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NEWS FROM NARFE

No recess for NARFE grass-roots advocates
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The current congressional recess (March 30-April 10) affords NARFE members a window of opportunity to contact their representatives and senators in their home states and districts about NARFE's priorities in the 114th Congress. The recently passed House and Senate budgets include massive cuts to federal employee and retiree benefits, and legislators need to hear from their constituents. Know how your members voted and send them a letter, either thanking them or expressing your disappointment. Additionally, NARFE's Legislation Web page, especially the Legislative Activities at the Individual Level Toolkit, has everything you need to make your voice heard at this critical time. Remember, you've got the power. Build strength by continuing to exercise your advocacy "muscle."
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NARFE's on social media: Join the conversation
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Are you taking advantage of all of NARFE's channels of communication? Every member of NARFE receives a copy of narfe magazine in the mail, of course. And if you are reading this, you are getting NARFE's weekly electronic news digest, NewsWatch. But did you know that NARFE is on Facebook and Twitter? On Facebook, our username is NARFE National Headquarters. Our Twitter handle is @narfehq. Don't miss out. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to keep informed every day.

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FEDERAL BENEFITS QUESTION OF THE WEEK


Survivor benefit and FEHBP
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Question: If an annuitant dies during his or her suspended enrollment in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, would the survivor be eligible to re-enroll in the FEHBP?
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FEDERAL UPDATE


House-passed budget cuts workforce, ups pension contribution
Federal Times
Federal pension contributions would increase and agency workforces would be cut dramatically under a budget passed by the House March 25. The Republican budget - passed on a 228 to 199 party-line vote - would increase retirement contributions for all current federal employees, reduce the federal workforce by 10 percent through attrition and increase the Postal Service employee contributions to their health insurance premiums.
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GOP budget plan has a surprise among list of cuts for federal employees
The Washington Post
At budget time, federal employees have come to expect a familiar series of hits from Republicans — shots that can ricochet off the public. Require feds to contribute more out of pocket toward their retirement plan with no increase in benefits — check. Reduce the federal workforce by 10 percent through attrition — check. Eliminate a "special retirement supplement" for most federal retirees — check.
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'Self plus one' offers premium break for 2-person families
Federal News Radio
Married feds and retirees without dependent children are likely to save a lot in health insurance premiums next year. That's when the government will offer the 9 million people covered by the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program a new option. In addition to the traditional self-only and family plans, families of only two will be able to pick a new option: self plus one, or SP1.
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7 ways agencies are improving their customer service experiences
Federal Times
The Postal Service is rolling out new Mobile Delivery Devices to all of its mail carriers. The new devices will help provide the agency with real-time delivery information and gives customers an up-to-the-minute view into the status of their delivery. The Postal Service will finish distributing 263,000 devices by the end of 2015.
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FINANCES


The case for not paying off your mortgage by retirement
The Washington Post
Traditional retirement advice typically calls for paying off the mortgage and reducing debt as much as possible before moving on to what's sure to be a smaller paycheck. Author Tom Anderson says that's a big mistake. Anderson says people should think more like corporations by balancing debt with the cash they have on hand. While some debt should be paid off as soon as possible, he says, not all debt is bad.
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HEALTH


Allergy-proof your day
CNN
Now that hay fever season has hit, your first instinct might be to pop an antihistamine. It's not a bad one: If you have allergies, one of the best things you can do is start medications early, even before your symptoms kick in, says Dr. Neeta Ogden, an allergist in New York. But, she adds, it's also crucial to make tweaks to your daily routine to avoid whatever sparks your symptoms. Read on for easy, effective ways to keep sniffles at bay 24/7.
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SECOND CAREERS


Survey: How older job seekers can find work
WCNC-TV
More than half of older workers who got a job after being unemployed now work in a different field, a new survey reveals. And older job seekers who found employment say the most effective steps they took were reaching out to their network of contacts, asking relatives and friends about jobs, and contacting employers directly, according to an AARP survey of respondents ages 45 to 70, who had been unemployed at some time during the past five years.
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TRAVEL


The 25 most popular travel destinations in the world
Business Insider
TripAdvisor just announced the winners of its 2015 Travelers' Choice awards for Destinations. Millions of TripAdvisor users weighed in and voted for their top travel destinations around the world.
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CONSUMER TIPS


Household cleaners that don't sacrifice performance
KOMO-TV
You may be ready to launch into spring-cleaning mode, but be careful. Consumer Reports says that some cleaning products contain dangerous ingredients. Consumer Reports recommends avoiding anti-bacterials such as dimethyl benzyl ammonium chloride, which may help promote antibiotic-resistant bacteria. That harsh chemical can be found in Scrubbing Bubbles Heavy Duty All Purpose Cleaner and some types of Clorox Disinfecting Wipes.
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NARFE NewsWatch from the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association
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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