[Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions]
[Office of Personnel Management Semiannual Regulatory Agenda]
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Part XXXVIII





Office of Personnel Management





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Semiannual Regulatory Agenda

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OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT (OPM)






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OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT

5 CFR Ch. I

Regulatory Agenda

AGENCY: Office of Personnel Management.

ACTION: Semiannual regulatory agenda.

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SUMMARY: The following Office of Personnel Management (OPM) regulations 
are scheduled for development or review during the six-month period 
following publication. This agenda carries out OPM's responsibilities 
to publish a semiannual agenda under Executive Order 12866, 
``Regulatory Planning and Review,'' and the Regulatory Flexibility Act 
(5 U.S.C. chapter 6). This publication in the Federal Register does not 
impose a binding obligation on the Office of Personnel Management with 
regard to any specific item on the agenda. Regulatory action in 
addition to the items listed is not precluded.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jacquline D. Carter, (202) 606-1973.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: OPM has begun a comprehensive, systematic 
review of its Governmentwide personnel regulations. OPM has undertaken 
this initiative to make the regulations more readable wherever 
possible, to eliminate duplication, and to weed out obsolete 
references. OPM will incorporate any necessary substantive changes as 
part of this project. OPM has begun publishing these regulations as 
proposed regulations and will as proposed regulations continue to do so 
as the project progresses.

U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

 Kay Coles James,

Director.

                               Office of Personnel Management--Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                                                                    Regulation
 Sequence                                          Title                                          Identification
  Number                                                                                              Number
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3539        Posting Regulations.................................................................     3206-AJ73
3540        Competitive Service and Competitive Status..........................................     3206-AJ75
3541        Strategic Human Capital Management Assessment.......................................     3206-AJ92
3542        Employment in the Excepted Service..................................................     3206-AH83
3543        Veterans Recruitment Appointments...................................................     3206-AJ90
3544        Probation on Initial Appointment to a Competitive Position..........................     3206-AI47
3545        Temporary and Term Employment; Recruitment and Selection for Temporary and Term          3206-AJ93
            Appointments Outside the Register; Examining System and Training....................
3546        Amendment to Selective Service Registration Requirements............................     3206-AI52
3547        Merit Promotion and Internal Placement..............................................     3206-AI20
3548        Other Than Full-Time Employment (Part-Time, Seasonal, Intermittent).................     3206-AI22
3549        Order of Release from Competitive Level.............................................     3206-AI96
3550        Reemployment Rights.................................................................     3206-AI19
3551        Information Technology Exchange Program.............................................     3206-AJ91
3552        Training............................................................................     3206-AJ19
3553        Performance Management..............................................................     3206-AJ80
3554        Personnel Management Research Programs and Demonstration Projects...................     3206-AJ67
3555        Classification Under the General Schedule...........................................     3206-AH38
3556        Miscellaneous Changes and Standardization of Pay and Leave Regulations..............     3206-AJ85
3557        Superior Qualifications Appointments................................................     3206-AI00
3558        Job Grading Reviews and Appeals of Federal Wage System Employees....................     3206-AI14
3559        Prevailing Rate Systems; Redefinition of the North Dakota and Duluth, Minnesota,         3206-AJ78
            Appropriated Fund Wage Areas........................................................
3560        Prevailing Rate Systems; Change in Federal Wage System Survey Job and Miscellaneous      3206-AJ79
            Change..............................................................................
3561        Reemployment of Civilian Retirees To Meet Exceptional Employment Needs..............     3206-AI32
3562        List of Agents Designated to Accept Legal Process...................................     3206-AJ83
3563        Retirement; Credit for Military Service.............................................     3206-AG58
3564        Retirement; State Income Tax Withholding Instrumentalities..........................     3206-AH62
3565        Retirement; Court Orders Awarding Survivor Annuities; Correcting or Supplementing        3206-AG28
            the First Order Dividing Marital Property...........................................
3566        Retirement; FERS Elections of Coverage..............................................     3206-AG96
3567        Federal Employees' Health Benefits Program: Continuing FEHB Coverage Into Retirement     3206-AI62
3568        Financial Sanctions of Health Care Providers in the Federal Employees' Health            3206-AJ42
            Benefits Program....................................................................
3569        Implementation of the Administrative Simplification Provisions of the Health             3206-AJ45
            Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 for the Federal Employees'
            Health Benefits Program.............................................................
3570        Employees Responsible for the Management or Use of Federal Computer Systems.........     3206-AJ84
3571        Federal Employees' Health Benefits Acquisition Regulation: Large Provider                3206-AJ20
            Agreements, Subcontracts, and Miscellaneous Changes.................................
3572        Implementation of Additional Cost Principles in the Federal Employees' Health            3206-AJ10
            Benefits Program....................................................................
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                                Office of Personnel Management--Final Rule Stage
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                                                                                                    Regulation
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  Number                                                                                              Number
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3573        OPM Employee Responsibilities and Conduct...........................................     3206-AJ69
3574        Excepted Service--Career and Career-Conditional Employment..........................     3206-AJ28
3575        Excepted Service--Temporary Organizations...........................................     3206-AJ70
3576        Time-In-Grade Restrictions..........................................................     3206-AG06
3577        Reasonable Accommodation Language for Vacancy Announcements.........................     3206-AJ11
3578        Recruitment and Selection Through Competitive Examination...........................     3206-AJ52
3579        Promotion and Internal Placement; Accelerated Qualifications........................     3206-AG19
3580        Certified Performance Appraisal Systems and Aggregate Limitation on Pay.............     3206-AJ86
3581        Awards..............................................................................     3206-AJ65
3582        Official Duty Station Determinations for Pay Purposes...............................     3206-AH84
3583        Pay Under the General Schedule; Subpart F--Locality-Based Comparability Payments....     3206-AJ62
3584        Grade and Pay Retention.............................................................     3206-AI88
3585        Premium Pay Limitations.............................................................     3206-AJ56
3586        Pretax Allotments for Flexible Spending Accounts....................................     3206-AJ88
3587        Retention Allowances................................................................     3206-AJ48
3588        Extended Assignment Incentives......................................................     3206-AJ87
3589        Voluntary Separation Incentive Payments (VSIPs).....................................     3206-AJ76
3590        Employee Responsibilities and Conduct...............................................     3206-AJ74
3591        Agency Use of Appropriated funds for Child Care Costs for Lower Income Employees....     3206-AJ77
3592        Retirement; Coverage--Nonappropriated Fund Instrumentalities........................     3206-AH57
3593        Coverage for Certain Employees of the District of Columbia..........................     3206-AI02
3594        Retirement, Health, and Life Insurance Coverage for Certain Employees of the             3206-AI55
            District of Columbia Under the District of Columbia Courts and Justice Technical
            Corrections Act of 1998.............................................................
3595        Law Enforcement Officer and Firefighter Retirement..................................     3206-AJ39
3596        Continuation of Eligibility for Certain Civil Service Benefits for Former Federal        3206-AJ55
            Employees of the Civilian Marksmanship Program......................................
3597        Retirement--Federal Employees Retirement System; Basic Annuity......................     3206-AJ82
3598        Retirement--Debt Collection.........................................................     3206-AE72
3599        Retirement--General Administration..................................................     3206-AI83
3600        Retirement; FERS Basic Annuity......................................................     3206-AE73
3601        Retirement Coverage and Service Credit Elections Available to Current and Former         3206-AJ72
            Nonappropriated Fund Employees......................................................
3602        Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance Program: Miscellaneous Changes and               3206-AG63
            Clarifications......................................................................
3603        Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance: Removal of Premiums and Age Bands from          3206-AJ46
            Regulations.........................................................................
3604        Federal Long-Term Care Insurance Regulations........................................     3206-AJ71
3605        Federal Employees' Health Benefits Program: Payment of Premiums for Periods of Leave     3206-AG66
            Without Pay or Insufficient Pay.....................................................
3606        Federal Employees' Health Benefits Program: Effective Dates.........................     3206-AI37
3607        Implementation of Premium Conversion for Executive Branch Federal Employees              3206-AJ17
            Participating in the Federal Employees' Health Benefits (FEHB) Program..............
3608        Federal Employees' Health Benefits Children's Equity................................     3206-AJ34
3609        Implementation of Flexible Spending Accounts for Executive Branch Federal Employees      3206-AJ66
            Participating in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program......................
3610        Federal Executive Boards............................................................     3206-AJ68
3611        Governmentwide Debarment and Suspension (Nonprocurement)............................     3206-AJ31
3612        Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance Federal Acquisition Regulation..............     3206-AI65
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                                                                                                    Regulation
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  Number                                                                                              Number
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3613        Pay Administration; Availability Pay for Criminal Investigators.....................     3206-AJ49
3614        Personnel Security and Related Programs.............................................     3206-AC21
3615        Investigations......................................................................     3206-AB92
3616        Correction of Retirement Coverage Errors Under the Federal Erroneous Retirement          3206-AJ38
            Coverage Correction Act.............................................................
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                                Office of Personnel Management--Completed Actions
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                                                                                                    Regulation
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  Number                                                                                              Number
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3617        Excepted Service--Schedule A Authority for Chinese, Japanese, and Hindi Interpreters     3206-AJ43
3618        Prevailing Rate Systems; Definition of Santa Clara, California, Nonappropriated Fund     3206-AJ61
            Wage Area...........................................................................
3619        Prevailing Rate Systems; Change in Federal Wage System Survey Job...................     3206-AJ63
3620        Prevailing Rate Systems; Redefinition of the Scranton-Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania,        3206-AJ64
            Appropriated Fund Wage Area.........................................................
3621        Basic Pay for Employees of Temporary Organizations..................................     3206-AJ47
3622        Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime Pay........................................     3206-AJ57
3623        Debarments and Suspensions of Health Care Providers From the Federal Employees'          3206-AD76
            Health Benefits Program.............................................................
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  Regulation
Identification                                             Title                                                  Date                 Comments
    Number
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3206-AG20        Voluntary Separation Incentive Repayment Waivers                                               02/04/2003   Merged With RIN 3206-AJ76
3206-AI34        Reemployment Priority List                                                                     03/04/2003   Withdrawn
3206-AJ59        Miscellaneous Changes in Pay and Leave Regulations                                             03/03/2003   Withdrawn
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Office of Personnel Management (OPM)                Proposed Rule Stage






