NARFE makes special NARFE-PAC appeal
The July issue of NARFE magazine, in the mail now, contains a special appeal for donations to NARFE-PAC, the Association's political action committee. NARFE-PAC allows NARFE members to pool their political resources on behalf of U.S. House of Representatives and Senate candidates who support federal workers and retirees. It provides NARFE members a stronger voice to oppose efforts to take away their earned benefits. The July issue features a cover wrap and a postage-paid envelope for members to use to send in their donations. Watch for your copy!
If a federal employee dies while still working, when is his or her survivor entitled to an annuity?
Question: If an employee dies while employed by the federal government, how many years of service must he or she have had to enable a spouse to receive a survivor's annuity? How long does the survivor have to apply for the annuity? More
Pay freeze may go a 3rd year
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Democrats in the Senate surprisingly made no attempt to include a pay raise in a key 2013 spending bill, dimming hopes that an end is in sight for the current two-year federal pay freeze. Senate Democrats are pinning their hopes on a rare scenario in which President Barack Obama could unilaterally impose a pay raise for next year. Obama has proposed a 0.5 percent raise for federal employees. More
Federal workers cite barriers to tech adoption
A new survey finds that the technology gap that separates federal workers from private-sector employees can be narrowed through increased investment and training in new technologies. More than 90 percent of the federal employee respondents said they shop and bank online, 78 percent use social media and 68 percent use smartphone apps. "We think these results clearly show that federal employees are excited and ready to bring the technologies they use in their personal lives to work," said a Google spokesman. More
Supreme Court: Fired federal workers can't sue
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The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that federal employees cannot sue in the courts for dismissal from their jobs for failing to comply with a law. The decision stemmed from a suit filed by Michael B. Elgin, who had been dismissed from a Civil Service job at the U.S. Department of Treasury for failing to register for the draft. He had argued that the Military Selective Service Act was unconstitutional because the law requires that only men register. More
Making ends meet during retirement
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are 88.5 million people in the country who are over age 65. During 2010, 6.7 million people over age 65 were still in the workforce. For a variety of reasons, including needing to help make ends meet, a lot of people are retaining their jobs longer or seeking ways to earn money during their retirement. The good news: There are plenty of ways to do it. More
Can taking vitamin D and calcium help you live longer?
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Older people who take vitamin D supplements along with calcium may live longer than others, according to a new review of previous studies. The researchers looked at data regarding the vitamin D intake of more than 70,000 adults in their 60s and 70s. They found that people who took vitamin D, along with calcium supplements, were 9 percent less likely to die over a three-year period, compared with people who took neither supplement. More
A grandparent's guide to social networks
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Social networks continue to grow by leaps and bounds, allowing fans of all ages to connect with friends, family and peers worldwide and share status updates, photos, videos, comments and more. Credit the meteoric rise of popular social sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn and Pinterest, which continue to captivate billions of users globally and can be accessed from a growing range of high-tech devices. That said, given their booming popularity with adults and kids, whether you feel social sites make us more emotionally isolated or bring us closer together, it bears repeating: One cannot afford to ignore their impact on the modern world and the lives of those who choose to use them. More
13 networking mistakes
You wouldn't wear jeans to a job interview, but do you pay as much attention to job-hunting etiquette when networking? If you're approaching potential contacts in an offhand way, you may be putting them off entirely. Learn what the most common networking mistakes are so you don't have to make them. More
The best places to retire now
As the country's 78 million baby boomers reach the official age of seniority, they're giving retirement an image makeover. An increasing number are working, traveling overseas or going back to school. Their life expectancy is some 20 years higher than what their parents could look forward to when they were born, and a few will spend more time retired than they did in the workforce. But, where will boomers choose to spend all those additional years? More
3 of the dirtiest items in hotel rooms
One of the most contaminated things you're likely to encounter in a hotel room may surprise you. It's not the bed or even the door handle. It's the TV remote control. That, and bedside lamp switches, are among the most contaminated surfaces in hotel rooms, a new study shows. More
How trustworthy are online reviews?
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As the popularity of consumer review websites continues to climb, so do the complaints about their reliability and fairness. While experts differ on how "grass roots" many of these reviews are, there's no denying the influence they are wielding on the way consumers choose products and services. More
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