Federal personnel manual system

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Title:
Federal personnel manual system
Portion of title:
FPM letter
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Book
Language:
English
Creator:
United States Civil Service Commission
United States -- Office of Personnel Management
Publisher:
United States Civil Service Commission
Place of Publication:
Washington, D.C
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irregular
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Notes

Issuing Body:
Vols for 1979- issued by: Office of Personnel Management.
General Note:
Description based on: 410-19 (Aug. 22, 1977); title from caption.
General Note:
Latest issue consutled: 292-23 (No. 3, 1983); title from caption.

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University of Florida
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": l.Ml e"Sonnel Nianual Systenm Published in advance
.I .. i 591-35 of incorporation in FPM
"HE Ch. 591
.[ii:1: *!'i: ':: .,RETAIN UNTIL SUPERSEDED
H,:: Nonforeign Area Cost of Living Allowanc
"S.' .-Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands ,
., ..shinglton. D. C. 20415
Supersedes FPM Letters 591-30 and 591-32 If
*" ( 7 ,9 November 5, 1979
heads of Departments and Independent Establishmen N

S" Introduction

The Office of Personnel Management has completed its cost of living allowance
rates paid to eligible employees in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. These allowances
are paid under 5 U.S.C. 5941, Executive Order 10,000, as amended, and part 591 of the
Offices' regulations.

SEffective Date of Allowance Rates

SThe effective date of the new allowance rates shown in the attachment is the first pay
period that begins on or after December 2, 1979.

K Change .in Definition for Puerto Rican Allowance Areas

Based on comments received in response to a Federal Register notice soliciting views on
the administration of the cost of living allowance program, the Office has combined the
the .survey data for the various survey locations in Puerto Rico into one set of indexes.
r Accordingly, there will be only one allowance area for the entire Commonwealth of Puerto
!ice rather: than a San Juan and outside San Juan area as in previous years. The Office
w ll continue to survey locations outside the San Juan Standard Metropolitan Statistical
Area in future.surveys but will compute and publish only one set of indexes and allowance
rates. This change in administration of the program will simplify agency payroll
: operation and eliminate employee morale problems caused by two allowance areas.

General Information

Agencies. are requested to inform employees in the areas concerned of the actions approved
by the Office. When doing so you are urged to advise employees that the allowance rates
are subject to change, up or down, after each review. It is also important that they
understand that the law does not provide for an allowance to compensate for increases in
the cost of living, as such. Rather, the law provides for an allowance to compensate for
the differences .in living costs between Washington, D.C., and the so-called nonforeign
areas, when living costs are substantially higher than comparable costs in Washington, D.C.

The 1979 survey data indicated that living costs in the Washington area had increased some
15 percent since the 1978 survey while registering increases of approximately 11 percent
in Puerto Rico, 13 percent on St. Thomas and an increase of approximately the same
magnitude as Washington for St. Croix.







Inquiries: Allowances and Special RAtes SEction, Compensation Planning and Pay Programs,
ext. 28742 or 63-28742
S Code: 591, Allowances and Differentials Payable in Nonforeign Areas

Distribution: PM





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Assoc ate Director ii
for Compensation


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Attachment to FPM Letter 591-35


This attachment shows cost of living allowance rates for each category for which an
allowance has been authorized by OPM and shows definitions of allowance categories for
use in determining employee eligibility for an allowance.

GEOGRAPHIC COVERAGE/ ALLOWANCE
ALLOWANCE CATEGORY INDEX RATE

COMMONWEALTH OF PUERTO RICO

(Both San Juan and Outside San Juan)
Authorized
1979 Allowance
Allowance Category Index Rate

Local.Retail/
Private Housing 105.2 5.0%

Local Retail/
Federal Housing 101.6 -0-

Commissary/PX/
Private Housing 95.7 -0-

Commissary/PX/
Federal Housing 92.1 -0-

V1RGIN ISLANDS

ST. CROIX

Authorized
1979 Allowance
Allowance Category Index Rate

Local Retail/
Private Housing 105.0 5.0%

Local Retail/
Federal Housing 95.4 -0-

Commissary/PX/
Private Housing None* --

Commissary/PX/
Federal Housing None*
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*The word "None" means that the allowance category does not exist in that allowance 'at
and the appropriate local retail index and allowace rate applies depending on the type.
of housing occupied.

Definition of Commissary/PX/ Allowance Areas for Puerto Rico

The Commissary/PX rates will apply to those employees who fall into one of the catbegoi
based on the definitions on page 3 of this attachment and whose duty stations are o104a"
within a 50 mile radius by road from either Fort Buchanan or Roosevelt Roads. All QII41
ees whose duty stations are outside the 50 mile radius by road from the nearest of theS4
installations will receive cost of living allowances based on the appropriate Local
Retail rate.


























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The following definitions of the various allowance categories identified in the tables in
this attachment shall be used in determining employee eligibility for the appropriate
allowance rate:


Allowance Category

Local Retail/
Private Housing







Local Retail/
Federal Housing


Commissary/PX/
Private Housing





Commissary/PX/
Federal Housing


Note: Eligibility for access to military commissary and exchange facilities is
determined by the appropriate military department. If an employee is
furnished commissary/exchange privileges for reasons associated with his
or her Federal civilian employment, he or she will have an identification
card that authorizes access to the facilities. Possession of such an
identification card i.e., one issued by reason of his or her Federal
civilian employment, is sufficient evidence that the employee uses the
facilities. Similarly, the fact that an employee who has been authorized
to occupy a Federally owned or leased housing unit as a condition of his
or her Federal civilian employment actually occupies the unit is evidence
that the unit is "used".

Agencies should adopt whatever methods are appropriate to obtain from
employees the information needed to determine the applicable allowance
category.

U.S GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE: 1979- 311-539 24


tachment to FPM Letter 591-35 (3)



finitions of Allowance Categories


Definition

This category includes those Federal employ-
ees who purchase goods and services from
private retail establishments and who occupy
housing units that are privately owned or
rented. It also includes those employees
who do not fall into one of the other
allowance categories.

This category includes those Federal employ-
ees who purchase goods and services from
private retail establishments and who occupy,
as a condition of their Federal civilian
employment, housing units that are owned or
leased by a Federal agency.

This category includes those Federal employ-
ees who have unlimited access to and who use
military commissary and exchange facilities
stemming from their Federal civilian employ-
ment and who occupy housing units that are
privately owned or leased.

This category includes those Federal employ-
ees who have unlimited access to and who use
military commissary and exchange facilities
stemming from their Federal civilian employ-
ment and who occupy, as a condition of their
Federal civilian employment, housing units
that are owned or leased by a Federal agency.




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