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FEHBP Open Season starts Nov. 10
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Open Season for the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program is Nov. 10-Dec. 8. NARFE provides its members with complete information on FEHBP premium amounts for health and dental and vision plans in the November and December issues of narfe magazine, along with information sources and Open Season FAQs. Employees who do not receive Open Season information from their agencies should contact their personnel or administrative office. The Office of Personnel Management will provide Open Season information to most eligible annuitants, survivor annuitants and former spouse annuitants. Those who do not receive their notices by Nov. 10 should contact OPM. Plans will not automatically send enrollees their 2015 brochure. You must request one or download it from the OPM website, www.opm.gov.
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Question: How do I file for Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance benefits when a family member dies?
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More than 25,000 feds will have to switch health plans in 2015
Government Executive
More federal employees will see their health insurance plans drop coverage next year than in any year since 2009, according to the Office of Personnel Management. Five plans previously offered in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program will no longer make their plans available when Open Season begins Nov. 10, which will affect more than 25,000 feds and retirees. Four new plans were added to FEHBP for 2015 coverage.
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Federal employee groups push candidates, some from the GOP
The Washington Post
With Election Day almost here, federal employee organizations are trying to make sure some friendly faces claim victory Tuesday night. Some of those faces might belong to Republicans. The outcome of the vote could have a big impact on the lives of federal workers. Congress decides bread-and-butter issues, like government pay and retirement benefits, that play a central role in the lives of millions of people, including federal retirees and family members.
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OMB expands push for data-driven management
Federal Times
Top agency leaders are creating an "employee engagement workshop" after a governmentwide employee satisfaction survey showed worsening morale problems at most agencies. Beth Cobert, the deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget, said the President's Management Council, which consists of deputy secretaries across government, is creating the multi-agency workshop to bring more focus on employee engagement and apply data-driven approaches.
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Effort to root out duplicative federal programs hits a roadblock
Government Executive
One of the Holy Grails of performance-based government has been assembling a reliable list of all federal programs to help Congress spot duplication and overlap. But that longtime quest is being thwarted because of inconsistencies in how agencies define programs, making it impossible to compare information, according to a recent Government Accountability Office report.
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Phased retirement set to launch, on paper at least
FEDweek
OPM will start accepting applications for phased retirement effective Nov. 6, but it remains uncertain how many, if any, employing agencies will be ready to offer it to their employees that soon. OPM, for example, has drafted the form and instructional materials needed, which will be used in conjunction with standard retirement forms, but will not post the final version on its site until that date.
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FINANCES


Study: Retirement savings dwindle when parents support adult children
Financial Advisor
Sixty-three percent of American families with adult children provide financial support to their children, often to the detriment of their own retirement savings, says Limra, a research organization. The Limra Secure Retirement Institute Study found that of those parents helping their adult children, 45 percent say it is hurting their retirement savings.
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Bracing for the falls of an aging nation
The New York Times
As the population ages, and people live longer in bad shape, the number of older Americans who fall and suffer serious, even fatal, injuries is soaring. So the retirement communities, assisted-living facilities and nursing homes where millions of Americans live are trying to balance safety and their residents' desire to live as they choose.
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TRAVEL


10 airlines that still give fliers free perks
SmarterTravel.com via USA Today
While it seems like most airline surprises end in disappointment, a few bold airlines are delighting passengers every day with pleasing perks to make flying just a little better. Some — like traditional sweets on Turkish Airlines and lounge access on Porter Airlines — are available regardless of where you sit in the plane. Others — aromatherapy on ANA, for instance, or Birchbox goodie bags on JetBlue — are reserved for passengers in premium seats.
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SECOND CAREERS


5 tips for the networking-averse
U.S. News & World Report
If you avoid networking events and dread making small talk, you aren't alone. Studies show that one-third to one-half of the U.S. population has introverted tendencies. If you ask around, you'll probably find that most people aren't that fond of starting conversations with strangers. All you have to do is tap into your introverted strengths: solid listening skills, research and analytical savvy, and preference for building deep relationships. And you’ll also have to step outside of your comfort zone.
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CONSUMER TIPS


7 scariest kitchen accidents — and how to avoid them during the holiday season
ConsumerReports.org
Kitchens are considered the heart of the home, but they're also home to a lot of equipment that can pose safety hazards. Cooking fires top the list of things that can go wrong in the kitchen followed by injuries from knives, cookware, food processors, microwaves and blenders. Fires related to cooking peak over the holidays — Thanksgiving has three times the average cooking-related fires. Here are some tips from safety pros and the experts at Consumer Reports that will keep you out of the emergency room and safely at home over the holidays.
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