How the OPM Retirement Claims Backlog Will Affect Your Benefits Access

The Office of Personnel Management is currently fighting against a backlog of applications and claims for retirement benefits. While the backlog tends to peak at the start of the year, spikes in applications or attempted enrollments can add to the backlog each month. July was a particularly bad month for OPM retirement claims, as the […]

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Congress Approves VA Reform Bill

A Newly Passed VA Bill Could Mean Big Changes for Federal Employees On June 13, 2017, the House passed a bipartisan bill to reform the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs in a 368 – 55 vote. This bill, the S.1094 – Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017, originated in the […]

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House Approved Amendment to Restore USPS Service Standards

House appropriators have heard the public’s outcry for improved U.S Postal Service service standards. Early July they approved an amendment that would restore the service standards of 2012. This amendment was proposed by U.S. Representative Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) and adopted in accordance with the fiscal 2017 financial services appropriations bill. While a giant stride forward, […]

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Obama Nominates NEW OPM Chief

Beth Cobert may become the new head of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management if President Obama has his way. The president has nominated the now acting director of OPM to officially take over the agency and become OPM director. Ms. Cobert became acting director following the resignation of former OPM director Katherine Archuleta. Ms. […]

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Former IRS Chiefs Warn Congress about Budget Cuts

Seven former IRS commissioners are begging Congress to halt additional cuts to the agency’s budget. In a November letter to U.S. House and Senate leaders, the former commissioners pointed out that the agency’s budget has been cut by 17 percent since 2010 — a $1.2 billion reduction. “None of us ever experienced, nor are we […]

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Rate Changes on the Horizon for FEGLI Participants

Come January, you might see your Federal Employees’ Group Life Insurance deduction on your paycheck rise or fall depending on the plan you are enrolled in. Older workers and retirees will be the hardest hit. The U.S. Office of Personnel Management recently issued a notice in the Federal Register informing federal workers and federal retirees […]

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Rare FEGLI Enrollment Opportunity Offered Next Year

Federal workers will be offered a rare opportunity to enroll in, or modify, government-sponsored life insurance. The question we must raise though is…..is it worth it? More on that in a moment. According to a notice in the Federal Register, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management will hold a Federal Employees’ Group Life Insurance open […]

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Get Prepared: FEHB Open Season Is Just Weeks Away

Open season is just around the corner. That means federal workers, like you, may enroll in a federally-sponsored healthcare plan, change your plan, tune it more to your liking, or cancel it. All these changes can be made during what the federal government calls open season. This year, it runs from Monday, November 9 through […]

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Outgoing Association President Offers Bleak View on Pay and Benefits

The outgoing president of a federal executives association is advising the workforce not to get their hopes up about any improvements in pay and benefits.   In a recent interview with The Washington Post, Senior Executives Association President Carol A. Bonosaro offered a sour outlook when asked for her thoughts on the subject on the […]

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Driverless USPS Delivery?

Will we see a day when nobody (or, more accurately, no body) is behind the wheel of a United States Postal Service delivery truck? It may not be as far-fetched as you think. In a recent blog post, the United States Postal Service Inspector General’s office speculated on the future of driverless vehicles and whether […]

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