Susan Collins, a Senator introduced S261-The Federal Employee Compensation Reform Act of 2011. Three thousand were targeted to BE REMOVED from OWCP rolls when they reached 65. They were then to apply for retirement at the rate of pay at the time of their injury. I am one of them.
I started this blog to augment the arguments made on other sites why this proposed law is intrinsically flawed and to counter the postings that are in favor of it.
Below are points made on my comment posted on Pop.Voc with the user name heythere
I Oppose S261 because it will have an adverse affect on the 3000 + injured federal workers over 70 years old.
I lost 17 years where I could have worked for 100% of pay. I lost the pay increases of those years.
My retirement would have been based on 40 years of employment, not on the 23 years I worked before I was informed that because of my limitations I was no longer employable by the Post Office. After taking into account the pay raises that I missed by not being able to work and deducting for income taxes I calculate that I lost $100,000 plus accruing sick and vacation hour in the intervening 17 years.
If S261 passed my income would drop by 35% which would put me in a position where I would have to drop my health insurance and avail myself of lunches and suppers at the local food kitchen at least part of the time.
I suspect that the majority of the older injured federal employees would drop into the poverty class with no tax savings as the citizens against government waste claim.
First the postal service reimburses OWCP + an administration fee on a yearly basis with their own revenue so removing this small group of older postal employees would have no effect on reducing tax expenditures.
Second, given the ages of the 3000 +their string is pretty short as is mine.
If you want to voice your objections to S261 F.C.A. Reform of 2011 a link to the website I posted on is provided below. An user name can be used publicly while your comment can be sent to your Senate Representatives with your name
Of 16 opinions tallied on this blog, one supports and 15 oppose the passage of S261, F.E.C.A. Reform of 2011 .
Senator Collins has no Sponsor for this bill.
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