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NEWS FROM NARFE

NARFE offers grass-roots advocates new resources
NARFE
As detailed in narfe magazine, the Legislative Department has released updated Protect America's Heartbeat Toolkits. The new resources and guides are available online. The redesign allows for easier updating and online access for NARFE members. The larger toolkit has been divided into six smaller toolkits so that NARFE members and leaders can easily find information they are seeking.

Before chapters go dark for the summer, President Beaudoin urges members and leaders to plan to use upcoming weeklong recesses and the monthlong August recess to meet with House and Senate candidates — incumbents, their challengers and open-seat candidates. Chapter, district and federation officers, working together, need to plan now for a successful summer of advocacy. See "Grass-Roots Advocacy Month to Focus on Candidate Meetings" on page 9 of the May issue of narfe magazine.
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FEDERAL BENEFITS QUESTION OF THE WEEK


Health insurance premiums
NARFE
Question: I am retiring this year and want to know how retirees make health insurance premium payments.
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FEDERAL UPDATE


OPM promises phased retirement to start this year
Federal Times
The Office of Personnel Management is pushing to issue a final set of regulations for phased retirement by the end of September, but for federal employees and advocacy groups it has already taken too long. The agency is working hard on the final rule, according to an OPM spokeswoman.
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Sanders pitches bill to help fix VA problems
The Washington Post
Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., proposed a broad bill aimed at addressing the underlying problems behind the inappropriate scheduling practices, in addition to giving the VA greater authority to remove executives for poor performance.
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Postal Service funds would go to highways under House GOP proposal
Government Executive
House Republicans are constructing a proposal to keep thousands of roads and transit projects from grinding to a halt this summer by transferring funds into the nation's nearly depleted Highway Trust Fund from the already money-losing U.S. Postal Service. But in a memo to rank-and-file House GOP members, Speaker John Boehner and his top two lieutenants cast the plan they are crafting as one that would also work to benefit the Postal Service — by granting its request to reduce Saturday delivery service.
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Congressional employees owe $8.6 million in back taxes
USA Today
More than 700 congressional employees are delinquent on their taxes for a total of $8.6 million, according to Internal Revenue Service statistics, giving Congress a tax delinquency rate above average for federal employees.
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FINANCES


Planning for short-term cash flow after retirement
FedSmith.com
Most federal employees know they should look at their long-term financial plan when considering retirement. That would include all sources of income, including a strategy developed to maintain their accustomed lifestyle throughout retirement.
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Survey: Feds' satisfaction with TSP grows
Federal News Radio
Nearly nine out of 10 federal employees are satisfied with the Thrift Savings Plan, according to a new survey published by the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, which manages feds' 401(k)-style retirement accounts. Eighty-seven percent of respondents to the survey said they were satisfied with the TSP, and 58 percent said they would rate the TSP higher than other retirement-savings plans.
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HEALTH


Tips for eating healthy on a budget
NerdWallet
Eight out of 10 Americans say they eat fast food monthly, and about half said they eat it at least weekly, according to a Gallup poll last year. While eating fast food might seem more affordable in the short term, eating nutritious food certainly doesn't have to break the bank.
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TRAVEL


Tips for saving money on a theme park visit
The Associated Press via TODAY
Recently, several theme parks have raised their ticket prices. But don't let that put a damper on your plans. Here are several ways to control the cost of a theme park visit.
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SECOND CAREERS


Getting that second-career wind after retirement
Jewish Exponent
We may get older, but we don't have to lose our freedom to dream about what we can become when we "grow up." The airwaves are flooded with aspirational investment and financial services ads depicting empty-nesters starting their own wineries, traveling the globe or whiling away time on the golf course. However, the reality for many older adults is that you don't have to go too far to become what you feel you were meant to be.
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CONSUMER TIPS


Is your gas grill a goner? Four things to check before replacing your gas grill
Consumer Reports
Whether you've been using it all year or haven't touched it in months, you should give your grill the once-over before prime grilling season starts. Though Americans haul their grills to the curb after three years on average, according to the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association, age isn't the best way to know when your grill should be replaced. Instead, use these maintenance tips to help keep your grill in top shape or to spot problems that aren't worth fixing.
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