NARFE NewsWatch
Sep. 2, 2014

NARFE National Convention concludes, officers elected
Richard G. Thissen was elected NARFE National President in a runoff election at the 33rd Biennial NARFE National Convention in Orlando, Florida. Thissen, of Lake Ozark, Missouri, is the current National Treasurer, and previously served as Region V Vice President and President of the Missouri Federation. Jon W. Dowie of St. Augustine, Florida, was elected to the newly created position of National Secretary-Treasurer. Officers are elected for two-year terms and will take up their new duties Nov. 1.More

Legislative program for 114th Congress adopted
Convention delegates also adopted a new legislative program for the 114th Congress, including preserving the earned benefits of federal employees and retirees. Legislative Director Jessica Klement stressed the importance of member contributions to NARFE-PAC, the Association's political action committee. Klement explained that NARFE-PAC is "the only way that we as an organization can contribute to the campaigns of those running for congressional office ... It is a way to help our friends in Congress stay in Congress." NARFE members can donate via the NARFE website by clicking on the NARFE-PAC logo on the home page, or by using the coupon on page 13 of the September issue of narfe magazine.More

Military and federal service benefit
Question: I retired from the U.S. Navy with a monthly retirement check. I am currently a federal employee under the Federal Employees Retirement System. When I retire from federal civilian service, can I receive both retirement checks? More

Obama proposes 1 percent pay raise for federal workers in 2015
The Washington Post
President Barack Obama recently proposed raising federal civilian and military pay by 1 percent across the board next year, signaling that he wants to give the workers a salary bump while preventing the rates from automatically rising by a greater amount under the law. In a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Vice President Joe Biden, Obama said the higher statutory increase set to take effect without his plan would be "inappropriate."More

Can you apply for phased retirement this fall? It depends on your agency
Government Executive
Many federal employees interested in phased retirement are going to have to wait to apply until 2015 at the earliest, according to reports from feds in multiple agencies. The Office of Personnel Management issued final rules on partial retirement in August, more than two years after Congress passed the law, and the agency said eligible federal employees can submit applications starting Nov. 6.More

Why federal agencies lag behind on mobile technology
Mobile device use is growing rapidly across the federal government. Still, the lack of overriding strategy and communications between stakeholders is slowing its development, says a federal official. Although mobility is one of the fastest-growing technology environments in government, there is no governmentwide policy overseeing its use and management, said Greg Youst, chief mobility engineer for the Defense Information Systems Agency at the recent Federal Mobile Computing Summit in Washington, D.C. More

Report finds fewer federal workers with disabilities
Disability Scoop
Despite a push to increase hiring of people with what are known as "targeted disabilities," the participation of such individuals in the federal workforce has actually declined. Back in 2002, 1.07 percent of federal employees had targeted disabilities. By 2011, that figure fell to 0.90 percent, according to a new report from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.More

6 ways to control overspending in retirement
USA Today
The Society of Actuaries puts the number of risks that you might face in retirement at 15. Some of those risks you can manage or mitigate, and some you can't. But one risk that you should be able to control is that of overspending. According to recent research conducted by the SOA, most retirees tend not to overspend. More

Poor oral health can have negative impact on seniors' overall health
City College of New York via News-Medical.Net
Research has shown that poor oral health can have a negative impact on seniors' overall health and well-being, but for many, there are significant barriers to visiting a dentist, finds a new report in the American Journal of Health Behavior. Lead study author Dr. Theresa Montini, assistant medical professor at the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education at the City College of New York, and her colleagues provided oral dental exams to 184 older adult volunteers.More

Increasingly, retirees dump their possessions and hit the road
The New York Times
Some call themselves "senior gypsies." Others prefer "international nomad." David Law, 74, a retired executive recruiter who has primarily slept in tents in several countries in the last two years, likes the ring of "American Bedouin." They are American retirees who have downsized to the extreme, choosing a life of travel over a life of tending to possessions. And their numbers are rising.More

Why you might choose to work in retirement
"Working" and "retirement" may seem like a contradiction in terms. Yet, the line between the two has become blurred as more Americans remain in the workforce beyond the traditional retirement age of 65 or find that the end of a long career spent in one field doesn't have to mean an end to their working life. Some call it working in retirement; others just call it working. Whatever one calls it, it's likely to become even more common in the years ahead for two important reasons.More

Bank hack attack: What you should do
USA Today
With the FBI investigating a cyberattack that hit at least five banks, including JPMorgan Chase, many consumers are wondering what they can do to protect themselves if their accounts have been compromised. More