TO THE HEADS AND
ACTING HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND ESTABLISHMENTS
Comparability Allowance Data Reporting
Bulletin, which includes Attachments A and B, provides guidance
on data reporting requirements for the Physicians Comparability
Allowance (PCA) program. The Bulletin is issued pursuant to the
2001 edition of OMB Circular No. A-11, section 32.2 (b)(12).
Collection of the
data by OMB is required to monitor government-wide PCA usage,
physician employment, and physician compensation. The data will
be used to evaluate the effect of the PCA program on Federal physician
recruitment and retention and to issue the 2002 Presidential Report
on the Physicians Comparability Allowance in accordance with the
Federal Physicians Comparability Allowance Act as amended (5 U.S.C.
Later this fiscal
year, agencies are also required to submit to OMB for approval
a complete description of their plans for implementing the PCA
program in fiscal year 2003.
OMB collects data on PCA program operations to prepare the Presidential
report and to assess Federal physician recruitment and retention
needs. These data help ensure consistent, government-wide implementation
and also are used to evaluate the effectiveness of the PCA program.
Office of Personnel
Management (OPM) regulations implementing the PCA program require
OMB approval of agency plans to pay allowances. The OPM regulations
are published in 5 CFR 595.
Content of This
Year's Report: Reporting requirements for this year's PCA
report are substantially the same as last year's. Attachment A
is a listing of Federal agencies that are required to submit PCA
data under this Bulletin. Attachment B is a data worksheet to
be completed by agencies reporting the required PCA data. Organizational
components of PCA reporting agencies that employed more than 100
physicians who received PCA payments during FY 2001 are to
submit separate reports by component (using the PCA worksheets),
in addition to a composite report for the entire Department/agency.