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Federal, congressional pay freeze bill to be considered by House
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The House is scheduled to vote Feb. 1 on a new bill that would freeze the salaries of federal employees, lawmakers and congressional staffers for another year. The bill, introduced Jan. 27 by Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wis., goes against the wishes of the White House, which hopes to increase federal civilian worker salaries by 0.5 percent next year, but is consistent with congressional Republican efforts to curtail government spending in part by freezing or reducing government salaries. More


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Bill introduced to reduce federal workers' pensions    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Fla., has introduced legislation that would increase the amount federal employees would be required to pay toward their retirement plans. HR 3813, Securing Annuities for Federal Employees Act of 2012, would also reduce pensions for new employees. If this bill should pass both Houses of Congress and get signed by the president, the Office of Personnel Management would then write and propose regulations, giving its interpretation of how the new system would be implemented. More

Pentagon plans for 5 years of reduced raises for civilian employees
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The Defense Department is planning for smaller pay raises for its civilian employees through fiscal year 2017 — and that doesn't bode well for the rest of the federal workforce. According to a budget document, the DoD plans to save $60 billion between fiscal years 2013 and 2017 by cutting "excess overhead, operations expenses and personnel costs." Part of that will come from "reductions in planned civilian pay raises." More


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All federal workers to be quizzed on satisfaction
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Have a gripe with your boss? Want to praise the management of your agency? If you haven't before, now you can. In what Obama administration officials are calling a first, all permanent full- and part-time federal employees will have the chance to participate this year in the annual Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, the federal government's only way of assessing worker satisfaction on a wide scale. More

More boomers selling life insurance plans to fund retirement
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The difficult economic times are causing more and more baby boomers to look at all their options as they approach retirement age. And it seems like more individuals and couples are beginning to take an unconventional approach to funding their golden years through the sale of life insurance policies. More

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CDC: Too few Americans getting screened for common cancers
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The number of Americans being screened for colon, breast and cervical cancers still falls below national targets, federal health officials said. "Not all Americans are getting the recommended screening for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer," said report co-author Mary C. White, branch chief of the CDC's Division of Cancer Prevention and Control. The screening rates are particularly low among Asians and Hispanics, according to the report. More

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Do's and don'ts for today's grandparents
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Grandparenting isn't as simple as showering your grandchildren with gifts. Psychiatrist and senior editor at Georgia Witkin explains the new rules of grandparenting in "The Modern Grandparent's Handbook." Read on for an explanation of a few grandparenting do's and don'ts. More

The 3 phases of a major career change
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As a financial analyst, Sean Ogle used to joke that he was the only person in Portland, Ore., with a suit and tie. He always knew it wasn't the right fit. The work, while interesting at times, wasn't as interesting to him as traveling or doing something that really made use of his natural talents. After a yearlong process of self-discovery, he quit his job in favor of entrepreneurship and embraced a life where he couldn't predict what would happen five, three or even one year into the future. How did he get there? More

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The world's top 10 retirement havens
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It might not seem the world's top retirement haven, but the editors at International Living say the Republic of Ecuador is the best place in the world to retire to. The cost of living is low and real estate is cheap. More

Mexico ups swine flu screening as cases increase
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Three years after swine flu closed Mexico City and caused an international scare, the Mexican government and local media are at odds over the severity of this season's flu virus. Newspapers are warning of an alarming increase in cases, while the government insists there is no cause for alarm. Federal and state health officials agree there is an increase, but they say the number of cases is within the range of a normal flu season. More

Payment plans can increase the cost of your auto insurance via Fox Business    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Paying your car insurance bill in monthly installments might seem like a smart way to budget, but you could spend more over a year for the convenience of paying month by month. An informal check of car insurance rates for one Florida resident found that over the course of a six-month policy, it could cost her up to $141 more — or $23.50 each month — to pay her bill using monthly installments, rather than making a single payment. More


Does separation incentive count toward earnings-limitation test?
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Question: I am applying for the early-out incentive offered by my agency. As a Federal Employees Retirement System employee, I am entitled to a FERS annuity supplement. I know that this money is subject to the Social Security earnings-limitation test. Would the $25,000 early-out incentive eliminate my FERS annuity supplement? More

NARFE president to testify tomorrow about retirement processing delays
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NARFE President Joseph A. Beaudoin will tell a Senate subcommittee hearing tomorrow that new federal retirees are waiting too long for their retirement paperwork to be processed by the Office of Personnel Management, that interim payments are too low and that these new retirees are unable to get through to OPM to check on the status of their annuity. OPM Director John Berry also will testify at the hearing before the Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce and the District of Columbia. The hearing will be webcast live beginning at 2:30 p.m EST. A link to the webcast will be posted 15 minutes before the hearing starts on the home page of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs and here.

Make your voice heard: Send NARFE's message today
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NARFE President Joseph A. Beaudoin is urging NARFE members to use the following link to send messages to their members of Congress, telling them not to use federal worker pay and benefits to pay for extending the payroll tax holiday

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