USPS OIG Report: Foreign Posts’ Retirement Asset Investments

The U.S. Postal Service participates in two government-wide pension plans that are administered by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM): the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) and Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). The assets of these plans are held in one trust fund, the Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund, and are managed by…

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NARFE: Postal Reform Legislation Update

Legislation to reform the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has been introduced early in the 115th Congress in the House. NARFE opposes the bill, H.R. 756, and is aggressively lobbying against the bill in its current form. Postal reform legislation has not yet been introduced in the Senate this Congress. Summary of H.R. 756, The Postal…

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OPM: FEHBP Carriers Should Focus on Rising Prescription Drug Use and Costs

By Kellie Lunney – January 12, 2017 All insurance carriers participating in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program in 2018 should continue their efforts to effectively manage prescription drug use among beneficiaries while trying to rein in escalating costs, the Office of Personnel Management advised in its annual call letter to FEHBP carriers. OPM wants…

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House committee approves postal reform, rejects presidential appointments

By Bill McAllister – July 12, 2016 Prospects for congressional approval of major postal reform legislation have sharply increased with the approval of a bill that would boost stamp prices and require postal retirees to depend on Medicare for most medical expenses. The action by the House Oversight Committee on July 12 does not assure…

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NARFE to Congress: Retirees Should Not be Responsible for Fixing the Postal Service’s Finances

June 29, 2016 On June 15, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-UT; Ranking Member Elijah E. Cummings, D-MD; and Reps. Mark Meadows, R-NC; Gerry Connolly, D-VA; and Stephen F. Lynch, D-MA, unveiled a bipartisan discussion draft of postal reform legislation. Although it is a notable improvement over previous postal reform efforts,…

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Federal employee health program to boost autism benefits

By Eric Yoder – March 31, 2016 Federal employee health-care plans will have to cover applied behavior analysis for children on the autism spectrum starting next year, and they are being encouraged to step up the incentives for enrollees to participate in wellness programs. The Office of Personnel Management since 2013 has encouraged carriers in…

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OPM Announces a FEHB Program Limited Enrollment Period for Active Federal Employees

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Wednesday, January 27, 2016 WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) will administer a Limited Enrollment Period for active employees enrolled in the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program. This Limited Enrollment Period will run from February 1, 2016 until February 29, 2016. “A record number of FEHB…

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Bill would push retired postal workers into Medicare

By Michael Sandler – January 26, 2016 Legislation aimed at improving the finances of the struggling U.S. Postal Service would force its retirees to use Medicare as their primary insurer. The USPS currently pays for retiree healthcare through the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP). The Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006 requires it to…

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