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OPM director sets performance measurement as top priority
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Finding a way to accurately measure employees' performance is his highest priority, Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry said May 4. Berry told federal human resources officials at the Human Capital Management-Federal conference in Washington that the government must improve its performance management processes before it can even consider linking employees' pay raises to performance. He said the government currently doesn't do a good job tracking and assessing how well employees do their jobs. More


How to pay for long-term nursing home care    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The cost of nursing homes can range widely, from $3,000 per month up to $10,000 per month and more. How much a nursing home charges depends on geographic location, staffing levels, any specialty care offered, and size and quality of the physical facility. A facility with a special wing for Alzheimer's/dementia residents, for example, might charge more for that special care. More

Berry: Events offer 'teaching moment' on feds' contributions
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The death of Osama bin Laden united the country in celebrating the work of federal employees who protect the nation. The news also coincides with Public Service Recognition Week. John Berry, director of the Office of Personnel Management, said the events offer "a teaching moment" of the contributions federal employees make. More

Congressman seeks to freeze federal hiring    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., introduced legislation on May 5 that would freeze most federal hiring until the federal deficit is eliminated. The Federal Hiring Freeze Act of 2011 is the first bill introduced by the freshman congressman since he took office on Jan. 5. Marino said the bill calls for a "responsible" freeze on the federal workforce, allowing for what he calls "common-sense exceptions" during times of war or for law enforcement and national security concerns. More

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CDC: Over 50? Heat cold cuts to 165 degrees to avoid listeria
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been saying for at least 11 years now that people over 50 and especially those over 65 should avoid hot dogs, lunch meats, cold cuts and other deli meats unless they are reheated to 165 degrees — "steaming hot" in CDC's words. The government also says you shouldn't keep an open package of sliced deli meat more than five days, all to reduce the risk of infection from a bacteria called listeria. But some question whether the country's been paying attention. More

Paying grandkids' college bill
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Recent tax-law changes are making it easier for families to help pay education bills for multiple grandchildren and even future generations. But grandparents have to make some tough decisions first. Under the Tax Relief Act of 2010, the federal gift-tax exemption increases to $5 million from $1 million for individuals, as does the exemption for the generation-skipping tax. The latter tax is imposed when givers try to avoid layers of estate tax by leaving assets to heirs two or more generations removed. More

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Aging workplace: Rules to follow to find a job faster
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Views of aging workers are already changing in the workplace. However, the reality right now for some older workers is that they may be having a difficult time getting a job. Studies show older workers are just as productive as when they were younger, can contribute as much as their younger counterparts, are more dependable and have better problem-solving abilities than younger workers. More

Test drive your retirement home
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Saddled with vacant units, retirement communities across the country are trying to lure new buyers by any means necessary — from adding cushy amenities and special move-in deals to lowering prices on homes. And with summer fast approaching, one tactic is becoming especially popular: the "test drive." More

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New passenger rights rules will make travel less bumpy for consumers
The Baltimore Sun via Kansas City Star    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
If you have ever been frustrated by mysterious plane delays, being bumped from a flight or finding out that fares aren't as cheap as advertised, relief is on the way. The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced a new series of passenger rights. The new rules are aimed at eliminating some of the small irritations of air travel — along with one of the nightmares. More

26 tips for saving money during a remodeling project
Austin-American Statesman    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
A remodeling project can quickly become a larger than expected expense. Holmes: The Magazine to Make It Right, by Mike Holmes of HGTV's "Holmes on Homes," offers remodeling tips for those willing to take on the project. More

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A NARFE member asks about open season for the Federal Long Term Care Program
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Question:I've read that the Office of Personnel Management is conducting an open season for the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program. Is the open season an opportunity for both working and retired federal employees to enroll? More

Send a message to your senator to oppose the Ryan budget bill
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NARFE is urging all Association members to send messages to their senators asking them to oppose the budget resolution passed by the House. H. Con. Res. 34, sponsored by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., would freeze federal employee pay for five years, cut the federal workforce by 10 percent and require federal employees to significantly increase their contributions to the Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund. The House passed the bill on April 15. In a letter sent May 5 to all 100 members of the Senate, NARFE President Joseph A. Beaudoin called the budget proposals "unfair and unreasonable, even in the current budget atmosphere." To send your letter, go to the newly updated website for NARFE's "Protect America's Heartbeat" campaign. More

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