UNDER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE
4000 DEFENSE PENTAGON
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20301-4000
PERSONNEL AND READINESS
SEP 17 2001
MEMORANDUM FOR SECRETARIES OF THE MILITARY DEPARTMENTS
CHAIRMAN, JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF
DIRECTOR, ADMINISTRATION & MANAGEMENT
DIRECTORS OF THE DEFENSE AGENCIES
SUBJECT: Personnel Issues related to the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon
--- Appointment Authority and Policy Waivers
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has provided temporary excepted appointment authority for up to one year to reemploy former Federal employees or to hire new employees in support of rescue, recovery, investigation, military support and directly related functions (OPM letter and guidance attachment 1). The authority may be used to fill positions temporarily, including those at Senior Levels. Appointments are exceptions to Reemployment Priority List and Interagency Career Transition Assistance mandatory placement requirements. These actions are likewise excepted from the mandatory placement provisions of the Defense Priority Placement Program. For purposes of documentation, consistency and reporting, this temporary appointment authority will be used exclusively for temporary appointments of up to one year, regardless of the anticipated term of temporary employment.
In response to a Defense Department request, OPM has waived voluntary separation incentive pay (VSIP) repayment for temporary reemployment of former Federal employees who separated in the previous five years after receiving a buyout (OPM Director letter dated September 14, 2001, attachment 2). This is a blanket waiver for those temporary appointments in support of the functions described above and requires no delegation. It should be noted that some non-Defense buyout programs do not provide for repayment waiver; buyout recipients under such programs will be required to make full reimbursement if reemployed.
OPM has likewise delegated waiver authority for dual compensation limits (OPM Director letter previously referenced) for temporary reemployment (not to exceed September 30, 2002) of former Federal employees who have retired. Authority is hereby delegated to the addressees, who may further redelegate it in writing to the lowest practicable level, but not lower than the commander or activity head at the installation level. This waiver authority allows Federal retirees to receive their annuity and all appropriate pay in support of the specified functions.
Please ensure that personnel actions taken in accordance with this guidance comply with OPM direction and that all documentation and report requirements are fully met. My action officer is Ms. Ginger Groeber, Director, Civilian Personne1 Management Service, (703) 696-2720.
David S.C. Chue
Attachment 1 Delegation of Authority to Waive Dual Compensation Reductions
Attachment 2 Emergency Situation Hiring Flexibilities and Information