Countdown to Convention 2012
Members interested in attending NARFE's 32nd Biennial National Convention, Aug. 26-30 in Reno-Sparks, Nev., should make plans now. Registrations must be postmarked by Aug. 2. However, a more immediate deadline is looming. Forms from NARFE chapters designating delegates and voting representatives must be received at NARFE Headquarters by June 30. For more information, go to the NARFE website and click on the National Convention logo.
Withholding Medicare premiums from federal annuity
Question: I continue to see information in NARFE magazine about withholding Medicare premiums from my federal retirement check. I have repeatedly been told I cannot do this, even though I don't receive a monthly Social Security check. Is there anything else I can do to get the premiums deducted from my check? More
House passes bill that would extend pay freeze for some civilians
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A spending bill the House approved May 31 includes language that would effectively extend the two-year pay freeze for some civilian employees. The White House has pledged to veto the measure. The Military Construction and Veterans Affairs appropriations bill, passed 407-12, would prolong the pay freeze for some employees at the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments by cutting funds that otherwise would have gone toward the 0.5 percent civilian pay hike President Barack Obama requested in his fiscal 2013 budget. More
GOP: Raise retirement costs to pay for student loans
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Congressional Republican leaders May 31 suggested increasing the contributions that federal employees must pay toward their retirement benefits as a way of paying for keeping federally sponsored student loan rates from rising. That was one of two options that the top GOP leaders of the House and Senate offered in a letter to President Barack Obama for extending by one year the 3.4 percent rate for Stafford student loans. More
TSP discloses hacking of accounts
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More than 120,000 federal employees and other account holders in the Thrift Savings Plan had personal information, including Social Security numbers, accessed last year in a "sophisticated cyber attack," the TSP announced. The TSP is sending letters to affected individuals including information on how to contact a call center that has been established to offer services such as credit monitoring. Also, the TSP is monitoring the affected accounts for suspicious activity. More
Cholesterol's role in promoting Alzheimer's discovered
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Scientists have discovered what they believe to be a major piece of the puzzle in the development of Alzheimer's disease, a degenerative brain disorder that causes memory loss, mental decline and eventual death. The finding sheds new light on the role played by cholesterol in triggering the disease and could potentially lead to new, life-saving treatments. More
Why kids don't leave home — It's not (just) the economy
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The reason more kids move back home isn't just because they can't afford to move out. Baby boomers have been enabling their kids' extended adolescence for over two decades, spurred on by their desire to have a more honest, authentic, intimate connection with their children than most of them enjoyed with their own parents. A 20-something coming and going between jobs, roommates and romances for a few years is the new normal, but having adult children as long-term roommates has implications of a greater social change. More
Going back to work for Uncle Sam
What if you retire and miss your job? "Not likely," you say. Believe it or not, some federal retirees return to work for the federal government after they have retired. If you don't think that you will ever do such a thing, you don't need to read any further. If you think that you might return to federal service, or are simply curious, read on. More
AIG chief sees retirement age as high as 80 after crisis
American International Group Inc. CEO Robert Benmosche said Europe's debt crisis shows governments worldwide must accept that people will have to work more years as life expectancies increase. "Retirement ages will have to move to 70, 80 years old," Benmosche, 68, said during an interview at his seaside villa in Dubrovnik, Croatia. More
Volunteer vacations: 5 trips to donate your time, efforts this summer
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As you plan your summer vacation, consider swapping the cabana for the work gloves and opt for a volunteer vacation instead of the typical indulgent getaway. There are numerous ways you can donate your time and efforts in destinations all over the world. More
Save safely on smoke and carbon monoxide alarms
Every home should have smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, but with so many different kinds on the market, it's difficult to know which is the best option. You want to save money, but you also want to make sure that what you're buying will save your life. More
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