NARFE NewsWatch
May. 6, 2014

Proud to serve: NARFE honors America's civil servants during Public Service Recognition Week
The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association is honored to salute the men and women who serve our country during Public Service Recognition Week, May 4-10. Organized by the Public Employees Roundtable, of which NARFE is a member, the week honors military, federal, state, county and local government employees. "This week provides us with an opportunity to pause and say, 'Thank you,' to the millions of individuals who make our government the best in the world," said NARFE President Joseph A. Beaudoin.More

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is May 10
Hunger haunts one in every six Americans. Being part of the solution is as near as your mailbox. Plan now to collect and bag nonperishable food items and place the bag by your mailbox for your city or rural letter carrier on Saturday, May 10. NARFE is pleased to publicize this annual effort. For more details on the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, see the website of the National Association of Letter Carriers.More

Health coverage for ex-spouse?
Question: I am a federal employee and am divorcing my spouse, who is not a federal employee. Can I continue to cover my ex-spouse under my federal health insurance plan?More

Archuleta: Feds' hard work needs to be recognized
Federal News Radio
As Public Service Recognition Week officially gets underway, Katherine Archuleta, director of the Office of Personnel Management and a longtime public servant herself, tells Federal News Radio the hard work of the federal workforce deserves to be recognized.More

GSA: Feds in 19 cities to be relocated
Federal Times
The General Services Administration says it plans to spend $70 million to consolidate leased federal offices across the country. GSA is trying to renovate and update a federal building in each of 19 cities so that federal employees who work in nearby buildings can be consolidated into a single building, or at least into fewer than are currently used, said Mafara Hobson, GSA's deputy associate administrator for media affairs.More

Postal Service faces potential leadership void as executives near retirement
The Washington Post
The U.S. Postal Service faces a leadership succession problem due to pending retirements among executives, but many of those in line to take their places aren't far from retirement eligibility themselves, a report issued recently said.More

OPM partners with college to offer feds tuition discount
Federal Times
Federal employees and their families will soon be eligible for a discount on tuition at the University of Maryland University College, according to an announcement by the Office of Personnel Management.More

Sammies finalists are harnessing technology to help the public
The Washington Post
One team of federal agents led Medicare investigations that resulted in more than 600 convictions in South Florida, recovering hundreds of millions of dollars. Another official boosted access to burial sites for veterans across the country. And one guided an initiative to provide safe drinking water to 5 million people in Uganda and Kenya.More

To TSP or not to TSP? That is the question
Federal News Radio
So you're planning for retirement, even though it may be 10 or more years down the road. One of the questions on your financial checklist is this: Should you keep the nest egg you've built up, your in-house 401(k) plan, in the federal Thrift Savings Plan? Or should you hand it over to a financial planner, a bank or your brother-in-law, the freelance dog walker?More

10 health tips to help reduce falls in seniors
Orlando Sentinel
Falling is costly. Falls cause both physical and economic tolls in senior populations. The medical costs linked to injuries suffered from falls in adults over age 65 was $30 billion in 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These costs did not take into account the long-term effects of injuries.More

Money tips for business travelers
David Kelly writes, "I do most of my traveling within the United States, but occasionally I travel outside the U.S. When I do, I know it's always a good idea to think about my money strategy for the trip. Should I exchange some money before the trip? How much cash do I bring with me? What should I do about my credit cards?"More

How to choose a second career over 50
While most people enter a first career early in life, many people will choose a second or even third career later on, often after the age of 50. This desire to re-enter the workforce can come about for many reasons, such as financial necessity, a desire to be productive and help others, or an interest in taking on a new challenge. People over 50 can increase their chances of finding a new career by following a few basic steps.More

Five tips for preventing luggage theft
Consumer Reports
The most recent revelation about luggage theft by workers at Los Angeles International Airport isn't welcome news for airline travelers. So we checked into how to ensure that your luggage makes it to your destination — assuming the airline doesn't lose it. Experts say that the best way to prevent luggage theft is to keep your suitcases at hand at all times, and that means carrying on your bags. But that's not always practical or possible.More