Federal Employees News Digest
Part-time FEMA workers can get FEHB coverage
- By FEND Staff
- December 03, 2012
The Office of Personnel Management issued an interim final rule last month to revise Federal Employees Health Benefits Program regulations to make “certain employees who work on intermittent schedules” eligible to enroll in an FEHB health benefits plan.
The rule was aimed at opening coverage to part-time employees deployed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to aid in Super Storm Sandy emergency response operations.
Under the Administrative Procedure Act, OPM was able to issue the rule quickly, without first publishing a notice of proposed rulemaking, because OPM determined “for good cause, that notice and public comment are impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest.”
The interim final rule, which opens the door for FEMA to apply to OPM for authorization to offer FEHB to the workers, became effective Nov. 9. OPM issued a similar regulation in July that opened FEHB coverage to temporary wildland firefighters and fire protection personnel.
See the rule at: www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-11-14/html/2012-27743.htm.