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Federal workers becoming a flash point in midterm vote
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From her sixth-floor office at the National Science Foundation in Arlington County, Va., Carter Kimsey earns $155,500 a year helping to conceive and oversee federal research grants to the nation's smartest scientists. Kimsey doesn't see herself as overpaid. But now, the 63-year-old civil servant and almost 2 million other federal workers are in the cross hairs during this midterm election season. More


TSP costs are close to tipping point
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The board overseeing the Thrift Savings Plan failed to approve a fiscal 2011 budget for the federal retirement program, citing concerns about recent spending hikes. During its monthly meeting, the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board debated raising the TSP's administrative budget to $134.9 million for fiscal 2011, a 4 percent increase over the $130.3 million approved for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30. That would come on the heels of a 14 percent increase for fiscal 2010 over the previous year. More

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The thoughtless job freeze in the GOP's 'Pledge to America'
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The House Republican "Pledge to America" proposal that would impose an across-the-board freeze on non-security federal hiring may sound reasonable at first blush, especially given the budget deficit, the increased role of government and the economic pain being felt across the country. Appealing as it may sound, however, the GOP's approach is counterproductive and would handcuff our government's ability to effectively fulfill important functions. More

Federal employees tend to stay on the job
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Federal employees on average tend to stay with their employer longer than do private sector workers, according to new Labor Department data. Median employee tenure—where half of an employer's workers have been there longer and half shorter—in the private sector work force is four years, but among federal employees it is 7.9 years. More

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Health care protections to take effect
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Sept. 23 marked six months since the nation's health care overhaul bill was signed into law, and a number of consumer protections provided by the legislation took effect. For all plans - including individual and group policies as well as those sponsored by employers - insurers will no longer be permitted to deny coverage to children with preexisting conditions. More

How to be happy: Tips for cultivating contentment
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Only 10 percent or so of the variation in people's reports of happiness can be explained by differences in their circumstances. The bulk of what determines happiness is your personality and — more modifiable — your thoughts and behaviors. So, yes, you can learn how to be happy — or at least happier. More


How to highlight experience in a resume
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The experience or career history section of your resume is a vital ingredient in being selected for an interview. Recruiters and employers are not only looking for experience in specific roles but also what you were able to achieve while in those roles. There are two aspects to describing your career experience in a resume; a description of the responsibilities that shows the scope and level of authority of the role you held and your key achievements while you were in the role. These two parts are not equal. More

Time for boomers to get real about job prospects, and really look at the entrepreneurial life
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Several national studies, including a recent survey by entrepreneurial experts The Kauffman Foundation, predict the imminent start of a "boomer business start-up bonanza." But this prediction seems to run smack up against the continuously reported story that consumers have stopped spending and corporations refuse to hire in any significant numbers. So, where are all these prospective boomer entrepreneurs to find profitable business ideas? They'll find them by looking below the surface. More

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10 great train trips for fall
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Railroads pass through some of the country's most scenic landscapes, especially in autumn. Hop aboard an excursion train and you'll discover views you can't see from any road, says Don Heimburger, who runs a publishing company devoted to railroads ( and has traveled on trains around the world. More

Avoid unnecessary work when car maintenance is due
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Blindly letting a mechanic perform maintenance on your car or truck can easily leave you overpaying. A recent case involving one of our staffers is a good illustration. The staffer brought his 2005 Sienna minivan to a Toyota dealership for 60,000-mile service and ended up paying much more than he should have. More

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A NARFE member asks about annuity deductions
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Question: I understand that the Office of Personnel Management will deduct from monthly federal retirement annuities premiums for the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) and the federal dental and vision insurance program, and state and federal taxes. But what about previously existing payroll allotments, such as the Combined Federal Campaign, loan payments and deposits to investments? More

NARFE analyzes FEHBP plans
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In its October, November and December issues, NARFE magazine provides authoritative analysis of the major health insurance plans offered under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. Watch for your issues!

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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