Congressman Ross To Hold Hearing On Reforming Federal Pensions

What’s Good for the Goose is Good for the Gander Chairman Ross to Hold Hearing on Ending Pension Privileges for Members of Congress and Reforming Federal Pensions to Protect the Taxpayer Washington, Jan 20 – Lakeland, FL – Congressman Dennis A. Ross (R-FL) today announced he would hold a hearing on reforming Congressional pensions and […]

USPS: No Deduction In Pay Period 27 For Dental and Vision Plan

In accordance with federal regulations governing Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP) enrollment, premiums are deducted for 26 pay periods, not for the entire benefit year. Therefore, employees currently enrolled in FEDVIP will not have premiums deducted in pay period 02-2012 (covering the paycheck issued on Jan. 20). Premium payments for enrollments continuing […]

USPS Reinstates Relocation Leave For Postal Execs

Handbook F-15-A Revision: Reinstatement of Relocation Leave for Eligible Executive and Administrative Schedule Employees Effective September 19, 2011, relocation leave for eligi­ble executive and administrative schedule (EAS) employ­ees has been reinstated. Handbook F-15-A, Relocation Policy — Non-Bargaining Executive and Administrative Schedule Employees, is revised to include relocation leave for eligible EAS employees. [Add new subchapter […]

USPS: PreFunding Retiree Health Benefits Raises Overall Labor Costs

According to USPS: Compensation and benefits costs represent approximately 65% to 71% of total operating costs. However, when workers’ compensation and retiree health benefits, including the legally mandated prefunding of the retiree health benefits, are added, total personnel costs increase to approximately 77% to 80%. Although many significant steps have been taken to decrease compensation […]

Editorial: FERS & CSRS Disability Retirement – Defending a Necessary Benefit

An exclusive article to written by Attorney Robert R. McGill Does the Emperor receive his standing because of his hereditary anointment by the gods, or because of his superior governance abilities?  Or, by giving generously to the lords and vassals and currying favor among them, does he retain power?  Or, by giving lifetime gifts […]

PMG Video To Employees discusses proposal to move away from current Health Care Plan

In his latest “State of the Business” video to employees, PMG Pat Donahoe says the proposal to move away from the current Federal Employee Health Benefits Plan (FEHBP) to a USPS-sponsored benefit is a vital element of a more sustainable business model. “This all ties into the larger picture of what we’ve been talking about […]

Video: Rights Of Postal Workers Under Attack

“The U. S. Postal Service is facing financial problems that was created largely by Congress. Now Congress wants to strip Postal Workers of their Union rights. MSNBC Ed Schultz talks with Cliff Guffey, President of the American Postal Workers Union on what’s being done to protect postal workers.” “How much do you know about the […]

OPM Posts New And Revised Leave Fact Sheets

OPM has posted eight revised leave fact sheets on their website: Sick Leave (General Information) Sick Leave for Personal Medical Needs Sick Leave for Family Care and Bereavement Sick Leave to Care for a Family Member with a Serious Health Condition Sick Leave for Adoption Emergency Leave Transfer Program Voluntary Leave Bank Program Voluntary Leave […]

How The Government Shutdown May Affect Current and New Federal Retirees

The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) has compiled information on how a Government shutdown will affect Federal Workers and Annuitants. The information below covers areas which may apply to Postal Workers: Annuity Benefits: Judging from similar government shutdowns in the past, and the fact that OPM retirement operations are not funded through […]

USPS OIG: OPM’s Long History Of Miscalculations Involving USPS Benefit Funds

Today, the USPS Office Of Inspector General responded to the OPM Office Of Inspector General’s “A Study of the Risks and Consequences of the USPS OIG’s Proposals to Change USPS’s Funding of Retiree Benefits” OPM’s study concluded: While we understand that the USPS is having financial difficulties, the OPM’s administration of the law has not […]