Thankful for America
As Thanksgiving Day approaches, NARFE is thankful for America and ... our freedoms and system of government; our abundant opportunities; our spirit of generosity to those suffering from war and natural disaster; and our capacity for hope, which enables us to keep looking and moving forward. And, in this Thanksgiving week, NARFE expresses its gratitude to federal employees, past and present, for their work to "Protect America's Heartbeat." NARFE wishes members of the federal family and all Americans a safe and Happy Thanksgiving. NARFE Headquarters will be closed Nov. 22-23.
Contributing to a Roth TSP account
Question: I am trying to decide if I want to contribute to the Roth Thrift Savings Plan. Any advice? More
Hill leaders voice new confidence in deficit deal
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Congressional leaders from both parties voiced fresh optimism Nov. 16 after meeting with newly re-elected President Barack Obama about avoiding year-end "fiscal cliff" tax increases and spending cuts that would hammer the middle class and risk plunging the economy into recession. House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio said Republicans are willing to consider increased revenue "as long as it is accompanied by spending cuts" as leaders in a divided government get to work on a possible deal after a fierce election campaign. More
Experts say pay reform appears unlikely soon
Federal Times Share
Despite statements from the Obama administration that it is looking at reforming the six-decades-old General Schedule pay system for federal employees, outside experts see little chance of big changes to the system soon. Doris Hausser, a former senior policy adviser on pay at the Office of Personnel Management, said at a recent forum she is not hopeful that a compromise can be reached between critics and supporters of the current system. More
Postmaster General: Congress should tackle postal bill before 'fiscal cliff'
The Hill Share
Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe urged lawmakers Nov. 15 to wrap up a postal reform bill before tackling the tax and spending issues that are expected to dominate the lame-duck session of Congress. Donahoe, speaking the same day USPS announced a record $15.9 billion loss for fiscal 2012, said that he believed the House and the Senate could quickly find common ground on the Postal Service. More
College loans strain parents
The San Diego Union-Tribune Share
There are record numbers of student borrowers in financial distress, according to federal data. But millions of parents who have taken out loans to pay for their children's college education make up a less visible generation in debt. For the most part, these parents did well enough through midlife to take on sizable loans, but some have since fallen on tough times because of the recession, health problems, job loss or lives that took a sudden hard turn. More
Medicare premiums to rise by $5 a month
The New York Times Share
Medicare premiums will rise by $5 a month next year, the government said Nov. 16. That is less than expected, but enough to consume about a fourth of a typical retiree's cost-of-living raise in Social Security payments next year. More
Family relationships: Thanksgiving a time for reflection, appreciation
Savannah Morning News Share
It's that time of year again, when we sit down to eat with family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving. A time when we are thankful for what we have been given, instead of complaining about what we don't have. This Thanksgiving holiday is a good time to begin to develop a grateful attitude. Here are some ways you can begin to be grateful this Thanksgiving holiday. More
Why a part-time job will improve your retirement
U.S. News & World Report Share
To some people, working even one more minute after retirement sounds awful. But there are tremendous benefits to staying in the workforce, even if you don't care about the extra income. Consider these improvements to your retired life if you keep working part time. More
10 best weather cities for retirees
It isn't easy to define the best weather locations for retirees because everyone's interpretation of ideal weather isn't the same. Some want to spend their golden years soaking up the sun, while others prefer a place where they can be near ski slopes. That said, if you're looking for what most of us would consider pleasant weather, these locales came to mind for John Brady, of TopRetirements.com. More
Top 5 new museum openings
Spectacular art and design share the spotlight at these new additions to the culture map of museums. More
10 things not to buy on Black Friday
NBC News Share
This season's shopping extravaganza is looking ripe with deals and discounts for all. But even though many product categories will see new all-time low prices, not everything will be a good purchase on Black Friday. In some cases, you would be better off skipping certain deals and waiting for a better offer later on in the coming year. Here are 10 items that are not worth buying this Black Friday. More
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