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FEDERAL BENEFITS QUESTION OF THE WEEK


Roth TSP contributions
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Question: I plan to place some money into a Roth Thrift Savings Plan (TSP). How will TSP transactions work with Roth money?
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FEDERAL UPDATE


House approves budget that would save money by taking from federal workers
The Washington Post
"If enacted, the budget's policies would further erode employee morale and hinder recruitment and retention," said Joseph A. Beaudoin, president of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. "Chairman Ryan's budget sends a clear message — federal employees, and the work they perform, aren't valued. Is this the message we should be sending to those who take criminals off our streets and keep them behind bars, assist our military at home and abroad, care for veterans, and help us prepare for and recover from severe weather?"
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OPM: Women still paid less than men
Federal Times
Women working in the federal government are paid about 87 percent as much as men in equivalent positions, according to a comprehensive study of federal employee pay released by the Office of Personnel Management.
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Parties stake out dueling positions on federal workforce issues
The Washington Post
A spending outline for the upcoming fiscal year approved on a party-line vote by the House Budget Committee aims to shrink the workforce by attrition and require employees to share equally with the government in funding civil service retirement benefits. However, a vote also is scheduled on a Democratic-sponsored plan that rejects both those ideas.
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House panel: No pay raises for Congress in 2015
Government Executive
A House panel approved legislation that would freeze congressional pay for the sixth consecutive year. The Appropriations Committee on voice vote advanced its fiscal 2015 legislative branch spending bill, which includes a provision preventing lawmakers from receiving a pay increase next year. Rank-and-file lawmakers currently earn $174,000 a year, while those in leadership positions receive a bigger paycheck: the House speaker takes home a $223,500 annual salary, and the majority and minority leaders in both chambers receive $193,400 a year.
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FINANCES


What's your retirement vision?
Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal
When you start out in your career, you're probably not thinking much about retirement. At this point, your picture of a "retirement lifestyle" may be, at best, hazy, hidden as it is behind a veil of experiences you've yet to encounter. But as you move through the years, your view of retirement comes into clearer and closer focus — and this vision will have a big impact on your savings and investment strategies.
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HEALTH


Five tips for a lifetime of healthy vision
NorthJersey.com
Vision plays an important role in daily life — every waking minute, the eyes are working hard to see the world around us. In fact, according to the American Optometric Association's annual American Eye-Q survey, 40 percent of Americans worry about losing their eyesight over their ability to walk or hear.
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TRAVEL


10 essential tips for European train travel
SmarterTraveler.com via USA Today
You get to the station on time, find your platform, and hop on the train, right? Not so fast. When it comes to European rail travel, the decisions that will shape your trip start long before you step foot on the train. And while a train journey can be enjoyable and relaxing — with unmatched scenery to boot — there are plenty of pitfalls along the way that can easily derail your trip. From booking the right ticket to riding in optimum comfort, here are 10 tried-and-tested tips that will help you avoid common mishaps and travel successfully.
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SECOND CAREERS


Stanford's new school for aspiring retirees to mold satisfying second careers
San Jose Mercury news
Stanford University is looking for a new kind of student: proven leaders, with 20 to 30 years of work experience, seeking to reinvent their futures. A small experiment launched recently offers older students the opportunity not to retire but retrain — and commit to new and meaningful projects.
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CONSUMER TIPS


Spring car-buying tips
KDKA-TV
It was a long and lonely winter for many auto dealers across the country. Now, with temperatures heating up, they're eager to welcome you back.
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