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Chapter 3000

PAYMENTS TO THE OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT FOR HEALTH BENEFITS, GROUP LIFE INSURANCE, AND CIVIL SERVICE RETIREMENT (T/L 496)

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Section 3010 - SCOPE AND APPLICABILITY

This chapter prescribes the procedures and forms to be used by all civilian and military agencies that make payments to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) for Health Benefits, Group Life Insurance, and Civil Service Retirement. All Government agencies that submit reports to the Department of the Treasury on SF 224, SF 1220, SF 1221 "Statement of Transactions," or a facsimile, will be subject to these procedures.

Section 3015 - AUTHORITY

Regulations governing agency payments to the Office of Personnel Management for Health Benefits, Group Life Insurance, and Civil Service Retirement are issued under 5 U.S.C. 83, 87, and 89.

Section 3020 - GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF THE SYSTEM

This system provides for an interagency charge and credit supported by the SF 2812 "Journal Voucher and Report of Withholdings and Contributions for Health Benefits, Group Life Insurance, and Civil Service Retirement" prepared by the paying agency. Fundamentally, this is a movement of funds between the appropriation or fund symbols charged and a credit to OPM receipt account 24X8135.8, which is accomplished on the paying agency's statement of transactions. Credits to the receipt account are immediately available for investment (as of the payroll date) by OPM. The journal voucher (or report) is the certification to OPM that the charge to the paying agency's appropriation or fund symbols and the credit to the OPM receipt account have been accomplished on the payroll paid date. For payroll agency accounting purposes, this is a "no-check" item that can be shown on SF 1166 "Voucher and Schedule of Payments," or facsimile, or can be accomplished on the SF 2812.

The original copy of the journal voucher and report, with its attachments, must be mailed to OPM at the same time the payroll is sent to the financial center for payment.

Section 3030 - FORMS PRESCRIBED FOR PROCEDURES IN THIS CHAPTER

The following forms (Appendix No. 1) will be used for payments to OPM for Health Benefits, Group Life Insurance, and Civil Service Retirement.

SF 2812: Journal Voucher and Report of Withholdings and Contributions for Health Benefits, Group Life Insurance, and Civil Service Retirement. This is a journal voucher prepared by the paying agency from its payroll data reflecting the charge to its appropriation or fund symbols and the credit to the OPM receipt account.

SF 2812-A: Report of Withholdings and Contributions, Continuation Health Benefits, Group Life Insurance, and Civil Service Retirement. This form identifies the various types of health benefit plans for which payment is being made. The sum of the amounts in the column headed "Total Withholdings and Agency Contributions" on this form should equal the total amount shown for "Health Benefits" on the SF 2812 (if additional contributions are involved, this will not be the case).

Section 3040 - PROCEDURES TO BE USED BY CIVILIAN AGENCIES

3040.10 - One Voucher and Schedule of Payments. The payroll office that uses one SF 1166 to cover all payrolls of the same type for the same pay period will prepare an SF 1166 to show the totals for employees' net pay and all payroll deductions ("check" and "no-check" items), including agency contributions for Health Benefits, Life Insurance, and Civil Service Retirement (I TFM 3-2075.10). The SF 2812 must show the same amount as was credited to receipt account 24X8135.8 on the SF 1166. For agencies that only report withholdings on their SF 224 and do not make contributions for Health Benefits, Life Insurance, or Civil Service Retirement (for example, other annuity systems), the SF 2812 must show only the withholdings credited to receipt account 24X8135.8 on the SF 1166.

3040.20 - More than One Voucher and Schedule of Payments. This method will be used only where it is not feasible for an agency to include all items on one voucher schedule. The payroll office sending more than one SF 1166 to the financial center covering payrolls of the same type for the same pay period, will schedule the payrolls to include all payroll items except those payments to be made to the Federal Reserve bank; Combined Federal Campaign; and union dues. The payroll deductions and the agency contributions for Health Benefits, Life Insurance, and Civil Service Retirement will be reported on the SF 2812. All other "no-check" voucher deductions can be documented on Optional Form 1017-G "Journal Voucher" or any other agency approved journal voucher form.

