NARFE NewsWatch
Nov. 11, 2014

Register now for NARFE's 2015 Legislative Training Conference
NARFE
Plan to be a part of one of our Association's most exciting and important events, NARFE's 2015 Legislative Training Conference, March 14-17, at the Renaissance Capital View Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. The conference offers NARFE leaders and grass-roots activists the opportunity to learn from NARFE Legislative Department staff, hear from national speakers and network with fellow NARFE advocates. Attendees will go to Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress and staff on the conference's final day. First-time participants are especially encouraged to come and hone their advocacy skills. The deadline to register with both NARFE and the hotel is Feb. 3. A conference registration form is available on p. 11 of the November issue of narfe magazine, or you can register online at www.narfe.org. There are only 300 spots available, so don't wait, register now!More

Follow NARFE on social media: Watch us grow!
NARFE
Thanks to all those following us on social media, NARFE has reached a milestone of more than 5,000 on Facebook and 800 on Twitter. Join the conversation and help us extend our reach to other federal employees and retirees. On Facebook, our username is NARFE National Headquarters. Our Twitter handle is @narfehq. Don't miss out. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to keep informed every day.More

FERS annuity supplement
NARFE
Question: I am under the Federal Employees Retirement System and soon will be age 55, with 25 years of service. My agency has offered a voluntary early retirement. If I choose to retire early, will I be able to collect the FERS Annuity Supplement at age 56? If so, how is the amount determined?More

Federal worker benefits season is now open — Here's what you need to know
The Washington Post
The annual federal employee benefits open season began Nov. 10, in which employees and retirees can change their insurance coverage and employees can set up flexible spending accounts for 2015. The program of greatest interest typically is the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, which covers about 8 million employees, retirees and family members.More

Phased retirement officially starts for feds, but don't count on it
The Washington Post
The long-awaited authority for federal workers to phase into retirement officially began Nov. 6, but it is still unclear how soon, how widely and under what conditions agencies will give their employees that opportunity. The government now can accept applications for the hybrid arrangement designed to allow retirement-eligible employees to cut back while keeping a hand in their work. More

Issa, Ryan look to FERS reform
Federal News Radio
Facing a GOP-controlled Senate and a record Republican majority in the House, congressional leaders have turned their attention to budget issues that would raise federal employees' contributions toward retirement. In a letter sent to the Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf, Reps. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Paul Ryan, R-Wis., asked for an "examination of the budgetary impact of different options for reforming FERS "examination of the budgetary impact of different options for reforming FERS [Federal Employee Retirement System]."More

U.S. Postal Service says data breach hits employees, call center
Reuters
The U.S. Postal Service was the victim of a cyberattack that may have compromised the personal information of more than 800,000 employees as well as data on customers who contacted its call center from January through mid-August. The employee information possibly accessed includes names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, addresses, beginning and end dates of employment, and emergency contact information, the Postal Service said in a recent statementMore

Unscrupulous debt collectors are seniors' top financial peeve
Daily Finance
When it comes to financial shenanigans, the top targets of senior citizens' complaints in this country are debt collectors, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau reported Wednesday. Seniors commonly report being hounded and threatened by debt collectors — and about half of those reported incidents involved debts they didn't incur.More

8 berry breakdowns: From building bones to fighting diabetes
Medical Daily
Berries' benefits are bountiful in every bite. From blueberries to blackberries, they’re sweet and serve one of the greatest natural medicines for nearly every part of the body. The beautiful reds, blues, blacks and purples provide an array of vitamins, nutrients, antioxidants and flavor despite their size. More

Holiday travel likely to be even more challenging this year
ConsumerAffairs.com
An improving economy and lower fuel prices may mean more Americans will be traveling over the holidays, making it all the more important to book flights now, if you haven't already. While the day after Thanksgiving is known as Black Friday, the day before is usually known as the busiest travel day of the year.More

Is your resume showing your age?
Business 2 Community
In today's highly competitive job market, job seekers need to stay on top of their game and show that they are just as qualified – or even more so – than other applicants. But in your haste to present your outstanding qualifications, you may be dating yourself and contributing to unintentional bias. More

Fresh, frozen, organic, natural? A guide to Thanksgiving turkey labeling
Los Angeles Times
Once upon a time, buying your Thanksgiving turkey was easy. You went to your neighborhood grocery store and picked up whichever frozen bowling ball they were selling. No more. Today, a high-end grocery may sell as many as a half-dozen types of turkey, and telling one from another takes a bit of homework.More