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OPM RIN: 3206-AN84 Publication ID: Fall 2019 
Title: Seasonal Employment (5 CFR 340, subpart D) 

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) intends to issue proposed regulations to modify the limitations on seasonal appointments in part 340 and the exceptions to general time limits in part 316 applicable to repeated temporary appointments to the same positions, which have been used, in lieu of permanent appointments with seasonal work schedules, to enable agencies to use employees on a seasonal basis for longer portions of the year. Several agencies have indicated the need to make temporary appointments beyond the current regulatory timeframes. For example, for several years our Nation has been experiencing a longer than normal fire season in certain geographic locations, which poses a significant threat to life and property. This requires temporary employees to work longer periods to help combat this crisis which is of an increasingly variable duration. The current regulatory limitations hamper an agency’s ability to reemploy trained and experienced staff needed for mission-critical responses for situations such as this. OPM is seeking to modify these limitations to better accommodate seasonal needs.

Agency: Office of Personnel Management(OPM)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Fully or Partially Exempt 
CFR Citation: 5 CFR 213    5 CFR 316    5 CFR 340   
Legal Authority: 5 U.S.C. 3401    5 U.S.C. 3301 and 3302    E.O. 10577, as amended 3 CFR, 1954-1958 Comp., p. 218, and Civil Service Rule   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  12/00/2019 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Michelle T. Glynn
Employee Services
Office of Personnel Management
1900 E Street NW,
Washington, DC 20415
Phone:202 606-0960
Fax:202 606-2329