USPS OIG Report: Compensation, Benefit, and Bonus Authority in CY 2020

Objective Our objective was to determine whether the Postal Service complied with applicable maximum total compensation provisions of the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006 (PAEA) and related Postal Service policies and guidelines for calendar year (CY) 2020. For CY 2020, the annual salary of each Postal Service employee was limited to Executive Schedule…

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USPS OIG: Independent Report to OPM on Employee Benefits, Withholdings, Contributions, and More

Objective We performed procedures agreed upon by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) Office of the Chief Financial Officer. This attestation engagement is an annual requirement of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. Our objective was to assist the OPM in assessing the reasonableness of Postal Service employee health benefits, life insurance, and…

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PMG Seeks to Take Us Out of Federal Healthcare Plan (APWU article from 2013)

(This article appeared in the September-October 2013 edition of The American Postal Worker.) Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe renewed his call to remove postal employees and retirees from the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) in testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on July 17. “Now is the time for bold and sweeping action,”…

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Industrial Relations Director Zimmerman Writes to OPM for Clarification on EFEL Guidelines

May 10, 2021 On May 7, Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman wrote a letter to Kathleen McGettigan, Acting Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), requesting guidance on the interpretation of certain guidelines for Emergency Federal Employment Leave (EFEL). Director Zimmerman’s letter follows OPM’s release of the EFEL guidelines on April 29. Since the…

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APWU Industrial Relations ZOOM Seminar: Emergency Federal Employee Leave (EFEL)

April 29, 2021 On April 29, 2021, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) released their long-awaited guidance on EFEL. The Industrial Relations Department will be conducting a ZOOM Seminar to discuss the guidance on Thursday, May 6, 2021. The Seminar is open to National, State and Local Officers or their designees. Pre-registration is required. There…

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USPS Memo Addressing Emergency Federal Employee Leave (EFEL)

NPMHU – March 19, 2021 Please find linked below a copy of the above referenced memorandum from the Postal Service regarding the American Rescue Plan Act – Emergency Federal Employee Leave (EFEL). According to the Postal Service, this memorandum supplements the March 12, 2021, memorandum addressing the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) – Emergency Federal…

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COVID-19 is an Act of God (Nature)

The USPS COVID-19 decision tree (1-21-2021) says when a non-symptomatic employee shares a household with a COVID-19 positive individual or has been exposed outside of work to a COVID-19 positive individual, they are to be sent home without pay unless they use their own annual or sick leave. The employee that reveals this private information…

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USPS: Benefits enrollment period begins next week

Open season, the annual period when Postal Service employees can change their health benefits or enroll in a new plan, begins Monday, Nov. 9. A variety of health, vision and dental coverage is available through the following plans and programs: Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHB) USPS Health Benefits Plan (USPSHBP) for non-career employees only…

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