Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Yesterday, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee approved the bipartisan 2017 Postal Reform Act (H.R. 756) by a voice vote. The bill would create a separate Postal Service Health Benefits Program within the FEHBP effective January 1, 2019. The bill remains pending before the Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce Committees, but this was a big boost toward final House and Senate passage.

Also yesterday, the President released a budget “blueprint” for discretionary federal government expenses. A complete budget with income and mandatory spending, e.g, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, will be issued in May. In that regard, earlier this week the President issued an executive order seeking a federal government reorganization according to Federal News Radio.

Continuing federal appropriations funding requires Congressional action next month. The current continuing resolution expires on April 28. Furthermore, the Hill reports that “Lawmakers will have until sometime this autumn to raise the debt ceiling before the Treasury runs out of ways to make essential payments, putting the nation at risk of its first-ever debt default.”

Finally Federal News Radio also reports that President Trump withdrew President Obama’s nomination of Elizabeth Field to serve as OPM Inspector General.

Erin go bragh.

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