Retired Postal Worker Fights To Get More than Half Of Pension

OPM backlog affecting recent postal retiree.   Mt. Vernon, OH — A Mt. Vernon veteran who devoted three decades to the U.S. Postal Service as a mail carrier says he is now receiving only about half his pension check from the federal government. Jon Minard served in Vietnam, losing an eye to a grenade, before […]

OPM Announce Changes in Life Insurance Premiums

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is announcing changes in premiums for certain Federal Employees’ Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) categories. These include changes to premiums for Option B (most age bands), Option C (all age bands), and Post-Retirement Basic Insurance (for annuitants only). There will be no change in premiums for Basic Employee or Option […]

OPM Announces 2012 FEHBP Premium Rates

Washington, DC – The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced today that the average premium for the 8 million people enrolled in the Federal Employees Health Benefits program (FEHBP) will increase by 3.8 percent for non-postal employees and all annuitants in 2012, which is approximately half of last year’s increase of 7.3 percent.

Congressman Issa’s Bill Would First Layoff Retirement Eligible Postal Employees

Congressmen Darrell Issa and Dennis Ross’ amendment to its Postal Reform bill will require USPS to “separate”  all retirement eligible employees prior to laying off any workers not yet eligible for a pension, and to “separate” the most senior of them first:

MSPB Accepting Amicus Briefs in Postal Workers’ National Reassessment Process Cases

Thanks to a reader for alerting us to this notice. The Merit System Protection Board (MSPB) has announced an opportunity for interested parties to file amicus briefs (Literally, friend of the court. A person with strong interest in or views on the subject matter of an action, but not a party to the action) […]

NALC reacts to USPS statement regarding 2011 FERS contributions

June 22, 2011 — The Postal Service announced on June 22 that it is suspending its bi-weekly contributions to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) for Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) benefits (11.7% of basic pay), because its FERS account within the government-wide pension plan has a large surplus, and because it would like to […]

Senator Carper Statement on USPS Decision to Suspend FERS Payments

WASHINGTON – Today, Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), chairman of the subcommittee with jurisdiction over the U.S. Postal Service, released the following statement reacting to the Postal Service’s decision to suspend its Federal Employees Retirement Systems (FERS) payments: “Today’s drastic action by the U.S. Postal Service underscores the urgent need for Congress and the Administration to […]

USPS, OPM Request Legal Opinion From Department Of Justice on FERS Payments

Statement by U.S. Office of Personnel Management On Postal Service’s Decision to Suspend FERS Annuity Contributions The US Postal Service is facing serious challenges. OPM is sympathetic to the situation in which the Postal Service finds itself, and we stand ready to help the Postal Service in whatever way we can, consistent with our legal […]