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AGENCY:

Office of Personnel Management.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

This notice publishes revised shelter (rent) analyses relating to the “2002 Nonforeign Area Cost-of-Living Allowance Survey Report: Caribbean and Washington, DC, Areas” and the “2003 Nonforeign Area Cost-of-Living Allowance Survey Report: Alaska and Washington, DC, Areas.” The Federal Government uses the results of surveys such as these to set cost-of-living allowance (COLA) rates for General Schedule, U.S. Postal Service, and certain other Federal employees in Alaska, Hawaii, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This notice explains the revised shelter analyses adopted by the Office of Personnel Management based on additional research undertaken after the publication of these two reports.

DATES:

Comments on this report must be received on or before October 3, 2005.

ADDRESSES:

Send or deliver comments to Donald J. Winstead, Deputy Associate Director for Pay and Performance Policy, Strategic Human Resources Policy Division, Office of Personnel Management, Room 7H31, 1900 E Street, NW., Washington, DC 20415-8200; fax: (202) 606-4264; or e-mail: COLA@opm.gov.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Donald L. Paquin, (202) 606-2838; fax: (202) 606-4264; or e-mail: COLA@opm.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Section 591.229 of title 5, Code of Federal Regulations, requires the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to publish nonforeign area cost-of-living allowance (COLA) survey summary reports in the Federal Register. On February 9, 2004, OPM published the “2002 Nonforeign Area Cost-of-Living Allowance Survey Report: Caribbean and Washington, DC, Areas” at 69 FR 6020. On March 12, 2004, OPM published the “2003 Nonforeign Area Cost-of-Living Allowance Survey Report: Alaska and Washington, DC, Areas” at 69 FR 12002. Since publishing the results of these surveys, OPM has adopted a new methodology for calculating rent indexes. This notice describes the new methodology, the effect on the rent indexes, and the effect on the final indexes.

New Shelter (Rental) Analyses

OPM developed a new methodology for analyzing rental prices in consultation with the Survey Implementation Committee (SIC) and Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). The SIC and the TAC were established pursuant to the settlement of Caraballo, et al. v. United States, No. 1997-0027 (D.V.I.), August 17, 2000. The SIC advises and assists OPM in the implementation of the new COLA methodology to which the parties agreed. The SIC consists of five plaintiffs' representatives from the COLA areas and two OPM representatives. The TAC consists of three economists who have expertise in living-cost measurement. The TAC performs research for and advises the SIC.

As described in the 2002 and 2003 survey reports, OPM hired a contractor, the Center of International and Interarea Comparisons (CIIC), to analyze the housing data and estimate relative rental rates and rental indexes. CIIC is well-known for its work in international price comparisons, and one of its co-directors of research is a member of the TAC. CIIC consulted closely with the TAC and the SIC in analyzing the rental survey results.

As noted in both the 2002 and 2003 survey reports, the TAC recommended that OPM review the issue of which rental equation to use and how to choose among equations as additional rental data become available. OPM agreed to do this. As OPM acquired more rental data and more experience analyzing these data, it became apparent that the hedonic regressions (a form of multiple linear regression) used in the 2002 and 2003 analyses could be improved.

Therefore, in consultation with the SIC and TAC, OPM recomputed the rent indexes for the 2002 Caribbean and 2003 Alaska surveys. Table 1 below shows the new rent indexes. Appendix 1 shows the regression equation in SAS code and the regression results for the 2002 Caribbean survey. (SAS is a proprietary statistical analysis computer software package.) Appendix 2 shows the regression equation in SAS code and the regression results for the 2003 Alaska survey.

Table 1.—Rent Indexes

AreaPrevious rent indexNew rent index
Puerto Rico65.5270.89
St. Croix, USVI67.5071.71
St. Thomas/St. John, USVI84.2288.63
Anchorage, Alaska86.0689.99
Fairbanks, Alaska78.8479.96
Juneau, Alaska92.9191.68
Washington, DC, Area*100.00*100.00
* By definition, the index of the base area is always 100.00.