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3539. [bull] POSTING REGULATIONS

Priority: Info./Admin./Other

Legal Authority: 5 USC 1103

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 110

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is issuing proposed 
regulations to revise the rules relating to notice of new regulations 
and information collection requirements. The revisions include 
eliminating one subpart and renaming the remaining subpart, and making 
plain language modifications.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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NPRM                            03/06/03                    68 FR 10667
NPRM Comment Period End         05/05/03
Final Action                    07/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Robert T. Coco, Division for Management and Chief 
Financial Officer, Office of Personnel Management, Contracting, 
Facilities, and Administrative Services Group, Publications Management 
Branch, 1900 E Street NW., Washington, DC 20415
Phone: 202 606-1822
Fax: 202 606-0909
Email: rtcoco@opm.gov

RIN: 3206-AJ73
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3540. [bull] COMPETITIVE SERVICE AND COMPETITIVE STATUS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 3301, 5 USC 3302

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 212

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Office of Personnel Management is rewriting its 
regulations in plain language to make them more readable. This includes 
part 212 that contains the definitions of competitive service and 
competitive status. This is one aspect of a broader review of OPM's 
regulations. This regulatory rewrite supports the Administration's 
effort to use ``plain language'' when disseminating information 
throughout the Federal community and to the general public.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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NPRM                            06/00/03
Final Action                    12/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Karen Jacobs, Division for Strategic Human Resources 
Policy, Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street NW., Washington, 
DC 20415
Phone: 202 606-0830
Fax: 202 606-0390
Email: kkjacobs@opm.gov

RIN: 3206-AJ75
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3541. [bull] STRATEGIC HUMAN CAPITAL MANAGEMENT ASSESSMENT

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: PL 107-296

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 250

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Office of Personnel Management is issuing proposed 
regulations to implement the requirement in Public Law 107-296, section 
1304 for OPM to design a set of systems for assessing human capital 
management by Federal agencies. These regulations describe the 
framework for these systems, including the metrics, that agencies will 
use.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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NPRM                            05/00/03

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Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Diane Tyrrell, Division for Strategic Human Resources 
Policy, Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street NW., Washington, 
DC 20415
Phone: 202 606-0960
Fax: 202 606-2329
Email: dmtyrrel@opm.gov

RIN: 3206-AJ92
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3542. EMPLOYMENT IN THE EXCEPTED SERVICE

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 1302; 5 USC 3301; 5 USC 3302; 5 USC 8151; EO 
10577

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 302

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The revised regulations will make it easier for agencies to 
understand how to run the excepted service employment system, so they 
can create better and more efficient employment procedures.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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NPRM                            08/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Tina Vay, Division for Strategic Human Resources 
Policy, Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street NW., Washington, 
DC 20415
Phone: 202 606-0830
Fax: 202 606-0390
Email: cmvay@opm.gov

RIN: 3206-AH83
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3543. [bull] VETERANS RECRUITMENT APPOINTMENTS

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: PL 107-288

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 307

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) proposes to revise 
its regulations regarding Veterans Readjustment Appointments to 
implement the provisions of Public Law 107-288, the Jobs for Veterans 
Act, signed into law on November 7, 2002.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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NPRM                            09/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Michael J. Mahoney, Division for Strategic Human 
Resources Policy, Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street NW., 
Washington, DC 20415
Phone: 202 606-0830
Fax: 202 606-0390
Email: mjmahone@opm.gov

RIN: 3206-AJ90
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3544. PROBATION ON INITIAL APPOINTMENT TO A COMPETITIVE POSITION

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 3321

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 315, subpart H

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This regulation will permit agencies to use a competitive 
service probationary period of up to three years, when the work of the 
position cannot be properly evaluated in only one year. It will also 
establish one year as the minimum probationary period.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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NPRM                            12/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Linda Watson, Division for Strategic Human Resources 
Policy, Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street NW., Washington, 
DC 20415
Phone: 202 606-0830
Fax: 202 606-0390
Email: lmwatson@opm.gov

RIN: 3206-AI47
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3545. [bull] TEMPORARY AND TERM EMPLOYMENT; RECRUITMENT AND SELECTION 
FOR TEMPORARY AND TERM APPOINTMENTS OUTSIDE THE REGISTER; EXAMINING 
SYSTEM AND TRAINING

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: PL 107-296

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 316, 5 CFR 333, 5 CFR 337 and 5 CFR 410

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is issuing proposed 
regulations to implement the Governmentwide provisions contained in the 
Homeland Security Act of 2002. This regulation provides: 1) managers 
with increased flexibility in assessing applicants using alternative 
ranking and selection procedures; 2) managers the ability to select 
qualified candidates for jobs in the competitive service using direct-
hire procedures including selections for temporary and term positions; 
3) agencies with the authority to pay or reimburse the costs of 
academic degree training from appropriated or other available funds 
under specified conditions; and 4) agencies with increased flexibility 
in the use of academic degree training to address agency-specific human 
capital needs, goals, and challenges. This proposal will also remove 
part 333 of title 5, Code of Federal Regulations, Recruitment and 
Selection for Temporary and Term Appointments Outside the Register.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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NPRM                            05/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Linda Watson, Division for Strategic Human Resources 
Policy, Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street NW., Washington, 
DC 20415
Phone: 202 606-0830
Fax: 202 606-0390
Email: lmwatson@opm.gov

RIN: 3206-AJ93
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3546. AMENDMENT TO SELECTIVE SERVICE REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 3328

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 300

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Office of Personnel Management proposes regulations to 
delegate to agencies the determination whether a Federal job 
applicant's

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failure to register with the Selective Service was knowing and willful. 
This change is authorized by an amendment to 5 U.S.C. 3328.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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NPRM                            03/29/99                    64 FR 14842
NPRM Comment Period End         04/28/99
NPRM                            12/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Barbara J. Bell, Division for Strategic Human Resources 
Policy, Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street NW., Washington, 
DC 20415
Phone: 202 606-0830
Email: bjbell@opm.gov

RIN: 3206-AI52
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3547. MERIT PROMOTION AND INTERNAL PLACEMENT

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 3301; 5 USC 3302

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 316; 5 CFR 335

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: In an effort to streamline selection procedures and provide 
agencies with greater flexibility, the Office of Personnel Management 
(OPM) is proposing to revise the regulations covering merit promotion 
and internal placement. These regulations will provide a framework 
within which agencies may develop merit-based programs for internal 
selections.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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NPRM                            12/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Karen Jacobs, Division for Strategic Human Resources 
Policy, Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street NW., Washington, 
DC 20415
Phone: 202 606-0830
Fax: 202 606-0390
Email: kkjacobs@opm.gov

RIN: 3206-AI20
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3548. OTHER THAN FULL-TIME EMPLOYMENT (PART-TIME, SEASONAL, 
INTERMITTENT)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 3301

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 340; 5 CFR 110

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Grants agencies and employees more flexibility by clarifying 
agency authority to schedule part-time employees on a pay period, 
rather than weekly, basis; defines job sharing; and modifies seasonal 
employment.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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NPRM                            09/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Diane Tyrrell, Division for Strategic Human Resources 
Policy, Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street NW., Washington, 
DC 20415
Phone: 202 606-0960
Fax: 202 606-2329
Email: dmtyrrel@opm.gov

RIN: 3206-AI22
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3549. ORDER OF RELEASE FROM COMPETITIVE LEVEL

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 1302; 5 USC 3502; 5 USC 3503

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 351

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Office of Personnel Management is proposing retention 
regulations covering the order in which agencies release competing 
employees from their competitive levels in a reduction in force.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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NPRM                            07/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Thomas A. Glennon, Division for Strategic Human 
Resources Policy, Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street NW., 
Washington, DC 20415
Phone: 202 606-0960
Fax: 202 606-2329
Email: taglenno@opm.gov

RIN: 3206-AI96
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3550. REEMPLOYMENT RIGHTS

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 3582; 5 USC 3301; PL 103-296

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 352

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Office of Personnel Management proposes regulations to 
update provisions to conform to law allowing employees assigned to 
international organizations under certain conditions to maintain FERS 
and FICA retirement coverage. The current regulations require updates 
because they mention only CSRS retirement.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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NPRM                            09/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Michael J. Mahoney, Division for Strategic Human 
Resources Policy, Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street NW., 
Washington, DC 20415
Phone: 202 606-0830
Fax: 202 606-0390
Email: mjmahone@opm.gov

RIN: 3206-AI19
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3551. [bull] INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY EXCHANGE PROGRAM

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: PL 107-347

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 370

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is issuing proposed 
regulations to implement Governmentwide provisions contained in the E-
Government Act (Pub. L. 107-347). This law authorizes the temporary 
assignment of employees in the field of information technology (IT) 
management between the Federal Government and private sector 
organizations. It also authorizes Federal agencies to accept, on a 
volunteer basis, the services of non-Federal IT employees.

