FEHBP Legislation Introduced in the House

Cadillac Plan TaxLegislation has been introduced in the House of Representatives by Representative Darrell Issa (CA-49) that would open up the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) to non-federal workers, retirees, and their eligible family members. Under the bill, H.R. 1408, the Affordable Care Act would be repealed and replaced in two years by allowing a special open enrollment season for individuals to enroll in health plans offered under the FEHBP. There would be no government/employer contribution for the health insurance premiums for those outside the federal community, and federal tax deductions would be provided instead. Continue reading “FEHBP Legislation Introduced in the House”

Executive Order Issued to Reorganize the Executive Branch

President Trump signs first executive order
President Donald Trump signs Executive Order

Yesterday evening, President Trump issued an Executive Order (EO) for a proposal to reorganize the Executive branch. Under the EO, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Mick Mulvaney, is tasked with formulating a proposal to reorganize Executive branch agencies, components, and functions. Agency heads will be given 180 days to submit proposals “to reorganize the agency, if appropriate, in order to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability of that agency.” The OMB Director will then have 180 days to submit an overall plan to the President, which can include recommendations to eliminate agencies, components of agencies, programs, and functions, and whether administrative actions or legislative authority is needed for the proposed changes. Additionally, the public will be invited to provide comments and ideas on ways to reform federal agencies through a coming notice in the Federal Register. Continue reading “Executive Order Issued to Reorganize the Executive Branch”