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A Message from NARFE Headquarters
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Last week, The Washington Post called federal worker annuities "generous." It's that sort of false belief that is fueling Capitol Hill's attack on federal workers — both active and retired. To arrest these attacks, NARFE President Joseph A. Beaudoin has designated today, May 24, as NARFE's "National Call Congress Day of Action." Through NARFE's "Protect America's Heartbeat" campaign, we need all NARFE members to call their members of Congress and tell them to stop singling out federal workers who protect America. For instructions on how to call your members of Congress toll-free with NARFE's message, CLICK HERE.

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Proposal to increase employee pension contributions draws fire
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Inspired by the desire to reduce the federal deficit, proposals to increase payroll deductions for workers who contribute to the federal pension system are getting serious attention in deficit-reduction talks between lawmakers and the White House. Word that an idea may be gaining traction is not being well-received by some lawmakers — particularly those who represent area districts with tens of thousands of federal workers — who say it would represent a demoralizing, disproportionate hit on civil servants. More



Medicare stirs fray over debt
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Medicare, the government health plan for seniors, will exhaust its principal trust fund five years sooner than previously thought, which could heighten pressure on the White House and Congress to change the program as part of deficit-reduction negotiations. Both sides seized on the projections recently issued by the trustees of the Social Security and Medicare trust funds to push for changing the programs, which are among the biggest drivers of projected budget deficits. However, Democrats and Republicans are far apart on what steps to take and how soon to act. More



How increasing your retirement contribution would affect your pension
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Nearly 1.7 million federal employees would take home thousands of dollars less each year under a deficit-reduction plan gaining traction with lawmakers and the White House. Leading lawmakers have been meeting with Vice President Biden in recent weeks to hammer out an agreement to raise the debt ceiling in exchange for budget cuts. But practically the only thing participants appear to agree on is to require Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) workers to dramatically increase what they contribute to their pension program. More

25 percent of federal workers are now eligible to retire
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About 550,000 full-time career federal government and U.S. Postal Service workers could hang it up and move on at anytime because they are eligible to retire, according to government statistics. The eligible workers represent about a quarter of the 2.4 million permanent full-time employees collecting government or postal paychecks. More

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4 diets that make your heart healthy
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When it comes to the best diet for heart health, one plan doesn't fit all. So says Gina Lundberg, a spokeswoman for the American Heart Association. She suggests different diets to her patients based on their heart-disease risk factors. Here are the four diets she recommends. More



How baby boomers juggle caring for kids and aging parents
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A group of 20 million middle-aged Americans are being called the "sandwich generation." They are stuck between two conflicting sets of responsibilities. On one side is the role of mother or father caring for a family; the other as son or daughter caring for an elderly parent. But as more and more join the ranks of the sandwich generation — after all, many are baby boomers — some groups are stepping up to offer help. More

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Fun ways to beef up your résumé
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The word "fun" isn't usually associated with looking for a job. Even in the best of circumstances, being unemployed or underemployed can be scary and stressful. But in any job search, keeping a positive attitude is important. So in addition to refining your résumé and assiduously applying for jobs, consider these pursuits that can not only be lots of fun but also make just about any candidate more attractive to hiring managers. More



Nation's aging population booms
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Booming counties in the West and Sun Belt that attracted young families in the 1990s are beginning to experience what other parts of the nation have for years: aging. The 55- to 64-year-old population in some fast-growing suburban counties around cities such as Denver and Atlanta more than doubled from 2000 to 2010, according to 2010 Census data. More

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Americans ready for vacation, despite high gas prices
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Many Americans, fed up with being pent up, appear determined to go on vacation this summer — even though they know it's going to cost them more than in recent years. More than 6 of 10 Americans say it's important they get away from home this year, a recent poll finds. And many say they're finding ways around high gasoline prices, airfares and hotel rooms to do it. More



The new best coupon-clipping sites
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Because deal hunters have so many choices of online coupons and promotions to pick from, finding the real discounts just keeps getting tougher. Separating the good from the so-so and outright bad sites isn't easy. The difference is clearer once you visit, as poor sites typically offer only codes with "unknown" expirations (indicating outdated deals or fakes) or just one with a version of the site name in it (which means they're getting a kick-back from the store when you use that deal). Legit coupon-clipping sites often require special software for barcode printing and limit the number of copies you can print, while fakes do neither. More

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A NARFE member asks whether the use of the federal retirement fund and the TSP's G Fund to avoid a government default will affect federal annuities or savings accounts
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Question: Will the Treasury Secretary's use of the Civil Service Retirement and Disability Trust Fund and the Thrift Savings Plan to keep the government from going broke affect my annuity or retirement savings? More



NARFE-FEEA Disaster Fund: NARFE members helping each other
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If you incurred property damage due to the recent flooding along the Mississippi River, you may be eligible for assistance from NARFE's Disaster Relief Fund. More

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