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Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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NPRM                            09/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Michael J. Mahoney, Division for Strategic Human 
Resources Policy, Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street NW., 
Washington, DC 20415
Phone: 202 606-0830
Fax: 202 606-0390
Email: mjmahone@opm.gov

RIN: 3206-AJ91
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3552. TRAINING

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 4118

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 410

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Section 410.309 of title 5, CFR (continued service 
agreements) and 5 CFR 410.404 (expenses of training and meetings) need 
clarification. 5 CFR 410.309, as written, omits allowance for agency 
heads to delegate authority to define requirements for continued 
service. It also omits circumstances when the requirement for continued 
service can be waived, which has caused confusion for agencies in 
developing their continued service agreements. Amending 5 CFR 410.309 
returns to the regulation language removed in 1996. The deletion had 
the unintended effect of limiting agency head authority in the area of 
continued service agreements for training. With increasing interest in 
academic education and service agreements, agencies have expressed 
concern about their legal authority with regard to these agreements.
As written, 5 CFR 410.404 does not sufficiently clarify distinctions 
between training and meetings. 5 U.S.C. 4109 provides agencies 
authority to pay the expenses of training. 5 U.S.C. 4110 provides them 
authority to pay the expenses of meetings. However, 5 CFR 410.404 blurs 
the distinctions between these two; amending it would make clear the 
distinctions and clarify conditions under which a meeting may be 
considered training.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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NPRM                            09/00/03
Final Action                    03/00/04

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: LaVeen Ponds, Division for Strategic Human Resources 
Policy, Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street NW., Washington, 
DC 20415
Phone: 202 606-1394
Email: lmponds@opm.gov

RIN: 3206-AJ19
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3553. [bull] PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 4305

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 430, subpart A; 5 CFR 430, subpart B

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Part 430, subparts A and B, are being revised to improve the 
readability of the existing regulatory language and to codify existing 
policies and procedures that are not currently in the regulations.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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NPRM                            05/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Barbara Colchao, Division for Strategic Human Resources 
Policy, Office of Personnel Management, Room 7412, 1900 E Street NW., 
Washington, DC 20415
Phone: 202 606-2720
Fax: 202 606-2395
Email: perform-mgmt@opm.gov

RIN: 3206-AJ80
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3554. PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT RESEARCH PROGRAMS AND DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 4703

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 470

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Personnel Management Research Programs and Demonstration 
Projects regulations require revision to increase understanding, 
clarify interpretation, and ease implementation. Such revisions will 
enhance the freedom to manage within the Federal Government by 
providing clarity and eliminating ambiguities in the language of the 
regulations and making clear the intent and requirements of the law. 
The revisions will also serve to streamline the current provisions for 
research programs and demonstration projects, and provide more 
flexibility to agencies for testing and establishing alternatives to 
recruit, retain, and manage a high quality workforce.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            05/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Nancy H. Kichak, Division for Strategic Human Resources 
Policy, Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street NW., Washington, 
DC 20415
Phone: 202 606-0722
Email: nhkichak@opm.gov

RIN: 3206-AJ67
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3555. CLASSIFICATION UNDER THE GENERAL SCHEDULE

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 5112

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 511, subpart A; 5 CFR 511, subpart B; 5 CFR 511, 
subpart F; 5 CFR 511, subpart G

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The general schedule classification regulations require 
updating to reflect current organizational nomenclature following a 
reorganization within OPM.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            05/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Leslie J. Pollack, Division for Strategic Human 
Resources

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Policy, Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street NW., Washington, 
DC 20415
Phone: 202 606-1426
Email: ljpollac@opm.gov

RIN: 3206-AH38
_______________________________________________________________________




3556. [bull] MISCELLANEOUS CHANGES AND STANDARDIZATION OF PAY AND LEAVE 
REGULATIONS

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 5304; 5 USC 5305; 5 USC 5548; 5 USC 5550a; 5 USC 
6124; 5 USC 6133(a); 5 USC 6304(d)(3); PL 102-484; PL 103-337; PL 103-
329; EO 11228; 5 USC 6305; 5 USC 6306; 5 USC 6311; PL 103-356; 5 USC 
6326; 5 USC 6332; 5 USC 6362; PL 100-566; PL 103-103; PL 105-18; 5 USC 
6387; PL 103-3; 5 USC 6391; PL 102-25

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 530; 5 CFR 531; 5 CFR 550, subpart J; 5 CFR 610; 5 
CFR 630

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Office of Personnel Management is issuing proposed 
regulations to clarify and standardize the rules governing the pay and 
leave of Federal employees. The proposed regulations are being issued 
to aid and support the standardization of payroll processes under the 
e-Payroll initiative and enhance understanding of the administration of 
pay and leave policies and procedures.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            08/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Jo Ann Perrini, Division for Strategic Human Resources 
Policy, Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street NW., Washington, 
DC 20415
Phone: 202 606-2858
Fax: 202 606-0824
Email: payleave@opm.gov

RIN: 3206-AJ85
_______________________________________________________________________




3557. SUPERIOR QUALIFICATIONS APPOINTMENTS

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 5333

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 531

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Office of Personnel Management proposes to revise 
regulations concerning the appointment of superior candidates above the 
minimum rate of pay for General Schedule positions. The proposed 
changes clarify and modify what agencies should consider when making 
these superior qualifications appointments.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            09/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Jeanne D. Jacobson, Division for Strategic Human 
Resources Policy, Office of Personnel Management, Room 7H31, 1900 E 
Street NW., Washington, DC 20415
Phone: 202 606-2858
Fax: 202 606-0824
Email: payleave@opm.gov

RIN: 3206-AI00
_______________________________________________________________________




3558. JOB GRADING REVIEWS AND APPEALS OF FEDERAL WAGE SYSTEM EMPLOYEES

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 5346

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 532, subpart G

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The job grading reviews and appeals regulations require 
updating to reflect current organizational nomenclature following a 
reorganization within OPM.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            05/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Leslie J. Pollack, Division for Strategic Human 
Resources Policy, Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street NW., 
Washington, DC 20415
Phone: 202 606-1426
Email: ljpollac@opm.gov

RIN: 3206-AI14
_______________________________________________________________________




3559. [bull] PREVAILING RATE SYSTEMS; REDEFINITION OF THE NORTH DAKOTA 
AND DULUTH, MINNESOTA, APPROPRIATED FUND WAGE AREAS

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 5343

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 532

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Office of Personnel Management is issuing a proposed rule 
to redefine the White Earth Indian Reservation portion of Becker 
County, Clearwater County, and Mahnonen County, Minnesota, from the 
North Dakota to the Duluth, Minnesota, Federal Wage System Wage Area.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            05/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Mark Allen, Division for Strategic Human Resources 
Policy, Office of Personnel Management, Room 7H31, 1900 E Street NW., 
Washington, DC 20415
Phone: 202 606-2848
Fax: 202 606-4264
Email: maallen@opm.gov

RIN: 3206-AJ78
_______________________________________________________________________




3560. [bull] PREVAILING RATE SYSTEMS; CHANGE IN FEDERAL WAGE SYSTEM 
SURVEY JOB AND MISCELLANEOUS CHANGE

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 5343

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 532

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Office of Personnel Management is issuing a proposed rule 
to change the grade level of the Industrial Electronic Controls 
Repairer Federal Wage System survey job description.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            05/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

[[Page 31191]]

Agency Contact: Mark Allen, Division for Strategic Human Resources 
Policy, Office of Personnel Management, Room 7H31, 1900 E Street NW., 
Washington, DC 20415
Phone: 202 606-2848
Fax: 202 606-4264
Email: maallen@opm.gov

RIN: 3206-AJ79
_______________________________________________________________________




3561. REEMPLOYMENT OF CIVILIAN RETIREES TO MEET EXCEPTIONAL EMPLOYMENT 
NEEDS

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 8344; 5 USC 8468

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 553

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Office of Personnel Management proposes regulations to 
establish new criteria for granting exceptions for key positions in 
temporary organizations established by law or Executive order. This 
rule will also expand and clarify the criteria used in exercising this 
authority.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            12/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Larry Lorenz, Division for Strategic Human Resources 
Policy, Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street NW., Washington, 
DC 20415
Phone: 202 606-0830
Email: ltlorenz@opm.gov

RIN: 3206-AI32
_______________________________________________________________________




3562. [bull] LIST OF AGENTS DESIGNATED TO ACCEPT LEGAL PROCESS

Priority: Info./Admin./Other

Legal Authority: 42 USC 659; 15 USC 1673; EO 12105; 3 CFR 262

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 581, app

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Appendix A to 5 CFR part 581 is being amended to update the 
addresses and telephone numbers for agents designated to receive legal 
process. This appendix is also being amended to add a new agency and 
designated agents.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            08/00/03
Final Action                    12/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Darlene M. Carr, Office of the General Counsel, Office 
of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street NW., Washington, DC 20415-1300
Phone: 202 606-1700
Fax: 202 606-2609
Email: dmcarr@opm.gov

RIN: 3206-AJ83
_______________________________________________________________________




3563. RETIREMENT; CREDIT FOR MILITARY SERVICE

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 8347(a); 5 USC 8461(g); 38 USC 4331

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 8347(a); 5 CFR 8461(g); 5 CFR 842.306; 5 CFR 
842.307

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: These regulations implement changes in the treatment of 
certain military service under CSRS and FERS required under the 
Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 
(USERRA).

