Office of Personnel Management 2016 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Access to Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) for Employees of Certain Indian Tribal Employers
Document Number: 2016-31195
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-12-28
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
This final rule makes Federal employee health insurance accessible to employees of certain Indian tribal entities. Section 409 of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (codified at 25 U.S.C. 1647b) authorizes Indian tribes, tribal organizations, and urban Indian organizations that carry out certain programs to purchase coverage, rights, and benefits under the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program for their employees. Tribal employers and tribal employees will be responsible for the full cost of benefits, plus an administrative fee.
Veterans' Preference
Document Number: 2016-30893
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-12-27
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
This rule implements statutory changes pertaining to veterans' preference. We are making this change in response to the Gold Star Fathers Act of 2015, which broadened the category of individuals eligible for veterans' preference to provide that fathers of certain permanently disabled or deceased veterans shall be included with mothers of such veterans as preference eligibles for treatment in the civil service. This action will align OPM's regulations with the existing statute.
Federal Employees' Retirement System; Government Costs
Document Number: 2016-30487
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-12-22
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
This rule proposes to amend its regulations to clarify the manner for determining a supplemental liability, the process by which the United States Postal Service (USPS) and the United States Department of the Treasury (Treasury) may request reconsideration of OPM's valuation of the supplemental liability, and to make associated changes. OPM also proposes to amends its regulations to clarify the employee categories it will use to compute the normal cost percentages.
OMB No. 3206-0144, More Information Needed for the Person Named Below, OPM Form RI 38-45
Document Number: 2016-30316
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-16
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 revision of a currently approved information collection request (ICR) OMB No. 3206-0144, More Information Needed for the Person Named, OPM Form RI 38-45. 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.
Cancellation of Submission for Review: Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Application, 3206-0082
Document Number: 2016-29768
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-13
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is cancelling its proposal to reinstate, with revisions, an expired information collection, the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Application. OPM has determined that this application is not an information collection subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act. OPM will not publish a 30-day notice or submit the PMF Application for clearance by the Office of Management and Budget before administering the application as part of the PMF examination.
Personnel Management in Agencies
Document Number: 2016-29600
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-12-12
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
This rule is intended to align human capital management practices to broader agency strategic planning activities, and better align human capital activities with an agency's mission and strategic goals. This will enable agency leadership to better leverage the workforce to achieve results. In addition, the final regulation will allow agencies to gather additional information from employee surveys.
Excepted Service
Document Number: 2016-29130
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-05
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
This notice identifies Schedule A, B, and C appointing authorities applicable to a single agency that were established or revoked from June 1, 2016 to June 30, 2016.
Excepted Service
Document Number: 2016-29129
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-05
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
This notice identifies Schedule A, B, and C appointing authorities applicable to a single agency that were established or revoked from April 1, 2016, to April 30, 2016.
Submission for OMB Emergency Review: OPM Form SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, OMB No. 3206-0001
Document Number: 2016-29127
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-05
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13, May 22, 1995), this notice announces the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) submitted a request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for emergency clearance and review for OPM Form SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Emergency clearance is required as the current form approval expired October 31, 2016. OPM will publish a 60-notice requesting comments on proposed revisions to the SF 15 at a later date. The SF 15 is used by agencies, OPM examining offices, and agency appointing officials to adjudicate individuals' claims for veterans' preference in accordance with the Veterans' Preference Act of 1944. Public burden reporting for this collection of information is estimated to take approximately 10 minutes per response, including time for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the collection of information. Comments are invited on: Whether this information is necessary for the proper performance of functions on 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. For copies of this proposal, contact CIO PRA Officer on (202) 606- 0125 or via email to formsmanager@opm.gov. Please include your complete mailing address with your request.
