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NARFE urges meetings with congressional candidates during August
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Members of Congress are in their home states and districts until Sept. 10. This is a perfect time for NARFE members to talk with them — either one-on-one, in town hall meetings or in candidate forums — about the issues of concern to federal employees and retirees. The entire month has been designated by the Association as "Meet Your Candidates Month." To encourage contact with members of Congress, congressional candidates and congressional staff, NARFE is conducting a competition among its state federations. The federation or federations with the most contacts by its members will get a free registration to the 2013 NARFE Legislative Training Conference. To report your advocacy activity, email


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Monthly withdrawals from TSP account
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Question: When I retire, can I keep my Thrift Savings Plan account and make arrangements for monthly withdrawals of a fixed amount? If the answer is yes, what happens to the balance in the TSP account when I die? More

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U.S. Postal Service future in question after 1st default, lawmakers stuck on a deal
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Add the U.S. Postal Service to the list of problems Congress so far is unable to fix. America's mail service endured its first default overnight, failing to submit a required $5.5 billion payment for future retirees' health benefits by Aug. 1. More

House passes bill that would ax federal tax cheats
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Federal employees who fail to pay their taxes can be fired under a bill the House passed July 31. The legislation, which passed in a bipartisan 263-114 vote, would apply to executive and legislative branch employees as well as U.S. Postal Service workers who are delinquent on their taxes and have not entered into an agreement with the government to repay the debt. Jessica Klement, communications and legislative representative for the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, said it was "irresponsible of the House to pass legislation that not only costs money to administer, but also fails to include a mechanism for recouping owed taxes." More

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Kaine: Defending feds is part of a Virginia senator's job description
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Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine took his campaign for a Senate seat to a crowd of retired and active federal employees Aug. 1, decrying as "revolting" how "some people want to make public employees an all-purpose punching bag in American life." Kaine stressed the importance of the federal workforce to Virginia's economy and outlined his approach to Washington's fiscal stalemate, speaking to some 100 at an Arlington, Va., community center. More

Will federal workers be protected in an influenza pandemic?    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It may sound like an unusual question, but it's one the Government Accountability Office was asked to look into recently. GAO surveyed 24 agencies to determine what progress agencies report they have made since 2009 on protecting against an influenza pandemic, identifying challenges agencies face in their preparation and the extent to which oversight of progress in preparation is being conducted. More

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What unexpected expenses crop up in retirement?
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Many pre-retirees sensibly devote a good deal of attention to forecasting how much they'll spend in retirement, thinking through their basic living expenses as well as how much they'll spend on extras like dining out and travel. They anticipate when they'll need to replace their roofs, when it will be time for a new car and how their medical expenses are likely to trend up as they age. More

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Foods that keep you fuller longer
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Has your stomach ever growled in anticipation of lunch, even though you just ate breakfast? At some point, we've all fallen victim to an unexplained raging appetite, which can lead to eating snacks that are high in calories, sugar and fat — and, of course, weight gain. But instead of popping pills that'll supposedly curb hunger, turn to something surprising: food. It sounds contradictory, but eating can actually suppress your appetite — as long as you choose the right foods. Try one of these extra-satisfying eats to keep your appetite in check. More

iPhone games: What parents, grandparents should know
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iPhone games represent one of the most promising new frontiers today, with literally tens of thousands of free or value-priced options available for wireless download on-demand. But while these applications are immensely popular with kids, families and casual or mainstream gaming enthusiasts, it's also important to note some of the challenges and drawbacks they present. With so many children turning to iPhone games as a source of entertainment, here's what parents and grandparents should know before hitting the App Store to satisfy their cravings for high-tech fun. More


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10 best jobs for a 2nd career
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As many older Americans put off retirement and continue working, it makes sense that some of them are looking for second careers — jobs that may have little to do with the careers they became experts at. Of course, it isn't only older people who change careers. Many younger workers find that they're unsatisfied with their initial choice in jobs and want to do something else. More

Provo, Utah, tops Best Cities for Successful Aging List
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Using nearly 80 factual indicators, a new study has evaluated the nation's 359 largest metropolitan areas and ranked them as the best places to age. Cities in the Midwest and Northeast fared well compared to traditional retirement sites in the South and West, researchers at the Milken Institute found. Beyond understanding how specific places compared, the driving reason for the research was simply to direct more attention to the significance of aging and building successful communities for the nation's rapidly growing senior population. More


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Airline rules: Understanding the not-so-fine print
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Some of the airline rules are absolutely onerous; others may simply raise your eyebrows. Either way, it pays to read the fine print. But rules or no rules, you should complain to a higher authority if you feel you have been mistreated. More

Toyota recalling SUVs, sedans
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Toyota Motor Corp. said Aug. 1 it's recalling 778,000 RAV4 SUVs and Lexus HS 250h sedans in the U.S. to fix a suspension problem that could cause crashes. The company says if rear suspension nuts aren't tightened properly after a wheel alignment, the arms can rust and separate from the vehicle. More

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