[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 251 (Thursday, December 31, 2015)]
[Notices]
[Pages 81805-81806]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-32944]


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Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 251 / Thursday, December 31, 2015 / 
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Food Safety and Inspection Service

[Docket No. FSIS-2015-0043]
RIN 0583-AD40


2016 Rate Changes for the Basetime, Overtime, Holiday, and 
Laboratory Services Rates

AGENCY: Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing 
the 2016 rates that it will charge meat and poultry establishments, egg 
products plants, and importers and exporters for providing voluntary, 
overtime, and holiday inspection and identification, certification, and 
laboratory services. The 2016 basetime, overtime, holiday, and 
laboratory services rates will be applied beginning the first FSIS pay 
period approximately 30 days after the publication of this notice. This 
pay period begins on February 7, 2016.

DATES: FSIS will charge the rates announced in this notice beginning 
February 7, 2016.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information contact 
Michael Toner, Director, Budget Division, Office of Management, FSIS, 
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Room 2159, South Building, 1400 
Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250-3700; Telephone: (202) 
690-8398, Fax: (202) 690-4155.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    On April 12, 2011, FSIS published a final rule amending its 
regulations to establish formulas for calculating the rates it charges 
meat and poultry establishments, egg products plants, and importers and 
exporters for providing voluntary, overtime, and holiday inspection and 
identification, certification, and laboratory services (76 FR 20220).
    In the final rule, FSIS stated that it would use the formulas to 
calculate the annual rates, publish the rates in a Federal Register 
notice before the start of each calendar year, and apply the rates on 
the first FSIS pay period at the beginning of the calendar year.
    This notice announces the 2016 rates, which will be applied 
starting on February 7, 2016.

2016 Rates and Calculations

    The following table lists the 2016 Rates per hour, per employee, by 
type of service:

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                                                              2016 Rate
                                                              (estimates
                                                              rounded to
                          Service                              reflect
                                                               billable
                                                              quarters)
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Basetime...................................................       $54.56
Overtime...................................................        69.20
Holiday....................................................        83.84
Laboratory.................................................        69.96
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    The regulations state that FSIS will calculate the rates using 
formulas that include the Office of Field Operations (OFO) and Office 
of International Affairs (OIA) inspection program personnel's previous 
fiscal year's regular direct pay and regular hours (9 CFR 391.2, 391.3, 
391.4, 590.126, 590.128, 592.510, 592.520, and 592.530). In 2013, an 
Agency reorganization eliminated the OIA program office and transferred 
all of its inspection program personnel to OFO. Therefore, pay and 
hours of inspection program personnel are identified in the 
calculations as ``OFO inspection program personnel's'' pay and hours.
    FSIS determined the 2016 rates using the following calculations:
    Basetime Rate = The quotient of dividing the OFO inspection program 
personnel's previous fiscal year's regular direct pay by the previous 
fiscal year's regular hours, plus that quotient multiplied by the 
calendar year's percentage cost-of-living increase, plus the benefits 
rate, plus the travel and operating rate, plus the overhead rate, plus 
the allowance-for-bad-debt rate.
    The calculation for the 2016 basetime rate per hour per program 
employee is:

[FY 2015 OFO Regular Direct Pay divided by the previous fiscal year's 
Regular Hours ($463,753,574/15,838,653)] = $29.28 + ($29.28 * 0.00% 
(calendar year 2016 Cost-of-Living Increase)) = $29.28 + $9.42 
(benefits rate) + $0.90 (travel and operating rate) + $14.95 (overhead 
rate) + $0.01 (bad-debt-allowance rate) = $54.56.

    Overtime Rate = The quotient of dividing OFO inspection program 
personnel's previous fiscal year's regular direct pay by the previous 
fiscal year's regular hours, plus that quotient multiplied by the 
calendar year's percentage cost-of-living increase, multiplied by 1.5 
(for overtime), plus the benefits rate, plus the travel and operating 
rate, plus the overhead rate, plus the allowance-for-bad-debt rate.
    The calculation for the 2016 overtime rate per hour per program 
employee is:

[FY 2015 OFO Regular Direct Pay divided by previous fiscal year's 
Regular Hours ($463,753,574/15,838,653)] = $29.28 + ($29.28 * 0.00% 
(calendar year 2016 Cost-of-Living Increase)) = $29.28 * 1.5 = $43.92 + 
$9.42 (benefits rate) + $0.90 (travel and operating rate) + $14.95 
(overhead rate) + $.01 (bad-debt-allowance rate) = $69.20.

    Holiday Rate = The quotient of dividing the OFO inspection program 
personnel's previous fiscal year's regular direct pay by the previous 
fiscal year's regular hours, plus that quotient multiplied by the 
calendar year's percentage cost-of-living increase, multiplied by 2 
(for holiday pay), plus the benefits rate, plus the travel and 
operating rate, plus the overhead rate, plus the allowance for bad debt 
rate.
    The calculation for the 2016 holiday rate per hour per program 
employee calculation is:

[FY 2015 OFO Regular Direct Pay divided by Regular Hours ($463,753,574/
15,838,653)] = $29.28 + ($29.28 * 0.00% (calendar year 2016 Cost-of-
Living Increase)) = $29.28 * 2 = $58.56 + $9.42 (benefits rate) + $0.90 
(travel and operating rate) + $14.95 (overhead rate) + $.01 (bad-debt-
allowance rate) = $69.20.