Federal Prevailing Rate Advisory Committee; Open Committee Meeting
Document Number: 2016-28985
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-02
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
According to the provisions of section 10 of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463), notice is hereby given that a meeting of the Federal Prevailing Rate Advisory Committee will be held on Thursday, January 12, 2017. The meeting will start at 10 a.m. and will be held in Room 5A06A, U.S. Office of Personnel Management Building, 1900 E Street NW., Washington, DC. The Federal Prevailing Rate Advisory Committee is composed of a Chair, five representatives from labor unions holding exclusive bargaining rights for Federal prevailing rate employees, and five representatives from Federal agencies. Entitlement to membership on the Committee is provided for in 5 U.S.C. 5347. The Committee's primary responsibility is to review the Prevailing Rate System and other matters pertinent to establishing prevailing rates under subchapter IV, chapter 53, 5 U.S.C., as amended, and from time to time advise the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. This scheduled meeting is open to the public with both labor and management representatives attending. During the meeting either the labor members or the management members may caucus separately to devise strategy and formulate positions. Premature disclosure of the matters discussed in these caucuses would unacceptably impair the ability of the Committee to reach a consensus on the matters being considered and would disrupt substantially the disposition of its business. Therefore, these caucuses will be closed to the public because of a determination made by the Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management under the provisions of section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463) and 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(9)(B). These caucuses may, depending on the issues involved, constitute a substantial portion of a meeting. Annually, the Chair compiles a report of pay issues discussed and concluded recommendations. These reports are available to the public. Reports for calendar years 2008 to 2015 are posted at http:// www.opm.gov/fprac. Previous reports are also available, upon written request to the Committee. The public is invited to submit material in writing to the Chair on Federal Wage System pay matters felt to be deserving of the Committee's attention. Additional information on these meetings may be obtained by contacting the Committee at U.S. Office of Personnel Management, Federal Prevailing Rate Advisory Committee, Room 5H27, 1900 E Street NW., Washington, DC 20415, (202) 606-2858.
Federal Employees Health Benefits and Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Programs' Coverage Exception for Children of Same-Sex Domestic Partners
Document Number: 2016-28789
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-12-02
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
This action amends the rule to create a regulatory exception that allows children of same-sex domestic partners living overseas to maintain their Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) and Federal Employees Dental and Vision Program (FEDVIP) coverage until September 30, 2018. Due to a recent Supreme Court decision, as of January 1, 2016, coverage of children of same-sex domestic partners under the FEHB Program and FEDVIP will generally only be allowed if the couple is married, as discussed in Benefits Administration Letter (BAL) 15-207 dated October 5, 2015. OPM recognizes there are additional requirements placed on overseas federal employees that may not apply to other civilian employees with duty stations in the United States making it difficult to travel to the United States to marry same-sex partners.
Federal Employees Health Benefits Program: Removal of Ineligible Individuals From Existing Enrollments
Document Number: 2016-28788
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-12-01
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
The United States Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is issuing a notice of proposed rulemaking to amend Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program regulations to provide a process for removal from FEHB enrollments of certain identified individuals who are found not to be eligible as family members. This process would apply to individuals for whom there is a failure to provide adequate documentation of eligibility when requested.
Removal of Eligible Family Members From Existing Self and Family Enrollments
Document Number: 2016-28787
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-12-01
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
This action would amend Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program rules. This proposed rule is in response to enrollee requests to remove family members from existing enrollments. The intended effect of this action is to allow certain eligible family members to be removed from self and family or self plus one enrollments.
Prevailing Rate Systems; Redefinition of Certain Appropriated Fund Federal Wage System Wage Areas
Document Number: 2016-28784
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-12-01
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is issuing a final rule to redefine the geographic boundaries of several appropriated fund Federal Wage System (FWS) wage areas for pay-setting purposes. Based on reviews of Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) boundaries in a number of wage areas, OPM is redefining the following wage areas: Salinas-Monterey, CA; San Francisco, CA; New London, CT; Central and Western Massachusetts; Cincinnati, OH: Dayton, OH, Southeastern Washington-Eastern Oregon; and Spokane, WA.
Recruitment, Selection, and Placement (General) and Suitability
Document Number: 2016-28782
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-12-01
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is issuing a final rule revising its regulations pertaining to when, during the hiring process, a hiring agency can request information typically collected during a background investigation from an applicant for Federal employment. OPM is making this change to promote compliance with Merit System Principles as well as the goals of the Federal Interagency Reentry Council and the President's Memorandum of January 31, 2014, ``Enhancing Safeguards to Prevent the Undue Denial of Federal Employment Opportunities to the Unemployed and Those Facing Financial Difficulty Through No Fault of Their Own.'' In addition, the final rule will help agencies comply with the President's Memorandum of April 29, 2016, ``Promoting Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Formerly Incarcerated Individuals.'' The intended effect of this rule is to encourage more individuals with the requisite knowledge, skills, and ability to apply for Federal positions by making it more clear that the Government provides a fair opportunity to compete for Federal employment to applicants from all segments of society, including those with prior criminal histories or who have experienced financial difficulty through no fault of their own.