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/03
Final Action                    04/00/04

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Christopher H. Ziebarth, Division for Strategic Human 
Resources Policy, Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street NW., 
Washington, DC 20415
Phone: 202 606-0299
Email: combox@opm.gov

RIN: 3206-AG58
_______________________________________________________________________




3564. RETIREMENT; STATE INCOME TAX WITHHOLDING INSTRUMENTALITIES

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 8345; 5 USC 8347; 5 USC 8461; 5 USC 8469

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 831, subpart S; 5 CFR 841, subpart J

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: These regulations modify existing regulations to reflect 
changes designed to expand and streamline the process of withholding 
State income tax from CSRS and FERS annuities.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            06/23/99                    64 FR 33429
Second NPRM                     10/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Patricia A. Rochester, Division for Strategic Human 
Resources Policy, Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street NW., 
Washington, DC 20415
Phone: 202 606-0299
Email: combox@opm.gov

RIN: 3206-AH62
_______________________________________________________________________




3565. RETIREMENT; COURT ORDERS AWARDING SURVIVOR ANNUITIES; CORRECTING 
OR SUPPLEMENTING THE FIRST ORDER DIVIDING MARITAL PROPERTY

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 8347; 5 USC 8461

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 838

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: These regulations would establish standards for determining 
which supplemental or correcting court orders are not ``modifications'' 
and the procedures applicable to such orders. They also provide for the 
continuation of the former spouse's survivor coverage and the reduction 
in the retiree's annuity until the State court decides the extent of 
the former spouse's rights to retirement benefits.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            09/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: John Panagakos, Division for Strategic Human Resources 
Policy, Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street NW., Washington, 
DC 20415
Phone: 202 606-0299
Email: combox@opm.gov

RIN: 3206-AG28

[[Page 31192]]

_______________________________________________________________________




3566. RETIREMENT; FERS ELECTIONS OF COVERAGE

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 8347(a); 5 USC 8461(g); PL 99-335, sec 301(d)(3)

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 846

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: These regulations implement title III of the Federal 
Employees Retirement System (FERS) Act of 1986, as amended, dealing 
with the election of FERS coverage by employees under the Civil Service 
Retirement System and certain other employees. The regulations contain 
regulatory and interpretative rules concerning employees' eligibility 
to elect FERS coverage, procedures for electing FERS coverage, and 
basic benefits based on the service for employees who elect FERS 
coverage.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              05/21/87                    52 FR 19235
Interim Final Rule              09/13/93                    58 FR 47821
Interim Final Rule              06/18/98                    63 FR 33231
NPRM                            12/00/03
Final Action                    03/00/04

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Cynthia Reinhold, Division for Strategic Human 
Resources Policy, Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street NW., 
Washington, DC 20415
Phone: 202 606-0299
Email: payleave@opm.gov

RIN: 3206-AG96
_______________________________________________________________________




3567. FEDERAL EMPLOYEES' HEALTH BENEFITS PROGRAM: CONTINUING FEHB 
COVERAGE INTO RETIREMENT

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 8913

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 890

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This proposed regulation would increase OPM's ability to 
waive requirements for continuing health benefits coverage into 
retirement when it is to the advantage of the Government to do so.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            05/00/03
Final Action                    12/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Barbara Myers, Division for Strategic Human Resources 
Policy, Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street NW., Washington, 
DC 20415
Phone: 202 606-0004

RIN: 3206-AI62
_______________________________________________________________________




3568. FINANCIAL SANCTIONS OF HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS IN THE FEDERAL 
EMPLOYEES' HEALTH BENEFITS PROGRAM

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 8902a

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 890, subpart J

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: These regulations will implement the financial sanctions 
provisions of the Federal Employees' Health Care Protection Act of 1998 
(Pub. L. 105-266). In cases where a health care provider knowingly: (1) 
submitted false, fraudulent, or misleading claims; (2) failed to 
provide claims-related information requested by OPM or a FEHBP carrier; 
or (3) submitted claims while debarred, the statute authorizes OPM to 
effectuate civil monetary penalties. These financial sanctions may be 
imposed in addition to suspension or debarment, which are the other 
forms of sanctions authorized by the statute. The regulatory provisions 
for suspension and debarment are being implemented in an earlier 
amendment to 5 CFR 890, subpart J.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            02/10/03                     68 FR 6649
NPRM Comment Period End         04/11/03
Final Action                    11/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: J. David Cope, Debarring Official, Office of the 
Inspector General, Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street NW., 
Washington, DC 20415
Phone: 202 606-2851
Fax: 202 606-2153
Email: jdcope@opm.gov

RIN: 3206-AJ42
_______________________________________________________________________




3569. IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE SIMPLIFICATION PROVISIONS OF 
THE HEALTH INSURANCE PORTABILITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY ACT OF 1996 FOR THE 
FEDERAL EMPLOYEES' HEALTH BENEFITS PROGRAM

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: PL 104-191

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 890

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The administrative simplification provisions on the Health 
Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) requires 
covered entities (providers, health plans, and clearinghouses) to 
ensure the privacy of individually identifiable personal health 
information. The Federal Employees' Health Benefits (FEHB) Program has 
been deemed a health plan, and as such must comply with the security, 
privacy, and transaction standards that are part of the administrative 
simplification provisions of HIPAA.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            05/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Abby L. Block, Division for Strategic Human Resources 
Policy, Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street NW., Washington, 
DC 20415
Phone: 202 606-0770

RIN: 3206-AJ45
_______________________________________________________________________




3570. [bull] EMPLOYEES RESPONSIBLE FOR THE MANAGEMENT OR USE OF FEDERAL 
COMPUTER SYSTEMS

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: PL 100-235

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 930, subpart C

Legal Deadline: None

[[Page 31193]]

Abstract: The Office of Personnel Management is issuing proposed 
regulations to delete 5 CFR 930 subpart C and to move appropriate 
information concerning Computer Security training to 5 CFR 410. The 
proposal streamlines the regulation and refers the user to the National 
Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Web site, which contains 
the most current information on computer security training guidelines.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            07/00/03
Final Action                    09/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: LaVeen Ponds, Division for Strategic Human Resources 
Policy, Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street NW., Washington, 
DC 20415
Phone: 202 606-1394
Email: lmponds@opm.gov

RIN: 3206-AJ84
_______________________________________________________________________




3571. FEDERAL EMPLOYEES' HEALTH BENEFITS ACQUISITION REGULATION: LARGE 
PROVIDER AGREEMENTS, SUBCONTRACTS, AND MISCELLANEOUS CHANGES

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 8913; 40 USC 486(c); 48 CFR 1.301

CFR Citation: 48 CFR 1602; 48 CFR 1604; 48 CFR 1615; 48 CFR 1632; 48 
CFR 1644; 48 CFR 1652; 48 CFR 1602; ...

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is proposing a new 
policy that establishes notification and information requirements, 
including audits, for Federal Employees' Health Benefits (FEHB) 
experience-rated carrier large provider agreements. The proposed 
regulation also revises the threshold for advance approval of carrier 
subcontracts.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            05/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Mike Kaszynski, Division for Strategic Human Resources 
Policy, Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street NW., Washington, 
DC 20415
Phone: 202 606-0004
Email: mwkaszyn@opm.gov

RIN: 3206-AJ20
_______________________________________________________________________




3572. IMPLEMENTATION OF ADDITIONAL COST PRINCIPLES IN THE FEDERAL 
EMPLOYEES' HEALTH BENEFITS PROGRAM

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 8913; 40 USC 486(c); 48 CFR 1.301

CFR Citation: 48 CFR 1630; 48 CFR 1631; 48 CFR 1652

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Office of Personnel Management is proposing a regulation 
that would inform experience-rated carriers in the Federal Employees' 
Health Benefits Program how it intends to implement additional cost 
principles.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            05/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Anne Easton, Division for Strategic Human Resources 
Policy, Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street NW., Washington, 
DC 20415
Phone: 202 606-0004
Email: aseaston@opm.gov

RIN: 3206-AJ10
_______________________________________________________________________


Office of Personnel Management (OPM)                   Final Rule Stage






_______________________________________________________________________




3573. [bull] OPM EMPLOYEE RESPONSIBILITIES AND CONDUCT

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 552a; 5 USC 7301

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 1001

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is proposing a plain 
language rewrite of its regulations regarding the standards that govern 
OPM employee responsibilities and conduct as part of a broader review 
of OPM's regulations. The purpose of the revisions is to make the 
regulations more readable.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            11/20/02                    67 FR 70029
Final Action                    12/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Wade Plunkett, Office of the General Counsel, Office of 
Personnel Management, 1900 E Street NW., Washington, DC 20415
Phone: 202 606-1700

RIN: 3206-AJ69
_______________________________________________________________________




3574. EXCEPTED SERVICE--CAREER AND CAREER-CONDITIONAL EMPLOYMENT

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: EO 13162

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 213; 5 CFR 315

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: These regulations implement Executive Order 13162, which 
establishes the Federal Career Intern Program. This program will be 
used to attract exceptional men and women to the Federal workforce who 
have diverse professional experiences, academic training, or 
competencies and prepare

[[Page 31194]]

them for careers in analyzing and implementing public programs.
This regulation supports the Administration's effort to recruit the 
highest caliber people to the Federal Government, develop their 
professional abilities, and retain them in Federal departments and 
agencies.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              12/14/00                    65 FR 78077
Interim Final Rule Effective    12/14/00
Final Action                    12/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Karen Jacobs, Division for Strategic Human Resources 
Policy, Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street NW., Washington, 
DC 20415
Phone: 202 606-0830
Fax: 202 606-0390
Email: kkjacobs@opm.gov

RIN: 3206-AJ28
_______________________________________________________________________




3575. [bull] EXCEPTED SERVICE--TEMPORARY ORGANIZATIONS

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 3161

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 213

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Since the new law on temporary organizations provides new 
limitations on temporary organizations, we are amending excepted 
service appointing authority for hiring persons in temporary 
organizations to reflect these changes.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              05/08/03                    68 FR 24605
Interim Final Rule Effective    05/08/03
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      07/07/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Tina Vay, Division for Strategic Human Resources 
Policy, Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street NW., Washington, 
DC 20415
Phone: 202 606-0830
Fax: 202 606-0390
Email: cmvay@opm.gov

RIN: 3206-AJ70
_______________________________________________________________________




3576. TIME-IN-GRADE RESTRICTIONS

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 3301; 5 USC 3302; EO 10577

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 300

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Office of Personnel Management will eliminate the 
requirement that employees serve one year in-grade to be eligible for 
promotion above the GS-5 level. The requirement to be eliminated is 
separate from the qualifications requirement for one year's experience 
at the next lowest grade or equivalent for promotion.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            06/15/94                    59 FR 30717
NPRM Comment Period End         01/10/95                     60 FR 2546
Final Action                    05/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Tina Vay, Division for Strategic Human Resources 
Policy, Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street NW., Washington, 
DC 20415
Phone: 202 606-0830
Fax: 202 606-0390
Email: cmvay@opm.gov

RIN: 3206-AG06
_______________________________________________________________________




3577. REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION LANGUAGE FOR VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTS

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 1302; 5 USC 3301; 5 USC 3302; 5 USC 3304(f); 5 
USC 3327; ...

