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Title 5Chapter ISubchapter BPart 532 → Subpart C


Title 5: Administrative Personnel
PART 532—PREVAILING RATE SYSTEMS


Subpart C—Determining Rates for Principal Types of Positions


Contents
§532.301   Definitions.
§532.303   Specialized industry.
§532.305   Dominant industry.
§532.307   Determinating whether a dominant industry exists in a wage area.
§532.309   Determining adequacy of specialized private industry.
§532.311   Survey of specialized private industry related to a dominant industry.
§532.313   Private sector industries.
§532.315   Additional survey jobs.
§532.317   Use of data from the nearest similar area.

§532.301   Definitions.

For purposes of this subpart:

Nearest similar wage area means the nearest wage area which is most similar to the local wage area in terms of private employment, population, relative numbers of private employers in major industry categories, and kinds and sizes of industry establishments and in which adequate private establishments exist in the survey area whose activities are similar to those in the dominant industry.

Principal types of appropriated or nonappropriated fund positions means those groups of occupations which require work of a specialized nature and which are peculiar to a specific Government industry which is the dominant industry among the total wage employment in the wage area.

Specialized private industry means private industry establishments in those industry groups, comparable to the specialized Government industries listed in §532.303 of this section, which must be included in a wage survey in order to obtain data comparable to a dominant industry.

§532.303   Specialized industry.

(a)(1) Under the appropriated fund wage system, a “specialized industry” is a Federal activity engaged in the production or repair of aircraft, ammunition, artillery and combat vehicles, communication equipment, electronic equipment, guided missiles, heavy duty equipment, shipbuilding, sighting and fire control equipment, or small arms.

(2) Under the nonappropriated fund wage system a “specialized industry” includes only nonappropriated fund operated eating and drinking places. Additional industries may be considered as specialized industries upon approval of the Office of Personnel Management.

§532.305   Dominant industry.

(a)(1) A specialized industry is a “dominant industry” if the number of wage employees in the wage area who are subject to the wage schedule for which the survey is made and employed in occupations which comprise the principal types of appropriated or nonappropriated fund positions in the specialized industry comprise:

(i) For appropriated fund activities,

(A) At least 25 percent of the total wage employment or

(B) 1,000 or more employees in a wage area having more than 4,000 wage employees; and

(ii) For nonappropriated fund activities

(A) At least 25 percent of the total wage employment or

(B) 100 or more wage employees in a wage area having 400 or more wage employees.

(2) If two or more specialized industries in a wage area qualify as dominant industries, the two specialized industries having the largest number of wage employees shall be the dominant industries for purposes of applying the requirements of this subpart.

§532.307   Determinating whether a dominant industry exists in a wage area.

(a) The chairperson of the local wage survey committee shall, before a full-scale wage survey is scheduled to begin, notify all appropriated or nonappropriated fund activities having employees subject to the wage schedules for which the survey is conducted so that organizations and individuals may submit written recommendations and supporting evidence to the local wage survey committee concerning principal types of appropriated or nonappropriated fund positions in the area. Each appropriated or nonappropriated fund activity shall publicize the opportunity to make such recommendations.

(b)(1) Before conducting a full-scale wage survey an occupational inventory of employees subject to the wage schedules for which the survey is conducted shall be obtained from each appropriated or nonappropriated fund activity in the area having such employees.

(2) After reviewing the occupational inventory and considering the recommendations received pursuant to paragraph (a) of this section, the local wage survey committee shall formulate its recommendations and prepare a written report concerning the existence of specialized industries within the wage area.

(3) The report of the recommendations, the occupational inventory, and the recommendations and supporting evidence received pursuant to paragraph (a) of this section shall be forwarded to the lead agency.

(c) The lead agency shall refer the occupational inventory and the reports received pursuant to paragraph (b) of this section to the agency wage committee for its consideration and recommendation if:

(1) The lead agency proposes not to accept the recommendation of the local wage survey committee concerning the specifications of the local wage survey; or

(2) The local wage survey committee's report is accompanied by a minority report.

(d) The lead agency shall determine, in writing, after taking into consideration the reports and recommendations received under paragraphs (b) and (c) of this section, and prior to ordering a full-scale wage survey to begin, whether the principal types of appropriated or nonappropriated fund positions in a local wage area comprise a dominant industry. The determination shall remain in effect until the next full-scale wage survey in the area.

[46 FR 21344, Apr. 10, 1981, as amended at 55 FR 46179, Nov. 1, 1990]

§532.309   Determining adequacy of specialized private industry.

