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Gear up now for NARFE 'Grass-Roots Advocacy Month'
NARFE
While August may seem far off, NARFE members should begin planning now for "NARFE Grass-Roots Advocacy Month." Members of Congress are already preparing their schedules, and the Aug. 2 - Sept. 9 congressional recess is a prime opportunity to meet with your senators and representative. Invite them to speak at a chapter event or request a meeting in the district office. A step-by-step guide on hosting an elected official at your chapter meeting is included in the "Protect America's Heartbeat" Toolkit, available here. You also can contact the NARFE Legislative Department for a copy of the Toolkit. The Legislative Department staff is available to help you plan your event, contact congressional offices and provide tips. In the coming months, additional resources will be featured in "narfe" magazine to help members and chapters make "NARFE Grass-Roots Advocacy Month" a success.
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FEDERAL BENEFITS QUESTION OF THE WEEK


Rolling over your IRA into a TSP account
NARFE
The answer portion of last issue's Q&A contained an error. We are re-running the same Q&A in this issue with the corrected information underlined. NARFE regrets the error.

Question: Can I roll over an individual retirement account into my Thrift Savings Plan account?

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RETIREMENT READINESS NOW TIP


Tax time
Office of Personnel Management
Parents and Students: Check out college tax benefits for 2012 and years ahead.

The Internal Revenue Service published a reminder for parents and students that now is a good time to see if they qualify for either of two college-education tax credits or any of several other education-related tax benefits.

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FEDERAL UPDATE


Obama expected to propose 1 percent raise for 2014
Federal Times
President Barack Obama will likely call for a 1 percent federal pay raise in his fiscal year 2014 budget request set for release soon, according to unions and other federal employee advocates.
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Many furloughs will be rolled back
Federal Times
The Defense Department and at least a handful of other agencies are rolling back or rethinking plans for civilian employee furloughs in the wake of a newly passed spending bill for the rest of fiscal 2013. DoD, for example, is cutting the number of furlough days for hundreds of thousands of workers from 22 days to 14 days through September, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced.
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Beef with the sequester? At least 1 federal program was able to beat it
The Washington Post
The sequester was supposed to be something new in Washington: a budget cut you couldn't beat. Once it hit, it hit. The money was gone, and nobody could get it back. That turned out to be true — for about three weeks. Then somebody beat it. President Barack Obama signed a spending bill that gave the Agriculture Department's food inspectors what everybody else wanted: a get-out-of-the-sequester card.
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House budget targets student-loan repayment perk for federal workers
The Washington Post
The budget plan passed by the House before Congress started its current recess calls for ending a student loan reimbursement program that federal agencies can use as a recruiting and retention tool.
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Defense comptroller: Sequestration could lead to job losses
Government Executive
Defense Department workers could face job losses in fiscal year 2014 if across-the-board cuts from sequestration continue on pace, Pentagon Comptroller Robert Hale warns.
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FINANCES


7 mistakes retirees keep making
The Associated Press via MSN
Following your heart instead of your head and seeking safety when things get scary are understandable, but they can lead to big trouble. Recognize any of these other errors?
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HEALTH


New noninvasive test can measure heart health
CBS News
A new medical test could make predicting one's risk for a heart attack through invasive means a thing of the past. CBS Station WCBS New York reported on the Endopat test that can measure blood flow through one's fingers.
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SECOND CAREERS


How to find work you enjoy in retirement
CBS News
When it comes to working during your retirement, many articles focus on the mechanics of job hunting for older workers, and that is indeed a valuable exercise. But before running off to find a job, you should take the time to ask yourself just exactly what you should be hunting for.
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RETIREMENT TRENDS


Where to live? Retirees mull more than Florida option
Investor's Business Daily
Should I stay or should I go? That has long been one of the big questions retirees and pre-retirees grapple with as they think about where to live. A report issued last year by the Center for Housing Policy noted that nine out of 10 older Americans want to stay in their homes indefinitely.
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TRAVEL


2 worlds — miles apart — exist on today's airliners
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Does the air world reflect the class gap in the rest of the world? As profit growth becomes elusive in a mature industry, "high-value customers" get priority. Take a peek through the looking glass at industry-leader Delta.
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CONSUMER TIPS


BBB: Mystery shopper job a scam
KKTV-TV
A job that sounds too good to be true — just might be a scam. The Better Business Bureau has sent out a warning about a fraudulent company advertising positions as "mystery shoppers." The company typically mails fraudulent checks to unsuspecting consumers, with a letter explaining that they have been given money by this company to shop at various stores as a mystery shopper, or what the company calls a "consumer service evaluator."
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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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