OPM Extends Open Season for FEDVIP Dental and Vision Changes

December 12, 2016- OPM has announced that it has extended the opportunity to make FEDVIP dental and vision enrollments/change/cancellations until midnight on Wednesday, December 14, 2016. The dental and vision enrollment website, BENEFEDS.com, is currently undergoing repairs due to technical issues, however, the call center (1-877-888-3337) is open until midnight on Wednesday, December 14, 2016, […]

OPM Wants to Boost Death Benefits For Feds By $90K

The Office of Personnel Management wants to significantly increase death benefits for federal civilian employees killed on the job from $10,000 to $100,000. OPM on Friday sent a legislative proposal to the House and Senate requesting Congress to increase the current death gratuity rate $90,000 for civilian workers killed in the line of duty, raise […]

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, […]

Reminder: Federal Employees’ Life Insurance (FEGLI) Open Season to be held in September 2016

Federal Employees’ Life Insurance (FEGLI) Open Season The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced last year: The Federal Employees’ Group Life Insurance Program, FEGLI, is having an Open Season from September 1, 2016 through September 30, 2016. This is the first FEGLI Open Season since 2004. During the month of September 2016, if you are […]

Federal Disability Retirement benefits for Postal Employees: 5 Lessons Learned

by Attorney Robert R. McGill, Esquire It is always dangerous for “outsiders” to convey lessons learned to “insiders”, especially when the vicissitudes of deteriorating employment conditions within the U.S. Postal Service over the past decade have accelerated by exponential warp-speed. But when it comes to the specific area of filing for Federal Disability Retirement benefits, […]

Senator asks ‘What on earth did you think would happen?’ as contractor hired for national security work abruptly goes out of business

5/13/16 McCaskill raised concerns about Jorge Scientific/Imperatis as early as 2012 following misconduct in Afghanistan—federal agencies ignored concerns & re-hired the firm, which this week defaulted on the contract WASHINGTON – “What on earth did you think would happen,” is the question U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill is posing to two federal agencies after a contractor—re-hired […]

OPM: Federal Employees Life Insurance (FEGLI) Open Season Guidance

3/18/16 As the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced last year the Federal Employees’ Group Life Insurance Program (FEGLI) will have a life insurance Open Season from September 1, 2016 through September 30, 2016. Do Employees Have to Prove Insurability? No. Employees can elect coverage during this Open Season without having to prove insurability, pass […]

USPS: Limited enrollment for Self Plus One health coverage begins Feb. 1

Limited Enrollment Period will run from February 1, 2016 until February 29, 2016 Reminder: Postal Service employees and retirees can choose Self Plus One health coverage during a special enrollment period beginning Feb. 1. The enrollment is only for employees and retirees currently in the Self and Family coverage level who want to move to […]

OPM announces new FEGLI premium rates effective of January 1, 2016

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) reports that, as of Jan. 1, 2016 premiums for many options and age brackets under the Federal Employees’ Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) program changed due to actuarial adjustments. OPM has announced new FEGLI premium rates for employees and retirees, effective with the Feb. 1 payment that covers January. Premiums […]

OPM launches website for individuals to self-check if victim of cyber attack

December 1, 2015 The Federal Government has set up a verification center to assist individuals who have lost their PIN code or believe their data may be impacted but have not yet received notification letters. If you believe that you were impacted, but have not yet received your notification letter, we ask that you wait […]