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GOP plan would slash 200,000 to 300,000 federal jobs
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The federal workforce is going to be cut — all that's left to decide is how fast and how deep. Unions, Democratic lawmakers and other traditional allies of federal employees, in the past, have steadfastly opposed any attempts to trim the federal ranks. But at a May 26 hearing called "Rightsizing the federal workforce," a union leader conceded that cuts may be appropriate as the cash-strapped government reconsiders its role. At some agencies, the downsizing has already begun. More


How to prepare for Medicare trouble
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It might be difficult to predict the exact changes that are coming to Medicare for future and perhaps current beneficiaries of what has become this country's largest financial problem. The trustees of the Medicare fund have spoken, and the news isn't all that promising: Absent changes, Medicare will start running out of money in 2024 — five years earlier than was projected last year. And now, lawmakers in Washington are fast at work, cooking up ways to fix a system that now pays for certain health care expenses for 30 million Americans age 65 and older. More

Price tag of official time spent on union activities grows    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The cost of official time used by federal employees participating in union activities increased nearly 7 percent between fiscal 2008 and fiscal 2009, according to a new report from the Office of Personnel Management. The 1978 Civil Service Reform Act requires federal employee unions to provide representation for all employees in their collective bargaining units, even those who do not pay union dues; as part of that arrangement the law allows union representatives and agencies to bargain during official work hours. More

What's changed for women in federal service
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A lot has changed in the last 20 years, especially for women who work in the federal government. The Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) has just updated a 1992 study of women and opportunity. In 1992, a glass ceiling was found to be limiting the advancement of women in the federal government. James Tsugawa, Senior Research Analyst in the Office of Policy and Evaluation at MSPB, told Federal News Radio the most recent study finds "a great deal of progress that's been made." More

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Ford turning cars into medical monitors
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The black Ford Explorer had a warning for the test driver at the lab in Dearborn, Mich.: "It is important for you to recheck your blood glucose now." The driver's blood-sugar reading was 81 milligrams per deciliter, the robotic female voice said in the prototype demonstration. When he replied that it has fallen to 71, close to where he could have lightheadedness or blurry vision, the car instructed him to take some glucose tablets and check again after 30 minutes. Then it signs off: "Have a nice drive." About 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 every day, and 26 million Americans have diabetes. Besides checking blood sugar, Ford has developed a car seat to check the driver's heart rate that could warn of an impending heart attack, and new features may track breathing patterns for asthmatics or pollen counts for allergy sufferers and recommend remedies. More

The good and bad news about community services
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Five years ago, the first edition of "The Maturing of America," a report undertaken by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging with groups representing local governments and city planners, found that most communities hadn't begun to plan for the tidal shifts of the coming years. The proportion of people older than 65 is expected to swell from 13 percent of the nation's population today to nearly 20 percent by 2030. The second edition, recently released, finds a greater awareness of the trends in the 1,400 communities surveyed. But it also notes that the recession has had devastating effects. More

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Top 50 cities for job hunters
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With the latest employment numbers looking just terrible, a "Help Wanted" sign is a welcome sight, indeed. So perhaps the most recent jobs postings data from an employment search website are more helpful than ever. At the end of the first quarter, San Jose ranked No. 1 in job postings per 1,000 people, according to the latest calculations. More

4 great places for boomers to retire
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As Fortune's Jim Rendon writes, the oldest baby boomers have begun turning 65 this year. And while he notes that the previous generation was content to seek out an endless summer in Florida or Arizona, "no single approach to retirement is going to work for this diverse bunch. They have too much going on: They're educated; many love to travel; they're active, curious and social." So this year, he went in search of the best places to retire, identified four archetypes of next-generation retirees and found a place for each of them: a college town for the academically minded, a city for the urban-inclined, a mountain town for lovers of the outdoors and an overseas destination for explorers. More

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Southwest Airlines is turning 40 — Look for deals
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In mid-June, Southwest will be celebrating 40 years of flying, and we could see the airline throw a party with blowout fares. No inside information is available yet, but for the past few years, Southwest has launched a sale in July for fall travel. This year, we could see a sale a little earlier to coincide with Southwest's anniversary June 18. More

Tips to reduce home energy costs
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The U.S. Department of Energy says home energy costs are expected to rise by more than 10 percent by this summer. The average homeowner spends about $1,900 on utility bills. You can keep those costs under control without spending a lot of extra money, and the best time to make changes is before summer heats up and air conditioning bills rise. More

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A NARFE member wants to know about delaying Social Security benefits
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Question: My spouse and I both worked under Social Security. He's currently receiving benefits, but I want to wait until age 70 so the delayed retirement credits will make my benefits higher. Someone told me that when I reached my full retirement age of 66 later this year, I can just apply for benefits as a spouse. Are they right? More

NARFE urges members to attend congressional town hall meetings this week
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NARFE President Joseph A. Beaudoin is urging members to attend town hall meetings and to take other opportunities to meet with their member of Congress during the House of Representatives' "Constituent Work Week" — June 6-10. Every new proposal to tax or slash the federal workforce is a threat to every active and retired federal worker. Washington politicians are making it clear that they think federal annuities are too generous — and that they think federal employees and retirees can be easily scapegoated and singled out. Representatives need to hear from you!

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