Benefits

FEHBP: With premiums up 2.4%, feds, do your homework ...

OPM recently announced that employee premiums will rise an average of 2.4%—a modest increase. Federal employee advocates are advising feds to do a little homework to get the best deal.

LEO equity: Unions urge feds to push Congress

Federal employee unions and other labor advocates are pressing members to contact Congress to vote for H.R. 962 and companion Senate legislation, to correct a harsh unfairness built into law enforcement retirement and benefits. Currently, some feds get reasonable packages and others do not.

COVID: GEHA offers $75 vaccine incentive

About 67 percent of the U.S. population over 18 is at least partially vaccinated against COVID-19. Now, yet another federal employee health insurer, the Government Employees Health Association (GEHA), is offering feds a financial incentive to get their shots.

FEHBP: Vaccine incentives come to some plans

Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in FEHBP are offering a $50 incentive to member feds who get vaccinated.

DOD's electronic health records rollout hits 30 percent completion

DOD has completed nearly one-third of its rollout of its new electronic health records system, with 42,000 active users in more than a dozen states.

OPM streamlines procedures for carrying over leave during emergencies

The Office of Personnel Management is issuing interim regulations to make it easier for agencies to restore annual leave to essential employees whose unused leave was forfeited because of their work in responding to the coronavirus pandemic.

AFGE pushes for collective bargaining protections in NDAA

The goal is to invalidate a presidential memorandum from early this year that looked to roll back collective bargaining at the Department of Defense.

OPM expands 2021 dental, vision plans

The Office of Personnel Management has expanded the number of dental and vision insurance carriers selected to provide coverage through the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Program.

Connelly wants answers on FEVS delays

In a letter to the Office of Personnel Management’s acting director, Rep. Gerry Connelly (D-Va.) said that the House Committee on Oversight and Reform’s Subcommittee on Government Operations is “concerned about the apparent mishandling” of the survey.

AI commission floats idea of digital service academy

The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence has suggested establishing a national digital service academy to train technical talent.

Report: Rising fed COVID toll now tops 4,000 disabled, 60 dead

To date, more than 4,000 federal employees or their families have claimed disability compensation for COVID-19 contracted at work -- with around 60 more claiming death benefits, according to a new report.

House-passed NDAA expands paid leave benefit to excluded feds, bans TikTok

Title 38 employees working at the Transportation Security Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs and Federal Aviation Administration were not included in the original bill that established the benefit.

OPM rule protects feds’ health benefits during shutdowns

The Office of Personnel Management wants to be sure feds keep their health benefits in the event of a government shutdown and has proposed designating features of employee insurance programs as “emergency services.”

Surge of workers' comp claims could impact processing

Effects of the pandemic are expected to slow claims processing at the Division of Federal Employees' Compensation, according to a July 6 audit of the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs by the Labor Department’s Office of Inspector General.

Fed employee survey delayed again

The annual survey of federal employees on work and workplaces -- already postponed two months -- will now be delayed until Sept. 14.

Feds like their perks, fueling recruitment, retention

Federal employees continue to rate their benefits highly, as revealed in the most recent Federal Employee Benefits Survey.

Some unused leave restored for essential pandemic workers

New regulations will allow workers designated essential during the coronavirus outbreak to have their unused leave restored.