Chapter 32

Sub-delegation of Personnel Authority

Chapter 32

Overview

Sub-delegation of Personnel Authority

Provisions on the sub-delegation of personnel authority (for recruitment and selection of Career, Legal and Management Supervisory Service positions) to subordinate agencies under the personnel authority of the Mayor. The chapter also contains provisions relating to the designations of an agency HR Authority and alternate HR Authority. Current Transmittal No: 210

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Active Issuances

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Personnel Action Submissions Checklist
Effective: May 8, 2018

Whenever a subordinate agency makes a personnel change through a competitive or non-competitive procedure, the agency must submit a Personnel Action Request (PAR) to the D.C. Department of Human Resou...

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Guidelines and Procedures for the Submission of Certain Personnel Records
Effective: Dec. 19, 2013

The purpose of this instruction is to provide guidelines and procedures for the submission of certain personnel records to the Records Management Section in the D.C. Department of Human Resources....

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Chapter 32

Provisions

Sub-delegation of Personnel Authority


3200     Purpose


3200.1    This chapter sets forth the procedures by which a subordinate agency head, through his or her sub-delegated personnel authority, may designate a Human Resources Authority (HR Authority) and an Alternate Human Resources Authority (Alternate HR Authority). 


3201     Designations of Human Resources Authorities and Alternate Human Resources Authorities


3201.1    When designating an individual to serve as a HR Authority or an Alternate HR Authority pursuant to these rules, an agency head shall consider the following criteria with respect to each individual:  

  1. The nature, scope, and anticipated number of the human resources actions to be assigned;  
  2. The general experience, training, education, judgment, character, and reputation of the individual;
  3. The individual’s experience in District human resources management and practices, general administration, and related fields;
  4. The individual’s education or specialized training in human resources, business administration, employment law, labor relations law, and related fields;
  5. The individual’s knowledge of District personnel laws, regulations, and procedures, including the provisions of this title, and applicable federal laws, regulations, and procedures;  
  6. The individual’s knowledge in particular human resources areas, such as recruitment, staffing and selection, compensation and classification, benefits, workforce development, and other human resources specialties; and
  7. The individual’s satisfactory completion of required annual human resources training courses (including annual ethics training courses). 

3201.2    In order for an employee in a subordinate agency to be confirmed for a sub-delegation of personnel authority, the agency head shall submit to the Director of the D.C. Department of Human Resources (DCHR) a designation of the employee to serve as a HR Authority and a designation of a separate employee to serve as an Alternate HR Authority.

3201.3    Each designation of a HR Authority and an Alternate HR Authority shall be in writing.


3202     Approval of Designations of Human Resources Authorities and Alternate Human Resources Authorities


3202.1    The Director of DCHR shall consider whether any individual designated by a subordinate agency as an HR Authority or Alternate HR Authority has the qualifications and knowledge required to exercise any sub-delegated personnel functions on behalf of that particular agency.

3202.2    A sub-delegation of authority to an individual designated to serve as a HR Authority or an Alternate HR Authority shall not be effective until approved by the Director of DCHR, and an official confirmation of designation shall be provided to each agency head and those designated.

3202.3    An official confirmation of the designated HR Authority and Alternate HR Authority shall include:

  1. The nature and scope of duties to be exercised by the HR Authority and Alternate HR Authority;
  2. Any limitations on the authority set forth in applicable laws, regulations, and guidelines published by DCHR;  
  3. The effective period of the sub-delegation; and
  4. The signature of the Director of DCHR.

3202.4    After an HR Authority and an Alternate HR Authority have been approved and confirmed by the Director of DCHR, the agency head shall inform those designated of their approved responsibilities.

3202.5    At the discretion of an agency head, the agency may designate only an HR Authority and not an Alternate HR Authority where the agency does not have the resources or capacity to also designate an Alternate HR Authority. 


3203     Responsibilities of Human Resources Authorities and Alternate Human Resources Authorities


3203.1     An HR Authority and an Alternate HR Authority shall not be delegated or presumed any greater authority than the personnel authority or the agency head making the designations.

