NARFE NewsWatch
Mar. 17, 2015

NARFE advocates on the Hill today
NARFE legislative activists attending the Association's Legislative Training Conference visited congressional offices on Capitol Hill today to advocate for the federal community. The "Day on the Hill" concluded the four-day conference held in Arlington, Virginia. Nearly half of the 250 attendees were first-time participants at the conference. Attendees heard from members of Congress, attended breakout sessions on grass-roots advocacy and policy issues, and learned more about NARFE's legislative agenda for the 114th Congress. "NARFE members are the very best advocates in defense of the earned pay and benefits of federal employees and retirees," said Legislative Director Jessica Klement. "They will be returning to their home chapters with enhanced skills and, hopefully, a new enthusiasm for representing NARFE in building relationships with their legislators."More

Roth TSP
Question: I am trying to decide if I want to contribute to the Roth Thrift Savings Plan. Any advice? More

Bill slashes pay of top-earning federal employees
Federal Times
Federal employees making more than $100,000 a year would see their salaries slashed by thousands of dollars, under legislation introduced recently. The Promoting Accountability in Decisions for Progress Act, introduced by Rep. Tom Rice, R-S.C., would, upon passage, cut all salaries for employees making more than $100,000 by 8.7 percent. The reduction would also apply to members of Congress and the president.More

FEHB guidance upcoming
OPM is expected to soon issue its annual "call letter," in which it outlines the coverage features it wants in the FEHB program the following year. The letter is the start of a monthslong process of negotiations between OPM and carriers that results in the announcement each autumn of new premium rates and coverage terms for the succeeding calendar year.More

Federal employees who worked during the 2013 shutdown can join this lawsuit
The Washington Post
The Justice Department notified legions of federal employees that they can sue the government for not paying them on time during the partial shutdown of 2013. The alerts, required under a court order, will inform personnel who worked during the budget lapse that they can join a lawsuit claiming the government owes them damages under the Fair Labor Standards Act.More

What's most dangerous kind of identity theft?
USA Today
Like the thieves behind the crime, identity theft can take on many disguises depending on the information stolen. When identity theft goes undetected, these crimes can not only cost victims their money, but also their health and well-being. It's nearly impossible to avoid identity theft, but awareness and vigilance are key to fixing the problem if you do get hit. As each kind of identity theft could be more deadly than the next, here are three particularly dangerous types of identity theft.More

6 most important foods to cut from your diet
Anyone who cares about their health already knows to purge the cupboard of refined carbohydrates and added sugars — your white breads, your Tropicanas. And yet many of us live with a rising dread that we are accidentally ingesting terrible things that we don't even know are terrible, or that are more terrible than we'd allowed ourselves to believe. More

How to avoid job search burnout
Business 2 Community
Searching for employment can be a full-time job in itself — and as such, it can be more than a little draining. You may feel full of vim and vigor when your job search begins, but if it stretches out for weeks or months, then you may quickly find yourself feeling discouraged, dispirited and frankly exhausted. More

The 5 best places to travel while the dollar is strong
The Washington Post
Want to get away? This really is a great time. The euro is currently at a 12-year low, which means your dollar will go even further abroad. "The American economy is showing real strength, the dollar has greater buying power compared to almost all worldwide currencies, and hotel prices overseas are down, sometimes significantly," Darla Cameron and Dan Keating reported March 2.More

4 hidden hazards in your home
A recent "60 Minutes" report said some of Lumber Liquidators' flooring products contained unsafe levels of formaldehyde, sending the company's stock on a downward spiral. But it was also a reminder about some of the lesser-known dangers that lurk in many of your home's materials and components.More