Access to Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) for Employees of Certain Indian Tribal Employers
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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 email@example.com. Please include your complete mailing address with your request.
Federal Prevailing Rate Advisory Committee; Open Committee Meeting
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
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
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
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
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
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.