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Action alert: Tell Congress 'no' on budget cuts affecting feds
NARFE
The House Fiscal Year 2016 budget resolution, H.Con.Res. 27, which passed the House on March 25, attacks federal and postal employees and retirees by raising the cost of health insurance for all FEHBP participants, eliminating federal jobs, increasing retirement contributions for current employees and changing the rate of return on the Thrift Savings Plan G Fund. The "savings" from these cuts total $318 billion. The Senate budget resolution, S.Con.Res. 11, was less egregious, but still asked for $170 billion in savings on the backs of feds. NARFE members are urged to send a letter to tell your representative and senators to oppose any budget agreement between the House and Senate that includes these cuts to the federal community.
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Cash for college: Deadline approaches for 2015 NARFE Scholarship Program
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All application materials for this year's NARFE Scholarship Program must be postmarked no later than April 24. Sixty winners will be announced in August; each will receive a check for $1,000. Visit the NARFE website for the application and guidelines.
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FEDERAL BENEFITS QUESTION OF THE WEEK


Social Security benefit
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Question: I retired under the Civil Service Retirement System. I have only a few years of work under which I paid Social Security taxes on my wages. My wife, based on her work record, is eligible for a Social Security benefit. If I die before her, will the survivor benefit she will receive be reduced because she is receiving Social Security?
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GOP budget proposals include deep cuts for federal employees
The Baltimore Sun
Federal employees are once again bracing for cuts as the Republican-controlled Congress moves slowly toward an agreement on a federal budget, setting up a confrontation that is likely to continue for much of the year. While details of the House and Senate versions of the budget differ, both chambers have approved slashing the size of the federal workforce by 10 percent through attrition, increasing the contribution workers make toward their retirement savings and cutting the share of health insurance covered by the government.
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Workforce cuts in House and Senate budgets, in 1 chart
Government Executive
In the coming weeks, lawmakers will come together — or attempt to come together — on a legislative blueprint with potential to drastically reshape the federal workforce. The House and Senate have each passed their own budget proposals, and neither option paints a particular pretty picture for federal employees. Both frameworks call for lower compensation for federal workers and retirees, dramatic cuts to agency spending and huge reductions in agency rolls.
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Senator: I'll 'stand in front of the bus' to protect federal pay and benefits
Government Executive
Federal employees at the National Institutes of Health recently expressed concern over repeated proposals to reduce their compensation, as well as restrictions on their ability to travel and attend conferences for work, during a town hall with Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md. Cardin, who represents a state with a large federal presence, was emphatic about his solidarity with government employees, especially those working at Bethesda-based NIH.
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Federal workforce trends in 2015: Finding and keeping the right talent is top priority
Federal News Radio
It's a critical time for our federal workforce. The need for specialized skills and experience, particularly in the fields of cybersecurity, procurement, data science and public healthcare, has never been greater. And yet 2015 hiring projections are conservative, with proposed legislation such as the Federal Workforce Reduction Through Attrition Act potentially limiting the amount of new personnel that agencies can add. Combined with budget constraints, federal retirement waves and the challenge to attract and retain millennials, 2015 begins to look like a pivotal year for federal human capital.
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IRS commissioner describes bleak picture for underfunded agency
The Washington Post
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen looked into his crystal ball and saw, or at least hoped for, Duke University emerging from the Final Four into the NCAA's championship basketball game. His prognostication for the Internal Revenue Service was much more bleak. The Duke grad visited the National Press Club March 31 to deliver a pessimistic message about the agency that fuels the government. Even as the IRS collected $3.1 trillion last year, he said, taxpayers got "truly an abysmal level of service."
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FINANCES


4 top tax breaks for retirees
The Motley Fool
No one likes to pay taxes, but for retirees, every dollar that goes to the IRS is one less dollar they have to make ends meet. Fortunately, the tax laws include several breaks that older taxpayers can take advantage of to reduce their tax bills, including some that are tailor-made for those in their golden years.
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HEALTH


5 foods that taste better in April than they will all year
TIME
It's officially spring, which means delicious produce is just around the corner. While it's still too early for most juicy fruits and crisp veggies to reach their peak, April is the best time for a handful of items grown in warmer regions of North America. "April is a little ad hoc — a little of this and a little of that," says Chris Romano, an associate produce coordinator at Whole Foods. Here are the four foods he thinks should zoom to the top of your grocery list in April.
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SECOND CAREERS


Surprising ways older workers find second act jobs
CNNMoney
What's the secret to landing a new job when you’ve been out of work a long time? A new report by the AARP Public Policy Institute uncovered some surprising strategies that older workers are using to get back into the workforce. That's important because, while the job market is significantly better overall, the situation is still dismal for the long-term unemployed.
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TRAVEL


3 places off the beaten track in Hawaii
Chicago Tribune
Millions of tourists flock to Hawaii each year, packing the beaches and attractions at hot spots such as Oahu's Waikiki and Maui's Kaanapali. Yet it's easy to escape the crowds at off-the-beaten-track places around the islands and see some of Hawaii's heritage or simply enjoy a blissfully empty beach.
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CONSUMER TIPS


OTC drugs that you should buy generic
USA Today
Americans are spending a lot of money on aspirin. Consumers in the U.S. spent a whopping $3.9 billion on over-the-counter painkillers in 2014, according to the Consumer Healthcare Products Association. That's just a small fraction of total spending on nonprescription health products, which totaled $31 billion that year. One easy way for people to cut costs in health spending is to switch from name-brand drugs to cheaper, store-brand versions of the same products.
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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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