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AGENCY:

Office of Personnel Management.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is issuing final rules that permit certain police officers with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) to elect coverage under the special retirement provisions for law enforcement officers. We are also amending the regulations governing special retirement provisions for law enforcement officers and officers and firefighters employed under the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) and the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). These changes were made to clarify and interpret previously promulgated regulations.

DATES:

This final rule is effective July 22, 2005.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Mary Ellen Wilson, (202) 606-0299.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

On July 25, 2001, we published (at 66 FR 38524) interim regulations to implement provisions of section 636 of the Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act, 2001, enacted December 21, 2000, which is incorporated by reference as Appendix C to the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2001, Public Law 106-554 (114 Stat. 2763). Section 636 of the Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act, 2001, permits certain police officers with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) to elect coverage under the special retirement provisions for law enforcement officers. The interim rules issued on July 25, 2001, established procedures for these MWAA police officers to elect coverage under the special retirement provisions for law enforcement officers. The interim rule also made other amendments to previously promulgated rules regulating law enforcement officer and firefighter retirement coverage under the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) and the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS).

OPM received comments from one Federal agency. The commentor noted that the revised definition of agency head at 5 CFR 831.902 and 5 CFR 842.802 deleted language from the second sentence of the definition. Specifically, the phrase “for provisions dealing with law enforcement officers and firefighters” was deleted from the definition of agency head at 5 CFR 842.802, and the phrase “or to the deputy department head” was deleted from the definition of agency head at 5 CFR 831.902 and 5 CFR 842.802. The commentor noted that the deletion of these phrases could be interpreted as a new restriction on an agency's ability to delegate decision-making authority. We agree with the commentor. The definition of agency head was revised only to clarify and interpret the existing extent of an agency head's authority. We are restoring the deleted language to indicate that the existing ability of an agency head to delegate decision-making authority is unchanged.

Executive Order 12866, Regulatory Review

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

Regulatory Flexibility Act

I certify that this regulation will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities because the regulation will only affect a small number of employees of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.

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List of Subjects in 5 CFR Parts 831 and 842

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U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

Linda M. Springer,

Director.

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Accordingly, the interim rule amending

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PART 831—RETIREMENT

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1. The authority citation for part 831 is revised to read as follows:

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Authority: 5 U.S.C. 8347; Sec. 831.102 also issued under 5 U.S.C. 8334; Sec. 831.106 also issued under 5 U.S.C. 552a; Sec. 831.108 also issued under 5 U.S.C. 8336(d)(2); Sec. 831.114 also issued under 5 U.S.C. 8336(d)(2), and section 1313(b)(5) of Pub. L. 107-296, 116 Stat. 2135; Sec. 831.201(b)(1) also issued under 5 U.S.C. 8347(g); Sec. 831.201(b)(6) also issued under 5 U.S.C. 7701(b)(2); Sec. 831.201(g) also issued under sections 11202(f), 11232(e), and 11246(b) of Pub. L. 105-33, 111 Stat. 251; Sec. 831.201(g) also issued under section 7(b) and (e) of Pub. L. 105-274, 112 Stat. 2419; Sec. 831.201(i) also issued under sections 3 and 7(c) of Pub. L. 105-274, 112 Stat. 2419; Sec. 831.204 also issued under section 102(e) of Pub. L. 104-8, 109 Stat. 102, as amended by section 153 of Pub. L. 104-134, 110 Stat. 1321; Sec. 831.205 also issued under section 2207 of Pub. L. 106-265, 114 Stat. 784; Sec. 831.301 also issued under section 2203 of Pub. L. 106-265, 114 Stat. 780; Sec. 831.303 also issued under 5 U.S.C. 8334(d)(2) and section 2203 of Pub. L. 106-235, 114 Stat. 780; Sec. 831.502 also issued under 5 U.S.C. 8337; Sec. 831.502 also issued under section 1(3), E.O. 11228, 3 CFR 1965-1965 Comp. p. 317; Sec. 831.663 also issued under section 8339(j) and (k)(2); Secs. 831.663 and 831.664 also issued under section 11004(c)(2) of Pub. L. 103-66, 107 Stat. 412; Sec. 831.682 also issued under section 201(d) of Pub. L. 99-251, 100 Stat. 23; Sec. 831.912 also issued under section 636 of Appendix C to Pub. L. 106-554, 114 Stat. 2763A-164; subpart V also issued under 5 U.S.C. 8343a and section 6001 of Pub. L. 100-203, 101 Stat. 1330-275; Sec. 831.2203 also issued under section 7001(a)(4) of Pub. L. 101-508, 104 Stat. 1388-328.