New COLA Indexes

Once OPM computed new rent indexes, it became necessary to compute new final overall COLA indexes because these indexes would have changed compared with those OPM published with the 2002 and 2003 survey reports. Table 2 shows the new final indexes. Appendix 3 shows the derivation of the Caribbean final indexes. Appendix 4 shows the derivation of the Alaska final indexes. Start Printed Page 44979

Table 2.—Final Living-Cost Indexes

AreaPrevious final indexNew final index
Puerto Rico103.60105.10
U.S. Virgin Islands121.44122.84
Anchorage, Alaska112.63113.79
Fairbanks, Alaska115.26115.61
Juneau, Alaska118.34118.03
Rest of the State of Alaska134.80136.00
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Appendix 1—2002 Caribbean Survey Hedonic Rental Data Equations and Results

data temp; set opm.dcprvi;

survey_area = ‘XX';

location = substr(compnumber,1,1);

if location = ‘A' then survey_area = ‘SC';

if location = ‘B' then survey_area = ‘ST';

if location = ‘C' then survey_area = ‘PR';

if location = ‘D' then survey_area = ‘DC';

*Q1 yrbuilt;

age = 2002 − yrbuilt;

agesq = age*age;

if age < 0 then delete;

if age ≥ 200 then delete;

sqsqspace = sqfootage*sqfootage;

baths = fullbaths + halfbaths*.5 + threeqtrbaths*.75;

Extrnl_Cond = 0;

if extrcond = ‘A' then Extrnl_Cond = 1; *(Good);

Neighbor_Cond = 0;

if neighcond = ‘A' then Neighbor_Cond = 1; *(Desirable);

hasgarage = 0;

if garage in (‘A' ‘B' ‘C') then hasgarage = 1; *(Yes);

Dup_Apartment = 0;

if unittype in (‘B' ‘C' ‘E' ‘F' ‘H') then Dup_Apartment = 1;

*(Duplex, Triplex, Walkup, In-home, or other apartmnt);

Highrise = 0;

if unittype = ‘G' then Highrise = 1; *(high rise apartment);

Detached_Town = 0;

*if unittype in (‘A' ‘D') then Detached_Town = 1; *(Detached, Townhouse, Row House);

*omitting the above makes it the base condition;

SqftXDup_Apartment = 0;

if unittype in (‘B' ‘C' ‘E' ‘F' ‘H') then SqftXDup_Apartment = sqfootage;

SqftXHighrise = 0;

if unittype = ‘G' then SqftXHighrise = sqfootage;

SqftXDetached_Town = 0;

if unittype in (‘A' ‘D') then SqftXDetached_Town = sqfootage;

sqfootagesq = sqfootage* sqfootage;

hasclothesdryer = 0;

if cldryer = ‘Y' then hasclothesdryer = 1;

hasdishwasher = 0;

if dishwasher = ‘Y' then hasdishwasher = 1;

hasmicrowave = 0;

if microwave = ‘Y' then hasmicrowave = 1;

hassecurity = 0;

if gated = ‘Y' or accessctl = ‘Y' or guards = ‘Y' or alarms = ‘Y' then hassecurity = 1;

ExceptionalView = 0;

If excview = ‘Y' then ExceptionalView = 1;

St_Croix = 0;

if survey_area = ‘SC' then St_Croix = 1;

St_Thomas = 0;

if survey_area = ‘ST' then St_Thomas = 1;

Puerto_Rico = 0;

if survey_area = ‘PR' then Puerto_Rico = 1;

Wash_DC = 0;

*** if survey_area = ‘WA' then Wash_DC = 1—Omitting this makes DC the base area;

lrent = log(rent);

PROC REG DATA = temp;

MODEL lrent = SqftXDup_Apartment SqftXHighrise SqftXDetached_Town

sqfootagesq age agesq baths bedrooms Dup_Apartment Highrise

Neighbor_Cond hasclothesdryer hasdishwasher hasmicrowave

Extrnl_Cond hassecurity ExceptionalView

St_Croix St_Thomas Puerto_Rico;

TITLE ‘2002 Caribbean Rental Data—Revised Rental Analyses Federal Register Model';

RUN;

2002 Caribbean Rental Data—Revised Rental Analyses Federal Register Model

[The REG procedure model: MODEL1 dependent variable: lrent]

Number of Observations Read1599
Number of Observations Used1599
Analysis of variance
SourceDFSum of squaresMean squareF ValuePr > F
Model20345.0180917.25090388.32<.0001
Error157870.102120.04442
Corrected Total1598415.12021
Root MSE0.21077R-Square0.8311
Dependent Mean7.03692Adj R-Sq0.8290
Coeff Var2.99522
Parameter estimates
VariableDFParameter estimateStandard errort ValuePr > |t|
Intercept16.160530.0708386.97<.0001
SqftXDup_Apartment10.000847140.0000663112.78<.0001
SqftXHighrise10.000676730.000077168.77<.0001
SqftXDetached_Town10.000616920.000083347.40<.0001
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sqfootagesq1−1.12749E-72.245397E-8−5.02<.0001
age1−0.002760.00067933−4.06<.0001
agesq10.000054510.000007347.43<.0001
baths10.082070.011647.05<.0001
BEDROOMS10.051140.010344.94<.0001
Dup_Apartment1−0.278750.05458−5.11<.0001
Highrise1−0.157900.06883−2.290.0219
Neighbor_Cond10.189670.0146812.92<.0001
hasclothesdryer10.066150.014064.70<.0001
hasdishwasher10.062140.017183.620.0003
hasmicrowave10.078940.014785.34<.0001
Extrnl_Cond10.095250.014836.42<.0001
hassecurity10.083590.012766.55<.0001
ExceptionalView10.086950.020434.26<.0001
St_Croix1−0.346340.02769−12.51<.0001
St_Thomas1−0.134150.02694−4.98<.0001
Puerto_Rico1−0.354530.02086−16.99<.0001

