[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 55 (Monday, March 23, 2015)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 15147-15149]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-06410]



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OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT

5 CFR Part 532

RIN 3206-AN10


Prevailing Rate Systems; Redefinition of Certain Appropriated 
Fund Federal Wage System Wage Areas

AGENCY: U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is issuing a 
final rule to redefine the geographic boundaries of several 
appropriated fund Federal Wage System (FWS) wage areas for pay-setting 
purposes. Based on recent reviews of Metropolitan Statistical Area 
boundaries in a number of wage areas, OPM is redefining the following 
wage areas: Washington, DC; Hagerstown-Martinsburg-Chambersburg, MD; 
Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN; Charlotte, NC; Columbia, SC, and Southwestern 
Wisconsin. In addition, this final rule makes three minor corrections 
to the Miami, FL; Columbus, GA, and Kansas City, MO, wage areas.

DATES: Effective date: This regulation is effective on March 23, 2015.
    Applicability date: This change applies on the first day of the 
first applicable pay period beginning on or after April 22, 2015.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Madeline Gonzalez, by telephone at 
(202) 606-2838 or by email at pay-leave-policy@opm.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On October 31, 2014, OPM issued a proposed 
rule (79 FR 64684) to redefine the following counties:
     Culpeper and Rappahannock Counties, VA, from the 
Hagerstown-Martinsburg-Chambersburg, MD, area of application to the 
Washington, DC, area of application;
     Fillmore County, MN, from the Southwestern Wisconsin area 
of application to the Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN, area of application; 
and
     Chester County, SC, from the Columbia, SC, area of 
application to the Charlotte, NC, area of application.
    The Federal Prevailing Rate Advisory Committee, the national labor-
management committee responsible for advising OPM on matters concerning 
the pay of FWS employees, reviewed and recommended these changes by 
consensus. The proposed rule had a 30-day comment period, during which 
OPM received no comments.
    In addition, this final rule (1) updates the name of the Columbus 
Consolidated Government in the Columbus, GA, FWS wage area because 
Columbus is the official name of the entity resulting from the 
consolidation of the City of Columbus and Muscogee County in 1971; (2) 
updates the name of Dade County in the Miami, FL, FWS wage area because 
the name of Dade County was officially changed to Miami-Dade County in 
1997; and (3) deletes the name of the St. Louis, MO, wage area from the 
list of area of application counties in the Kansas City, MO, wage area 
because, due to a formatting error, the name of the St. Louis wage area 
was incorrectly printed as if it was an area of application county in 
the Kansas City wage area. These corrections do not affect the pay of 
any FWS employees.

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.

List of Subjects in 5 CFR Part 532

    Administrative practice and procedure, Freedom of information, 
Government employees, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Wages.

U.S. Office of Personnel Management.
Katherine Archuleta,
Director.

    Accordingly, OPM amends 5 CFR part 532 as follows:

PART 532--PREVAILING RATE SYSTEMS

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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.


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2. Appendix C to subpart B is amended by revising the wage area 
listings for the Washington, DC; Miami, FL; Columbus, GA; Hagerstown-
Martinsburg-Chambersburg, MD; Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN; Kansas City, 
MO; Charlotte, NC; Columbia, SC, and Southwestern Wisconsin wage areas 
to read as follows:

Appendix C to Subpart B of Part 532--Appropriated Fund Wage and Survey 
Areas

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                          DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
 
                             Washington, DC
 
                               Survey Area
 
District of Columbia:
  Washington, DC
Maryland:
  Charles
  Frederick
  Montgomery
  Prince George's
Virginia (cities):
  Alexandria
  Fairfax
  Falls Church
  Manassas
  Manassas Park
Virginia (counties):
  Arlington
  Fairfax
  Loudoun
  Prince William
 
                 Area of Application. Survey area plus:
 
Maryland:
  Calvert
  St. Mary's
Virginia (city):
  Fredericksburg
Virginia (counties):
  Clarke
  Culpeper
  Fauquier
  King George
  Rappahannock
  Spotsylvania
  Stafford
  Warren
West Virginia
  Jefferson
 
                                * * * * *
 
                                 FLORIDA
 
                                * * * * *
 
                                  Miami
 
                               Survey Area
 
Florida:
  Miami-Dade
 

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                 Area of Application. Survey area plus:
 
Florida:
  Broward
  Collier
  Glades
  Hendry
  Highlands
  Mart[iacute]n
  Monroe
  Okeechobee
  Palm Beach
  St. Lucie
 
                                * * * * *
 
                                 GEORGIA
 
                                * * * * *
 
                                Columbus
 
                               Survey Area
 
Alabama:
  Autauga
  Elmore
  Lee
  Macon
  Montgomery
  Russell
Georgia:
  Chattahoochee
  Columbus
 
                 Area of Application. Survey area plus:
 
