The Department of Defense and the Office of Personnel Management recently completed an agreement allowing the Department to use a number of authorities available to the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs under chapter 74 of title 38, United States Code through June 30, 2012. The agreement addresses title 38 pay-related authorities under sections 7431 to 7438 and 7451 to 7455; hours of work authorities under sections 7421 and 7456; and qualifications and qualifications-based grading authorities under sections 7402, and 7403.
Effective immediately, addressees are delegated use of those authorities relating to hours of work and payment of premium pay under sections 7453 (except 7453 (j)), 7454, 7456, and 7457(a) & (b). Exercise of the authorities shall be in accordance with DoD 1400.25-M, DoD Civilian Personnel Manual, subchapters 540, 541, and 542. These authorities may be used to recruit and retain specified civilian medical personnel and may be redelegated in writing to the commander of a medical or dental treatment facility, but no lower. The authorities remain in effect until the expiration of the delegation from OPM, unless rescinded sooner.