House set to consider legislation honoring federal workers
House lawmakers recently returned to Washington ready to take up a bill honoring the service of federal civilian employees. The legislation (H.R. 2061), introduced in June by Reps. Richard Hanna, R-N.Y., and Maurice Hinchey, D-N.Y., would authorize heads of executive agencies to provide American flags for the funerals of civilian workers killed in the line of duty. Employees killed as the result of a terrorist attack, work-related accident or illness, natural disaster or criminal attack experienced while on duty, either at home or abroad, would be eligible for the honor. More
Feds plan their exits: Interest surges in retirement seminars
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Earlier this year, Army employee Louis Bornman watched the news grow worse and worse. Pay freezes. Budget cuts. Politicians demonizing federal employees. But for Bornman, the final straw was when Congress began looking at cutting federal pensions as a way to reduce the deficit. His last day as an operations research analyst at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., was July 30. "I couldn't afford not to retire," Bornman said. "You never know when things will change." More
Where are most federal employees? Not in Washington
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As the congressional debt-reduction super committee prepares to consider trillions of dollars in government spending cuts, advocates for federal workers are reminding lawmakers that cuts to the federal payroll could have adverse economic affects not just inside or near the Beltway, but in rural communities nationwide. More
Sen. Carper: 'Immediate and dramatic action' needed to save Postal Service
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President Barack Obama needs to take "immediate and dramatic action" to salvage the U.S. Postal Service before it defaults, according to Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del. The senator, who chairs the subcommittee that oversees the Postal Service, told the president in a letter that the situation with the nation's mail is severe and within months of disaster. But he said there are options the government could pursue to get it back on more solid footing. More
Study: Younger feds happier at work than older feds
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Young people launching a career in the federal government may want to set their sights on the Veterans Affairs Department or the Nuclear Regulatory Commission because of their high satisfaction rate among new employees. Agencies with the lowest levels of job satisfaction among new employees include the Housing and Urban Development and Education departments, according to a study released by the Partnership for Public Service and Deloitte. More
Don't let a lifetime of saving be ruined by bad planning
Tom Binns officially retired 15 years ago. It took a lifetime of saving — careful planning at every step and short-term sacrifices to achieve long-term goals — for him to finally reach that milestone of financial freedom. Still, even though his 9-to-5 earning years are now a memory, new financial responsibilities are ever present. As many retirees have discovered, even if you've saved enough to live comfortably, the golden years don't buy you a reprieve from money worries. More
Maintaining a healthy weight helps prevent arthritis
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There are many things that can be done to actively manage symptoms of osteoarthritis and keep them under control. Osteoarthritis can be managed by eating healthfully and exercising regularly. Studies have shown that doing exercises that strengthen the muscles around the knee can significantly reduce joint pain in people with osteoarthritis of the knee. More
A helping hand, paid on commission
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Let's say you are wading into the deep water. You think your parent or another older relative needs more care, perhaps at home, perhaps in an assisted living facility or other residence. You don't know where to turn, which places or agencies to consider. Online, you find a referral service that can provide assistance — and it's free. Say you fill in the information on the company's website and soon get a phone call from an empathetic "elder care adviser" who asks about your relative's situation and your needs and finances, then supplies a list of several facilities in your area that you can visit and evaluate. More
How to find a job in a 'jobless economy'
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Job seekers may be very surprised to learn that human resources pros and recruiters attend conferences to talk about "the war for talent." Ironically, when so many people are looking for work, many hiring managers still have a difficult time connecting with the right candidates. They pay consulting firms a lot of money to teach them how their organizations can use Facebook to connect with potential applicants, and they hope Google+ is the next great social network to tap for professional information about new hires. More
10 volunteer opportunities for free travel
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There are many reasons to volunteer while you're traveling, and there are literally thousands of charities and organizations that look for help from passing travelers. These organizations provide travelers the opportunity to give something back, share their skills and knowledge, meet other travelers or simply to meet the locals. More
4 things not to buy at Amazon.com
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A pioneer in online retail, Amazon has stayed on top with stellar customer service and convenient return policies, and by constantly increasing its selection. But just because you can buy anything on Amazon doesn't mean you should. Here are several products that for reasons of price, quality or environmental impact you'd be better off getting somewhere else. More
A NARFE member asks about investigating a new health insurance plan
Question: I know the Federal Benefits Open Season is just around the corner. I am thinking of changing my health insurance, and I want to start investigating the various plans immediately. Should I begin the investigation of health insurance now? More
Here's your chance to be featured on the cover of NARFE magazine
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