Friday, January 23, 2009

OMB Publishes 2010 SOC Revision

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Standard Occupational Classification Policy Committee (SOCPC) have released the final version of the 2010 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC). The SOC is a listing of all unique occupations recognized by Federal agencies for the purpose of collecting, calculating, and disseminating data. NAMSS submitted comments to include a new listing for Medical Staff Services Professionals as a management profession in the SOC.

The SOCPC decided not to include the listing in the 2010 revision, stating that the work performed by MSPs is currently encompassed under the listings for human resources and compliance occupations. The SOCPC also stated that MSPs do not “primarily engage in planning and directing;” therefore, they do not meet the qualifications of a unique management profession. NAMSS disagrees with these assessments.

In approximately two weeks, the SOCPC will release detailed responses to all comments received. Responses to the comments on Medical Staff Services Professionals can be viewed on the Department of Labor’s website at: NAMSS will present reasoning that further explains the separation between MSPs, HR, and compliance occupations after reviewing the SOCPC rationale.

The next revision of the SOC will begin in 2013 for the 2018 edition. NAMSS would like to thank all members who submitted comments to OMB and will continue to report on additional follow-up efforts.

The Federal Register notice can be found here:

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