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.
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.
On May 4, the new Director of the Office of Personnel Management sent legislative proposals to Congress to cut Federal employee retirement benefits by $144 billion over ten years. POPA is a member of the Federal Workers Alliance and the Federal-Postal Coalition and has been working through these groups to block those proposals.
Patents management has recently made a change to the paid overtime authorization policy that should make it clearer to both employees and managers.