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House panel approves bill to shrink federal workforce
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The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee recently approved a bill that would reduce the federal workforce through attrition by 10 percent over the next three years. In a 23-14 vote, the panel approved the measure, which calls for hiring one federal employee to replace every three workers who retire or leave their job, shrinking the workforce across the board by 10 percent by 2015. More

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Federal 'pay gap' widens
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The federal government recently reported that, on average, its employees are underpaid by 26.3 percent when compared with similar nonfederal jobs, a "pay gap" that increased by about 2 percentage points over the last year while federal salary rates were frozen. The Bureau of Labor Statistics presented the figures to the Federal Salary Council, an advisory group of federal agency officials, union representatives and outside pay experts. More

CBO warns against pay cut
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The Congressional Budget Office, in testimony before the supercommittee, said that federal pay and benefits make up about 15 percent of discretionary spending, the category of spending under the greatest scrutiny in the deficit-reduction effort. However, it warned against decreasing pay rates and employment levels. More

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Federal employees stuck at work during storms will have to 'rough it'
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Personnel Chief John Berry said that if federal employees have to weather a snowstorm in their offices, "People will have to rough it a little bit," and the government won't provide cots. "There are vending machines, there are Starbucks on every corner, there are emergency ration bags," Berry said in comments on the government's new snow policy, which calls for federal employees to shelter in place if they don't leave the office by a deadline set by the Office of Personnel Management. More



5 little-known facts about Social Security
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Most Americans watch their money go into the Social Security trust fund in the form of payroll deductions as soon as they begin working, when retirement seems a long way off. As a result, many go through their working lives without giving it much thought. Here are a few facts everyone should know about Social Security benefits before making any decisions about retirement. More

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5 risky herbal supplements
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"All natural" — it's on the labels of a growing number of foods, cosmetics, cleaning products and over-the-counter remedies. This is, in part, what makes herbal medicine so popular. But does natural always mean safe? More



A nursing home shrinks until it feels like a home
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Toni Davis spent much of her childhood roaming the corridors of a nursing home in West Orange, N.J., where her mother was the director. Following in her mother's footsteps, Davis is now director of Green Hill Retirement Community, a nursing home and assisted-living facility, and she is determined to make it into a place where residents feel little reason to leave. Davis, along with two dozen other nursing home operators across the country, is trying something different. More

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Edge on employment: Focus on the mature worker
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Evolving work habits and the continued recession have changed the demographics of the U.S. workforce. Older workers, those age 55 and up, play a significant role in today's economy. They are often in positions of authority and have continued participation in the workforce longer than previous generations. Although the general unemployment level of older workers is low, they also tend to spend more time looking for work once unemployed than any other age demographic. More



10 things baby boomers won't say
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Don't expect a big inheritance from your boomer parents — even if they are rich. Less than half of millionaire boomers say that leaving money for their kids is a priority for them, according to a 2011 U.S. Trust study. But 64 percent of boomers say they plan to use their money to travel and more than 1 in 3 say they want to use it to "have fun." More





Best and worst airlines for flight delays
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If you gear up for a delay each time you fly, you're savvy indeed. Flight delays have become so common that more than 20 percent of all flights in the United States run late year after year. So the savviest travelers leave equipped with fully charged and programmed e-readers, snacks and the patience to weather possible delays. But some airlines are more time-sensitive than others, and it matters because a delay is more than a nuisance — it can ruin a trip, especially around the holidays. More

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22 ways to fight rising food prices
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Food, clothing and shelter generally top the list of basic human needs. While shopping at a discount store instead of the mall generally takes care of the clothing issue, and living in a small apartment instead of a McMansion can address your housing situation, rising world food prices can lead to some significant challenges in the food department. More

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Will my annuity be affected if I take a nonfederal job after retirement?
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Question: I plan to take early retirement and then start working in a nonfederal job. Will this impact my annuity? More



NARFE opposes bill to reduce federal workforce
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NARFE President Joseph A. Beaudoin says a bill to reduce the federal workforce by 10 percent "threatens the services and security" that federal workers provide all American citizens. The bill, H.R. 3029, was approved Nov. 3 by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. "If Congress thinks the federal government should reduce spending by discontinuing a specific program or policy, it should vote to discontinue the program or policy," Beaudoin said. "But it must not arbitrarily reduce the entire workforce and call it a solution. This approach threatens the services and security that our federal workers provide Americans in every state. We must not allow this irresponsible bill to progress any further than it already has to becoming law." To read Beaudoin's entire statement, click here.

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