OPM: Emergency Leave Transfer for Federal Employees Adversely Affected by Hurricane Harvey

9/1/2017 In the event of a major disaster or emergency as declared by the President that results in severe adverse effects for a substantial number of Federal employees, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), in consultation with the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB), may establish an emergency leave transfer program (ELTP). After coordinating […]

OPM announce dates for 2017 FEHB Open Season

8/3/17 The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) officially announced the dates for the 2017 FEHB Open Season which will run from Monday, November 13 through Monday, December 11, 2017. During the annual Open Season, employees can take the actions listed below for the Federal Flexible Spending Account Program (FSAFEDS), Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance […]

OPM: Don’t Fall For a Fake Retirement Scam

From the Office of Personnel Management (OPM): 3/15/2017 Be on the Alert for an aggressive phone scam that targets Federal annuitants: The scammer claims to be an OPM employee.  The scammer threatens to end the annuitant’s retirement, threatens that a “magistrate” will criminally prosecute, and demands an immediate payment.  This is a government imposter scam […]

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 […]