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Subpart I—Law Enforcement Officers and Firefighters

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2. Amend § 831.902 by revising the definition of

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Agency head means, for the executive branch agencies, the head of an Start Printed Page 42254executive agency as defined in 5 U.S.C. 105; for the legislative branch, the Secretary of the Senate, the Clerk of the House of Representatives, or the head of any other legislative branch agency; for the judicial branch, the Director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts; for the Postal Service, the Postmaster General; and for any other independent establishment that is an entity of the Federal Government, the head of the establishment. For the purpose of an approval of coverage under this subpart, agency head is also deemed to include the designated representative of the head of an executive department as defined in 5 U.S.C. 101, except that the designated representative must be a department headquarters-level official who reports directly to the executive department head, or to the deputy department head, and who is the sole such representative for the entire department. For the purpose of a denial of coverage under this subpart, agency head is also deemed to include the designated representative of the agency head, as defined in the first sentence of this definition, at any level within the agency.

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PART 842—FEDERAL EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT SYSTEM—BASIC ANNUITY

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3. The authority citation for part 842 is revised to read as follows:

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Authority: 5 U.S.C. 8461(g); Secs. 842.104 and 842.106 also issued under 5 U.S.C. 8461(n); Sec. 842.104 also issued under sections 3 and 7(c) of Pub. L. 105-274, 112, Stat. 2419; Sec. 842.105 also issued under 5 U.S.C. 8402(c)(1) and 7701(b)(2); Sec, 842.106 also issued under section 102(e) of Pub. L. 104-8, 109 Stat. 102, as amended by section 153 of Pub. L. 104-134, 110 Stat. 1321; Sec. 842.107 also issued under sections 11202(f), 11232(e), and 11246(b) of Pub. L. 105-33, 111 Stat. 251; Sec. 842.107 also issued under section 7(b) of Pub. L. 105-274, 112 Stat. 2419; Sec. 842.108 aslo issued under section 7(e) of Pub. L. 105-274, 112 Stat. 2419; Sec. 842.213 also issued under 5 U.S.C. 8414(b)(1)(B) and section 1313(b)(5) of Pub. L. 107-296, 116 Stat. 2135; Secs. 842.604 and 842.611 also issued under 5 U.S.C. 8419; Sec. 842.615 also issued under 5 U.S.C. 8416 and 8417; Sec. 842.614 also issued under 5 U.S.C. 8419; Sec. 842.615 also issued under 5 U.S.C. 8418; Sec. 842.703 also issued under section 7001(a)(4) of Pub. L. 101-508, 104 Stat. 1388; Sec. 842.707 also issued under section 6001 of Pub. L. 100-203, 101 Stat. 1300; Sec. 842.708 also issued under section 4005 of Pub. L. 101-239, 103 Stat. 2106 and section 7001 of Pub. L. 101-508, 104 Stat. 1388, subpart H also issued under 5 U.S.C. 1104; sec. 842.810 also issued under Appendix C to Pub. L. 106-554, 114 Stat. 2763A-164.

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Subpart H—Law Enforcement Officers, Firefighters, and Air Traffic Controllers

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4. Amend § 842.802 by revising the definition of

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Agency head means, for the executive branch agencies, the head of an executive agency as defined in 5 U.S.C. 105; for the legialative branch, the Secretary of State, the Clerk of the House of representatives, or the head of any other legislative branch agency; for the judicial branch, the Director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts; for the Postal Service, the Postmaster General; and for any other independent establishment that is an entity of the Federal Government, the head of the establishment. For the purpose of an approval of coverage under this subpart, agency head is also deemed to include the designated representative of the head of an executive department as defined in 5 U.S.C. 101, except that, for provisions dealing with law enforcement officers and firefighters, the designated representative must be a department headquarters-level official who reports directly to the executive department head, or to the deputy department head, and who is the sole such represenative for the entire department. For the purpose of a denial coverage under this subpart, agency head is also deemed to include the designated representative of the agency head, as defined in the first sentence of this definition, at any level within the agency.

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[FR Doc. 05-14240 Filed 7-21-05; 8:45 am]

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