As I shared with you a few weeks ago, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has announced a claims submission blackout period that will affect all current FSAFEDS participants starting this July as OPM transitions from the current FSAFEDS program administrator ADP to a new provider, WageWorks. From July 30 through September 1, 2016, participating employees will be unable to submit FSAFEDS reimbursement claims, and FSAFEDS will not process claims, with exact cut-off dates varying depending on whether the participant seeks reimbursement online, via fax, or by the U.S. mail.
The OPM response letter claims that it is not possible to shorten the blackout period, suspend deductions or pre-approve claims, as NTEU National President Tony Reardon urged in his letter. NTEU is considering other options to help members, many of whom have recurring costs, such as child care, and who rely on that reimbursement to meet their other financial obligations. Facts about the blackout can be found on the FSAFEDS website.
I will be in touch soon with an update.