    Laboratory Services Rate = The quotient of dividing the Office of 
Public Health Science (OPHS) previous fiscal year's regular direct pay 
by the OPHS previous fiscal year's regular hours, plus the quotient 
multiplied by the calendar

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year's percentage cost-of-living increase, plus the benefits rate, plus 
the travel and operating rate, plus the overhead rate, plus the 
allowance-for-bad-debt rate.
    The calculation for the 2016 laboratory services rate per hour per 
program employee is:

[FY 2015 OPHS Regular Direct Pay/OPHS Regular hours ($25,098,630/
561,724)] = $44.68 + ($44.68 * 0.00% (calendar year 2016 Cost-of-Living 
Increase)) = $44.68 + $9.42 (benefits rate) + $0.90 (travel and 
operating rate) + $14.95 (overhead rate) + $.01 (bad-debt-allowance 
rate) = $69.96.

Calculations for the Benefits, Travel and Operating, Overhead, and 
Allowance for Bad Debt Rates

    These rates are components of the basetime, overtime, holiday, and 
laboratory services rates formulas.
    Benefits Rate: The quotient of dividing the previous fiscal year's 
direct benefits costs by the previous fiscal year's total hours 
(regular, overtime, and holiday), plus that quotient multiplied by the 
calendar year's percentage cost-of-living increase. Some examples of 
direct benefits are health insurance, retirement, life insurance, and 
Thrift Savings Plan basic and matching contributions.
    The calculation for the 2016 benefits rate per hour per program 
employee is:

[FY 2015 Direct Benefits/(Total Regular hours + Total Overtime hours + 
Total Holiday hours) ($174,514,989/18,525,441)] = $9.42 + ($9.42 * 
0.00% (calendar year 2016 Cost-of-Living Increase) = $9.42.

    Travel and Operating Rate: The quotient of dividing the previous 
fiscal year's total direct travel and operating costs by the previous 
fiscal year's total hours (regular, overtime, and holiday), plus that 
quotient multiplied by the calendar year's percentage of inflation.
    The calculation for the 2016 travel and operating rate per hour per 
program employee is:

[FY 2015 Total Direct Travel and Operating Costs/(Total Regular hours + 
Total Overtime hours + Total Holiday hours) ($16,376,630/18,525,441)] = 
$0.88 + ($0.88 * 1.8% (2016 Inflation) = $0.90.

    Overhead Rate: The quotient of dividing the previous fiscal year's 
indirect costs, plus the previous fiscal year's information technology 
(IT) costs in the Public Health Data Communication Infrastructure 
System Fund, plus the previous fiscal year's Office of Management 
Program cost in the Reimbursable and Voluntary Funds, plus the 
provision for the operating balance less any Greenbook costs (i.e., 
costs of USDA support services prorated to the service component for 
which fees are charged) that are not related to food inspection by the 
previous fiscal year's total hours (regular, overtime, and holiday) 
worked across all funds, plus the quotient multiplied by the calendar 
year's percentage of inflation.
    The calculation for the 2016 overhead rate per hour per program 
employee is:

[FY 2015 Total Overhead/(Total Regular hours + Total Overtime hours + 
Total Holiday hours) ($272,078,819/18,525,441)] = $14.69 + ($14.69 * 
1.8% (2016 Inflation) = $14.95.

    Allowance-for-Bad-Debt Rate = Previous fiscal year's total 
allowance for bad debt (for example, debt owed that is not paid in full 
by plants and establishments that declare bankruptcy) divided by 
previous fiscal year's total hours (regular, overtime, and holiday) 
worked.
    The 2016 calculation for bad-debt rate per hour per program 
employee is:

[FY 2015 Total Bad Debt/(Total Regular hours + Total Overtime hours + 
Total Holiday hours) = ($133,215/18,525,441)] = $.01.

Additional Public Notification

    Public awareness of all segments of rulemaking and policy 
development is important. Consequently, FSIS will announce this Federal 
Register publication on-line through the FSIS Web page located at: 
http://www.fsis.usda.gov/federal-register.
    FSIS also will make copies of this publication available through 
the FSIS Constituent Update, which is used to provide information 
regarding FSIS policies, procedures, regulations, Federal Register 
notices, FSIS public meetings, and other types of information that 
could affect or would be of interest to our constituents and 
stakeholders. The Update is available on the FSIS Web page. Through the 
Web page, FSIS is able to provide information to a much broader, more 
diverse audience. In addition, FSIS offers an email subscription 
service which provides automatic and customized access to selected food 
safety news and information. This service is available at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/subscribe. Options range from recalls to export 
information, regulations, directives, and notices. Customers can add or 
delete subscriptions themselves, and have the option to password 
protect their accounts.

USDA Non-Discrimination Statement

    No agency, officer, or employee of the USDA shall, on the grounds 
of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual 
orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, 
income derived from a public assistance program, or political beliefs, 
exclude from participation in, deny the benefits of, or subject to 
discrimination any person in the United States under any program or 
activity conducted by the USDA.

How To File a Complaint of Discrimination

    To file a complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program 
Discrimination Complaint Form, which may be accessed online at http://www.ocio.usda.gov/sites/default/files/docs/2012/Complain_combined_6_8_12.pdf, or write a letter signed by you or your 
authorized representative.
    Send your completed complaint form or letter to USDA by mail, fax, 
or email:

Mail

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 
Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250-9410.

Fax

(202) 690-7442.

Email

program.intake@usda.gov.

    Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for 
communication (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.), should contact 
USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).

    Done, at Washington, DC on: December 22, 2015.
Alfred V. Almanza,
Acting Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2015-32944 Filed 12-30-15; 8:45 am]
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