Hispanic Council on Federal Employment
Document Number: 2016-28786
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-30
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
The Hispanic Council on Federal Employment (Council) meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at the following time and location shown below: Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Location: Via Teleconference, Dial-in Number: (866) 858-3615, Participant Passcode: 41624240. 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 Director of the Office of Personnel Management and the Chair of the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA). 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 any of the meetings. The manner and time prescribed for presentations may be limited, depending upon the number of parties that express interest in presenting information.
OMB Emergency Review and 60-Day Notice for Comment for Existing Information Collection Request: OPM Form 1203-FX, Occupational Questionnaire OMB No. 3206-0040
Document Number: 2016-28785
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-30
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13, May 22, 1995), this notice announces the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request for emergency clearance and review for existing information collection request for the OPM Form 1203-FX, Occupational Questionnaire. Approval of the Occupational Questionnaire, OPM Form 1203-FX is necessary to collect information from applicants to determine their level of qualification when applying for Federal employment. This also serves as the 60-Day Notice for review for full clearance.
Employment in the Excepted Service
Document Number: 2016-28783
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-11-30
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is proposing to revise its regulations governing employment in the excepted service. The proposed rules will clarify the existing policy on exemptions from excepted service selection procedures, and provide additional procedures for passing over a preference eligible veteran. The intended effect of these proposed changes is to strengthen the application of veterans' entitlements in the excepted service.
Prevailing Rate Systems; Redefinition of the New York, NY, and Philadelphia, PA, Appropriated Fund Federal Wage System Wage Areas
Document Number: 2016-28769
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-11-30
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is issuing a final rule to redefine the geographic boundaries of the New York, NY, and Philadelphia, PA, appropriated fund Federal Wage System (FWS) wage areas. The final rule will address an anomalous situation affecting Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. Portions of the Joint Base are currently defined to the Philadelphia wage area and to the New York wage area. OPM has developed a new criterion for defining wage areas to address this unique situation so that the entire Joint Base is covered by a single wage schedule.
OMB No. 3206-0233, Civil Service Retirement System Survivor Annuitant Express Pay Application for Death Benefits, OPM Form RI 25-051
Document Number: 2016-28088
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-22
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) OMB No. 3206-0233, Civil Service Retirement System Survivor Annuitant Express Pay Application for Death Benefits, OPM Form RI 25-051. As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Public Law 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 (81 FR 47444, July 21, 2016) 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.
Federal Employees Health Benefits Program Coverage for Certain Firefighters and Intermittent Emergency Response Personnel
Document Number: 2016-27901
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-11-21
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is issuing a final rule to amend the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program regulations to make certain firefighters hired under a temporary appointment and certain intermittent emergency response personnel eligible to be enrolled in a health benefits plan under the FEHB Program. These amendments were the subject of interim rules published on July 19, 2012 and November 14, 2012.
Excepted Service
Document Number: 2016-27900
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-21
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
This notice identifies Schedule A, B, and C appointing authorities applicable to a single agency that were established or revoked from March 1, 2016, to March 31, 2016.
Pay Administration Under the Fair Labor Standards Act
Document Number: 2016-27887
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-11-21
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) proposes to revise the regulations issued under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, as amended (``FLSA'' or ``Act''). The revised regulations are intended to provide a clearer understanding of coverage under the Act and to ensure that the FLSA's intended overtime protections are fully implemented. By way of this rulemaking, OPM seeks to harmonize OPM's regulations with revisions made to the Department of Labor's (DOL) FLSA regulations by updating the salary-based nonexemption level and by providing for future automatic updates to that level consistent with the automatic updating mechanism utilized in DOL's FLSA regulations.
