Honor federal workers during Public Service Recognition Week, May 6-12
Next week, May 6-12, is Public Service Recognition Week. Celebrated the first week of May since 1985, Public Service Recognition Week is time set aside to honor the men and women who serve our nation as federal, state, county and local government employees. NARFE is urging members to send Letters to the Editor or "op-ed" articles to their local newspapers, promoting the proud legacy of federal service and asking their neighbors to recognize the contributions of federal employees and retirees. For ideas on what to include in a Letter to the Editor or op-ed article, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can an active federal employee under CSRS receive a Social Security spouse's benefit?
Question: I am a federal employee under the Civil Service Retirement System. I am age 66 and not eligible for a Social Security benefit. However, my wife has worked for more than 30 years in private industry and always paid Social Security taxes on her wages. She is receiving a Social Security benefit of $1,200 a month. Am I entitled to a Social Security spouse’s benefit? More
Federal workers' group criticizes House GOP for targeting employees for deficit reduction
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A group representing federal workers criticized House Republicans on Thursday for moving forward on a bill they say would cut deeply into their employees' salaries for deficit reduction. The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) says budget reconciliation language approved by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform would cost federal employees an average of $70,000. More
Warner amendment addresses federal pension backlog
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Postal reform legislation adopted by the U.S. Senate on a vote of 62-37 included an amendment written by Sen. Mark R. Warner, D-Va., that aims to accelerate and improve a federal benefits processing system that still relies on the hand-processing of paper records. Virginia is home to an estimated 130,000 federal workers, and many of them have contacted Warner about delays, sometimes as long as 12-18 months, in the payment of full earned benefits. These constituent concerns led Warner to focus on the technological challenges and lack of accountability across the federal workforce benefits system. More
Estate plans: Time for a checkup
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It's 2012. Do you know what your estate plan says? If it has been a while since you last reviewed your will and living trust, you may be in for a surprise. Some changes in estate tax and gift laws may result in your family experiencing consequences you never intended when you originally created your estate planning documents. Others offer tax advantages that will disappear at the end of the year unless Congress acts to extend them. More
Berry good news: They may protect your brain
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Women who eat more berries may have a lower risk of cognitive decline in old age, a new study suggests. Researchers found that women who had a higher berry intake delayed cognitive aging by up to 2.5 years, as shown by their scores on memory and thinking tests. Blueberries and strawberries, which have high levels of compounds called flavonoids, seemed to offer the greatest benefit, the researchers said. More
Older school: Nursing programs drawing students over 40
Nurses are as diverse as the patients they treat. But that diversity will become grayer for the next few years as more middle-age people are going into nursing as a second career. That trend can be seen in the class that will graduate May 18 from a two-year nursing program in Normal, Ill. Students graduate with an associate's degree in nursing and then may take the registered nurse licensing exam. More
Cruise travel agents coming from the ranks of the retired
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After a career in law enforcement, security and private investigations work, Oscar Paz was looking for something to fill his semi-retired years. "We were looking for something to do, my wife and I," said Paz, 58. "We like to travel and we've been on quite a few cruises." They bought a Cruise Planners/American Express franchise in November and have focused on selling cruise vacations since then, spending 12-14 hours a day on average in front of the computer. More
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