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The regulations require that an employee receive a decision in Part
432 actions within 30 days of the expiration of the 30-day notice
period. This provision automatically gives you a 60-day period of time
in which to work. Additionally, the Office of Personnel Management has
issued regulations that give agencies the discretion to extend the
initial 30-day notice period by another 30 days, so you are
actually working within a 90-day timeframe. However, there are always
those situations where even more time will be needed, perhaps because
the employee has asked for a lengthy extension to prepare a response or
the deciding official cannot gather and analyze all the information
needed within the 90 days allowed. 5 CFR Part 432 lists six reasons
that commonly cause delay and allows agencies to extend the notice
those conditions exist. If your situation does not fall into any of
the six categories, the regulations provide that OPM can approve an
extension of the notice period based on a brief written request by the
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