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What can USPS learn from TRICARE in funding retiree health care costs?

As lawmakers consider efforts to shore up the Postal Service's financial footing, there's still widespread disagreement over whether the current requirement for the agency prefunding requirement is fiscally responsible, as Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) argued during a House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee hearing Thursday, or an "onerous mandate" only required of the Postal Service, as Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) contended.

Tags: pay and benefits , USPS , House , Congress , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Blake Farenthold , Stephen Lynch , Jeffrey Williamson ,

Friday - 03/14/2014, 02:48pm EDT

Gates: Compensation, benefits more than a third of DoD budget

When Robert Gates was secretary of Defense, he tried three years in a row to increase out-of-pocket expenses for TRICARE participants. But Congress voted that down every time.

Tags: Robert Gates , DoD , budget , Quadrennial Defense Review , In Depth , benefits , Michael OConnell

Wednesday - 03/05/2014, 05:39pm EST
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Pentagon seeks new out-of-pocket charges for TRICARE beneficiaries

Family members of active duty service members and military retirees would see new fees under the Defense Department's proposal to consolidate TRICARE plans, as part of the fiscal 2015 budget request sent to Congress Tuesday.

Tags: DoD , budget , pay and benefits , Mark Ramsay , Robert Hale , workforce , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 03/05/2014, 03:51am EST
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TRICARE ready to close 189 customer service centers April 1

TRICARE, the military family health care provider, is set to close 189 of its U.S. customer service centers. Customers will be able to access all of the same services online or by telephone.

Tags: Mary Kaye Justis , benefits , DoD , health care , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 01/21/2014, 04:51pm EST
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Pentagon's cost savings proposals lost to compromise of authorization bill

Congress is poised, for the first time since Dwight D. Eisenhower was president, to miss its deadline to pass the one policy bill that's been considered "must-pass" legislation under administrations of both parties. But the measure's only chance of success also torpedoes Pentagon proposals for cutting DoD's internal cost growth. Military personnel would receive a 1 percent pay raise next year.

Tags: DoD , Congress , BRAC , executive compensation , National Defense Authorization Act , Ray Mabus , Carl Levin , James Inhofe , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 12/11/2013, 04:02am EST
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DoD eases rules for health care approvals after contractor 'failure'

Citing unacceptable delays by its contractor, the Pentagon waives the requirement for preauthorization of specialty care for military members, families and retirees in TRICARE's western region.

Tags: DoD , health care , United Healthcare , Doug Lamborn , Jonathan Woodson , Jared Serbu , pay and benefits

Friday - 05/10/2013, 06:00am EDT
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Taking the mystery out of Medicare

David Santana, with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, answers your calls and emails about the Medicare system.

Tags: pay and benefits , Medicare , Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services , David Santana , secondary payer , Bob Leins , Tammy Flanagan , For Your Benefit

Monday - 04/22/2013, 11:37pm EDT
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Tips, techniques to write in plain language

It's been two years since the Plain Language Writing Act became law. While agencies are doing a better job, more work needs to be done. A federal expert on plain language is offering agencies the writing tips he employs on a daily basis. At the same time, a new bill in Congress would extend the plain language act to cover federal regulations.

Tags: management , Bruce Braley , Robert Agnello , DoD , Plain Language Act , Center for Plain Language , training , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 04/17/2013, 05:59am EDT
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DoD's 2014 budget: Fewer civilians, higher retiree health fees

The Defense Department's 2014 budget proposal reduces the size of the civilian workforce slightly, increases TRICARE premiums, and requests another round of base closures. It also calls for a slight raise for both civilian employees and uniformed servicemembers. The budget significantly exceeds the Defense spending caps in current law.

Tags: DoD , budget , 2014 budget , pay raise , retirement

Wednesday - 04/10/2013, 12:52pm EDT
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