Catalog Mailers Back House Oversight Committee’s New Postal Reform Bill

Major Mailing Organization Backs House Oversight Committee’s New Postal Reform Bill; Urges Immediate Passage WASHINGTON, Feb. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The American Catalog Mailers Association wholeheartedly endorses the just-released Postal Service Reform Act of 2017, a critical milestone toward resolving the health of our nation’s Postal Service, which drives some 7.5 million jobs and $1.4 trillion […]

House Oversight Committee introduces bipartisan postal reform bill, hearing on USPS scheduled Feb 7

The bill resembles last year’s House bill, but with some differences. The MSPB provision has been modified and simplified, in part to add OIG employees.  This will require a closer look, although this is a moving train, and Chaffetz’ strategy will be to get this bill passed early in this session. Although not yet announced […]

Obama Watchdog in Congress Has New Target in Trump Era: Postal Reform

Representative Jason Chaffetz, Republican of Utah and chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, said that his committee will still poke around in Hillary Clinton’s email issues in the new Congress, pointing out that new ones have emerged just this week for that State Department. “I don’t want this to linger,” he […]

Will Postal Workers still be forced into Medicare if GOP succeeds in gutting program?

NALC: The industry has coalesced around the idea of full Medicare integration for health plans that cover postal employees and postal annuitants in the Federal Employees Health Benefit Program (FEHBP)—that is implementing a requirement that postal annuitants enroll in Medicare Parts A and B when they reach age 65, and requiring FEHBP plans covering postal […]

Over 80 Lawmakers Call for Improved Mail Service Protections in Comprehensive Postal Reform Legislation

WASHINGTON D.C. –  A bicameral group of more than 80 legislators from the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives in calling for adding lasting solutions to improve and protect mail delivery and service in comprehensive U.S. Postal Service reform legislation introduced in the House. In the letter, which was led by Senators Heidi Heitkamp […]

NAPS: A Long Shot for Postal Reform

Congressional lawmakers departed Washington last week and will return after the elections for a brief lame duck session. Chances are increasing that postal reform legislation will remain stalled on Capitol Hill for the remainder of this session, including action on the House postal measure, H.R. 5714, which cleared the House postal oversight committee in July, […]

NALC’s Rolando letter addresses recent inaccurate statements on postal reform, USPS prefunding

NALC President Fredric Rolando has sent a letter to author Walton Francis, who was a recent guest on Federal News Radio’s “Your Turn” program. During the program, Francis—author of Checkbook’s Guide to Federal Health Plans for Federal Employees & Annuitants—made a number of inaccurate statements about the House’s postal reform bill, H.R. 5714, and about […]

Postal Service Health Benefits and the FEHBP

From PostalReporter.com 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 […]

Postal Service Health Benefits and the FEHBP: The Urgent Case for Getting Reform Right

By Walton J. Francis The 2016 Postal Service Reform Act (H.R. 5714) proposes shifting postal retirees’ primary health care coverage from the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) to Medicare. Proponents call this a consensus proposal for integrating the FEHBP with Medicare. It is not. The proposal’s impact on both postal retirees and taxpayers could be […]