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 302; 5 CFR 317; 5 CFR 330; 5 CFR 333; 5 CFR 335

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Office of Personnel Management is publishing interim 
regulations requiring a reasonable accommodation statement in agency 
vacancy announcements.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              12/11/01                    66 FR 63905
Interim Final Rule Effective    01/10/02
Final Action                    10/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Linda Watson, Division for Strategic Human Resources 
Policy, Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street NW., Washington, 
DC 20415
Phone: 202 606-0830
Fax: 202 606-0390
Email: lmwatson@opm.gov

RIN: 3206-AJ11
_______________________________________________________________________




3578. RECRUITMENT AND SELECTION THROUGH COMPETITIVE EXAMINATION

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 3301; 5 USC 3302

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 332

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: OPM is issuing an interim regulation to allow agencies to 
decide how candidates are referred for competitive appointment when 
agencies fill multiple vacancies simultaneously. We are codifying a 
long-standing practice (5 U.S.C. 3301 and 3302) of providing agencies 
with the option of either certifying a candidate for only one vacancy 
at a time, or certifying a candidate simultaneously for all vacancies 
for which that candidate expresses an interest, is eligible, and is 
within reach.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              02/15/02                     67 FR 7055
Interim Final Rule Effective    02/15/02
Final Action                    10/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Suzy Barker, Division for Strategic Human Resources 
Policy, Office of Personnel Management, Employment Service, Washington, 
DC 20415
Phone: 202 606-0830

[[Page 31195]]

Fax: 202 606-0390
Email: smbarker@opm.gov

RIN: 3206-AJ52
_______________________________________________________________________




3579. PROMOTION AND INTERNAL PLACEMENT; ACCELERATED QUALIFICATIONS

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 3301; 5 USC 3302; 5 USC 3304

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 316; 5 CFR 335; 5 CFR 338

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: OPM will issue final regulations on accelerated 
qualifications only to authorize agencies to establish intensive 
training programs for acquiring qualifications at an accelerated rate.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            02/20/96                     61 FR 6324
Final Action                    12/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Karen Jacobs, Division for Strategic Human Resources 
Policy, Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street NW., Washington, 
DC 20415
Phone: 202 606-0830
Fax: 202 606-0390
Email: kkjacobs@opm.gov

RIN: 3206-AG19
_______________________________________________________________________




3580. [bull] CERTIFIED PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL SYSTEMS AND AGGREGATE 
LIMITATION ON PAY

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: PL 107-296; 5 USC 5305; 5 USC 5307; EO 12748, 3 CFR, 
1991 Comp, PL 101-509; PL 103-89

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 430

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM), jointly with the 
Office of Management and Budget, is issuing interim regulations to 
implement a recent statutory amendment increasing the aggregate 
limitation on pay for employees in Senior Executive Service (SES) and 
scientific or professional (ST) positions to the total annual 
compensation payable to the Vice President. The interim regulations 
establish the performance appraisal systems certification requirements 
that must be met to use the higher aggregate limitation on pay.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              05/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Barbara Colchao, Division for Strategic Human Resources 
Policy, Office of Personnel Management, Room 7412, 1900 E Street NW., 
Washington, DC 20415
Phone: 202 606-2720
Fax: 202 606-2395
Email: perform-mgmt@opm.gov

RIN: 3206-AJ86
_______________________________________________________________________




3581. AWARDS

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 4506

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 450, subpart C

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Regulations at 5 CFR 450, subpart C (new), implement 
provisions of Public Law 107-67 (5 U.S.C. 4507a) that extend 
eligibility for Presidential Rank Awards to certain senior level 
employees.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              08/13/02                    67 FR 52595
Interim Final Rule Effective    09/12/02
Final Action                    05/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Delores Everett, Division for Strategic Human Resources 
Policy, Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street NW., Washington, 
DC 20415
Phone: 202 606-1050
Email: dxeveret@opm.gov

RIN: 3206-AJ65
_______________________________________________________________________




3582. OFFICIAL DUTY STATION DETERMINATIONS FOR PAY PURPOSES

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 5305; 5 USC 5304; 5 USC 5941; EO 10000; PL 101-
509, sec 404

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 530; 5 CFR 531; 5 CFR 591

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: These proposed regulations would clarify the location-based 
pay entitlements of Federal employees who are detailed or temporarily 
assigned to work at a new location, including telework situations. 
Location-based pay entitlements include locality payments, special 
salary rates, and nonforeign area cost-of-living allowances.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              05/09/97                    62 FR 25423
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      07/08/97
Final Action                    06/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Jeanne D. Jacobson, Division for Strategic Human 
Resources Policy, Office of Personnel Management, Room 7H31, 1900 E 
Street NW., Washington, DC 20415
Phone: 202 606-2858
Fax: 202 606-0824
Email: payleave@opm.gov

RIN: 3206-AH84
_______________________________________________________________________




3583. PAY UNDER THE GENERAL SCHEDULE; SUBPART F--LOCALITY-BASED 
COMPARABILITY PAYMENTS

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 5304

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 531

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Under current regulations, locality pay area boundaries 
change automatically whenever the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 
modifies the geographic coverage of a metropolitan statistical area 
(MSA) or a consolidated metropolitan statistical area. OMB plans 
wholesale modifications in metropolitan area definitions in 2003 based 
on new

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criteria and 2000 census data. We plan to tie our locality pay area 
definitions to the geographic coverage of MSAs as defined in OMB 
Bulletin 99-4 so that locality pay area boundaries will not 
automatically change when OMB revises its metropolitan area 
definitions. This will allow the President's Pay Agent and the Federal 
Salary Council the opportunity to review the new metropolitan area 
definitions to see if they are appropriate for use in the locality pay 
program.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            09/11/02                    67 FR 57536
Final Action                    05/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Allan G. Hearne, Strategic Human Resources Policy 
Division, Office of Personnel Management, Room 7H31, 1900 E Street NW., 
Washington, DC 20415
Phone: 202 606-2838
Fax: 202 606-4264
Email: aghearne@opm.gov

RIN: 3206-AJ62
_______________________________________________________________________




3584. GRADE AND PAY RETENTION

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 5361; 5 USC 5366

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 536

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Office of Personnel Management is issuing final 
regulations giving agencies discretionary authority to grant pay 
retention to certain employees moving to positions under pay systems 
other than the General Schedule or the Federal Wage System. This new 
flexibility would allow agencies to prevent eligible employees from 
suffering a reduction in pay that would otherwise result from a 
management action.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            05/25/00                    65 FR 33785
Final Action                    06/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Sharon Herzberg, Division for Strategic Human Resources 
Policy, Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street NW., 7H31, 
Washington, DC 20415
Phone: 202 606-2858
Fax: 202 606-0824
Email: payleave@opm.gov

RIN: 3206-AI88
_______________________________________________________________________




3585. PREMIUM PAY LIMITATIONS

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 5547; 5 USC 5548

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 550

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Office of Personnel Management is issuing interim 
regulations to implement recent statutory amendments dealing with the 
premium pay limitations for Federal employees. Those amendments raise 
the premium pay caps for most employees, provide authority to use an 
annual cap instead of a biweekly cap in additional circumstances, and 
make certain other changes.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              04/19/02                    67 FR 19319
Interim Final Rule Effective    04/29/02
Final Action                    08/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Bryce Baker, Strategic Human Resources Policy Division, 
Office of Personnel Management, Room 7H31, 1900 E Street NW., 
Washington, DC 20415
Phone: 202 606-2858
Fax: 202 606-0824
Email: payleave@opm.gov

RIN: 3206-AJ56
_______________________________________________________________________




3586. [bull] PRETAX ALLOTMENTS FOR FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNTS

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 5527; EO 10982; 3 CFR, 1959-1963 Comp, p.263

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 550

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Office of Personnel Management is issuing interim 
regulations to enable employees to contribute to pre-tax flexible 
spending accounts (FSAs) through two new allotments from the employee's 
pay to the employing agency. One of the new allotments will be 
available for a health care FSA and the other for a dependent care FSA. 
Flexible spending accounts become effective on July 1, 2003.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              05/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Sharon Herzberg, Division for Strategic Human Resources 
Policy, Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street NW., 7H31, 
Washington, DC 20415
Phone: 202 606-2858
Fax: 202 606-0824
Email: payleave@opm.gov

RIN: 3206-AJ88
_______________________________________________________________________




3587. RETENTION ALLOWANCES

Priority: Other Significant. Major under 5 USC 801.

