Urgent request: Call Congress Dec. 6, 7
As Congress and the administration grapple with ways to avoid the "fiscal cliff," NARFE President Joseph A. Beaudoin is asking all NARFE members to call their members of Congress on Dec. 6 or 7 and tell them "enough is enough." NARFE is partnering with the 30 members of the Federal-Postal Coalition to send a clear and concise message to Congress:
"Federal and postal employees and retirees have already contributed over $100 billion -- more than any other group -- to help get our nation's finances back on track. It is time that Congress and the president find ways to reduce the deficit other than continually taking from those who have dedicated their lives to public service."
For instructions on how to make your congressional call toll-free, click here. More
Changing to FEHBP family coverage
Question: I am a federal retiree, and my wife is retiring from teaching in a few months. Can I add her to my Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) plan at that time, or am I required to add her during this Open Season? More
GOP fiscal cliff plan would freeze federal pay for a total of five years
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In a Monday letter outlining the plan to President Obama, House GOP leaders, led by Speaker John A. Boehner (Ohio), did not detail how their plan would affect the federal workforce, but they did say it would include "hundreds of billions in savings in other mandatory spending, including reforms to Federal employee compensation" that are in the fiscal 2013 budget resolution approved by the House. The resolution's estimated cost to workers is $368 billion over 10 years. More
Why the chained CPI isn't enough
The Washington Post Share
In a Dec. 2 letter to the editor, NARFE President Joseph A. Beaudoin stated that a true measure of the inflation afflicting beneficiaries of Social Security and other federal retirement programs would take into account the rising health care costs experienced by seniors. Measures that do this, notably the CPI-E, which monitors average consumer prices for Americans 62 years of age or older, would result in greater cost-of-living adjustments. This is a clear sign that moving to the chained CPI is going in the wrong direction. More
President signs whistle-blower bill for US workers
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President Barack Obama signed legislation recently that affords greater protection to federal employees who expose fraud, waste and abuse in government operations. Capping a 13-year effort by supporters of whistle-blower rights, the new law closes loopholes created by court rulings, which removed protections for federal whistle-blowers. More
Union: Survey shows need to address declining morale
Federal Times Share
President Obama and Congress should act to combat declining employee morale, according to the head of the largest federal union. J. David Cox, president of the American Federation of Government Employees, said the combination of a more than two-year pay-scale freeze and deteriorating workplace conditions caused by budget cuts are taking a toll on the federal workforce. More
In retirement planning, don't forget to do the emotional math, too
Daily Finance Share
Calculators are only as good as the assumptions that they make, and they never incorporate every aspect of what actually happens over a lifetime of saving and investing. Then there are the subjective emotional factors that are vital to one's happiness in retirement. There's no calculator that can handle inputs like that. More
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Don't wait until Jan. 1 to work on "you." Dec. 31 is when everyone makes resolutions and tries to undo what they have done (or have not done) during the last six months in about 30 days. That's a tall order to place on your body. If you just start now instead of waiting, you'll be ahead of schedule, far more committed and in far less pain. More
Grandparents can give gift of money smarts
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Whether responding to relief efforts after Sandy or simply not wanting to show up empty-handed when visiting the grandkids, retirees are feeling the pressure to give big this year. Grandparents are in a strong position to teach kids about money. Telling them stories about family history and values, taking the time to volunteer together or select charities to receive donations are all more valuable than handing over the latest tech toy. More
Is a retirement career right for you?
For many older workers, the prospect of retirement has become increasingly bleak. A landscape filled with boredom, lack of purpose and rising health care costs often seems to stretch away into the horizon, and the sources of income that will be used to fund the final leg of their journey seem to be dwindling. One possible solution to this dilemma is for retirees to continue working in some capacity. More
Remodeling as retirement planning
Richard Hayman, 67, and his wife Carolyn are shelling out $110,000 to complete a strategic part of their retirement plan. They aren't purchasing a fixed annuity. They're making their 1978 Rockville, Md., tract house a place where they can age gracefully. More
Holiday travel tips and helplines from the TSA
Smarter Travel Share
Happy holidays from the Transportation Security Administration! What did the often-maligned security agency get travelers this season? The gift of holiday travel tips. Read on to learn what new rules you'll need to follow at the airport this holiday season, how to speed through security, and who to call if you need help or advice. More
Travel tips for women
More than ever, women travelers are venturing out on their own and exploring all corners of the world. More women are buying tickets, boarding planes and setting out on solo vacations each year. When it comes to solo travel, there are essential pieces of information women need to know to stay safe and enjoy their trip. More
Avoid the '12 Scams of Christmas' when shopping, surfing online
Tulsa World Share
This Christmas season, more people than ever will use social media and mobile devices to access online merchants. Cybercriminals will also use new devices to access underprotected mobile devices for valuable digital assets: account information and files. More
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