Alabama:
  Bullock
  Butler
  Chambers
  Coosa
  Crenshaw
  Dallas
  Lowndes
  Pike
  Tallapoosa
  Wilcox
Georgia:
  Harris
  Marion
  Quitman
  Schley
  Stewart
  Talbot
  Taylor
  Troup
  Webster
 
                                * * * * *
 
                                MARYLAND
 
                                * * * * *
 
                   Hagerstown-Martinsburg-Chambersburg
 
                               Survey Area
 
Maryland:
  Washington
Pennsylvania:
  Franklin
West Virginia:
  Berkeley
 
                 Area of Application. Survey area plus:
Maryland:
  Allegany
  Garrett
Pennsylvania:
  Fulton
Virginia (cities):
  Harrisonburg
  Winchester
Virginia (counties):
  Frederick
  Greene
  Madison
  Page
  Rockingham
  Shenandoah
West Virginia:
  Hampshire
  Hardy
  Mineral
  Morgan
 
                                * * * * *
 
                                MINNESOTA
 
                                * * * * *
 
                          Minneapolis-St. Paul
 
                               Survey Area
 
Minnesota:
  Anoka
  Carver
  Chisago
  Dakota
  Hennepin
  Ramsey
  Scott
  Washington
  Wright
Wisconsin:
  St. Croix
 
                 Area of Application. Survey area plus:
 
Minnesota:
  Benton
  Big Stone
  Blue Earth
  Brown
  Chippewa
  Cottonwood
  Dodge
  Douglas
  Faribault
  Fillmore
  Freeborn
  Goodhue
  Grant
  Isanti
  Kanabec
  Kandiyohi
  Lac Qui Parle
  Le Sueur
  McLeod
  Martin
  Meeker
  Mille Lacs
  Morrison
  Mower
  Nicollet
  Olmsted
  Pope
  Redwood
  Renville
  Rice
  Sherburne
  Sibley
  Stearns
  Steele
  Stevens
  Swift
  Todd
  Traverse
  Wabasha
  Wadena
  Waseca
  Watonwan
  Yellow Medicine
Wisconsin:
  Pierce
  Polk
 
                                * * * * *
 
                                MISSOURI
 
                               Kansas City
 
                               Survey Area
 
Kansas:
  Johnson
  Leavenworth
  Wyandotte
Missouri:
  Cass
  Clay
  Jackson
  Platte
  Ray
 
                 Area of Application. Survey area plus:
Kansas:
  Allen
  Anderson
  Atchison
  Bourbon
  Doniphan
  Douglas
  Franklin
  Linn
  Miami
Missouri:
  Adair
  Andrew
  Atchison
  Bates
  Buchanan
  Caldwell
  Carroll
  Chariton
  Clinton
  Cooper
  Daviess
  De Kalb
  Gentry
  Grundy
  Harrison
  Henry
  Holt
  Howard
  Johnson
  Lafayette
  Linn
  Livingston
  Macon
  Mercer
  Nodaway
  Pettis
  Putnam
  Saline
  Schuyler
  Sullivan
  Worth
 
                                * * * * *
 
                             NORTH CAROLINA
 
                                * * * * *
 
                                Charlotte
 
                               Survey Area
 
North Carolina:
  Cabarrus
  Gaston
  Mecklenburg
  Rowan
  Union
 

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                 Area of Application. Survey area plus:
 
North Carolina:
  Alexander
  Anson
  Catawba
  Cleveland
  Iredell
  Lincoln
  Stanly
  Wilkes
South Carolina:
  Chester
  Chesterfield
  Lancaster
  York
 
                                * * * * *
 
                             SOUTH CAROLINA
 
                                * * * * *
                                Columbia
                               Survey Area
South Carolina:
  Darlington
  Florence
  Kershaw
  Lee
  Lexington
  Richland
  Sumter
 
                 Area of Application. Survey area plus:
 
South Carolina:
  Abbeville
  Anderson
  Calhoun
  Cherokee
  Clarendon
  Fairfield
  Greenville
  Greenwood
  Laurens
  Newberry
  Oconee
  Orangeburg
  Pickens
  Saluda
  Spartanburg
  Union
 
                                * * * * *
 
                                WISCONSIN
 
                                * * * * *
 
                         Southwestern Wisconsin
 
                               Survey Area
 
Wisconsin:
  Chippewa
  Eau Claire
  La Crosse
  Monroe
  Trempealeau
 
                 Area of Application. Survey area plus:
 
Minnesota:
  Houston
  Winona
Wisconsin:
  Barron
  Buffalo
  Clark
  Crawford
  Dunn
  Florence
  Forest
  Jackson
  Juneau
  Langlade
  Lincoln
  Marathon
  Marinette
  Menominee
  Oneida
  Pepin
  Portage
  Price
  Richland
  Rusk
  Shawano
  Taylor
  Vernon
  Vilas
  Waupaca
  Wood
 
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[FR Doc. 2015-06410 Filed 3-20-15; 8:45 am]
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