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Obama proposes 2-year federal worker pay freeze
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President Obama proposed freezing the pay of federal civilian employees this fiscal year and next as part of an effort to bring the budget deficit under control. The freeze would hit all civilian workers in the government, including those at the Department of Defense. Military personnel wouldn't be affected. The move would save about $2 billion for the rest of fiscal 2011 and more than $60 billion over the next decade, according to the White House. More


Medicare coverage deserves a second look during Open Season, experts say
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This year's Federal Employees Health Benefits Program Open Season runs through Dec. 13. Many federal retirees and those planning for retirement have asked, "Why do I need Medicare if I already have health insurance under FEHBP?" The fact is, in many cases it makes sense to have both FEHBP and Medicare coverage. That might involve switching to a different FEHBP plan in retirement that better matches with Medicare and your health care needs. More

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Federal pay freeze: Reaction
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The Washington Post reports assorted reactions to President Obama's decision to freeze the salaries of federal employees for two years. More

1 million more teleworkers: Can agencies turn new legislation into reality?
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About 1 million federal employees could be well on their way to becoming regular teleworkers by next summer. Congress passed a bill Nov. 18 that for the first time sets firm requirements on agencies that aim to significantly boost teleworking by federal employees. If it works, HR 1722, the Telework Enhancement Act, will radically change how the government does its work and gives supervisors more power to demand results from workers. It also could yield billions of dollars in annual savings and productivity increases. More

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Death of a loved one may lead to dangerous heart problems
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While it's no news that experiencing the death of a spouse or child will increase one's stress level, a new study says bereavement can also lead to increased heart rate and rhythm problems. And that could spell increased risk for a cardiac event in people who already have heart disease or are at high risk of it. More

5 strategies for 55+ job hunters
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Job hunters over 55 are pounding the pavement these days. They are frustrated, furious and dumbfounded by their inability to land a job that suits their experience and desired salary. They are picking up part-time consulting jobs to keep afloat, zapping resumés into the black hole of online resumé bins, waiting for a response and pulling their hair out. They have graduate degrees, and once held executive and management positions. More


Boomers connect with family via social media
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The fact that mom and dad have joined Facebook is no longer news. It has even been parodied on Saturday Night Live. What is astonishing is the rate of growth in the number of baby boomers joining sites like Facebook, which has skyrocketed this year. Social media use among internet users aged 65 and older grew 100 percent last year, so that one in four people in that age group online are now logging in to Facebook, Twitter and the like, reports the Pew Internet and American Life Project in a recent study. More

10 reasons to be thankful for the US retirement system
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Fewer Americans are retiring with traditional pensions. Half of working Americans don't have an employer-sponsored retirement plan. And the percentage of people who are "very confident" about having the same standard of living in retirement as during their working years is roughly one in four. Then again, retirement experts say there is also plenty for which to be thankful. More

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Federal law enforcement officers back TSA screening
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The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association has weighed in on the controversy over air travel security, saying it supports the controversial body imaging and thorough pat-downs the Transportation Security Administration uses to screen airline passengers. "The proper use of advanced imaging technology should significantly reduce the risk of terrorists bypassing checkpoints with weapons and explosive devices," said Jon Adler, the organization's president. More

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7 smart money moves for the holidays
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This will be the fourth holiday season of the great slump, and for many it isn't getting any easier. Times are tough. So how can you stop the Grinch from stealing Christmas this year? Here are seven smart money tips to get the most bang for your bucks this holiday season. More

A NARFE member asks about life insurance options
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Question: I am having problems determining what type of life insurance I should carry into retirement. Do you have any information that would help me make my decision? More

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NARFE disappointed by president's decision to freeze federal worker pay
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Joseph A. Beaudoin, president of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE), reacted with disappointment to President Obama's announcement of a two-year pay freeze for civilian federal workers. "We understand the purpose of shared sacrifice. But federal employees and their families once again are being singled out. This action comes at a time when the federal government can ill afford to put recruitment and retention at risk," said Beaudoin. "Indeed, freezing or cutting pay sends the wrong signal to the best and brightest workers federal agencies will need in these difficult times." More

NARFE reminds feds to make congressional contacts
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NARFE has reminded Association members and others in the federal family to take the time to contact their representative and senators, if they haven't already done so, to oppose a proposal to cut federal retirement, health benefits and pay. The proposal was made by the co-chairs of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. To send a message to Congress, go to the NARFE website,, and click on the "Special Alert to ALL Federal Employees and Retirees." This will guide you through sending a message to your congressional delegation.

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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