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Federal Employees News Digest : Aug 26, 2013
retirees would no longer be assured that USPS’s contribution to health benefits costs would be fixed by law as it is with FEHB. FEHB affected With a 25 percent reduction in enroll- ment after a USPS withdrawal of about 1 million employees and retirees, FEHB also would experience some changes, GAO noted. While GAO reported that selected FEHB plan representatives said effects on most non-postal enrollees would be limited to small increases or decreases in premiums, the study said it also is possible that about 29,000 non- postal employees enrolled in FEHB plans with mostly postal enrollment may need to choose a new plan if those plans withdraw from FEHB in the wake of the change. Among its key recommendations, GAO advised Congress to weigh the proposed plan’s impact on Medicare— which GAO said was “the primary policy decision for Congress”—and to examine ways to safeguard the plan’s assets. GAO also recommended that Congress make sure USPS health plan participants have protections comparable to those enjoyed under FEHB—including a for- mula for retirees’ contribution to health costs. To see more, go to: www.gao.gov/prod- ucts/GAO-13-658. ••• In Brief OPM to launch benefits survey The Office of Personnel Management this month announced it will administer a Federal Employee Benefits Survey to a random sample of federal workers this summer. OPM said it will use the results to guide development of benefits policy and educational programs. The survey was last performed in 2011. Benefits ques- tions were removed from the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey in 2010, making the FEBS the main survey tool for collecting employee attitudes on fed- eral benefits. “ The main purpose of the survey is to measure the importance, adequacy and value of employee benefits to ensure that available benefits align with best practices and employee needs,” stated a memo from OPM acting Director Elaine Kaplan. The survey, which will be admin- istered confidentially via e-mail to a random sample of employees, also will help the agency evaluate whether or not employees understand available benefits and flexibilities, OPM said. OPM also wants to collect employee August 26, 2013 Vol. 63, No. 6 4 Visit us on the Internet at www.FederalDaily.com continued from page 3 continued on page 8 NEW IN THE FEDSTORE Books by The Resume Place GIVE YOUR FEDERAL RESUME A BOOST ORDER TODAY FEND-BBTRP-hpa.indd 1 5/28/13 9:10 AM
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