Legal Authority: 5 USC 5754

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 575, subpart C

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: These final regulations would provide agencies with greater 
flexibility in the use of retention allowances by allowing them to pay 
such allowances to employees who are likely to leave their positions 
for other Federal employment under certain limited circumstances.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            01/10/01                     66 FR 5491
NPRM Comment Period End         03/20/01
Final Action                    09/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Jeanne D. Jacobson, Division for Strategic Human 
Resources Policy, Office of Personnel Management, Room 7H31, 1900 E 
Street NW., Washington, DC 20415
Phone: 202 606-2858

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Fax: 202 606-0824
Email: payleave@opm.gov

RIN: 3206-AJ48
_______________________________________________________________________




3588. [bull] EXTENDED ASSIGNMENT INCENTIVES

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 5757, PL 107-273

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 575

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is issuing interim 
regulations to implement a recent statutory amendment that authorizes 
the payment of extended assignment incentives to certain categories of 
Federal employees in positions located in a territory or possession of 
the United States, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or the Commonwealth 
of the Northern Mariana Islands. The interim regulations will establish 
the criteria and procedures for the payment of extended assignment 
incentives.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              05/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Lee Kara, Strategic Human Resources Policy Division, 
Office of Personnel Management, Room 7H31, 1900 E Street NW., 
Washington, DC 20415
Phone: 202 606-2858
Fax: 202 606-4264
Email: payleave@opm.gov

RIN: 3206-AJ87
_______________________________________________________________________




3589. [bull] VOLUNTARY SEPARATION INCENTIVE PAYMENTS (VSIPS)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: PL 107-296

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 576

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Public Law 106-297, the Homeland Security Act of 2002, 
requires that most Federal agencies request the authority to offer 
VSIPs to their employees from the Office of Personnel Management. This 
change in VSIP procedures has been incorporated into 5 CFR 576 through 
interim regulations published February 4, 2003. The law also contains 
the VSIP repayment waiver provisions that were previously found in the 
interim regulations published under RIN 3206-AG20.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              02/04/03                     68 FR 5529
Interim Final Rule Effective    02/04/03
Final Action                    12/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Charles Gray, Division for Strategic Human Resources 
Policy, Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street NW., Washington, 
DC 20415
Phone: 202 606-0960
Fax: 202 606-2329
Email: cwgray@opm.gov

RIN: 3206-AJ76
_______________________________________________________________________




3590. [bull] EMPLOYEE RESPONSIBILITIES AND CONDUCT

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 7301; EO 12674, 3 CFR, 1989 Comp, p. 215, as 
modified by EO 12731; EO 12731, 3 CFR, 1989 Comp, p. 306

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 735

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is proposing a plain 
language rewrite of its regulations regarding the standards that govern 
employee responsibilities and conduct as part of a broader review of 
OPM's regulations. The purpose of the revisions is to make the 
regulations more readable.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            01/15/03                     68 FR 1987
Final Action                    12/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Wade Plunkett, Office of the General Counsel, Office of 
Personnel Management, 1900 E Street NW., Washington, DC 20415
Phone: 202 606-1700

RIN: 3206-AJ74
_______________________________________________________________________




3591. [bull] AGENCY USE OF APPROPRIATED FUNDS FOR CHILD CARE COSTS FOR 
LOWER INCOME EMPLOYEES

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: PL 106-58, sec 643; PL 107-76

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 792, subpart B

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is issuing interim 
regulations to revise the final regulations issued March 14, 2000, 
implementing the child care subsidy program legislation. We are issuing 
interim regulations because Congress made permanent the law authorizing 
agencies in the executive branch of the Federal Government to assist 
lower income employees with their child care costs, thus making child 
care more affordable for those employees. OPM also is issuing these 
revisions as part of a broader review of OPM's regulations to make the 
regulations more readable.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              05/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Bonnie Storm, Division for Strategic Human Resources 
Policy, Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street NW., Washington, 
DC 20415
Phone: 202 606-1313

RIN: 3206-AJ77
_______________________________________________________________________




3592. RETIREMENT; COVERAGE--NONAPPROPRIATED FUND INSTRUMENTALITIES

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 8347

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 831; 5 CFR 837; 5 CFR 841 to 844; 5 CFR 847

Legal Deadline: Final, Statutory, August 9, 1996.

Abstract: These regulations implement the provisions of Public Law 104-
106 and Public Law 107-107, which allow

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employees who have been employed by nonappropriated fund 
instrumentalities under the jurisdiction of the armed forces to obtain 
retirement credit under limited circumstances.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              08/09/96                    61 FR 41714
Final Action                    03/00/04

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: James Giuseppe, Division for Strategic Human Resources 
Policy, Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street NW., Washington, 
DC 20415
Phone: 202 606-0299
Email: combox@opm.gov

Related RIN: Related To 3206-AJ72
RIN: 3206-AH57
_______________________________________________________________________




3593. COVERAGE FOR CERTAIN EMPLOYEES OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 8347(a); 5 USC 8361(g); PL 105-33, sec 11202(f), 
11232(e), 11246(b); PL 106-522, sec 145

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 831; 5 CFR 837; 5 CFR 842; 5 CFR 846; 5 CFR 870; 5 
CFR 890

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: These regulations implement provisions of the National 
Capital Revitalization and Self-Government Improvement Act of 1997, 
which requires that nonjudicial employees of the District of Columbia 
Courts, and under certain conditions, the District of Columbia 
Corrections Trustee, and the District of Columbia Pretrial Services, 
Parole, Adult Probation and Offender Supervision Trustee and their 
respective employees be considered Federal employees for purposes of 
Federal retirement, health, and life insurance coverage.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              09/30/97                    62 FR 50995
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      12/01/97
Final Action                    10/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Robert Girouard, Division for Strategic Human Resources 
Policy, Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street NW., Washington, 
DC 20415
Phone: 202 606-0299
Email: combox@opm.gov

RIN: 3206-AI02
_______________________________________________________________________




3594. RETIREMENT, HEALTH, AND LIFE INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR CERTAIN 
EMPLOYEES OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA UNDER THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 
COURTS AND JUSTICE TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS ACT OF 1998

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: PL 105-274

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 831; 5 CFR 837; 5 CFR 842; 5 CFR 846; 5 CFR 870; 5 
CFR 890

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: These interim regulations implement the District of Columbia 
Courts and Justice Technical Corrections Act of 1998. The effect of 
these regulations is to extend Federal retirement, health insurance, 
and life insurance coverage to employees of the Public Defender Service 
of the District of Columbia under section 7 of the Act, and to exclude 
certain former employees of the District of Columbia, who are hired by 
the Department of Justice or by the Court Services and Offender 
Supervision Agency, from Federal retirement coverage if they elect, 
under section 3 of the Act, to continue their coverage under a 
retirement system for employees of the District of Columbia.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              03/31/99                    64 FR 15286
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      06/29/99
Final Action                    10/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Robert Girouard, Division for Strategic Human Resources 
Policy, Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street NW., Washington, 
DC 20415
Phone: 202 606-0299
Email: combox@opm.gov

RIN: 3206-AI55
_______________________________________________________________________




3595. LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER AND FIREFIGHTER RETIREMENT

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 8347; 5 USC 8461

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 831; 5 CFR 842

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Office of Personnel Management is issuing an interim rule 
that permits certain police officers with the Metropolitan Washington 
Airports Authority to elect coverage under the special retirement 
provisions for law enforcement officers.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              07/25/01                    66 FR 38523
Interim Final Rule Effective    07/25/01
Final Action                    10/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Patrick Jennings, Division for Strategic Human 
Resources Policy, Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street NW., 
Washington, DC 20415-0001
Phone: 202 606-0299
Email: combox@opm.gov

RIN: 3206-AJ39
_______________________________________________________________________




3596. CONTINUATION OF ELIGIBILITY FOR CERTAIN CIVIL SERVICE BENEFITS FOR 
FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES OF THE CIVILIAN MARKSMANSHIP PROGRAM

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: Sec 1622(b), PL 104-106, 110 Stat 515

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 831; 5 CFR 842; 5 CFR 870; 5 CFR 890

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: These regulations describe conditions and procedures 
applicable to continuation of eligibility for certain Civil Service 
benefits for former Federal employees of the Civilian Marksmanship 
Program.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            06/03/02                    67 FR 38210

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NPRM Comment Period End         08/02/02
Final Action                    10/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Howard T. Newland Jr., Strategic Human Resources Policy 
Division, Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street NW., 
Washington, DC 20415
Phone: 202 606-0299
Email: combox@opm.gov

RIN: 3206-AJ55
_______________________________________________________________________




3597. [bull] RETIREMENT--FEDERAL EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT SYSTEM; BASIC 
ANNUITY

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: PL 107-296

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 831, 5 CFR 842

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Public Law 107-296 authorized agencies to request voluntary 
early retirement authority (VERA) based on a need for workforce 
reshaping. Previously, agencies could only request VERA based on 
demonstrated need to downsize. Public Law 107-296 also provided 
workforce reshaping flexibility to agencies requesting the authority to 
offer voluntary separation incentive payments (VSIP). Interim 
regulations amending 5 CFR part 576 have already been issued to cover 
the VSIP flexibility. Interim regulations revising parts 831 and 842 of 
5 CFR are urgently needed so that agencies can request both VERA and 
VSIP based on the need for workforce reshaping. At the moment, they can 
only request VSIP on this basis--which hampers their ability to 
accomplish the goals set out in the President's management agenda.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              05/00/03
Final Action                    01/00/04

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Charles Gray, Division for Strategic Human Resources 
Policy, Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street NW., Washington, 
DC 20415
Phone: 202 606-0960
Fax: 202 606-2329
Email: cwgray@opm.gov

