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Part XXXVII





Office of Personnel Management





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Semiannual Regulatory Agenda


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OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT (OPM)                                   
  
  
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OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT

5 CFR Ch. I

Regulatory Agenda

AGENCY: Office of Personnel Management.

ACTION: Semiannual agenda of regulations.

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SUMMARY: The following Office of Personnel Management (OPM) regulations 
are scheduled for development or review from October 1, 1994, through 
September 30, 1995. This agenda carries out OPM's responsibilities to 
publish a semiannual agenda under E.O. 12866 ``Regulatory Planning and 
Review'' and the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. chapter 6). This 
publication in the Federal Register does not impose a binding 
obligation on the Office of Personnel Management with regard to any 
specific item on the agenda. Regulatory action in addition to the items 
listed is not precluded.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jacquline D. Carter, (202) 606-1973.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: For this edition of OPM's regulatory agenda, 
the most important significant regulatory actions are included in The 
Regulatory Plan, which appears in Part II of this issue of the Federal 
Register. The Regulatory Plan entries are listed in the Table of 
Contents below and are denoted by a bracketed bold reference, which 
directs the reader to the appropriate Sequence Number in Part II.

U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

James B. King,

Director.

                                               Proposed Rule Stage                                              
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                                                                                                     Regulation 
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier 
  Number                                                                                               Number   
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4564        Federal Employees Health Benefits Acquisition Regulations: Filing Claims; Addition of               
            Contract Clause.......................................................................    3206-AG30 
4565        Staffing: Miscellaneous Changes to Accommodate FPM Sunset.............................    3206-AG18 
4566        Temporary Schedule C Positions........................................................    3206-AF56 
4567        Summer Employment.....................................................................    3206-AG21 
4568        Personnel Records.....................................................................    3206-AF85 
4569        Availability of Official Information..................................................    3206-AG05 
4570        Use of Private Sector Temporaries.....................................................    3206-AE80 
4571        Employment of Individual Experts and Consultants......................................    3206-AF37 
4572        Career and Career-Conditional Employment (Reg Plan Seq. No. 176)......................    3206-AG22 
4573        Promotion and Internal Placement (Reg Plan Seq. No. 177)..............................    3206-AG19 
4574        Executive, Management, and Supervisory Development....................................    3206-AF96 
4575        Executive Positions and Employment....................................................    3206-AG14 
4576        Performance Management Flexibility....................................................    3206-AG23 
4577        Repayment of Student Loans............................................................    3206-AE51 
4578        Training (Reg Plan Seq. No. 178)......................................................    3206-AF99 
4579        Performance Management Reform (Reg Plan Seq. No. 179).................................    3206-AF57 
4580        Pay and Leave Administration..........................................................    3206-AG15 
4581        Prevailing Rate Systems; Abolishment of Special Wage Schedules for Printing Positions               
            in the Detroit, Michigan, Wage Area...................................................    3206-AG25 
4582        Prevailing Rate Systems; New York, New York, FWS Wage Area............................    3206-AG26 
4583        Severance Pay.........................................................................    3206-AF89 
4584        Voluntary Separation Incentive Repayment Waivers......................................    3206-AG20 
4585        Lump-Sum Payments for Annual Leave....................................................    3206-AF38 
4586        Pay Administration Under the FLSA; Compliance.........................................    3206-AA40 
4587        Cost-of-Living Allowances (Nonforeign Areas)..........................................    3206-AF87 
4588        Absence and Leave; Annual Leave.......................................................    3206-AG24 
4589        Federal Equal Opportunity Recruitment Program.........................................    3206-AE05 
4590        Disabled Veterans Affirmative Action Program (DVAAP)..................................    3206-AE07 
4591        Retirement; CSRS and FERS; Determinations of Marital Status for Survivor Annuities....    3206-AG29 
4592        Retirement; Alternative Form of Annuity...............................................    3206-AG16 
4593        Retirement; Debt Collection...........................................................    3206-AE72 
4594        Retirement; Court Orders Awarding Survivor Annuities; Correcting or Supplementing the               
            First Order Dividing Marital Property.................................................    3206-AG28 
4595        Retirement, FERS; Computation of the Basic Employee Death Benefit for Customs Officers    3206-AF91 
4596        Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance Program; Merging of Parts of CFR Pertaining to              
            Life Insurance (FEGLI)................................................................    3206-AF32 
4597        Federal Employees Health Benefits Program; Filing Claims; Disputed Claims Provisions..    3206-AF18 
4598        Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP); Preemption.........................    3206-AF70 
4599        Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP); Limitation on Physician Charges and              
            FEHBP Payments; Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA) of 1993 Provision............    3206-AG31 
4600        Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP); Opportunities to Enroll and Change               
            Enrollment............................................................................    3206-AG32 
4601        Federal Employees Health Benefits Program; Procedures for Direct Pay of Premiums......    3206-AG33 
4602        Debarments, Civil Monetary Penalties, and Assessments Imposed Against Providers.......    3206-AD76 
4603        Voting Rights Program.................................................................    3206-AD98 
4604        Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHBP) Acquisition Regulation; Preemption of Taxes.   3206-AF95  
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References in boldface appear in the Regulatory Plan in Part II of this issue of the Federal Register.          


