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Career Transition Assistance for Surplus and Displaced Federal Employees

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AGENCY:

U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

ACTION:

Final regulation.

SUMMARY:

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.

DATES:

This regulation is effective on September 5, 2000.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Jacqueline Yeatman on (202) 606-0960, FAX (202) 606-2329, TDD (202) 606-0023, email: jryeatma@opm.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

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.

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 certain Government employees.

Executive Order 12866, Regulatory Review

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

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List of Subjects in 5 CFR Part 330

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U.S. Office of Personnel Management

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Janice R. Lachance,

Director.

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Accordingly, the interim rule amending part 330 of title 5, Code of Federal Regulations, published at

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PART 330—RECRUITMENT, SELECTION, AND PLACEMENT (GENERAL)

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1. The authority citation for part 330 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 5 U.S.C. 1302, 3301, 3302; E.O. 10577, 3 CFR 1954-58 Comp., p. 218; § 330.102 also issued under 5 U.S.C. 3327; subpart B also issued under 5 U.S.C. 3315 and 8151; § 330.401 also issued under 5 U.S.C. 3310; subparts F-G also issued under Presidential memorandum dated September 12, 1995, entitled “Career Transition Assistance for Federal Employees”; subpart H also issued under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) and 8457(b); subpart I also issued under 106 Stat. 2720, 5 U.S.C. 3301 note and sec. 4432 of Pub. Law 102-484, 106 Stat. 2315; subpart K also issued under sec. 11203 of Pub. Law 105-33, 111 Stat. 251

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Subpart F—Agency Career Transition Assistance Plans (CTAP) for Local Surplus and Displaced Employees

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2. In § 330.607, paragraph (b) is revised to read as follows:

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Notification of surplus and displaced employees.
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(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.

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Subpart G—Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan for Displaced Employees

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3. In § 330.705, paragraph (c)(19) is revised to read as follows:

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Order of selection in filling vacancies from outside the agency's workforce.
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(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.

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[FR Doc. 00-19765 Filed 8-3-00; 8:45 am]

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