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Notification of Post-Employment Restrictions

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AGENCY:

Office of Personnel Management.

ACTION:

Final Rule.

SUMMARY:

The Office of Personnel Management is issuing final regulations requiring agencies to notify members of the Senior Executive Service (SES) and other employees in senior positions of certain post-employment conflict-of-interest restrictions. Agencies must provide written notification to affected employees of the new salary-based threshold for determining the applicability of the post-employment conflict-of-interest restrictions.

DATES:

The final regulations are effective on April 17, 2006.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Brenda Roberts by telephone at (202) 606-2858; by FAX at (202) 606-0824; or by e-mail at pay-performance-policy@opm.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

On October 15, 2004, the Office of Personnel Management published interim regulations (69 FR 61143) to implement section 1125(b) of Public Law 108-136 to establish a new salary-based threshold for determining the applicability of certain post-employment conflict-of-interest restrictions under 18 U.S.C. 207(c). The new salary-based threshold became effective on the first day of the first applicable pay period beginning on or after January 1, 2004 (January 11, 2004, for most employees).

Section 1125(b)(1) of Public Law 108-136 amended 18 U.S.C. 207(c)(2)(A)(ii) to require SES members and other individuals who are paid at a rate of basic pay equal to or greater than 86.5 percent of the rate of level II of the Executive Schedule to be subject to the post-employment restrictions in 18 U.S.C. 207(c). Most members of the Senior Executive Service (SES) are subject to these post employment restrictions.

The law also included a grandfather provision in section 1125(b)(1) that applies to certain SES members and other individuals for a period of 2 years, through November 24, 2005. If such individuals, on November 23, 2003, were subject to 18 U.S.C. 207(c) and were employed in positions whose rate of basic pay, exclusive of locality payments under 5 U.S.C. 5304, was equal to or greater than the rate of basic pay payable for level 5 of the SES, they are subject to the 1-year post-employment restrictions in 18 U.S.C. 207(c) through November 24, 2005, without regard to any subsequent changes in position or pay.

If, at the end of the extended coverage period (November 24, 2005), a covered employee is paid at a rate of basic pay equal to or greater than 86.5 percent of the rate for level II of the Executive Schedule as of that date (i.e., $140,217), he or she will continue to be subject to the post-employment restrictions in 18 U.S.C. 207(c). Agencies should review the pay of all SES members and other individuals who are covered by the grandfather provision in section 1125(b)(1) to determine whether they are subject to the new post-employment restrictions applicable after November 24, 2005. Agencies must provide written notification to senior executives and other individuals covered by 18 U.S.C. 207(c)(2)(A)(ii) reflecting whether they are subject to the post-employment conflict-of-interest restrictions, including when employment or service in a covered position is terminated. OPM has provided guidance to agencies on the expiration of the grandfather provision.

The 60-day comment period for the interim regulations ended on December 14, 2004. OPM received no comments on the interim regulations. Therefore, we are adopting the interim regulations as final.

Regulatory Flexibility Act

I certify that these regulations will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities because they will affect only Federal agencies and employees.

E.O. 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 730

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Office of Personnel Management.

Linda M. Springer,

Director.

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Accordingly, the interim rule amending part 730 of title 5 of the Code of Federal Regulations, which was published at 69 FR 61143 on October 15, 2004, is adopted as final without any changes.

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[FR Doc. 06-2540 Filed 3-15-06; 8:45 am]

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