Appendix 2—2003 Alaska Survey Hedonic Rental Data Equations and Results

data temp; set OPM.ak_dc_2003_w_census;

survey_area = ‘XX';

location = substr(compnumber,1,1);

if location = ‘A' then survey_area = ‘JU';

if location = ‘B' then survey_area = ‘FB';

if location = ‘C' then survey_area = ‘AN';

if location = ‘D' then survey_area = ‘DC';

*Q1 yrbuilt;

age = 2003−yrbuilt;

agesq = age*age;

sqsqspace = sqfootage*sqfootage;

baths = fullbaths + halfbaths*.5 + threeqtrbaths*.75;

Neighbor_Cond = 0;

if neighcond = ‘A' then Neighbor_Cond = 1; *(Desirable);

hasgarage = 0;

if garage in (‘A' ‘B' ‘C') then hasgarage = 1; *(Yes);

Dup_Triplex = 0;

if unittype in (‘B' ‘C') then Dup_Triplex = 1; *(Duplex or Triplex);

Non_Highrise = 0;

if unittype in (‘E' ‘F' ‘H') then Non_Highrise = 1; *(Walkup, In-home, or other apartmnt);

Highrise = 0;

if unittype = ‘G' then Highrise = 1; *(high rise apartment);

Detached_Town = 0;

*if unittype in (‘A' ‘D') then Detached_Town = 1; *(Detached, Townhouse, Row House);

*omitting the above makes it the base condition;

SqftXDup_Triplex = 0;

if unittype in (‘B' ‘C') then SqftXDup_Triplex = sqfootage;

SqftXNon_Highrise = 0;

if unittype in (‘E' ‘F' ‘H') then SqftXNon_Highrise = sqfootage;

SqftXHighrise = 0;

if unittype = ‘G' then SqftXHighrise = sqfootage;

SqftXDetached_Town = 0;

if unittype in (‘A' ‘D') then SqftXDetached_Town = sqfootage;

hasclothesdryer = 0;

if cldryer = ‘Y' then hasclothesdryer = 1;

hasfireplace = 0;

if fireplace =‘Y' then hasfireplace = 1;

medianincomesq = medianincome*medianincome;

Anchorage = 0;

if survey_area = ‘AN' then Anchorage = 1;

Fairbanks = 0;

if survey_area = ‘FB' then Fairbanks = 1;

Juneau = 0;

if survey_area = ‘JU' then Juneau = 1;

Wash_DC = 0;

*** if survey_area = ‘WA' then Wash_DC = 1—Omitting this makes DC the base area; lrent = log(rent);

PROC REG DATA = temp;

MODEL lrent = SqftXDup_Triplex SqftXNon_Highrise

SqftXHighrise SqftXDetached_Town

age agesq baths bedrooms Dup_Triplex Non_Highrise Highrise Neighbor_Cond hasgarage hasclothesdryer

hasfireplace medianincome medianincomesq PctallBA_

PctSchoolAge

Anchorage Fairbanks Juneau;

TITLE ‘2003 Alaskan Rental Data—Revised Rental Analyses Federal Register Model';

RUN;

2003 Alaskan Rental Data—Revised Rental Analyses Federal Register Model

The REG procedure model: MODEL1 dependent variable: lrent]

