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1436Federal Register / Vol. 64, No. 5 / Friday, January 8, 1999 / Notices

Comments: Four commentors said this program could be used inappropriately to obtain free labor and constitutes an unfair labor practice.

Response:  A personnel policy and legal review of the project plan during the coordination process determined that this initiative is lawful and appropriately administered.

K.  Factors and Weights

Three comments were received in this area.

Comments: Some commentors said that the factors, discriminators, and descriptors used to evaluate employees’ contributions were too general and not meaningful.  Another thought technical competency should be addressed in the Business Management and Technical Management Professional career path.

Response: The six factors are inherent in every job and form the framework for evaluating employees’ contributions.  Technical competency, while not a separate factor, is encompassed in the Problem Solving factor.  The descriptors for the four broadband levels identify increases in scope, complexity, independence, and creativity.  Employees must have a sufficient degree of technical competency at all broadband levels in order to solve the problems presented to them.  Thus, the level at which they solve problems permits an assessment of their technical competency.

Dated:  December 28, 1998.

Office of Personnel Management.

___________________________

Janice R. Lachance,

Director.

Billing Code:  6325-01

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