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Registration closes Feb. 3 for NARFE's 2015 Legislative Training Conference
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Plan to be a part of one of our Association's most exciting and important events, NARFE's 2015 Legislative Training Conference, March 14-17, at the Renaissance Capital View Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. The conference offers NARFE leaders and grass-roots activists the opportunity to learn from NARFE Legislative Department staff, hear from national speakers and network with fellow NARFE advocates. Attendees will go to Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress and staff on the conference's final day. First-time participants are especially encouraged to come and hone their advocacy skills. The deadline to register with both NARFE and the hotel is Feb. 3. A conference registration form is available on p. 13 of the January issue of narfe magazine, or you can register online at www.narfe.org. There are only 300 spots available, so don't wait, register now!
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OPM mailing of annual COLA notices delayed
NARFE
NARFE has received word that the Office of Personnel Management experienced a delay in its printing and mailing of the annual cost-of-living adjustment notices to federal annuitants and survivors. Mailing began a week ago. All retirees should have their notices by the end of this week.
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FEDERAL BENEFITS QUESTION OF THE WEEK


Survivor benefits
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Question: I'm under the Federal Employees Retirement System and for the last 10 years have been covered by a Federal Employees Health Benefits Program plan for self and family. If I die before I retire, are there waiting periods for continued health coverage for a spouse?
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FEDERAL UPDATE


NARFE's Jessica Klement's Top 3 for 2015
Federal News Radio
A budget resolution early in 2015 is a top priority for the incoming 114th Congress. Republican leaders have already said they're interested in passing some federal workforce reforms. Jessica Klement is legislative director for the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said she's worried about the possibility of a budget reconciliation, and what that could mean for federal employee benefits in the future. In her Top 3 for 15, she says she's keeping a closer eye on federal workforce policy reforms coming from the new Congress.
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Obama signs TSP bill into law
Government Executive
It's official: New federal employees automatically will be enrolled in a more diverse, age-appropriate retirement fund rather than the safer government securities offering. President Barack Obama signed the bipartisan Smart Savings Act into law Dec. 18, along with a raft of other bills.
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Obama gives federal workers a 2015 pay raise
The Washington Post
President Barack Obama on Dec. 19 ordered a 1 percent pay raise for federal employees, giving them only their second mandatory wage increase in the past five years. The salary bump took effect Jan. 1, marking the second year Obama provided a raise for the federal workforce after a three-year pay freeze. The 2014 increase was also 1 percent.
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Retirees getting a COLA
FEDWeek
Federal retirement benefits are increasing effective with January payments by 1.7 percent for those retired under CSRS and those under FERS who are eligible for COLAS. The increase also applies to Social Security, military retirement and survivor benefits.
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FINANCES


3 Social Security facts you need to know in 2015
The Motley Fool
For the most part, Social Security is a straightforward concept. You pay taxes to the program throughout your working life, and then, upon reaching retirement age, you collect monthly benefits based in large part on the amount you paid into the system over that career. Still, there are small shifts to the program every year, and 2015 will be no different.
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HEALTH


Study: Whole grains help you live longer
NBC News
Everyone knows whole grains are better for you than sticky, processed white flour or rice. But how much better? A new study from the Harvard School of Public Health shows that each average daily serving of whole grains lowers a person's risk of dying from heart disease by 9 percent and lowers the overall risk of dying from anything by 5 percent over a quarter-century.
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TRAVEL


14 overrated tourist attractions around the world — and where to go instead
Business Insider
English writer G.K. Chesterton said that the traveler sees what he sees, while a tourist only sees what he came to see. And sometimes, those tourist attractions aren't worth seeing at all. Inspired by this Reddit list of overrated tourist destinations, Business Insider wanted to round up some of the biggest tourist letdowns in the world and suggest some alternative places to go instead.
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SECOND CAREERS


5 resume tips for seniors to stay competitive
Business 2 Community
The job market has gotten increasingly competitive over the years, forcing job seekers to step up their game. It's no longer enough to have a mediocre resume when there are many people vying for the same position. For older job seekers, they often worry that, although they have a great deal of experience, their age may be seen as a drawback. However, there are many ways in which they can keep their resume looking fresh and current while still showcasing the depth and breadth of their abilities.
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Safety Alert: Glass fronts on gas fireplaces
KOMO-TV
Kids are naturally attracted to fire; they don't know the danger. Each year, hundreds of toddlers across the country are seriously burned when they crawl up to or run into a gas fireplace and touch the hot glass. As of Jan. 1, all new gas fireplaces must be made with a protective barrier to keep children away from the glass front.
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Disclaimer: The articles that appear in NARFE NewsWatch are chosen from a variety of sources to reflect topics of interest to active and retired federal employees. With the exception of Federal Benefits Question of the Week and News From NARFE, an article's inclusion in NARFE NewsWatch does not imply that the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) endorses, supports or verifies its contents or expressed opinions. Factual errors are the responsibility of the listed publication.

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