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USPS says overhauling health benefits key to postal reform

The cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service says it can return to being profitable and begin to pay down its debt if Congress gives it the authority to overhaul its health benefits structure. Postmaster General Pat Donahoe told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Thursday that launching a postal-specific health care plan would help save the agency $8 billion annually through 2016.

Tags: Congress , Senate , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , USPS , Pat Donahoe , Jon Foley , postal reform , pay and benefits , Jack Moore

Thursday - 09/26/2013, 05:45pm EDT

Quality not a priority in security clearance process, GAO says

Concerns over missed red flags in Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis's background have thrust the federal government's security clearance program into the spotlight. But the problem is likely bigger than one company. The Office of Personnel Management and its contractors which accounts for 90 percent of the federal government's background investigations, has faced persistent challenges with security clearances over the years, according to the Government Accountability Office.

Tags: Brenda Farrell , security clearances , Aaron Alexis , Navy Yard shooting , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp , Jack Moore , GAO

Tuesday - 09/24/2013, 06:16pm EDT
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Charities bristle at OPM's proposed changes to CFC program

The Office of Personnel Management's proposed changes to the Combined Federal Campaign, the annual federal fundraising drive, are getting a frosty reception from local charities. OPM wants to do away with the local volunteer coordinating committees and put in place a set of more centralized regional committees established by OPM. It also wants to require charities to pay an application fee and eliminate cash and check donations in favor of electronic donations. However, some charities say the proposed changes would likely lead to fewer charities joining the program -- and fewer total donations.

Tags: Congress , House , oversight , CFC , Debby Hampton , Mark Lambert , Kal Stein , EarthShare , Ken Berger

Wednesday - 07/10/2013, 07:57pm EDT

Federal health premiums to rise 3.7 percent in 2014

Health premiums for federal employees are going up an average of 3.7 percent, according to the Office of Personnel Management. Postal Service employees, who separate negotiating rights over premiums, will see, on average, a 3.8 percent increase.

Tags: pay and benefits , benefits , FEHBP , health insurance , Open Season , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 09/24/2013, 11:36am EDT

Navy officials push for security clearance changes

The Navy, in a report released Monday, revealed that the shooter, Aaron Alexis, did not disclose a 2004 arrest or some financial problems when he filled out his application for a security clearance when he joined the Navy as a reservist several years later. And officials said the background report given to the Navy at the time, also failed to reveal that he had shot out the tires of another person's car during a 2004 dispute in Seattle.

Tags: Navy , security clearance , Aaron Alexis , Navy Yard

Tuesday - 09/24/2013, 04:10am EDT

Ambassador John Berry checks in Down Under

Former OPM director introduces himself to his new Australian neighbors through State Department-produced video. Through Facebook comments, Aussies welcome new ambassador and spouse.

Tags: John Berry , Curtis Yee , State Department , Australia , people , Michael OConnell

Thursday - 09/19/2013, 03:52pm EDT

GSA plans to stop providing HR shared services

The General Services Administration will focus on its core mission and let others provide payroll and human resources services. The decision comes as shared services is gaining momentum as OPM is pumping some energy back into the HR line of business, and the Interior will release a new geospatial platform to host data and applications.

Tags: management , technology , shared services , OMB , Norm Dong , Scott Bernard , GSA , Anne Rung , David Vargas , Joe Ward , Jerry Johnston , Interior Department , Geospatial information , ACT-IAC , DHS , Jeff Spicka , Jason Miller , Uncle Sam

Friday - 09/13/2013, 06:06am EDT
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Retirement backlog falls in August after OPM restores employee overtime

The Office of Personnel Management processed more retirement applications than expected last month -- for the first time since April. The enhanced processing power is thanks to a year-end budget review that allowed OPM to restore limited overtime for employees working in its Retirement Services Offices, OPM said. The agency had suspended employee overtime beginning in April, citing the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration.

Tags: retirement , retirement backlog , Jack Moore

Thursday - 09/05/2013, 12:34pm EDT

Self plus one, chained CPI, & COLAs

NARFE's David Snell will discuss the impact of a proposed change to how federal retirees' cost-of-living adjustments are calculated.
September 4, 2013

Tags: David Snell , NARFE , Your Turn with Mike Causey , chained CPI , phased retirement , self-plus-one , benefits , retirement , workforce , Mike Causey

Wednesday - 09/04/2013, 08:26pm EDT
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OPM to manage part of Affordable Care Act program

The launch of state insurance exchanges will have little impact on most federal employees, the Office of Personnel Management says. It's a different story for OPM, itself, however. Due to its experience managing the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, OPM has been tasked with managing a part of the new health exchange system.

Tags: pay and benefits , benefits , health insurance , FEHBP , Elaine Kaplan , Jack Moore

Thursday - 08/29/2013, 04:37pm EDT
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