Congress attempts Postal Reform...again February 24, 2021
The House Committee on Government Oversight met today to discuss Postal reform and what would potentially be included in any proposed new bill. An outline of the discussion was provided to the public and it holds a few clues as to what the committee is focusing on that would provide relief to the Postal Service.
The first section of the outline covered service standards, performance targets and performance measurements. If I can translate the legal language, the committee is looking into ways that would streamline the methods in which the USPS would apply for changes to service standards and to make public any performance targets and measurements before they are enacted.
The second part of the outline discusses changes to the health benefit plans postal employees and retirees are currently enrolled in. It would appear that a new Postal-only group of medical plans would be created using postal employees and retirees as the risk pool, potentially lowering premiums. The new plans would also require retirees to enroll in Medicare Part B when first eligible to keep their medical coverage through the postal service. The new Postal only plans would be required to maintain the standards and coverage of the current plans now managed by the FEHBP.
Both of these items are no surprise, they were included in past attempts to pass a new reform bill and Im sure that there are many other areas of possible reform that the committee will discuss. When that happens, I will keep you posted.
The complete outline is attached for your reading pleasure.
I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy,
USPS FAIRNESS ACT INTRODUCED: info from www.unitedpma.org
The USPS Fairness Act (HR 695/S145) was introduced this week in the US House and US Senate. The bill repeals the requirement to prefund Postal Service health and retirement benefits as mandated under the PAEA of 2006. Last year, the House passed the USPS Fairness Act by a 309-106 vote. It never received a vote in the Senate. UPMA believes in repealing the prefunding requirement and continues to fight for reforms that will strengthen the USPS in the long term – while protecting Postmasters and Managers pay and benefits. All postal labor unions expressed their support for the change. To read more, www.unitedpma.org.
The following letter was sent by a number of members of the House to the leadership in the Senate and the House to make sure that there are provisions in the next stimulus bill to give some relief to the Postal Service.
Daniel M. Heins
United Postmasters and Managers of America
This a sample letter to contact your elected representatives:
I’m a ______________in the United States Postal Service in CITY/STATE. Everyday I’m working on the frontline to make sure the postal service continues to maintain one-time and consistent deliveries for customers who are quarantining and rely on mail for essential supplies like food and medicine.
Therefore, I’m urging you to support Rep. Joe Neguse’s (D-CO) Protect Our Post Offices Act which will provide much needed support for the postal service and all frontline postal workers like
Rep. Neguse’s legislation will ensure that the postal service remains viable even with the rapidly decreasing mail volume. It will also provide access to critical personal protective equipment to protect postal workers from the coronavirus outbreak. I urge your support for this critical piece of legislation.
Thank you for your consideration.
you can find e-mail information for your representative at: