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NARFE National Convention opens Aug. 26 in Reno-Sparks, Nev.
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NARFE's 32nd Biennial National Convention opens Aug. 26 in Reno-Sparks, Nev. More than 1,200 delegates, representing NARFE's 1,355 chapters, are expected to attend. A highlight of the opening ceremonies will be a speech by Harry Johns, president and CEO of the Alzheimer's Association. Since 1986, NARFE members have donated almost $10 million for Alzheimer's research. John Berry, director of the Office of Personnel Management, will deliver the keynote address Aug. 27. In addition, delegates will adopt the Association's Legislative Program for the 113th Congress, attend educational lunch-and-learn sessions, and elect national and regional officers for two-year terms. Members can follow Convention action on the NARFE website,, and via Twitter, @narfehq.


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FEHBP coverage of adult children
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Question: I'm a 24-year-old federal employee enrolled in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. My father is a federal employee with a family enrollment under the FEHBP. I understand that, because of the Affordable Care Act, FEHBP family coverage now extends to children up to age 26. If I am covered under his enrollment, what will happen to my enrollment? More

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Economist: Sequestration could hit Washington area with recession
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The Washington metropolitan area could see a devastating recession from federal cuts associated with sequestration, an economist is warning. Sequestration — across-the-board cuts to the federal budget that will take effect in January if lawmakers can't agree on an alternative — would result in major job cuts in Washington, Northern Virginia and Maryland, according to Stephen Fuller, director of the Center for Regional Analysis at George Mason University, who spoke to More

OPM breaks down the basics of phased retirement
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From sick leave to workers subject to mandatory retirement, the Office of Personnel Management has provided a detailed question-and-answer fact sheet explaining how the new phased retirement option will work. President Barack Obama signed the phased retirement option into law this summer, updating a prior retirement law that didn't give workers much of a financial incentive to continue working part time. More

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What does your retirement income timeline look like?
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Federal employees have unique financial planning considerations that most generic financial planning info doesn't address. One of those special considerations is your retirement income — when it starts and when it changes. The concept of diagramming out your income timeline can help all federal employees to plan their retirement. And some federal employees have some very unique changes to their income in retirement that are difficult to see unless you draw out a timeline. More

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Fit over-50s are lowering heart disease odds
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Even a moderate increase in exercise when you are in your 50s can help your heart health, according to a study published by researchers from University College London Epidemiology and Public Health. The study shows inflammation in the body — which is thought to contribute to heart disease — remains lower in people in the transition to retirement who embrace an active lifestyle, with at least 2.5 hours a week of moderate physical activity (enough to raise your heart rate), than in those who stay less active. This is great news for retirees, who often celebrate their new-found freedom with a whole range of activities, from gardening to do-it-yourself projects to countryside walks. More

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New ad campaign portrays caregivers' call for help
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A woman grips her car's steering wheel and silently lets out a scream as her frail father, on oxygen, coughs beside her and her kids play around in the back seat. The frustration portrayed in an arresting new public service announcement is recognizable to millions of Americans who struggle to care for aging loved ones while holding down jobs, raising children and taking care of their own health. More


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Your post-50 job search: An argument for optimism
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The statistics can be frightening for older job applicants: lengthy search times, limited opportunities and the unspoken, but ever-present, reality of age discrimination. So, given these unfortunate conditions, how could optimism possibly play a role in one's job search? Actually, it does, and this role is a major one. In fact, an optimistic, positive attitude is perhaps the greatest factor that will determine your chances for success. More

For many boomers, retirement age is a moving target
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Just how much the Great Recession reshaped what many baby boomers thought retirement would look like is becoming clearer: More than ever, they now expect to retire later or work when they're "retired." In 1991, just 1 in 10 workers told the Employee Benefit Research Institute that they planned to wait to retire until they were older than 65. This year? More than 4 in 10. More


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Best tips for saving money on gas
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Packing the car for a road trip might seem like a silly idea, especially with gas prices averaging $3.69 per gallon. The good news is, there are easy ways to save big. The key is to approach it from two angles: how you drive, and how you pump. More

Top 10 consumer complaints
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Apartments crawling with bedbugs. Pricey phone services the customer didn't order. A tombstone never delivered. And, of course, auto dealers. The Consumer Federation of America recently released its annual chronicle of the top 10 consumer complaints. The CFA list comes from a survey of 38 consumer agencies about the kinds of complaints they received in 2011. More

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