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U.S. Office of Personnel Management.
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is issuing proposed regulations that would remove regulatory requirements for Federal agencies to submit reports to OPM relating to their implementation of certain human resources management programs and authorities.
Comments must be received on or before December 9, 2014.
You may submit comments, identified by RIN number “3206-AM69,” using any of the following methods:
Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
Mail: Sydney Smith-Heimbrock, Deputy Associate Director for Strategic Workforce Planning, Employee Services, U.S. Office of Personnel Management, Room 7460, 1900 E Street NW., Washington, DC 20415.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Jan Chisolm-King, by telephone at (202) 606-1958 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is issuing proposed regulations to eliminate several reporting requirements for Federal agencies, in accordance with Executive Order 13583 of August 18, 2011, entitled “Establishing a Coordinated Government-Wide Initiative to Promote Diversity and Inclusion in the Federal Workforce.” This Executive order includes a requirement that OPM review applicable human capital directives and reports that are related to recruitment, hiring, promotion, retention, professional development, and training policies and practices, and to also develop strategies for consolidating such plans and reports where appropriate.
This direction is similar in nature to a separate requirement set forth in the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010, Public Law 111-352, to identify at least 10 percent of agency reports to Congress as duplicative or outdated in FY 2013, which is consistent with the requirement to eliminate unnecessary reporting.
This proposed rule would remove or amend the provisions of title 5, Code of Federal Regulations, listed below, which require agency reports to OPM that we have determined are no longer necessary.
- Section 337.305 requires agencies to send OPM a copy of the annual reports they are required by 5 U.S.C. 3319(d) to send to Congress in each of the first 3 years after establishing a category rating system. By a memorandum to agencies dated May 11, 2010, the President implemented certain items related to Federal hiring reform. In his memorandum, the President required agencies use a category rating system for evaluating and referring applicants by November 1, 2010. Because agencies not having a category system in place had to implement a system by November 1, 2010, the reporting requirement set forth at 5 U.S.C. 3319(d) was met by November 1, 2013, for many if not all of the agencies covered by the regulation. Therefore, because agencies have met their reporting requirement to Congress, the regulatory requirement to provide a copy of the report to OPM is no longer applicable.
- Section 576.104 concerns reports on agencies' use of voluntary separation incentive payments (VSIPs). Because OPM plans to obtain this data, when needed, from its central Enterprise Human Resources Integration (EHRI) database and also to ask agencies to address the effectiveness of VSIPs in their annual performance reports, we are proposing to remove paragraph (b). Currently, agencies are required to report on a quarterly basis, within 30 days of the end of each quarter, and a final report due within 60 days of the authority's expiration. This delay results in data that is 3 to 4 months after actual separation dates. It is clear that reporting to EHRI would be on the same or similar schedule to the reporting required by this regulation. Deleting the regulatory reporting requirement should not have an adverse effect on OPM's ability to monitory agencies' compliance with their approved plans.
- Section 792.204 requires agencies providing child care subsidies to report utilization data to OPM annually. As we have not discerned a sufficient level of interest in this information to justify requiring it on an annual basis, we are proposing to remove this requirement and require agencies to track the utilization of their funds and report the results to OPM as needed.
Sections 831.114 and 842.213 concern reports on agencies' use of voluntary early retirement authority (VERAs). Because OPM plans to obtain this data, when needed, from its central Enterprise Human Resources Integration (EHRI) database and also to ask agencies to address the effectiveness of VERAs in their annual performance reports, we are proposing to remove paragraph (p) from each of these provisions. Currently, agencies are required to report on a quarterly basis, within 30 days of the end of each quarter, and a final report due within 60 days of the authority's expiration. This delay results in data that is 3 to 4 months after actual separation dates. It is clear that reporting to EHRI would be on the same or similar schedule to the reporting required by this regulation. Deleting the regulatory reporting requirement should not have an adverse effect on OPM's ability to monitory agencies' compliance with their approved plans.
Executive Order 13563 and Executive Order 12866, Regulatory Review
The Office of Management and Budget has reviewed this rule in accordance with E.O. 13563 and 12866.
Paperwork Reduction Act
This document does not contain proposed information collection requirements subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13.
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 apply only to Federal agencies and employees.Start List of Subjects Start Printed Page 61267
List of Subjects in 5 CFR Parts 337, 576, 792, 831, and 842
- Administrative practice and procedure
- Government employees
- Government publications
- Reporting and recordkeeping requirements
U.S. Office of Personnel Management.
Accordingly, OPM is proposing to amend title 5, parts 337,576, 792, 831 and 842, Code of Federal Regulations, as follows:Start Part
PART 337—EXAMINING SYSTEMEnd Part Start Amendment Part
1. The authority citation for part 337 continues to read as follows:End Amendment Part
Subpart C—Alternative Rating and Selection Procedures
2. Remove § 337.305.End Amendment Part Start Part
PART 576—VOLUNTARY SEPARATION INCENTIVE PAYMENTSEnd Part Start Amendment Part
3. The authority citation for part 576 is amended to read as follows:End Amendment Part Start Amendment Part
4. Revise § 576.104 to read as follows:End Amendment Part
After OPM approves an agency plan for Voluntary Separation Incentive Payments, the agency must immediately notify OPM of any subsequent changes in the conditions that served as the basis for the approval of the Voluntary Separation Incentive Payment authority.
PART 792—FEDERAL EMPLOYEES' HEALTH, COUNSELING, AND WORK/LIFE PROGRAMSEnd Part Start Amendment Part
5. The authority citation for part 792 continues to read as follows:End Amendment Part Start Amendment Part
6. In § 792.204, remove paragraph (d) and revise paragraph (c) to read as follows:End Amendment Part
(c) Agencies are responsible for tracking the utilization of their funds and reporting the results to OPM at such time and in such manner as OPM prescribes.
PART 831—RETIREMENTEnd Part Start Amendment Part
7. The authority citation for part 831 continues to read as follows:End Amendment Part
8. In § 831.114, remove paragraph (p).End Amendment Part Start Part
PART 842—FEDERAL EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM—BASIC ANNUITYEnd Part Start Amendment Part
9. The authority citation for part 842 continues to read as follows:End Amendment Part
10. In § 842.213, remove paragraph (p).End Amendment Part End Supplemental Information
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