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Information on this page is provided by Roseanne Jefferson. Roseanne is a retired USPS employee with an extensive background in USPS retirement, disability retirement, OWCP, EEO, Labor Relations and HR. She conducts individual and group counseling and is able to comprehensively discuss the pros and cons of employees who are on OWCP, disability retirement and regular retirement. Roseanne will be happy to answer your postal retirement questions. Contact Roseanne at
Postal Retirement Q&A December 2010 Part One

Good Day Postal Employees: Dec 2010

My Christmas Gift to you: How to take Inventory of Your eOPF

November 2010 has produced many questions from all of you out there at I have answered each one and hopefully most have taken the advice and benefited. My column is pretty much geared to assisting employees in the process of retiring - because, "it just ain't like it used to be". No matter how much retiring on the phone is so distasteful to all of us, I just don't seeing it going anywhere. It's difficult to try to process the whole retirement concept when you are unfamiliar like most are. Like my first concern would be, as should yours be, much am I taking home per month? Because that right there...right the breaker for you on whether you going to retire or not. Believe me, I know, I've been there and have worked with hundreds of employees getting there; sun setting their postal careers with some type character, and a good feeling knowing a face to face discussion should produce some pride for "job well done". I know, I was HER, I was the one you went to when you wanted to retire...SORRY...THAT'S GONE, AND IT WON'T COME BACK. WHY?..PROFITABLE? UNPROFITABLE? REGARDLESS, IT'S STAYING. I CAN SHOW YOU WHY, BUT THAT IS NOT WHAT THIS COLUMN IS ABOUT.

I would like to share one of my favorite stories about a Christmas retirement. He was an EAS Postmaster retiring after 35 years. His spouse, she too was postal. They had their ups and down's in the PO as does everyone. They were excited he was retiring; although she had a few more years to go, as she was just a bit younger. They began on the same day, in the same orientation class, you know back in the day when it really meant something to be in orientation. So when I finished the session, and he was beginning to sign his paperwork, his wife stopped him. She opened up her purse and right there gave him a gift. As he opened it, they both smiled, as it was a pen, engraved with the day and time when he signed his retirement papers. As you see back then...when it meant something. (from the Roseanne Chronicles)

A client informed me this week, they were on the phone with HRSSC. Several retirement questions were discussed, but was then stopped and informed "your seven minutes is up, I cannot answer anymore questions, and you will have to call back". Now of course to make this claim, for my protection, I obviously made sure that the client called the local services staff @the district office to tell them the same thing so it's on record, with an "H-Ticket number". This is your only source of record; you may never get the same person on the phone twice on any situation EVER. THIS IS A VALUABLE PIECE OF ADVICE....AN H TICKET NUMBER !!

How do I know so much, THEY HIRED ME AND MY DISTRICT WOULDN'T RELEASE ME. But I had to learn their ever changing systems. From my perspective, you have no idea the impact of just getting all of your OPF's into that eOPF system. Papers had to be counted (each opf), chain of custody...all that good, for the employee. For me it was brutal, but I was one of the dedicated employees who could have just bs'd it through, but I didn't.

Your Christmas Gift: So valuable!!! TAKE A WALK DOWN MEMORY LANE - Go into your eOPF on postalease, for Christmas and go back and read about yourself. There is a lot of your personal history in your OPF. Letters of recommendation, or when you worked on a project that you may have have forgot about. While you are there, make sure every page is about you. Understand that just because you don't have a hard copy file any longer of your OPF, you still need to make sure all that in the eOPF is you. Mistakes have been made, and I have corrected them, but only if I knew. Sometimes there is old discipline, that everyone thought was out, and wasn't. Have fun looking at all you have done.
Postal Retirement Q&A December 2010 Part Two


Hi Just a last minute reminder...if you need dental of vision care for this only have

6 Days Remaining

Federal Benefits Open Season ends Monday, December 13th.

The Open Season Checklist is a handy guide to actions you need to take this open season to insure you have the FEHB, FEDVIP and FSAFEDS benefits you want.

You must use BENEFEDS to enroll or change enrollment in a FEDVIP plan. BENEFEDS is a secure enrollment website ( sponsored by OPM. If you do not have access to a computer, call 1-877-888-FEDS (1-877-888-3337), TTY number 1-877-889-5680 to enroll or change your enrollment.

You must use the FSAFEDS site to enroll in FSAFEDS. Please contact an FSAFEDS Benefits Counselor at 1-877-FSAFEDS (372-3337), (TTY: 1-800-952-0450), Monday through Friday, 9:00 A.M. until 9:00 P.M., Eastern Time for additional information.

You can get all the details at the Opens Season web page

As a retiree, I found this to be a great value...just do the research on the state you live and the plans available to is VERY AFFORDABLE.

Till we talk again Merry Christmas and & Happy New Year...Roseanne

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