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Senate Proceeding on Feb 2nd, 2011 :: 8:31:35 to 8:33:19
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8:31:31 to 8:31:36( Edit History Discussion )

House Clerk: have retired. to prevent this continued abuse,

Susan Collins

8:31:35 to 8:33:19( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Susan Collins

Susan Collins

8:31:37 to 8:31:58( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: my bill would convert retirement-eligible postal and federal employees on workers compensation to the retirement system when they reach age 65. now that's generous, mr. president, because we know the average retirement age is actually 60.

Susan Collins

8:31:59 to 8:32:23( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: i would choose age 65. this is a commonsense change that would save millions of dollars that the postal service, the federal government and the american taxpayer cannot afford to spend. and it's also a matter of fairness, mr. president. but we must also examine other

Susan Collins

8:32:24 to 8:32:45( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: elements of the feca program to determine whether or not there are some additional improvements that are necessary. unlike many state programs, the federal workers comp program has no cap nor time limits on benefits. moreover, the federal department of labor acknowledges a 2% to 3%

Susan Collins

8:32:46 to 8:33:08( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: fraud rate in the program. i suspect it may be even higher. we need to reduce this rate of fraud by examining whether or not the medical certification requirements and other internal controls should be strengthened. are we doing medical reviews to see if these individuals could go back to work?

Susan Collins

8:33:09 to 8:33:21( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: for example, a former postal worker was sentenced just a week or so ago to five months in jail after pleading guilty to workers comp fraud.

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