4. For employees working a CWS, the flexible band start time is 6 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.  Employees who work a 5-4-9 schedule must arrange their schedule  so that they can complete their nine-and-one-half (9 1/2) hour work schedule by the end of the workday as provided above.

5.  Holidays and premium pay for flexible schedules will be consistent    with P.L. 97-221.

6.  Employees working a CWS will not be eligible to work a flexible work    schedule or to earn credit hours as described in this appendix.  However,    the flexible band starting time for these employees is 6 a.m. to 7:30 a.m., depending upon the region involved as indicated above.

C. Western Program Service Center

Flexible bands for ROPIR IPQB employees located in the Western Program Service Center are from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Core hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

D.  Special Circumstances

1. Consistent with the National Agreement, all travel practices will    continue in all ten (10) regions.

2.  Employees will also revert to their established fixed schedules when    inclement weather or other emergency conditions result in an administrative decision to authorize late arrival.

Section 4--Credit Hour Provisions

A. The parties agree that credit hours will not be accrued and used in a manner that would be characteristic of a 4-40 work schedule.

B.  All employees covered by this appendix will be permitted to earn up to two (2) credit hours per day, with supervisory approval, provided that there is work available for the employee and it can be performed at the requested time(s). An employee may not earn more than 16 credit hours per pay period.

C. Credit hours may be earned in an initial increment of one-half hour and subsequent increments of 1/4 hour.  Credit hours may be used in increments of 1/4 hour.

D.  The maximum number of credit hours an employee may accrue at anytime is limited to twenty-four (24).  A part-time employee may accrue no more than one-fourth (1/4) of the hours in such employee's basic bi-weekly work requirements.