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Health benefits expanded to more employees

The Office of Personnel Management has issued final rules expanding eligibility for FEHB (the Federal Employees Health Benefits program), along with a full employer contribution, for certain temporary, seasonal and intermittent employees currently ineligible. Those categories will become eligible if they are expected to work, or be on certain types of approved leave without pay such as parental leave, on average for 130 hours per month and are expected to work at least 90 days. The rules in the Oct. 17 Federal Register are effective in time for those newly eligible employees to elect coverage for the 2015 plan year.

ANPR is pleased to have supported this successful expansion of health benefits to seasonal employees.

Read more details about FEHB

www.opm.gov/healthcare-insurance/healthcare

Erika Jostad, ANPR president

Highlights from Ranger Rendezvous 2014

Keynote Speakers Spark Conversation

Mike Reynolds, NPS Associate Director of Workforce, Relevancy and Inclusion, didn't mince words when he admitted to "harsh truths I need to tell you." The hiring process is broken, he said, but "these things are fixable." He suggested an advocacy group, possibly involving ANPR members, to help work toward "giving seasonal a fighting chance in a competitive system." However, he cautioned against "going around the rules."

Alexa Viets, NPS Centennial Coordinator for the Director's Office, invited ANPR members to get involved with centennial projects next year, leading to the agency-wide celebration in 2016 of the 100-year anniversary of the National Park Service.

Alan Spears of the National Parks Conservation Association delivered a keynote entitled: "America's Best Idea: NPS Branding and its Impacts on Diversity Enhancement." In a spirited presentation, Spears said, "I'm a fan of what you guys do, and after being here it makes me want to paddle harder." He asserted these key points: enhancing cultural diversity is the right thing to do, successful cultural diversity involves a focus on youth (but it's not the only approach), the NPS has failed to make meaningful progress on this issue, black and brown people need mentors, and it's important to look for new students everywhere.

Jim Syvertsen, a wilderness ranger at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, quieted the audience with his gut-wrenching retelling of a work trip in 2011 that ultimately ended in the loss of his right foot. Syvertsen's talk, "The 'I' in Risk: Personal Responsibility in Rish Management," covered the events leading up to his accident, details about his severe injuries, and how he survived a cold night on a steep mountainside. He examined what went wrong on his trip and listed the Dirty Dozen Human Errors: lack of communication, complacency, lack of knowledge, distraction, lack of teamwork, fatigue, lack of resources, pressure, lack of assertiveness, stress, lack awareness, and the normalization of risk. He stressed the importance of assessing personal rick on any venture: What are you trying to accomplish? Is the risk I am about to take worth it?

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