Now is the time to contact Congress
NARFE President Joseph A. Beaudoin is asking members to take advantage of the "calm before the storm" to write messages to their senators and representative. Congress is scheduled to go back into session Nov. 13, one week after the elections, to deal with a long list of policy issues. Now is the time to send a message to your members of Congress, urging them to "stop the disproportionate focus on federal employees and retirees as a means to pay for legislation." To send this NARFE message, click here.
How does leave without pay affect my retirement date?
Question: I am planning to retire next year. Will the three months' leave without pay that I took early in my career for the birth of my child change my service computation date for retiring? If I have to work to make up for the three months I was on maternity leave, I would have to stay longer than I had intended. My service computation date has never changed on paper all these years. More
Federal retirements continue to exceed expectations
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For three months in a row, the number of federal retirements has exceeded what the Office of Personnel Management projected. The government continues to cut its backlog of retirement claims, processing more than 12,500 claims in September. So far this year, OPM has met its monthly processing goal every month except for January. More
Huge new buyout offer at USPS
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When Kathryn Stranz learned that the U.S. Postal Service was delivering a long-awaited early retirement and buyout package, her reaction was instantaneous: "Yay!" Stranz, an automation clerk in a Buffalo, N.Y., mail processing plant, was already planning to retire in 2014. But between uncertainty over the plant's future and the early retirement offer, the attraction of leaving much sooner was irresistible. The buyouts could drive the largest single postal workforce exodus in two decades. More
Federal workers lobbying Congress to delay STOCK Act disclosure rule
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Groups representing federal government workers are lobbying lawmakers to delay implementation of a law requiring 28,000 senior government executives to disclose their finances online by Dec. 8. Groups opposed to the rule argue doing so could threaten national security, and they've mounted a lobbying campaign and a court challenge to eliminate it or, at a minimum, push back the implementation date. More
Weighing long-term care insurance alternatives
Long-term care insurance is the financial equivalent of gum surgery: something that is often seemingly necessary, but just as often avoided at all costs. Now, to add to its unpopularity, soaring prices are prompting consumers to rethink how much coverage they need and to experiment with other types of policies. More
From fridge to pantry: 3 easy ways to improve your health
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If you're concerned about your well-being — and who isn't these days — here are three easy things you can do to improve your health. More
Assisted living: A turning point for Alzheimer's family
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Carol Blackwell says she's still at war with herself. She made the wrenching decision to move her husband into an to assisted-living facility for people with Alzheimer's disease. Her adult children supported the move, yet, her 37-year-old son, Rob Blackwell, says many days he and his mother still want to go get his dad and take him home. This confusing, guilt-ridden stage of the Blackwell family's battle against the incurable, mind-wasting disease is one that millions of other caregivers are going to face, says Sandy Markwood, chief executive officer of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging. More
The career tip to follow your passion: Is it bunk?
Career coaches often say that if you're looking for a job or want to change careers you should "follow your passion." In fact, Next Avenue's work and volunteering blogger Nancy Collamer recently wrote a piece telling you how to do it. But could the whole notion of following your passion be bunk? More
Study: When baby boomers refuse to retire, they aren't stealing jobs from younger workers
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More baby boomers are putting off retirement, as the sour economy has sapped pension plans, 401(k)s and other savings, while life expectancy has continued to rise. That's led to some speculation that younger workers are getting squeezed out of the workforce and face a "millennial glass ceiling" while they're in it. But one recent study shows the opposite to be true: Older workers who stay in the workforce tend to help younger workers get more jobs and better-paying work. More
Maximize your frequent flier miles
There aren't many travel moments sweeter than scoring a flight using frequent flier miles. But with fewer seats to be had lately, landing a rewards ticket is getting trickier. Hone your mileage strategy by answering these three questions. More
7 things you should always buy generic
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You know that generic products are cheaper than name-brand ones, but are you clinging to the belief they're also inferior? Here are a few items where this might not be the case. More
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