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NARFE to testify before Congress July 8 on OPM data breach; NARFE president comments on class action lawsuit
On July 8, NARFE Director of Federal Benefits Services David Snell will testify before the House of Representatives regarding the data breach at the Office of Personnel Management. For more information on the hearing, please click here.

On June 29, the American Federation of Government Employees, along with two individuals, filed a class action lawsuit against OPM, two of its top officials and an agency contractor over the cyber theft of employees' personal information, alleging that failure to heed warnings and obey security policies led to the data breaches and caused damages to those affected. NARFE President Richard G. Thissen responded to Association members who have asked if NARFE will join the recently announced lawsuit against OPM, or initiate its own:

"The lawyers filing the suit seek to represent all individuals affected by the data breaches. AFGE is suing on behalf of its members. But the class would include the millions of current and federal employees and retirees whose data was exposed. Thus, NARFE members affected by the breach do not need to do anything to join the lawsuit. Assuming the court approves the class, the class attorneys will be appointed by the court to represent the interests of everyone affected."

"We do not believe it best serves NARFE-member interests to become the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit against OPM," Thissen stated. "Doing so would limit NARFE's ability to communicate and advocate on behalf of federal employees and retirees to members of Congress and the administration, because of the limits on outside communication required by court proceedings."

NARFE supports the lawsuit’s effort to provide remedies to those affected by the data breach and to ensure that steps are taken to prevent such incidents from reoccurring.

Read more on NARFE's "OPM Security Breach Updates" Web page.
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OPM data breach
Question: OPM has not notified me that my records were affected in the data breach they announced June 4. I retired from the government just a few years ago and think my records must have been compromised. How can I find out?
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OPM says more hack details coming, but notification of affected feds could lag
Government Executive
A lot of different figures have been thrown around to quantify the number of individuals affected by recent network breaches at the Office of Personnel Management. OPM itself has stuck to its initial 4.2 million estimate, which agency officials offered June 4 when they first announced OPM's records had been pilfered by hackers.
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NARFE President Richard Thissen discusses government's response to OPM data breach
On this week's edition of ABC News Government Matters: NARFE President Richard Thissen discusses the government's response to the OPM data breach.
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More feds could get overtime pay with new rule
Federal Times
Federal employees are wondering whether they would be included under a new rule to provide overtime pay for more workers being proposed by the Obama Administration. The proposed rule would increase the threshold for salaried workers eligible to receive overtime pay from the current standard of $455 a week to $970 a week, or approximately $50,440 a year. The rule would also peg the threshold to consumer indexes to keep up with inflation.
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Avoid these 3 Social Security mistakes
USA Today via CNBC
Americans are an impatient bunch, at least when it comes to Social Security. People who delay taking Social Security benefits will be rewarded with higher monthly payments, yet hardly anyone waits until 70, the age at which benefits are maximized. Many lock in reduced benefits by not waiting even until their full retirement age, which is between 66 and 67 for most people currently in the workforce.
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Alzheimer's spurs the fearful to change their lives to delay it
The Washington Post
A 2011 survey for the MetLife Foundation found that the only disease more dreaded than Alzheimer's was cancer. A Harris Poll conducted in April for Aegis Living, an assisted-living and Alzheimer's care company, found that the worries cross all generations: more than 75 percent of millennials, Generation Xers and baby boomers worry about what will happen to their memory as they age.
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17 interview questions that are designed to trick you
Business Insider
Savvy hiring managers can glean a ton of information about you by asking just a few, well-chosen questions. But while they may seem simple — that's the point — some are actually designed to get you to reveal information you may have been trying to conceal. In other words: they're trick questions.
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10 secrets for traveling like a local
U.S. News & World Report
Travel in itself is one of the most rewarding experiences. You get to see new places, immerse yourself in new experiences, try new cuisines and meet incredibly vibrant and unique people. However, not all travel is created equal. So many people miss the once-in-a-lifetime moments and the unforgettable encounters when their faces are buried deep in guidebooks or stuck with other tourists at iconic landmarks.
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15 ways to never pay full price for anything
A decade ago, retailers sold 15 to 20 percent of their merchandise at a discount. Today, they sell 40 to 45 percent at a discount, according to professional bargain hunter Mark Ellwood. "Never pay full price for anything — ever," the journalist and author of "Bargain Fever: How to Shop in a Discounted World" tells USA Today. "If something is less than 30 percent off, put it back on the table."
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