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Birth Date Changes for Optional Life Insurance

Effective October 16, 2003, the Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM), section 533.224, Birthdays and Pay Periods, is revised to conform with Office of Personnel Management (OPM) regulations concerning the point at which an employee moves to a new age band in paying for optional insurance under the Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) program. Rather than waiting until after the first of the year, employees change age bands effective the pay period following a birthday.

We will incorporate these revisions into the next printed version of the ELM and into the next update of the online version accessible on the Postal ServiceTM PolicyNet Web site; go to; click on More References, then Manuals.

Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM)

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5 Employee Benefits

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530 Life Insurance Program

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533 Cost, Payment, Withholdings

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533.2 Optional Insurance

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533.22 Withholdings

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[Revise the title and text of 533.224 to read as follows:]

533.224 Birthdays and Pay Periods

For optional insurance purposes, an employee attains age 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, or 60 on the first day of the first pay period following the pay period in which the birthday occurs.

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- Compensation,
Employee Resource Management, 10-16-03


Publication 528, Veterans and the Military on Stamps, Is Available at the Material Distribution Center

The Material Distribution Center (MDC) has replenished its stock of Publication 528, Veterans and the Military on Stamps, in time for Veterans Day ceremonies. If your facility is planning a Veterans Day ceremony honoring those who have served our nation, especially Postal Service personnel who are veterans, this publication makes a wonderful memento.

Publication 528 presents more than a hundred stamps related to military veterans and events from the 20th century, accompanied by informative biographical and historical descriptions. The 2003 edition of Publication 528 includes the images of the recently issued stamps commemorating the Korean War Veterans Memorial and the Purple Heart. Through this publication, the Postal Service honors all the people who have served and who continue to serve in our nation's military forces and pays tribute to their sacrifices, devotion to duty, and place in history.

You can order Publication 528 by one of the following means:

Touch Tone Order Entry: Call 800-332-0317, Option 2.

Note: You must be registered to use TTOE. To register, call 800-332-0317, option 1, extension 2925, and follow the prompts to leave a message. (Wait 48 hours after registering before you place your first order.)

E-mail: Complete PS Form 7380, MDC Supply Requisition (manually or by using FormFlow), and send it as an attachment to the e-mail address MDC, Customer Service or to

Mail: Mail a completed PS Form 7380 to the MDC at the following address:

TOPEKA KS 66624-9702

The relevant ordering information for Publication 528 is as follows:

NSN: 7610-05-000-5522
Unit of Issue: EA
Bulk Pack Quantity: 250
Price: $0.5184
Edition Date: 07/03
Quick Pick Number: N/A

Publication 528 is accessible on the Postal Service PolicyNet Web site; go to; click on More References, then PUBs. It also is accessible on the Internet at; click on About USPS & News, then Forms & Publications, then Browse All Periodicals & Publications, and then Publications (either PDF Format or Text Format).

- Special Emphasis Programs,
Diversity Development, 10-16-03


Motor Vehicle Operator Exam 230, Tractor-Trailer Operator Exam 240, and Motor Vehicle Operator/Tractor-Trailer Operator Exam 238

Effective October 16, 2003, the following new exams will be activated:

• Motor Vehicle Operator (MVO), examination 230.

• Tractor-Trailer Operator (TTO), examination 240.

• MVO/TTO, examination 238.

These new exams are assessment questionnaires. They replace the current rated application process and make obsolete PS Form 5920, Motor Vehicle Operator and Tractor-Trailer Operator Application for Employment, dated September 1998.

Applicants should use revised PS Form 5920, Motor Vehicle Operator and Tractor-Trailer Operator Assessment Worksheet, dated June 2003, as a guide for completing the assessment part of the new exams.

PS Form 5920 is available on the Postal Service PolicyNet Web site; go to; click on Forms. The form is also available on the Internet; go to; click on Find a Form.

Applicants for MVO or TTO employment opportunities have the following two methods for completing the new exams (assessment questionnaires):

• Online via the Web: Go to

• Interactive voice response system: Using a touch tone telephone, call 866-999-8777 (TTY 800-800-8776).

Offices have a 6-month window (until April 16, 2004) to transition, open, and establish new MVO and TTO entrance and in-service registers. During the 6-month timeframe, offices can continue to fill MVO and TTO positions using the current registers. Once the Postal Service announces a new exam using the new automated exam (assessment questionnaire), examiners should terminate registers established using the former rated application process.

Because applicants can now access and take all three new exams (assessment questionnaires) online or by telephone, examiners do not have to order the new exams from the National Test Administration Center (NTAC).

Examiners can obtain the following items from the NTAC Web site at

• New examination announcements covering MVO and TTO positions.

• Optional application packages to be sent to eligible applicants who successfully complete the new exam(s) (assessment questionnaire).

• PS Form 5920, Motor Vehicle Operator and Tractor- Trailer Operator Assessment Worksheet, dated June 2003.

- Selection, Evaluation, and Recognition,
Employee Resource Management, 10-16-03


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