TO THE HEADS AND ACTING HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND ESTABLISHMENTS
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 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. 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 2003.
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 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.
Department of Agriculture
Department of Health and Human Services
Department of Justice
Department of Labor
Department of State
Department of Transportation
Department of the Treasury
Department of Veterans Affairs
Agency for International Development
Armed Forces Retirement Home
Central Intelligence Agency
Environmental Protection Agency
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Social Security Administration
Agencies that have employed or now employ physicians eligible for PCA
Department of Energy
Tennessee Valley Authority
NOTE: Agencies not listed that employ physicians eligible for PCA
are also covered by this Bulletin.