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Debt-reduction proposals add fuel to criticism of government work force
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If federal employees didn't read the handwriting on the wall when Republicans won the House, they shouldn't miss the red lights that began flashing with the release of sweeping proposals to rectify the nation's finances. The recommendations, by Alan K. Simpson, a former Republican senator from Wyoming, and Erskine Bowles, who served as White House chief of staff in the Clinton administration, would hit federal employees hard, freezing their pay and reducing their numbers. More


Most Medicare rates rising
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Many rates under the Medicare program are increasing for 2011. The premium paid by the large majority of enrollees in Part B of the program (generally covering physicians' services) will remain $96.40 for most enrollees. However, certain enrollees, including those joining the program starting in 2010 or later, and those who don't have Medicare premiums deducted from Social Security payments—a group that includes many Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) retirees—will continue to pay a higher standard rate unless the law is changed. More

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Federal salaries remain high
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leftMillions of Americans are out of work and more are experiencing pay cuts. But the salaries of federal workers are soaring. Daniel Adcock, legislative director of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, joined WDCA with more. More

Federal workers' sacrifice would help U.S. debt, deficit panel says
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Federal employees would play a major role in reducing the nation's debt and deficit under a set of draft proposals recently released by the co-chairs of President Obama's deficit commission. Former Clinton White House chief of staff Erskine Bowles and former Sen. Alan K. Simpson, R-Wyo., called on Americans to make sacrifices to "make America strong for the long haul." More

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Study: Exercise fights the common cold
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There may not be a cure for the common cold, but people who exercise regularly seem to have fewer and milder colds, a new study suggests. In the United States, adults can expect to catch a cold two to four times a year, and children can expect to get six to 10 colds annually. All these colds sap about $40 billion from the U.S. economy in direct and indirect costs, the study authors estimate. More

3 common mistakes job hunters make
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An author for Forbes discusses three common mistakes that job hunters make. From personal experience, Shaun Rein explains that anger, fear and self-doubt can hinder the job hunting experience. Many job hunters lose perspective so much they let fear control them. Letting fear rule is never good. More


Desire in the twilight of life
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A geriatric social worker likes to tell a story about the time one of his clients, an 86-year-old woman, failed to answer the phone for their daily chat. Worried about her safety, he ran to her building and asked the superintendent to let him into the apartment. Opening the door, he found a trail of lit candles and burning incense that led to the master bathroom. His client, it turned out, had a visitor. More

10 best places for single seniors to retire
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First dates and new relationships are increasingly becoming a part of the retirement years. And now that the child-rearing years are largely behind them, baby boomers and seniors are forming new relationships on their own terms. More than 30 million Americans age 55 and older are currently single. More

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New airport security to slow down holiday travel
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With the holiday travel season fast approaching, recent stepped-up security screening at the nation's airports has provoked an outcry from passengers and airline pilots alike, with some of the latter group even threatening to boycott intrusive new checks during the Thanksgiving rush. CBS News travel editor Peter Greenberg says, regardless of how many airline pilots choose not to pass through security to go to work, the additional security measures are likely to cause longer lines and delays as Americans head off to see their loved ones this holiday season. More

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Thanksgiving warning: Deep-fried turkey a danger
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Deep-fried turkey on Thanksgiving may be tasty, but it's not worth burning down the house, Underwriters Laboratories (UL) warns. The consumer product safety group has refused to endorse any turkey fryers this holiday season — which means consumers won't see the familiar UL tag on the cooking gadgets used to cook an untold percentage of the estimated 45 million turkeys on U.S. tables this Thanksgiving. More

A NARFE member asks how to obtain Open Season information without a computer
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Question: I don't have access to a computer. How can I get a plan brochure and other information for this year's Federal Benefits Open Season?

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NARFE urges members to contact Congress to defend federal retirement benefits
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NARFE President Joseph A. Beaudoin is urging NARFE members to use either the Association's Legislative Action Center or NARFE's toll-free telephone number to contact their congressional delegation to oppose a proposal to cut federal retirement benefits. 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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