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Last call for Legislative Conference!
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Less than a month remains before the registration deadline for the NARFE Legislative Training Conference. The biennial conference will be March 9-12 at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel in Arlington, Va. The fee to attend the conference is $175. This covers three buffet breakfasts, two full lunches, one buffet dinner, all materials, and transportation to and from Capitol Hill.

Members interested in attending must register by Feb. 5. For more information, and to register online or download a registration form, click here. The registration form also will appear in the February issue of "narfe" magazine, which members should receive in the mail in the next two weeks. The form also appeared in the November 2012 issue of the magazine.

Hotel reservations must be made separately by Feb. 5 by calling 800-228-9290 or 703-413-1300. NARFE members should specify that their room is part of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association's Legislative Training Conference at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View.
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FERS employee survivor benefits
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Question: What survivor benefits are payable to the survivors of an employee covered under the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS)? More



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Fiscal cliff deal: No comfort to feds
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The fiscal cliff deal delayed steep sequestration budget cuts for two months, but it does virtually nothing to solve the major problems facing federal employees. Instead, it sets the stage for a series of new "cliffs" within the next couple of months: a needed increase in the nation's debt ceiling by late February; steep sequestration budget cuts due to hit March 1; and the March 27 expiration of the current government spending bill. More

New Congress pledges action on postal reform
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A bipartisan, bicameral coalition of lawmakers has called for a redoubled effort on U.S. Postal Service reform in the new Congress, saying Democrats and Republicans made major strides toward finding common ground over the last two years. While the Senate and House failed to strike a deal in the recently ended 112th Congress, oversight leaders in both chambers said the New Year offers another chance for major changes to the mail delivery agency. More

Ethics office issues inauguration warnings to feds
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Federal employees can participate in inaugural activities as long as they are not receiving special treatment due to their position, the government's ethics watchdog agency has announced. Members of the federal workforce can take advantage of any Inauguration-related events — including the Inaugural Parade, Inaugural Balls, receptions, dinners and fundraisers — providing the events are available to the general public as well. More

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Feds see paychecks shrink with payroll tax hike
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Federal employees will see less money in their first 2013 paycheck because of the end of the payroll-tax holiday. The payroll-tax holiday officially expired on Jan.1, and Congress did not renew it as part of the final compromise on the fiscal cliff. More



After the fiscal cliff deal: Estate and gift tax explained
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Now that the fiscal cliff has been averted — at least temporarily — there is widespread confusion about the effect on estate planning of the 11th hour tax law passed by the Senate on New Year's Eve, and by the House of Representatives one day later. Mostly what Congress did in this arena was to make permanent the system that has been in effect for the past two years. More

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What you need to know about the flu this year
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Currently, 29 states and New York City are reporting high levels of influenza-like illness (ILI), and another nine states are reporting moderate levels of ILI. This season, 18 children have died from flu-associated deaths. The severity of flu seasons vary, based on the type of flu. More



Starting your own craft business
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If you enjoy making crafts, then starting your own craft business may be in your future. Whether you plan on doing it full time, part time or just in your spare time, the craft business can be quite lucrative if you have your business set up right. If you're thinking about opening up your own business, here are some things you'll want to consider. More

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3 retirement trends for 2013
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Thinking about retiring in 2013? Should you pull the trigger or stick it out and work another year? While the decision to retire can be a difficult one, there are some specific trends that new and soon-to-be retirees should be aware of heading in to 2013. More



Aviation Safety Network: Air travel in 2012 was the safest since 1945
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Airfares grew and airline seats shrunk, but much more important was the good news about flying in 2012: It was the safest year for air travel since 1945. The world's airlines reported only 23 accidents — including passenger and cargo flights — resulting in 475 fatalities last year, compared with the 10-year average of 34 accidents and 773 fatalities a year. More



Better Business Bureau's top 10 consumer tips for 2013
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As it goes every year, when the clock strikes midnight and the new year begins, we look back on the year and look forward to the year to come. This year, the Better Business Bureau is challenging consumers to be smarter, safer consumers in 2013. More





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