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OPM: Interim pensions for new retirees more accurate
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Most new retirees are receiving more accurate interim pensions in the months after they leave the federal government, the Office of Personnel Management said. For years, OPM has sent new retirees annuity checks that were often a fraction of what they should have received, causing tens of thousands of retirees serious financial hardship for six months or more while the agency calculated the correct pensions. More

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Experts: USPS proposal to leave federal health benefits program unwise
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The U.S. Postal Service's proposal to withdraw from the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program likely will cost the cash-strapped agency more money, according to a health insurance expert. "Pulling out of the FEHBP is neither necessary nor sufficient to solve their problems," said Walton Francis, an independent author and consultant. "It can only make it worse." More

Budget ax may come down on Congress' pensions, benefits
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As Capitol Hill's supercommittee continues work on a landmark deficit-reduction plan that could reduce services and restrict benefits for Americans, some taxpayer watchdogs and lawmakers want Congress to first take the ax to the comfortable pensions and retirement packages that its own members enjoy. With deficit-reduction fever gripping Washington, Congress is seeing a flurry of bills to reform the retirement perks enjoyed by U.S. representatives and senators. More

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Life insurance premium changes on the way for some feds
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The Office of Personnel Management recently announced new premium rates for some federal workers and retirees enrolled in the government's group life insurance program. Some premiums are going down, while others are increasing, beginning the first pay period on or after Jan. 1. The changes affect enrollees in Option B, Option C and those who have post-retirement basic insurance. More

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High-fiber diet may help thwart colon cancer
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Eating a high-fiber diet may reduce your risk of colorectal cancer, especially if the fiber is from cereal and whole grains, according to a new review. British and Dutch researchers analyzed 25 studies that included a total of nearly 2 million people. Compared with the lowest levels of fiber consumption, each 10-gram-per-day increase in intake of total dietary fiber and cereal fiber was associated with a 10 percent reduced risk of colorectal cancer. More



Handling the multigenerational household
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The verbal and emotional jousting of three generations living under one roof is delightful to watch on "Parenthood," an NBC drama in which Lauren Graham's character — with two teenagers in tow — moves in with her retired parents. Theirs is an increasingly common real-world dynamic, with about 49 million Americans now living in multigenerational households. More

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Job-hunting tips for baby boomers
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In today's job market, baby boomers face the largest overall increase in long-term unemployment. While some data shows, that people over the age of 50, are less likely to lose their job, those that do get laid off have a harder time finding a job than their younger counterparts. And with many boomers facing diminished retirement savings accounts thanks to the financial crisis, many need a steady paycheck to replenish their nest eggs. More



Poll: Most baby boomers expect to work after 65
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For generations, 65 has been America's traditional retirement age. But for the baby boomers, retiring at that age may not be realistic. According to a poll by the Associated Press and LifeGoesStrong.com, a website for the middle-aged, among baby boomers, 73 percent plan to work past retirement — a number that's up 6 percent since March 2011. More





Top-secret holidays and camping among most popular travel trends of 2011
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We've all heard of buzzwords like "staycation" and "glamping," but what are the next popular travel trends that everyone will be talking about? An industry report has shed light on some of the key travel trends that will shape the year ahead. Mystery holidays and camping in a stranger's garden have been identified as some of the trends influencing the global travel industry in 2011. More

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Credit card issuers raise rewards for holiday shopping season
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Credit card issuers are bumping up their rewards for the holiday shopping season as they seek to lure consumers away from debit cards and competitors. For shoppers with decent credit scores, this can provide the opportunity to pick up extra cash or miles while they do their gift shopping. More

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Is my health plan leaving the FEHBP?
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Question: I read the November issue of NARFE magazine and was shocked to see that Kaiser of Georgia will no longer be participating in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program in 2012. I have been with the plan for 20 years. How did this happen? More



NARFE opposes Senate provision to weaken FECA benefits
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All federal employees who are injured on the job are at risk of losing workers' compensation protections as they age because of a provision in a bill approved Nov. 9 by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The provision applies to all federal and postal workers but was attached to a postal reform bill being considered by the committee. "The overall goal of the legislation was to strengthen the U.S. Postal Service — not weaken protections granted to all federal employees who are hurt while serving their country," said NARFE President Joseph A. Beaudoin. "A proposal to strand our nation's disabled federal workers when they reach retirement age does not belong in this legislation. This ill-conceived plan must not move forward when the full Senate debates the issue." Read more

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