Skip to Content


Reduction in Force Notices

Document Details

Information about this document as published in the Federal Register.

Published Document

This document has been published in the Federal Register. Use the PDF linked in the document sidebar for the official electronic format.

Start Preamble Start Printed Page 25623


Office of Personnel Management.


Final regulation.


The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is issuing a final rule to remove the regulations requiring 120 day reduction in force notices for certain Department of Defense employees because the implementing statute is expiring.


This regulation is effective on June 2, 2000.

Start Further Info


Jacqueline Yeatman on (202) 606-0960, FAX (202) 606-2329, TDD (202) 606-0023 or by email at

End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information


The regulations in paragraph (a)(2) of section 351.801 of 5 CFR part 351 were published on June 8, 1993, implementing section 4433 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1993 (Pub. L. 102-484). The statute provided that Department of Defense employees who received reduction in force notices between January 20, 1993, and January 31, 1998, were entitled to a 120 day notice period if a significant number of employees were affected. Later, Public Law 103-337 was enacted. This law extended the requirement for a longer notice period until January 31, 2000. Because this section of the Public Law is expiring, OPM is deleting the regulatory material in 5 CFR part 351 that contains these requirements.

Regulatory Flexibility Act

I certify that this regulation will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities because it affects only Federal employees.

Executive Order 12866, Regulatory Review

This rule has been reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget in accordance with Executive Order 12866.

Start List of Subjects

List of Subjects in 5 CFR Part 351

End List of Subjects Start Signature

Office of Personnel Management.

Janice R. Lachance,


End Signature Start Amendment Part

Accordingly, the Office of Personnel Management is amending

End Amendment Part Start Part


End Part Start Amendment Part

1. The authority citation for part 351 continues to read as follows:

End Amendment Part Start Authority

Authority: 5 U.S.C. 1302, 3502, 3502; sec. 351.801 also issued under E.O. 12828, 58 FR 2965.

End Authority

Subpart H—Notice to Employee

Start Amendment Part

2. In § 351.801, paragraph (a)(1) is revised, paragraph (a)(2) is removed, paragraph (a)(3) is redesignated as paragraph (a)(2), and paragraph (b) is revised to read as follows:

End Amendment Part
Notice period.

(a)(1) Each competing employee selected for release from a competitive level under this part is entitled to a specific written notice at least 60 full days before the effective date of release.

* * * * *

(b) When a reduction in force is caused by circumstances not reasonably foreseeable, the Director of OPM, at the request of an agency head or designee, may approve a notice period of less than 60 days. The shortened notice period must cover at least 30 full days before the effective date of release. An agency request to OPM shall specify:

(1) The reduction in force to which the request pertains;

(2) The number of days by which the agency requests that the period be shortened;

(3) The reasons for the request; and

(4) Any other additional information that OPM may specify.

* * * * *

3. In § 351.805, paragraph (a) is revised to read as follows:

New notice required.

(a) An employee is entitled to a written notice of at least 60 full days if the agency decides to take an action more severe than first specified.

* * * * *
End Supplemental Information

[FR Doc. 00-10988 Filed 5-2-00; 8:45 am]