[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 164 (Wednesday, August 24, 2016)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 57809-57810]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-20179]


========================================================================
Proposed Rules
                                                Federal Register
________________________________________________________________________

This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains notices to the public of 
the proposed issuance of rules and regulations. The purpose of these 
notices is to give interested persons an opportunity to participate in 
the rule making prior to the adoption of the final rules.

========================================================================


Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 164 / Wednesday, August 24, 2016 / 
Proposed Rules

[[Page 57809]]



OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT

5 CFR Part 532

RIN 3206-AN40


Prevailing Rate Systems; Definition of Kent County, Michigan, and 
Cameron County, Texas, to Nonappropriated Fund Federal Wage System Wage 
Areas

AGENCY: U. S. Office of Personnel Management.

ACTION: Proposed rule with request for comments.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

SUMMARY: The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is issuing a 
proposed rule that would define Kent County, Michigan, as an area of 
application county to the Macomb, MI, nonappropriated fund (NAF) 
Federal Wage System (FWS) wage area and Cameron County, Texas, as an 
area of application county to the Nueces, TX, NAF FWS wage area. These 
changes are necessary because there are NAF FWS employees working in 
Kent and Cameron Counties, and the counties are not currently defined 
to NAF wage areas.

DATES: We must receive comments on or before September 23, 2016.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by ``RIN 3206-AN40,'' 
using any of the following methods:
    Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the 
instructions for submitting comments.
    Mail: Brenda L. Roberts, Deputy Associate Director for Pay and 
Leave, Employee Services, U.S. Office of Personnel Management, Room 
7H31, 1900 E Street NW., Washington, DC 20415-8200.
    Email: pay-leave-policy@opm.gov.

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: OPM is issuing a proposed rule that would 
define Kent County, MI, as an area of application county to the Macomb, 
MI, NAF FWS wage area and Cameron County, TX, as an area of application 
county to the Nueces, TX, NAF FWS wage area. The Veterans Canteen 
Service (VCS) now employs one NAF FWS employee at VCS #315 in the 
Wyoming Health Care Center in Kent County and two NAF FWS employees at 
VCS #740 in the Veterans Affairs Health Care Center at Harlingen in 
Cameron County.
    Under Sec.  532.219 of title 5, Code of Federal Regulations, each 
NAF wage area ``shall consist of one or more survey areas, along with 
nonsurvey areas, if any, having nonappropriated fund employees.'' Kent 
and Cameron Counties do not meet the regulatory criteria under 5 CFR 
532.219 to be established as separate NAF wage areas; however, 
nonsurvey counties may be combined with a survey area to form a wage 
area. Section 532.219 lists the regulatory criteria that OPM considers 
when defining FWS wage area boundaries.
    OPM recently completed reviews of the definitions of Kent and 
Cameron Counties and is proposing the changes described below. The 
Federal Prevailing Rate Advisory Committee, the national labor-
management committee responsible for advising OPM on matters concerning 
the pay of FWS employees, recommended these changes by consensus. These 
changes would apply on the first day of the first applicable pay period 
beginning on or after 30 days following publication of the final 
regulations.

Kent County, MI

    Kent County would be defined as an area of application county to 
the Macomb, MI, NAF FWS wage area. The closest NAF wage area to Kent 
County is the Macomb wage area. There are no other NAF wage areas in 
the immediate vicinity of Kent County. VCS #315 is located 
approximately 175 miles from Selfridge Air National Guard Base, the 
Macomb wage area's host activity.
    With the definition of Kent County to the Macomb NAF wage area, the 
Macomb wage area would consist of 1 survey county, Macomb County, MI, 
and 13 area of application counties: Alpena, Calhoun, Crawford, Grand 
Traverse, Huron, Iosco, Kent, Leelanau, Ottawa, Saginaw, Washtenaw, and 
Wayne Counties, MI; and Ottawa County, OH.

Cameron County, TX

    Cameron County would be defined as an area of application county to 
the Nueces, TX, NAF FWS wage area. The closest NAF wage area to Cameron 
County is the Nueces wage area. There are no other NAF wage areas in 
the immediate vicinity of Cameron County. VCS #740 is located 
approximately 148 miles from Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, the 
Nueces wage area's host activity.
    With the definition of Cameron County to the Nueces NAF wage area, 
the Nueces wage area would consist of one survey county, Nueces County, 
TX, and six area of application counties: Bee, Calhoun, Cameron, 
Kleberg, San Patricio, and Webb Counties, TX.

Regulatory Flexibility Act

    I certify that these regulations would not have a significant 
economic impact on a substantial number of small entities because they 
would 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 proposing to amend 5 CFR part 532 as follows:

PART 532--PREVAILING RATE SYSTEMS

0
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.

0
2. Appendix D to subpart B is amended by revising the wage area listing 
for the Macomb, MI, and Nueces, TX, wage areas to read as follows:

Appendix D to Subpart B of Part 532--Nonappropriated Fund Wage and 
Survey Areas

* * * * *

 
 
 
                                MICHIGAN
                                 Macomb
                               Survey Area
 
Michigan:
  Macomb
 

[[Page 57810]]

 
                 Area of Application. Survey area plus:
 
  Michigan:
  Alpena
  Calhoun
  Crawford
  Grand Traverse
  Huron
  Iosco
  Kent
  Leelanau
  Ottawa
  Saginaw
  Washtenaw
  Wayne
Ohio:
  Ottawa
 
                                * * * * *
                                  TEXAS
 
                                * * * * *
                                 Nueces
 
                               Survey Area
 
Texas:
  Nueces
 
                 Area of Application. Survey area plus:
 
 
                                * * * * *
Texas:
  Bee
  Calhoun
  Cameron
  Kleberg
  San Patricio
  Webb
 

* * * * *

[FR Doc. 2016-20179 Filed 8-23-16; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 6325-39-P