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Federal Employees News Digest : Oct. 15, 2012
October 15, 2012 Vol. 62, No. 14 5 Visit us on the Internet at www.FederalDaily.com Officials cited in the report said Germany’s enforcement of the 2006 importation ruling is expected to affect more than 2,000 Tricare prescriptions; the restrictions also will affect U.S. civilians who currently receive mail-order prescriptions from outside the E.U. Beneficiaries were advised to seek alterna- tives—such as using U.S. military treatment facilities, or German doctors and local-phar- macies—until Tricare can establish another system. To see more, go to: http://www.defense.gov/ News/NewsArticle.aspx?ID=118119. oPM outlines policy on excused absence for voting The Office of Personnel Management issued a reminder to heads of departments and agencies on the federal government’s policy of granting employees excused absence to vote in elections. Agencies have discretionary authority to grant excused absence that does not interfere with agency operations. The memo noted that excused absence for voting in fact should be required only rarely, since polling places throughout the country typically are open for extended periods of time and more jurisdic- tions offer early voting. OPM said it usually has advised agen- cies that where the polls are not open at least three hours either before or after an employee’s regular work hours, an agency may grant a “limited amount of excused absence” to allow employees in those areas to report for work as much as three hours after the polls open, or to leave work as much as three hours before the polls close. The amount of time granted would depend on poll hours and a worker’s sched- ule. The general guideline is to provide a three-hour window to vote; for example, an agency would grant an employee a half hour of excused absence at the end of the day if the polls were open two and half hours after a worker’s normal time to leave. An agency also could grant excused absence up to one day in places where vot- ing places are beyond normal commuting distance and absentee voting is not allowed. To see other provisions, go to: www. chcoc.gov/transmittals/TransmittalDetails. aspx?TransmittalID=5057. legislators urge removal of VA official Two Republicans are calling for the removal of Department of Veterans Affairs Chief of Staff John Gingrich for approving two conferences that a VA Inspector General investigation found to be rife with wasteful expenditures. House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee ranking mem- ber Richard Burr (R-N.C.) last week sent a letter to VA Secretary Eric Shinseki express- ing concern over “the lack of leadership, lack of judgment and wasteful spending” detailed in a VA IG report on an investigation of two VA human resources conferences held in Orlando, Fla., in 2011. The report homed in on $762,000 in ques- 2013 Federal Employees Almanac Your One-stop Resource on Federal Benefits Reserve NOW for Best Savings! www.FederalDaily.com/catalog • 800.989.3363 Shipping February 2013 Celebrating 60 Years of the Almanac! continued on page 8 continued from page 4
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