Number of Observations Read1679
Number of Observations Used1679
Analysis of variance
SourceDFSum of squaresMean squareF ValuePr > F
Model22216.727339.85124393.42<.0001
Error165641.466550.02504
Corrected Total1678258.19388
Root MSE0.15824R-Square0.8394
Dependent Mean7.06679Adj R-Sq0.8373
Coeff Var2.23922
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VariableDFParameter estimateStandard errort ValuePr > |t |
Intercept16.784280.04463152.01<.0001
SqftXDup_Triplex10.000126560.000034713.650.0003
SqftXNon_Highrise10.000266320.000036307.34<.0001
SqftXHighrise10.000228950.000044675.13<.0001
SqftXDetached_Town10.000086220.000015715.49<.0001
age1−0.004260.00067976−6.27<.0001
agesq10.000056920.000008166.97<.0001
baths10.023240.005823.99<.0001
BEDROOMS10.127780.0074317.19<.0001
Dup_Triplex1−0.085250.04928−1.730.0839
Non_Highrise1−0.310600.03842−8.09<.0001
Highrise1−0.176760.04867−3.630.0003
Neighbor_Cond10.258070.039586.52<.0001
hasgarage10.114840.0110110.44<.0001
hasclothesdryer10.059040.008836.69<.0001
hasfireplace10.055040.010175.41<.0001
MedianIncome1−0.000002428.194014E-7−2.960.0031
medianincomesq12.2724E-114.80424E-124.73<.0001
PCTAllBA_10.392140.046738.39<.0001
PctSchoolAge1−0.712930.11164−6.39<.0001
Anchorage1−0.114280.01195−9.56<.0001
Fairbanks1−0.228710.01345−17.01<.0001
Juneau1−0.096320.01719−5.60<.0001

