[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 231 (Thursday, December 1, 2016)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 86561-86563]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-28784]


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OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT

5 CFR Part 532

RIN 3206-AN38


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 reviews of Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) 
boundaries in a number of wage areas, OPM is redefining the following 
wage areas: Salinas-Monterey, CA; San Francisco, CA; New London, CT; 
Central and Western Massachusetts; Cincinnati, OH: Dayton, OH, 
Southeastern Washington-Eastern Oregon; and Spokane, WA.

DATES: Effective date: This regulation is effective on December 1, 
2016.
    Applicability date: This change applies on the first day of the 
first applicable pay period beginning on or after January 3, 2017.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Madeline Gonzalez, by telephone at 
(202) 606-2858 or by email at pay-leave-policy@opm.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On June 24, 2016, OPM issued a proposed rule 
(81 FR 41255) to redefine the following counties:
     San Benito County, CA, from the Salinas-Monterey, CA, area 
of application to the San Francisco, CA, area of application;
     Windham County, CT, from the New London, CT, area of 
application to the Central and Western Massachusetts area of 
application;
     Union County, IN; from the Dayton, OH, area of application 
to the Cincinnati, OH, area of application;
     Columbia County, WA, from the Spokane area of application 
to the Southeastern Washington-Eastern Oregon area of application.
    The Federal Prevailing Rate Advisory Committee, the national labor-
management committee responsible for

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advising OPM on matters concerning the pay of FWS employees, reviewed 
and recommended these changes by consensus.
    The 30-day comment period ended on July 25, 2016. OPM received one 
comment in support of the proposal and one comment requesting OPM 
consider moving another county in the State of California, Mendocino 
County, CA, from the Rest of U.S. (RUS) General Schedule (GS) locality 
pay area to the San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland, CA GS locality pay 
area. GS and FWS pay areas are administered under different 
regulations. The comment is therefore beyond the scope of the proposed 
rule.

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.


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2. Appendix C to subpart B is amended by revising the wage area 
listings for the Salinas-Monterey, CA; San Francisco, CA; New London, 
CT; Central and Western Massachusetts; Cincinnati, OH: Dayton, OH, 
Southeastern Washington-Eastern Oregon; and Spokane, WA, wage areas to 
read as follows:

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

 
                                * * * * *
                               CALIFORNIA
 
                                * * * * *
                            Salinas-Monterey
 
                               Survey Area
 
California:
  Monterey
 
                    Area of Application. Survey area.
 
                                * * * * *
                              San Francisco
 
California:
  Alameda
  Contra Costa
  Marin
  Napa
  San Francisco
  San Mateo
  Santa Clara
  Solano
 
                 Area of Application. Survey area plus:
 
California:
  Mendocino
  San Benito
  Santa Cruz
  Sonoma
 
                                * * * * *
                               CONNECTICUT
 
                                * * * * *
                               New London
 
                               Survey Area
 
Connecticut:
  New London
 
                    Area of Application. Survey area.
 
                                * * * * *
                              MASSACHUSETTS
 
                                * * * * *
                    Central and Western Massachusetts
 
                               Survey Area
 
Massachusetts:
The following cities and towns in:
  Hampden County
  Agawam
  Chicopee
  East Longmeadow
  Feeding Hills
  Hampden
  Holyoke
  Longmeadow
  Ludlow
  Monson
  Palmer
  Southwick
  Springfield
  Three Rivers
  Westfield
  West Springfield
  Wilbraham
  Hampshire County
  Easthampton
  Granby
  Hadley
  Northampton
  South Hadley
  Worcester County
  Warren
  West Warren
 
                 Area of Application. Survey area plus:
 
Connecticut:
  Windham
Massachusetts:
  Berkshire
  Franklin
  Worcester (except Blackstone and Millville)
The following cities and towns in:
  Hampden County
  Blandford
  Brimfield
  Chester
  Granville
  Holland
  Montgomery
  Russell
  Tolland
  Wales
  Hampshire County
  Amherst
  Belchertown
  Chesterfield
  Cummington
  Goshen
  Hatfield
  Huntington
  Middlefield
  Pelham
  Plainfield
  Southampton
  Ware
  Westhampton
  Williamsburg
  Worthington
  Middlesex County
  Ashby
  Shirley
  Townsend
New Hampshire:
  Belknap
  Carroll
  Cheshire
  Grafton
  Hillsborough
  Merrimack
  Sullivan
Vermont:
  Addison
  Bennington
  Caledonia
  Essex
  Lamoille
  Orange
  Orleans
  Rutland
  Washington
  Windham
  Windsor
 
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                                  OHIO
 
                               Cincinnati
 
                               Survey Area
 
Indiana:
  Dearborn
Kentucky:
  Boone
  Campbell
  Kenton
Ohio:
  Clermont
  Hamilton
  Warren
 
                 Area of Application. Survey area plus:
 
Indiana:
  Franklin
  Ohio
  Ripley
  Switzerland
  Union
Kentucky:
  Bracken
  Carroll
  Gallatin
  Grant
  Mason

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  Pendleton
Ohio:
  Adams
  Brown
  Butler
  Highland
 
                                * * * * *
                                 Dayton
 
Ohio:
  Champaign
  Clark
  Greene
  Miami
  Montgomery
  Preble
 
                 Area of Application. Survey area plus:
 
Indiana:
  Randolph
  Wayne
Ohio:
  Auglaize
  Clinton
  Darke
  Logan
  Shelby
 
                                * * * * *
                               WASHINGTON
 
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                 Southeastern Washington-Eastern Oregon
 
                               Survey Area
 
Oregon:
  Umatilla
Washington:
  Benton
  Franklin
  Walla Walla
  Yakima
 
                 Area of Application. Survey area plus:
 
Oregon:
  Baker
  Grant
  Harney
  Malheur
  Morrow
  Union
  Wallowa
  Wheeler
Washington:
  Columbia
  Kittitas (Only includes the Yakima Firing Range portion)
 
                                 Spokane
 
                               Survey Area
 
Washington:
  Spokane
 
                 Area of Application. Survey area plus:
 
Idaho:
  Benewah
  Bonner
  Boundary
  Clearwater
  Idaho
  Kootenai
  Latah
  Lewis
  Nez Perce
  Shoshone
Washington:
  Adams
  Asotin
  Chelan (Does not include the North Cascades National Park portion)
  Douglas
  Ferry
  Garfield
  Grant
  Kittitas (Does not include the Yakima Firing Range portion)
  Lincoln
  Okanogan
  Pend Oreille
  Stevens
  Whitman
 

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[FR Doc. 2016-28784 Filed 11-30-16; 8:45 am]
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