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Federal Employees News Digest : Nov 18, 2013
Federal Benefits Q&A Question: "I completed my first season with the IRS in August 2013. I worked over six months and was certified that I was eligible for benefits. I decided not to enroll at the time, as I was told I would have another opportunity to sign up in November during open enrollment. Will I receive something in the mail that tells me how to sign up for benefits?" Answer: You will not receive anything in the mail to sign up for benefits. During the current federal benefits open season (Nov. 11 through Dec. 9, 2013), you need to enroll in a health insurance plan by filling out and submitting form SF 2809. If you want to enroll in a separate dental or vision insurance plan, you need to go to www.benefeds.com; and if you want to enroll in a health care flexible spending account and/or a dependent care flexible spending account, you need to go to www.fsafeds.com. Readers are encouraged to ask questions related to general employee benefits---such as CSRS, FERS, the Thrift Savings Plan, tax and estate planning, insurance, Social Security and Medicare---at the "Federal Benefits Q&A" at www.FederalSoup.com. Thrift SavingsPlanSharePrices FUNDS NOV. 12 ONE MONTH AGO ONE YEAR AGO G Fund F Fund C Fund S Fund I Fund Lifecycle Funds L Income L 2020 L 2030 L 2040 L 2050 Register free to get rates of return and other TSP info at: www.FederalDaily.com/pages/resources/thrift-savings-plan.aspx 14.2447 14.2170 13.9949 15.7457 15.7449 16.0324 22.7608 21.8977 17.3756 31.8906 31.2732 22.9168 24.7138 24.3178 19.3618 16.6267 16.5021 15.5384 21.2592 20.9215 18.2373 22.7435 22.3021 18.8206 23.9721 23.4500 19.3253 13.5206 13.1946 10.6271 November 18, 2013 Vol. 63, No. 18 13 Visit us on the Internet at www.FederalDaily.com continued from page 8 ••• In Brief USPS workers convert to full-time More than 1,500 U.S. Postal Service city carrier assistants converted to full-time career status on Nov. 2, according to the National Association of Letter Carriers. The conversions came under the terms of a memorandum of understanding between the union and USPS that governs residual vacancies in the letter carrier craft, NALC said. Most of the converted city carrier assis- tants had previously served several years as transitional employees. NALC said that although the number of conversions--- which were done to fill vacant full-time letter carrier slots---is not yet finalized, the union estimates the number at somewhere between 1,500 and 2,000. Those who served as transitional employ- ees immediately before their appointments as carrier assistants will not have to serve a probationary period as full-time career car- riers, NALC said. To see more, go to: http://www.nalc.org/ news/latest/11092013_conversions.html. Federal workforce shrank in October Federal employment declined by about 12,000 positions in October, according to numbers released Nov. 8 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The number of seasonally adjusted fed- eral employees, including postal, stood at 2.713 million in October, down from 2.725 million the prior month. That compares to 2.807 million in October 2012. The U.S. Postal Service accounted for about 4,400 of the 12,000 slots, according to the report. BLS said there were "no discernible impacts of the partial federal govern- ment shutdown on the estimates of employment ..." To see more, go to: www.bls.gov/news. release/empsit.nr0.htm.
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