Appendix 3.—2002 Final Living-Cost Results for the Caribbean Cola Areas

Major expenditure group (MEG)Primary expenditure group (PEG)MEG weight (percent)PEG weight (percent)PEG indexMEG index
PUERTO RICO
1. Food13.16101.85
Cereals and bakery products0.987.45105.91
Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs1.4711.1699.40
Dairy products0.654.94124.86
Fruits and vegetables0.735.56107.05
Processed Foods1.5411.68106.42
Other food at home0.423.1692.62
Nonalcoholic beverages0.493.74133.21
Food away from home5.9345.0491.91
Alcoholic beverages0.967.28123.96
  PEG Total100.00
2. Shelter and Utilities31.3085.20
Shelter28.0789.6771.88
Energy Utilities2.658.46236.07
Water and other public services0.591.8741.54
  PEG Total100.00
3. Household Furnishings and Supplies6.0698.84
Household operations1.3622.5164.95
Housekeeping supplies1.0617.53113.20
Textiles and Area Rugs0.254.1693.40
Furniture1.0517.3995.70
Major appliances0.376.03116.32
Small appliances, misc. housewares0.213.46108.32
Miscellaneous household equipment1.7528.91114.40
  PEG Total100.00
4. Apparel and services4.00112.80
Men and boys0.7518.69107.05
Women and girls1.6741.66114.32
Children under 20.184.55103.86
Footwear0.7017.4888.96
Other apparel products and services0.7117.63141.24
  PEG Total100.00
5. Transportation16.93107.51
Motor Vehicle Costs9.0953.67109.17
Gasoline and motor oil2.7116.0284.24
Maintenance and repairs1.8110.7294.31
Vehicle insurance1.7310.24122.13
Public transportation1.589.35136.92
  PEG Total100.00
6. Medical4.4473.31
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Health insurance2.0846.9759.73
Medical services1.4332.3172.76
Drugs and medical Supplies0.9220.72104.93
  PEG Total100.00
7. Recreation6.23102.99
Fees and admissions1.4623.3895.96
Television, radios, sound equipment0.7712.38115.85
Pets, toys, & playground equipment1.1518.4898.43
Other entertainment supplies, etc.0.9715.57106.71
Personal care products0.6911.1098.89
Personal care services0.7011.29105.17
Reading0.497.80109.76
  PEG Total100.00
8. Education and Communication4.09132.89
Education0.215.06216.35
Communications3.2479.32132.97
Computers and Computer Services0.6415.62105.41
  PEG Total100.00
9. Miscellaneous13.79103.10
Tobacco products, etc.0.483.5187.91
Miscellaneous2.0915.12123.28
Personal insurance and pensions11.2281.37100.00
  PEG Total100.00
Overall Price Index  MEG Total100.0098.10
Plus Adjustment Factor7.00
Index Plus Adjustment Factor105.10
ST. CROIX, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS
1. Food13.16116.05
Cereals and bakery products0.987.45129.89
Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs1.4711.16129.25
Dairy products0.654.94155.69
Fruits and vegetables0.735.56108.80
Processed foods1.5411.68128.02
Other food at home0.423.16108.01
Nonalcoholic beverages0.493.74132.85
Food away from home5.9345.04105.82
Alcoholic beverages0.967.2899.25
  PEG Total100.00
2. Shelter and Utilities31.30100.75
Shelter28.0789.6775.16
Energy utilities2.658.46343.31
Water and other public services0.591.87230.60
  PEG Total100.00
3. Household Furnishings and Supplies6.06126.20
Household operations1.3622.5158.68
Housekeeping supplies1.0617.53138.03
Textiles and area rugs0.254.1698.61
Furniture1.0517.39141.31
Major appliances0.376.03127.13
Small appliances, misc. housewares0.213.46101.87
Miscellaneous household equipment1.7528.91169.19
  PEG Total100.00
4. Apparel and Services4.00102.52
Men and boys0.7518.69115.94
Women and girls1.6741.6698.51
Children under 20.184.5583.57
Footwear0.7017.4897.20
Other apparel products and services0.7117.63107.95
  PEG Total100.00
5. Transportation16.93111.02
Motor vehicle costs9.0953.67112.02
Gasoline and motor oil2.7116.0273.46
Maintenance and repairs1.8110.7288.94
Vehicle insurance1.7310.24119.53
Public transportation1.589.35185.59
  PEG Total100.00
6. Medical4.44102.17
Health insurance2.0846.97110.99
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Medical services1.4332.3183.05
Drugs and medical supplies0.9220.72111.99
  PEG Total100.00
7. Recreation6.23107.72
Fees and admissions1.4623.3885.81
Television, radios, sound equipment0.7712.3894.05
Pets, toys & playground equipment1.1518.48124.46
Other entertainment supplies, etc0.9715.57118.42
Personal care products0.6911.10120.92
Personal care services0.7011.29107.77
Reading0.497.80115.28
  PEG Total100.00
8. Education and Communication4.09173.59
Education0.215.06268.97
Communications3.2479.32180.93
Computers and computer services0.6415.62105.41
  PEG Total100.00
9. Miscellaneous13.79105.08
Tobacco products, etc0.483.5152.54
Miscellaneous2.0915.12144.64
Personal insurance and pensions11.2281.37100.00
    PEG Total
ST. THOMAS, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS
1. Food13.16%118.86
Cereals and bakery products0.987.45135.94
Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs1.4711.16133.18
Dairy products0.654.94161.42
Fruits and vegetables0.735.56120.34
Processed foods1.5411.68139.00
Other food at home0.423.16115.51
Nonalcoholic beverages0.493.74139.29
Food away from home5.9345.04104.61
Alcoholic beverages0.967.2896.20
  PEG Total100.00
2. Shelter and Utilities31.30116.23
Shelter28.0789.6792.42
Energy utilities2.658.46343.31
Water and other public services0.591.87230.60
  PEG Total100.00
3. Household Furnishings and Supplies6.06126.12
Household operations1.3622.5163.82
Housekeeping supplies1.0617.53137.67
Textiles and area rugs0.254.16117.63
Furniture1.0517.39141.31
Major appliances0.376.03121.04
Small appliances, misc. housewares0.213.46102.41
Miscellaneous household equipment1.7528.91163.62
  PEG Total100.00
4. Apparel and Services4.00101.14
Men and boys0.7518.69102.33
Women and girls1.6741.6697.41
Children under 20.184.5583.57
Footwear0.7017.4899.03
Other apparel products and services0.7117.63115.33
  PEG Total100.00
5. Transportation16.93119.49
Motor vehicle costs9.0953.67111.91
Gasoline and motor oil2.7116.02122.52
Maintenance and repairs1.8110.7280.37
Vehicle insurance1.7310.24119.53
Public transportation1.589.35202.62
  PEG Total100.00
6. Medical4.44114.18
Health insurance2.0846.97110.99
Medical services1.4332.31121.45
Drugs and medical supplies0.9220.72110.08
  PEG Total100.00
7. Recreation6.23106.38
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Fees and admissions1.4623.3858.55
Television, radios, sound equipment0.7712.38104.26
Pets, toys & playground equipment1.1518.48132.35
Other entertainment supplies, etc0.9715.57130.73
Personal care products0.6911.10113.14
Personal care services0.7011.29116.88
Reading0.497.80118.17
  PEG Total100.00
8. Education and Communication4.09168.47
Education0.215.06188.50
Communications3.2479.32179.61
Computers and computer services0.6415.62105.41
  PEG Total100.00
9. Miscellaneous13.79102.87
Tobacco products, etc.0.483.5160.63
Miscellaneous2.0915.12128.10
Personal insurance and pensions11.2281.37100.00
  PEG Total

