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OPM Taking a closer look at the Postal Service NALC

Taking a closer look at the Postal Service NALC

February 15, 2018 The U.S. Postal Service delivers to 156 million addresses six and even seven days a week, is consistently rated the most-trusted federal agency by the public and handles an astonishing 47 percent of the world’s mail. Yet, misinformation exists about the Postal Service, often creeping into coverage and commentary. I appreciate the …

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OPM Trump Suggests USPS Cut Retirement, Health Benefits in $80B Savings Package

Trump Suggests USPS Cut Retirement, Health Benefits in $80B Savings Package

Postal worker Rex Harrison unloads his vehicle at the post office at Soda Springs, Calif., in 2016. Rich Pedroncelli/AP President Trump proposed overhauling the U.S. Postal Service in his fiscal 2019 budget released Monday, calling for a slew of changes that would provide the agency with an additional $80 billion over 10 years. Trump’s proposals …

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OPM 2-year budget deal would bring some good news to federal employees

2-year budget deal would bring some good news to federal employees

By Nicole Ogrysko @nogryskoWFED February 8, 2018 12:08 pm 4 min read If the Senate’s bipartisan budget agreement passes Congress today, it will ease concerns for some federal employees, who have long feared that lawmakers would again would use their retirement benefits to offset significant spending increases in another two-year deal. But the Bipartisan Budget …

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OPM Reducing Costs at FEHBP, Civil Service Reform and More

Reducing Costs at FEHBP, Civil Service Reform and More

The Office of Personnel Management is encouraging insurers to find ways to reduce costs for plans in the health care program for federal employees. In its annual letter to Federal Employees Health Benefits Program carriers on Jan. 23, OPM suggested a number of ways that insurers could change their offerings, or provide new types of …

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OPM Federal Employee Advocates Increasingly Frustrated by Cycle of Stopgap Spending Bills

Federal Employee Advocates Increasingly Frustrated by Cycle of Stopgap Spending Bills

By Erich Wagner January 25, 2018 On Monday night, shortly after Congress approved a bill to fund the government until Feb. 8, a slew of unions and other groups representing federal employees issued statements in quick succession, all thanking Congress for reopening agencies—and providing back pay for furloughed feds—but demanding lawmakers come to an agreement …

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OPM New cost controls sought in federal employee health-care program

New cost controls sought in federal employee health-care program

By Eric Yoder January 24 at 6:00 AM  (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP) 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 …

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OPM Will Federal Employees and Retirees Get Paid in a Shutdown?

Will Federal Employees and Retirees Get Paid in a Shutdown?

Ian Smith January 17, 2018 Pay & Benefits Comments (275) Updated: 1/18/2018 8:40 PM EST It seems to have become a recurring theme: Republicans and Democrats bicker over political issues, leading to a threat of a partial government shutdown; Congress then eventually passes a stopgap spending bill, and when that runs out, the process repeats …

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OPM ELM Revision: Update to Definition of Basic Pay

ELM Revision: Update to Definition of Basic Pay

Posted on January 5, 2018 Effective January 4, 2018, the Postal Service™ is revising the Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM), sections 532, 538.3, 566.252, 586.252, and 592.1, to remove outdated references to “Cost of Living Allowances” from definitions of basic pay.

OPM LETTER: Forcing Medicare Part B on USPS retirees unfair

LETTER: Forcing Medicare Part B on USPS retirees unfair

Mike Cutillo Dec 21, 2017 To the Editor: As a member of the federal community who served our country for years, I am concerned with an attempt to force current U.S. Postal Service retirees onto Medicare Part B, after they previously declined this coverage. While hailed as a way to improve USPS’ finances, this is …

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OPM OPM Tells Agencies to Stop Working Collaboratively with Unions

OPM Tells Agencies to Stop Working Collaboratively with Unions

Federal agencies may use President Trump’s executive order abolishing labor-management councils across government as justification for throwing out collective bargaining agreements with their workforces, guidance from the Office of Personnel Management suggested Wednesday. In a memo to agencies, acting OPM Director Kathleen McGettigan instructed departments to abolish their labor-management forums and eliminate any rules or …

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