Veterans' Preference
Document Number: 2016-27886
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-11-21
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is issuing a final rule that implements statutory changes pertaining to veterans' preference. These changes were made in response to the Hubbard Act, which broadened the category of individuals eligible for veterans' preference; and to implement the VOW (Veterans Opportunity to Work) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011, which requires Federal agencies to treat certain active duty service members as preference eligibles for purposes of an appointment to the competitive service, even though the service members have not been discharged or released from active duty and do not have a Department of Defense (DD) Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty. In addition, OPM has updated its regulations to reference existing requirements for the alternative ranking and selection procedure called ``category rating,'' and to add a reference to the end date of Operation Iraqi Freedom, which affected veteran status and preference eligibility. This action aligns OPM's regulations with existing statutes.
OMB No. 3206-0218, Death Benefit Payment Rollover Election, Form No. RI 94-7
Document Number: 2016-26890
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-08
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
The Retirement Services within 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) OMB No. 3206-0218, Death Benefit Payment Rollover Election, Form No. RI 94-7. As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 as amended by the Clinger-Cohen Act, OPM is soliciting comments for this collection. The information collection was previously published in the Federal Register (81 FR 44898, July 11, 2016) 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.
Career and Career-Conditional Employment
Document Number: 2016-26888
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-11-08
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is issuing a final rule on creditable service for career tenure. The final regulation removes the requirement for creditable service to be substantially continuous and instead allows an individual to attain career tenure after completing at least 3 years of total creditable service.
Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance Program: Excepted Service and Pathways Programs
Document Number: 2016-25507
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-10-21
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
This action amends the rule to reflect that excepted service employees hired under the internship program known as the Pathways Programs may elect to enroll in Federal Employee's Group Life Insurance (FEGLI), if applicable Federal requirements are met. This action is necessary due to the omission of technical changes to OPMs final rule, Excepted Service, Career and Career-Conditional Employment, and Pathways Programs, issued on May 11, 2012, which concerns the excepted service internship programs. The effect of this action is to remove a barrier to recruiting students and recent graduates to help the Federal Government better compete with all employers when it comes to hiring qualified applicants for entry-level positions.
Federal Salary Council; Meeting Notice
Document Number: 2016-24792
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-13
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
The Federal Salary Council will meet on Friday, October 28, 2016, 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 Sec. 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 2018. 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.
Information and Instructions on Your Reconsideration Rights, OMB No. 3206-0237
Document Number: 2016-24791
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-13
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), OMB No. 3206-0237, Information and Instructions on Your Reconsideration Rights. The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comments. 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.
Senior Executive Service-Performance Review Board
Document Number: 2016-24789
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-13
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
Notice is hereby given of the appointment of members of the OPM Performance Review Board.
Privacy Act of 1974: Revised System of Records
Document Number: 2016-24507
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-11
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is revising a system of records in its inventory of record systems subject to the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a), as amended.
Federal Prevailing Rate Advisory Committee; Cancellation of Upcoming Meeting
Document Number: 2016-24325
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-07
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
The Federal Prevailing Rate Advisory Committee is issuing this notice to cancel the October 20, 2016, 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 Wednesday, November 25, 2015, at 80 FR 73839.
We Need Information About Your Missing Payment-OPM Form RI 38-31, OMB No. 3206-0187
Document Number: 2016-23373
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-09-28
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 approved information collection request (ICR), OMB No. 3206-0187, We Need Information About Your Missing Payment, OPM Form RI 38-31. 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.
OPM.GOV Feedback Tab Survey 3206-NEW
Document Number: 2016-23353
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-09-28
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) offers the general public and other federal agencies the opportunity to comment on a new information collection request (ICR) 3206-NEW, the OPM.GOV Feedback tab survey. 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 (81 FR 41608, June 27, 2016) 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.
3206-0235, Letter Reply To Request for Information, RI 20-64; Former Spouse Survivor Annuity Election, RI 20-64A; Information on Electing a Survivor Annuity for Your Former Spouse, RI 20-64B
Document Number: 2016-22757
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-09-21
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) OMB No. 3206-0235, Letter Reply to Request for Information, Form RI 20-64 and Information on Electing a Survivor Annuity for Your Former Spouse, Form RI 20-64A. 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.
