Presidential hopeful would freeze federal salaries, reduce retirement benefits
GOP presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty recently called for freezing government salaries, reducing benefits and shrinking the federal workforce. Dan Adcock, legislative director for the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE), said he could not remember a time when a presidential candidate so early in a campaign took federal workers to task. "It's fair game to expect more out of government and make government more efficient," said Adcock. "But what is unfair are the attacks on federal workers based on erroneous reports made by organizations like Cato or Heritage that feds are overly compensated compared to workers in the private sector." More
Keeping track of possible financial threats to federal workers
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If you are feeling threatened because of where you work and what you do, you are not alone. In fact, there are so many things that could happen to federal workers, postal employees and retirees that you literally need a score card to track them. The upside is that, in most cases, this is fiscal, not personal. But personal or not, there are people in high places — in Congress and within the administration — who believe something drastic must be done to get a handle on federal costs and spending. More
Bill would block raises for underperforming federal workers
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Federal employees whose job performance is rated as unacceptable would not be eligible for annual raises under provisions included in a House bill that passed May 26. The pay provisions are part of the annual defense authorization bill, which sets spending levels and policy for the Pentagon, the largest single employer of federal employees. News of the pay provisions surprised federal worker union officials and congressional aides who track government personnel issues, with several admitting privately that they did not know the provisions were in the bill. More
Congressional insiders back boosting employee retirement contributions
Under pressure to cut the deficit, a huge majority of Republican members of Congress and a fair share of Democrats are prepared to ask federal employees to increase their contributions to their own pensions, according to the latest National Journal Congressional Insiders Poll. When asked the question, "Should federal employees have to match the amount that the government contributes to their pensions?" 78 percent of Republicans said yes, but so did 36 percent of Democrats. More
Is a repeat flu shot needed?
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Vaccine makers recently said they plan to make a record amount of flu vaccine for this fall and winter — enough for more than half the population. It's just not clear all those people will need it. This year's flu shot will be a duplicate of last year's because the same flu strains are still circulating. Still, government health officials are urging nearly everyone to get this fall's flu shot. More
Aging without children
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How childless adults should approach their later years is a question that frequently surfaces. It's true, as many attest, that being a parent doesn't guarantee elder care. But it's also true that the bulk of America's old people are, in fact, cared for primarily by relatives: spouses first, then adult children. The research on childlessness could bring both angst and comfort for those who find themselves in this situation. More
10 ways to ace a phone interview
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More and more employers are using phone interviews as screens to narrow down their applicant pool before deciding who to interview in person. These conversations range from short and perfunctory to lengthy and in-depth, and job candidates don't always know in advance which type it's going to be. Here are 10 ways to ace your next phone interview. More
The workers most likely to delay retirement
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The recession has put greater pressure on workers to stay on the job. But some groups of people have been significantly more likely to postpone retirement than others. Here is a list of whose retirement plans are most likely to have changed as a result of the recession. More
How to deal with being stranded at the airport
The recent volcanic eruption in Iceland combined with the storms that pummeled Dallas/Fort Worth airport provided a good reminder that Mother Nature can wreak havoc on flight schedules. With Memorial Day marking the official beginning of the summer travel season, it's a good time for a refresher on what to do when weather ruins your travel plans. More
Cost-cutting tips for outdoor parties
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Memorial Day officially kicked off the outdoor entertaining season. We eat, drink and play al fresco on decks and patios, in yards and parks. Grilling out and picnicking can be an inexpensive way to entertain, especially if you follow cost-cutting advice from Jeanette Pavini, a household savings expert for coupons.com. More
A NARFE member asks, what is the 'norm' for processing a retirement case?
Question: I retired at the end of October, and I am still only receiving "interim" payments. The last time I called the Office of Personnel Management, they said that while I was assigned to someone for the "interim" payments, I have not yet been assigned to someone to process final payments. Is this the norm? It seems a very long time, and I do not know who else to contact. More
NARFE protests bills to make across-the-board cuts in federal workforce
In testimony submitted to a House subcommittee, NARFE President Joseph A. Beaudoin said proposals to reduce the federal workforce "are more about politics than good human resource management." The testimony was submitted to the Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and Labor Policy, which held a hearing May 26 on downsizing the federal workforce. "While we welcome the consideration of proposals that encourage greater efficiency and cost savings in government, this legislation does not offer thoughtful reform," Beaudoin said. "Instead of taking the time and effort to assess where and to what extent the federal government could perform its mission with fewer employees, the proposals seek across-the-board cuts without consideration for facts on the ground." More
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