Glossary of Terms
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- Bureau of the Budget:
- A federal agency name previously allocated to the agency now known as the
Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
- Central Personnel Data File (CPDF)
- The CPDF is an automated information system containing individual records
for most Federal civilian employees. The system’s primary objective is to
provide a readily accessible primary data source for meeting the workforce
information needs of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), other central
management agencies, the White House, the Congress, and the public. It relieves
participating agencies of providing separate input or reports to meet a variety
of OPM reporting requirements. The information is covered by the Privacy Act
The CPDF covers all Federal civilian employees of the Executive Branch,
with the exception of those in the Central Intelligence Agency, Defense
Intelligence Agency, Defense Imagery and Mapping Agency, Federal Reserve
System (Board of Governors), National Security Agency, Office of the Vice
President, Postal Rate Commission, Tennessee Valley Authority, U.S. Postal
Service and White House Office. U.S. employees who are non-U.S. citizens
working in foreign countries, most non-appropriated fund personnel, commissioned
officers in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Commerce
and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and all employees of the
Judicial Branch are also excluded. Legislative Branch coverage is limited
to the Government Printing Office, U.S. Tax Court and several small commissions.
- The Code of Federal Regulations contains the text of public regulations
issued by the agencies of the Federal government.
The Code of Federal Regulations is the official, subject matter order,
compilation of the Federal regulations of a general applicability and legal
effect, that are currently in force. In accordance with section 1510(d)
of title 44 of the U.S. Code, the Code of Federal Regulations is compiled
and published by the Office of the Federal Register of the National Archives
and Records Administration. The Code is divided into 50 titles by subject
matter. Each title is divided into sections. Sections within a title may
be grouped together as subtitles, chapters, subchapters, parts, subparts,
or divisions. Titles may also have appendices which may be divided into
sections, rules and/or forms.
The Code of Federal Regulations does not include statutes enacted by Congress,
decisions of the Federal courts, or treaties.
- Civil Service Commission (CSC):
- While the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) is officially the successor
agency to the "old" Civil Service Commission (CSC), the agency now known as
the United States Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is the federal agency
that ultimately inherited the responsibilities directed to the Chairman of
the Civil Service Commission by President Kennedy's 1961 memorandum pertaining
to the oversight and coordination of Federal Executive Boards (FEBs) and Federal
Executive Associations (FEAs).
- The Office of Personnel Management was created as an independent establishment
by Reorganization Plan Number 2 (5 U.S.C. appended) effective January 1, 1979,
pursuant to Executive Order 12107 of December 28, 1978. Many of the functions
of the former United States Civil Service Commission were transferred to this
new agency. The duties and authority are specified in the Civil Service Reform
Act of 1978 (5 U.S.C. 1101).
- The United States Code contains the text of current public laws enacted
by Congress. The United States Code is the official, subject matter order,
compilation of the Federal laws of a general and permanent nature that are
currently in force. In accordance with section 285b of title 2 of the U.S.
Code, the Code is compiled and published by the Office of the Law Revision
Counsel of the United States House of Representatives. The Code is divided
into 50 titles by subject matter. Each title is divided into sections. Sections
within a title may be grouped together as subtitles, chapters, subchapters,
parts, subparts, or divisions. Titles may also have appendices which may be
divided into sections, rules and/or forms.
The U.S. Code does not include regulations issued by executive branch
agencies, decisions of the federal courts, or treaties. Regulations issued
by executive branch agencies are available in the Code of Federal Regulations.
Proposed regulations and regulations adopted so recently that they are not
yet in the Code of Federal Regulations, may be found in the Federal Register.
Some of the decisions of the Federal courts (particularly recent decisions)
are available through the Federal Court Decisions and Rules page of the
U.S. House of Representatives Internet Law Library. A collection of treaties
is available through the Treaties and International Law page of the House
of Representatives Internet Law Library.
Laws enacted by state legislatures are not included in the U.S. Code.
All of the states, however, do publish their statutes in collections similar
to the U.S. Code.
- Monthly Report of Federal Civilian Employment
- Standard Form 113-A, Monthly Report of Federal Civilian Employment, collects
monthly summary data about Federal civilian employment, payroll and turn-over.
Employment data is as of the last calendar day of the month or as of the end
of the pay period closest and prior to the end of the month. Payroll and turnover
data reflect the report month covered.
- Included are Federal civilian officers and employees in or under the U.S.
Government (including Government-owned or controlled corporations) who are
paid salaries, wages, or fees for personal service they render. The Central
Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency, National Imagery and Mapping
Agency, and Defense Intelligence Agency are exempted by law. Most non-appropriated
fund employees of the District of Columbia government are not included.
- The National Partnership Council was established by President Clinton on
October 1, 1993, with the issuance of Executive Order 12871, Labor-Management
Partnerships. The Council's primary responsibilities are to support and promote
labor-management partnerships; collect and disseminate information about partnership
efforts with emphasis on results achieved; provide guidance on partnerships;
and advise the President on the state of labor-management relations in the
The Council encourages and supports labor-management partnership efforts
by issuing guidance to agencies and unions on the formation of partnership
councils, training and facilitation. Also, the Council spreads the word
about partnership at public meetings, which are usually held monthly, either
in the Washington, DC metropolitan area or in another region of the country
where there are significant numbers of Federal managers and employees.
The National Partnership Council currently comprises representatives from
the three largest unions representing Federal employees; the Public Employee
Department of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial
Organizations (AFL-CIO); seven representatives from Federal agencies, including
two from neutral agencies; and one elected office holder from each of the
Senior Executives Association and the Federal Managers Association.