TO THE HEADS AND ACTING HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND
SUBJECT: Physicians Comparability Allowance Data Reporting Requirements
Purpose. This 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 2000 edition of OMB Circular No. A-11, section 32.2
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 2001 Presidential
Report on the Physicians Comparability Allowance in accordance with the Federal Physicians
Comparability Allowance Act as amended (5 U.S.C. 5948).
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 2002.
Background. 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
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
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 pysicians who received PCA payments during
FY 2000 are to submit separate reports by component (using the PCA worksheets), in addition to
a composite report for the entire Department/agency.