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NEWS FROM NARFE

NARFE Biennial Convention hotel deadline reminder
NARFE
NARFE's 33rd Biennial National Convention will be held Aug. 24-28 in Orlando, Florida. The cutoff date for making reservations for the Rosen Centre Hotel — the NARFE National Convention hotel — at the low NARFE group rate is fast approaching! The cutoff for reservations is 5 p.m. Monday, July 21, to receive the NARFE rate of $95 per night. After this cutoff date has passed, any remaining rooms in the NARFE guest-room block will be released. Late and cancelled/replaced reservations may be made only on a space-available basis.

To make reservations, call 1-800-204-7234 or go to the hotel website, RosenCentre.com. To get the NARFE group rate, use Group Code 50485.
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Defending legislative and political interests at NARFE National Convention
NARFE
NARFE-PAC, NARFE's Political Action Committee, is a crucial part of our advocacy efforts. After a successful rollout at the 2012 National Convention, the 2014 NARFE-PAC Breakfast on Wednesday, Aug. 27, will feature a special speaker, Dr. Aubrey Jewett, University of Central Florida associate professor of political science. The breakfast is a gesture of thanks to NARFE-PAC's generous and sustaining donors, and will encourage members to learn more about NARFE-PAC. To see if you qualify to attend the breakfast, see page 46 of the July narfe magazine, or contact the Legislative Department at leg@narfe.org. Space is limited, so sign up today by emailing leg@narfe.org.
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FEDERAL BENEFITS QUESTION OF THE WEEK


Health benefits
NARFE
Question: I am thinking about leaving the federal government to go into the private sector. What happens to my Federal Employees Health Benefits Program coverage upon leaving the federal government?
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FEDERAL UPDATE


OPM slowly reducing retirement backlog
FedSmith.com
The Office of Personnel Management continues its slow but steady reduction of the backlog of outstanding retirement claims, realizing a reduction of about 15 percent last month.
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The federal government lost 40,000 more employees than it gained last year
Government Executive
Federal agencies hired nearly half the number of employees in fiscal 2013 as they did four years prior, and the gap between employees leaving and joining federal service continued to grow.
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Chinese hackers pursue key data on US workers
The New York Times
Chinese hackers in March broke into the computer networks of the United States government agency that houses the personal information of all federal employees, according to senior American officials. They appeared to be targeting the files on tens of thousands of employees who have applied for top-secret security clearances.
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Issa's last-ditch effort to eliminate Saturday mail delivery falls short
Government Executive
A Republican lawmaker made a final stand to strike down legislative language requiring mail delivery six days per week, but his efforts ultimately fell short. Rep. Darrell Issa., R-Calif., wrote a letter to the House Rules Committee stating an appropriations bill containing a rider on postal policy was outside the parameters of the chamber's guidelines.
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FINANCES


Why you should update your estate plan
Forbes
Russ Alan Prince writes: "There is a sense of accomplishment when an estate plan is executed. In fact, it's quite common for people to sign documents and file them away for safe keeping and forget about them. The danger is that these individuals and families may believe that these matters require no further attention."
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HEALTH


Tips to help older adults deal with summer heat
Richmond Times-Dispatch
Summer heat can create severe health risks for older adults, with heatstroke being the most common and the most dangerous heat-related condition. With heatstroke, the body loses its ability to cool itself, and if not treated immediately, it can cause severe and permanent damage to vital organs.
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TRAVEL


Baby boomers fueling increase in bookings through old-school travel companies
The Boston Globe
Growth in the travel agency business is driven mostly by baby boomers looking for a more immersive experience from their vacations and able to pay for it. A two-week Audley Travel trip to Japan during the off-season starts at about $3,000 per person, without airfare, but includes some hotel stays and meals, guided services, local transportation, and other services.
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SECOND CAREERS


Many workers put off retirement, take 'encore' jobs
San Jose Mercury News
After Fred Wallace was laid off from a high-paying job in 2011, the 56-year-old knew the odds of landing a comparable position were slim. He polished his LinkedIn profile and networked like crazy. But his yearlong job search yielded only a handful of interviews and no offers. So he shifted gears, embarking on an "encore" career by working part time at a child and family services organization in San Bernardino, California.
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CONSUMER TIPS


Should you repair or replace that broken product?
Consumer Reports via Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Deciding whether to fix a broken product or spring for a new one often feels like an expensive guess. But there's no need to throw away good money on a bad product. In fact, repairing broken items and keeping them going as long as possible isn't always the best way to save money.
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