Section 3050 - PROCEDURES TO BE USED BY MILITARY AGENCIES

Military agencies will prepare their payrolls in the usual manner with a separate entry on the payroll certification sheet for Health Benefits, Life Insurance, Civil Service Retirement deductions, and the agency's contributions to the OPM receipt account 24X8135.8. The SF 2812 must show the same amounts as are shown on the payroll certification sheet, which will be credited to OPM's 24X8135.8 receipt account. Each payroll office will submit to OPM its SF 2812 at the same time the payroll is sent to the disbursing office for payment.

Section 3060 - PREPARING AND REPORTING THE JOURNAL VOUCHER (SF 2812) ON THE PAYING AGENCY'S STATEMENT OF TRANSACTIONS

Every agency payroll office will prepare from its payroll data an SF 2812 for each pay period. The payment date for the agency's appropriation or fund symbols and the credit date for the OPM receipt account is the date of the payroll indicated by the paying agency on the SF 2812. The completion of the top half of the form is self explanatory. The necessary information covering withholdings, contributions, and (semiannually) employees enrolled for Health Benefits, Group Life Insurance, and Civil Service Retirement will be entered in the lower half of the SF 2812. Although the completion of the lower half is self explanatory, requirements for the withholdings and contributions can be found in the Federal Personnel Manual issued by OPM. The GRAND TOTAL amount shown in the lower right half of the SF 2812 must agree with the amount credited to the OPM receipt account (Appendix No. 1). For an agency that does not make contributions for Health Benefits, Life Insurance, or Civil Service Retirement, the GRAND TOTAL reported on the SF 2812 will be greater than the amount credited to the OPM receipt account 24X8135.8. In this instance, the GRAND TOTAL amount on the SF 2812 will reflect the total of (1) employee withholdings and (2) the amount the agency would have contributed if contributions were being made for Health Benefits, Life Insurance, or Civil Service Retirement.

The paying agency will report on its monthly Statement of Transactions, the amount charged to its appropriation or fund symbols and the amount credited to the OPM receipt account. The amount credited to the receipt account will be reported in the "Receipts" column or heading on the SF 224, SF 1220, SF 1221, or facsimile. An agency reporting on SF 1220 or SF 1221 will include the same amount on the SF 1219 or SF 1218 "Statement of Accountability" for lines 2.2 and 4.1.

3060.10 - Proper Reporting. The amount credited to 24X8135.8 by an agency on its statement of transactions should equal the sum of the "credit to OPM receipt account 24X8135.8" amounts from all the SF 2812's prepared and sent to OPM during the month. No amount should be credited to 24X8135.8 on the statement of transactions for a month unless it also has been included in an SF 2812 sent to OPM during the same month or an earlier one (I TFM 3-3060.20).

Thus, if a supplemental payroll, cancellation, or other payroll related transaction occurs after the issuance of the last regularly scheduled SF 2812 in a month, but before the beginning of the following month, the related transfer to OPM should be reported in the first regularly scheduled SF 2812 in the following month (along with corresponding information concerning the following regularly scheduled payroll). Of course, it should also be reported in the following month's statement of transactions.

3060.20 - Erroneous Reporting. The paying agency will indicate on the SF 2812 the accounting period in which the amount will be reported as a credit to the OPM receipt account on its statement of transactions. If the proper credit to the receipt account is not reported by the paying agency in the accounting period stated on the SF 2812, the paying agency must inform OPM of the omission. This information will assist OPM in its reconciliation of the amount the agency reported on its SF 2812 with the amount the agency reported on its statement of transactions (I TFM 3-3070.10).

