Members of the Federal Physicians Association who want more information on any of these developments should send an email to the office using the questions section below.
September 25, 2013, the House legislation to raise the debt limit includes a provision to increase federal employees' contributions to retirement by five percent and lower the federal government's matching contribution by five percent.
September 24, 2013, Premiums will increase on average 3.7 percent in FY 2014 for the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP.)
August 30, 2013, the President issued a pay plan calling for a 1 percent across-the-board increase for all federal employees, which would end the three-year freeze in federal pay. There would be no changes in locality pay under the President's plan. Congress has not included funding for a 2014 pay increase, which means the pay freeze could continue for a fourth year. Since 1969, there have been only two years where there was no increase in federal pay: 1983 and 1986. The last federal pay increase was 2 percent in 2010.
August 20, 2013, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington DC ruled that employees in sensitive positions cannot appeal suspensions and demotions to the Merit Systems Protection Board. The ruling potentially affects hundreds of thousands of employees since agencies have complete discretions to designate a position as "sensitive." The decision will likely be appealed to the Supreme Court.
July 17, 2013, Legislation introduced, H.R. 2711, that would provide broad authority to individuals to record conversations with federal employees, and at the outset of a conversation or interaction, to inform individuals of their right to record the conversation. The bill would reach across the government in its requirements to many federal employees having conversations with members of the public, not only to law enforcement personnel.
June 21, 2013, federal physicians will have more choices in 2014 to choose dental and vision insurance. OPM is adding four cariers to the vision insurance and 10 for dental insurance.
June 20, 2013, Rep. Mo Brooks introduces H.R. 2458 (R-AL) to terminate any Federal employee who refuses to answer questions or gives false testimony in a congressional hearing.
June 4, 2013, the Office of Personnel Management issued proposed rules to allow federal employees to ease into retirement by working part time while receiving partial pensions. FPA Members who want a copy of the details on phased retirement should contact FPA by email: email@example.com.
May 29, 2013, OMB sends a memo to agencies notifying them to prepare FY 2015 budgets that reflect additional cuts. The memo states that FY 2015 budget submissions should reflect a 5 percent reduction, and a possible 10 percent reduction, in the amounts originally planned for FY 2015.
May 28, 2013, the House Appropriations Committee approved spending bills that leave open the possibility of a 1 percent federal pay increase in January 2014.
April 26, 2013, legislation is introduced in the House to abolish the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.
April 24, 2013, OPM issued a 59 page guide for federal employees on furloughs. The furlough guide is available to members of the Federal Physicians Association.
April 18, 2013, members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee ask for a General Accountability Allowance study on the GS pay system and the extent to which it addresses critical skill gaps and appropriately compensates employees who achieve results.
April 15, 2013, the President signs legisaltion that cancelled the requirement for high-ranking federal managers and executives to publish personal financial information on-line.
March 12, 2013, the House budget proposal proposes increasing the amount federal employees contribute to retirement, reforming federal compensation to bring federal pay in-line with private sector pay and redcing the number of federal employees.