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Petition Launched to Help Data Breach Victims

The personal information of at least 4.2 million current and former feds was compromised in the first data breach that hit an OPM personnel system. The agency is offering those affected individuals credit monitoring services and identity theft insurance for the next 18 months, free of charge. How many people were impacted by a second breach on the government’s security clearance database still isn't clear and it has not been determined whether those people will also be offered the same type...

Cyber Security Breach at the OPM

News Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, June 04, 2015 Contact: Sam Schumach Tel: (202) 606-2402 OPM to Notify Employees of Cybersecurity Incident WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has identified a cybersecurity incident potentially affecting personnel data for current and former federal employees, including personally identifiable information (PII). Within the last year, the OPM has undertaken an aggressive effort to update its cybersecurity posture, adding numerous...

Repost from OPM Director: Celebrating Every Member of our Federal Family

June 3, 2015 As we celebrate LGBT Pride Month, I want to proudly reinforce my continued commitment to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender members of our Federal family, and recognize the incredible contributions this community has made in service to the American people. We better serve the American people when our Federal workforce draws from and honors the unique talents and experiences of individuals from every community across this great country. Though we tackle tough challenges each and every day, the diversity...

New OPM Rule Could Prevent FEHB Coverage Gap

The Office of Personnel Management has proposed a new rule that would prevent a gap in coverage for employees who fail to enroll in a new health plan when employees' previous Federal Employees Health Benefits plans or options terminate. While OPM already provides enrollees of defunct plans or options a period in which they may elect to enroll in a new one, the proposed rule lays out actions OPM and agencies may take if an enrollee fails to do so within the allotted time period. Under current regulation, an employee's FEHB...

Coordination of Debt Repayments with Retirement or Workers’ Compensation

When you apply for disability retirement or workers' compensation benefits, your annuity or compensation is generally payable from the day following your last day of pay. If you are eligible to continue health benefits coverage, the employee share is withheld from your annuity or compensation retroactive to the beginning date of the annuity or compensation payments. If you have not made payments to your employing office for coverage during leave without pay status (either directly or through collection of the debt),...

Reader Question: What happens if I become disabled while working as a federal employee?

Q: I'm currently employed by a federal agency, but I've had a few troublesome health problems in the last year. I'm worried I will become disabled before I reach retirement age. What will happen to me and my finances? Do I need a Power of Attorney? A: If you become mentally or physically unable to handle your own money, a family member or someone helping you should contact OPM as soon as possible. When your family member or friends contact OPM, they will receive full instructions on what to do to take care of your...

Minimum Retirement Age (MRA) Plus 10 Annuity under FERS

A Minimum Retirement Age (MRA) plus ten annuity under the Federal Employees Retirement System is a provision that allows you to retire with benefits beginning immediately if you have ten years of service and have reached the Minimum Retirement Age (at least 55). However, the annuity is reduced for each month you are under age 62. The reduction equals five percent per year (or 5/12 of one percent per month). To avoid the reduction, you can postpone payment. You can later apply for the benefit by writing to OPM or filing...

Federal Employees Might Have to Repay Unemployment Benefits Used During Shutdown

The Office of Personnel Management released its guidelines for federal employees furloughed during the government shutdown late last week. The guidelines stipulate that because Congress has agreed to give furloughed workers back-pay for their forced time off, employees might have to repay any state unemployment benefits received during that time. Agencies must check to see whether any of their staff filed unemployment claims while out of work. If so, the agency must inform the state what amount of back-pay the employee(s)...

Irony: OPM Lists Contacts For Help While They Are Out On Furlough

On Friday, October 11, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) updated its Furlough Guidance website with new information dated October 4, 8, 9 and 11. The website offers Guidance for Shutdown Furloughs (October 11, 2013) and a Table of Recent Changes. The page also houses "Information on Paychecks" for the September 22 through October 5, 2013 Pay Period which consists of a series of FAQs on payroll. Ironically, OPM also lists a series of contacts, but does note that "these contacts...

Becoming Disabled While a Federal Employee

If you are a federal employee and become mentally or physically unable to handle your own money, a family member or someone helping you should contact OPM as soon as possible. When your family member or friends contact OPM, they will receive full instructions on what to do to take care of your retirement benefit for you. They will be asked for identifying information such as your claim number, name, and Social Security Number, as well as the name and address of the person responsible for your care.   Powers of Attorney The...

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