Appendix 3.—2002 Final Living-Cost Results for the Caribbean Cola Areas

Major expenditure group (MEG)Primary expenditure group (PEG)St. Croix index (percent)St. Thomas/St. John indexes (percent)U.S. Virgin Island wtd index
U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS
Employment Weights44.056.0
1. Food116.05118.86117.62
Cereals and bakery products129.89135.94133.28
Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs129.25133.18131.45
Dairy products155.69161.42158.90
Fruits and vegetables108.80120.34115.26
Processed foods128.02139.00134.17
Other food at home108.01115.51112.21
Nonalcoholic beverages132.85139.29136.45
Food away from home105.82104.61105.14
Alcoholic beverages99.2596.2097.54
2. Shelter and Utilities100.75116.23109.42
Shelter75.1692.4284.82
Energy utilities343.31343.31343.31
Water and other public services230.60230.60230.60
3. Household Furnishings and Supplies126.20126.12126.15
Household operations58.6863.8261.56
Housekeeping supplies138.03137.67137.83
Textiles and area rugs98.61117.63109.26
Furniture141.31141.31141.31
Major appliances127.13121.04123.72
Small appliances, misc. housewares101.87102.41102.17
Miscellaneous household equipment169.19163.62166.07
4. Apparel and Services102.52101.14101.75
Men and boys115.94102.33108.32
Women and girls98.5197.4197.89
Children under 283.5783.5783.57
Footwear97.2099.0398.23
Other apparel products and services107.95115.33112.08
5. Transportation111.02119.49115.76
Motor vehicle costs112.02111.91111.96
Gasoline and motor oil73.46122.52100.93
Maintenance and repairs88.9480.3784.14
Vehicle insurance119.53119.53119.53
Public transportation185.59202.62195.13
6. Medical102.17114.18108.90
Health insurance110.99110.99110.99
Medical services83.05121.45104.56
Drugs and medical supplies111.99110.08110.92
7. Recreation107.72106.38106.97
Fees and admissions85.8158.5570.55
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Television, radios, sound equipment94.05104.2699.77
Pets, toys & playground equipment124.46132.35128.88
Other entertainment supplies, etc118.42130.73125.31
Personal care products120.92113.14116.56
Personal care services107.77116.88112.87
Reading115.28118.17116.90
8. Education and Communication173.59168.47170.72
Education268.97188.50223.91
Communications180.93179.61180.19
Computers and computer services105.41105.41105.41
9. Miscellaneous105.08102.87103.84
Tobacco products, etc.52.5460.6357.07
Miscellaneous144.64128.10135.38
Personal insurance and pensions100.00100.00100.00
Overall Price Index113.84
Plus Adjustment Factor9.00
Preliminary COLA Rate122.84