3206-0136, Designation of Beneficiary: Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance, SF 2823
Document Number: 2016-22756
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-09-21
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) OMB No. 3206- 0136, Designation of Beneficiary: Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance, SF 2823. 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.
3206-0216, We Need Important Information About Your Eligibility for Social Security Disability Benefits, RI 98-7
Document Number: 2016-22755
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-09-21
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) OMB No. 3206-0216, We Need Important Information About Your Eligibility for Social Security Disability Benefits, RI 98-7. 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.
3206-0032, Self-Certification of Full-Time School Attendance For The School Year, RI 25-14 and Information and Instructions for Completing the Self-Certification of Full-Time School Attendance For The School Year, RI 25-14A
Document Number: 2016-22753
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-09-21
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) 3206-0032, Self-Certification of Full-Time School Attendance For The School Year, RI 25-14 and Information and Instructions for Completing the Self-Certification of Full-Time School Attendance For The School Year, RI 25-14A. 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.
Submission for Review: 3206-0208, Representative Payee Survey, RI 38-115
Document Number: 2016-22329
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-09-16
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) 3206-0208, Representative Payee Survey. 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.
Meeting of the Hispanic Council on Federal Employment
Document Number: 2016-21887
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-09-12
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
The Hispanic Council on Federal Employment (Council) meeting will be held on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at the following time and location shown below: Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Location: U.S. Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street NW., Executive Conference Room, 5th Floor, Washington, DC 20415 The Council is an advisory committee composed of representatives from Hispanic organizations and senior government officials. Along with its other responsibilities, the Council must 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 Director of the Office of Personnel Management and the Chair of the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA). 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 any of the meetings. The manner and time prescribed for presentations may be limited, depending upon the number of parties that express interest in presenting information.
Special Rights for Transferred Employees Under the Dodd-Frank Act Regarding Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance
Document Number: 2016-21077
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-09-01
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is issuing a Final Rulemaking to implement provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the Act). The Act includes authorization for certain transferred employees to have a special enrollment opportunity and special rights regarding Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) to ensure their continuity of benefits coverage.
Access to Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) for Employees of Certain Indian Tribal Employers
Document Number: 2016-20566
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-08-31
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is issuing a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to address the implementation of certain provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, as amended (ACA) making Federal employee health insurance accessible to employees of certain Indian tribal entities. The ACA includes authorization for Indian tribes, tribal organizations, and urban Indian organizations that carry out certain programs to purchase coverage, rights, and benefits under the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program for their employees. Tribal employers and tribal employees will be responsible for the full cost of benefits, plus an administrative fee.
Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program: FEHB Employee Premium Contributions for Employees in Leave Without Pay or Other Nonpay Status
Document Number: 2016-20565
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-08-30
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
The United States Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is issuing a proposed rule to provide flexibility to agencies regarding payment for Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) coverage for employees entering leave without pay (LWOP) or any other type of nonpay status, except when nonpay is as a result of a lapse of appropriations. The regulation also affects employees who have insufficient pay to cover their premium contribution. Under current regulations, a Federal agency pays the employee's share and the Government's share of FEHB premiums if an employee in LWOP or other nonpay status elects to continue coverage while in LWOP or other nonpay status and agrees to repay the agency (referred to interchangeably as ``employing office'') for their employee share upon return to employment for up to 365 days. In other words, the agency must allow an employee to incur a debt for the employee contribution to premium. This outlay of funds may result in an agency incurring a significant amount of debt. This proposed rule would provide an agency with the flexibility to require that all of its employees in LWOP or other nonpay status, except as a result of lapse of appropriations, pay their employee share for FEHB coverage directly to the agency and keep the payments current, if those employees elect to continue FEHB enrollment. Under 5 U.S.C. 8906(e), if an employee in LWOP status chooses to continue FEHB enrollment, the employee and Government contributions shall be paid on a current basis; and, if necessary, the agency shall approve advance payment of a portion of basic pay sufficient to cover the employee contribution. The agency will then recover the amount that it advanced from the employee upon his or her return to employment. Under current regulations employees in LWOP or other nonpay status can elect to make premium payments directly to an agency and keep payments current. Alternatively, employees in these circumstances may elect not to pay premiums directly on a current basis and can incur a debt such that their employing office advances the payments to cover their premiums. The employee agrees that upon his or her return to employment, or upon pay becoming sufficient, the employing office will deduct, in addition to the current pay period's premium, the accrued unpaid premiums from the employee's salary until the debt is recovered. Under this proposed rule, an agency may choose to require that an employee pay premiums directly to the agency on a current basis if the agency makes a determination that all employees in non-pay or insufficient pay status must pay premiums currently. The proposed rule also specifies the procedures for disenrollment for nonpayment of premiums.
