As you may recall, many employees received less money in their monthly transhare subsidy allotment than what they were entitled to. NTEU filed a national grievance, won, and HHS still refused to reimburse employees for the excess portion they had to pay for transit services. NTEU then filed further legal action against HHS, and HHS and NTEU settled the claim on January 24, 2017. As a result HHS now needs to pay the retroactive subsidy to bargaining unit employees who paid a difference for transit, including former employees.
HHS is required to notify employees of their eligibility in writing (email and posted letter) by no later than March 2, 2017. Employees will have 30 calendar days to respond to this written communication from HHS. Employees have reported that this written notification has ended up in their junk mail folder. Please make sure you check there.
If any eligible bargaining unit employee does not receive notice, this letter from HHS Program Support Center Deputy Director Tim Brown has the information on how to challenge such decision.