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Federal Employees News Digest : July 1, 2013
July 1, 2013 Vol. 62, No. 48 5 Visit us on the Internet at www.FederalDaily.com Advisory Committee in 2010 voted to stop treating wage and salary federal employees at the same location differently in terms of drawing local labor market boundar- ies, that policy still awaits OPM approval. Cartwright said the administration blames the delay on the current pay freeze. "Treating hourly wage employees as if they are in one local labor market for pur- poses of base pay and annual pay adjust- ments, and salaried workers as if they are in a different local labor market for purposes of setting pay is inconsistent and inequi- table," Cartwright said. "It violates basic standards of fairness." Cartwright said the bill would only raise the pay of the hourly wage employees, but would have no effect on the salaried GS employees. The American Federation of Government Employees, which applaud- ed the bill, said that blue-collar locality boundaries were drawn "according to the placement of military installations in the 1950s, long before federal white-collar workers were paid local differentials." "Treating salaried and hourly workers differently in this context is unfair and inef- ficient," AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr. said in a statement. "It makes the blue-collar employees at military depots, federal prisons and VA hospitals feel like second-class citizens. And their paychecks validate this feeling every two weeks." To see more, go to: http://cartwright. house.gov/media-center/press-releases/cart- wright-introduces-legislation-to-enact-fair- wages-for-all-tobyhanna. ••• In Brief OPM adds dental, vision carriers The Office of Personnel Management last week said it would expand the number of insurance companies that provide den- tal and vision benefits under the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP) in 2014. OPM has selected 14 carriers for 2014, up from the current 10. The number of dental carriers will increase from seven to 10 car- riers, and vision carriers will increase from three to four. OPM will award contracts for dental plans to Aetna, MetLife, United Concordia, GEHA, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Delta Dental, Triple S, Dominion Dental, Humana and Emblem Health. Contracts for vision plans will go to Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, VSP and United Healthcare. Coverage under the plans will begin Jan. 1, 2014. "Over the last six and a half years, the FEDVIP program has allowed federal employees, retirees and their families to access quality vision and dental coverage," said acting OPM Director Elaine Kaplan. "I am pleased that we were able to increase the number of carriers participating in the program, and now we will be offering more choices and flexibility for enrollees to select insurance coverage." This is the first time since 2006 that OPM has opened the program up for new contracts. Kaplan said OPM will announce continued from page 4 continued on page 6 LONG TERM CARE AND DISABILITY PLANNING FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYEES NEW GUIDE ORDER NOW FEDERALDAILY.COM/CATALOG 800-989-3363
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