NARFE Convention opens in Reno-Sparks, Nev.
NARFE's 32nd Biennial National Convention opened Aug. 26 in Reno-Sparks, Nev., with delegates overwhelmingly approving a new fundraising goal for Alzheimer's research — $11 million in 2014. The Association's current goal, $10 million in 2012, is within reach, delegates learned in opening ceremonies. NARFE members adopted Alzheimer's research as their cause in 1985. The opening day was also marked with special recognition for Mike Causey, senior correspondent for Federal News Radio. For more convention news, read the Daily Bulletins being posted on the NARFE website. More
Dental coverage under FEHBP?
Question: I am a retired federal employee participating in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. I like the health plan that I have and don't want to switch plans. However, my health insurance plan does not offer a full dental program. Are there separate dental-only programs available under the FEHBP? If there are, can I buy a dental plan separate from my health plan, and will there be an Open Season for the purchase? More
Fed pay raise on hold until after continuing resolution expires
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President Barack Obama is exercising his authority to give federal civilian employees a pay raise, but they're going to have to wait until at least next April to receive it. Obama sent a letter to congressional leaders offering an alternative plan that would extend the two-year pay freeze for federal employees until after a continuing resolution is over. More
Survey shows public wants federal services
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A majority of Americans would rather see higher taxes on the wealthy before cuts are made to public services such as food safety and border security, according to a survey released by a major federal employee union. According to the survey, 86 percent of respondents want to see more federal resources committed to veterans assistance, 72 percent supported more funding for border security, 69 percent wanted more resources for food safety and 58 percent wanted more money for nuclear safety programs. More
Obama administration orders shift from paper to electronic records
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Agencies are "to eliminate paper and use electronic record-keeping" as much as possible in handling both classified and unclassified records, the Obama administration said. And the Office of Personnel Management must create a career track for records management employees by the end of next year. More
6 credit facts boomers should know
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From their first gas credit cards after high school graduation to a financial world filled with rewards cards and penalty fees, baby boomers have seen the use of credit change dramatically in their lifetimes. And now they wonder how all these changes will affect them as they head into retirement. So let's take a look at six credit questions all boomers will need to answer. More
Obesity in middle age tied to more rapid mental decline
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People who are obese and suffer from high blood pressure and other problems linked to heart disease and diabetes may also see a faster decline in their mental abilities, according to a new study by French researchers. Yet, even obese people without these physical conditions experienced a faster decline in functions such as memory, the researchers noted. This finding belies the concept of being obese and healthy, they added. More
Men's role in helping women with Alzheimer's, dementia soars
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Women are still more likely to be caregivers, but the number of men caring for loved ones with Alzheimer's or dementia has soared from 19 to 40 percent in the past 15 years, according to the Alzheimer's Association. Among people over age 65 with the disease, about two-thirds are women (3.4 million), one-third men (1.8 million). Alzheimer's disease is fatal. The government announced a plan in May to find a cure by 2025 and to find ways to support caregivers. More
Best job interview tips for baby boomers
Anyone going into a job interview must prepare very carefully. However, baby boomers have a special concern: how to deal with the issue of age discrimination. Even if you discount age discrimination (which continues to be rampant), there is a tendency for hiring managers to want the "latest, greatest" in all things, and that may mean a predisposition to hire younger professionals who are thought to be "on the way up." Once you hit 45, it is important to show that you are not only capable of doing the job, but passionate about doing so. More
Big income losses for those near retirement
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Americans nearing retirement age have suffered disproportionately after the financial crisis: along with the declining value of their homes, which were intended to cushion their final years, their incomes have fallen sharply. Across the country, in almost every demographic, Americans earn less today than they did in June 2009, when the recovery technically started. More
Hotel rates pacing up for Labor Day weekend
More American travelers are expected to hit the road this Labor Day weekend than in the past three years, and hoteliers already are reaping the benefits. AAA Travel projects 33 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from their homes during the Labor Day holiday weekend. Las Vegas, New York and Atlanta are the most popular U.S. hotel destinations by absolute search share rank, according to data from metasearch engine Kayak. More
8 ways to bite back at rising food costs
Food — likely the biggest weekly household expense — is about to cost even more. The U.S. Department of Agriculture predicts we'll be paying about 3 percent more for groceries for the remainder of the year, and as much as 5 percent more in 2013, due in part to the nation's worst drought in 50 years. Increased food prices don't have to take an oversized bite out of the budget. Here are seven ways to cut supermarket bills. More
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