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March 21, 2006
In Reply Refer To:
1400-511 (700) P

Instruction Memorandum No. 2006-126
Expires: 9/30/2007

To:                   Assistant Directors, State Directors, Center Directors
                        Attention: Human Resources Officers

From:               Chief Human Capital Management Project Director

Subject:            Implementation of the Job Family Standard, Professional Work in the Natural Resources and Biological Sciences Group, GS-0400 DD: 

Program Area: Human Resources

Purpose: This Instruction Memorandum (IM) transmits the Bureau’s plan for implementing a new Job Family Standard (JFS) issued by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) in September 2005. 


(1). All servicing Human Resources (HR) offices are required to submit a plan outlining their implementation progress/process for the recently published JFS, Professional Work in the Natural Resources and Biological Sciences Group, GS-0400. Minimally, the plan must show your progress and provide realistic timeframes for the completion of the review of each individual occupational series affected. Also, please provide a single point of contact for the implementation project. Information has been provided (attachment 1) to assist you in reporting your progress and preparing your plan.

DOI/BLM standardized fire positions and District/Field Manager positions will be centrally reviewed; but, any non-standard fire positions must be included
in your plan. 

The Washington Office will review your plans for adequacy. Due to the large number of positions affected by the new JFS, your implementation plan may include dates that exceed the OPM one-year rule. However, the Washington Office must obtain approval from the Department on any plans which call for completion beyond September 2006.

(2). All current position affected by the issuance of the GS-0400P JFS, must be reviewed for classification impact. The review must be documented with the preparation of the Position Classification Amendment, DI-625 (attachment 2). The sample provided - minimum requirement - shows how to document a classification review. In cases where an impact on title, series, or grade is suspected, we recommended the supervisor recertify the accuracy of the duties. The recertification may be accomplished on the same DI-625.

(3). Following the receipt of all plans, the Washington Office will be developing a full implementation plan. As implementation progresses, the Washington Office requires feedback from HR offices implementing the new standard regarding any issues, especially the impact on the grade of positions (i.e., an increase or decrease in grade level as a result of applying the standard). As you encounter questions/problems/issues related to application of the standard, submit them electronically to the points of contact shown in this IM. Questions, and the Washington Office response, which have multiple-state impact, will be shared with the Lotus Notes classification e-mail group.

Timeframe: The report on progress and your implementation plans must be submitted to Linda Behlin via e-mail or letter not later than May 1, 2006. 
Budget Impact: By design, the implementation of new position classification standards is not intended to have an impact on grade. However, due to the large number of positions affected, the increased workload in HR may require the expenditure of additional funds on salary (e.g., overtime, compensatory time, credit hours) or on contractor support.

Background: OPM published this new JFS in September 2005. OPM’s policy on the implementation of a new classification standard requires the completion of a review on all affected positions within twelve months of the date issued. OPM plans to delete obsolete series from the Central Data Personnel File (CPDF) twelve months after the release of the standard. According to FPPS, BLM has no positions in any of the deleted series (Agricultural Extension, GS-0406; Plant Protection and Quarantine, GS-0436; and, Home Economics, GS-0493). Our review identified 1,628 positions directly placed into the professional Natural Resources and Biological Sciences Group, GS-0400. Other positions (e.g. Field Managers) have been placed in other occupational series, but graded utilizing one of the now superseded position classification standard. 

Additional information is provided (attachment 3) on titling positions placed into the GS-0401 occupational series, the placement of recreation and fire management positions in the GS-0400 professional group, and the effect of the new JFS on our District/Field Manager positions.

Manual/Handbook Sections Affected: The Position Classification Guide for District/Field Manager Positions is obsolete. Published DOI/BLM standard fire position descriptions need to be reviewed for classification impact. BLM has numerous model position descriptions in the GS-0400 professional group. Please bring any classification issues encountered to our attention.

Coordination: This IM was prepared in cooperation with the United States Forest Service.

Contact: Linda Behlin, WO, 202-452-7790, linda_behlin@blm.gov, or Todd Ryan, NHRMC, 303-236-6669, todd_ryan@blm.gov.

Signed by:                                                       
Authenticated by:
Robert Renton                                                 
Robert M. Williams
Acting, Chief Human Capital Management Project Director     
Division of IRM Governance,WO-560
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Last updated: 10-21-2009