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Bill would furlough federal workers for 2 weeks
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A Republican lawmaker wants to keep federal workers away from the office without pay for two weeks next fiscal year to help cut government costs. But unlike other cost-cutting bills introduced by the GOP, this one would also force a 10 percent pay cut for lawmakers. More

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For federal employees: The retirement numbers don't add up
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When considering retirement, federal employees have differing opinions. And according to a 2006 survey conducted by the Office of Personnel Management and the International Foundation for Retirement Education, federal employees have contrasting answers in how they view their retirement. More

Hoyer: Feds shouldn't look for lower health premiums anytime soon
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Two proposals to lower health insurance costs for employees and retirees are unlikely to advance until the economy and the government's fiscal outlook improve, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said. Hoyer told representatives of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association that he would like to increase the government's share of Federal Employees Health Benefits Program premiums to 80 percent, but doesn't see that change happening soon. More

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Pay raise still undetermined
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Among key issues for federal employees still unfinished is the January 2011 pay raise. The Senate Appropriations Committee has backed the 1.4 percent increase that President Obama proposed early this year, putting the focus on a pending vote on a companion bill by the counterpart House committee. More

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'DASH' diet can lower heart attack risk almost 20 percent
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Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables and low in saturated fats can significantly lower the risk of heart attack for people with mildly elevated blood pressure, Johns Hopkins University researchers say. The diet they examined — called the DASH diet (dietary approaches to stop hypertension) — was designed to lower blood pressure and cholesterol. In this new study, it reduced the risk of heart attack by almost 20 percent, the researchers said. More



Grandparents increasingly fill need as caregivers
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The number of children being raised by their grandparents has risen sharply since the start of the recession in 2007, according to a new Pew Research Center study that found one in 10 children in the U.S. now lives with a grandparent. More

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Find retirement work you like: Tips from a pro
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The article is from a speaking engagement with Helen Davis, who taught and researched for many years at the University of Southern California Davis School of Gerontology and is the co-author of Project Renewment: The First Retirement Model for Career Women. Davis discusses how to use previous experience to determine what jobs would be best when returning to work after retirement. More



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Beyond the 401(k): Seniors must work longer
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After 30 years studying pension systems around the world, Alicia Munnell knows what works — and what doesn't. As head of the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, she warned early on that 401(k) plans would fail to provide the level of income that retirees would need. Not many agreed with her at first. But by 2006, Congress, other academics and much of the financial services industry had concluded that defined-contribution plans had some serious flaws. More



Road warriors vs. the bed bugs
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Reports of bedbug infestations are on the rise, news that strikes fear into the hearts of frequent travelers. While hotels and motels aren't the only places where these insects can hitch a ride on clothes or other belongings — after all, you can pick one up just by visiting a friend's home, and recent findings in movie theaters and offices prove how easily these bugs get around. By knowing what to look for and taking a few easy precautions when you travel, you can easily reduce the probability of bringing home one of these nasty bugs. More



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The 9 best fall buys
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Anyone who has ever paid too much for wrapping paper in December is familiar with the idea of seasonal pricing, but not every price shift is as obvious – or as costly. In the fall, the lull between the summer rush and holiday preparations prompts price drops on a variety of items, including Broadway tickets, expensive wines and lawn mowers. If you're in the market for any of these nine items, now might be the best time to buy – until next September. More



A NARFE member asks about choosing an FEHBP plan
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QUESTION: Is it true that the safest way to select a health plan is to go by the least expensive premium available to you? More



Join NARFE now before prices go up!
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By joining NARFE now, you will save $12. At the recent NARFE National Convention, delegates voted to raise NARFE dues. The new first-year dues rate of $45 takes effect Jan. 1, 2011. Join now at the current $33 rate and save. NARFE is the only association dedicated solely to protecting and enhancing the health care and retirement benefits of federal employees and survivors. More
 
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