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Federal Employees News Digest : Dec. 3, 2012
December 3, 2012 Vol. 62, No. 21 5 Visit us on the Internet at www.FederalDaily.com 2013 Federal Employees Almanac Your One-Stop Resource on Federal Benefits Order Today! Single copies start as low as $23.95 www.FederalDaily.com/catalog • 800.989.3363 Shipping February 2013 Celebrating 60 Years of the Almanac! AFGE Council 238, which represents EPA workers. Orzehoskie went further, suggesting a pos- sible “anti-union animus” among the EPA managers participating in the negotiations. Derrick Davis, a labor relations special- ist with the union’s national office, said the group looked forward to FSIP’s participation. “We will have the opportunity to present our case before a reasonable, independent third party,” Davis said. Part-time FemA workers can get FeHb coverage The Office of Personnel Management issued an interim final rule last month to revise Federal Employees Health Benefits Program regulations to make “certain employees who work on intermittent schedules” eligible to enroll in an FEHB health benefits plan. The rule was aimed at opening coverage to part-time employees deployed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to aid in Super Storm Sandy emergency response operations. Under the Administrative Procedure Act, OPM was able to issue the rule quickly, without first publishing a notice of pro- posed rulemaking, because OPM deter- mined “for good cause, that notice and public comment are impracticable, unnec- essary, or contrary to the public interest.” The interim final rule, which opens the door for FEMA to apply to OPM for autho- rization to offer FEHB to the workers, became effective Nov. 9. OPM issued a sim- ilar regulation in July that opened FEHB coverage to temporary wildland firefighters and fire protection personnel. See the rule at: www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/ FR-2012-11 -14/html/2012-27743.htm. No post-election high for military in Colorado While Coloradoans may have voted last month to decriminalize the recreational use of marijuana in their state, its use by military service members there will remain illegal. According to an Air Force news story released from Buckley AFB in Colorado, using pot still violates federal law and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. The restrictions apply to all service members, family members and civilians with access to the base, according to the article. Lt. David Bruton, acting commander of the 460th Security Forces Squadron, notes that people who enter the installa- tion “are under our jurisdiction and will be prosecuted.” Bruton recommended service members stay away from people and situations that could put them near marijuana usage now that its recreational use is legal in the state, and instead should “play it smart and just stay away from it.” The decriminalization measure takes effect Dec. 6. To see more, go to: www.af.mil/news/ story.asp?id=123326759. continued from page 4
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