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ANPR supports proposed rule to allow health benefits for seasonals
The United States Office of Personnel Management is issuing a proposed rule that would expand eligibility for enrollment under the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program to certain temporary, seasonal and intermittent employees who are identified as full-time employees. This regulation would make FEHB coverage available to these newly eligible employees no later than January 2015. This is likely to include employer contribution.

Notice of this rule was posted in the Federal Register July 29, 2014, with a comment period of 30 days.

ANPR is strongly supportive of expanding health benefit coverage to all employees of the National Park Service. The Association has for several years offered a limited-benefits health insurance plan to seasonal employees and volunteers to help fill this need. With implementation of the Affordable Care Act, options have been expanded for coverage and this would be a very welcome next step in recognizing the value of seasonal employees of the agency and supporting their continued employment.

I encourage you to follow this link and offer your comments no later than Aug. 28.

Erika Jostad, ANPR president

ANPR to host World Ranger Congress in 2016
The Eighth World Ranger Congress of the International Ranger Federation is tentatively scheduled for June 2016 at the YMCA of the Rockies near Estes Park, Colorado. Rocky Mountain National Park will serve as the host park for this professional gathering of global park employees. More details are here.

Contact your legislators and urge their support of H.R. 533
The Association of National Park Rangers extends its full support to passage of the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (H.R. 533) and encourages all association members to contact their respective congressional representatives to request their support to advance this legislation.

This is an extremely positive development for the National Park Service and all federal agencies that annually hire and employ seasonal employees. It provides a logical hiring authority to officially select employees who through their training, irreplaceable work experience, and demonstrated job performance have established their value to the agency.

We will update the status of this bill as it becomes available. Even though the prognosis is that the bill will not get out of committee, ANPR wants to start building support and show Congress that people are interested in this proposed legislation.
— Stacy Allen, ANPR president, 2011-13
Statement sent to ANPR membership, March 13, 2013

Quarterly columns by professionals in national parks interpretation, protection, resource management and administration are published in Ranger magazine.

Oral history interviews donated to NPS
ANPR members Erika Jostad, president, and Alison Steiner, board member for strategic planning, have donated 16 oral history interviews to the NPS Park History Program. Accepting on behalf of the program was Robert K. Sutton, chief historian, and Lu Ann Jones, oral history specialist. Read more about the oral history program.

New volunteer program at Grand Canyon —A ranger is creating a new volunteer program that could give law enforcement academy grads a competitive edge to land that first seasonal job.

Brown-bag lunch discussions will help you learn more about the National Park Service and further your career. This may be a good option while training dollars are slim. Read the full article.

The NPS Student Employee Network is represented on Facebook. In addition, an inaugural newsletter was published in spring 2013. Follow the group.

Worth Fighting For
An ANPR member reviews "Worth Fighting For: A Park Ranger's Unexpected Battle against Federal Bureaucrats & Washington Redskins Owner Dan Snyder."

The Soul of Yosemite
Read this review of "The Soul of Yosemite: Finding, Defending and Saving the Valley’s Sacred Wild Nature."

Park History Program
The National Park Service Park History Program has several hundred NPS book-length publications and 200 shorter articles and websites online that may be of interest to ANPR members.