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NEWS FROM NARFE

COLA to be 1.5 percent, Chained CPI threat still looms
NARFE
The 2014 cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for millions of retired and disabled Americans will be 1.5 percent. Social Security beneficiaries, civil service annuitants and military retirees will be among those receiving the adjustment in their January 2014 benefit payments. While the 1.5 percent adjustment is designed to maintain retirees' purchasing power, the formula used to calculate COLAs still presents a tempting target for some lawmakers during negotiations over a budget resolution.

Although NARFE welcomed the news of the COLA increase in a press statement that has earned substantial coverage, NARFE President Joseph A. Beaudoin warns against complacency, reminding Association members that "future COLAs could be lower if current law is changed. I urge you to join me and thousands of recent activists in continuing to oppose a switch to the Chained CPI."
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Budget conference talks under way
NARFE
On Oct. 30, the House-Senate budget conference committee, tasked with reaching agreement on government funding levels through the remainder of the fiscal year, held its first meeting. The committee could consider changes to longer-term spending and revenue, such as increases in retirement contributions for federal employees or reductions to future cost-of-living adjustments to federal annuities. The work of the conference will happen out of public view, but conferees must hear from fellow members of Congress that the Chained CPI is an unfair reduction in earned benefits.

NARFE members are urged to use the Legislative Action Center on the NARFE website to tell their congressional delegations, "Enough is Enough."

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OPM director confirmed by Senate
NARFE
On Oct. 30, the Senate confirmed Katherine Archuleta to be Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) for a term of four years. The vote was 62-35. This position has been vacant since former director John Berry's term expired in April. At a July hearing, Archuleta pledged to update OPM's information technology system and reduce the backlog of retirement applications.
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FEDERAL BENEFITS QUESTION OF THE WEEK


FEGLI benefits
NARFE
Question: How are benefits paid out under Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance (FEGLI)?
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FEDERAL UPDATE


In House-Senate budget talks, feds fear being familiar target
Federal News Radio
When House and Senate lawmakers kicked off formal budget negotiations this week for the first time since the government shutdown ended, both Republicans and Democrats said replacing sequestration, the blunt across-the-board budget cuts, with an alternative plan would be a top priority.
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Children of feds in same-sex domestic partnerships can now enroll in FEHBP
Government Executive
Federal employees in same-sex domestic partnerships can now enroll their children in their government health care plan, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has decided. The final rule applies only in states in which same-sex marriage is illegal, as legally married same-sex spouses are already allowed to enroll their children in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.
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OMB, OPM tell agencies to take different approach on employee bonuses
Federal News Radio
The Obama administration is trying a different tack on federal-employee bonuses and awards in fiscal 2014. A new directive from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) establishes clear-cut spending caps on employee awards but won't outright ban them — even if the across-the-board spending constraints, known as sequestration, continue.
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TSP withdrawals spiked during shutdown
Federal Times
Hardship withdrawals from the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) soared during the partial government shutdown in the first half of October, according to data recently released.
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FINANCES


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CNN
The housing market's recent recovery may be one of the things that's giving you the confidence — and the wherewithal — to retire ahead of schedule. Home prices in 20 major metro areas are up 12 percent over the past year, the biggest gain since 2006, according to the widely followed S&P/Case-Shiller home price index.
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HEALTH


With flu season here, docs offer tips to stay healthy
Medical Xpress
With another flu season fast approaching, those in the know offer ways to guard against infection or deal with the flu if your efforts fail. "Immunization is the most important step in protecting yourself against the flu," Dr. Kenneth Bromberg, director of the vaccine research center and chairman of pediatrics at the Brooklyn Hospital Center, in New York City, said in a hospital news release. "Everyone over the age of 6 months who does not have a life-threatening reaction to flu shots should be immunized."
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SECOND CAREERS


Mondays: The best day to apply for a job
MoneyWatch via CBS News
Many people dread Mondays, but if you're a job seeker you should be looking forward to them. According to a study by Bright.com, people who apply for a job on a Monday have a 30 percent chance of advancing to the next round, compared with 14 percent of people who apply on a Saturday (the worst day to apply for a job).
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TRAVEL


How to pack a carry-on with everything you need
ABC News
Carry-ons are not just for weekend getaway jaunts. You really can pack what you need in one small bag, which saves checked-bag fees, plus your bag will not get lost (unless you leave it in that airport Starbucks). Precision packing isn't hard but it does require organizational skills.
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CONSUMER TIPS


IRS warns of sophisticated phone scam
Los Angeles Times
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) warned about a telephone scam in which targeted taxpayers are told they owe money and must pay up immediately. The IRS recently said the operation was sophisticated. The scammers are able to provide would-be victims the last four digits of their Social Security numbers and have the ability to spoof the agency's toll-free number on caller ID.
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Disclaimer: The articles that appear in NARFE NewsWatch are chosen from a variety of sources to reflect topics of interest to active and retired federal employees. With the exception of Federal Benefits Question of the Week and News From NARFE, an article's inclusion in NARFE NewsWatch does not imply that the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) endorses, supports or verifies its contents or expressed opinions. Factual errors are the responsibility of the listed publication.

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