Reminder that a new transit subsidy benefit system is coming for FY2019 that will only require applying once a year. The new enrollment/annual certification deadline for FY2019: September 4, 2018. You must take training prior to applying. Other time is available for POPA bargaining unit employees to take the training.
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The Temporary Extension of TEAPP Operating Procedures Agreement, known as the "Gap Agreement," has been amended to expire on November 30, 2018.
On May 25th, the President released three Executive Orders impacting federal employees and their unions. POPA has joined with twelve other unions to bring a law suit against President Trump, OPM and the OPM administrator, alleging that the Executive Orders are unlawful (a copy of the filing has been posted here). We have requested that the government be enjoined from enforcing the Orders. A hearing has been set for July 25th and we expect a decision the following day.
POPA joins in Executive Orders lawsuit
Below is a link to the brief we submitted along with 12 other unions on June 25.
The 2018 White House budget called for elimination of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program (see page 129). On May 23, 2017 the Education Department announced that hundreds of thousands of individuals on track for loan forgiveness under PSLF would not be affected by the current administration’s proposal to get rid of the benefit. Education officials have since clarified that the president’s proposal would only affect people taking out loans on or after July 1, 2018.