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NARFE president meets with OPM director on data breaches
NARFE and other organizations representing federal employees and retirees met yesterday with Katherine Archuleta, director of the Office of Personnel Management, and Beth Cobert, deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget, to discuss the recent cybersecurity breaches at OPM and the agency's plans going forward. Read more about the meeting on NARFE's "OPM Security Breach Updates" Web page.

"OPM Director Archuleta told us her agency is committed to keeping us informed," said NARFE President Richard G. Thissen, "and I expect these meetings to continue." Thissen pledged to keep NARFE members "updated on this issue every step of the way."

Association members can contact NARFE's Federal Benefits Service Department at or 703-838-7760 with any questions.
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OPM director survives congressional inquisition, for now
The Washington Post
Battered, bruised and sometimes bullied, Katherine Archuleta remains standing, or at least sitting in the director's chair after a congressional hearing marathon into her agency's massive cyber breakdown. The cyber theft of personal information belonging to more than 4 million current and former federal employees left them worried and members of Congress outraged at an Office of Personnel Management that has experienced a cascading series of embarrassing failures.
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OPM remains silent on families of feds caught up in data breach
Federal News Radio
The Office of Personnel Management has extended credit monitoring and identity-theft protection to just a fraction of the victims of the recent breaches on its personnel databases. Many more — including federal employees' family members and contractors — are wondering if and when they'll be offered the same treatment. "Contractors are hoping for OPM guidance," said Alan Chvotkin, executive vice president of the Professional Services Council. "They don't want to wait forever."
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It may soon be easier to fire any VA employee, not just top execs
Government Executive
A House panel approved legislation June 25 that would make it easier to fire employees at the Veterans Affairs Department. The 2015 VA Accountability Act, H.R. 1994, sponsored by House Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller, R-Fla., would give the VA secretary much more flexibility to fire corrupt or poor-performing employees, not just top officials.
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Bill exempting some feds from retirement tax penalty heads to Obama
Government Executive
A bill that will allow federal law enforcement officers to tap into their retirement savings at age 50 without penalty is now headed to President Barack Obama's desk. The Senate passed the measure June 24, after trade provisions had been attached to it, clearing the last hurdle before it could go to the White House.
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Wealthier baby boomers shun homeownership
The U.S. homeownership rate is at the lowest level in 25 years and is widely expected to go even lower. That's not just the result of younger Americans struggling to make ends meet to save for a down payment on a home. It is increasingly the result of middle-aged, higher income Americans choosing to rent.
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Dynamic duos: How to get more nutrition by pairing foods
What are the makings of a great salad? You need fresh greens, of course, and then a layer of colorful vegetables like tomatoes and carrots. That's a good start. But to help the body absorb more of the nutrients packed into this medley, you may want to add something else: a cooked egg. A small study published in May in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition concludes that adding eggs to salads makes it easier to absorb the carotenoids in the raw vegetables.
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Heading back to work? 3 Steps to ease the transition
Business News Daily
Whether you took a break from your career to raise a family, decided to come out of retirement or simply haven't found a job after being laid off, an employment gap can be a difficult hurdle to overcome when you're trying to get back into the workforce. It's like trying to go back to school years after you left: The standards and technologies have likely changed since you were last there, and you're no longer used to the pace and structure of classroom (or in this case, office) life.
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Food emerges as Europe's top gateway experience
Napoleon noted that armies travel on their stomachs, and these days so do travelers. As Americans increasingly demand what they consider an authentic inside experience of Europe, the continent's hotels, tour operators and tourism offices are looking for ways to incorporate fresh angles to what they offer.
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CFPB puts consumer complaints online, verbatim
CBS News
More than 7,700 consumer complaints about debt collectors, mortgage companies and credit card issuers were made public June 25 by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The move is aimed at giving consumers a window into issues others have experienced with financial services companies.
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