Self Plus One Limited Enrollment Period

OPM is reporting a banner Open Season for health insurance enrollments, especially the new option this year, Self Plus One. This plan provides coverage for the federal employee and one other person, at a rate below Self and Family plan premiums.

Due to the high rate of enrollments in this new plan and to ensure everyone has max opportunity for access to it, OPM is allowing federal employees another opportunity to adjust their FEHB plan from Self and Family to Self Plus One.

The Limited Enrollment Period will be held from February 1 through February 29, 2016 (Leap Year!). Employees who pay their insurance premiums before taxes and are currently enrolled in Self and Family can change to Self Plus One. This is not an extension of Open Season: Employees will not be allowed to change plans, plan options or increase enrollment.

Employees are encouraged to make their changes electronically and should contact their local HR if they experience any issues or have additional questions.

More information on Self Plus One is available here.

More information on how to enroll is available here.

New Leave Category for Disabled Vet Feds

On November 5, 2015, the President signed the Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act of 2015 (Pub. L. 114-75) (Act). The Act adds section 6329 to title 5, United States Code. This new section provides a separate new leave category, to be known as “disabled veteran leave,” to any new Federal employee who is a veteran with a service-connected disability rated at 30 percent or more for purposes of undergoing medical treatment for such disability for which sick leave could regularly be used.

See link for full guidance.

President’s Pay Agent Memo

Not sure if this affects anyone in the 413, but FEB Greater Boston sent out a message with the memo linked below. Its a Nov 20 memo from the President’s Pay Agent regarding the Continuation of Locality Payments for certain Non-General Schedule Employees.
If you have any follow up questions, please contact OPM’s Pay Systems Office at
Memo indicating Continuation of Locality Pay