OPM offers Katrina help

Office of Personnel Management's hurricane Web site

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Current and retired federal employees and annuitants can get help sorting through the mayhem created by Hurricane Katrina by contacting a toll-free government hot line number. The Office of Personnel Management opened the hot line, at (800) 307-8298, yesterday.

People will be available seven days a week between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. CST to answer questions about federal payroll, retirement payments, leave benefits, disaster relief, Thrift Savings Plan operations and other employment-related topics.

Those with Internet access can get updated employee and retiree information from OPM’s Web site, www.opm.gov/katrina.

“During this critical time, OPM’s priority is to offer assistance and open communication lines with our employees, annuitants and their families,” said Linda Springer, OPM’s director.

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