The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has submitted a legislative proposal to Congress that would greatly improve death benefits for federal employees killed in the line of duty.
OPM’s draft legislation would increase the amount of the current death benefit from $10,000 to $100,000, and would link these dollar amounts to automatic cost-of-living adjustments so the amounts do not remain static over time.
The proposal would also increase the current allowances provided for funeral and burial expenses from $800 to $8,800.
It would also expand the scope of beneficiaries who may receive death benefits and makes some additional changes to benefits for Foreign Service employees serving abroad.
The proposal was sent to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee that have jurisdiction over federal employee benefit programs.
NTEU supports this proposal, and I will keep you updated on its progress on Capitol Hill.