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Congressional Legislation
21st Century Postal Service Act of 2012
Bill # S.1789

Original Sponsor:
Joseph Lieberman (I-CT)

Cosponsor Total: 2
(last sponsor added 11/02/2011)
  1 Republicans
  1 Democrats
About This Legislation:
This summary has been edited for length 21st Century Postal Service Act of 2012 - Title I: Postal Workforce Matters - (Sec. 101) Requires the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to determine, on an annual basis, any surplus contributions by the United States Postal Service (USPS) to the Federal Employees' Retirement System (FERS) and to transfer any such surplus amount to USPS in FY2011-FY2013 to be used to pay the cost of voluntary separation incentive payments for postal employees who voluntarily separate from service before October 1, 2014, and for additional retirement service credits. Allows any additional surplus contributions to be used for repayment of debts incurred by USPS, for workers' compensation payments, and for making required payments to retiree health and pension funds. Title II: Postal Services and Operations - (Sec. 201) Sets forth requirements for the closing or consolidation of a postal facility (defined as any facility that is primarily involved in the preparation, dispatch, or other physical processing of mail, excluding any post office, station, or branch or any facility used only for administrative functions), including conducting a study on reducing the capacity of a facility rather than closing it, providing a 45-day period for public comment on such study, and providing a 30-day period for consideration of public comments by USPS on any proposed closing or consolidation. Title III: Federal Employees' Compensation Act - Workers' Compensation Reform Act of 2012 - (Sec. 302) Amends the Federal Employees' Compensation Act (FECA) to revise benefit payments for FECA enrollees. Reduces FECA benefits for totally disabled enrollees to 50% of their pre-disability pay upon the enrollee reaching full retirement age, as defined in the Social Security Act. Excludes any enrollee who: (1) has attained retirement age by the date of enactment of this Act, or (2) is an individual who has an exempt disability condition. Title IV: Other Matters - (Sec. 401) Requires USPS, not later than 90 days after the enactment of this Act, to submit to the House Committee on Oversight and Governmental Reform and the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs a plan on how it will become profitable by FY2015 and achieve long-term fiscal solvency. Requires quarterly updates on such plan until the last quarter of FY2015. ...
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