Representative Beverly B. Byron, D-6th, has introduced legislation to permit federal employees diagnosed with terminal illness to be given the option of collecting their lump sum annuity.
As part of the budget package passed last October, Congress elected to suspend the lump sum annuity option for five years, beginning December 1990.
A provision to the act allowed terminally ill employees to collect the lump sum, provided the employee met the age and service requirements for full-service retirement.
Byron's bill will allow terminally ill federal employees who have had to retire from service withoutmeeting the age and service requirements for the lump sum annuity tobe given the option to collect their full annuity in two equal payments.
"For a terminally ill employee who is not retirement age, theexception to the lump sum suspension Congress passed last year is ofno value," Byron said.
"The employee has accrued benefits during his employment, but because of the full-service requirement, he cannot collect them at a time he needs them most."
HALL PROMOTED TO CAPTAIN
Lt. Richard E. Hall, an 18-year veteran of the county police department, was promoted to captain Wednesday by Chief James N. Robey. The promotion makes Hall the highest ranking black officer on the force.
Hall, a 42-year-old county native, will command the department's patrol division. The patrol division is comprised of 184 men and women, the largest in the 297-man force.
Hall was promoted to the rank of lieutenant in 1987, five years after the first black lieutenantwas appointed. He is one of three captains in the department.