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EEOC RIN: 3046-AB00 Publication ID: Spring 2020 
Title: Official Time in the Federal Sector Equal Employment Opportunity Process 

In July 2012, the Commission published a final rule containing 15 discrete changes to various parts of the Federal sector EEO complaint process, and indicated that the rule was the Commission's initial step in a broader review of the Federal sector EEO process. On February 6, 2015, the Commission issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) (80 FR 6669), that sought public input on additional issues associated with the Federal sector EEO process.  In 2019, the EEOC issued an NPRM to amend its rule on the use of official time by federal employees who represent others in the Federal sector EEO process, and clarify that it does not apply to representatives who serve in an official capacity in a labor organization that is the exclusive representative of federal employees in an appropriate unit.  This change clarifies that whether official time is available to federal union representatives in an EEO complaint would be determined by the relevant federal labor relations statute and terms of applicable collective bargaining agreements, not the agency's EEO office. 

Agency: Equal Employment Opportunity Commission(EEOC)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Fully or Partially Exempt 
CFR Citation: 29 CFR 1614   
Legal Authority: 29 U.S.C. 206(d)    29 U.S.C. 633a    29 U.S.C. 791    29 U.S.C. 794    42 U.S.C. 2000e-16    E.O. 10577    E.O. 11222    E.O. 11478    E.O. 12106    Reorganization Plan No. 1 of 1978    42 U.S.C. 2000ff-6(e)   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
ANPRM  02/06/2015  80 FR 6669   
ANPRM Comment Period End  04/07/2015 
NPRM  12/11/2019  84 FR 67683   
NPRM Comment Period End  02/10/2020 
NPRM Comment Period Reopened  06/01/2020  85 FR 33049   
NPRM Comment Period Reopened End  07/31/2020 
Final Action  09/00/2020 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Kathleen Oram
Assistant Legal Counsel
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
131 M Street NE,
Washington, DC 20507
Phone:202 663-4681
Fax:202 653-6056

Gary Hozempa
Senior Attorney Advisor, Office of Legal Counsel
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
131 M Street NE,
Washington, DC 20507
Phone:202 663-4666
Fax:202 653-6056