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NEWS FROM NARFE

Congressional recess translates to opportunity for NARFE activists
NARFE
The House is in recess until Feb. 25, and the Senate is in recess through Feb. 21. NARFE President Joseph A. Beaudoin urges every NARFE member to look for public events on the websites of your representative and senators, attend and participate, if your weather allows. If you have not scheduled a meeting in advance of the recess, you can drop by your legislator’s office with the most recent copy of narfe magazine and ask for the district director’s business card.
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FEDERAL BENEFITS QUESTION OF THE WEEK


FERS survivor annuity
NARFE
Question: My husband recently retired under the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). We had decided not to include me as a survivor because the annuity was so small, we would need it for our cash flow, and I have other resources. We have begun to rethink this decision. I know that my husband needs to write a letter to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to request a change. How long does he have to request this change?
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FEDERAL UPDATE


OMB: No sequester cuts are needed in 2014
Government Executive
Congress’s last-minute adjustments to the fiscal 2014 spending levels in January will mean sequestration will not be a major factor for defense or non-defense agencies this year, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has confirmed.
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Congress eyeing legislative fix for security clearances
Federal News Radio
A new act recently signed into law by President Barack Obama aims to inject an extra shot of oversight into the Office of Personnel Management's troubled security clearance process. The OPM IG Act provides the agency's top watchdog with an additional source of funding to conduct audits and investigations.
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Agencies seek nonmonetary employee rewards
Federal Times
With money tight for training and bonuses, agencies can use techniques like mentoring, rotational assignments and seminars to keep employees engaged in their jobs, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s chief human capital officer said at a recent forum.
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Obama signs order to raise contractor minimum wage
Federal Times
President Barack Obama signed an executive order Feb. 12 that would raise the minimum wage for federal contractors to $10.10 an hour. The increased wage will only apply to employee wages on new contracts beginning Jan. 1, 2015, according to the administration. Obama had announced he would raise the wage during the annual State of the Union Address Jan. 28.
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FINANCES


How to sell an inherited home
MarketWatch
Selling an inherited house isn’t easy. There’s the emotional aspect of getting a loved one’s home ready for sale — which likely includes clearing out his or her belongings and depersonalizing the rooms. There’s the financial cost of making necessary updates to attract buyers. Sometimes heirs have to deal with costly liens or other hidden problems, and there may be disagreements among siblings about the sale price.
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HEALTH


A heart-healthy diet can include flavorful foods
Lexington Herald-Leader
According to statistics from the American Heart Association, heart disease affects more than 82 million Americans. Although some of us might need our own dietitian to make healthier eating happen, you can change your diet immediately by reducing the amounts of cholesterol and saturated and trans fats you consume.
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TRAVEL


10 unique restaurants in the Florida Keys
USA Today
The Florida Keys offer miles of tropical paradise stretching from Key Largo to Key West. The Daily Meal rounded up some of the most interesting and unique places to eat, drink and soak up the amazing views, weather and lifestyle of the Florida Keys.
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SECOND CAREERS


Job seekers' secret weapon: Mobile devices, not the web
U.S. News & World Report
What’s the one thing that has changed the hiring process more than any other factor? Technology. And if you think tech means Web, you’re already behind the eight ball.
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CONSUMER TIPS


Consumer Reports offers tips to avoid tax-related scams
KTRK-TV
As accountants gear up for tax season, so do the scam artists. Tactics range from promises of a faster or bigger refund to threats of arrest or prosecution. The government estimates scams will cost taxpayers $21 billion this year. Consumer Reports tells you how to avoid them.
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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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