USPS: Open season begins Monday, Nov. 12

Opening soon. Reminder: Open season, the annual period when Postal Service employees can change their health benefits or enroll in a new plan, begins Monday, Nov. 12. A variety of health, vision and dental coverage is available. On Tuesday, Nov. 13, the Postal Service will hold the first of four webinars for employees who want…

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USPS: Four types of health plans you can enroll in during open season

Ever wonder if you should have a different health plan? There are four types of health plans you can enroll in during open season, the annual period when Postal Service employees can make changes to their health coverage. The plan types are: Health maintenance organizations (HMOs), which provide care from in-network plan physicians and hospitals…

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OPM Announces 2019 Health, Dental, and Vision Program Premiums

Press Release – September 26, 2018 WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced today that for plan year 2019, the average total premiums for current non-Postal employees and retirees enrolled in plans under the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program will increase 1.3 percent, which is the lowest increase since the…

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USPS OIG Report: Employee Benefits, Withholdings, Contributions, and Headcount Reporting 

Objective At the request of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Office of Inspector General, we performed procedures agreed upon by the OPM’s Inspector General and 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…

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USPS OIG Report: Disability Retirement Application Process

Objective Disability retirement is an employee benefit intended for employees who are unable to complete a normal career due to disease or injury. To be eligible for retirement disability, employees must meet prescribed statutory, regulatory, and administrative criteria. The objective of our audit was to assess the Postal Service’s effectiveness in processing disability retirement applications….

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OPM Adds Details to FY 2019 Federal Benefits Proposals

Following is the section of a document OPM has sent to Congress in support of its fiscal 2019 budget proposal addressing federal pay and benefits-related proposals outlined in the recent government-wide budget plan from the White House. OPM prepares various legislative proposals during the preparation of its annual budget submission, which align with the strategic…

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U.S. District Judge dismisses USPS worker’s disability retirement claim

By Stacey O’Connor – March 1, 2018 BENTON –U.S. District Judge David Herndon has dismissed a former U.S. Postal Service worker’s disability claim. Madelaine Sattlefield had filed a second amended complaint and in response to the Office of Personnel Management’s motion to dismiss, claiming federal court at the Southern District of Illionis had jurisdiction through…

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New cost controls sought in federal employee health-care program

By Eric Yoder – January 24, 2018 The Trump administration sent its first major signal Tuesday of its intentions for the federal-employee health-insurance program, seeking financial incentives for enrollees to hold down their spending on health-care and additional controls by insurance companies on prescription-drug costs. A letter to companies participating in the Federal Employees Health…

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