INQUIRY 20-07, Paid Parental Leave

Published: October 9, 2020
Effective: Pay Period 20, 2020


In accordance with the Code of Federal Regulations, part 630, Absence and Leave (5 CFR § 630), as of Pay Period (PP) 20, 2020, Federal civilian employees will be granted up to 12 weeks of paid parental leave (PPL). Public Law 116–92, dated December 20, 2019, known as the Federal Employee Paid Leave Act (FEPLA), provides guidance for this new leave type.

The new law applies to leave taken in connection with a birth, adoption, or foster care placement occurring on or after October 1, 2020. The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) will issue necessary regulations and guidance to implement this legislation.

The National Finance Center (NFC) is establishing prefixes to be used in conjunction with transaction code (TC) 62 (Sick Leave) for the purpose of recording this information.

Affected Systems


System Impact

Employee Personal Page (EPP)

Displayed PPL data for eligible employees in the Remarks section of the Earnings & Leave (E&L) Statement.

Table Management System (TMGT)

Modified TMGT Table 32, Transaction Codes, to include the new transaction codes/prefix combinations for TC 62.

Modified TMGT Table 34, Time Edit Error Messages & Codes to include the Time and Attendance Validation System (TIME) error codes for PPL.

Time Inquiry Leave Update System (TINQ)

Modified TINQ Program TI001, Annual & Sick Leave, to include PPL information.

Information/Research Inquiry System (IRIS)

Modified IRIS Program IR138, Other Leave, to include PPL information.

Payroll/Personnel Inquiry System (PINQ)

Modified PINQ Program PQ022, Payroll History, to include the PPL information.



If the employee is eligible for PPL, the usage will be displayed in the Remarks section of the E&L Statements.


On TMGT Table 032, the following new prefixes have been added to TC 62 for PPL:

On TMGT Table 034, the following new TIME edit messages have been added for PPL:

NOTE: The BEAR 18 file will update to ensure that the employee is eligible for PPL.


Three new fields have been added on the TI001 screen to allow updates to PPL for the Balance (BAL), the Start PP, and Start Year (YR).

The new fields are:


Three new fields have been added on the IRIS Program IR138 to display updates to PPL BAL, the Start PP, and Start YR.

The new fields are:


On PINQ 022, the following fields have been added for PPL BAL:


The procedure manuals for IRIS, PINQ, TINQ, and TIME, which are available online at the NFC Web site, are being updated to include the information in this bulletin. To view these procedures, select HR and Payroll Clients from the MyNFC drop-down menu on the NFC Home page. At the HR and Payroll Clients page, select the Publications tab and select the applicable category to access the procedure manuals within the category.


For questions about NFC processing, authorized Servicing Personnel Office representatives should contact the NFC Contact Center at 1-855-NFC-4GOV (1-855-632-4468) or via the customer service portal.