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Why does OPM disable PINs?
Question: I was unable to log into "Services Online" on the Office of Personnel Management website to change my tax withholding because it had been more than 15 months since I had logged in before. The phone number supplied was busy, and then I got disconnected. And when I sent an email, the automated reply said it would be at least a week before I could get a new Personal Identification Number. There should be an easier way to do this. More
White House: Federal employees need a pay raise
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In a statement issued by the Office of Management and Budget, the White House has indicated strong objection to the notion of federal workers going without a pay increase in 2013. OMB issued the statement in opposition to H.R. 6020, the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act of 2013. The statement was basically a veto threat against the act, which would make appropriations for financial services and general government for FY 2013. More
Congress approves partial retirement, spares
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Congress passed a bill June 29 that will allow retirement-eligible federal employees to work part time and held back several provisions targeting federal pension benefits. Legislators agreed to drop a pension contribution hike that was put forward by Republicans in both chambers to help pay for a one-year extension of the Stafford student loan interest rate and provisions in sweeping transportation legislation. More
How to boost your Social Security checks
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You'd think claiming Social Security would be a simple retirement decision — you retire and you start your benefits. But, there are certain complex strategies that can help pad a married couple's retirement savings with tens of thousands of dollars of additional income. Specific strategies can help maximize savings, but couples also need to avoid a common mistake. More
What the health care ruling means to you
The Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act means that the predictions about how it will affect Americans remain in place. The court did rule that a part of the law involving Medicaid must change. The decision leaves in place the so-called individual mandate — the requirement on Americans to have or buy health insurance beginning in 2014 or face a penalty — although many are exempt from that provision. More
Questions to ask before hiring home care
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With the growing demand from baby boomers seeking help for aging parents, the home care industry has responded with a variety of provider options, from geriatric care managers to home care agencies. Contractual provisions and employment policies vary just as much. If you are considering hiring help for your loved one, one leading home care agency recommends that in addition to ensuring quality of care, you ask questions up front about your tax liability and insurance coverage. More
6 great jobs for retirees
People return to work after retirement for one of two reasons: They want to or they have to. Those who want to work often miss the challenge of having a job, the sense of purpose, the human interaction or some combination of the three. A recent study by the Employee Benefit Research Institute found that many Americans will need to stay employed longer — perhaps even into their 70s or 80s — to make ends meet in their golden years. Whatever the reason for returning to work, here are six jobs that are well suited for retirees. More
Tenn. woos wealthy retirees by repealing inheritance and gift taxes
States are competing for wealthy retirees and are enticing them with tax breaks. In May, Tennessee lawmakers cut taxes to keep wealthy retirees in the state and to woo others. In separate bills, Tennessee lawmakers made significant changes to Tennessee's gift and estate taxes. "Retirees evaluating tax-friendly states will now view Tennessee much more favorably," said Jason E. Havens, a board-certified lawyer who also serves as general counsel and editor-in-chief of WealthCounsel. More
Can't afford a vacation now? Sears says put a getaway on layaway
Store layaway programs made a comeback last holiday season, as more recession-scarred shoppers paid for those Santa sweaters and flat screen TVs in installments. Now, Sears is adding a new twist to the concept by letting consumers put their summer trip to Cancun on layaway, too via its new website Searsvacations.com. More
Budget bites for a July Fourth party
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Trying to keep costs down and flavor up? Get inspired by these expert ideas from Food Network star Ellie Krieger. Plus, ideas for a simple, healthy and delicious menu for under $10 per person. More
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