RIN: 3206-AJ82
_______________________________________________________________________




3598. RETIREMENT--DEBT COLLECTION

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 8347; 5 USC 8461

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 835, subpart E

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: These regulations will amend the Civil Service Retirement 
System (CSRS) and Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) 
regulations by consolidating and updating existing regulations in three 
different subparts of the CSRS regulations, and 5 CFR 845 in the FERS 
regulations to eliminate duplication of the provisions governing debt 
collection. This item is for subpart E of the new part 835, which will 
address collections of Government claims from payments made by OPM.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/05/92                    57 FR 45753
Final Action                    10/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Patricia A. Rochester, Division for Strategic Human 
Resources Policy, Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street NW., 
Washington, DC 20415
Phone: 202 606-0299
Email: combox@opm.gov

RIN: 3206-AE72
_______________________________________________________________________




3599. RETIREMENT--GENERAL ADMINISTRATION

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 8347

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 841

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: These regulations would allow an agency to retain the 
individual retirement record when an employee transfers within the same 
agency even though the employee would be serviced by another intra-
agency payroll.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              04/20/00                    65 FR 21119
Interim Final Rule Effective    04/20/00
Final Action                    03/00/04

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: John Panagakos, Division for Strategic Human Resources 
Policy, Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street NW., Washington, 
DC 20415
Phone: 202 606-0299
Email: combox@opm.gov

RIN: 3206-AI83
_______________________________________________________________________




3600. RETIREMENT; FERS BASIC ANNUITY

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 8461

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 842, subparts B to G

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: These final regulations will amend FERS Basic Annuity 
regulations governing Eligibility (subpart B), Credit for Service 
(subpart C), Computations (subpart F), and Alternative Forms of Annuity 
(subpart G). These regulations have been published at various times in 
interim final form, and have been affected by statutory changes.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              01/16/87                     52 FR 2061
Interim Final Rule              01/16/87                     52 FR 2067
Interim Final Rule              02/11/87                     52 FR 4473
Interim Final Rule              02/11/87                     52 FR 4479
Interim Final Rule              05/14/87                    52 FR 18193
Interim Final Rule              04/08/88                    53 FR 11635
Interim Final Rule              02/09/90                     55 FR 4598
Final Rule                      12/27/90                    55 FR 53136
Interim Final Rule              02/19/91                     56 FR 6549
Final Action                    04/00/04

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Patrick Jennings, Division for Strategic Human 
Resources Policy, Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street NW., 
Washington, DC 20415-0001
Phone: 202 606-0299

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Email: combox@opm.gov

RIN: 3206-AE73
_______________________________________________________________________




3601. [bull] RETIREMENT COVERAGE AND SERVICE CREDIT ELECTIONS AVAILABLE 
TO CURRENT AND FORMER NONAPPROPRIATED FUND EMPLOYEES

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 8347; 5 USC 8461; PL 107-107, sec 1131; PL 107-
107, sec 1132

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 847, subpart H; 5 CFR 847, subpart I

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: These regulations amend the Civil Service Retirement System 
(CSRS) and Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) regulations to 
establish procedures for employees who want to elect to use service 
they performed for a Nonappropriated Fund Instrumentality (NAFI) of the 
Department of Defense or Coast Guard to qualify for immediate 
retirement under CSRS or FERS annuity when employees elect to use NAFI 
service to qualify for immediate CSRS or FERS retirement.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule Effective    12/28/01
Interim Final Rule              01/16/03                     68 FR 2175
Final Action                    03/00/04

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: James Giuseppe, Division for Strategic Human Resources 
Policy, Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street NW., Washington, 
DC 20415
Phone: 202 606-0299
Email: combox@opm.gov

Related RIN: Related To 3206-AH57
RIN: 3206-AJ72
_______________________________________________________________________




3602. FEDERAL EMPLOYEES' GROUP LIFE INSURANCE PROGRAM: MISCELLANEOUS 
CHANGES AND CLARIFICATIONS

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 8716

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 870

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: These regulations include changes to FEGLI regulations that 
clarify procedures for signing and witnessing designations of 
beneficiary, accepting designations of beneficiary by facsimile, 
accepting DNA evidence to establish paternity, etc. They also change 
the time frame for electing optional insurance when first eligible from 
31 days to 60 days and add information on Basic insurance for certain 
Department of Defense employees under Public Law 106-398.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/27/00                    65 FR 64530
Final Action                    03/00/04

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Karen Leibach, Division for Strategic Human Resources 
Policy, Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street NW., Washington, 
DC 20415
Phone: 202 606-0004
Email: kjleibac@opm.gov

RIN: 3206-AG63
_______________________________________________________________________




3603. FEDERAL EMPLOYEES' GROUP LIFE INSURANCE: REMOVAL OF PREMIUMS AND 
AGE BANDS FROM REGULATIONS

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 8716; PL 106-398

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 870

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Public Law 105-311 allowed retiring employees to elect to 
continue their option B and/or option C coverage on an unreduced basis. 
Since this means that more people over age 65 will have these coverages 
and will continue to pay premiums, the previous age band structure 
(with the top age band being 60 and over) needed to be expanded. OPM 
previously added additional age bands to option C; we now need to 
expand these further and to add age bands to option B. In addition, the 
actuaries have determined that changes in mortality rates warrant 
further changes to the FEGLI premiums. Since the current regulatory 
process does not allow OPM the flexibility to change premiums quickly 
and in an efficient and timely manner, we are removing the premiums 
from regulations. We will announce future premium changes in a public 
notice in the Federal Register.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              05/00/03
Final Action                    12/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Kathleen Healy Sheridan, Division for Strategic Human 
Resources Policy, Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street NW., 
Washington, DC 20415
Phone: 202 606-0004
Email: khsherid@opm.gov

RIN: 3206-AJ46
_______________________________________________________________________




3604. [bull] FEDERAL LONG-TERM CARE INSURANCE REGULATIONS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 9008

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 875

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: On September 19, 2000, the Long-Term Care Security Act became 
law. As directed by the Act, OPM published interim regulations on 
February 4, 2003, which establish the basic rules under which the 
Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program operates. The public comment 
period ends on April 7, 2003.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              02/04/03                     68 FR 5531
Interim Final Rule Effective    02/04/03
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      04/07/03
Final Action                    08/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Terry L. Schleicher, Division for Strategic Human 
Resources Policy, Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street NW., 
Washington, DC 20415

[[Page 31201]]

Phone: 202 606-0004
Email: tlschlei@opm.gov

RIN: 3206-AJ71
_______________________________________________________________________




3605. FEDERAL EMPLOYEES' HEALTH BENEFITS PROGRAM: PAYMENT OF PREMIUMS 
FOR PERIODS OF LEAVE WITHOUT PAY OR INSUFFICIENT PAY

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 8913

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 890

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: These regulations establish a requirement that Federal 
agencies counsel employees entering nonpay status, or whose pay is 
insufficient to cover their FEHB premium payments, of the options of 
continuing or terminating their FEHB coverage, and if continuing, of 
paying premiums directly on a current basis or incurring a debt to be 
withheld from future salary. These regulations are intended to ensure 
employees are fully aware of these alternatives. We have received 
comments on the interim final rule, which are under review.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              07/22/96                    61 FR 37807
Interim Final Rule              05/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Barbara Myers, Division for Strategic Human Resources 
Policy, Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street NW., Washington, 
DC 20415
Phone: 202 606-0004

RIN: 3206-AG66
_______________________________________________________________________




3606. FEDERAL EMPLOYEES' HEALTH BENEFITS PROGRAM: EFFECTIVE DATES

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 8913

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 890

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This proposed regulation would adopt January 1 as the 
effective date for all open season enrollment changes and new 
enrollment in the Federal Employees' Health Benefits Program.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            08/31/98                    63 FR 46180
NPRM Comment Period End         09/30/98
Final Action                    05/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Barbara Myers, Division for Strategic Human Resources 
Policy, Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street NW., Washington, 
DC 20415
Phone: 202 606-0004

RIN: 3206-AI37
_______________________________________________________________________




3607. IMPLEMENTATION OF PREMIUM CONVERSION FOR EXECUTIVE BRANCH FEDERAL 
EMPLOYEES PARTICIPATING IN THE FEDERAL EMPLOYEES' HEALTH BENEFITS (FEHB) 
PROGRAM

Priority: Economically Significant. Major under 5 USC 801.

Legal Authority: 26 USC 125

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 890

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued regulations 
under the Federal Employees' Health Benefits (FEHB) Program to enable 
employees of all executive branch agencies to pay their share of FEHB 
premiums with pre-tax dollars in accordance with section 125 of the 
Internal Revenue Code. OPM simultaneously amended salary allotment 
regulations at 5 CFR 550, because employees participating in premium 
conversion must allot a portion of salary to their employing agency, 
which agencies then use to pay the employee share of FEHB premiums.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              07/19/00                    65 FR 44644
Interim Final Rule Effective    09/18/00
Final Action                    05/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Laurie Bodenheimer, Division for Strategic Human 
Resources Policy, Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street NW., 
Washington, DC 20415
Phone: 202 606-0770

RIN: 3206-AJ17
_______________________________________________________________________




3608. FEDERAL EMPLOYEES' HEALTH BENEFITS CHILDREN'S EQUITY

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: PL 106-394

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 890; 5 CFR 892

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Public Law 106-394 requires mandatory self and family 
coverage for Federal Employees' Health Benefits (FEHB) eligible 
employees who do not comply with a court or administrative order to 
provide health benefits for their children. This regulation requires 
that employees subject to such an order be enrolled in self and family 
coverage in a plan that provides full benefits to his/her child(ren) in 
the area where they live or provide documentation to his/her employing 
office that he/she has other health coverage for the children. If the 
employee does not enroll in an appropriate health plan or provide 
documentation of other coverage for the children, the employing office 
will enroll the employee for self and family coverage in the option of 
the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Service Benefit Plan that provides the 
lower level of coverage. This type of mandatory coverage has been in 
effect for several years in the private sector. This regulation defines 
how this requirement will be implemented in the FEHB Program.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              05/00/03
Final Action                    06/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Nataya Battle, Division for Strategic Human Resources 
Policy, Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street NW., Washington, 
DC 20515
Phone: 202 606-1874
Email: nbattle@opm.gov