Appendix 4.—2003 Final Living-Cost Results for the Alaska Cola Areas

Major expenditure group (MEG)Primary expenditure group (PEG)  MEG weight (percent)PEG weight (percent)PEG indexMEG index
ANCHORAGE, ALASKA
1. Food12.30114.58
Cereals and bakery products0.937.60117.91
Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs1.4011.40108.37
Dairy products0.645.24127.58
Fruits and vegetables0.715.79169.90
Processed foods1.4812.04113.79
Other food at home0.373.05115.41
Nonalcoholic beverages0.473.85142.08
Food away from home5.4144.02104.21
Alcoholic beverages0.867.01116.68
 PEG Total100.00
2. Shelter and Utilities33.18102.42
Shelter29.4488.7490.65
Energy utilities3.059.20212.43
Water and other public services0.682.06118.15
  PEG Total100.00
3. Household Furnishings and Supplies6.07105.32
Household operations1.5325.20102.92
Housekeeping supplies1.0517.31103.97
Textiles and area rugs0.294.76102.25
Furniture1.1518.94104.57
Major appliances0.386.24110.38
Small appliances, misc. housewares0.203.24114.16
Misc. household equipment1.4724.30107.47
  PEG Total100.00
4. Apparel and Services4.01109.63
Men and boys0.9022.43118.23
Women and girls1.5839.55112.12
Children under 20.184.6090.70
Footwear0.6716.7598.83
Other apparel products and services0.6716.68108.24
  PEG Total100.00
5. Transportation16.35112.30
Motor vehicle costs8.5752.43102.17
Gasoline and motor oil2.8717.58107.36
Maintenance and repairs1.6910.32101.97
Vehicle insurance1.7910.92135.96
Public transportation1.438.76165.59
  PEG Total100.00
6. Medical4.75111.51
Health insurance2.2847.95113.65
Medical services1.5532.53118.98
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Drugs and medical supplies0.9319.5293.78
  PEG Total100.00
7. Recreation7.0297.64
Fees and admissions1.4620.7792.96
Television, radios, sound equipment0.7310.36100.15
Pets, toys, & playground equipment1.0414.84104.07
Other entertainment supplies, etc.2.0228.81101.48
Personal care products0.8211.6286.00
Personal care services0.567.9088.08
Reading0.405.70110.95
  PEG Total100.00
8. Education and Communication4.05100.37
Education0.184.4229.67
Communications3.3783.30104.60
Computers and computer services0.5012.2997.09
  PEG Total100.00
9. Miscellaneous12.28108.78
Tobacco products, etc0.463.75108.17
Miscellaneous1.8314.89156.88
Personal insurance and pensions9.9981.35100.00
  PEG Total100.00
Overall Price Index  MEG Total100.00106.79
Plus Adjustment Factor7.00
Index Plus Adjustment Factor113.79
FAIRBANKS, ALASKA
1. Food12.30116.25
Cereals and bakery products0.937.60124.89
Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs1.4011.40111.48
Dairy products0.645.24115.91
Fruits and vegetables0.715.79169.40
Processed foods1.4812.04120.63
Other food at home0.373.05114.36
Nonalcoholic beverages0.473.85152.88
Food away from home5.4144.02103.08
Alcoholic beverages0.867.01126.87
  PEG Total100.00
2. Shelter and Utilities33.1899.91
Shelter29.4488.7480.87
Energy utilities3.059.20270.97
Water and other public services0.682.06155.96
  PEG Total100.00
3. Household Furnishings and Supplies6.07109.56
Household operations1.5325.2099.74
Housekeeping supplies1.0517.31115.45
Textiles and area rugs0.294.76103.65
Furniture1.1518.94104.57
Major appliances0.386.24126.17
Small appliances, misc. housewares0.203.24125.61
Misc. household equipment1.4724.30114.19
  PEG Total100.00
4. Apparel and Services4.01106.64
Men and boys0.9022.43103.68
Women and girls1.5839.55104.53
Children under 20.184.6089.89
Footwear0.6716.7593.82
Other apparel products and services0.6716.68133.11
  PEG Total100.00
5. Transportation16.35112.50
Motor vehicle costs8.5752.43101.33
Gasoline and motor oil2.8717.58106.31
Maintenance and repairs1.6910.3295.57
Vehicle insurance1.7910.92130.80
Public transportation1.438.76188.94
  PEG Total100.00
6. Medical4.75112.34
Health insurance2.2847.95111.83
Medical services1.5532.53123.13
Drugs and medical supplies0.9319.5295.63
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  PEG Total100.00
7. Recreation7.0297.66
Fees and admissions1.4620.7792.48
Television, radios, sound equipment0.7310.3699.46
Pets, toys, & playground equipment1.0414.84108.08
Other entertainment supplies etc.2.0228.81106.80
Personal care products0.8211.6283.46
Personal care services0.567.9060.47
Reading0.405.70120.53
  PEG Total100.00
8. Education and Communication4.05101.90
Education0.184.4213.84
Communications3.3783.30107.28
Computers and computer services0.5012.2997.09
  PEG Total100.00
9. Miscellaneous12.28110.23
Tobacco products, etc.0.463.75107.12
Miscellaneous1.8314.89166.87
Personal insurance and pensions9.9981.35100.00
  PEG Total100.00
Overall Price Index  MEG Total100.00106.61
Plus Adjustment Factor  9.00
Index Plus Adjustment Factor  115.61
JUNEAU, ALASKA
1. Food12.30121.13
Cereals and bakery products0.937.60122.40
Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs1.4011.40116.44
Dairy products0.645.24129.04
Fruits and vegetables0.715.79168.34
Processed foods1.4812.04119.04
Other food at home0.373.05118.10
Nonalcoholic beverages0.473.85171.62
Food away from home5.4144.02112.67
Alcoholic beverages0.867.01112.77
