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NARFE president urges action to defend FECA beneficiaries, health benefits
NARFE
NARFE opposes Senate legislation, S. 1486, to overhaul the U.S. Postal Service because of changes to Federal Employees’ Compensation Act benefits that would affect all postal and federal employees who suffer from on-the-job injuries or illnesses. However, since the Feb. 18 launch of an Action Alert on our Legislative Action Center, only about 2,000 NARFE activists have responded by sending a message to their senators. Association President Joseph A. Beaudoin asks each NARFE member to defend your benefits by using our Legislative Action Center to send a message to both your senators opposing S. 1486. Taking a moment to incorporate your own views in the letter will go further in strengthening our message.
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FEDERAL BENEFITS QUESTION OF THE WEEK


Survivor benefit and remarriage
NARFE
Question: My husband, who was a federal retiree, died a few years ago, and I am receiving a survivor benefit. I am thinking about remarrying. What will happen to my benefit if I remarry?
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FEDERAL UPDATE


Agencies would add 14,000 federal jobs in 2015 budget request
Federal Times
The administration would add 14,000 federal jobs — about 0.7 percent — as part of its fiscal year 2015 budget request, according to budget documents. While many agencies would see an increase, the Defense Department would see its civilian workforce cut by 6,300 employees — from about 755,400 in 2014 to 749,100 in 2015.
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More federal employees view lack of training as discrimination
Government Executive
President Obama’s fiscal year 2015 budget proposal promises to invest more in federal employee training. More — and better — training would help employees improve their skills, but it could also reduce the number of discrimination and retaliation complaints filed against the government, based on data compiled and analyzed by Washington employment law firm Tully Rinckey.
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Postal Service to reduce workforce by 10,000
Federal Times
The Postal Service plans to shrink its workforce by 10,000 positions in fiscal year 2015, according to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe. The reductions will be entirely through attrition — there will be no buy-outs or reductions in force — Donahoe said at a media roundtable at the annual National Postal Forum at the National Harbor in Prince George’s County, Md.
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Military facilities get shorted as part of DoD's tough 2015 budget choices
Federal News Radio
In order to stay under the budget caps Congress approved late last year, the Pentagon's budget staff had to make some unpleasant decisions about spending for military bases, officials recently said. Military construction and money for base upkeep both took significant hits.
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OMB sheds light on cross-agency goals, metrics
Federal Times
Federal agencies will be reporting new metrics on their financial management practices, IT investments and office space usage, as part of a broader administration effort to increase government efficiency.
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FINANCES


7 great things to do with that tax refund
ABC News
Assuming you're lucky enough to get a refund check after tax time, what's the best thing to do with it? ABC News asked a variety of financial planners, advisers and private individuals.
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HEALTH


4 healthy ways to shop in the frozen food section
Health.com via Fox News
While Cynthia Sass is a huge advocate for eating more fresh fare and fewer packaged products, she believes there are some hidden gems in the freezer section that are worth a spot in your cart — especially if you need time-saving shortcuts to help you eat more healthfully.
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TRAVEL


What you should know about travel insurance
The Huffington Post
You're going on a trip. Congratulations! Now what about all those nitty-gritty details you have to think about, like, say, travel insurance? Leave it to Christopher Elliott, consumer advocate, writer and Huffington Post blogger, to answer your questions.
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SECOND CAREERS


Is it time for a second career?
North West Florida daily News
Some older workers find themselves laid off or wishing they would be, due to jobs that have grown wearying or stressful. Others try retirement but find they just can’t settle into sleeping late and early bird specials. What to do? Find a second career.
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CONSUMER TIPS


Looking for a used car? Consumer Reports issues its top choices
Detroit Free Press
After several years of rising used car prices, it’s becoming slightly more of a buyer’s market. Consumer Reports recently offered recommendations for what it views as the best used vehicles. The magazine broke the choices down into four price ranges: under $10,000; $10,000 to $15,000; $15,000 to $20,000; and $20,000 to $25,000.
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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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