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As NARFE National President, I want to take this opportunity to wish all of you a Happy New Year on behalf of your elected officers at NARFE Headquarters, the National Executive Board and the NARFE staff. As we look to 2011, I think we can all agree that we face many, many challenges, internally and externally. I urge you to stand with us as we fight to prevent an unfair share of budget-reduction efforts from being placed on federal civilian employees and retirees. Working together, we can make a difference.

Joseph A. Beaudoin, National President

NARFE's Top 10 Legislative Accomplishments in the 111th Congress (2009-2010)

1. Equity for Federal Retirees in Stimulus Bill:
Ensures that federal, state and local government retirees who are not eligible for Social Security will receive a one-time, $250 per-person refundable tax credit for the 2009 tax year.


2. Protection of Federal Benefits:
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Protects benefits by defeat of an amendment to the fiscal year 2010 House Budget Resolution that would have cut federal civilian retirement and/or health benefits by $10 billion over 10 years.

3. Re-employing Annuitants:
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Allows federal agencies to re-employ federal retirees on a limited, part-time basis without offset of annuity.

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We all forget things. But an Indiana farmer recently discovered a crate of Morgan Silver Dollars he tucked away in his basement decades ago. And what a find! Each coin is dated 1921, and collectors are scrambling to get them, because they're the last Morgan Dollars ever minted. Read the whole story here.


4. Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) Sick Leave:
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Permits FERS workers initially to credit half, and in 2014 all, of their unused sick leave toward retirement.

5. FERS Redeposit:
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Allows returning FERS employees, who previously left federal service, to repay a deposit to the Retirement Trust Fund, with interest, in order to be able to combine their past and new federal service for future annuity service.

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6. Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) Part-Time Service Fix:
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Permits certain CSRS workers to phase down to part-time status at the end of their careers without reducing their final annuity.

7. Locality Pay Equity:
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Provides locality pay that is creditable toward retirement for federal employees in Hawaii, Alaska and the U.S. Territories.


8. Enactment of Enhancements to the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP):
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  • Automatic Enrollment and Immediate Contributions: Provides automatic TSP enrollment of, and immediate matching contributions for, newly hired federal employees.
  • Roth Option: Adds a "Roth" option to the TSP, allowing participants to make after-tax contributions to the plan and withdraw their earnings tax-free upon retirement.
  • TSP Accounts Rights for Survivors: Ensures that surviving spouses have the same rights over their inherited accounts as any other TSP participant.

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9. Shielding the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) in the Senate's Health Care Reform Bill:
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  • Safeguards: NARFE-drafted language would safeguard the FEHBP under a plan to have the Office of Personnel Management manage health plans for nonfederal civilians.
  • Threatening Amendments Dropped: Proposals were dropped that would have required federal workers to join health exchanges and that would have opened the FEHBP to nonfederal civilians without separate risk pools.

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10. Enactment of Expanded Telework Opportunities:
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Requires executive branch agencies to establish policies allowing eligible employees to telework.

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