  PEG Total100.00
2. Shelter and Utilities33.18105.77
Shelter29.4488.7492.06
Energy utilities3.059.20236.45
Water and other public services0.682.06112.61
  PEG Total100.00
3. Household Furnishings and Supplies6.07111.16
Household operations1.5325.20104.07
Housekeeping supplies1.0517.31118.21
Textiles and area rugs0.294.76108.66
Furniture1.1518.94108.67
Major appliances0.386.24121.35
Small appliances, misc. housewares0.203.24104.19
Misc. household equipment1.4724.30114.25
  PEG Total100.00
4. Apparel and Services4.01105.13
Men and boys0.9022.43111.43
Women and girls1.5839.55100.69
Children under 20.184.6088.83
Footwear0.6716.75106.39
Other apparel products and services0.6716.68110.38
  PEG Total100.00
Transportation16.35107.08
Motor vehicle costs8.5752.4398.27
Gasoline and motor oil2.8717.58115.15
Maintenance and repairs1.6910.3299.87
Vehicle insurance1.7910.9292.71
Public transportation1.438.76170.09
  PEG Total100.00
6. Medical4.75113.18
Health insurance2.2847.95111.91
Medical services1.5532.53123.47
Drugs and medical supplies0.9319.5299.14
  PEG Total100.00
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7. Recreation7.02109.42
Fees and admissions1.4620.7799.88
Television, radios, sound equipment0.7310.36105.97
Pets, toys, & playground equipment1.0414.84107.48
Other entertainment supplies, etc.2.0228.81112.91
Personal care products0.8211.62111.96
Personal care services0.567.9083.02
Reading0.405.70169.37
  PEG Total100.00
8. Education and Communication4.05103.58
Education0.184.4222.50
Communications3.3783.30108.24
Computers and computer services0.5012.29101.15
  PEG Total100.00
9. Miscellaneous12.28108.45
Tobacco products, etc.0.463.75119.60
Miscellaneous1.8314.89151.80
Personal insurance and pensions9.9981.35100.00
  PEG Total100.00
Overall Price Index  MEG Total100.00109.03
Plus Adjustment Factor9.00
Index Plus Adjustment Factor118.03
Anchorage resultsRelative toKodiak relative to
Major expenditure group (MEG)Primary expenditure group (PEG)MEG weight (percent)PEG weight (percent)DC PEG indexMEG indesAnchorageDC
PEG index*MEG index*MEG index
REST OF THE STATE OF ALASKA
1. Food12.26114.58145.69166.94
Cereals and bakery products0.937.60117.91
Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs1.4011.40108.37
Dairy products0.645.24127.58
Fruits and vegetables0.715.79169.90
Processed foods1.4812.04113.79
Other food at home0.373.05115.41
Nonalcoholic beverages0.473.85142.08
Food away from home5.4044.02104.21
Alcoholic beverages0.867.01116.68
  PEG Total100.00
2. Shelter and Utilities33.38102.42105.04107.58
Shelter29.6688.8590.65105.67
Energy utilities3.049.11212.43100.00
Water and other public services0.682.04118.15100.00
  PEG Total100.00%
3. Household Furnishings and Supplies6.05105.32134.18141.32
Household operations1.5225.20102.92100.00
Housekeeping supplies1.0517.31103.97145.69
 Textiles and area rugs0.294.76102.25145.69
 Furniture1.1518.94104.57145.69
 Major appliances0.386.24110.38145.69
 Small appliances, misc. housewares0.203.24114.16145.69
 Misc. household equipment1.4724.30107.47145.69
  PEG Total100.00
4. Apparel and Services3.99109.63145.69159.73
Men and boys0.9022.43118.23
Women and girls1.5839.55112.12
Children under 20.184.6090.70
Footwear0.6716.7598.83
Other apparel products and services0.6716.68108.24
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  PEG Total100.00
5. Transportation16.31112.30125.94141.44
Motor vehicle costs8.5652.47102.17145.69
Gasoline and motor oil2.8617.56107.36111.19
Maintenance and repairs1.6810.31101.97100.00
Vehicle insurance1.7810.91135.96100.00
Public transportation1.438.75165.59100.00
  PEG Total100.00
6. Medical4.74111.51108.92121.45
Health insurance2.2747.95113.65100.00
Medical services1.5432.53118.98100.00
Drugs and medical supplies0.9219.5293.78145.69
  PEG Total100.00
7. Recreation7.0097.64132.59129.46
Fees and admissions1.4520.7792.96100.00
Television, radios, etc.0.7310.36100.15145.69
Pets, toys, & playground equipment1.0414.84104.07145.69
Other entertainment supplies, etc.2.0228.81101.48145.69
Personal care products0.8111.6286.00145.69
Personal care services0.557.9088.08100.00
Reading0.405.70110.95145.69
  PEG Total100.00
8. Education and Communication4.04100.37105.62106.01
Education0.184.4229.67100.00
Communications3.3683.29104.60100.00
Computers and computer services0.5012.2997.09145.69
  PEG Total100.00
9. Miscellaneous12.23108.78101.71110.64
Tobacco products, etc0.463.75108.17145.69
Miscellaneous1.8214.89156.88100.00
Personal insurance and pensions9.9581.36100.00100.00
  PEG Total100.00
Overall Price Index  MEG Total100.00106.79127.00
Plus Adjustment Factor7.009.00
Index Plus Adjustment Factor113.79136.00
*Except for rental data and indexes set at 100, all data area from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, March 2003. Rental data are from Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, 2002. Indexes set to 100 assume costs in Kodiak are equal to those in Anchorage.
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[FR Doc. 05-15098 Filed 8-3-05; 8:45 am]

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