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February 2021

SPOKANE CHAPTER 32 NEWSLETTER

Published Monthly except July and August

www.narfespokane.org



21 - 02 Advocates for Current and Former Federal Employees February 2021



FEBRUARY CHAPTER MEETING MONDAY Feb. 8., 2021 - 11:00AM ZOOM MEETING: To Join the Zoom Meeting, you can call: 1.253.215.8782 Meeting ID: 869 6851 3284 Passcode: 142288 Or you can CLICK HERE to join online. PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Scott Robinson


I have been recruiting a Membership Chairperson for a few months. Arlene Patton will wear another NARFE hat as she volunteered to cover our Membership responsibilities. Thank you, Arlene.


Although the promise of COVID vaccines continues, one of our members reported losing four friends to raging COVID. Our age group appears to be at greatest risk of death; more so if we have other health issues. You can go to www.FindYourPhaseWA.org to learn when your turn for a vaccine will occur. Wife Tami and I did, and we are currently qualified for a vaccine. You can also go to www.doh.wa.gov/YouandYourFamily/Immunization/VaccineLocations to find seven vaccine locations in our local area. We were among the 3,000 people that got our first Moderna vaccine at the Spokane Arena. At the time of this writing, 38,000 vaccine doses have been given within a Spokane County population of 523,000 people (7%). I encourage you to be vigilant in contacting these locations to secure your vaccination appointment.


On January 22, President Joe Biden rescinded the previous administration's Schedule F executive order. It would have created a new federal employment category that politicizes federal jobs and threaten the delivery of services to the American people. NARFE strongly supports President Biden’s move to rescind this order.


OPM will mail all 2020 1099-R forms by January 31. However, you can go to OPM’s Retirement Services Online and access your 2020 1099-R today.


Please call me at 208-661-7695 or email me at scottsoriole@q.com if you have any questions regarding Spokane Chapter 32.


DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR


Due to the present health situation all Meetings are virtual until further notice.


ZOOM:


To Join the Zoom Meeting, you can call: 1.253.215.8782 Meeting ID: 869 6851 3284 Passcode: 142288 Or you can CLICK HERE to join online.


NARFE-PAC MaryAnn Bosky


You can contribute to NARFE-PAC contribution form in the NARFE magazine or by sending a check, made out to NARFE-PAC to our post office box. The address is: NARFE, PO Box 4592, Spokane, WA 99220.


The more members we have the more power to protect our benefits/retirement. We are speaking to all members not just those retired.

SPOKANE SERVICE CENTER Narfe0032@gmail.com 509-624-9465


LEGISLATION Roger Bosky


NEW BEGINNINGS


The Jan/Feb issue of the NARFE magazine presents NARFE’S advocacy positions for 2021-2022. We have seen and discussed these issues before, and its high time that some of them get accomplished. They include, among others:


· A fair COLA that measures inflation for seniors - the CPI-E

· Legislation to repeal or reform the Government Pension Offset (GPO) and the Windfall Elimination Provision. (WEP)

· Pay increases for Federal employees designed to achieve comparably with the private sector.

· Legislation to allow retirees to pay health care premiums with pre-tax dollars; a benefit currently enjoyed by employees.


The only way to let Congress know that we care about these issues is to tell them. There is a web site, GovTrack.us, that gives the status of bills in Congress. There is already a bill, HR82, dealing with the GPO and WEP. Surprising, they give the bill a 1% chance of passage. Your actions are needed to improve that percentage. As a means of increasing our impact on our representative, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, please call or email me with your story of how the GPO and WEP affect you. Personal stories are effective in reaching members of Congress. I would be glad to pass them on to her.