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June 24, 2011
 
Louis Atkins
Louis Atkins
Letter from Louie


     This has been quite a week for the Postal Service and for NAPS. On Wednesday, the Postal Service announced that it would immediately suspend its bi-weekly contributions to OPM for FERS benefits. Just one day later, Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) announced legislation that would reduce service from 6-days to 5-days per week, expedite post office closings and dramatically restructure the Postal Service's finances.  

     Friends, I don't have to tell you that we are in a serious fight for the financial survival of the Postal Service. Now is not the time for us to shrink back, but instead to fight back. I challenge you to educate yourselves on the legislation that is going to affect you as well as your family. We must act together as 32,000 strong and let Congress know that we vehemently oppose any legislative measure that will put thousands out of work and that will not help the long term vitality of the Postal Service. We need to let our lawmakers know that we sponsor HR bill 1351 that would provide access to the billions of dollars that has been overpaid to CSRS and FERS. On our website, we have the tools that you can use to communicate with your lawmakers. All you have to do is click on the Legislative Center and follow the prompts until you get to HR 1351 and see if your lawmaker has already sponsored this important piece of legislation.

     Please keep in mind the important dates that are quickly approaching. June 30 is the irrevocable date for VER-eligible employees as well as the opt-in-deadline for optional retirement and voluntary resignation under the Limited Special Incentive Offer.  The VER-Optional-Resignation effective date is July 31. The first round of posting has just been completed and selections will take place from June 27 through July 8.  The second round postings will begin July 26 and run through August 1.  The jobs of all non-impacted EAS who are awarded a position in the first round will be included in the second round of posting. Final selection will be from August 8 through 19.   NAPS will continue to monitor the restructuring process and react to the issues that are brought to our attention.  We encourage each and every one of our EAS members to be our eyes and ears in the field. We want to ensure that all are treated fairly and obtain positions.

     I want to wish a speedy recovery to Jay Killackey, NAPS Executive Vice President. Jay was recently hospitalized, but is now home in Boston and expected to make a full recovery.

     I understand that this is a difficult time. Now is not the time, however to give up. Encourage your fellow members that we can make a difference if we continue to fight.   

Brian's Bits
Update at NAPSHQ

Brian Wagner

    On June 10, Postalnews.com come 'Tweeted" and posted on its website; NAPS loses tax exempt status for failure to file returns.  This is a half-truth.  Your NAPS National Office at 1727 King St, STE 400 in Alexandria VA did NOT lose its tax-exempt status.  Postalnews.com made it appear that we did.  

     Unfortunately, many of our local NAPS branches throughout the country had their tax-exempt status revoked for "failing to file an annual information return or notice with the IRS for three consecutive years".  One such NAPS branch had a mailing address listed in Alexandria, VA; which gave the appearance it was NAPS HQ.
     Furthermore, NAPS local branches were not the only "postal-related" organizations on the IRS list.  Postalnews.com reported that local units of the League of Postmasters and NAPUS, local and auxiliary units of the American Postal Workers Union, the National Association of Letter Carriers, Postal Police and National Alliance of Postal Employees also had their tax-exemptions revoked. 

     The reason an organization appeared on the IRS list of organizations, whose tax-exempt status has been automatically revoked, was because IRS records indicated the organization had a filing requirement and did not file the required returns or notices for 2007, 2008 and 2009.   The IRS is contacting those impacted organizations with a letter informing them of their tax-exempt revocation. 

    Impacted NAPS Branches may request reinstatement of their tax-exempt status.  I suggest these branches visit www.irs.gov to get the full instructions on requesting reinstatement.  Again, NAPS Headquarters did not have its tax-exempt status revoked for not filing the proper tax returns.  Your NAPS national office remains tax-exempt/non-profit.

July 5 We Go Live!


    The new NAPS website will go live July 5th.   In order to prepare for those changes, the current NAPS website will go down Thursday afternoon, June 30. At this point, all usernames, passwords and Forum posts will be deleted. The website will not come back until Tuesday July 5 when our new, redesigned website goes live. Members can re-register on the site at this time.

     If you wish to keep any Forum posts, you must save them onto your personal computer. NAPS Headquarters will not have access to these posts after Thursday, June 30.

     It is important to note that ALL current "Members Only" users will lose their usernames and passwords because we are starting from scratch.  No one will be exempt, no matter how long you have had your username.  Everyone wishing to have access to the Members Only information and everyone wanting to receive the NAPSHQ 2 U newsletter MUST register in the new website.  Remember, this will only happen when the new website is activated.  

     In the meantime, use your old username and password.  If you don't already have a username and password and register now, it will be deleted upon implementation of the new site, and if you try to register now and already have a username and password, you will be rejected.  NAPS only allows one username per member.

     NAPS Headquarters will be open until 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time Tuesday through Thursday July 5-7 to assist members with the re-registering process. If you have any questions regarding this process, please email  naps.rt@naps.org. 

 

AMP Feasibility Studies and Consolidations     

June 4-June 24 

  • Decision to consolidate all mail processing operations at the Glenwood Springs, CO, CSMPC with the Grand Junction, CO, P&DF.
  • Decision to consolidate all originating mail processing operations at Sioux City, IA, P&DF into Sioux Falls, SD, P&DC.

NAPS Legislative Update

Issa Introduces Postal Reform

 

Bruce Moyer 23
Bruce Moyer
NAPS Legislative Counsel 

      Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA), chairman of the House Committee on Government Oversight and Reform, today introduced legislation to create two new governmental units to restructure the Postal Service's finances and close down post offices and other facilities.   The "Postal Reform Act of 2011' would change the Postal Service in numerous other ways.    

Click here for the statement released by Congressman Issa.

 

Click here to the link to Issa's legislation.   


OPM Announces Suspension of FERS Payments

 

The U.S. Postal Service announced on June 22 that it immediately will suspend its bi-weekly contributions to the Office of Personnel Management for Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) benefits, citing overpayment of its FERS obligations by enough of a margin to where a nearly $7 billion surplus currently exists.

 

NAPS President Louis Atkins commented : 

 

"For months the Postal Service has indicated that its worsening financial condition will put at risk its ability to satisfy a series of financial obligations, including a statutorily-required advance payment of $5.5 billion in late September for future retiree health benefits along with fulfilling other basic operating expenditures. The termination of the FERS payments is the first in a series of last-ditch efforts by the USPS to remain financially solvent.

     The National Association of Postal Service believes the Postal Service's actions underscore the critical need for Congress to address the Postal Service's pension surpluses in both CRS and FERS. Surpluses as large as $75 billion in CSRS and $7 billion in FERS may exist.

     While the legality of the Postal Service's action is unclear, USPS and OPM have agreed to seek legal review through the Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice.  If the Postal Service has erred, it will make the necessary catch-up payments.

     In the meantime, OPM and USPS will continue to award full service credit for employees retiring from the Postal Service, regardless of the state of USPS-employer contributions to FERS.  NAPS will continue to work to assure that the interests of its members and their retirement benefits are fully protected."

2011 Restructuring Documents

 

NAPS logo

 NAPS RIF FAQs  

Additional RIF FAQs 

2011 Organizational Redesign Information 

2011 Organizational Redesign VER 

2011 Restructure-Westchester District 

2011 Restructure-Suncoast District 

2011 Restructure-Baltimore District  

2011 Special Incentive Off FAQs  

 

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