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U.S. Geological Survey Instructional Memorandum

No.: OOP-12-001

Issuance Date: February 27, 2012

Expiration Date: December 13, 2013

Subject:  Revised Competitive Areas

This Instructional Memorandum (IM) supersedes IM No. OOP-10-001.

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 leadership realignment that became effective October 4, 2010.

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 This IM will remain in effect until September 30, 2013, or until superseded by a revision.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 Chief, Office of Communications and Publishing    

 Area AA03:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Chief, Office of Budget and Performance.

 Area AA04:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Chief, Office of 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 Scientific 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 Business Information Systems.

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

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

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

Area AC09:  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, Office of Geographic Analysis and Monitoring.

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

 Area AH05: Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, National Climate Change 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 Chief, Libraries Program.

 Area AI03:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Chief, Biological Informatics Program.

 Area AI04:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Chief, Federal Geographic Data Committee.

 Area AI05:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Chief, National Geospatial Program.

 Area AI06:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Chief, National Geospatial Technical Operations Center.

 Area AI07:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Chief, Center for Core Science Informatics.

 Area AI08:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Chief, National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program.

 Area AI09:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Chief, Data Preservation Information and Laboratory. 

 Regional Executive – Midwest Area

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

 Area AJ02:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center.

 Area AJ03:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, National Wildlife Health Center.

 Area AJ04:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Great Lakes Science Center.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Area AJ11:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Eastern Mineral Resources and Environmental Resources Science Center.

 Area AJ12:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Eastern Energy Resources Science Center.

 Area AJ13:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center.

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

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

 Area AJ16:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Nebraska Water Science Center.

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

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

Regional Executive – Northeast Area

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

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

 Area AK03:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center.

 Area AK04:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Connecticut Water Science Center.

 Area AK05:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Maine Water Science Center.

 Area AK06:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Maryland/Delaware/District of Columbia Water Science Center.

 Area AK07:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Massachusetts/Rhode Island Water Science Center.

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

 Area AK09:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, New Jersey Water Science Center.

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

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

 Area AK12:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Virginia Water Science Center.

 Area AK13:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, West Virginia Water Science Center.

 Area AK14:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Eastern Geology and Paleoclimate Science Center.

 Area AK15:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center.

 Area AK16:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, National Minerals Information Center.

Regional Executive – Southeast Area

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Area AL10:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Tennessee Water Science Center.

 Area AL11:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Eastern Geographic Science Center.

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

 Regional Executive – Rocky Mountain Area

 Area AM01:  Local Commuting Area – All positions in the immediate Office of the Regional Executive, Rocky Mountain Area.

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

 Area AM03:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Central Region Drilling Unit.

 Area AM04:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Colorado Water Science Center.

 Area AM05:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, New Mexico Water Science Center.

 Area AM06:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Rocky Mountain Geographic Science Center.

 Area AM07:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Central Minerals and Environmental Research Center.

 Area AM08:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Geology and Environmental Change Science Center.

 Area AM09:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Central Energy Resources Science Center.

 Area AM10:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Geologic Hazards Science Center.

 Area AM11:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Crustal Geophysics and Geochemistry Science Center.

 Area AM12:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center.

 Area AM13:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Montana Water Science Center.

 Area AM14:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Wyoming Water Science Center.

 Regional Executive – South Central Area

 Area AN01:  Local Commuting Area – All positions in the immediate Office of the Regional Executive, South Central Area.

 Area AN02:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Columbia Environmental Research Center.

 Area AN03:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, National Wetlands Research Center.

 Area AN04:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Arkansas Water Science Center.

 Area AN05:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Kansas Water Science Center.

 Area AN06:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Louisiana Water Science Center.

 Area AN07:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Missouri Water Science Center.

 Area AN08:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Oklahoma Water Science Center.

 Area AN09:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Texas Water Science Center.

 Regional Executive – Pacific Southwest Area

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

 Area AO02:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Pacific Islands Ecosystem Research Center.

 Area AO03:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Western Ecological Research Center.

 Area AO04:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Southwest Biological Science Center.

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

 Area AO06:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, California Water Science Center.

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

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

 Area AO09:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Utah Water Science 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 Minerals and Environmental Research Science Center.

 Area AO12:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Geology and Geophysics Science Center.

 Area AO13:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center.

 Area AO14:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Earthquake Science Center.

 Area AO15:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Astrogeology Science Center.

Regional Executive – Northwest Area

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

 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, Western Fisheries Research 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, Oregon Water Science Center.

 Area AP06:  Local Commuting Area – All positions reporting to and including the Director, Washington Water Science Center.

Regional Executive – Alaska Area

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

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

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

 ______________________________________                        2/27/2012               
S. Kaye Cook                                                                          Date
Chief, Office of Human Resources                                       

 

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