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Choose your own advocacy adventure
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This summer, senators and representatives will spend more time in their home states and districts, meeting with constituents and campaigning for office. NARFE members must not let this opportunity to interact with their legislators and candidates pass them by. August is "NARFE Grass-Roots Advocacy Month." If you're unsure where or how to start, use the new "Choose Your Own Advocacy Adventure" flowchart on NARFE's homepage. Complete a new chart for each representative, senator and candidate for those offices. The NARFE Legislative Department staff is willing and eager to assist, so don't hesitate to contact us at leg@narfe.org.
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FEDERAL BENEFITS QUESTION OF THE WEEK


Roth TSP
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Question: I am trying to decide if I want to contribute to the Roth Thrift Savings Plan. Any advice?
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FEDERAL UPDATE


Help not wanted: Budget cuts push federal hiring to 10-year low
Federal Times
Years of budget cuts have pushed federal hiring to its lowest levels in almost 10 years, with nearly every agency seeing drastic drops in new employees.
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Bill making it easier to fire Senior Executives passes first test
Federal News Radio
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee approved a bill that would make punishing members of the Senior Executive Service easier. The Senior Executive Service Accountability Act, sponsored by Reps. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Tim Walberg, R-Mich., would address what many lawmakers see as problems with SES rules, in light of the difficulties in dismissing senior officials involved in scandals at the IRS, the Veterans Affairs Department and other agencies.
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FINANCES


Best urban places to retire
Nerd Wallet
One of the biggest decisions in life is choosing where to retire. Many Americans making this decision will consider several factors, such as finding a place with other retirees nearby that's affordable and has good weather, too.
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HEALTH


Small changes, and hopes, for preventing dementia
The New York Times
What we really want, if we're honest, is a pill or a shot that would allow us to stop worrying about ever sinking into dementia. Instead, what we're hearing about preventing dementia is, in many ways, the same stuff we hear about preventing other kinds of illnesses. Healthy lifestyles. Behavioral modification. Stress reduction.
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TRAVEL


Want to travel in retirement? House-sit your way around the world
Forbes
For Anne and David Paulson, the decision to spend part of each year house sitting was a no-brainer: Former neighbors of theirs, who had moved back to their home in London, were taking a short-term work assignment in Asia and needed someone to watch their beloved cat, Chester, for three months. The Paulsons volunteered, and a new phase of their lives began.
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SECOND CAREERS


Retired teacher crafts second career selling handmade handbags, wallets
The Grand Rapids Press
While several vendors and shoppers were taking a well-deserved holiday break last month at the Fulton Street Artisans Market, Barb Heitz was in her booth smiling behind a collection of handbags, iPad covers, wallets and key fobs. And she was swamped.
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CONSUMER TIPS


IRS advises taxpayers of scams involving fake employees
Tyler Morning Telegraph
The Internal Revenue Service warned taxpayers of scammers posing as IRS employees to get personal information from victims. "These crooks make detailed efforts to try and scam you out of divulging personal information — including checking account numbers and other types of bank account information," Clay Sanford, an IRS spokesman, said in a statement. "Don't fall victim to these misleading attempts to steal your identity and hard-earned cash."
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Disclaimer: The articles that appear in NARFE NewsWatch are chosen from a variety of sources to reflect topics of interest to active and retired federal employees. With the exception of Federal Benefits Question of the Week and News From NARFE, an article's inclusion in NARFE NewsWatch does not imply that the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) endorses, supports or verifies its contents or expressed opinions. Factual errors are the responsibility of the listed publication.

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