NARFE publishes new edition of Q&A book
A new edition of NARFE's popular "Questions & Answers" book is now available for only $10. The book contains answers to more than 200 questions submitted by NARFE members on general benefits and retirement topics, such as annuity computations, court-ordered benefits, health benefits, taxes, the FERS Annuity Supplement, re-employment and more. A bonus section contains reprints of key articles from "NARFE" magazine. Learn about steps you need to take to ensure that you receive all of the benefits to which you are entitled. To obtain an order form, click here.
Rethinking survivor benefit
Question: My husband recently retired under the Federal Employees Retirement System. We had decided not to include me as a survivor because the annuity was so small, we would need it for our cash flow and I have other resources. We have begun to rethink this decision. I know that my husband needs to write a letter to the Office of Personnel Management to request a change. How long does he have to request this change? More
Federal pay losing ground compared to private sector
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The pay gap between government employees and private-sector workers grew by about 8 percent this year in favor of private-sector workers, the Federal Salary Council announced Oct. 19. FSC, which assesses the locality pay program annually, concluded federal employees earn 34.6 percent less pay on average than their private-sector counterparts. In 2011, that number was 26.3 percent. The council attributes the growing gap to the continued federal pay freeze as well as a new formula the Bureau of Labor Statistics uses to track employment and salary figures. More
Postal Service hits borrowing limit
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Congress went into recess without moving on postal reform, and now the cash situation at the U.S. Postal Service is looking mighty grim: The agency hit its congressionally determined $15 billion borrowing limit Sept. 28, USPS spokesman David Partenheimer confirms. The USPS can only borrow from the Treasury Department $15 billion at a time. The agency defaulted on a $5.5 billion payment for future retiree benefits in August and on another in September. More
Finding value in analyzing federal work
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Discussions about analyzing and collecting data on how organizations, in this case federal agencies, operate aren't as interesting as dissecting the last presidential debate. But determining what agencies do well and what they don't — and why — can result in more productive employees and more satisfied customers and taxpayers. That's the point of a new report by the Partnership for Public Service. More
Seniors spend hundreds unnecessarily on Medicare
Seniors are wasting hundreds of dollars annually on Medicare Part D prescription drug insurance coverage they don't need. That's the key finding of a new study by health policy researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, who studied actual Part D enrollee data for 2009. Just 5 percent had picked the most cost-effective plan; more than 30 percent overspent by $300 to $500, and nearly 20 percent overspent by $500 to $1,000. More
Loss of balance is leading cause of elderly falls
Accidental falls are one of the leading causes of injury death in people over age 65 worldwide, but for a long time researchers have struggled to understand just how they happen. What they do know is that many older patients have cognitive impairment, and even the most conscientious medical staff can have trouble remembering details of a fall. So a group of researchers in British Columbia decided to use a round-the-clock video in a long-term care facility to observe accidental falls right as they happen. More
Entertainment is the name of the game for senior-living communities
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Senior-living communities around Houston are known for providing a wide range of activities for residents, ranging from the traditional, such as cards, to the innovative, such as on-site orchestral concerts. Residents often have plenty of input as to what makes it on the calendar, and sometimes it goes beyond bingo. More
Top 6 tips for resume formatting
Resumes are still the main "calling card" used by job seekers, and there are various schools of thought about the formatting of your document. Here are a few tips that may help you beat the blank screen blues if you're creating a new resume from scratch. More
25 best places to retire
Whether you dream of retiring to a big city, small town, resort area or college town, these great places offer reasonably priced homes, low crime and tax rates, quality health care and more. More
Best airlines for in-flight entertainment
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Great entertainment is the difference between a monotonous flight and one that goes by in a flash. So while economy seats are shrinking and airline fees are ever flourishing, it's nice to know that the airline industry's entertainment offerings, as a whole, continue to steadily improve. The following 10 airlines offer some of the most advanced, unique and high-quality in-flight entertainment offerings in the industry. More
Mobile banking: 9 ways you must protect your account
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If you are among the millions of consumers who have embraced mobile banking, you could be putting your financial life at risk. Many consumers make careless errors with their phones that open the door to having con artists steal from their bank accounts, says Adam Levin, co-founder of Credit.com and IdentityTheft911. More
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