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Federal Employees News Digest : May 27, 2013
WWW.FEDERALDAILY.COM/CATALOG • 800.989.3363 How To ManageYour Federal Job Furlough Plan ahead now in case your agency decides to take action. This guide is sold as a PDF download for quick purchase and delivery, so you have instant access to the information you need. Topics include: •How furlough days are designated •What happens to an employee’s paycheck during a furlough •How furlough time affects annual and sick leave accrual •How furlough time affects CSRS and FERS retirement eligibility and annuity computation •And more! Make sure you understand all the consequences of a furlough before it happens---order How To Manage Your Federal Job Furlough today. FederalDAILY Answer Book May 27, 2013 Vol. 62, No. 43 5 Visit us on the Internet at www.FederalDaily.com Legislative remedy Two Minnesota lawmakers also have entered the fray by introducing a measure that would help vets still waiting for benefits. The bicameral Quicker Benefits Delivery Act (H.R. 1980), introduced by Democrats Sen. Al Franken and Rep. Tim Walz, would let veterans use local doctors for their initial diagnosis, thereby avoiding long wait times at VA hospitals. The sponsors said the move will allow faster rating decisions for vets and conserve VA resources. According to the sponsors, the bill also would require VA to quickly award interim benefits to disabled vets based on their ini- tial diagnosis when that diagnosis "clearly supports" such awards. This would allow those vets to receive benefits while VA con- tinues to review their cases. The bill also would authorize VA to pro- vide more timely payment of housing ben- efits under the GI Bill to student vets. "Right now veterans are waiting too long to start receiving the benefits they've earned from the VA," Franken said in a statement." That's why I've joined my colleague to intro- duce bipartisan legislation to get benefits into the hands of veterans and their families as quickly as possible and help to reduce the claims backlog at the VA." Currently, about 600,000 vets have been waiting 125 days or more for the VA to process their claims, the bill's sponsors said. See more on VA efforts at www.va.gov/ opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=2446, and more on the bill at: www.franken.senate. gov/?p=press_release&id=2407. House members protest DOD furlough policy More than two dozen House lawmakers this month registered their objections to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's decision to furlough DOD civilian employees for 11 days over the remainder of the fiscal year. In a May 15 bipartisan letter, sent on the eve of Hagel's furlough announcement, the House members took particular exception to the fact that the across-the-board man- datory furloughs also would apply to DOD components that have found ways to avoid furloughs within their operations. "We believe this policy of mandatory civilian furloughs in every single depart- ment and agency is deeply misguided and urge you to change course," stated the letter. "The idea of mandating civilian fur- loughs across the DOD flies in the face of implementing sequestration prudently," the letter said. "If the Department of the Navy or other DOD agencies can find ways to avoid furloughs, you should allow them the flexibility to do so and protect our civil- ian workforce." Calling the strict imposition of furloughs "bad policy," the lawmakers also said that the move looks like "an attempt to impose continued from page 4 continued on page 6
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