RIN: 3206-AJ34

[[Page 31202]]

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3609. IMPLEMENTATION OF FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNTS FOR EXECUTIVE BRANCH 
FEDERAL EMPLOYEES PARTICIPATING IN THE FEDERAL EMPLOYEES HEALTH BENEFITS 
PROGRAM

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 26 USC 125; 26 USC 129; 26 USC 152

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 892

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) plans to issue 
regulations to enable employees of all executive branch agencies to 
elect a Health Care Flexible Spending Account (HCFSA) and/or a 
Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (DCFSA) in accordance with 
sections 125, 129, and 152 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              05/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Laurie Bodenheimer, Division for Strategic Human 
Resources Policy, Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street NW., 
Washington, DC 20415
Phone: 202 606-0770

RIN: 3206-AJ66
_______________________________________________________________________




3610. [bull] FEDERAL EXECUTIVE BOARDS

Priority: Info./Admin./Other

Legal Authority: 5 CFR 960, Memorandum of the President for Heads of 
Departments and Agencies

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 960

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Office of Personnel Management proposes regulations 
designed to make plain language updates, and general or routine 
modifications with no cost implications. These regulations also will 
clarify language based on modifications to OPM programs.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            11/25/02                    67 FR 70559
Final Action                    05/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

URL For More Information:
http://www.feb.gov

Agency Contact: Paula L. Bridgham, Division for Human Capital 
Leadership and Merit System Accountability, Office of Personnel 
Management, 1900 E Street NW., Washington, DC 20415
Phone: 202 606-1000
Fax: 202 606-3350
Email: plbridgh@opm.gov

RIN: 3206-AJ68
_______________________________________________________________________




3611. GOVERNMENTWIDE DEBARMENT AND SUSPENSION (NONPROCUREMENT)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: EO 12549

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 970

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: These regulations will implement within OPM the provisions of 
the Governmentwide nonprocurement suspension and debarment common rule.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            01/23/02                     67 FR 3266
NPRM Comment Period End         03/25/02
Final Action                    05/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: J. David Cope, Debarring Official, Office of the 
Inspector General, Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street NW., 
Washington, DC 20415
Phone: 202 606-2851
Fax: 202 606-2153
Email: jdcope@opm.gov

RIN: 3206-AJ31
_______________________________________________________________________




3612. FEDERAL EMPLOYEES' GROUP LIFE INSURANCE FEDERAL ACQUISITION 
REGULATION

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 8716; 40 USC 486(C)

CFR Citation: 48 CFR 1.301

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This proposed regulation would revise the existing Federal 
Employees' Group Life Insurance Federal Acquisition Regulation (LIFAR) 
by updating and revising policy regulations with respect to the 
acquisition and administration of life insurance contracts for Federal 
employees.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Final Action                    05/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Anne Easton, Division for Strategic Human Resources 
Policy, Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street NW., Washington, 
DC 20415
Phone: 202 606-0004
Email: aseaston@opm.gov

RIN: 3206-AI65

[[Page 31203]]

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Office of Personnel Management (OPM)                  Long-Term Actions






_______________________________________________________________________




3613. PAY ADMINISTRATION; AVAILABILITY PAY FOR CRIMINAL INVESTIGATORS

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 5545(h); 5 USC 5548

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 550

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: These final regulations will clarify a number of issues 
relating to the administration of availability pay, a form of premium 
pay for criminal investigators who are required to work, or be 
available to work, substantial amounts of unscheduled overtime duty 
based on the needs of the employing agency.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              12/23/94                    59 FR 66149
Second Interim Final Rule       01/29/99                     64 FR 4517
Final Action                    09/00/04

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Kevin Kitchelt, Strategic Human Resources Policy 
Division, Office of Personnel Management, Room 7H31, 1900 E Street NW., 
Washington, DC 20415
Phone: 202 606-2858
Fax: 202 606-0824
Email: payleave@opm.gov

RIN: 3206-AJ49
_______________________________________________________________________




3614. PERSONNEL SECURITY AND RELATED PROGRAMS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 3301; 5 USC 3302; 5 USC 7312; 50 USC 403; EO 
10450; EO 10577

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 732

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: With the abolishment of the Federal Personnel Manual (FPM), 
certain policies and procedures enunciated in the FPM are being 
considered for publication in another format.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              04/23/91                    56 FR 18650
Interim Final Rule              09/16/94                    59 FR 47527
Interim Final Rule Effective 
Date                            10/17/94


Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Kathy Dillaman, Associate Director, Investigations 
Service, Office of Personnel Management, Division for Strategic Human 
Resources Policy, 1900 E Street NW., Washington, DC 20415-4000
Phone: 202 606-1042

RIN: 3206-AC21
_______________________________________________________________________




3615. INVESTIGATIONS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: PL 93-579; 5 USC 552a

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 736

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: With the abolishment of the Federal Personnel Manual (FPM), 
certain policies and procedures enunciated in the FPM are being 
considered for publication in another format.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              04/23/91                    56 FR 18650
Begin Review                    10/01/93
Interim Final Rule              09/16/94                    59 FR 47527


Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Kathy Dillaman, Associate Director, Investigations 
Service, Office of Personnel Management, Division for Strategic Human 
Resources Policy, 1900 E Street NW., Washington, DC 20415-4000
Phone: 202 606-1042

RIN: 3206-AB92
_______________________________________________________________________




3616. CORRECTION OF RETIREMENT COVERAGE ERRORS UNDER THE FEDERAL 
ERRONEOUS RETIREMENT COVERAGE CORRECTION ACT

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: PL 106-265

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 839

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Office of Personnel Management is amending its 
regulations to include new rules for correcting certain retirement 
coverage errors. We are amending the regulations to implement the 
provisions of the Federal Erroneous Retirement Coverage Corrections Act 
(FERCCA), title II of Public Law 106-265. The regulations will allow 
agencies to correct affected coverage errors.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              03/19/01                    66 FR 15605
Interim Final Rule Effective    03/19/01
Final Action                    05/00/04

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Cynthia Reinhold, Division for Strategic Human 
Resources Policy, Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street NW., 
Washington, DC 20415
Phone: 202 606-0299
Email: payleave@opm.gov

RIN: 3206-AJ38

[[Page 31204]]

_______________________________________________________________________


Office of Personnel Management (OPM)                  Completed Actions






_______________________________________________________________________




3617. EXCEPTED SERVICE--SCHEDULE A AUTHORITY FOR CHINESE, JAPANESE, AND 
HINDI INTERPRETERS

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 213

Completed:
________________________________________________________________________

Reason                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Final Action                    11/21/02                    67 FR 70119
Final Action Effective          11/21/02

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Tina Vay
Phone: 202 606-0830
Fax: 202 606-0390
Email: cmvay@opm.gov

RIN: 3206-AJ43
_______________________________________________________________________




3618. PREVAILING RATE SYSTEMS; DEFINITION OF SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA, 
NONAPPROPRIATED FUND WAGE AREA

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 532

Completed:
________________________________________________________________________

Reason                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Final Action                    01/13/03                     68 FR 1515
Final Action Effective          02/12/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Mark Allen
Phone: 202 606-2848
Fax: 202 606-4264
Email: maallen@opm.gov

RIN: 3206-AJ61
_______________________________________________________________________




3619. PREVAILING RATE SYSTEMS; CHANGE IN FEDERAL WAGE SYSTEM SURVEY JOB

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 532

Completed:
________________________________________________________________________

Reason                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Final Action                    01/06/03                      68 FR 460
Final Action Effective          02/05/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Mark Allen
Phone: 202 606-2848
Fax: 202 606-4264
Email: maallen@opm.gov

RIN: 3206-AJ63
_______________________________________________________________________




3620. PREVAILING RATE SYSTEMS; REDEFINITION OF THE SCRANTON-WILKES-
BARRE, PENNSYLVANIA, APPROPRIATED FUND WAGE AREA

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 532

Completed:
________________________________________________________________________

Reason                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Final Action                    01/06/03                      68 FR 459
Final Action Effective          02/05/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Chenty Carpenter
Phone: 202 606-2848
Fax: 202 606-4264
Email: cola@opm.gov

RIN: 3206-AJ64
_______________________________________________________________________




3621. BASIC PAY FOR EMPLOYEES OF TEMPORARY ORGANIZATIONS

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 534

Completed:
________________________________________________________________________

Reason                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Final Action                    10/10/02                    67 FR 63049
Final Action Effective          11/12/02

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Jeanne D. Jacobson
Phone: 202 606-2858
Fax: 202 606-0824
Email: payleave@opm.gov

RIN: 3206-AJ47
_______________________________________________________________________




3622. ADMINISTRATIVELY UNCONTROLLABLE OVERTIME PAY

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 550.151

Completed:
________________________________________________________________________

Reason                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Final Action                    01/30/03                     68 FR 4681

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Kevin Kitchelt
Phone: 202 606-2858
Fax: 202 606-0824
Email: payleave@opm.gov

RIN: 3206-AJ57
_______________________________________________________________________




3623. DEBARMENTS AND SUSPENSIONS OF HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS FROM THE 
FEDERAL EMPLOYEES' HEALTH BENEFITS PROGRAM

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

CFR Citation: 5 CFR 890, subpart J

Completed:
________________________________________________________________________

Reason                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Final Action                    02/03/03                     68 FR 5470
Final Action Effective          02/03/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: J. David Cope
Phone: 202 606-2851
Fax: 202 606-2153
Email: jdcope@opm.gov

RIN: 3206-AD76
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