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Survey says: Federal workers are glad to have their jobs
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In these times of high unemployment and economic uncertainty, federal workers are continuing a trend of job satisfaction, giving the Obama administration good marks for its leadership of agencies though remaining skeptical on a key point: that career advancement in the government is based on merit. And in an ironic turn, the Office of Management and Budget, which is helping to lead the administration's pledge to reinvigorate the federal workforce, lost ground among its own employees on issues of leadership and job satisfaction. More

Reactions to Berwick's CMS appointment
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President Obama used a recess appointment to install Institute for Health care Improvement President and CEO Donald Berwick, MD, as head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. While recess appointments by presidents are not uncommon, they can be controversial--especially after health care reform has been debated publicly for the past year. Berwick received hundreds of endorsements from medical, trade, labor and consumer organizations. But he also has come under the scrutiny of numerous senators who had anticipated engaging him in discussion of over the finer details of health care reform. More

6 steps for protecting your money
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For those of you keeping score at home, it's halftime in the economic contest that is 2010, and the home team is taking it on the chin. The total stock market is down more than 6 percent, oil continues to spew into the Gulf of Mexico and unemployment hovers just below double digits. Little surprise that consumer confidence and house prices seem to be racing each other down hill. At the midpoint of this rocky year, it's time to examine your finances and check your investment goals. More

Secret Service pay improvements approved
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The House has passed a bill, S-1510 that passed the Senate last year to make several improvements in pay and other benefits for Secret Service uniformed division officers, who bill sponsors say commonly are lured away to other federal law enforcement agencies, especially early in their careers. The bill allows for higher starting salaries for those with superior qualifications, standardizes pay scales, increases uniform allowances and ensures that all personnel are paid for all time worked, among other changes. More

Monitoring blood pressure at home may help keep it low
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With proper training, people with high blood pressure may be able to control it more effectively on their own at home than through conventional methods, British researchers contend. Through telemonitoring of their blood pressure and adjusting their medications according to guidelines agreed upon in advance, patients assigned to self-managed care saw greater reductions in blood pressure after six and 12 months than patients receiving standard care through health professionals, the study found. More

Federal workers, drink up
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The government's top human resources official is reminding federal agencies to keep workers hydrated amid the record-breaking heat wave. Calling federal employees the government's "most important asset," Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry said that workers should drink water. More

Caregiver depression: Prevention counts
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Caregiving is often physically and emotionally stressful. In an effort to provide the best care possible, you might put your loved one's needs before your own. In turn, you may develop feelings of sadness, anger and guilt. Sometimes, these emotions can trigger caregiver depression. More

Federal grant helping employ older Americans
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An $11 million federal grant is helping Arkansas agencies employ and train older Americans. Genie Stotz is in her 70s. She's a former banker who now works for the Red Cross in Fort Smith. Her placement at the Red Cross is through Experience Works Inc., which will be receiving $4.5 million from the federal grant. More

Job search myths and misconceptions
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Many of the things that you thought were true about searching for employment are in fact ingrained misconceptions. Believing the conventional wisdom of job hunting could be working against you and sabotaging your chances of success, even if you're a strong candidate. These myths may sound reasonable, but they generally don't apply to the majority of employers. More

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Luxury vacation-home sales fade with pace of economic recovery
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Iain Heydon traveled to Colorado's Rocky Mountains three times during the past year looking for a vacation home in Grand Lake, where waterfront properties list for as much as $3.95 million. After seeing more than a dozen houses, he has yet to make an offer. Demand for U.S. luxury vacation properties may be fading along with prospects for faster economic growth, after an early 2010 rebound. More

US passport fees to rise
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If you've been procrastinating about getting or renewing your passport, it's time to get going because fees are rising soon. Adult passport book fees will jump to $135 from $100, while those for minors will increase to $105 from $85 starting July 13. Renewal fees on adult passports will shoot up to $110 from $75, according to the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs. Twenty-four other fees, ranging from judicial services to reporting the births of American children born abroad, are also changing. More

Best cruises for couples
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When romance is high on the agenda, a cruise naturally makes it to the top of the list. The ambience of the ship, the exotic locations and ports of call as well as the potential for romantic massages and candle light dinners make a cruise one of the best ways to take a couples vacation. Two major factors contribute to the level of romance that greets you on your chosen cruise. More can help you budget for next vacation
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Are you trying to figure out how to afford a vacation this summer? Or maybe you have your heart set on visiting Cancun for Christmas. Either way, financial management Web site can help you calculate how many lattes you would have to skip to pay for a plane ticket, resort or any other expenses for your dream trip. Since 2007, Mint has been helping spenders big and small set goals for their personal and household needs. In June, it launched a new tool to help travelers set a vacation goal and then save for it. More

A NARFE member asks: When is the best date to retire?
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Questions answered by staff in NARFE's Retirement Benefits Service Department. For more Q&As, make sure to read NARFE magazine every month. More

Are your benefits on the Debt Commission's chopping block?
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The National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform has begun its scrutiny of federal tax policy and all federal spending - including federal retirement. NARFE President Margaret L. Baptiste wants all active and retired federal employees to help NARFE defend their earned benefits. In messages to NARFE members and advertisements on, Baptiste is urging members and nonmembers alike to use the NARFE Legislative Action Center to send a message to their congressional delegation (one representative and two senators), urging them to reject unfair cuts in federal retirement and health benefits. More

Are you a member of NARFE? If not, join today!
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