NARFE NewsWatch
Aug. 26, 2014

33rd NARFE National Convention underway in Orlando, Florida
In addition to conducting Association business and electing national and regional officers, NARFE's legislative agenda for the next two years will be decided at the convention. Delegates also will attend training sessions on membership and marketing, grassroots advocacy, and service officer best practices. NARFE is posting daily reports from the National Convention on the NARFE convention page. You also can follow the convention on Twitter and Facebook. Closing ceremonies will take place Thursday.

Whether or not you are with us on-site in Orlando, all NARFE members can help strengthen NARFE's legislative clout on Capitol Hill by supporting NARFE-PAC! You can donate via the NARFE website by clicking on the NARFE-PAC logo on the home page, or use the coupon on Page 13 of the September issue of narfe magazine.More

Health coverage
Question: I am thinking about leaving the federal government to go into the private sector. What happens to my Federal Employees Health Benefits Program coverage upon leaving the federal government?More

FERS TSP enrollment hits record high
Federal News Radio
Enrollment in the Thrift Savings Plan among employees under the Federal Employee Retirement System hit a record high in July. At its monthly board meeting in Washington, the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board announced that 87.5 percent of FERS employees are actively contributing to their TSP accounts. The percentage just surpasses the previous record high of 87.4 percent in January 2003. Enrollment dipped steadily after that and eventually hit a low of 81.5 percent during the recession in 2009.More

Report shows lack of diversity in top civil service ranks
The Washington Post
The latest annual Equal Employment Opportunity Commission report on the federal workplace is not happy summer reading for diversity advocates. The numbers, graphs and tables document a story they know too well. Despite well-meaning efforts and all the right things said by Obama administration officials, racial, ethnic and gender diversity in the federal workplace remains a quest.More

Postal Service workers' comp costs rise as headcount falls
Federal Times
Even as the Postal Service has cut hundreds of thousands of employees its workers' compensation costs continue to grow, according to a report by the Postal Service inspector general.More

Some lawmakers growing more receptive to BRAC
Federal News Radio
Despite an initial reluctance from lawmakers to authorize the Defense Department to conduct a new round of Base Realignment and Closure, some members of Congress are becoming more receptive to the idea. The Army plans to reduce its force to 490,000 by the end of fiscal 2015. But Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment, says shrinking forces won't be enough to match sequestration-level budgets.More

Three mistakes of unhappy retirees
Clark Howard
There's so much talk today about the financial side of retirement. Save more, invest more, have more — but for what? For you the answer may be financial independence, or maybe just the ability to stop working at a job you don't like. There's more to retirement than just saving a certain amount of money, though, and there are plenty of people who have money to retire but are still not happy. How can you avoid an unhappy retirement, and what can we learn from unhappy retirees?More

Top three health: Best weight loss tips
The Morning Call
If you've ever tried to lose weight, you have to be mindful of whose advice you take. Prevention magazine talked to experienced nutritionists for real-world advice you can actually live with.More

Top travel tips for a hassle-free journey
When is the best time to book a trip to Walt Disney World? What are the niftiest travel apps? How do you arrange a speedy Plan B if your flight is delayed or canceled? The answers to these and other travel questions from those in the know could make the difference between a pleasant journey and one you want to forget in a hurry.More

How to shift from full-time work to a part-time second career
The following are proven strategies for finding both money and joy in your transition to retirement.More

Consumer tips for selecting pet insurance
Insurance Journal
"Pet insurance plans may not make sense for every pet owner, but given that emergency or catastrophic veterinary bills can cost thousands of dollars, it is worthwhile for consumers to consider and evaluate these products," said Ken Kobylowski, New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance commissioner.More