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Obama signs short-term spending bill, averting federal shutdown
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President Barack Obama signed a stopgap measure that will keep the federal government funded through March 18, averting a shutdown for two more weeks while congressional leaders head to the White House to broker a longer-term deal. The resolution, which passed the Senate 91 to 9, will cut $4 billion in spending by targeting programs that Obama has already marked for elimination and reductions. That's far less than House Republicans had wanted to cut, but with the clock ticking and public opinion sharply divided, GOP leaders were willing to make concessions. More


Social Security: It's all in the details, boomers
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Deciding when to start receiving Social Security benefits is one of the most critical decisions a retiree can make. As most folks know, the age at which you are eligible to receive 100 percent of your benefit has been increased to 66. However, the earliest date at which you can begin collecting Social Security remains the month you turn 62. More

Average time to hire new federal workers improves
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The average length of time it takes federal agencies to hire new employees has dropped by more than two weeks, according to new government figures — a change that addresses the chief concern of job applicants. Agencies took an average of 105 days to recruit and hire new workers, down from 122 days the year before, according to the Office of Personnel Management. In the past, it would take agencies up to 200 days to process a hire; 140 days was more common. More

Workers protest outside SSA offices nationwide    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Employees recently marched outside nearly 100 Social Security offices nationwide, according to a government workers union, to protest deep cuts — including pay cuts and furloughs — that officials warned would result from proposed budget reductions. Legislation Congress passed to fund government for the rest of fiscal 2011 strips $1.7 billion from the Social Security Administration's $11.4 billion budget. More

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Hearing loss is common but often ignored
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Nearly two-thirds of Americans 70 and older suffer from hearing loss that ranges from mild to severe, according to what may be the first study to gauge the prevalence of hearing impairment in a nationally representative sample of older adults. Researchers analyzed data from about 715 elderly people whose hearing was examined as part of the National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey in 2005-2006, the first time it included hearing assessments of older Americans. More

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The future of food service in senior living
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The discussions of baby boomers eventually reaching eligible age for senior living establishments are over. The baby boomers are here, and with them, they are bringing a whole new set of expectations. The baby boomers are well traveled. With respect to leisure and travel, they have seen and experienced much more than their parents. The potential senior living customer will be looking for resort-style amenities to incorporate as part of their everyday lifestyle. More

5 tips for older job seekers
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Federal age discrimination law is designed to protect workers 40 and older, but proving you've been deprived of a job or laid off to sweep the path for younger and cheaper workers isn't easy to do. As boomers live longer, healthier lives and want to work beyond what was once considered time to step aside for a younger generation, it's a scenario that's not fading to black. Unless there's a real business culture shift in the way older workers are perceived, the voices will escalate, so let's find some solutions. More

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Study: 20 percent of pre-retirees plan to use home equity for retirement
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A study focused on retirement planning risks found that about two out of 10 retirees and pre-retirees have already used or plan to use equity in their homes to help finance retirement. According to the 2009 survey and accompanying report by Schaumberg, Ill.-based Society of Actuaries, those who do generally plan to tap into their home equity by selling their home. More

How to avoid the 10 most annoying travel fees    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Nothing seems to irk travelers more than paying travel fees. What's especially maddening about these charges is that in many cases — think checked luggage and in-flight pillows and food — travelers are paying for things that were free until very recently. Clearly, these travel fees are not going to go away anytime soon. In fact, they're on the increase, as the travel industry seeks to find more ways to nickel and dime travelers when they fly, stay in a hotel or rent a car. More

Congress gives consumers a gift, but some want to take it back
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Consumers ought to have a lot of friends. After all, it's their money that fuels business in this country — and a lot of other countries, for that matter. The government is slated to unveil a tool for consumers that catalogs safety concerns and complaints about certain products. The database, which was approved by Congress a few years ago, will allow consumers to make better informed decisions about the products they buy. More

A NARFE member asks about getting a duplicate 1099-R tax form
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Question: I need to finish my taxes, but I have lost my 1099-R. What should I do? More

NARFE exceeds goal of raising $9 million for Alzheimer's research
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NARFE has exceeded its goal of raising $9 million for Alzheimer's research. As of Jan. 31, NARFE members had donated $9,017,483. In 2011, NARFE began its 26th year of raising funds for Alzheimer's research in partnership with the Alzheimer's Association. NARFE's extraordinary giving record makes it the Alzheimer's Association's largest membership organization donor. NARFE reached its previous goal of $8 million in total giving in February 2009. More

Today is the day — Please pick up the phone and call Congress now
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Today, some 300 NARFE officers and advocates are descending on Capitol Hill to meet with their lawmakers as part of NARFE's biannual National Legislative Training Conference. Their message to Congress: "Don't single us out by making more cuts to the retirement and health benefits we earned through years of serving the public." NARFE is urging all federal workers and retirees to join this effort by phoning their members of Congress — using NARFE's special toll-free line. More

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