Errors in the lower half of the SF 2812 for withholdings and contributions are covered in the Federal Personnel Manual promulgated by OPM.

Section 3070 - SUBMISSION OF FORMS TO THE OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT

The Office of Personnel Management has the responsibility for determining the amount of receipts to invest for the Health Benefits, Group Life Insurance, and Civil Service Retirement funds. In order to make this determination on a timely basis, OPM must receive the original copy of the SF 2812 promptly. Therefore, it is IMPORTANT that the original copies of the SF 2812 and SF 2812-A be mailed to OPM at the same time the payroll is sent to the disbursing office for payment. The address to which these forms should be sent is printed on the SF 2812. OPM should receive the SF 2812 on or before the payroll paid date.

Agencies that have received approval from OPM to computerize the information shown in the lowerhalf of the SF 2812 will complete only the upper portion of the form. The statement "See attached computerized report" should be placed across the lower half of the SF 2812.

3070.10 - Reconciliation of OPM Receipt Account. At the end of each month, OPM must reconcile the sum of the "credit to OPM receipt account 24X8135.8" amounts from all SF 2812's prepared and sent to OPM during the month with the total amount reported for this account on the paying agency's statement of transactions. The Financial Adjustment Branch (I TFM 3-3095) will furnish OPM the amounts reported by the paying agencies on their statements of transactions. When a difference occurs between the sum of the SF 2812 amounts and the amount reported by the paying agency on its statement of transactions, OPM will prepare and submit a statement of differences, OPM Form No. BRI 49-431, to the paying agency (Appendix No. 1). The difference in column (4) of the OPM Form No. BRI 49-431 should be adjusted immediately. Agencies will inform OPM of the action by completing the bottom half of the form and returning it to OPM. Under no circumstances should these differences exist for more than 3 months after receipt by the agency of OPM Form No. BRI 49-431.

In the Department of Defense, the Army, Navy, and Air Force will submit consolidated monthly statements of transactions for all of their offices. In view of this consolidation, these agencies must support the amount reported to the OPM receipt account with a listing of payroll office numbers and related amounts shown as credits to 24X8135.8. This information must be provided monthly to OPM. Details concerning the format are determined by OPM and the Department of Defense.

Section 3080 - PROCUREMENT OF FORMS

An agency can obtain SF 2812 and SF 2812-A by writing:

Office of Personnel Management Compensation Group Administrative Assistance Branch 1900 E Street, NW. Room 4H28 Washington, DC 20415

Section 3095 - INQUIRIES

Questions regarding the accounting procedures in this chapter should be directed to:

Department of the Treasury
Banking Management Division
3700 East West Highway, 522D
Hyattsville, MD 20782
(Telephone 202-874-7970)

Questions regarding the completion of any portion of SF 2812 and SF 2812-A related to withholdings and contributions for Health Benefits, Group Life Insurance, and Civil Service Retirement should be referred to:

Office of Personnel Management
Compensation Group
Fiscal Management Division
Agency Reconciliation Branch
1900 E Street, NW.
Room 3H34
Washington, DC 20415
(Telephone 202-632-5520)

Appendix 1 - LISTING FORMS PRESCRIBED FOR PAYMENTS TO THE OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT FOR HEALTH BENEFITS, GROUP LIFE INSURANCE, AND CIVIL SERVICE RETIREMENT

Form Title
SF 2812 Journal Voucher and Report of Withholdings and Contributions for Health Benefits, Group Life Insurance, and Civil Service Retirement
SF 2812 A Report of Withholdings and Contributions, Continuation Health Benefits, Group Life Insurance, and Civil Service Retirement
OPM Form No. BRI 49-431 Statement of Difference and Corrective Action Taken on Reporting for Health Benefits, Group Life Insurance, and Civil Service Retirement
OPM Form No. BRI 49-431A Statement of Difference and Corrective Action taken on Reporting for Health Benefits, Group Life Insurance, and Civil Service Retirement, Continuation