NARFE NewsWatch
Feb. 17, 2015

NARFE president urges protection of postal services
NARFE has joined with more than 60 national organizations to form "A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service." NARFE President Richard G. Thissen attended a press conference Feb. 12 in Washington, D.C., announcing the Alliance. "The U.S. Postal Service and postal jobs are threatened by interests that seek to undermine postal services and dismantle this great public institution," Thissen said. "In the face of these attacks, we are fighting to protect and enhance vibrant public postal services now – and for many generations to come." Thissen urges all NARFE members to join him in signing a pledge to protect the U.S. Postal Service. To sign, click here.More

I haven't yet received my Internal Revenue Service form 1099-R from the Office of Personnel Management. What should I do?More

OPM monitoring recent Anthem database breach containing 80 million records
The Office of Personnel Management is monitoring whether the recently reported hacked database at Anthem Inc. has affected any of the 1.3 million federal employees that the health insurer covers. Nextgov reported that Anthem informed the federal agency that it shut down the affected network following the breach of the database that stored about 80 million records of customers and employees.More

DHS shutdown, furloughs dominate subcommittee hearing
Federal News Radio
The House Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies hosted a hearing Feb. 12 to review the emerging threats and technologies facing the nation. But, the one threat that dominated the discussion was whether the Homeland Security Department would be funded after Feb. 27. That's when the current continuing resolution that's funding the agency expires.More

Say goodbye to the classic white boxy USPS truck
Government Executive
The classic white boxy U.S. Postal Service truck that's been roaming American streets for decades just received a Dear John letter. The agency has issued a Request for Information for a "Next Generation Delivery Vehicle" it hopes will replace the existing fleet by 2018.More

Postal unions, advocacy groups join forces to 'save' USPS
The Washington Post
The American Postal Workers Union will join other labor and advocacy groups Feb. 12 to announce a new coalition designed to "save" the U.S. Postal Service from service cuts and efforts to privatize the mail system. The coalition of 63 religious coalitions, retiree organizations, educational and postal unions, lawmakers and progressive advocacy groups is calling itself "A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service."More

How to find the best assisted living community
U.S. News & World Report
If you or your parents live long enough, you will likely face a common problem: How do you find the right assisted living facility? There are about 150,000 assisted and independent living facilities in the United States, plus 1,500 continuing care communities, according to Andy Cohen of, which features lists and reviews of facilities. And that figure doesn't take into account nursing homes, group homes and active adult communities.More

Pumping iron could ward off dementia
University of Sydney via Medical Xpress
High-intensity weight training is important for brains not just brawn and could be prescribed in the fight against dementia, according to new research from the University of Sydney. The landmark study reveals that resistance training improves the mental abilities of older people with mild cognitive impairment — a common precursor to dementia.More

Working strategies: Career-changer resumes
Pioneer Press
One of the trickier dilemmas for experienced workers is creating a resume for a new career path. How do you sum up past experiences without overwhelming an employer in a different field? More to the point, how do you present relevant abilities without shining a spotlight on your relative lack of experience in the new arena? While good options exist for this situation, they are sadly outnumbered by the less effective solutions more commonly used. More

5 tips for traveling with credit cards
Whether your passport needs additional pages to accommodate all your stamps or you are planning your first big cross-country trip, it's important to take care of credit card prep before you pack. Knowing the essentials for traveling with credit cards can help you avoid problems and enjoy your experience.More

Do we choose products we like based on how easy they are to pick up?
How hard do you look at products before you grab them? While we're usually not thinking, "oooh that looks nice and grabbable, I'm going to buy it," one researcher says that how easy objects are to pick up and use might have some effect on us when it comes time to choose what we want. NPR's Goats and Soda blog checked out a new book by Sian Beilock, a psychologist at the University of Chicago, that looks at how our bodies affect our brains called "How the Body Knows Its Mind."More