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Life Insurance OPEN SEASON

Life Insurance Open Season (September 1 - September 30, 2016)


The Federal Employees’ Group Life Insurance Program, FEGLI, is having an Open Season from September 1, 2016 through September 30, 2016. This is the first FEGLI Open Season since 2004.

During the month of September 2016, if you are a Federal employee eligible for FEGLI, you can elect any coverage that FEGLI offers, including Option C coverage on the lives of your eligible family members. Employees who are in their first 12 months of workers’ compensation are also eligible but they must meet pay and duty status requirements before their coverage can come into effect.

You do not need to be currently enrolled in FEGLI to elect coverage during the Open Season. Open Season elections have no medical exam required and no health questions to answer.

Elections made during the FEGLI Open Season have a one-year delayed effective date.Coverage you elect in the September 2016 FEGLI Open Season will be effective on the first day of the first full pay period on or after October 1, 2017, as long as you meet pay and duty status requirements.

For most biweekly employees, this means your coverage will be effective on October 1, 2017. For most Postal employees, this means your coverage will be effective on October 14, 2017.

Your new premiums will be effective when your new coverage is effective. You will not pay your new premiums during the one-year waiting period.

The FEGLI Open Season is for FEGLI-eligible employees and qualifying compensationers only. Annuitants are not eligible to make FEGLI Open Season elections. By law, annuitants are never allowed to elect or increase their FEGLI life insurance coverage, even during an Open Season. Like employees, annuitants can cancel or reduce FEGLI coverage at any time unless assigned. (PDF file)

Making Your FEGLI Open Season Election

There is no special election form to use during the FEGLI Open Season. You make your Open Season election using the existing FEGLI election form, Standard Form SF 2817 (PDF file)[1001.09 KB], or its electronic equivalent if your agency offers one. Submit your election to your agency’s human resources office.

If you submit your election by hand or electronically, be sure to indicate to your agency that this is an Open Season election. If your agency uses a shared service center or if you submit your election by mail, your agency may have a cover letter for you to attach to show that yours is an Open Season election.

Your agency will give you a copy of your election as proof of receipt. Your agency will give you another copy of the election when your coverage becomes effective after you meet pay and duty status requirements.

Be sure to elect ALL the FEGLI coverage that you want on your Open Season election, not just the coverage you want to add or increase. Any coverage you do not elect is waived or cancelled.

If you like your current FEGLI coverage, you do not need to take any action during the Open Season. If you do nothing during the FEGLI Open Season, you will keep your existing election. You are not required to re-elect your coverage.

Retiring after the FEGLI Open Season

All regular rules still apply for continuing FEGLI into retirement (PDF file) [2.19 MB]. This includes the requirement that for any types or multiples of coverage you wish to bring into retirement, you must have that coverage throughout your last five years of Federal service, or your entire period or periods of service if you retire with less than five years.

Because coverage elected during the FEGLI Open Season will be effective no sooner than October 2017, this means that if you want to bring your Open Season coverage into retirement, you must retire in October 2022 or later, five years after the coverage becomes effective.

If you plan to retire before October 2022, consider this when deciding whether to elect coverage during the FEGLI Open Season. By law, there are no waivers for the five-year rule under the FEGLI Program.


IAFF 53rd Convention


Relief Fund

General President Harold Schaitberger is on the ground in Louisiana, visiting the flood-ravaged region and meeting with affected members in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas. 

In St. George, Schaitberger -- along with 14th District Vice President Danny Todd and New Orleans Local 632 President Nick Felton -- distributed the first round of debit cards to provide financial relief to Local 4524 members and their families who lost their homes in the worst flooding to hit the state since Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

14th District Vice President Todd and leadership from the Professional Fire Fighters Association of Louisiana, Baton Rouge Local 557 and throughout the state continue to assess member needs and provide assistance through a command operations center established to provide financial assistance, clothing, water and other basic supplies to the hundreds of members whose homes were damaged as they worked throughout the storm serving their communities.  

The IAFF urges you to support your brothers and sisters in Louisiana by making a donation to the IAFF Disaster Relief Fund or send checks to:

Disaster Relief Fund
Attn: Chad Major
4894 Hwy 412 East
Slaughter, LA 70777

For more information on assistance needed, contact Local 557 Vice President Corey Sharp at (225) 936-6149. To apply for disaster relief, click here



Wilson Humphries is a firefighter with our department , Camp Parks Fire, in Dublin California.Wilson is also the Treasurer for our Union, Camp Parks Professional Firefighters Local F-305. Wilson is married with 3 kids, the oldest of which is Chylee. Chylee has been battling Leukemia for the last four years and recently relapsed for the second time/her third diagnosis. They live in Sonora California and their daughter is admitted to Children's Hospital Oakland. Its about a 2.5 to 3 hour drive from home to the Children's hospital. Wilson and his wife, Heidi ,trade weeks at that hospital and at home. This has not only caused a lot of stress in their lives and Chylee's but also in the lives of their young sons Ethan and Everett who only get to see mom or dad , not both together, for weeks at a time.The goal is to offer support to the family in the way of needed improvements to their home so that Chylee can live an environment more suited to her depleted immune system. Any assistance offered will be greatly appreciated. 
Below you will find the link to Chylees donation page.
Let's get the word out and get some assistance for our brother and his family.Please let me know if there are any questions.
Jeremy Whiteaker
IAFF Local F-305
Camp Parks Professional Fire Fighters
Camp Parks Fire Department
520 Mitchell Drive
Dublin , CA 94568
Cell:   (209) 380-2790
Work: ( 925) 875-4902



FLRA New Website

The Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) announced the launch of a totally new website- featuring a visually engaging design, simplified global navigation, improved usability and search function, all-new substantive content, and a convenient training-registration tool. See attached press release for details.
Ameeran Ali
Staff Assistant
Office of the General Counsel