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U.S. Geological Survey Instructional Memorandum

No.: OOP-14-001

Issuance Date: December 13, 2013

Expiration Date: Retain Until Superseded

Subject:  Revised Competitive Areas

This Instructional Memorandum (IM) supersedes IM No. OOP-12-001.

1. Purpose. The purpose of this Instructional Memorandum (IM) is to document new competitive areas for the bureau.

2. Background.  Competitive areas are established to define the boundaries within which employees compete for retention under reduction-in-force procedures.  A competitive area is defined in terms of an organizational unit(s) and geographical location, and must include all employees within the competitive area so defined.  A competitive area may consist of all or part of an agency.  The minimum competitive area is a subdivision of the agency under separate administration within the local commuting area. In the USGS, competitive areas have been established primarily at the science center and/or office level.  This document serves to update the competitive areas due to the geographic and revised budget structure realignment that became effective October 1, 2012.

3. Responsibilities. The Office of Human Resources (OHR) is responsible for establishing bureau competitive areas.  The OHR coordinates with and gains the concurrence of the managers of the affected organizations when establishing competitive areas.

4. Cancellation. Competitive areas are subject to periodic revision. This IM will remain in effect until superseded by a revision.

5. Prescribed Competitive Areas.

Office of the Director

Area AA01:  Local Commuting Area – All positions in the immediate Office of the Director,

Area AA02:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Associate Director, Office of Communications and Publishing.    

Area AA03:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Associate Director, Office of Budget, Planning, and Integration.

Area AA04:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Chief, Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity. 

Area AA05:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Chief, International Program.

Area AA06:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Chief, Office of Science Quality, and Integrity.

Area AA07:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Chief, Science Publishing Network. 

Associate Director for Human Capital

Area AB01:  Local Commuting Area – All positions in the immediate Office of the Associate Director for Human Capital.

Area AB02:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Chief, Office of Human Resources.

Area AB03:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Chief, Office of Organization and Employee Development.

Associate Director for Administration and Enterprise Information

Area AC01:  Local Commuting Area – All positions in the immediate Office of the Associate Director for Administration and Enterprise Information. 

Area AC02:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Chief, Office of Accounting and Financial Management.

Area AC03:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Chief, Office of Internal Controls and Reporting.

Area AC04:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Chief, Office of Management Services.

Area AC05:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Chief, Office of Acquisition and Grants.

Area AC06:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Chief, Office of Policy and Analysis.

Area AC07:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Chief, Office of Enterprise Information.

Area AC08:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Chief, Office Information Technical Services.

Associate Director for Ecosystems

Area AD01:  Local Commuting Area – All positions in the immediate Office of the Associate Director for Ecosystems.

Area AD02:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Office of the Chief, Cooperative Research Units.

Associate Director for Water

Area AE01:  Local Commuting Area – All positions in the immediate Office of the Associate Director for Water. 

Area AE02:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Chief Scientist for Water.

Area AE03:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Chief, Office of Water Information.

Area AE04:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Chief, Office of Water Quality. 

Area AE05:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Chief, Office of Surface Water.

Area AE06:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Chief, Office of Groundwater.

Associate Director for Natural Hazards

Area AF01:  Local Commuting Area – All positions in the immediate Office of the Associate Director for Natural Hazards.

Associate Director for Energy and Minerals, and Environmental Health

Area AG01:  Local Commuting Area – All positions in the immediate Office of the Associate Director for Energy and Minerals, and Environmental Health.


 

Associate Director for Climate and Land Use Change

Area AH01:  Local Commuting Area – All positions in the immediate Office of the Associate Director for Climate and Land Use Change.

Area AH02:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Program Coordinator, Office of Land Remote Sensing.

Area AH03:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Program Coordinator, Land Change Science.

Area AH04:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center.

Area AH05: Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Chief, National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center.

Area AH06: Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Program Coordinator, Office of Research and Development.

Associate Director for Core Science Systems

Area AI01:  Local Commuting Area – All positions in the immediate Office of the Associate Director for Core Science Systems.

Area AI02:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Libraries Program.

Area AI03:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Executive Director, Federal Geographic Data Committee.

Area AI04:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, National Geospatial Program Office.

Area AI05:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, National Geospatial Technical Operations Center.

Area AI06:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Core Science Analytics and Synthesis.

Area AI07:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Program Coordinator, National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program.

Area AI08:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Program Coordinator, National Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation Program. 

Area A109: Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Core Research Center.

Area A110: Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, National Ice Core Laboratory.

Regional Director – Midwest Region

Area AJ01:  Local Commuting Area – All positions in the immediate Office of the Regional Director, Midwest Region.

Area AJ02 – Local Commuting Area – All positions in the immediate Office of the Director, Columbia Environmental Research Center.

Area AJ03:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Eastern Energy Resources Science Center.

Area AJ04:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Eastern Mineral & Environmental Resources Science Center.

