Prevailing Rate Systems; Abolishment of the Special Wage Schedules for Ship Surveyors in Puerto Rico

Cited as:85 FR 66282
Court:Personnel Management Office
Publication Date:19 Oct 2020
Record Number:2020-22319
Federal Register, Volume 85 Issue 202 (Monday, October 19, 2020)
[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 202 (Monday, October 19, 2020)]
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                [FR Doc No: 2020-22319]
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                5 CFR Part 532
                RIN 3206- AO10
                Prevailing Rate Systems; Abolishment of the Special Wage
                Schedules for Ship Surveyors in Puerto Rico
                AGENCY: Office of Personnel Management.
                ACTION: Proposed rule.
                SUMMARY: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is issuing a proposed
                rule to abolish the special wage schedule pay plan practice previously
                established for nonsupervisory and supervisory ship surveyor positions
                in Puerto Rico. The Department of the Navy no longer has such positions
                in Puerto Rico. This change is based on a recent consensus
                recommendation of the Federal Prevailing Rate Advisory Committee
                DATES: Send comments on or before November 18, 2020.
                ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by docket number and/or
                Regulatory Information Number (RIN) and title, by the following method:
                 Federal Rulemaking Portal:
                Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
                All submissions received must include the agency name and docket number
                or RIN for this document. The general policy for comments and other
                submissions from members of the public is to make these submissions
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                received without change, including any personal identifiers or contact
                FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Madeline Gonzalez, by telephone at
                (202) 606-2838 or by email at [email protected].
                SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: OPM is issuing a proposed rule to abolish a
                special wage schedule pay plan practice previously used for
                nonsupervisory and supervisory ship surveyor positions in Puerto Rico.
                This special wage schedule is no longer being used. The Department of
                Defense recommended that OPM abolish this special wage schedule because
                the Department of the Navy has not had Federal Wage System (FWS)
                employees in ship surveyor positions since 2001, and it does not have
                plans to reestablish the ship surveyor position in the future.
                 FPRAC, the national labor-management committee responsible for
                advising OPM on matters concerning the pay of FWS employees,
                recommended this change by consensus. This change would be effective on
                the first day of the first applicable pay period beginning on or after
                30 days following publication of the final regulations.
                 Since there are no FWS employees remaining in the special wage
                schedule for ship surveyor positions, this proposed rule removes
                section 532.275 from title 5, Code of Federal Regulations.
                Regulatory Impact Analysis
                 This action is not a ``significant regulatory action'' under the
                terms of Executive Order (E.O.) 12866 (58 FR 51735, October 4, 1993)
                and is therefore not subject to review under E.O. 12866 and 13563 (76
                FR 3821, January 21, 2011).
                Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs
                 This rule is not an Executive Order 13771 regulatory action because
                this rule is not significant under E.O. 12866.
                Regulatory Flexibility Act
                 OPM certifies that this rule will not have a significant economic
                impact on a substantial number of small entities.
                 We have examined this rule in accordance with Executive Order
                13132, Federalism, and have determined that this rule will not have any
                negative impact on the rights, roles and responsibilities of State,
                local, or tribal governments.
                Civil Justice Reform
                 This regulation meets the applicable standard set forth in
                Executive Order 12988.
                Unfunded Mandates Act of 1995
                 This rule will not result in the expenditure by State, local, and
                tribal governments, in the aggregate, or by the private sector, of $100
                million or more in any year and it will not significantly or uniquely
                affect small governments. Therefore, no actions were deemed necessary
                under the provisions of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995.
                Congressional Review Act
                 This action pertains to agency management, personnel, and
                organization and does not substantially affect the rights or
                obligations of nonagency parties and, accordingly, is not a ``rule'' as
                that term is used by the Congressional Review Act (Subtitle E of the
                Small Business ``Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996''
                (SBREFA)). Therefore, the reporting requirement of 5 U.S.C. 801 does
                not apply.
                Paperwork Reduction Act
                 This rule does not impose any new reporting or record-keeping
                requirements subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act.
                List of Subjects in 5 CFR Part 532
                 Administrative practice and procedure, Freedom of information,
                Government employees, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Wages.
                 Office of Personnel Management.
                Alexys Stanley,
                Regulatory Affairs Analyst.
                 Accordingly, OPM is proposing to amend 5 CFR part 532 as follows:
                1. The authority citation for part 532 continues to read as follows:
                 Authority: 5 U.S.C. 5343, 5346; Sec. 532.707 also issued under
                5 U.S.C. 552.
                Sec. 532.275 [Removed]
                2. Remove Sec. 532.275.
                [FR Doc. 2020-22319 Filed 10-16-20; 8:45 am]
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