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DOD adviser: Pay, retirement systems outdated, too costly
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The U.S. military must overhaul and reduce the cost of paying its people, funding their retirements and underwriting their health care, a top Pentagon adviser said. Arnold Punaro said Defense Department budgeteers are already taking aim at weapons programs and operations and maintenance accounts. But it was regarding the military's skyrocketing personnel costs that the retired Marine Corps general and former senior Science Applications International Corporation executive sounded the loudest alarm during a Sept. 8 presentation at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington think tank. More


Survey: Older workers' retirement confidence rebounds
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Older workers have become more assured of their ability to retire comfortably and confidence has rebounded modestly in the past year, although they are still not as confident as they were before the financial crisis, a survey finds. But younger workers are growing increasingly worried over their defined benefit plan, according to the survey by Towers Watson and Company, New York. More

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Lawmakers, managers push for more supervisory training
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There's a lot to learn when you become a supervisor — how best to delegate work, motivate and counsel employees, develop a plan for achieving objectives and present a briefing, just to name a few skills. Though training for new supervisors technically is required under Office of Personnel Management regulations, the Merit Systems Protection Board reported in July that the government does not effectively gauge whether supervisory candidates have the right skills, and does not always give sufficient weight to people-management skills. More

DHS to develop single, searchable database of immigration records
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The Homeland Security Department plans to establish a database of immigration data that will identify fraud in applications for benefits, and provide information to intelligence and law enforcement agencies. DHS will create a mirror copy of multiple databases the Citizenship and Immigration Services uses to award federal benefits to immigrants and nonimmigrants and develop a single user interface employees use to access the stored information, according to a notice the department recently published in the Federal Register. More

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Risks differ for indoor versus outdoor falls
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Different risk factors contribute to indoor and outdoor falls among the elderly and these differences need to be incorporated into fall prevention programs, a new study suggests. U.S. researchers studied 765 people, aged 70 and older, in the Boston area. Over two years, the participants reported 598 indoor falls and 524 outdoors falls. After someone suffered a fall, they were interviewed about the circumstances. More

Grandparenting 101: Discipline
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When it comes to grandparenting and discipline, these two words should not have to come together very often, unless the grandparent happens to be the guardian for their grandchild. As the saying goes, if a parent turns out to be great enough as a parent, then one day they will gain the honor of becoming a "grand" parent. Grandparenting is an honorable role that one deserves to cherish; furthermore, the stress of regular disciplining should not have to interfere with the beauty of the relationship between a grandparent and a grandchild. More


Acing tricky questions
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Regardless of how offbeat some interview questions may sound, most employers have their own hidden reasons for asking them. Usually, such queries are a way to uncover information about you that standard interview questions don't suss out. And whether the goal is to gauge your leadership aptitude or test your ability to handle stress, experts say you should stay composed and answer concisely. More

What a boomer wants: Luxury versus basic needs in retirement
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Boomer gets what boomer wants? Maybe not so fast, according to a study entitled MainStay Investments' Boomer Retirement Lifestyle Study. Ninety-eight percent of those surveyed said health care was the most basic need and expressed concerns about its affordability. More than half of the consumers indicated they would rather work longer to pay for health care expenses, rather than give up luxuries in retirement. More

Airfares from US to Europe much higher than vice versa
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Americans flying to Europe this fall may pay hundreds of dollars more than their counterparts traveling the opposite way over the Atlantic. Round-trip fares from several U.S. cities to European hot spots like Paris, London and Amsterdam are up to 66 percent higher than the price for trips originating overseas, says Tom Parsons, founder of, who scouted fares from the last week of October through March 31. More

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Don't fall for these vishing or smishing scams
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Follow the money. Crooks apparently are taking that famous line to heart. At the same time the non-profit Move Your Money campaign has successfully urged many Americans to switch to community banks as a way of expressing their displeasure with "too big to fail" corporate banks, thieves are now targeting customers of these smaller community banks and credit unions with phone-based phishing scams. More

A NARFE member asks about making beneficiary changes
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Question: I am an active federal employee, and I need to make changes in my beneficiary designations for the Federal Employees Retirement System and life insurance. Is it possible to do this online? If not, where do I get the necessary forms? More

Join NARFE now before prices go up
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By joining NARFE now, you will save $12. At the recent NARFE National Convention, delegates voted to raise NARFE dues. The new first-year dues rate of $45 takes effect Jan. 1, 2011. Join now at the current $33 rate and save. NARFE is the only association dedicated solely to protecting and enhancing the health care and retirement benefits of federal employees and survivors. More



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