(a) Specialized private industry comparable to an appropriated fund dominant industry is adequate when:

(1) The survey area is one of the 25 largest Standard Metropolitan Statistical Areas, or the total number of employees of private industry establishments in the specialized private industry located in the survey area is at least equal to the total number of appropriated fund wage employees in occupations which comprise the principal types of appropriated positions in the dominant industry who are subject to the wage schedules for which the survey is made; or

(2) For any dominant industry except “ammunition,” the job matches obtained from the specialized private industry include one regular survey job in the WG-01 through 04 range, one regular survey job in the WG-05 through 08 range, one regular survey job in the WG-09 and above range, and one special survey job in the WG-09 and above range all providing at least 20 unweighted samples each; and three other regular or special survey jobs, each providing at least 10 unweighted samples.

(3) For the dominant industry “ammunition,” the job matches obtained from the specialized survey industries include one regular survey job in the WG-01 through 04 range, one special survey job in the WG-05 through 08 range, and one regular survey job in the WG-09 through 15 range, all providing at least 20 unweighted samples each; and three other regular or special survey jobs, each providing at least 10 unweighted samples.

(b) Specialized private industry comparable to a nonappropriated fund dominant industry is adequate when:

(1) The total number of employees of private industry establishments similar to the dominant industry located in the survey are at least equal to the number of nonappropriated fund wage employees in positions which comprise the principal types of nonappropriated fund positions in the dominant industry who are subject to the wage schedules for which the survey is made; and

(2) The job matches obtained from all industries surveyed for regular survey jobs related to the dominant industry include one regular survey job in the NA-01 through 04 range providing at least 10 samples; and one regular survey job in the NA-05 through 15 range and one other regular survey job, each providing at least five samples.

§532.311   Survey of specialized private industry related to a dominant industry.

If it is determined that there are one or more dominant industries within a wage area, the lead agency shall insure that the survey includes the industries and survey jobs related to the dominant industries. When the related industry within the local wage survey area fails to meet the criteria in §532.309 of this subpart, the lead agency shall obtain data related to the dominant industry from the survey area of the wage area which is determined to be the nearest similar area which will provide adequate data under the criteria in §532.309 of this subpart.

[46 FR 21344, Apr. 10, 1981, as amended at 55 FR 46179, Nov. 1, 1990]

§532.313   Private sector industries.

(a) For appropriated fund surveys, the lead agency must use the private sector industries in the following North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes when it makes its wage schedule determinations for each specialized Federal industry:

