House Committee Under New Management, and Impact of Tax Bill on Postmasters

From the eNAPUS Legislative and Political Bulletin

On January 5, Rep, Darrell Issa will take the helm of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee; however, it has yet to determined who will chair the Subcommittee that has jurisdiction over the Postal Service and federal employee benefits. It is a possible that a member of the GOP freshman class will chair the subcommittee. In addition, the just passed tax bill treats FERS and CSRS employees differently, with regard to contributions to Social Security and the Civil Service Retirement System. News related to these two legislative matters can be views in the latest edition of the the eNAPUS Legislative and Political Bulletin.

When Congress convenes on January 5, the Committee that has jurisdiction over postal and federal employee issues will be under the stewardship of Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA). No surprise, since he has not been shy about his ascendancy. While it is anticipated that he will focus his attention on federal agency oversight, he has expressed strong views about postal operations, the size of the Postal workforce, employee benefits, and infrastructure. In addition, Rep. Issa, as ranking GOP Committee member, did not support Rep. Stephen Lynch’s effort to correct the Postal Service’s $50-75 billion overpayment into the Civil Service Retirement Fund. On the other hand, he has stated before postal employee groups – including NAPUS – that he believes the Postal services are a constitutionally mandated federal responsibility.

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