Disaster grants available
As the East Coast begins to clean up after Hurricane Sandy, NARFE Headquarters reminds members that assistance, in the form of cash grants of up to $500 per household, is available to NARFE members who have been injured, incurred property damage or have other needs during and after a declared natural disaster. Eligible damaged property must be a primary place of residence. The NARFE Disaster Fund is supported by tax-deductible donations from NARFE members and is administered by the Federal Employee Education & Assistance Fund. For information about the NARFE Disaster Fund and how to apply for a grant, click here. Please note: NARFE Headquarters, in Alexandria, Va., did not open Monday, Oct. 29, and remains closed Tuesday, Oct. 30 because of the storm.
Can federal employees suspend FEHBP coverage?
Question: Can active federal employees suspend their Federal Employees Health Benefits Program coverage to use CHAMPVA, TRICARE or TRICARE-For-Life? If yes, what should I consider before doing so? More
Panetta calls on lame-duck Congress to resolve sequestration
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Members of Congress are still out of town for another few weeks as they take part in a heated election cycle, but when they come back, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says they need to get straight to work on several big items. The still-unresolved matter of sequestration tops the Pentagon's list of pleas for congressional action in the short session after Election Day. But an actual budget, a Defense authorization bill and a long-awaited update to the nation's laws relating to cybersecurity would be nice to have too. More
FEHBP enrollees generally pleased with health coverage
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Government employees and retirees generally are satisfied with the health care coverage they receive through the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, according to feedback from Government Executive readers. More than 90 percent of respondents to an October Government Executive poll characterized their FEHBP coverage as "good" or "satisfactory." The question received more than 1,200 responses. More
Coming changes in estate, gift taxes stir 'frenzy'
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Taxes that are largely a concern of the very rich will soon affect far more people unless Congress steps in. The impending drastic changes in the estate and gift tax laws are prompting a flurry of activity as 2013 draws near. Family members are making financial gifts, creating trusts and considering other tax-minded moves. Financial advisers, and trust and estate attorneys have been flooded with requests for assistance in the final months before the record-high exemption for both taxes is scheduled to plunge to $1 million from $5.12 million on Jan 1. More
8 ways to make yourself and those around you happier
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It's easy to feel like the world is working against you in this fast-paced society, but it may be you working against yourself. Take these small steps toward happiness, and both you and those around you are sure to notice. More
5 ways to help your aging parents
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Advances in medicine are allowing many people to live longer. But living longer can create a whole new set of challenges, as baby boomers are starting to find out. Many boomers will need to take care of their growing kids and their aging parents, sometimes at the same time. Here are a few things you can do to care for your parents while also protecting your retirement finances. More
How to win over an employer in 10 minutes or less
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People have short attention spans today, and recruiters and hiring managers are no different from the rest of the population. When it comes to impressing someone who may give you a job, you have less time than ever to make a good impression. First impressions count, and if you get beyond the resume review stage and have a chance to interview, an Accountemps study suggests you probably don't have more than five or 10 minutes to make a positive impression. More
Phased retirement catching on
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A growing number of workers are opting for phased retirement, where they work part time before eventually transitioning to full-time retirement. "The number of workers choosing phased retirement has definitely increased in the last 10 years," says Joe Wilson, a TIAA-CREF wealth management adviser in the Atlanta office. Wilson says some clients choose a phased retirement to pursue something they always wanted to do; others want to keep one foot inside the workplace door; and others want a supplemental income stream. More
Top cruise ship safety tips
Judging by the numbers, cruises are among the safest vacations on the globe; more than 16.3 million passengers travel annually on major lines, yet serious incidents caused by ships and their crews are so rare that they invariably make headlines. But the Costa Concordia shipwreck earlier this year, in which more than 30 people died — plus a series of mishaps on other lines, including engine-room fires — have put safety in the spotlight. More
How to find the right contractor for the job
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Thinking about updating your contemporary kitchen to something more modern? Or maybe you want to give the master bathroom that Jacuzzi tub and steam shower you've been dreaming of? Whatever the home renovation, you'll want to find the right contractor — someone you can trust to do a great job for a fair price. More
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