2017 NAICS codes 2017 NAICS industry titles
Aircraft Specialized Industry
332912Fluid power valve and hose fitting manufacturing.
336411Aircraft manufacturing.
336412Aircraft engine and engine parts manufacturing.
336413Other aircraft part and auxiliary equipment manufacturing.
336415Guided missile and space vehicle propulsion unit and propulsion unit parts manufacturing.
336419Other guided missile and space vehicle parts and auxiliary equipment manufacturing.
4811Scheduled air transportation.
4812Nonscheduled air transportation.
4879Scenic and sightseeing transportation, other.
4881Support activities for air transportation.
4921Couriers and express delivery services.
541713Research and development in nanotechnology.
541715Research and development in the physical, engineering, and life sciences (except nanotechnology and biotechnology).
56172Janitorial services.
62191Ambulance services.
81142Reupholstery and furniture repair.
Ammunition Specialized Industry
32592Explosives manufacturing.
332992Small arms ammunition manufacturing.
332993Ammunition (except small arms) manufacturing.
Artillery and Combat Vehicles Specialized Industry
2211Electric power generation, transmission, and distribution.
2212Natural gas distribution.
32732Ready-mix concrete manufacturing.
332216Saw blade and hand tool manufacturing.
332323Ornamental and architectural metal work manufacturing.
332439Other metal container manufacturing.
332994Small arms, ordnance, and ordnance accessories manufacturing.
332999All other miscellaneous fabricated metal product manufacturing.
33311Agricultural implement manufacturing.
33312Construction machinery manufacturing.
333611Turbine and turbine generator set units manufacturing.
333618Other engine equipment manufacturing.
333922Conveyor and conveying equipment manufacturing.
333923Overhead traveling crane, hoist, and monorail system manufacturing.
333924Industrial truck, tractor, trailer, and stacker machinery manufacturing.
3361Motor vehicle manufacturing.
336211Motor vehicle body manufacturing.
336212Truck trailer manufacturing.
33631Motor vehicle gasoline engine and engine parts manufacturing.
33632Motor vehicle electrical and electronic equipment manufacturing.
33633Motor vehicle steering and suspension components (except spring) manufacturing.
33634Motor vehicle brake system manufacturing.
33635Motor vehicle transmission and power train parts manufacturing.
33639Other motor vehicle parts manufacturing.
33651Railroad rolling stock manufacturing.
336992Military armored vehicle, tank, and tank component manufacturing.
4231Motor vehicle and motor vehicle parts and supplies merchant wholesalers.
42381Construction and mining (except oil well) machinery and equipment merchant wholesalers.
42382Farm and garden machinery and equipment merchant wholesalers.
4413Automotive parts, accessories, and tire stores.
44421Outdoor power equipment stores.
484Truck transportation.
4862Pipeline transportation of natural gas.
492Couriers and messengers.
5173Wired and wireless telecommunications carriers.
517911Telecommunications resellers.
5621Waste collection.
Communications Specialized Industry
33422Radio and television broadcasting and wireless communications equipment manufacturing.
33429Other communications equipment manufacturing.
334511Search, detection, navigation, guidance, aeronautical and nautical system and instrument manufacturing.
334514Totalizing fluid meter and counting device manufacturing.
334515Instrument manufacturing for measuring and testing electricity and electrical signals.
335311Power, distribution, and specialty transformer manufacturing.
48531Taxi service.
5151Radio and television broadcasting.
5152Cable and other subscription programming.
5173Wired and wireless telecommunications carriers.
5174Satellite telecommunications.
517911Telecommunications resellers.
Electronics Specialized Industry
333316Photographic and photocopying equipment manufacturing.
3341Computer and peripheral equipment manufacturing.
33422Radio and television broadcasting and wireless communications equipment manufacturing.
33429Other communications equipment manufacturing.
33431Audio and video equipment manufacturing.
334412Bare printed circuit board manufacturing.
334413Semiconductor and related device manufacturing.
334416Electronic coil, transformer, and other inductor manufacturing.
334417Electronic connector manufacturing.
334418Printed circuit assembly (electronic assembly) manufacturing.
334419Other electronic component manufacturing.
334511Search, detection, navigation, guidance, aeronautical and nautical system and instrument manufacturing.
334515Instrument manufacturing for measuring and testing electricity and electrical signals.
334613Blank magnetic and optical recording media manufacturing.
42342Office equipment merchant wholesalers.
42343Computer and computer peripheral equipment and software merchant wholesalers.
Guided Missiles Specialized Industry
332912Fluid power valve and hose fitting manufacturing.
333316Photographic and photocopying equipment manufacturing.
3341Computer and peripheral equipment manufacturing.
33422Radio and television broadcasting and wireless communications equipment manufacturing.
33429Other communications equipment manufacturing.
334418Printed circuit assembly (electronic assembly) manufacturing.
334511Search, detection, navigation, guidance, aeronautical and nautical system and instrument manufacturing.
334515Instrument manufacturing for measuring and testing electricity and electrical signals.
334613Blank magnetic and optical recording media manufacturing.
3364Aerospace product and parts manufacturing.
54131Architectural services.
54133Engineering services.
54136Geophysical surveying and mapping services.
54137Surveying and mapping (except geophysical) services.
541713Research and development in nanotechnology.
541715Research and development in the physical, engineering, and life sciences (except nanotechnology and biotechnology).
Heavy Duty Equipment Specialized Industry
332439Other metal container manufacturing.
332999All other miscellaneous fabricated metal product manufacturing.
33312Construction machinery manufacturing.
333923Overhead traveling crane, hoist, and monorail system manufacturing.
333924Industrial truck, tractor, trailer, and stacker machinery manufacturing.
33651Railroad rolling stock manufacturing.
42381Construction and mining (except oil well) machinery and equipment merchant wholesalers.
Shipbuilding Specialized Industry
336611Ship building and repairing.
48839Other support activities for water transportation.
Sighting and Fire Control Equipment Specialized Industry
333314Optical instrument and lens manufacturing.
333316Photographic and photocopying equipment manufacturing.
3341Computer and peripheral equipment manufacturing.
33422Radio and television broadcasting and wireless communications equipment manufacturing.
33429Other communications equipment manufacturing.
334418Printed circuit assembly (electronic assembly) manufacturing.
334511Search, detection, navigation, guidance, aeronautical and nautical system and instrument manufacturing.
334515Instrument manufacturing for measuring and testing electricity and electrical signals.
334613Black magnetic and optical recording media manufacturing.
Small Arms Specialized Industry
332994Small arms manufacturing.

(b) For wage surveys involving the specialized Federal industry “Artillery and Combat Vehicles” in paragraph (a) of this section, the lead agency must limit special job coverage for industries in NAICS codes 2211, 2212, 32732, 484, 4862, 5621, 492, 5171, 5172, and 5173 to automotive mechanic, diesel engine mechanic, and heavy mobile equipment mechanic.

(c) For nonappropriated fund wage surveys, the lead agency must use NAICS codes 71111, 7221, 7222, 72231, 72232, and 7224 (eating and drinking places) when it determines a wage schedule for a specialized industry.

