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Federal Employees News Digest : June 17, 2013
has taken to prevent a reoccurrence. The letter also asks for details on backup systems, the frequency of back- ups, and how the department is working with affected applicants and lenders in the wake of the incident. To see more, go to: www.portman. senate.gov/public/index.cfm/files/ serve?File_id=b8bd3c5f-1ddd-419a- b4d7-026d80d67e33. ••• In Brief New retirement claims ease The Office of Personnel Management reported that retirement claims contin- ued to come in slightly below estimates for the second month in a row after surging in the first quarter of the cal- endar year. In its monthly claims processing update, OPM reported receiving 7,084 new claims in May, about a thousand less than the 8,000 it had forecast. While the agency had project- ed it would process 11,500 claims in May, it processed slightly fewer than that---10,954---but did so after OPM Retirement Services on April 28 elimi- nated all overtime for the remainder of the fiscal year due to funding reductions necessitated by the sequester. OPM reported a remaining backlog of 26,210 claims at the end of May, about the same number it recorded at the end of 2012. While OPM had expected to whittle its backlog to 19,578 claims by the end of May, an unexpected surge of claims in February and March resulted in OPM receiving 18,244 more claims in the first quarter than it had forecast. To see more, go to: www.opm.gov/ about-us/budget-performance/strategic- plans/retirement-processing-status.pdf. ‘No knives’ campaign pays off Facing strong opposition from work- ers in aviation-related professions, the Transportation Security Administration this month backed away from plans to allow passengers to carry certain knives onto plans. "I commend Secretary Napolitano and Administrator Pistole for listening to our concerns and having the wisdom to withdraw this proposal in light of the grave safety and security risks to our members at TSA, to the flying pub- lic and aviation employees," American Federation of Government National President J. David Cox Sr. said in a June 5 statement. TSA had announced in March that it would allow knives with blades up to 2.36 inches long through security and onto planes starting April 25, but later temporarily postponed implementa- June 17, 2013 Vol. 62, No. 46 4 Visit us on the Internet at www.FederalDaily.com continued from page 3 When you're ready to do something bigger When you're ready to advance your career You are ready for American Public University American Public University is ready to help you move your career forward. We offer respected degrees in Business Administration, Information Technology, Security Management, Management, Military Management and Program Acquisition, and more --- completely online. We're also able to provide our students with opportunities beyond the virtual classroom working with select Fortune 500 companies and government agencies. And people are taking notice. We've been nationally recognized by the Sloan Consortium for effective practices in online education. When you're ready, visit StudyatAPU.com/FEN We want you to make an informed decision about the university that's right for you. For more about the graduation rate and median debt of students who completed each program, as well as other important information---visit www.APUS.edu/disclosure. continued on page 5
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