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NEWS FROM NARFE

Proud to serve: Public Service Recognition Week, May 4-10, is almost here!
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Please join the Public Employees Roundtable, of which NARFE is a member, in celebrating Public Service Recognition Week!

PSRW is a time set aside to honor the women and men who serve our nation as federal, state, county and local government employees. Throughout the country, elected officials, agency leaders, communities and public service organizations participate by issuing proclamations, hosting tribute events and highlighting stories of excellence in government service. The theme for PSRW 2014 is "Proud to Serve." There are a variety of how-to guides to encourage PSRW celebrations nationwide with little or no cost, including letter templates, sample proclamations and tips on organizing events.

NARFE's Legislative Action Center has been updated to include a Letter to the Editor template for you to complete and send to the newspapers in your local area. The "Media Guide" on the Legislative Action Center makes this easy, and adding your own content will make the LTE even more likely to be published.
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FEDERAL BENEFITS QUESTION OF THE WEEK


Beneficiary Changes
NARFE
Question: I need to make changes in my beneficiary designations for the Federal Employees Retirement System and life insurance. Is it possible to do this online? If not, where do I get the necessary forms?
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FEDERAL UPDATE


Is your federal office joining the upcoming consolidation wave?
The Washington Post
The General Services Administration identified 19 federal buildings across the nation that will absorb outside offices as part of a nearly $70 million plan to consolidate agency work sites. The project will cost about $67 million up front for renovations, but it will save the government an estimated $17 million annually in rent payments, while eliminating leases and reducing square footage requirements, according to a GSA announcement.
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Federal workforce demographics: Baby boomers dominate
FedSmith.com
A new fact sheet released by the Partnership for Public Service profiles the federal workforce and shows trends in areas such as race, gender, age, pay levels and top occupational categories. Out of the 2.1 million federal workers, the data analyzed in the report show that top employing agencies are Veterans Affairs, Army, Navy, Homeland Security and Air Force.
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Far fewer federal employees donated to charity campaign last year
The Washington Post
In the wake of new figures showing a sharp plunge in employee participation in a federally sponsored charity campaign, the Obama administration is strongly defending new rules on the donation process that charity leaders fear could make things worse. That defense has been called misleading and "disingenuous."
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The heat is turned up on federal pay
FedSmith.com
No doubt one of the busiest websites recently was FedsDataCenter.com, the source of everything anyone could ask about how much federal employees are paid. The load was so heavy last year that upgrades were done to the servers to avoid a crash this year.
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FINANCES


How a financial crisis can help your retirement
U.S. News & World Report
A recent study from Fidelity found that American households have made huge strides in their personal finance habits. Many investors have taken the following steps to secure their finances further.
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HEALTH


Signs you're not getting enough potassium
The Morning Call
You don't hear much about potassium, but you should. It's important for muscle strength, nerve functioning and a healthy cardiovascular system. The nutrient is in lots of delicious foods, but even if you get the recommended 4,700 milligrams per day, you still might have a deficiency. Why? The more sodium you consume, the more potassium your body excretes.
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TRAVEL


12 tips for traveling with pets
Digital First Media via Los Angeles Daily News
More pet owners than ever are forgoing kennels and sitters to take their four-legged family members along on their journeys. A PetRelocation survey found that 42 percent of pet owners travel annually with their cats or dogs, and 90 percent had considered changing travel plans to accommodate pets. As the summer travel season arrives, consider these suggestions before hitting the road with, or booking a flight for, your pets.
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CONSUMER TIPS


Writing checks for tips can make you a theft victim
WKYT-TV
Next time you are about to write a personal check to tip someone, be careful. U.S. Postal Inspectors warn writing the check could cost you more than you ever intended. "I was really disappointed that it happened to me," says victim Maureen Webster. An identity thief stole thousands of dollars from her. The suspect was her newspaper delivery guy.
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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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