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Federal Employees News Digest : April 29, 2013
April 19, VA will make provisional decisions on the oldest compensation claims in inventory --- those 12 months or older --- enabling eligible vets to begin collecting benefits more quickly. "Issuing provisional decisions not only pro- vides veterans with applicable benefits much more quickly, but also gives them an additional one-year safety net to submit further evidence should it become available," Allison Hickey, undersecretary for benefits, said in press statement. "Too many veterans wait too long for a deci- sion, and this has never been acceptable," said VA Secretary Eric Shinseki. "That is why we are implementing an aggressive plan to eliminate the backlog in 2015." The provisional decisions will be based on all evidence provided to date by the ben- eficiary or obtained by VA on their behalf. Medical examinations also will be expedited. Hickey added that any additional evidence vets have on hand for their cases also will be fast-tracked. With VA focusing on processing the oldest claims first, the overall measure of the average length of time to complete a single claim will increase a bit in the short term, but over time as those claims are cleared out of the system and more of the incoming electronic claims are processed, the average process time will signifi- cantly improve, according to the department. VA also released a factsheet explaining how its provisional rating system will work, detail- ing the benefits of the one-year safety net and outlining the impact the new system will have on the most vulnerable vets. To see more, go to: www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/ pressrelease.cfm?id=2437. GSA to bolster fleet with hybrids The General Services Administration said it will expand the number of hybrid vehicles in its fleet by up to 10,000 vehicles. The move, part of a new fleet consoli- dation initiative announced by GSA Acting Administrator Dan Tangherlini, will give agencies the chance to replace older vehicles with new hybrid models, GSA said. The changeover would mean using about 1 million fewer gallons of fuel per year for the life of the vehicles, according to the agency. "Providing a hybrid federal fleet is an essen- tial part of GSA's commitment to making gov- ernment agencies as efficient and effective as possible," Tangherlini said. "At a time when government needs to make every tax dollar count, GSA is committed to creating more energy efficiency and cost-saving opportunities like the fleet consolidation program that make government smarter and reduce our environ- mental footprint." The initiative will allow agencies to con- solidate vehicles into the GSA fleet inventory. If agencies choose to participate, "GSA will fund the total incremental cost to replace eligible consolidated vehicles with new hybrid sedans," according to a GSA statement. GSA said consol- idating with the GSA fleet also would provide partner agencies with a range of fleet manage- ment services for a low monthly cost. To see more, go to: www.gsa.gov/portal/con- tent/170175. April 29, 2013 Vol. 62, No. 39 8 Visit us on the internet at www.FederalDaily.com Thrift SavingsplanShareprices FuNDS April 23 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 14.0885 14.0702 13.8889 16.1521 15.9865 15.5582 20.0786 19.7744 16.9940 27.1539 27.2524 22.6956 22.2314 21.9583 18.7196 16.0946 16.0302 15.3343 19.8176 19.6711 17.8766 20.8579 20.6794 18.4128 21.7290 21.5272 18.8821 12.1165 11.9942 10.3734 Federal Benefits Q&A Question: "When an employee (FERS) retires due to the mandatory retirement age of 57, does that employee qualify for unemployment benefits as soon as he or she retires? I reside in Texas, and I will retire when I'm 57." Answer: Whether an employee who retires under the mandatory retirement rules qualifies for unemployment benefits as soon as he or she retires from federal service depends on state law. Chances are that the employee will NOT qualify for unemployment benefits because the employee did not lose his or her job through layoff, reduction-in-force, etc. You should check with the Texas Department of Unemployment Compensation for more information. 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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