Begging Congress to save the Postal Service
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Patrick Donahoe will beg for the life of the U.S. Postal Service on Sept. 6, a role he has known before. But when he addresses a congressional committee this time, his pleas will go beyond the familiar and reasonable, and into areas more drastic and radical. The postmaster general will ask Congress during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing to approve measures that once would have been unthinkable. More
A bloated federal workforce?
Many lawmakers, think tanks and others have suggested that the federal workforce is too bloated and has increased dramatically in recent years. But a new report by the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association suggests otherwise. The report, which is based on U.S. Census Bureau data, shows that the size of the federal workforce has actually decreased by more than 200,000 employees since 1990, when President George H.W. Bush was in the oval office. More
Time for 'painful choices:' Latest cuts hit jobs, programs
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The budget hits keep on coming — and managers across government are making increasingly tough decisions to cut jobs, programs and plans for the future. "We just went through our fiscal year 2013 budget, made decisions and then had to go back and take a deeper cut," NASA Chief Information Officer Linda Cureton said in a recent interview. First, there were six-plus months of continuing resolutions that capped spending at last year's levels. Then the 2011 budget deal in April that cut spending by $38 billion. More
Plan ahead for disasters
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Hurricanes, earthquakes and flooding have recently ripped through the East Coast. The storm-related havoc reminds us that weather-related disasters can strike anywhere, anytime. Here's how to be prepared so your home and family can avoid the worst. More
Study: 'Senior moments' less common than perception
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According to new research, two of three older adults experienced only a small amount of cognitive decline during a decade-long study. The findings challenge the perception that mental deterioration is normal in seniors, the authors say. "This research is important," says Richard Jones, an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, "because the focus for seniors can be on living independently for as long as possible and putting less of a burden on our health care system." More
For many Americans, caregiving a long-distance burden
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Caring for a parent or relative in the same ZIP code can be hard enough, but long-distance caregiving, which is becoming more common in an increasingly mobile society, brings with it added burdens. By 2012, an estimated 14 million Americans will be long-distance caregivers, so many that some even have new names: "seagulls" and "pigeons." These terms refer to family members who alight for short periods of time, make a mess for local caregivers and fly out. What they don't take into account are the pain, isolation and hassles that long-distance caregivers are dealing with on their own. More
Job-hunting tips for long-term unemployed
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To improve the prospects of the long-term unemployed landing work, here's advice from Challenger, Gray and Christmas, the National Employment Law Project and the Illinois Department of Employment Security: Do volunteer work, part-time work, paid consulting or contract work and include that in your résumé to help fill in the gaps. It will also help to expand your job search network. Don't opt not to pursue a job you're interested in just because an advertisement says only presently employed candidates or short-term unemployed candidates will be considered. More
Few boomers financially prepared for retirement
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They may long to give up their daily commutes and have wide-open schedules, but far too many baby boomers are largely unprepared to leave their jobs, according to a new report by the Insured Retirement Institute. When asked to name the most important feature of a retirement investment product, the most popular trait was "guaranteed monthly income," which was selected by 18 percent of the respondents. In terms of preparedness, the overall attitude of boomers nearing retirement is pessimistic, with six out of 10 expressing concern about outliving their retirement savings. More
Airport screening since 9/11 — What's next?
A decade ago, tiny travel-size shampoos were fun stocking stuffers and a more expensive, more convenient means of packing toiletries for a trip. Now they're a reminder of the layered security landscape that has evolved at airports since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. As the 10-year anniversary of that day approaches, CNN asked security experts to weigh in on changes in aviation security in the United States since 9/11 and to offer a glimpse of what's likely to happen next. The good news for the widely criticized Transportation Security Administration? Some security analysts like where the agency is headed. More
An early look: 2011's hottest holiday gadgets and toys
Christmas is four months away, and already the experts are weighing in on which holiday toys and gadgets will be worth the credit card debt. Online shopping comparison site PriceGrabber is one of the first to release a "top products" list of the items it predicts will be this year's hottest. To come up with the list, PriceGrabber analyzed its own keyword searches, as well as the top selling products from the past several months. It also looked at which products were trending on Google and on websites like CNET and PCWorld. More
A NARFE member asks what happens to her survivor's annuity if she remarries
Question: My husband died several years ago, and I am receiving a survivor's benefit. I am thinking about remarrying. What will happen to my benefit if I remarry? More
NARFE reiterates concern over proposal on postal worker benefits
NARFE has reiterated its concern over a U.S. Postal Service proposal to take postal workers out of federal employee health and retirement programs. It circulated a statement by NARFE President Joseph A. Beaudoin at the Sept. 6 Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on the proposals. The following is Beaudoin's statement: "Like many Americans, I am concerned about the financial straits of the U.S. Postal Service. I am also deeply troubled by attempts to plow through these challenges by taking away the proven and stable employment benefits that our postal workers earned. Removing the federal health and retirement benefits of our postal workers will undermine the vital service they provide to our nation's infrastructure — this is no way to manage an already struggling American enterprise."
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