U.S. Office of Personnel Management.
The Office of Personnel Management is issuing final regulations on the current career transition assistance programs. These programs assist Federal employees displaced from their jobs by downsizing. These programs began in 1995 as a temporary replacement for the Interagency Placement Program, with a planned sunset date of September 30, 1999. Interim regulations published July 27, 1999, extended the sunset date for an additional 2 years. These final regulations address comments submitted on the interim regulations.
This regulation is effective on September 5, 2000.Start Further Info
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On July 27, 1999, OPM published interim regulations with a request for comment on the government's career transition assistance programs in 5 CFR part 330. These regulations extended the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) until September 30, 2001. The regulations also made some technical changes and clarifications.
Four agencies and one union commented on the interim regulations. All supported OPM's extension of these programs in light of their successful placement rates.
One agency stated its desire to move employees from one component to another, or to jobs in the same component located in a different commuting area, without checking for CTAP eligibles. We understand the concerns agencies have with this requirement. However, this was not part of the interim regulation as published—it would constitute a major change in the program, and the interim regulations included only minor technical changes and clarifications. Reassignments within a component and commuting area continue to be exempt from the CTAP requirements.
One agency asked for clarification on how the ICTAP exception in § 330.705(c)(19) relates to § 330.708(b) on selection. The exception in § 330.705(c)(19) allows an agency to select an ICTAP eligible at any time with or without announcing the vacancy. However, if the vacancy is announced and more than one well-qualified ICTAP eligible applies, then the agency is free to select any of them. Another agency commented that the term “reassignment” should be deleted from this paragraph. Since these eligibles would only be appointed through a transfer or reinstatement action, we agree that the word “reassignment” is unnecessary and have deleted it.
One agency recommended that we eliminate the requirement for a second review when an ICTAP eligible fails to meet the well-qualified requirement. The agency preferred to conduct this review only when the ICTAP eligible requested it. This provision was part of the final regulations published June 9, 1997, and no change to this provision was proposed in the July 27, 1999, interim regulation. Therefore, this provision remains unchanged.
Another agency suggested that we further define the type of documentation described in § 330.607(b) that the agency could use when they have no CTAP eligibles in a given location. We have considered this suggestion but feel that agencies should have the flexibility to use the type of documentation that best suits their needs.
Finally, we discovered a typographical error in the interim regulation which we are correcting here. In the process of adding a clarifying sentence in § 330.607(b), another sentence was accidentally deleted. We are restoring that dropped sentence here.
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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 330End List of Subjects
U.S. Office of Personnel ManagementStart Signature
Janice R. Lachance,
Accordingly, the interim rule amending part 330 of title 5, Code of Federal Regulations, published atEnd Amendment Part Start Part
PART 330—RECRUITMENT, SELECTION, AND PLACEMENT (GENERAL)End Part Start Amendment Part
1. The authority citation for part 330 continues to read as follows:End Amendment Part
Subpart F—Agency Career Transition Assistance Plans (CTAP) for Local Surplus and Displaced EmployeesStart Amendment Part
2. In § 330.607, paragraph (b) is revised to read as follows:End Amendment Part
(b) Agencies must take reasonable steps to ensure eligible employees are notified of all vacancies the agency is filling in locations where there are CTAP eligibles, and what is required for them to be determined well-qualified for the vacancies. Vacancy announcements within an agency must contain information on how eligible employees within the agency can apply, what proof of eligibility is required, and the agency's definition of “well-qualified.” If there are no CTAP eligibles in a local commuting area, the agency may document this fact as an alternative to posting the vacancy under the CTAP program.
Subpart G—Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan for Displaced EmployeesStart Amendment Part
3. In § 330.705, paragraph (c)(19) is revised to read as follows:End Amendment Part
(c) * * *
(19) Transfer or reinstatement of an individual who meets the eligibility requirements of § 330.704 to a position having promotion potential no greater than the potential of a position the individual currently holds or previously held on a permanent basis in the competitive service and did not lose because of performance or conduct reasons.
[FR Doc. 00-19765 Filed 8-3-00; 8:45 am]
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