Area AJ05:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Great Lakes Science Center.

Area AJ06:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Illinois Water Science Center.

Area AJ07:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Indiana Water Science Center.

Area AJ08:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Iowa Water Science Center.

Area AJ09:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Kentucky Water Science Center.

Area AJ10:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Michigan Water Science Center.

Area AJ11:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Minnesota Water Science Center.

Area AJ12:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Missouri Water Science Center.

Area AJ13:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, National Wildlife Health Center.

Area AJ14:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Nebraska Water Science Center.

Area AJ15:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, North Dakota Water Science Center.

Area AJ16:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center.

Area AJ17:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Ohio Water Science Center.

Area AJ18:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, South Dakota Water Science Center.

Area AJ19:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center.

Area AJ20:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Wisconsin Water Science Center.

Regional Director – Northeast Region

Area AK01:  Local Commuting Area – All positions in the immediate Office of the Regional Director, Northeast Region.

Area AK02:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Eastern Geology and Paleoclimate Science Center.

Area AK03:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Leetown Science Center.

Area AK04:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Maryland/Delaware/District of Columbia Water Science Center.

Area AK05:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, National Minerals Information Center.

Area AK06:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, New England Water Science Center.

Area AK07:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, New Jersey Water Science Center.

Area AK08:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, New York Water Science Center.

Area AK09:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center.

Area AK10:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Pennsylvania Water Science Center.

Area AK11:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Virginia/West Virginia Water Science Center.

Area AK12:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center.

Regional Director – Southeast Region

Area AL01:  Local Commuting Area – All positions in the immediate Office of the Regional Director, Southeast Region.

Area AL02:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Alabama Water Science Center.

Area AL03:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Arkansas Water Science Center.

Area AL04:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Caribbean Water Science Center.

Area AL05:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Eastern Geographic Science Center.

Area AL06:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Florida Water Science Center.

Area AL07:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Georgia Water Science Center.

Area AL08:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director,
Louisiana Water Science Center.

Area AL09:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Mississippi Water Science Center.

Area AL10:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, National Wetlands Research Center.

Area AL11:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, North Carolina Water Science Center.

Area AL12:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center. 

Area AL13:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, South Carolina Water Science Center.

Area AL14:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Southeast Ecological Science Center.

Area AL15:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Tennessee Water Science Center.

Regional Director – Southwest Region

Area AM01:  Local Commuting Area – All positions in the immediate Office of the Regional Director, Southwest Region.

Area AM02:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Arizona Water Science Center.

Area AM03:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Astrogeology Science Center.

Area AM04:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Central Energy Resources Science Center.

Area AM05:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Central Minerals and Environmental Research Science Center.

Area AM06:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Colorado Water Science Center.

Area AM07:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Crustal Geophysics and Geochemistry Science Center.

Area AM08:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Fort Collins Science Center.

Area AM09:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director,  Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center.

Area AM10:  Local Commuting Area - All positions reporting to and including the Director,       Kansas Water Science Center.

Area AM11:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, New Mexico Water Science Center.

Area AM12:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Oklahoma Water Science Center.

Area AM13 – Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Southwest Biological Science Center.

Area AM14 – Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Special Applications Science Center.

Area AM15:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Texas Water Science Center.

Area AM16:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Utah Water Science Center.

Regional Director – Pacific Region

Area AO01:  Local Commuting Area – All positions in the immediate Office of the Regional Director, Pacific Region.

Area AO02:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, California Water Science Center.

Area AO03:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Earthquake Science Center.

Area AO04:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Geology, Minerals, Energy and Geophysics Science Center.

Area AO05:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Nevada Water Science Center.

Area AO06:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center.

Area AO07:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Pacific Islands Ecosystem Research Center.

Area AO08:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Pacific Islands Water Science Center.

Area AO09:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Western Ecological Research Center.

Area AO10:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Western Geographic Science Center.

Area AO11:  Local Commuting Area - All positions reporting to and including the Director, Western Region Drilling Unit.

Regional Director – Northwest Region

Area AP01:  Local Commuting Area – All positions in the immediate Office of the Regional Director, Northwest Region.

Area AP02:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center.

Area AP03:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Geologic Hazards Science Center.

Area AP04:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Idaho Water Science Center.

Area AP05:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Montana Water Science Center.

Area AP06:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center.

Area AP07:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Oregon Water Science Center.

Area AP08:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Washington Water Science Center.

Area AP09:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Western Fisheries Research Center.

Area AP10:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Wyoming Water Science Center.

Regional Director – Alaska Region

Area AQ01:  Local Commuting Area – All positions in the immediate Office of the Regional Director, Alaska Region. 

Area AQ02:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Alaska Science Center.

Area AQ03:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Volcano Science Center.

 

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S. Kaye Cook                                                                                                               Date
Chief, Office of Human Resources             


 

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