retirement System; Present Value Conversion Factors for Spouses of Deceased Separated Employees
Document Number: 2011-21396
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-08-23
Agency: Office of Personnel Management, Personnel Management Office, Agencies and Commissions
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is issuing an interim rule to revise the table of reduction factors for early commencing dates of survivor annuities for spouses of separated employees who die before the date on which they would be eligible for unreduced deferred annuities, and to revise the annuity factor for spouses of deceased employees who die in service when those spouses elect to receive the basic employee death benefit in 36 installments under the Federal Employees' Retirement System (FERS) Act of 1986. These rules are necessary to ensure that the tables conform to the economic, demographic and mortality assumptions adopted by the Board of Actuaries and published in the Federal Register on June 3, 2011, as required by 5 U.S.C. 8461(i).
Personnel Records
Document Number: 2011-21395
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-08-23
Agency: Office of Personnel Management, Personnel Management Office, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is amending the regulations governing disposition of Official Personnel Folders of Federal employees to clarify the roles and responsibilities of OPM and Federal agencies.
Submission for Review: Revision of an Existing Information Collection, USAJOBS
Document Number: 2011-21398
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-22
Agency: Office of Personnel Management, Personnel Management Office, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) offers the general public and other Federal agencies the opportunity to comment on a revised information collection request (ICR) 3206-0219, USAJOBS. As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, (Pub. L. 104-13, 44 U.S.C. chapter 35) as amended by the Clinger-Cohen Act (Pub. L. 104- 106), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is soliciting comments for this collection. The information collection was previously published in the Federal Register on June 22, 2011 at Volume 76 FR No. 120 allowing for a 60-day public comment period. No comments were received for this information collection. The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comments. OMB is particularly interested in comments that: 1. Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; 2. Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; 3. Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and 4. Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submissions of responses.
Political Activity-Federal Employees Residing In Designated Localities
Document Number: 2011-21392
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-08-22
Agency: Office of Personnel Management, Personnel Management Office, Agencies and Commissions
OPM proposes to amend its regulations at 5 CFR part 733 by granting Federal employees residing in King George County, Virginia, a partial exemption from the political activity restrictions specified in 5 U.S.C. 7323(a)(2) and (3), and adding King George County to its regulatory list of designated localities in 5 CFR 733.107(c). The proposed amendment reflects OPM's determination that King George County meets the criteria in 5 U.S.C. 7325 and 5 CFR 733.107(a) for a partial exemption to issue.