Among potential candidates for enactment in the post-election session of Congress are various proposed reforms to VA personnel practices, including shortening the disciplinary process there; some of those plans are tied to high priority bills improving various benefits to veterans. Further, hearings are expected into the premium increases effective November 1 in the Federal Long-Term Care Insurance Program, although the practical impact is questionable since OPM already has rejected a call to delay those increases and they will have taken effect by then. Chances are iffy for bills including: postal reform, which includes carving out a separate health insurance program for postal employees and retirees within the FEHB; restrictions on the use of administrative leave, which is paid time off without charge to other types of leave; various restrictions on appeal rights and awards, particularly for SES members and IRS employees. However, as a Congress is ending measures sometimes are taken up and passed quickly through short-cut procedures.
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