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Advocacy actions available to all: Put pen to paper to confront Congress; your grocery coupons can help 'clip' the Chained CPI
NARFE
Sending letters and postcards to members of Congress is something every NARFE member can — and should — do to let them know you are not going to accept further cuts to your earned benefits. As mentioned in "The Informed Citizen" column in the July issue of narfe magazine, hundreds of NARFE members have already used our sample text to voice their protests over the continuing attacks on federal employee and retiree benefits. Please join these members now! A sample message and all the addresses needed are provided in the magazine. Send us a copy of your letter or postcard so we can gauge member response. To send an email, use the Legislative Action Center; visit http://capwiz.com/narfe/home/.

Another way to get involved is to send your unwanted grocery coupons to NARFE. The NARFE Legislative Department is collecting current and expired coupons that show savings as a dollar amount (not a percentage) for a media push on the Chained CPI in September. Under the Chained CPI, the average retired federal worker would lose $48,000 after 25 years. To help show lawmakers that the Chained CPI is not just a "technical adjustment," we are collecting $48,000 worth of coupons and planning a media campaign showcasing our coupon collection. Mail the coupons to NARFE, Attn: Coupon Campaign, 606 N. Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.
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FEDERAL BENEFITS QUESTION OF THE WEEK


Direct deposit
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Question: Could you tell me how I can change the direct deposit of my annuity?
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FEDERAL UPDATE


EEOC avoids 2nd round of furloughs
Government Executive
Employees at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission will not face a second round of furlough days this fiscal year, the agency recently announced. EEOC has already required workers to take five days of unpaid leave due to budget cuts under sequestration; its chief financial officer concluded an additional three days would not be necessary, Chairwoman Jacqueline Berrien said in a July 11 all-staff memorandum.
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Report: Women less empowered in federal jobs
The Washington Post
Male and female federal employees give their workplaces similar ratings overall, but women feel less empowered and say they are treated less fairly on the job, according to a new report. The information on diversity and inclusion was drawn from the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government analysis of 2012 data collected by the Office of Personnel Management's Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey.
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Busy signals drop dramatically at Social Security Administration
Federal Times
People who need to make a call to the Social Security Administration's 800-number system (there are several 800 numbers offered to members of the public for SSA services) might have noticed that it's been easier to get through to a live person. The average busy signal rate has fallen from 8.1 percent of calls in fiscal 2009 to 2.6 percent of calls in 2011, according to data recently posted to Data.gov by the agency.
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Phased retirement: Is it for you?
Federal News Radio
VideoBrief Recently on "Your Turn," federal benefits expert Bob Braunstein joined host Mike Causey to talk about phased retirement and how it will affect federal employees. Braunstein has been tracking phased retirement since it was introduced, and he's studied the new how-to rules to help you see if it works for you, now or in the future.
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FINANCES


Your 1st step to spending less and saving more
CBS
Currently, the U.S. savings rate is 2.5 percent. It was as high as 5 percent two years ago. Today, consumers are spending more and saving less. Saving allows you to get out of debt and to reach your financial goals. To do this, you want to try and save on everything you purchase — merchandise or services.
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HEALTH


The dangers of not getting enough vitamin D
Business Insider
A lack of vitamin D leads to early signs of aging in human bones and increases the risk of fracture, a new study suggests. The study was published in the journal "Science Translational Medicine" on July 10. Vitamin D, which your body produces naturally when ultraviolet rays in sunshine strike the skin, is essential for the absorption of calcium.
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Putting off retirement may help stave off Alzheimer's
HealthDay News via U.S.News & World Report
As Americans increasingly delay retirement, a new French study indicates this scenario may have a silver lining: a lower risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. Researchers analyzing health and insurance records of more than 429,000 self-employed workers found a 3 percent reduction in dementia risk for each extra year at the age of retirement.
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SECOND CAREERS


Recruiting website overload: Picking the right one for your job search
Huffington Post
Before the advent of the Web, job searches were conducted by tapping into networking and good old-fashioned classified ads. But today, job seekers have a breadth of tools at their fingertips for tapping into job openings far and wide, and it's resulted in recruiting website overload. Job aggregators list millions of jobs, pulling from company websites, newspapers and job boards. With so many websites out there to help with the job search, how can job seekers cut out the fluff and ensure they're targeting websites with job openings that meet their specific skills and needs?
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RETIREMENT TRENDS


10 places with the most retirees
U.S. News and World Report
After a lifetime of living and working among people of all age groups, many retirees move to communities where they can live primarily among their peers. When you move to an area with a large retiree population, you have an opportunity to meet and connect with other retirees from throughout the country.
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TRAVEL


If you can go in the fall, you may find great travel deals
The News Tribune
Fall is off-season in many destinations, so travel providers are eager to fill plane seats, hotel beds and rental cars. Here are some great tips on keeping your dream vacation affordable.
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CONSUMER TIPS


BBB: Prepaid cards useful for crooks
The Topeka Capital-Journal
As the popularity of prepaid money cards has risen, so have the number of reported scams associated with them. Green Dot MoneyPak cards can be a convenient way to pay bills and to add money to PayPal accounts. The Better Business Bureau warns that the cards are now among the favorite tools used by scammers seeking access to your money. Fortunately, there are a few rules that card users can abide by to protect themselves from the unscrupulous.
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