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Continuing resolution passes House, step freeze left behind
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As both houses of Congress head into a recess, federal employees may be breathing a bit easier. The continuing resolution funding the federal government through September recently passed the House without amendments further curtailing federal pay or benefits. Amendments proposed by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., to eliminate step increases for federal employees were voted down. Rep. Todd Rokita's, R-Ind., proposals to eliminate other pay raises and prevent federal workers from doing union activities on the job did not come up for a vote. More

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Too many workers focus on 1 aspect of retirement
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While the media, investment industry and far too many investors are obsessed with the upside potential of how much this or that investment might return, the truth is that maximizing rates of return is not the primary goal of a prudent retirement plan. If you want to maximize the standard of living that can be supported by your resources in retirement, focus on controlling risk and neutralizing threats. That's because downside surprises tend to do more damage to retirement cash flow than upside surprises do to improve it. More



Administration says it will expand opportunities for senior executives
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Federal executives soon could have additional professional development opportunities, along with improved recruitment tools for top jobs, according to administration officials. In a memo to Senior Executive Service (SES) members, Office of Management and Budget Deputy Director for Management Jeff Zients and Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry wrote that tight budgets, along with a growing workload, impending retirements and limited opportunities for development are straining the SES work force. More



Seniors can still bulk up on muscle by pressing iron
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As the body ages, muscle mass decreases at surprising rates. According to Dr. David Heber, director of UCLA's Center for Human Nutrition, an average male who weighs 180 pounds might, after age 60, lose as much as 10 pounds of muscle mass over a decade. But can that be turned around? Heber says absolutely. In fact, new research published in the journal Medicine & Science In Sports & Exercise finds older adults who begin lifting weights after 50 may win the battle against age-related muscle loss. More

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Nursing homes look younger
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Nursing homes are seeing a little less gray among their residents as more people like 38-year-old Tim Lowe receive care alongside the elderly. The former executive recruiter suffered a spinal cord injury that left him a quadriplegic, requiring around-the-clock care. People ages 31 to 64 have entered nursing homes at a higher rate than those 65 and older in the past eight years, according to data from the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The age group has climbed to 14 percent of the nursing home population. More



Drop old jobs from resume to avoid dating yourself
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Maureen Wark was a college housing director, but after 12 years of working at a large Boston-area university, Wark was let go. Wark, 48, met with Boston career coach Elizabeth Freedman for advice on her job search and resume. Freedman recommended editing down a three-page resume by removing college graduation dates and deleting jobs she held more than 15 years ago. More



Older worker employment reaches record high
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The proportion of individuals who continue to work after age 55 reached a record high this year. Some 40.2 percent of Americans age 55 and older participated in the labor force in 2010, a number than has increased steadily since 1993 when just 29.4 percent of older Americans worked, according to an Employee Benefit Research Institute analysis of Census Bureau data. The uptick in older worker employment is being driven almost exclusively by the increase of women in the work force. More

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Google's travel deal faces regulatory turbulence
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Google wants to become the hub of online travel, promising better bargains and more convenience by melding the Internet search leader's wizardry with the Web's top airline-fare tracker, ITA Software. That has existing online travel sites, such as Kayak, Expedia and Travelocity, worried that they won't stand a chance of competing, a scenario that could lead to higher fares. The U.S. Justice Department is expected to decide soon on whether to let Google Inc. buy ITA for $700 million. More



Going — and saving — green in the kitchen
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VideoBriefAccording to the U.S. Department of Energy, the kitchen accounts for about one-third of monthly electric bills. Some costs are unavoidable, like the fridge. But there are many ways to save money and the environment by being a little more efficient in the kitchen. More



A NARFE member asks about the federal retiree tax credit
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Question: Is the $250 federal retiree tax credit available for 2010 tax returns? More



Legislative Training Conference registration surges
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NARFE has announced another speaker for its biennial Legislative Training Conference, March 5 to 8 in Arlington, Va. Marilyn Moon, Ph.D, will talk about the effect of the new health reform law on Medicare. Moon is a nationally known expert on Medicare. She served as a senior fellow at the Urban Institute and as a public trustee for the Social Security and Medicare trust funds. Registration for the conference now tops that of the 2009 conference. Last-minute conference registration is still available, but rooms in NARFE's hotel room block are all booked. Late conference registrants will have to find other accommodations. Former U.S. Rep. Thomas M. Davis III and congressional budget expert G. William Hoagland also will be featured speakers at the conference. More

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