[71 FR 35375, June 20, 2006, as amended at 73 FR 45853, Aug. 7, 2008; 78 FR 58154, Sept. 23, 2013; 79 FR 21121, Apr. 15, 2014; 84 FR 36814, July 30, 2019]

§532.315   Additional survey jobs.

(a) For appropriated fund surveys, when the lead agency adds to the industries to be surveyed, it shall add to the required survey jobs the specialized survey jobs listed below opposite the industry added:

Specialized industrySpecialized survey jobsGrade
AircraftElectronics MechanicWG-11
   Aircraft Structures Assembler BWG-7
   Aircraft Structures Assembler AWG-9
   Aircraft MechanicWG-10
   Aircraft Mechanic includes
   Aircraft ElectricianWG-10
   Aircraft WelderWG-10
   Aircraft Sheetmetal WorkerWG-10
   Hydromechanical Fuel Control RepairerWG-10
   Aircraft Engine MechanicWG-10
   Aircraft Jet Engine MechanicWG-10
   Flight Line MechanicWG-10
   Aircraft Attendant (ground services)WG-7
AmmunitionMunitions HandlerWG-4
   Munitions OperatorWG-4
   Munitions OperatorWG-6
   Munitions OperatorWG-8
   Munitions OperatorWG-9
   Explosives OperatorWG-9
Artillery and combat vehiclesAutomotive Mechanic (limited to data obtained in special industries)WG-10
   Heavy Mobile Equipment MechanicWG-10
   Artillery RepairerWG-9
   Combat Vehicle MechanicWG-8
   Combat Vehicle Mechanic (Engine)WG-10
   Combat Vehicle MechanicWG-11
   Diesel Engine Mechanic (limited to data obtained in special industriesWG-10
CommunicationsTelephone Installer-RepairerWG-9
   Central Office RepairerWG-11
   Electronic Test Equipment RepairerWG-11
   Television Station MechanicWG-11
ElectronicsElectronics MechanicWG-11
   Industrial Electronic Controls RepairerWG-10
   Electronic Test Equipment RepairerWG-11
   Electronic Computer MechanicWG-11
   Television Station MechanicWG-11
Guided missilesElectronic Computer MechanicWG-11
   Guided Missile Mechanical RepairerWG-11
Heavy duty equipmentHeavy Mobile Equipment MechanicWG-10
ShipbuildingElectronics MechanicWG-11
   Electrician, ShipWG-10
   Pipefitter, ShipWG-10
   ShipfitterWG-10
   ShipwrightWG-10
   Machinist (Marine)WG-10
Sighting and fire controlElectronic Computer MechanicWG-11
   Fire Control Instrument RepairmanWG-11
   Electronic Fire Control Systems RepairerWG-11
   Electronic Fire Control Systems RepairerWG-12
   Electronic Fire Control Systems RepairerWG-13
Small armsSmall Arms RepairerWG-8

(b) For nonappropriated fund surveys, a lead agency must obtain prior approval of OPM to add a job not listed in §532.223 of this subpart.

[55 FR 46180, Nov. 1, 1990]

§532.317   Use of data from the nearest similar area.

(a)(1) For prevailing rate employees other than those in the Department of Defense, the lead agency shall, in establishing the regular schedule under the provisions of this subpart, analyze and use the acceptable data from the nearest similar wage area together with the data obtained from inside the local wage survey area. The regular schedule for Department of Defense prevailing rate employees shall be based on local wage data only.

(2) The total number of job matches obtained from the nearest similar wage area shall be equal to the number required for adequacy in §532.309(a) (2) and (3) of this subpart for appropriated fund surveys and §532.309(b)(2) of this subpart for nonappropriated fund surveys.

(3) Data shall be selected for inclusion on the basis of the most populous survey jobs as determined by the weighted job matches found in the dominant industry in the selected reference area. In identifying survey jobs for which reference area samples will be included, the jobs required at limited grade ranges shall be selected before jobs in the unlimited grade range. When there is a tie in the selection procedure, the highest graded job shall be selected first.

(4) If there are two dominant industries for which data are obtained from nearest similar areas, the procedure described in paragraph (a)(2) of this section shall be applied independently for each of the specialized industries.

(b)(1) The wage rates established for a grade by using data from the nearest similar area may not exceed the wage rates for the same grade in the nearest similar area.

(2) If data are obtained from two nearest similar areas for two dominant industries, the wage rates established for a grade by using these data may not exceed the higher of the wage rates for the same grade in the two nearest similar areas.

(c) The wage data obtained from the nearest similar area or areas may not be used to reduce the wage rates for any grade in the local area below the rates that would be established for that grade without the use of the data from the nearest similar area or areas.

[46 FR 21344, Apr. 10, 1981, as amended at 54 FR 38197, Sept. 15, 1989. Redesignated and amended at 55 FR 46179, Nov. 1, 1990]

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