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NEWS FROM NARFE

House 'Stop Government Abuse' week
NARFE
NARFE expects the House of Representatives to vote this week on a series of bills targeting the federal government and federal employees as part of a "Stop Government Abuse" week. If passed, Senate consideration of the bills is unlikely. Nonetheless, NARFE opposes the entire premise of the effort. Says NARFE President Joseph A. Beaudoin, "The bills are designed more to take cheap, rhetorical shots at the federal government and its workforce than to solve real policy problems. It is disappointing that the House will be wasting its time voting on bills with little chance of passage by the full Congress when serious budget issues, such as avoiding the continuation of sequestration, remain unresolved. Worse yet, it's a bad sign for the country that the House views attacks on our nation's public servants as a political win."

(See “Bill to limit fed bonuses clears House panel” under Federal Update below.)
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FEDERAL BENEFITS QUESTION OF THE WEEK


Survivor benefits
NARFE
Question: My husband, who was under the Federal Employees Retirement System, died over a year ago. I have one dependent daughter who will be turning age 18 and, therefore, will lose her Social Security benefits. She plans to attend college. Is there any type of compensation available to her?
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FEDERAL UPDATE


Bill to limit fed bonuses clears House panel
Government Executive
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee recently passed a slew of mostly Republican-sponsored bills affecting federal employees and agencies, including a measure to limit bonuses for workers. The Common Sense in Compensation Act, introduced by Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., would limit bonuses for rank-and-file federal employees to 5 percent of their base salaries.
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Unions object to House postal reform bill
The Washington Post
The relationship the U.S. Postal Service has with its customers and employees would change considerably under legislation a House committee recently approved. And the workers, who also are customers, don't like it.
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Contractors confronted with new type of waiting game due to sequestration
Federal News Radio
Federal vendors are experiencing what many believe is the new normal when it comes to contracting. Budget cuts and furloughs are gumming up the federal acquisition process. Sequestration, furloughs and budget cuts are transforming the federal acquisition market into a waiting game, leaving vendors to anticipate answers to questions such as: When will the award be made? When will the RFP be released? And why not sooner?
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Justice Department's defense of unpaid attorney positions doesn't satisfy union
Government Executive
A federal employee union has condemned the Justice Department's recruiting of unpaid workers, as the agency maintained it is operating within the framework of the law. The Justice Department recently posted more than a dozen openings for "experienced attorneys," without offering compensation. The department said a sequestration-induced hiring freeze and other budget cuts have forced it to seek the unpaid workers.
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FINANCES


Know what kind of adviser you hire
U.S.News & World Report
While some investors are successful "do-it-yourselfers," there are plenty who choose to hire a professional. Choosing the right professional is difficult and goes well beyond researching their background, experience and regulatory history. In fact, the degree of difficulty is compounded by the lack of consistency regarding the titles that financial professionals use.
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HEALTH


What you need to know about aging and oral health
WorlDental.org
Anyone who's over 40 knows the aches and pains that are a natural part of aging. You get your annual physical and have adopted a healthier lifestyle to minimize the effects of aging, but are you remembering to include oral health in your plans?
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SECOND CAREERS


Are you bringing the right documents to job interviews?
Forbes
Imagine this: You arrive at your interview confident and excited. You sit across from the hiring manager, and he or she says, "Oh, I don't have a copy of your résumé. Do you have an extra one with you?" You realize you didn’t bring any. Yikes! Being prepared with key documents can increase your chances for a successful interview.
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RETIREMENT TRENDS


Baby boomers turning to competitive ballroom dancing
The Boston Globe
Out on the competitive ballroom dance floor, you've got 90 seconds or less to prove your grace and your mettle. For a group of baby boomers who started competing just in the past three years, the pressure is intense. And they love it. "You have to want it badly. You have to love every minute, and you have to have a competitive drive," says Bette Bissonnette, 64. She entered her first pro-am competition, in which only the amateur is judged, in late 2010.
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TRAVEL


Top 10 travel mistakes and how not to make them
Fox News
Even the most meticulously planned trip is subject to snafus, but with a little insider know-how, you can avoid making the common mistakes that can derail a vacation. Stick to the guidelines included in this article, and you're more likely to have a trip that's memorable not for lost luggage and rushed sightseeing, but for the thrill of discovering a new place and savoring it.
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CONSUMER TIPS


Consumer Alert: Watch for scams when shopping online
WKYT-TV
Whenever you buy something online from a person or company you don't know, be careful. If you're not, you could end up losing a lot of money.
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