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FEDERAL BENEFITS QUESTION OF THE WEEK


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Question: I am over age 70-1/2 and am receiving the minimum distribution from my Thrift Savings Plan account and some of my individual retirement accounts. What does my wife need to do about these accounts when I die? She is already listed as my primary beneficiary.
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FEDERAL UPDATE


Congress puts pressure on OPM to release final phased retirement rule
Federal News Radio
The Office of Personnel Management's delay in solidifying a phased retirement program for federal workers is drawing scrutiny from Congress. Two letters sent from the Hill recently call for OPM to explain why it's taking so long to release final phased retirement regulations and demand a revised timeline for action.
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White House summit reignites talk of paid parental leave for feds
Government Executive
President Barack Obama wants the federal government to serve as a model for the American workforce when it comes to promoting family-friendly policies. But when he talked about paid parental leave in June at the White House summit on working families, it wasn't government policy he touted.
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Postal Service offers postmasters early retirements ahead of RIFs
Federal Times
The Postal Service is offering buyouts and early retirement options to more than 3,000 postmasters before it proceeds with a reduction-in-force in early 2015.
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USPS to shutter 82 more processing plants in 2015
Government Executive
In January, the U.S. Postal Service will resume its previously delayed plan to close more processing plants, the agency announced. The consolidations originally were scheduled for February 2014 but were pushed back for undisclosed reasons. The closures are part of an ongoing effort to streamline postal operations.
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Obama government shrinking after period of rapid growth
The Washington Post
After a period of rapid growth during President Barack Obama's first term, the federal workforce is larger than it ever was under President George W. Bush. But it has shrunk in recent years, and further declines are likely in the future.
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HEALTH


Health tips for global travelers
The Medical News
Nothing ruins a summer vacation faster than getting sick. "Remember that most diseases are transmitted by food, water and insects," says John A. Sellick, Jr., DO, University at Buffalo associate professor of medicine and hospital epidemiologist at Veterans Affairs Western New York Healthcare System. "So get vaccinated, keep insects off you as much as possible and be careful with what you put in your mouth."
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TRAVEL


Ideas for traveling on a budget with a dog
Los Angeles Times
Traveling with a dog — and 80 percent of respondents to a recent Petplan Pet Insurance survey say they want to travel with a pet, an increase of 10 percent from 2012 — doesn't just call for patience and planning. It requires a great deal of flexibility as well. That same survey might also suggest it requires cash: Nearly 7 percent of respondents said they would spend $1,000 or more to take a pet along.
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SECOND CAREERS


These two key moves will help you land your dream second career
Time
These days, many boomers are wondering what they will try next and whether they can afford to do it in "unretirement." Start a company? Continue working full time, maybe at a different company or industry? Shift to part-time or contract work? Many want to keep earning an income from something that's meaningful — in other words, doing well personally and doing good socially.
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CONSUMER TIPS


Tips on using online reviews
The Buffalo News
Ninety percent of consumers say that they read online user reviews before they make buying decisions, and why not? What could be more helpful than the opinion of millions of Americans about the products and services they've tried?
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