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Congressional recess an 'open door' for NARFE members to meet with lawmakers
NARFE President Joseph A. Beaudoin reminds every Association member that the Easter/Passover congressional recess (March 23 through April 7) is an opportune time to meet face-to-face with your members of Congress. "There are very high stakes in the budget battles ahead," warns Beaudoin. "Continued threats to the federal workforce loom large. I urge you to seek out your lawmakers in their state and district offices." Call on your NARFE legislative staff and use the "Protect America's Heartbeat" Toolkit. It has all the information you need to set up a successful meeting. Your NARFE legislative staff is eager to help, including preparing text for you to send to your lawmaker. Federation officers should take the lead in requesting meetings with senators. Contact the Legislative Department staff at with any questions.
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Rolling over your IRA into a TSP account
Question: Can I roll over an individual retirement account into my Thrift Savings Plan account?
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Senate passes funding bill that denies federal pay raises
Government Executive
Following a day and an evening of debate and a "vote-a-rama," the Democratic-controlled Senate gave final approval to a budget resolution that differs starkly with the Republican-controlled House version, setting up months of coming clashes over spending bills.
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OPM in talks to add 6 new carriers to FEHBP
Federal News Radio
The Office of Personnel Management is in talks with six additional health care providers to join the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, according to John O'Brien, OPM's director of health care and insurance. "Encouraging carriers who do not currently participate in the FEHBP remains a major priority for me and for the OPM staff," O'Brien said in his keynote address at the 2013 FEHBP Carrier Conference in Arlington, Va.
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With CR passed, Pentagon mulls fewer furloughs
Federal Times
The Pentagon is delaying furlough notices to nearly 800,000 employees for two weeks while it considers how the newly passed Continuing Resolution will affect its planned sequester budget cuts. The CR could allow the Defense Department to trim a few of the 22 planned furlough days.
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Federal downsizing can degrade services, workers coalition says
The Washington Post
Shrinking the federal workforce does not necessarily save money, but it can degrade government services to the public, a coalition of federal employee professional associations has said. The Coalition for Effective Change released a report saying there are many similarities between the present and the 1993-1998 period when federal employment dropped by 15 percent as part of the Clinton administration's "government reinvention" initiative.
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7 teachable moments for financial literacy
For many young people, financial literacy is a slip-through-the-cracks kind of subject. It usually isn't taught well in school, and families don't often gather around the dinner table to discuss the distinction between a Roth and a traditional IRA. Still, basic financial literacy includes a number of life skills every parent should introduce to their children before they reach adulthood, and April — Financial Literacy Month — is a fitting time to start the process. So how can you make sure your child's financial education doesn't slip through the cracks? With a little effort, you can find a number of opportunities in everyday life to demonstrate important personal finance concepts to your children.
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5 common spring health myths debunked
The Huffington Post
Finally, spring has sprung. That means warmer weather, longer days, more chances to enjoy the outdoors, and — in John Whyte's experience as a physician — health opportunities as well as health challenges. While the spring season does offer the chance to pick up on those healthy New Year's resolutions that you might have conveniently forgotten, it is not without its share of misconceptions. Whyte takes a look at five common spring health myths and why they are more fiction than fact.
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Boomers: Make the most of LinkedIn job search
There are myriad ways to connect with others on social media — from Facebook and Twitter to Pinterest and more. But, if you're looking for a job, don't neglect your LinkedIn profile. The networking site "can absolutely facilitate a robust job search," said Debra Wheatman, president of Careers Done Write, a career coaching and services provider in New York. Fully 89 percent of recruiters in a 2012 survey of 1,000 recruiters by recruiting-technology company Jobvite said they've made a hire through LinkedIn, but a separate survey of about 2,300 hiring managers found that just 37 percent of employers use social networks to find candidates.
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Strapped for retirement, more hope to work longer
The Washington Post
Nearly half of Americans have little or no confidence that they are financially prepared for retirement, a problem many of them intend to solve by working longer, according to a new survey. The Employee Benefit Research Institute survey found that 10 percent of workers plan to retire between ages 66 and 69, and another 26 percent intend to put off retirement at least until age 70 — far more that planned to work that long when EBRI conducted its first retirement confidence survey in 1991.
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Can you trust that travel deal?
SmarterTravel via USA Today
With hundreds of providers out there vying for your travel dollars, how do you know whom to trust? Watch out for these 10 signs that your travel provider isn't reputable.
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Medicare scam? With training, you'll know
San Angelo Standard Times
Medicare fraud is a multibillion-dollar criminal enterprise, and scams as simple as obtaining a person's card number and as complex as bogus billing and fraudulent sale of supplies are all part of the fraud picture. A little education and training for potential victims has gone a long way toward stopping such scams, said Bob Moos, public affairs officer for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services office in Dallas.
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    Feds taxed under new health care law? (NARFE)
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8 trips you must do once (BudgetTravel)
Federal employees plan nationwide rallies to protest sequestration (PR Newswire via Yahoo News)
Senate nears vote on bill keeping government open, freezing pay (Government Executive)

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