USPS: Benefits enrollment period begins Nov. 13

11/3/2017 Open season, the annual period when Postal Service employees can change their health benefits or enroll in a new plan, begins Monday, Nov. 13. 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 (USPSHB) for non-career employees […]

Postmasters: Senate Approves Budget Resolution Without Benefit Hits

10/19/2017 On Thursday evening, October 19, the Senate narrowly passed (51-49) its version of a budget resolution that did not include “reconciliation instructions” targeting postal and federal retirement and health benefits. The Senate GOP leadership elected to take up the House passed budget resolution, House Concurrent Resolution 71, and substitute the Senate’s Budget Committee’s text […]

GOP health insurance plan for feds part of larger assault on compensation

10/17/2017 After repeatedly failing in their cynical efforts that would cut millions from health insurance rolls, congressional Republicans now are attacking the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP). Together with President Trump’s earlier budget plan, which would slice and dice federal retirement, Capitol Hill and the White House have mounted a multi-front assault on federal […]

Social Security Announces 2.0 Percent Benefit Increase for 2018

10/13/2017 Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for more than 66 million Americans will increase 2.0 percent in 2018, the Social Security Administration announced today. The 2.0 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to more than 61 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2018. Increased payments to more than […]

USPS: Inability to make mandated retiree health benefit payments won’t impede operations

10/2/2017 Similar to prior years since 2012, USPS did not make mandated end-of-year payments to prefund retiree health benefits. In addition, USPS did not make payments on liabilities to the Federal Employees’ Retirement System and the Civil Service Retirement System. The Postal Service will continue to deliver the mail and will pay employees and suppliers, […]

Postal Employees convicted for role in more than $11 million OWCP fraud scheme

DALLAS — McArthur Baker, 69, a former U.S. Postal Service employee, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Sam A. Lindsay to 21 months in federal prison for his role in a scheme to defraud the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Worker’s Compensation Program (OWCP), announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District […]

Postal Service Health Benefits and the FEHBP

From reader: Have you listened to this?  Postal Service Health Benefits and the FEHBP All postal retirees and future postal retirees should.  If the Postal Service Reform Act (H.R. 5714) passes, a retired postal couple would be hit with an extra $4,000 per year in health insurance premiums for Medicare Part B and Part […]

Congresswoman Comstock Calls for Hearing on Insurance Premium Spikes for Federal Employees

July 28, 2016 Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R-VA) released the following statement regarding the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announcement of the contract renewal for the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP): “This month, OPM announced that it had awarded a new seven-year contract for the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program, […]

USPS OIG: What Can the Postal Service Do to Retain Noncareer Employees?

June 10, 2016 Employee turnover costs the Postal Service thousands of dollars per employee. Retaining employees within the organization eliminates the administrative costs of hiring new employees, training, and the impacts on performance associated with learning a new job. Although turnover cannot always be avoided, the Postal Service can reduce it by doing the right […]