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The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) changed the reporting requirements for awards reported to the Central Personnel Data File (CPDF) effective January 2007. As a principal revision to the reporting requirements, OPM revised the Nature of Action Codes (NOACs), the unique numerical codes that identify, for statistical and data processing purposes, particular personnel actions such as appointments, promotions, or awards that agencies report to CPDF. These changes increase the understandability and integrity of the awards data that OPM collects and reports to agencies, the Office of Management and Budget, the Congress, and the public.
Between October 2000 and January 2007, OPM collected data for performance awards (i.e., rating-based awards) and cash awards given to individuals for specific contributions (e.g., special act or service awards) under a single NOAC. Given the increased interest in performance-related information, we decided to separate these awards into the following two categories, effective January 2007:
At the same time OPM also added new NOACs to improve the accuracy of the awards data. OPM originally designed the CPDF reporting requirements to capture data for awards granted under chapter 45 of title 5, United States Code. In recent years, a number of agencies have received statutory authorities outside of chapter 45 to grant awards or lump-sum cash payments to their employees. Those agencies need an accurate way to report their data to OPM; therefore we revised the reporting requirements to clearly distinguish between the awards -
To select the correct nature of action code, data-input personnel must be able to determine -
This table illustrates which NOAC to use for each type of award. In the last column, the revised and new NOACs are bold.
*OPM established two legal authority codes for NOAC 885. Agencies must determine why the lump-sum cash payment is in lieu of a pay adjustment. If it is in lieu of pay adjustment -
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