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Tell Congress you've done your fair share
Congress recently wrapped up a budget process in which federal employees and retirees were targeted for $318 billion in cuts. The federal community has already sacrificed $120 billion toward deficit reduction over the past several years. With other upcoming funding deadlines, including the extension of highway funding, the federal community will remain a target.

Congress needs to know that enough is enough. Send a letter urging your members of Congress to reject any proposal that uses cuts to the federal community to pay for unrelated priorities. Do it today!
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FERS annuity supplement
Question: I plan to retire under the Federal Employees Retirement System at the end of the year. I realize that I will be placed in interim pay for a few months until my annuity is adjudicated. Since I qualify for the FERS Annuity Supplement immediately, when does it begin?
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House drops TSP tax penalty for retired federal officers
Federal Times
Federal law enforcement officers and firefighters will be able to access retirement funds earlier without penalty, under legislation passed by the House May 12. The bill would amend the tax code to allow federal law enforcement officers, firefighters and certain border protection and customs officers to withdraw funds from their Thrift Savings Plan after the age of 50 without a tax penalty.
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The difference between a supplement and Social Security
Government Executive
Those who have spent a long career in government and are covered under the Federal Employees Retirement System are eligible for a benefit known as the FERS Supplement. To get the supplement, you have to be younger than age 62 at retirement and eligible for an immediate, unreduced, nondisability FERS basic retirement benefit.
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Senate panel votes to overhaul military retirement, to cut headquarters spending
Federal News Radio
The Senate Armed Services Committee voted May 14 to overhaul the military's compensation system, nudging it away from a defined benefit structure and adding a government-matched investment plan similar to a 401(k). The vote puts both the House and Senate on the same page, though the Obama administration is still undecided about whether and how to proceed.
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OPM addresses Self Plus One issues
Self Plus One is a new enrollment type in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program that allows you to cover yourself and one eligible family member you designate to be covered. Starting in 2016, all FEHB plans (your health insurance plans) will offer a Self Only, a Self Plus One and a Self and Family enrollment type.
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SSA warns of scams
The Social Security Administration inspector general's office has said it is seeing new forms of scams designed to steal Social Security numbers, including one using the agency's logo and referencing a "recent cyberattack" on the agency's database. "If you receive something that looks official, please take a few extra moments and read the message carefully. You may notice that the message is written by someone who doesn’t know English very well. It may have misspelled words or poor grammar," the IG said.
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A surprising number of Americans are delaying Social Security benefits
Cheat Sheet
A Social Security check may not be the most popular gift at that 62nd birthday party after all. With an absence of traditional pensions and a growing need to secure retirement funds, more Americans are wrapping their so-called golden years with employment. Working longer helps savers build larger nest eggs, but it also allows a surprising amount of older adults to delay receiving Social Security benefits.
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11 spring fruits and veggies to boost your metabolism
Self via Yahoo News
Spring has officially sprung — just glance around the farmer's market for proof of the season's bounty — and a parade of fresh produce is soon to hit your plate. From fruit-packed breakfasts to veggie side dishes that outshine your mains, we're getting geared up to find creative and colorful ways to eat clean.
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5 red flags employers watch for in job interviews
Getting through to the job interview stage means you appear to have the right experience and skills for the job on paper, but now comes the real deal breaker – whether you can communicate it effectively in person and whether you come off as the right fit for its workplace culture. There are typical red flags employers watch for in job interviews. Any one red flag can reduce your chances considerably.
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The Caribbean's most romantic ports of call
USA Today
Whether to gently sway in a hammock under a palm tree on a white-sand beach, explore the clear turquoise sea in a kayak or toast at the perfect seaside dining spot – cruise ships bring you to romantic settings in the Caribbean. Some islands up the romance quotient by nature of their scenery, cuisine and other perks. Small ships may visit more out-of-the-way places, getting you closer to, say, a quiet beach. But big ships also bring you to islands where romance is a short walk or taxi ride away.
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Do renovations pay off during retirement?
USA Today
Homeowners who are retired or nearing retirement often face some difficult questions: Should they remodel their homes? Will they recoup the cost? Or are they better off saving their money? This issue is "a pretty common conundrum," says Atlanta-based certified financial planner Wes Moss, author of "You Can Retire Sooner Than You Think."
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