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NEWS FROM NARFE

Presidential memorandum on parental leave
NARFE
President Barack Obama issued a memorandum last week directing federal agencies to advance up to six weeks of paid sick leave for employees upon the birth or adoption of a child. He also is pushing Congress to pass legislation that would provide federal employees with six weeks of paid parental leave. The federal government currently offers no paid parental leave when many private-sector companies do, and the United States is the only industrialized country without a paid parental leave policy. NARFE supports the President's action as a push toward a more family-friendly work environment for federal employees. Read NARFE's press release here.
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2015 NARFE Legislative Training Conference
NARFE
NARFE is hosting its biennial Legislative Training Conference in Arlington, Virginia, March 14-17. Join NARFE members from across the country for hands-on training opportunities to learn how to become a more effective NARFE advocate. The conference will end with a trip to Capitol Hill, where you can meet with legislators and their staff to discuss the issues facing NARFE members. Feb. 3 is the final day to register, so don't delay. For more information, check out our Legislative Training Conference page here. From there, you can register online or mail in a registration form. Questions? Email the Legislative Department at leg@narfe.org. We hope to see you there!
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FEDERAL BENEFITS QUESTION OF THE WEEK


Taxes
NARFE
Question: Will the Office of Personnel Management calculate the tax-free portion of my annuity and include the information on my 1099-R? I don't understand why this is referred to as tax-free money.
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FEDERAL UPDATE


Bills would give feds a 3.8 percent pay raise
Government Executive
Lawmakers in the both the House and Senate introduced bills Jan. 13 to raise federal employees' pay 3.8 percent across the board in 2016. The Federal Adjustment of Income Rates Act was introduced in the House by Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., with several Democratic cosponsors. Sens. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, and Ben Cardin, D-Md., introduced identical legislation in the Senate.
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Groups hail Obama's paid leave order
The Hill
President Barack Obama moved Jan. 15 to give federal employees paid leave benefits as part of a workforcewide push to bring the United States in line with longstanding standards in most other nations. The initiative, the latest in Obama's campaign to increase middle-class standards of living, was cheered by women's and employee organizations that have called upon the government to adopt mandatory paid leave for years.
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Agency chief: IRS shutdown possible amid budget cuts
The Washington Post
The Internal Revenue Service might shut down and send its employees home for a few days this summer if it can't find a "reasonable way" to close an anticipated budget gap, according to the agency's chief. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said at a recent news conference that furloughs might be necessary as a last resort if the agency runs into a budget shortfall as a result of the funding cuts Congress and President Barack Obama imposed on it through recent spending legislation.
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FINANCES


What's the best way to pay off that holiday debt?
Today
Getting out of the red can be easier said than done. Plenty of consumers start the new year with extra debt. More than one-third of Americans took on new debt from holiday spending, according to CreditCards.com. Worse, Consumer Reports estimates that 7 percent of consumers went into the holiday season still owing on holiday purchases from 2013.
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HEALTH


Inactivity linked to more deaths than obesity
Forbes
There's been a fast-growing body of evidence in the last several years that lack of exercise – or sedentariness – is a major risk factor in health. It's been linked to heart disease, cancer and to an early death. And now, a new study finds that lack of exercise may actually be even more of a risk than obesity in early mortality
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SECOND CAREERS


Older job seekers find ways to avoid age bias
The New York Times
Many older job seekers know age discrimination, although tough to prove, is a fact of life. But increasingly they are finding jobs at smaller organizations, including nonprofits, startups, small trade associations and niche educational programs. Typically, these are employers that operate with a spare staff and depend on the experience and expertise that comes with age.
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TRAVEL


Cheapest times to visit vacation hotspots in 2015
Kiplinger
One of the best ways to save money on travel is to time your trip right. By visiting during the off-season, you can score deeply discounted airfares and accommodations. In fact, discount travel site Hotwire found that you can get up to half off on hotel rooms by visiting popular destinations when they're not overrun by tourists.
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CONSUMER TIPS


When 'do not call' doesn't stop the telemarketers
ABC News
Dear ABC News Fixer: After receiving some telemarketing calls to my home phone, I went on DoNotCall.gov and registered both my home and cellphone numbers. Within a few weeks, I started receiving more telemarketing calls, to both phones. When I attempted to call these numbers back, they were all disconnected.
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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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