The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has issued a Scam Alert to all Federal Retirees regarding a scam in which imposters are contacting federal annuitants to try to steal money from them. This is how the scam works: An imposter claiming to be an OPM employee contacts a retired federal employee and threatens to cut off his/her retirement payments and tells them that a magistrate will prosecute. Then the imposter demands an immediate payment. The imposter can sound quite convincing and my actually use real names and titles. They may also have identifiable information on the retiree they contact.
Remember, OPM never makes phone calls such as these to retired federal employees, so DO NOT fall for any such phone calls.
If you have encountered or may encounter one of these scams, please report it to the OPM Office of Inspector General by calling the hotline at 877-499-7295 or use the OPM online complaint form which can be found on the IG Section of the OPM website www.opm.gov Please share this alert with your federal retiree friends who may not have e-mail.
UPMA Legislative/PAC teleconference, October 9, 2017
Budget Reconciliation Process
Congress must first pass a Budget Resolution – does NOT have force of law.
Budget Resolution creates a legislative fast-track to enact fiscal proposals, by enabling the Senate to pass with a simple majority and under expedited rules.
GOP to use Budget Reconciliation to enact Tax Reform bill.
Budget Reconciliation used to offset revenue losses.
House Budget Resolution ((H.Con.Res. 71)
Approved by House (219-206) on October 5.
Reconciliation instructions require Oversight & Government Reform Committee to cut $
32 billion from programs under its jurisdiction.
The only programs with money are CSRS, FERS, TSP and FEHBP.
Further action awaits Senate approval of its own Budget Resolution.
H.Con.Res 71 – Postal Provisions
Move USPS “on -budget”.
◦ Receipts and expenses included in federal budget.
◦ Postal appropriations subject to sequestration ($35 million).
Recommends Postal Reform legislation akin to HR 756.
◦ Flexibility to respond to falling mail volume and changing market conditions.
◦ Frequency and mode of delivery.
◦ Expand products and services to generate revenue.
◦ Equalize employer FEHBP & FEGLI contributions.
◦ Address retiree health pre-funding.
Senate Budget Resolution (S.Con.Res. --)
Approved by Senate Budget Committee on October 4.
Will likely be consider next week.
Does not currently include reconciliation instructions that would impact federal retirement and health benefits.
HR 756, Postal Reform Act of 2017.
Still pending before House Ways & Means Committee.
Still pending before House Energy & Commerce Committee.
President’s call for tax reform legislation dominating Ways & Means agenda.
Looking for committee daylight.
UPMA PAC Information
UPMA members contributed $15,861 at National Convention.
2017 PAC recipients primarily belong to:
◦ Oversight & Government Reform Committee.
◦ Ways & Means Committee.
◦ Energy & Commerce Committee.
◦ Senators up for election in 2018.
“Leader of the PAC”
◦ Average contribution per UPMA member (minimum 20 contributors).
◦ Legislative/PAC Chair must be present at Legislative Advocacy Days.
Legislative Advocacy Days 2018
Monday, February 26, 2018,
◦ Morning Program at Renaissance Arlington Capitol View Hotel
◦ Afternoon Program at U.S. Capitol
◦ Evening Reception in Rayburn Foyer of the Rayburn House Office Building
Tuesday, February 27, 2018, Day to Engage with Senators and Representatives
Must call hotel to provide credit card ASAP, 800-228-9290
Create Chapter Network
Create What’s App Group, starting with Executive Board.
Instruct to Call Senators to Reject Any Budget Resolution that includes Reconciliation to Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee.
UPMA chapter officers and legislative activists should call their U.S. Senators (202-224-3121) this week with the following message:
"I urge Senator Grassley and Ernst to oppose any Senate Budget Resolution that includes reconciliation instructions to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee to cut the retirement and health benefits of UPMA members – Postmasters, postal managers and retirees.
Eight Iowa Postmasters and Retirees attended the 2018 Legislative Advocacy Days in Washington DC on February 26 and 27. After listening to Senators, Representatives, the Deputy Postmaster General, and Megan Brennan, Postmaster General on Monday, we went to every elected official's office to meet with their staff and meet with Congressman David Young on Tuesday. It will help if you could contact your Representative and Senators to urge support for HR 756.
March 27, 2018 update.
Please contact your House Representatives about supporting HR 756 and your Senators to support S 2629.
Iowa UPMA Retired Officers elected 4/22/2017
Tom McGuire, Iowa Retired President, 514 N Thorington St, Algona IA 505115514 N Thorington St, Algona IA 50511
Anoka Stratton, wife of Jack Stratton died on April 25, 2018. She was born on December 1, 1924.
A celebration of life service will be at the Collins Community Center, Collins, IA 50055 on July 25, 2018.
From Bob Levi, 7/17/2018
Phone Script Requesting Cosponsorship of H.Res. 993, a measure Opposing Privatizing the US Postal Service
This call should be made to members of the House of Representatives.
Capitol Switchboard 202-224-3121
I’m calling to ask Representative ____________ to cosponsor House Resolution 993, bipartisan legislation expressing the sense of Congress to sustain the Postal Service as a government entity and to oppose efforts to privatize it. Rep. Steve Lynch (D-MA) and Rodney Davis (R-IL) introduced H.Res. 993.
A recent White House proposal to privatize the Postal Service would destroy universal mail service, raise postage rates and gut essential services to rural America and other postal reliant communities.
If the Congressman has any questions, please have him/her call me back. My phone number is ___________.
Please let me (Bob Levi, email@example.com ) know when Representative signs on to the bill.