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NEWS FROM NARFE

NARFE Coupon Campaign is taking off: Act now to 'clip' the Chained CPI
NARFE
The NARFE Legislative Department is collecting current and expired newspaper coupons for a media push in September on the Chained CPI. Member response has been good, but to help us reach our goal, we need more! Please send us any unused grocery coupons that show savings as a dollar amount, not a percentage. Under the Chained CPI, the average retired federal worker would lose $48,000 after 25 years. To help show lawmakers that the Chained CPI is not simply a "technical adjustment," we are collecting $48,000 worth of coupons and planning a media campaign showcasing our coupon collection.

Members can send their coupons to: NARFE Headquarters, Attn: Coupon Campaign, 606 N. Washington St., Alexandria, VA 22314-1914. We will be collecting coupons through Labor Day, when our media push will be unveiled.
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August is 'NARFE Grass-Roots Advocacy Month'
NARFE
The next congressional recess is Aug. 3-Sept. 8. Your members of Congress will be in their home districts meeting with constituents and attending public events. Plan now to make the most of this golden opportunity to take NARFE's message directly to legislators. Dress the part. Wear a NARFE shirt, hat or button when attending parades, local festivals, or county and state fairs. When you shake the hand of a legislator, remind him/her of the work federal employees do to protect America's heartbeat, and relate what you do/did during your time of service. Explain that the Chained CPI would hurt Americans like you. Ask your legislator to stop attacking federal employees and retirees in the name of deficit reduction. Summer community events provide an excellent opportunity to take your NARFE legislative grass-roots activity to the next level. Need some ideas? Find vital information in the Protect America's Heartbeat Toolkit at http://www.narfe.org/heartbeat/toolkit.cfm. The legislative staff at NARFE is eager to offer assistance.

Remember, attacks on your benefits won't take a summer vacation. Join the fight!

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FEDERAL BENEFITS QUESTION OF THE WEEK


TSP age-based withdrawal
NARFE
Question: I am still working and over age 59-1/2. I am thinking of taking an age-based withdrawal from my Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) account. What can you tell me about this type of withdrawal?
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FEDERAL UPDATE


Pentagon civilian workers face first of 11 furlough days
Federal News Radio
A day without pay, the first of 11 through September, has arrived for more than 650,000 people who hold civilian jobs with the Defense Department. Officials worry that the Pentagon will be hit even harder by layoffs in 2014 if automatic budget cuts continue as planned.
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DOD warns against using contractors to replace furloughed civilians
Federal Times
Defense Department managers may not use contractors or members of the military to handle work that would normally be done by civilian employees who face sequester-related furloughs, a top DOD official said in a recent memo.
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Retirement backlog shrinks slightly, but claims processing slows
Government Executive
The Office of Personnel Management continued to chip away at the federal retirement claims backlog in June, though it completed fewer claims than expected and the backlog remains higher than anticipated. The pile of incomplete claims now stands at 25,542, a reduction of 2.5 percent, or 668 claims, compared with the previous month. The agency had anticipated the backlog would stand at 16,078 at the end of June, according to a monthly status report released recently.
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Sequestration snarling 2014 budget process
Federal News Radio
The annual appropriations process is a complex and arduous Washington practice. A dozen bills establishing agency funding must be passed by the House and the Senate — and the two versions reconciled — before being signed into law by the president. Failure to do so by the start of the fiscal year in October could lead to a government shutdown. But what's snarled the process even more than usual this year is sequestration.
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Feds spring to action in response to Arizona wildfire
The Washington Post
Three federal agencies recently deployed money, personnel and equipment to Arizona to help state and local authorities deal with the fast-spreading wildfire that recently claimed the lives of 19 elite firefighters.
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FINANCES


Five car maintenance myths and the money-saving truth
ConsumerReports.org
There is no question that if you want your car to go the distance, you need to take care of it. But even with good intentions, you may be spending extra money on car care that isn't necessary. Here are five maintenance myths and the money-saving truth behind them.
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HEALTH


Four surprising ways to add more fiber to your diet
Yahoo News
With many of us focused on trying to drop a few pounds this time of year, it's important to focus on what you can do (not what you can't do!) and be consistent with it for the months ahead to not only lose weight but to keep it off for the long haul. Fiber is one of the elements of a healthy diet that helps keep us healthy, more satisfied, and, yes, even slimmer. Thankfully for us, many high fiber foods do just that.
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SECOND CAREERS


Rev up your résumé today: 5 quick tips
MoneyWatch
This summer, whipping your résumé into shape will put you into prime position when hiring heats up in the fall. These easy fixes take only a few minutes, so you don't have to spend your long summer evenings or weekends indoors working on your job search. Here are five to try that should make your résumé more effective — in 20 minutes or less.
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RETIREMENT TRENDS


Popular ways retirees are making money
U.S. News & World Report via Huffington Post
If you're like many retirees, you could use a little extra money to get by, beyond your retirement savings and Social Security. Or maybe you're just looking for ways to stay busy and to make a bit of extra cash in the process. Either way, these 14 options are a great way to earn some money while doing something you enjoy.
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TRAVEL


Four common international travel fees and how to avoid them
ABC News
Airfare and passports aren't the only reasons you'll pay more to travel abroad. International travelers have to grapple with a diverse throng of additional fees that increase the cost of everything from currency exchange to credit card usage. Here's how to avoid the most common fees plaguing international travelers today.
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CONSUMER TIPS


'Clickjacking': The art of hiding a scam in plain sight
Better Business Bureau
Even savvy computer users can fall for "clickjacking," the latest trick that hides a scam on a seemingly safe website. It works by making victims think they are clicking a harmless link, when they are really activating a scam.
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