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OPM provides NARFE with update, more information needed
NARFE
NARFE and other organizations representing the federal community participated in a conference call June 19 with officials at the Office of Personnel Management. The call confirmed that (1) information released June 4 relating to the first data breach has remained mostly unchanged, although the scope may be larger than initially thought; and (2) information on the second breach, which was announced June 12, is largely unknown or classified. Both the extent of this breach and whether it involved retirement records are unknown.

NARFE President Richard G. Thissen assures Association members that NARFE is "continuing to push for answers, even if that push isn't public."

Additional details on the conference call can be found on NARFE's OPM Security Breach Web page on the NARFE website. The page will be updated as information becomes available. If you have questions, please contact NARFE's Federal Benefits Service Department at fedbenefits@narfe.org or 703-838-7760.
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Question: I am age 68 and may remarry soon. I am receiving my deceased husband's Social Security benefit. If I marry a federal employee, will my Social Security benefit stop?
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OPM's lack of transparency on cyber breach leaves feds frustrated, ill informed
Federal News Radio
No matter if they're old, young, active or retired, federal employees are not satisfied with the amount of information they're getting from the Office of Personnel Management and their own agencies about the recent data breaches, according to an online survey conducted by Federal News Radio.
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Appropriators block proposed investment advice rule
Federal Soup
House Appropriations Committee approved a measure June 16 that would deny the Labor Department the funds to "finalize, implement [or] administer" a proposed conflict of interest rule that would impose tighter standards on investment advisors. The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association has championed the rule, which it says would protect retirees from unscrupulous financial advisors.
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Portman, Tester introduce Competitive Service Act
News Democrat
U.S. Senators Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Jon Tester, D-Mont., introduced legislation June 17 to allow federal agencies to streamline the hiring process by cutting duplicative services and saving taxpayer money. The bill is also sponsored by Sens. Ben Cardin, D-Md., Jerry Moran, R-Kan., and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D. The senators' Competitive Service Act would allow federal agencies to review and select job candidates from other federal agencies' "best qualified list" of applicants, cutting down on duplication for applicants who have already undergone a competitive assessment process and are certified as eligible for selection.
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House panel backs faster mail, more USPS facilities
Government Executive
On June 17, a House committee advanced a measure to reinstate U.S. Postal Service delivery standards from 2012, which would effectively halt any of the agency’s desired facility closures. The provision was attached as an amendment to the financial services and general government appropriations bill after being introduced by Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., formerly the head Democrat on postal issues.
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How your retirement nest egg adds up
Government Executive
Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director for the National Institute of Transition Planning Inc., writes: "I like to think of the Thrift Savings Plan as the icing on the cake of the Federal Employees Retirement System. For many federal retirees, the TSP will play the starring role in a financially comfortable retirement. Since 1987, federal employees have been able to use the TSP to save a portion of their salaries for their future retirement on a tax-deferred basis."
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HEALTH


5 nutrition tips for a healthy mouth
U.S. News & World Report
Ongoing research indicates that antioxidants and other nutrients found in many of the foods we eat may help strengthen our immune system and improve the body's ability to fight bacteria and inflammation, all of which can help protect the teeth and gums. So when it comes to oral heath, today's nutritional approaches go way beyond "don't eat sugar."
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Over 50? 5 smart tips for landing a new job
Business News Daily
For many people, finding a new job after the age of 50 becomes more difficult. After losing a job, older job seekers, compared to younger counterparts, receive fewer job offers, search for weeks longer and are ultimately less likely to find re-employment, according to a new study recently published in the Psychological Bulletin.
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AAA travel reveals top US, international summer vacation destinations
TravelPulse
The start of summer is here and often considered vacation season for many travelers. In that spirit, AAA Travel has revealed its lists of the top summer vacation destinations both domestic and abroad based on AAA hotel bookings.
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CONSUMER TIPS


Consumer Reports' best and worst car brands in 2015
Newsday
The Consumer Reports 2015 Car Brand Report Cards ranks automakers across the world by reliability, road test performance and other factors. For the second year in a row, Lexus topped the list, nearly matched by Mazda, and followed by Toyota and Audi. The bottom of the list included Ford, Dodge, Mini, Jeep and Fiat.
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