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                                                                                                     Regulation 
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  Number                                                                                               Number   
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4605        Presidential Management Intern Program................................................    3206-AG17 
4606        Implementation of the Program Fraud Civil Remedies Act of 1986........................    3206-AF43 
4607        Schedule A Authorities for Temporary, Seasonal, and Intermittent Employment Including               
            Authority for Urgent, Short-Term Needs................................................    3206-AF53 
4608        Student Educational Employment Program................................................    3206-AG00 
4609        Employment (General) (Reg Plan Seq. No. 180)..........................................    3206-AF80 
4610        Time-In-Grade Restrictions (Reg Plan Seq. No. 181)....................................    3206-AG06 
4611        Amendment to Selective Service Registration Requirements..............................    3206-AD68 
4612        Advance Certification To Participate in Retraining and Placement Assistance Programs..    3206-AF00 
4613        Job Listings; Full Consideration of Displaced Defense Employees.......................    3206-AF36 
4614        Interagency Placement Program.........................................................    3206-AG11 
4615        Reduction in Force Notice--Exception to 60 Days' Specific Notice......................    3206-AF47 
4616        Reduction in Force Permissive Temporary Exception.....................................    3206-AF63 
4617        Restoration to Duty From Military Service or Compensable Injury.......................    3206-AG02 
4618        Classification Simplification (Reg Plan Seq. No. 182).................................    3206-AG27 
4619        Pay Under the General Schedule; Within-Grade Increases................................    3206-AG04 
4620        Prevailing Rate Systems: Change of Lead Agency Responsibility for the Miami, Florida,               
            Appropriated Fund Wage Area (FWS).....................................................    3206-AG08 
4621        Prevailing Rate Systems; Aroostook Maine, NAF Wage Area...............................    3206-AG09 
4622        Prevailing Rate Systems; Special Wage Schedules for Supervisors of Negotiated Rate                  
            Bureau of Reclamation Employees.......................................................    3206-AG12 
4623        Recruitment and Relocation Bonuses and Retention Allowances...........................    3206-AF86 
4624        Garnishment of Federal Employee Salaries (Reg Plan Seq. No. 183)......................    3206-AF83 
4625        Cost-of-Living Allowances (Nonforeign Areas)..........................................    3206-AF88 
4626        Absence and Leave; Sick Leave (Reg Plan Seq. No. 184).................................    3206-AE95 
4627        Family and Medical Leave..............................................................    3206-AF51 
4628        Absence and Leave; Voluntary Leave Transfer and Voluntary Leave Bank Program..........    3206-AF75 
4629        Suitability--Suitability Disqualification/Rating Actions..............................    3206-AC19 
4630        Personnel Security and Related Programs...............................................    3206-AC21 
4631        Political Activity--Federal Employees Residing in Designated Localities (Reg Plan Seq.              
            No. 185)..............................................................................    3206-AF78 
4632        Political Activity of Federal Employees (Reg Plan Seq. No. 186).......................    3206-AG07 
4633        Investigations........................................................................    3206-AB92 
4634        Termination of Survivor Annuity Entitlement Based on Remarriage Before Age 55.........    3206-AG10 
4635        Retirement; Disability Retirement.....................................................    3206-AF24 
4636        Retirement; Law Enforcement Officers and Firefighters.................................    3206-AF67 
4637        Retirement; Miscellaneous Corrections.................................................    3206-AF79 
4638        Retirement, FERS; Coverage............................................................    3206-AF92 
4639        Retirement; FERS Basic Annuity........................................................    3206-AE73 
4640        Retirement; FERS Coverage Elections...................................................    3206-AE01 
4641        Federal Employees Health Benefits Program: Miscellaneous Changes......................    3206-AF74 
4642        Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance and Federal Employees' Health Benefits                      
            Programs; Reconsideration of Employing Office Decisions on Enrollments................    3206-AF94 
4643        Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP); Debarment..........................   3206-AG03  
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References in boldface appear in the Regulatory Plan in Part II of this issue of the Federal Register.          


