[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 80 (Tuesday, April 26, 2016)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 24455-24456]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-09702]



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Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 80 / Tuesday, April 26, 2016 / Rules 
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OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT

5 CFR Part 532

RIN 3206-AN26


Prevailing Rate Systems; Abolishment of the Newburgh, NY, 
Appropriated Fund Federal Wage System Wage Area

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 abolish the Newburgh, New York, appropriated fund Federal 
Wage System (FWS) wage area and redefine Orange County, NY, to the New 
York, NY, survey area; Dutchess County, NY, to the New York area of 
application; Delaware and Ulster Counties, NY, to the Albany-
Schenectady-Troy, NY, area of application; and Sullivan County, NY, to 
the Scranton-Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, area of application. These 
changes are based on a consensus recommendation of the Federal 
Prevailing Rate Advisory Committee (FPRAC) to best match the counties 
proposed for redefinition to nearby FWS survey areas.

DATES: Effective date: This rule is effective on April 26, 2016. 
Applicability date: This change applies on the first day of the first 
applicable pay period beginning on or after May 26, 2016.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Madeline Gonzalez, by telephone at 
(202) 606-2838 or by email at [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On November 30, 2015, OPM issued a proposed 
rule (80 FR 74715) to abolish the Newburgh, NY, appropriated fund FWS 
wage area and redefine Orange County, NY, to the New York, NY, survey 
area; Dutchess County, NY, to the New York area of application; 
Delaware and Ulster Counties, NY, to the Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY, 
area of application; and Sullivan County, NY, to the Scranton-Wilkes-
Barre, PA, area of application. FPRAC, the national labor-management 
committee responsible for advising OPM on matters concerning the pay of 
FWS employees, reviewed and recommended this change by consensus.
    The 30-day comment period ended on December 30, 2015. OPM received 
one comment in support of the proposal and one comment regarding the 
effective date of the proposed change recommending retroactive 
applicability.
    OPM defines wage areas through regulation in 5 CFR part 532. 
Changes in OPM's regulations are prospective, not retroactive, 
following an appropriate period for public comment. These changes will 
apply on the first day of the first applicable pay period beginning on 
or after 30 days following publication of the final regulations.

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.
Beth F. Cobert,
Acting Director.

    Accordingly, OPM is amending 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.


Appendix A to Subpart B of Part 532--  [Amended]

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2. Appendix A to subpart B of part 532 is amended for the State of New 
York by removing the entry for Newburgh.

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3. Appendix C to subpart B is amended by revising the wage area listing 
for the Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY; New York, NY; and Scranton-Wilkes-
Barre, PA, wage areas and removing the wage area listing for Newburgh, 
NY,
    The revisions read as follows:

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

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NEW YORK

Albany-Schenectady-Troy

Survey Area

New York:
    Albany
    Montgomery
    Rensselaer
    Saratoga
    Schenectady

Area of Application. Survey area plus:

New York:
    Columbia
    Delaware
    Fulton
    Greene
    Schoharie
    Ulster
    Warren
    Washington
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New York

Survey Area

New Jersey:
    Bergen
    Essex
    Hudson
    Middlesex
    Morris
    Passaic
    Somerset
    Union
New York:
    Bronx
    Kings
    Nassau
    New York
    Orange
    Queens
    Suffolk
    Westchester

Area of Application. Survey area plus:

New Jersey:
    Hunterdon
    Monmouth
    Ocean (Excluding the Fort Dix Military Reservation)
    Sussex
New York:
    Dutchess
    Putnam
    Richmond
    Rockland
Pennsylvania:

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    Pike
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PENNSYLVANIA

Scranton-Wilkes-Barre

Survey Area

Pennsylvania:
    Lackawanna
    Luzerne
    Monroe

Area of Application. Survey area plus:

New York:
    Sullivan
Pennsylvania:
    Bradford
    Columbia
    Lycoming (Excluding Allenwood Federal Prison Camp)
    Montour
    Sullivan
    Susquehanna
    Wayne
    Wyoming
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