NARFE re-launches grass-roots advocacy campaign
When Congress delayed sequestration, it created a perfect storm of deadlines, culminating in March, that will continue to keep the federal community a target for deficit reduction. With that in mind, NARFE is re-launching its "Protect America's Heartbeat" campaign, with a renewed focus on legislators who will be in the negotiations. NARFE members across the country will be asked to make contacting their legislators a priority as negotiations on sequestration, the budget and the debt limit continue. NARFE members can contact their members of Congress by mailing a hand-written letter, using NARFE's Legislative Action Center to send an email or joining hundreds of NARFE members during an upcoming national call-in day. More information will be available in your "narfe" magazine, online at www.protectamericasheartbeat.com, and through upcoming Legislative Hotlines. To report any grass-roots activity your chapter or federation undertakes, or if you have any questions about the campaign, please email NARFE at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carrying life insurance into retirement
Question: Over the years, I have taken out several life insurance policies to help my children financially upon my death. What are the requirements to keep life insurance in retirement? More
Pay looms large in budget debate
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There's been a lot of talk about pay freezes recently. The debt ceiling suspension bill the House approved withholds lawmakers' pay if they don't pass a fiscal 2014 budget resolution by April 15. Legislation that would extend the pay freeze for federal employees was introduced, briefly put on the House floor schedule and then postponed. And then there's the looming trio of threats that could affect the pay of federal employees: a debt default, sequestration and the possibility of a government shutdown if Congress allows the current Continuing Resolution to expire. More
Ten questions and answers on budgetary threats to federal employees
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In football, a "triple threat" refers to a player skilled at running, passing and kicking. Federal employees are facing a triple threat of their own: from the government hitting its debt ceiling, from pending "sequestration" automatic cuts in budgets and from a potential lapse in agency spending authority. The three relate in some ways but are separate in others. This article contains 10 questions and answers on those issues. More
Head of federal employees union said contractors are getting off easy in sequestration plans
The head of a union representing federal employees is firing back at cutbacks he says unfairly penalize government employees in favor of contractors. In a letter to Danny Werfel, acting deputy director for management and comptroller of the Office of Management and Budget, David Cox Sr., president of the American Federation of Government Employees, said the union had asked for provisions in sequestration guidelines to prevent federal workers losing their jobs in favor of work being given to contractors. Such a process, known as "direct conversion," would have a devastating effect on federal workers, Cox said. More
A financial advantage for federal employees and military personnel
We occasionally see negative comments from readers about the Thrift Savings Plan. The most common complaints are that the TSP restricts trading, which inhibits investor performance; there are not enough options available for investors; and, more recently, the federal government uses the G Fund as a convenient way to avoid hitting the debt ceiling. Despite these occasional comments, the TSP is a good deal for federal employees. It is a better deal than available to the private sector. More
Boosting sleep 'may slow memory rot'
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It may be possible to slow the decline in memory and learning as we age by tackling poor sleep, researchers hope. Their study, in the journal Nature Neuroscience, has revealed an intimate relationship between an aging brain, sleep and memory. Experiments showed that changes in the aging brain damaged the quality of deep sleep; this, in turn, hampered the ability to store memories. More
Career coach: Tips for baby boomers wanting change
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Many baby boomers have been laid off or are thinking about changing careers or doing something different with their work lives. Some feel, given their age, there may not be hope for them in today's marketplace. That would be a grim outlook for the 78 million boomers. But rest assured, there is hope — and many resources — for older workers. This is especially good news, as the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Census Bureau and others estimate more than 80 percent of baby boomers (who will, on average, live to be 83) plan to keep working after retirement to remain active. More
Retire here, not there: Virginia
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Virginia is home of the "half backs" — retirees from the north who tried Florida, decided it wasn't for them and then came halfway back up the coast. With its richly varied landscapes, including the rolling Blue Ridge Mountains in the west and Atlantic coastline to the east, it is easy to see why Virginia draws these migrants. More
Set sail with 'wave season' cruise deals
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Itching to get away from the chill of winter? You’re in luck. It's currently "wave season," the period from January through March when cruise bookings surge and cruise lines roll out their best deals. Last year was a tough one for the cruise industry, so cruise lines, hoping for a better 2013, are encouraging guests to book early. From added perks such as on-board credits and cabin upgrades, to reduced deposits and even free airfare or kids-sail-free packages, now's the time to plan ahead, says Kate Maxwell of JetSetter.com. More
Consumer alert: Gift card scam using stolen credit card numbers
Here's one more reason you need to do everything you can to protect your credit card numbers. Con artists are finding new ways to make a fortune on cardholders who don't bother checking their statements. Postal inspectors say the nationwide scam is simple and starts with stolen credit card numbers. "We believe it was through either an online chat room where they purchased these credit card numbers or an employee at a local merchant," said David Gealey, U.S. Postal Inspector. Conmen then go to a store that sells gift cards, grab several worth $500 each and proceed to the checkout counter. There, they come up with a phony reason why their credit card can't be swiped. More
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