NARFE's congressional 'scorecard'
As congressional campaign season revs up, NARFE magazine is getting ready to publish its biennial congressional "scorecard." This allows NARFE members to see, in one place, how their congressional delegation voted on issues relating to the Association's legislative mission. In its October issue, NARFE will report on four key votes in the Senate and five in the House. The October issue of NARFE magazine will arrive in members' mailboxes beginning in mid-September.
Medicare Part B and the FEHBP
Question: I am a NARFE member, age 66, who is thinking of retiring in 2014. I understand that NARFE advises retirees to keep their Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan in retirement, along with Medicare Parts A and B. Please explain the advantage of enrolling in Medicare Part B when I plan to carry the FEHBP into retirement. More
Federal workers fret about jobs as sequestration looms
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Lawyer Lynnette Rodgers faced a choice last year as she weighed job offers, one from the Social Security Administration and a second from the Cuyahoga County government in Ohio, where she lived. The county job would keep her close to home, while moving to the Washington area would have her paying about twice as much for housing. But Rodgers took the federal job, she said, because she thought she could make a difference in the lives of more people. Now, with the threat of sequestration hanging over the federal government, she is worried about whether she made the right choice. More
With election near, know Hatch Act limits
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As the November elections approach, federal employees need to be reminded about the Hatch Act, which imposes significant restrictions on their allowable political activity. These restrictions are important because the intent is to protect federal employees from undue political influence and to assure the public that career civil servants are not motivated by political concerns as they carry out their day-to-day responsibilities. More
Your 2-month timeline
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Unless you get a better job offer, or drop dead in your prime, odds are that you will retire — sooner or later — from the government. Maybe from the very job, in the very agency, you are in now. Let that sink in for a minute. Then consider, when should your end days planning begin? More
Retirement hobbies that make money
While the concept of retirement means you get to quit your job and do what you love all day, many retirees would love to earn a little income to ease their cash flow. One of the best ways to both feel retired and bring in some money is to find a way to generate cash from your hobbies. It may take a little extra effort to move something from a hobby to a small business, but with a measure of entrepreneurial spirit you can turn fun into profit. How much you can make depends a lot on the level of time you are willing to put into participating in your hobby and marketing your services or products. Here are some examples of potentially profitable hobbies. More
Researchers: Too much calcium could cause kidney, heart problems
When it comes to a healthy diet — especially for women, and especially after menopause — nutritionists, doctors, everybody it seems, will tell you: calcium, calcium, calcium. Federal health officials recommend that women and men younger than age 50 consume 1,000 milligrams of calcium per day. So, in a culture that often considers "more" to be "better," one might ask, if 1,200 milligrams of calcium is good, is 2,000 milligrams of calcium better? More
Why some kids never leave the nest
U.S. census data for the year 2011 showed that almost 20 percent of Americans between the ages of 25 to 34 were living with their parents. For those ages 18 to 24, the number is 59 percent of men and 50 percent of women. Surveys in the U.K. and Japan suggest a similar situation in those countries. This article discusses some of the reasons why kids may be living with their parents for longer periods of time and outlines steps that parents can take to reduce the potential for negative effects. More
Make your age an asset: 7 job search tips if you're over 50
The Aug. 3 jobs report caused the markets to surge. The August unemployment report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that job growth continued in July with 163,000 jobs added to nonfarm payrolls. Still, with the unemployment rate essentially unchanged at 8.3 percent, many mature workers worry that their age will work against them in a job search. In fact, their years of experience can be a huge asset to future employers. Some new jobs data suggest that older workers are actually in demand. More
6 best states for retirement
Deciding where to spend your golden years is really a matter of personal preference. Proximity to family — or beaches — may be a priority. Taxes may be a consideration. Bankrate recently ran some numbers and discovered the 10 worst states to retire in, based on low life expectancies, high crime rates and high levels of poverty. This time, Bankrate searched for states that met the same criteria — inversely. More
Top tips for traveling with your furry friend
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As Americans set out on their summer getaways, millions grapple with the same question: What to do with the dog? A recent survey by Destination Analysts and DogTrekker.com found that 41 percent of leisure travelers who own dogs have traveled with a canine co-pilot in the past two years. Many more said they would do so if it weren't for confusion over dog-friendly policies, frustration over exorbitant fees and difficulty in finding things to do with four-legged family members at the destination. More
Consumer Reports: 5 new cars to avoid
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Consumer Reports has picked popular new cars it cautions shoppers to avoid because of poor test drive results or subpar reliability. And the list contains some surprises: The Honda Civic and Prius C small hybrid. More
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