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Call your legislators: Tell them to vote 'No' on cuts to federal benefits
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NARFE is asking all its members to call their senators and representative to tell them to vote "No" on any joint budget resolution that includes cuts to federal employees' and retirees' pay and benefits. Click here for instructions on how to call in and what to say. NARFE's toll-free number to Capitol Hill, 1-866-220-0044, is available for members to use. A vote is imminent.

The House and Senate passed budget resolutions in March that cut billions of dollars worth of pay and benefits from federal employees and retirees. The House budget proposed $318 billion in "savings" by raising the cost of health insurance for all FEHBP participants, eliminating federal jobs, increasing retirement contributions for current employees and, perhaps most shocking, changing the rate of return on the Thrift Savings Plan G Fund. The Senate budget, while less specific in how it would cut costs, still asks the federal community for $170 billion toward deficit reduction.

Take action NOW! Call and/or write your senators and representative and tell them to oppose any proposed fiscal year 2016 budget that would penalize the very employees whose job it is to carry out the laws they pass.
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FEDERAL BENEFITS QUESTION OF THE WEEK


Thrift Savings Plan
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Question: I am a retired federal employee with a Thrift Savings Plan account. I currently have a 401(k), which I acquired while employed in the private sector. Can I roll over the 401(k) into the TSP?
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NARFE grows more visible in face of 'threats' on feds
The Washington Post
The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association has long been one of the largest organizations for feds. Now it's trying to be one of the most visible, too. Richard G. Thissen, NARFE's new president, is using that increased visibility to fight what is developing as one of the most significant challenges to NARFE's members in recent years — a congressional plan that would decimate the most popular employee retirement fund.
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TSP participation hits record high, $451 billion in funds
Federal Times
More federal employees than ever are contributing to their Thrift Savings Accounts, according to data from the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. About 88.1 percent of federal employees in the Federal Employment Retirement System contributed to their TSP accounts in February – higher than at any other point. In 2014, the FERS participation rate was 87.5 percent.
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NLRB hits Postal Service over response to cyberbreach
The Washington Post
The National Labor Relations Board has filed a complaint calling on the U.S. Postal Service to negotiate with employee groups over how quickly to tell personnel about cyberattacks that affect their personal data. The March 31 action came in response to allegations that the agency violated federal labor law by not bargaining with postal unions over an appropriate timeline for alerting workers about a network breach last year.
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Federal employees can no longer be discriminated against for being gay or transgender
New York Daily News
An executive order signed by President Barack Obama to ban discrimination against openly gay or transgender federal employees and government contractors is now in effect. The amendment to already existing federal anti-discrimination policies expands protections for sexual orientation and gender identity in the workplace, according to the order sanctioned by Obama last year.
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FINANCES


Baby boomers' wealth is shifting their aging-in-place decisions
Reverse Mortgage Daily
Baby boomers' housing preferences are shifting and this is having an impact on whether they will wish to age in place in the future, says a recent report from the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts. Using data with the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, a nationally representative survey from 1968 to 2011, NAREIT finds that the relationship between wealth and senior housing has changed over the years.
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HEALTH


6 tips for the most accurate blood pressure readings
ConsumerReports.org
There's a good chance you have high blood pressure and don't even know it. One in 5 Americans with hypertension are unaware of the problem, according to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That's because high blood pressure usually harms the body without causing obvious symptoms — until it triggers a heart attack or stroke, that is.
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SECOND CAREERS


7 tips for launching a 2nd career
U.S. News & World Report
Known as encore careers or recareering, second careers may be particularly appealing to older workers who are either ready for a change or find themselves unemployed and with few options in their current field. About 4.5 million workers between ages 50 and 70 have second careers and another 21 million are expected to join them within the next five years, according to Encore.org.
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TRAVEL


10 secrets to ultracheap travel
USA Today
Seasoned budget travelers aren't "cheap" in the traditional sense of the word — they're just good at stretching every dollar. Here are 10 secrets every budget traveler should know about seeing the world on the cheap without skimping where it really counts.
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CONSUMER TIPS


8 money-saving car insurance moves for spring
PropertyCasualty360
Spring is here, and 2015 is well underway. If you're like many Americans, you want to cut back on your costs this year — a Nielsen survey found the top resolution for one-quarter of consumers was saving more and spending less in 2015. As you organize your household for spring, take time to review your car insurance policy and your driving habits to see where you can cut costs.
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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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