A bipartisan group of senators has introduced a counterpart to a bill moving in the House to revise numerous Postal Service operating and benefits policies, adding a boost to prospects for enactment.
Like the House bill (HR-3067), the Senate measure (S-1720) would relieve the USPS of the obligation to prefund future retiree health insurance costs, strengthen transparency of service performance, create a carve-out health insurance program within the FEHB for postal employees and retirees, and require postal retirees to also enroll in Medicare Part B under certain circumstances.
While bills addressing some of the same issues have been offered for many years, in many cases the House and Senate versions differed significantly, in some cases split along partisan lines.
Also recently introduced in Congress were:
HR-3086 and S-1561, to require equal pay raises for all wage grade employees within a pay locality area as defined by the system applying to the GS system; currently, some wage grade employees within a GS area receive lower raises than others because of the way wage grade localities are defined.
S-1714, to provide health benefits to federal personnel suffering from symptoms consistent with microwave attacks, which were first identified among diplomats in Cuba in 2016 and which sponsors say since have also been experienced by more than 100 federal employees in China and elsewhere.