                                                Completed Actions                                               
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                                                                                                     Regulation 
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier 
  Number                                                                                               Number   
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4644        Claims Collection Standards; Debt Collection Act of 1982; Administrative Offset.......    3206-AF28 
4645        Claims Collection Standards; Debt Collection Act of 1982; Salary Offset...............    3206-AF29 
4646        Termination of the Performance Management and Recognition System......................    3206-AF69 
4647        Availability of Official Information..................................................    3206-AF42 
4648        Temporary Appointments................................................................    3206-AF55 
4649        Senior Executive Service (SES) Employment and Pay.....................................    3206-AF98 
4650        Employment in Senior-Level (SL) and Scientific and Professional (ST) Positions........    3206-AF97 
4651        Seasonal, On-Call and Intermittent Employment.........................................    3206-AG01 
4652        Reduction in Force Assignment Rights..................................................    3206-AF50 
4653        Reduction in Force Excepted Service Tenure Groups.....................................    3206-AF64 
4654        Prevailing Rate Systems; Oscoda-Alpena, Michigan, FWS Wage Area.......................    3206-AF58 
4655        Prevailing Rate Systems; Travis, Texas, NAF FWS Wage Area.............................    3206-AF62 
4656        Prevailing Rate Systems; Santa Clara, California, NAF FWS Wage Area...................    3206-AF73 
4657        Prevailing Rate Systems; Rockingham, New Hampshire, NAF Wage Area.....................    3206-AF82 
4658        Prevailing Rate Systems; Cleveland, Ohio, FWS Wage Area...............................    3206-AF90 
4659        Pay Administration (General); Hazard Pay Differentials................................    3206-AE31 
4660        Allowances and Differentials; Separate Maintenance Allowances for Duty at Johnston                  
            Island................................................................................    3206-AF59 
4661        Allowances and Differentials; Uniform Allowances......................................    3206-AE36 
4662        Pay Administration (Allowances); Allowance Based on Duty at Remote Worksites..........    3206-AF15 
4663        Interim Relief........................................................................    3206-AF76 
4664        Retirement............................................................................    3206-AF81 
4665        Termination of Survivor Annuity Entitlement Based on Remarriage Before Age 55.........    3206-AF93 
4666        Federal Employees Retirement System: General Administration; Government Costs.........    3206-AG13 
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OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT (OPM)                Proposed Rule Stage
  
  
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4564. <bullet> FEDERAL EMPLOYEES HEALTH BENEFITS ACQUISITION REGULATIONS: 
FILING CLAIMS; ADDITION OF CONTRACT CLAUSE

Legal Authority:  5 USC 8913; 40 USC 486(c)

CFR Citation:  48 CFR 1604; 48 CFR 1652

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Regulations to add a new contract clause to clarify the 
circumstances under which OPM may render a decision regarding a covered 
individual who asks OPM to review a health benefits plan's denial of a 
claim. This clause would also clarify that OPM need not be a party when 
there is a court review of the denial of a claim.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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NPRM                            10/00/94
Final Action                    02/00/95

Small Entities Affected: None

Government Levels Affected: None

Procurement: This is a procurement-related action for which there is no 
statutory requirement. There is no paperwork burden associated with 
this action.

Agency Contact: Margaret Sears, Retirement and Insurance Group, 
Insurance Policy Division, Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E St 
NW., Washington, DC 20415, 202 606-0191

RIN: 3206-AG30
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4565. <bullet> STAFFING: MISCELLANEOUS CHANGES TO ACCOMMODATE FPM SUNSET

Legal Authority:  5 USC 3301; 5 USC 3302

CFR Citation:  5 CFR 211; 5 CFR 213; 5 CFR 230; 5 CFR 300; 5 CFR 301; 5 
CFR 307; 5 CFR 310; 5 CFR 316; 5 CFR 338; 5 CFR 340; 5 CFR 351; 5 CFR 
930

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The proposed regulations would make minor adjustment in 
regulation to support abolishment of the Federal Personnel Manual (FPM) 
by December 31, 1994. Agencies and unions helped OPM identify 
definitions and other FPM provisions needed in regulation to maintain 
selected policies. Specific changes: part 211 will add essentials on 
veterans' preference; part 213 will consolidate Schedule A authorities; 
part 230 will define national emergency; part 300 will give the 
authority to detail Schedule A and B employees to competitive service 
positions; parts 301, 310, 307, and 333 will delete reference to FPM; 
part 316 will give the authority for worker trainee TAPER appointments 
and conditions on term appointments; part 338 will give the authority 
to accelerate meeting of qualifications with training agreements; part 
340 will list the conditions for seasonal, on-call, and intermittent 
employment; part 351 will give information on excepted service tenure 
groups, liquidation provisions, etc.; and part 930 will list physical 
standards for Motor Vehicle Operators.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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NPRM                            10/00/94
Final Action                    12/00/94

Small Entities Affected: None

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