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Senator proposes cuts to federal annuity benefits    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
New legislation aims to cut federal pensions for all new employees hired after 2012, citing a need to bring benefits in line with those in the private sector. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., introduced a bill that would eliminate the pension portion of the Federal Employees Retirement System for all new government hires beginning in 2013. The legislation would not affect Thrift Savings Plan benefits and agency-matching contributions. More


Consider keeping life insurance
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Changes in estate taxes have prompted some families to consider dropping their life insurance. But for many, there are better options than allowing coverage to lapse. In recent years, the amount an individual can shelter from the estate tax has risen steadily, from $675,000 in 2001 to $5 million in 2011 and 2012. The trend is causing families with estates below that figure to re-examine the need for life insurance obtained to help heirs cover the tax. More

Scott Walker cites federal pay to prove his point
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Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wis., is using the federal government's pay and benefits system to explain the controversial budget reform plan that was recently passed by Wisconsin lawmakers. "Contrary to what the Obama administration would lead you to believe, most employees of the federal government do not have collective bargaining for wages and benefits. That means the budget reform plan we signed into law in Wisconsin on Friday is more generous than what President Obama offers federal employees," Walker wrote. More

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Gardening linked to more life satisifaction and physical activity
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Gardening could be an effective way for older adults to increase life satisfaction and physical activity, according to a study by researchers from the Texas A&M and Texas State Universities. Among adults over 50 who completed a life satisfaction questionnaire online, those who answered "yes" to the question "do you garden" scored higher on overall life satisfaction, physical activity, energy levels and general health, and also reported they ate more vegetables because of their gardening activity. More

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Idaho warns seniors of continuing 'grandkid' scams
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The phone rings and it's someone claiming to be your grandson. "He said 'hello grandma' and I said 'who is this?'" 98-year-old Leona Woolfe recalled. "He said, 'well don't you know me?' and I said 'I don't think I do. I think you have the wrong number." But many seniors are falling victim and sending thousands of dollars to a criminal posing as a grandkid. It's gotten so out of hand that Idaho's attorney general is sending out a warning. More

Honesty is best for job seekers
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A recently published study indicates that honesty pays off for job applicants. Job seekers in the study were warned that a pre-employment test could detect fake responses. Consequently, their answers were more honest than average — possibly improving their chances of being hired. "The effect of warning against faking on noncognitive test outcomes: a field study of bus operator applicants" was published in the Winter 2010 issue of Applied HRM Research. More

Survey: Boomers focused on preserving savings, charitable giving
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Charitable giving and budgeting are top priorities among American adults age 50 or older, according to Charles Schwab's latest quarterly retirement pulse survey. The survey, which outlines how consumers plan for and approach retirement in the current economic environment, found that 86 percent consider preserving savings a priority along with charitable giving. More

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Top 10 wine destinations
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Everyone likes a nice glass of wine, but where does one go for the full oenophile experience? Men's website offers its top 10 list of wine destinations for those keen to travel for the grape. More

Product-safety database a hard-fought victory for consumers
Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
It's like a regulatory version of "Survivor." A federal database of product-safety complaints is now operational after withstanding repeated attempts by manufacturers and Republican lawmakers to cripple or kill the resource. Although the database is finally active, its full potential will not be seen for another week or so, until complaints submitted by consumers go through the vetting process and are posted at More

A NARFE member asks about expiration of OPM-provided personal identification numbers
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Question: How can I keep the personal identification number provided me by the Office of Personnel Management from expiring? More

Get involved: Protect America's Heartbeat
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NARFE's aggressive communications and advocacy campaign in support of the nation's federal workers and retirees, "Protect America's Heartbeat," has begun, and we need your help. NARFE National President Joseph A. Beaudoin is asking all NARFE members to go to the campaign website to sign a petition to Congress and tell the story of their federal service. The campaign's goal is to fight back against attacks on federal employees' and retirees' reputations and benefits. Read about it in the April issue of NARFE magazine. If you haven't already done so, please join us now by going to

Legislative conference videos online
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VideoBriefSpeakers at the NARFE Legislative Training Conference March 5-8 vigorously defended federal workers, analyzed the congressional budget debate and provided insight into the continuing conflict over health care reform. NARFE videotaped the presentations and has posted videos of many of them on the NARFE website for members. Excerpts are available from the presentations of three current members of Congress and one former member: Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, House Minority Whip; Rep. Chris Van Hollen, ranking minority member of the House Budget Committee; Rep. Gerry E. Connolly, member of the Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, Postal Service and the District of Columbia; and former Rep. Thomas M. Davis III. Other presentations are available on the following subjects: Health Reform and Medicare (Marilyn Moon), the Congressional Budget Process and Outlook (G. William Hoagland), and Congress and Politics (Norman J. Ornstein). More

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