NARFE: Panel Shows Support For Postal Retiree Health Benefit Changes

By John Hatton – April 2017 Legislation that seeks to repair the finances of the United States Postal Service (USPS) garnered broad bipartisan support among leaders and members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in the face of strong opposition from NARFE. NARFE has suggested a reasonable alternative to allow many retirees…

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Congress Proposes Adding Parental Bereavement Leave to FMLA

By Heather Panick – March 22, 2017 On March 16th, a bipartisan group of Representatives, which included Paul Gosar, Don Beyer, Martha McSally, Brad Schneider, Tom Suozzi and Barbara Comstock, introduced the Parental Bereavement Act of 2017, also known as the Sarah Grace-Farley-Kluger Act. See H.R. 1560. This Act would add the “death of a…

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APWU: Postal Reform Act of 2017 (HR 756) Moves Forward

Web News Article #: 28-2017 03/20/2017 – On March 16, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee “marked-up” and approved the Postal Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 756). A mark-up is a formal process where a congressional committee can consider and amend a bill before advancing it to the full House of Representatives or Senate. Recognizing the…

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NARFE Disappointed in Committee Action on USPS Reform Legislation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 16, 2017 Alexandria, VA – The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) is deeply disappointed the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform approved the Postal Service Reform Act of 2017, H.R. 756, without addressing the serious concerns of 76,000 postal retirees who would be forced to enroll…

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OIG Report: Congressional Inquiries — Gateway District

Background The U.S. Postal Service frequently receives inquiries from members of Congress and their staff. Congressional inquiries might include questions about service or changes in processing facility operations, or they might include complaints about mail delivery or decisions to change facilities. The Postal Service has various processes for handling and coordinating congressional inquiries. Informal inquiries,…

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OIG Report: FY 2016 Postal Service Selected Financial Activities and Accounting Records

Background The Postal Reorganization Act of 1970 requires annual audits of the U.S. Postal Service’s financial statements. In addition, the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006 requires the Postal Service to comply with Section 404 of the Sarbanes- Oxley Act (SOX). This section requires the Postal Service to report the scope and adequacy of…

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APWU HQ tells Philly Retiree Chapter President Not To Oppose HR 756

At our monthly APWU Philadelphia Retiree Chapter meeting on March 16, 2017, the Chapter President reported she was called almost immediately after 21cpw.com posted information related to our February Chapter meeting. APWU HQ Legislative and Political Director Judy Beard called Philadelphia Retiree Chapter President Cynthia Nesmith, imploring her to not write anything official to HQ…

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