3203.2    An agency’s HR Authority and Alternate HR Authority shall be held accountable as that agency’s designated signatory or signatories, as applicable, for the execution of those specified human resource activities and functions delegated to him or her. 
 


3204     Terminations and Modifications of Designations


3204.1    The Director of DCHR or an agency head may at any time terminate or limit a sub-delegation of personnel authority or the responsibilities of an agency’s designated HR Authority or Alternate HR Authority as warranted or required under applicable laws, regulations, and guidelines published by DCHR.  

3204.2    Termination of a designated HR Authority or Alternate HR Authority shall be requested in writing, except in situations in which the sub-delegation of authority automatically terminates due to the end of the designee’s employment with the District of Columbia Government or the designee transfers out of the scope of responsibility area required to perform those specifically designated responsibilities.

3204.3    Written requests for modification of a designated HR Authority or Alternate HR Authority shall include:

  1. The amended nature and scope of duties to be exercised by the HR Authority and Alternate HR Authority;
  2. Any noted changes to the limitations on the authority set forth in applicable laws, regulations, and guidelines published by DCHR;  
  3. The effective period of the amended sub-delegation; and
  4. The signature of the Director of DCHR.

3204.4    No termination or modification shall operate retroactively.


3205     Records of Sub-delegations


3205.1    The Director of DCHR and the agency head shall each maintain a record of the confirmed designees and any modifications or terminations of the designated HR Authority’s or Alternate HR Authority’s functions specific to those agencies which are subordinate to the Mayor and that have sub-delegated personnel authority.


3206     Standards of Conduct


3206.1    The Director of DCHR shall ensure that each designated HR Authority and Alternate HR Authority affirms that they have knowledge of and will abide by:

  1. Conflict of interest and other employee conduct regulations of chapter 18 of subtitle B of title 6 of the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations (DCMR) ;
  2. Title 6B of the DCMR and the applicability of those regulations to human resources authority and human resources processes, including recruitment and selection regulations, guides, and procedures;  
  3. Applicable federal laws and regulations; and  
  4. Any other regulations, guidelines, or operating procedures relevant to adequately carry out the human resources functions as sub-delegated.subordinate to the Mayor and that have sub-delegated personnel authority.


3299     Definitions


3299.1    For the purposes of this chapter, the following terms have the meanings ascribed:

Agency Head – the highest ranking executive official of an agency.

Alternate HR Authority – a person designated in writing by the agency head, and confirmed by the Director of DCHR, to serve in the absence of the primary HR Authority as a signatory and executor of those specified human resources functions sub-delegated to their agency by the Personnel Authority. 

HR Authority – a person designated in writing by the agency head, and confirmed by the Director of DCHR, to serve as the primary signatory and executor of those specified human resources functions sub-delegated to their agency by the Personnel Authority.

Personnel Authority – the Director of DCHR.

Subordinate agency – any agency under the direct administrative control of the Mayor. 


-     Addendum


The following D.C. Register citation(s) identify when a given section(s) of Chapter 32, Sub-Delegation of Personnel Authority, of Subtitle B of Title 6 of the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations, was amended. Following the publication in the D.C. Register of subsequent final rulemaking notices, this Addendum will be updated accordingly.

For the convenience of DPM subscribers, the Addendum identifies amendments on a section-by-section basis; identifies the page(s) in an E-DPM Transmittal impacted by the amendment(s); and provides brief comments on the amendment(s) accomplished.

D.C. Register Date Section(s) Transmittal No. Comments
59 DCR 014966 (12/21/12) 3200 through 3206, and 3299 Transmittal No. 210 The rules added the new Chapter 32 to the D.C. personnel regulations. The rulemaking notice addresses the D.C. Department of Human Resources’ authorization to sub-delegate personnel authority to subordinate agencies under the Mayor pursuant to Mayor’s Order 2012-28 in the area of recruitment and selection for Career, Legal, and Management Supervisory Services positions.

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