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Final Regulations on the Maximum Annual Uniform Allowance Rate

Thursday, April 26, 2007
CPM 2007-03
MEMORANDUM FOR: 
Human Resources Directors
From: 
Nancy Kichak Associate Director
Subject: 
Final Regulations on the Maximum Annual Uniform Allowance Rate

I am pleased to inform you the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has
issued final regulations to increase the maximum annual uniform allowance rate
from $400 to $800. The regulations are available at http://www.opm.gov/fedregis. Under 5 U.S.C. 5902,
OPM may, from time to time, adjust the maximum annual uniform allowance granted
to employees for the cost of their uniforms. The rate has not been increased
since 1991.

Although agencies will now be permitted to pay an annual uniform allowance
rate up to a maximum rate of $800 a year, it is not anticipated or
expected that every employee who is required to wear a uniform will receive the
maximum rate of $800 per year. Agencies are in the best position to identify and
manage the specific uniform allowance needs of their employees.

We note that although OPM has sole authority to adjust the maximum
annual uniform allowance granted to employees for maintaining uniforms
(5 U.S.C. 5902 and 5 CFR 591.103), agencies have discretionary authority to
establish a higher initial maximum uniform allowance rate under 5 CFR
591.104. An agency must publish a notice in the Federal Register with a
description and justification for establishing a higher initial maximum
uniform allowance rate.

For further information, you may contact your agency’s assigned OPM Human
Capital Officer. Employees should contact their agency’s human resources offices
for assistance.