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FEDERAL BENEFITS QUESTION OF THE WEEK


FERS 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)?
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FEDERAL UPDATE


Defense unveils options to overhaul military retirement system
Government Executive
The Defense Department has outlined several possibilities for overhauling retirement benefits for military personnel, which could provide more cash up front to service members but limit overall compensation.
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With budget release, OMB seeks stability for federal workforce
Federal News Radio
The Office of Management and Budget says the president's recently released fiscal year 2015 budget proposal represents an attempt to move beyond the budget gridlock of the past few years.
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Retirement claims tick up in February, OPM retools federal retirement forecast
Federal News Radio
More than 12,000 federal employees filed for retirement in February, according to new data from the Office of Personnel Management. That was about 2,200 more retirement applications than the agency expected to receive under new monthly projections it began using this month. The new projections are based on the average number of claims OPM's Retirement Services division has received in a given month in each of the last four years.
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Agencies detail how sequestration disrupted government in 2013
Government Executive
Mandatory across-the-board cuts to agency budgets in fiscal year 2013, though uncertain for much of the year, reduced or delayed operations, benefit payments, grants and long-term program investment, a detailed audit found.
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Door left open for chained CPI comeback
Federal Times
Even though the administration dropped a proposal to use a lower inflation marker to calculate federal retiree benefits from its fiscal year 2015 budgets, lawmakers say it might not be gone for good.
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FINANCES


9 steps to drastically reduce your spending
DailyFinance
If money is tight and you need to pare back your budget, here are some strategies to start saving right away. Putting even one of these ideas into practice should give your finances some much-needed breathing room, but if you adopt most or all of them, worrying about your budget will probably become a thing of the past.
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HEALTH


Exercise can prevent, reverse dementia
Wisconsin Gazette
Physical exercise is as important in staving off dementia as keeping your mind active, scientists have said. Taking a brisk walk three or four times a week can effectively "grow back your brain," helping to reverse early signs of neurodegeneration and improve performance on memory tests, research has found.
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TRAVEL


7 ways to give back while you travel
The Huffington Post
Traveling is one of life's biggest privileges. Adventures and experiences of a lifetime are ripe for the picking on all seven continents. People often ask author Adam Pervez how they can give back while they travel — how can they can give a bit to the communities they visit along the way? Here are some suggestions.
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SECOND CAREERS


Franchising as a 2nd career seems to be 'booming'
Louisville Business Journal
It’s been said that everyone wants to be his or own boss. And as many baby boomers exit their professions, they are turning to franchises for that level of autonomy.
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CONSUMER TIPS


Check your utility bill for fraud from this new scam
Forbes
A new scam is costing innocent people hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars. Here’s what you need to know to protect yourself. Several suppliers of electricity that service various markets in the United States recently more than doubled their rates without any warning to customers.
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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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