NARFE National Convention registration deadline looming
The deadline for NARFE's 32nd National Convention in Reno-Sparks, Nev., Aug. 26-30, is fast approaching. Registration must be postmarked by Aug. 2. If you have not registered for the convention, please do so now. Go to the NARFE website, and click on the convention logo to download and mail a convention registration form. You also can pay for your convention registration online.
FEHBP coverage after leaving federal service
Question: I was under the Federal Employees Retirement System and met my minimum retirement age + 10 requirements. I had continuous health insurance coverage under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. I am now working in the private sector. Do I need to return to federal service in order to get FEHBP coverage in retirement? If so, how long must I work before I am again eligible to carry over the FEHBP coverage into retirement? More
Pay raise, maybe. Pay cut, probably!
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How can you get a pay raise and take a pay cut at the same time? Feds may be about to find out. Summer 2012 will be anything but a slow news time for federal and postal workers and for retired and about-to-retire civil servants. At issue are how much (if any) of an inflation catch-up federal retirees will get in January, how much (if any) the 2013 federal pay raise will be and how much take-home pay will be cut if workers are forced to pay more for their future pensions. Here's what's at play. More
Backlog of VA disability claims grows despite effort to trim
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Although the Obama administration has stepped up efforts to process medical disability claims by U.S. veterans, a top Department of Veterans Affairs official is set to tell lawmakers that the agency's backlog continues to grow. During a campaign stop in Virginia Beach, President Barack Obama underscored efforts on behalf of veterans. However, a VA backlog continues in processing veterans' claims. More
Social media tips every government employee should know
All the buzz anymore is about social media this and social media that. Truth be told, social media has infiltrated our lives in a big way, and, by all accounts, it looks like it's here to stay. It's important to government employees to keep some social media guidelines in mind, so they don't end up having it cause problems with fellow employees or with their jobs. More
What to tell the children about their inheritance and when
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Inheriting money would seem like one of life's unabashed blessings: Someone gives you a lump sum just for being you. For the rest of us, inheritors seem like a democracy's version of royalty: born into a world of privilege we would love to know. Yet, the inheritors I spoke to said they were ill-equipped to handle the windfall and found that it quickly made them feel separate from their peers. More
Backyard gardening: Grow your own food, improve your health
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Growing your own food isn't rocket science. "Growing food is very simple," says Kathleen Frith, managing director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School. "It takes a little time, but things like tomatoes, lettuce, peppers — basic kitchen crops — are very forgiving. Really, anyone can learn to grow food pretty easily." The thinking goes, eating more food harvested from the ground and less from packages can help kids — and adults — become healthy or stay that way. More
New research offers tips for Alzheimer's caregivers
Health care professionals and scientists from around the world met in Vancouver, Canada, to present the latest cutting-edge research on Alzheimer's disease for the annual Alzheimer's Association International Conference. There was a lot of buzz about new studies, including drug advancements that could be potential treatments in the future. But for the average patient with Alzheimer's, or for his or her caregivers, it's easy to get lost in the abundance of abstracts and scientific minutia. More
Over 50 and job hunting? Here's some encouraging news
We're all familiar with the stereotype: Job seekers in their 50s almost always get shunted aside in favor of young (and believed to be more tech-savvy) go-getters in their 20s and 30s, right? Well, as it turns out, not so much. When Chicago outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas set out to analyze government employment data by age group, going back to January 2010, researchers made an interesting discovery. Of the 4,319,000 jobs created in the U.S. over the past two and a half years, about 70 percent went to people age 55 or older. More
10 US cities top list of where to retire like a king on less than $100 a day
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Like millions of Americans, Judy and Leroy Snyder worried about whether they could afford to retire. She is a former secretary; he worked cranes on construction jobs. When they decided to quit working in their early 60s, the couple put down roots right where they'd already been living — in Pittsburgh. It turns out they made a good choice. Pittsburgh is 1 of 10 U.S. cities that offer what a new analysis calls a "rich retirement at a fraction of the cost." More
Disney's group tours grow more popular with adults
Barbara Liscum has been racking up some incredible travel experiences. She has strolled along the Great Wall of China, cruised the Mediterranean, explored the ruins of Stonehenge and stood in the shadow of the Acropolis. In just four years, the 55-year-old nurse from New Orleans has visited all of these destinations with Adventures by Disney, a tour operator run by a company synonymous with families and children — which may seem like an unusual choice for an adult traveling without kids in tow. More
10 things you should be buying used
What if everything didn't have to be new? Thanks to sites like Craigslist.org and Freecycle.org, along with old-school standbys like thrift shops and tag sales, there are more ways than ever to score new-to-you stuff. Buying things secondhand can save a few bucks and help keep junk out of our landfills. More
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