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 2002 edition of OMB Circular No. A-11, section 32.2 (b)(12).
Collection of this 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 2003 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 2004.
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 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. PCA-reporting
agencies with organizational components that employed more than 100
physicians who received PCA payments during FY 2002 must submit separate
reports by component (using the PCA worksheets), in addition to a composite
report for the entire Department/agency.