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Federal Employees News Digest : Sep 16, 2013
September 16, 2013 Vol. 63, No. 9 6 Visit us on the Internet at www.FederalDaily.com OPM claims processing retrenches Office of Personnel Management Retirement Services made gains on retire- ment claims in August, processing nearly 11,000 claims during the month. The agency had lost ground over the past few months after OPM Retirement Services had eliminated all overtime for the remainder of fiscal 2013 because of funding reductions due to the sequester. Retirement Services was able to resume limited over- time in August after OPM conducted a year-end budget review. The agency processed 10,955 claims in August, reducing the claims backlog at the end of August to 22,750---the lowest total OPM has reported over the last 12 months. At the end of August 2012, OPM had a backlogged inventory of 41,787 claims. The agency also processed 1,455 more claims in August than the 9,500 it had pro- jected. OPM also received fewer claims that it had forecast---8,104 received versus 8,400 predicted. In all, progress over the last month helped the agency make up lost ground and best its projected target goal of 23,342 by about 600 claims. OPM reported the results in its monthly claims processing update. See the report at: www.opm.gov/about-us/ budget-performance/strategic-plans/retire- ment-processing-status.pdf. ••• In Brief Unions say USPS plan would harm FEHB Three federal employee groups are urg- ing lawmakers to reject parts of pend- ing legislation they maintain would harm federal employee health care and workers' compensation programs. National Treasury Employees Union said that it---together with the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association and the American Federation of Government Employees---wrote a let- ter to members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, protesting provisions in the Postal Reform Act of 2013 (S. 1486) that would let the Postal Service pull its employees out of the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. The letter stated that the bill would allow USPS "to cherry-pick the largest areas of cost savings from the (Federal Employees Health Benefits Program), which will destabilize the FEHBP and raise costs for federal employees, retirees and their fami- lies," according to NTEU. Postal workers account for about a quarter of program's enrollment, NTEU noted. NTEU said the letter also took aim at a section of the bill that would amend continued from page 5 continued on page 8
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