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Federal Employees News Digest : July 1, 2013
FERS Retirement Your 2013 Your FERS Retirement - 2013 Edition Your FERS Retirement is the #1 best-selling retirement publication specific to the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). Order our latest edition for step-by-step instructions and expert advice on: • Calculating your basic annuity and adjusting for life changes • Health insurance (FEHBP) benefits during retirement • Determining your amount of creditable service • And more! Get the retirement you deserve - order Your FERS Retirement today! www.FederalDAILY.com/catalog or 800.989.3363 ORDER THE 2013 EDITION TODAY! July 1, 2013 Vol. 62, No. 48 6 Visit us on the Internet at www.FederalDaily.com continued from page 5 continued on page 8 rates and coverage for the 14 carriers later this year before the beginning of federal benefits open season. To see more, go to: www.opm.gov/news/ releases/2013/06/opm-selects-vendors-for- dental-and-vision-benefits-program/. OIG says private partnerships could bolster USPS The U.S. Postal Service should consider greater use of public-private partnerships to improve its financial condition and infra- structure, according to a new study from the USPS Office of Inspector General. “Public-private partnerships (PPPs) are an increasingly popular way for govern- ments to achieve policy goals and develop infrastructure, while shifting short-term financial burdens away from taxpayers and strained government coffers,” states the report. The study notes that such partnerships have helped international postal operators trim the costs of providing universal service while drawing in expertise and capital from the private sector. “Foreign posts have used PPPs to lower the costs of providing retail services to the public through franchising initiatives and to upgrade their vehicle fleets while reducing fleet management costs,” the OIG report said. “These strategies have also helped foreign posts adapt to the decline in the hard-copy mail market by changing the nature of their costs from fixed to variable, so that costs fall along with declining mail volumes.” The OIG noted that while USPS does not have a single cohesive PPP strategy, it does already have experience with PPPs in a few areas—such as the Contract Postal Unit program that lets private retail facili- ties sell postal services, the work-sharing program that gives USPS’s mailing industry customers discounts for doing some of the postal work themselves, and a number of marketing affiliate relationships with private businesses. The OIG said that other PPP models successfully used by foreign posts—such as franchising, collocation in private retail facilities, and sale and leaseback agree- ments—present “real opportunities” for USPS going forward. The paper reviews lessons learned from existing USPS partnerships, examines fac- tors for successful PPPs based on the experi- ences of foreign postal operators and other U.S. government agencies and identifies best practices and potential partnership oppor- tunities for the Postal Service. “While PPPs are not a panacea, the review indicates there is potential for the Postal Service to receive further benefits from greater use of PPPs,” the OIG said. See the report at: www.uspsoig.gov/foia_ files/rarc-wp-13-011.pdf. Refusal to testify would merit firing A House lawmaker this month intro- duced a bill that would require the termina- tion of any federal employee who refuses to answer questions at a congressional hearing. The bill (H.R . 2458) comes in the wake of
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