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Federal Employees News Digest : April 15, 2013
authorities to reprogram and transfer funds to lessen the impact of seques- tration on core agency missions. The memo also details certain measures that should be observed when reducing funding for agency inspectors general. To see more, go to: www.white- house.gov/sites/default/files/omb/ memoranda/2013/m-13-11.pdf. post-combat coordinators to help injured feds The Office of Personnel Management circulated guidance to help agencies implement the new position of post- combat case coordinator---one or more persons within each agency charged with helping federal civilian employees who return from service in a war-risk hazard assignment. More specifically, the coordinator's role is to help employees who have suf- fered "an injury or disability incurred, or an illness contracted, while in the per- formance of such employee's duties, as a result of a war-risk hazard or during or as a result of capture, detention, or other restraint by a hostile force or individual," the guidance said. Employees sometimes may not be aware of the availability of benefits to address those physical or mental health issues, OPM noted. The 2012 National Defense Authorization Act requires each agency to establish a single post-combat case coordinator, or more than one person if necessary, to carry out the position's responsibilities. An agency's coordinator acts as the main point of contact for employees needing assistance with benefits. A coordinator, for example, may help an employee collect documentation and evidence related to certain benefits, such as compensation for work-relat- ed injuries or medical benefits under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. The PCCC then would help the employee coordinate and get those benefits, and make sure the employee is properly screened and treated for post- traumatic stress disorder. To see more, go to: www.chcoc. gov/Transmittals/TransmittalDetails. aspx?TransmittalID=5426. April 15, 2013 Vol. 62, No. 37 8 Visit us on the internet at www.FederalDaily.com Thrift SavingsplanShareprices FUNDS April 9 oNe MoNTh Ago oNe YeAr Ago G Fund F Fund C Fund S Fund I Fund lifecycle Funds L Income L 2020 L 2030 L 2040 L 2050 Register free to get rates of return and other TSP info at: www.FederalDaily.com/pages/resources/thrift-savings-plan.aspx 14.0805 14.0622 13.8782 16.1109 15.9038 15.4962 19.9440 19.6910 17.1779 27.0433 27.1047 22.9061 21.8745 21.8784 18.9774 16.0561 16.0047 15.3551 19.7106 19.6141 17.9755 20.7226 20.6075 18.5436 21.5718 21.4431 19.0384 12.0180 11.9435 10.4731 Federal Benefits Q&A Question: "I retired in August 2011 at 59 years old and elected to receive the Social Security Supplement as part of my FERS annuity. As I understand it, this supplement will go away when I turn 62. Am I obligated to file for Social Security benefits when I turn 62 because of having received the FERS Social Security Supplement in retirement?" Answer: Once the FERS annuity supplement stops when you become age 62, you do not have to apply for your Social Security retirement benefit. Readers are encouraged to ask questions related to general employee benefits---such as CSRS, FERS, the Thrift Savings Plan, tax and estate planning, insurance, Social Security and Medicare---at the "Federal Benefits Q&A" at www.FederalSoup.com. continued from page 5
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