Federal Employees Health Benefits Program and Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program: Excepted Service and Pathways Programs Miscellaneous Clarifications and Corrections
Document Number: 2016-20186
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-08-25
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is issuing a final rule to make technical corrections to the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) and the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP) regulations allowing coverage for participants in the Pathways Programs. The Pathways Programs were created by Executive Order (E.O.) 13562, signed by the President on December 27, 2010, and are designed to enable the Federal Government to compete effectively for students and recent graduates by improving its recruitment efforts through internships and similar programs with Federal agencies.
Revision of Information Collection: Combined Federal Campaign Applications
Document Number: 2016-20190
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-08-24
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
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 intends to submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request for clearance to revise an information collection. Combined Federal Campaign Applications, OMB Control No. 3206-0131, which include OPM Forms 1647-A, -B, and -E, are used to review the eligibility of national, international, and local charitable organizations and Department of Defense morale, welfare, and recreation (MWR)/Family Support and Youth Activities/Programs (FSYA/FSYP) organizations that wish to participate in the Combined Federal Campaign. The proposed revisions reflect changes in eligibility guidance from the Office of Personnel Management. On March 10, 2016, we published a 60-day notice and request for comments. We received two comments recommending the addition of a ``thank you statement'' field that would facilitate immediate acknowledgement of electronic pledges. This recommended revision is included below. We estimate 20,500 responses to this information collection annually. Each form takes approximately three hours to complete. The annual estimated burden is 40,500 hours.
Prevailing Rate Systems; Definition of Kent County, Michigan, and Cameron County, Texas, to Nonappropriated Fund Federal Wage System Wage Areas
Document Number: 2016-20179
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-08-24
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is issuing a proposed rule that would define Kent County, Michigan, as an area of application county to the Macomb, MI, nonappropriated fund (NAF) Federal Wage System (FWS) wage area and Cameron County, Texas, as an area of application county to the Nueces, TX, NAF FWS wage area. These changes are necessary because there are NAF FWS employees working in Kent and Cameron Counties, and the counties are not currently defined to NAF wage areas.
Prevailing Rate Systems; Redefinition of the Asheville, NC, and Charlotte, NC, Appropriated Fund Federal Wage System Wage Areas
Document Number: 2016-20172
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-08-24
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is issuing a proposed rule to redefine the geographic boundaries of the Asheville, NC, and Charlotte, NC, appropriated fund Federal Wage System (FWS) wage areas. The final rule will redefine Alexander and Catawba Counties, NC, from the Charlotte wage area to the Asheville wage area. These changes are based on a consensus recommendation of the Federal Prevailing Rate Advisory Committee (FPRAC) to best match the counties proposed for redefinition to a nearby FWS survey area.
Submission for Review: 3206-0162, Report of Medical Examination of Person Electing Insurable Interest Survivor Benefit, OPM 1530
Document Number: 2016-18946
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-08-10
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) 3206-0162, Report of Medical Examination of Person Electing Insurable Interest Survivor Benefit, OPM 1530. As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. Law 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.
Excepted Service
Document Number: 2016-18945
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-08-10
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
This notice identifies Schedule A, B, and C appointing authorities applicable to a single agency that were established or revoked from May 1, 2016 to May 31, 2016.
Disabled Veteran Leave and Other Miscellaneous Changes
Document Number: 2016-18516
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-08-05
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
The Office of Personnel Management is issuing final regulations to implement the Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act of 2015, which establishes a separate new leave category, to be known as ``disabled veteran leave,'' available during a 12-month period beginning on the first day of employment to be used by an employee who is a veteran with a service-connected disability rated at 30 percent or more for purposes of undergoing medical treatment for such disability. We are also rescinding two obsolete leave-related regulations.