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OPM security breach update
On June 12, NARFE learned that additional databases and personal information may have been breached at the Office of Personnel Management. The scarcity of details regarding this incident is a cause for concern. NARFE calls on OPM to keep federal employees, former employees and retirees better informed moving forward.

NARFE has set up an OPM Security Breach Web page on the NARFE website, which is updated as more information becomes available. The page provides details about the breach and what steps are being taken to manage the incident. NARFE members should regularly check the page for updates.
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Question: I am thinking about leaving the federal government to go into the private sector. What happens to my Federal Employees Health Benefits Program coverage upon leaving the federal government?
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OMB orders 30-day cyber sprint to secure agency networks, data
Federal News Radio
As the news of a second major cyberbreach was spreading across the country, the Office of Management and Budget put agencies on 30-day notice to fix their systems. Tony Scott, the federal chief information officer, ordered agencies to take immediate and specific actions over the next month to further improve the security of their systems and data.
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1.3 percent pay raise on the horizon for feds next year
Government Executive
It's looking increasingly likely that federal civilian employees will receive a 1.3 percent pay raise in 2016, since lawmakers so far have done nothing to block President Barack Obama's recommendation. Although there is plenty of time for things to change, the current House version of the fiscal 2016 Financial Services and General Government bill, which an appropriations subcommittee considered June 11, is silent on a pay raise for feds in 2016.
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Senate axes 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 unanimously by the Senate June 4. The legislation amends 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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Should you get a part-time job in retirement?
Some people's retirement dreams consist of nothing more than warm weather, a drink on a beach and a steady stream of best-sellers to read. But for others, surprising as it may be, staying in the workforce on a part-time basis is a critical component of their retirement happiness.
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Study links common heartburn drug to increased heart attack risk
Fox News
One in every 14 Americans uses a proton pump inhibitor — the most common type of heartburn drug — in any given year, but new research that links them to an increased risk of heart attack has prompted scientists to re-evaluate their safety. A study by Stanford University researchers, published in the journal PLOS One, linked PPI use to about a 20 percent increased chance of heart attack in patients diagnosed with heartburn.
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The ins and outs of cover letters
U.S. News & World Report
Many people are convinced cover letters are out, but whether you need a cover letter or not depends on the job you're applying to. If you're lucky and have a contact who is willing to pass along your resume, you probably don't need one. If a job description asks for a letter or states that it's voluntary, you'd be smart to write one.
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The best cruises for seafood lovers
USA Today
You are at sea, feeling the ocean breezes rush over your face and relishing the slightly briny scent of the air. The scene tells your taste buds you want seafood for dinner. If you're on one of these ships, you're in luck: They're our picks for the 10 best cruise lines for seafood lovers.
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Will drug prices rise if CVS buys Target's pharmacy business?
NBC News
If your pharmacist wears a red polo and khakis under their lab coat, you might be about to get a better deal on your prescriptions. CVS announced plans to buy Target's in-store pharmacy and clinic business for $1.9 billion. Target currently runs over 1,660 pharmacies in 47 states, plus 80 clinics. Pharmacies will be renamed "CVS/Pharmacy," while clinics will be called "MinuteClinic."
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