I work for Uncle Sam, and I'm proud of it
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In an op-ed article, Jason Ullner, a career Foreign Service Officer who has served in Tel Aviv, Baghdad and Washington, writes, "I am a federal bureaucrat. A professional government employee. And guess what? I’m proud of it. It seems that all I hear these days are the once and future leaders of our country tripping over themselves to denigrate the work we do. I'm tired of it, and I'm fed up. I don't claim to represent anyone other than myself, but I would bet that a fair number of federal employees feel as I do. More
Treasury's paperless initiative means no more paper benefit checks
Treasury has kicked off a one-year countdown to get all federal benefit recipients who rely on paper Social Security checks each month to switch to direct deposit. Treasury is faced with a March 1, 2013, deadline to get federal benefit recipients off paper checks and onto a number of paperless benefit delivery methods. More
Feds' personal financial data may be posted online
Federal Times Share
The financial disclosure forms for at least 28,000 senior federal civilians and military officers would be posted on the Internet under a bill now moving through Congress. The Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act, already passed by the House, would require that financial disclosure forms be posted on a government website. Those who fill out Office of Government Ethics Form 278 include the president and vice president, presidential appointees, Senior Executive Service members, and general and flag officers. More
Many boomers don't understand Medicare
More than half of America's middle-income baby boomers admit to knowing little or almost nothing about the Medicare program, and 1 in 7 falsely believe Medicare is free, the latest study released by the Bankers Life and Casualty Company Center for a Secure Retirement reveals. The study found that nearly three-fourths of boomers did not know that most Americans on Medicare pay a monthly premium, co-pays and deductibles. More
Prescription medicines can put on unwanted pounds
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Medications taken by millions of Americans for mood disorders, high blood pressure, diabetes and other chronic conditions can have an unhealthy side effect: weight gain. While other choices exist for some types of drugs, adjusting medications is not simply a matter of switching, said Ryan Roux, chief pharmacy officer with the Harris County Hospital District, in Houston. More
Unpaid caregivers provided an estimated $202 billion in dementia care in 2010
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Caring for a family member with Alzheimer's can take a hefty financial and emotional toll. Nearly 15 million people fall into the role of unpaid caregiver for those sick with dementia, according to the Alzheimer's Association. Add it all up, and it comes to about 17 billion hours of unpaid care valued at $202 billion in 2010 alone. So to help with the staggering cost of care, the Obama administration has included $26 million in the proposed 2013 budget. More
Older workers face a working crossroads as they near retirement age
U.S. News & World Report via Chicago Tribune Share
According to a recent Department of Labor report, all baby boomers will have reached age 55 or older by 2020. Many of them will choose to retire and live on Social Security benefits and their personal savings. But a large portion of the boomer population will continue to work, due to financial obligation or desire, or even a little of both. Instead of earning money working at the same occupations as before, many older workers are choosing to start second careers. More
Destination not only driving force in travel industry
Travelers still long to experience far-off places and exotic locations, but destinations are not the only driving force in the travel industry. Travel experts say vacationers are increasingly matching their interests and passions with the places they decide to visit. More
Scammers increasingly targeting baby boomers
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Baby boomers beware: Scams, frauds and other financial exploitation schemes targeting older Americans are a growing multibillion-dollar industry enriching the schemers, anguishing the victims and vexing law enforcement officials who find these crimes among the hardest to investigate and prosecute. More
When is the Roth TSP going to be implemented?
Question: I am a federal employee. I heard that we will be able to contribute to a Roth TSP. When is that going to happen? More
NARFE applauds Rep. Cummings' letter: 'Enough is enough'
NARFE has commended Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, D-Md., for sending a letter to his colleagues in the House urging them to oppose any proposals to further reduce the compensation or benefits of federal employees. In his March 2 letter, Cummings refers to a Feb. 26 op-ed article in The Washington Post by a federal employee, objecting to the ongoing assault against federal workers (see lead story in this edition of NewsWatch). "Federal workers are already contributing $75 billion towards deficit reduction and other priorities, even though they did not cause our nation's budget problems," Cummings said, referring to federal employees' two-year pay freeze and the requirement that new feds pay more for their retirement to finance the payroll tax extension. "Some in Congress, apparently viewing the federal workforce as a piggy bank that can be raided for any purpose, have proposed further cuts to their benefits and pay to fund other measures, such as the highway bill," Cummings said. "As the op-ed points out, enough is enough." Cummings is the ranking minority member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
NARFE members eligible for disaster assistance
In light of the devastating tornadoes that recently struck communities in several states, NARFE President Joseph A. Beaudoin is reminding NARFE members that the Association offers grants through the NARFE-FEEA Disaster Fund. Following a declared natural disaster, NARFE members can request a grant for assistance. Grants are subject to funds available and are limited to a maximum of $500 per family. Click here to find out about getting help from NARFE.
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