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Federal Employees News Digest : April 29, 2013
April 29, 2013 Vol. 62, No. 39 5 Visit us on the internet at www.FederalDaily.com "And so, I am optimistic," he told attendees. "I'm optimistic that Congress will pass a bill this year. I'm optimistic about a restructured Postal Service." Donahoe also offered a succinct explanation of postal management's consolidation rationale during a question and answer session at the event. "We are consolidating because we've got all kinds of excess capacity," Donahoe said. "The problem that you have in a shrinking world--- whether it's a shrinking volume, or a shrinking revenue, or whatever you want to say---you come down to two choices. "If you are a customer, the choice is: Shrink infrastructure or raise prices. We don't want to do that," he said. "We would much rather keep the prices very predictable so that you can keep your business predictable and we keep the revenue stream at the $65 billion where we're at. "If you are an employee, the choices are: Shrink infrastructure or eventually shrink wages. "It's that basic," he said. "Because there is no other out in any of this. And that is why we've been so adamant about laying out a plan that is fair, that doesn't hurt anybody inordinately, that tries to get ahead of the curve so we don't hurt the employees, [and] get ahead of the curve so we don't hurt the customers..." For more on the hearing, go to: http://oversight. house.gov/hearing/options-to-bring-the-postal-ser- vice-back-from-insolvency/. See the National Press Club video at: http://press.org/news-multimedia/ videos/npc-luncheon-patrick-donahoe-0. ••• In Brief DoD continues to review furlough plans A top Pentagon official said the Defense Department continues to examine its furlough plans, even after reducing the anticipated number of furlough days. "Secretary [Chuck] Hagel has asked that we take another close look at furloughs, and we are in the process of doing that," DOD Comptroller Robert F. Hale said on April 18. "The furloughs, if they occur, are going to damage morale if that hasn't already happened, and seriously damage productivity in virtually every area of the department." DOD civilians---more than 700,000 employ- ees---were originally told to expect to have to take up to 22 mandatory furlough days, but DOD later reduced that number to 14 days after Congress provided DOD with some fiscal relief. Now, Hale said, even that number is being reconsidered. "[It's] an issue we're still looking at," Hale said. "If we end up doing them, we will take an overall approach which does it in a way that minimizes the adverse effects on mission to the extent we can." The prior day, two Maine senators, Susan Collins (R) and Angus King (I), sent a letter to Hagel asking him to urge DOD components "to redouble their efforts" to reexamine fiscal 2013 budgets to find even more ways to further reduce or eliminate furloughs. To see more, go to: www.defense.gov/News/ NewsArticle.aspx?ID=119816. To see the sena- tors' letter, go to: www.ifpte.org/downloads/news/ manager/281c.pdf. VA tackles oldest backlogged claims The Department of Veterans Affairs announced a plan to speed up its compensation claims process by prioritizing claims that have waited the longest for a decision. Under the new plan, which effectively began continued from page 4 continued on page 8 IHC Financial Group specializes in the review of government benefts, offering individual or group programs to help maximize your benefts. l Optimal retirement dates l Annuity & Individual retirement accounts l Reduce FEGLI costs l Thrift savings plan rollovers l Long Term Care When it comes to fnancial obstacles, we're ready to help. Call 512-346-4610 ext 2827 to request your free federal retirement benefts analysis or visit www.ihcfnancial.com.
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