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Hiring reform jeopardized by staffing shortfalls, human resource executives say
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In his first year-and-a-half at the Office of Personnel Management, director John Berry has pursued the most aggressive work force reforms human resources officials have seen in years. But a new survey finds chief human capital officers are worried their human resource staffs aren't up to the task. The report, released by the Partnership for Public Service and Grant Thornton, found growing resentment among CHCOs that OPM is dictating vast changes without providing the lower-level support agencies need to implement those changes. More

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Will you get a larger retirement check in 2011?
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A frequent question asked is: "Will I get a COLA increase next year?" A closely related question is: "If federal employees get a 1.4 percent pay increase next year, does this mean that retirees get the same increase?" Here is a third question: "My health insurance, food costs and related expenses are higher. Won't this require Congress to give us a COLA increase next year?" Here is a quick answer to all three questions: No. More

Indiana Farmer Stumbles onto Silver Dollars in Basement

We all forget things. But an Indiana farmer recently discovered a crate of Morgan Silver Dollars he tucked away in his basement decades ago. And what a find! Each coin is dated 1921, and collectors are scrambling to get them, because they're the last Morgan Dollars ever minted. Read the whole story here. 

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More feds are benefiting from student loan repayments
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Federal agencies were more generous with student loan repayment benefits in 2009 than in the previous year, according to a report the Office of Personnel Management. From 2008 to 2009, the number of federal employees receiving student loan repayment benefits increased 23 percent. Agencies' overall financial investment in the program also grew. More

Agencies advance use of health IT
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When a Native American military veteran who lives in Virginia goes to the doctor, it might be tricky to track down his medical records. This hypothetical patient probably has received care from both the Veterans Affairs Department and the Indian Health Service. He has beneficiary data on file with the Social Security Administration, and also has a medical history with MedVirginia, a network of private health care providers. The Obama administration is trying to change all that with the Nationwide Health Information Network, an ambitious project that aims to get federal agencies to use common standards to record and store health records electronically. More

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Healthy eating after 50
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There are a few common reasons some older people don't eat healthy meals. But, making healthy food choices is a smart thing to do—no matter how old you are. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Department of Health and Human Services suggest two eating plans. More



Comparing nursing homes, and seeing stars
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Nursing homes rated on a new star system, as shown at Medicare.gov. Two years ago, after Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., complained that it was easier for consumers to get information about washing machines than about nursing homes, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services began revamping its invaluable website, Nursing Home Compare, in order to add a rating system. More

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Finding a job after 50
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AARP recently launched a program for people 50 and older to help get them back into the work force. The online tool offers recommendations for career paths, even specific companies known for hiring older workers. More



Fidelity finds 401(k) savings rise, as do withdrawals and loans
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Data from Fidelity Investments for the second quarter of 2010 shows that while investors are saving more in their 401(k) plans, hardship loans and withdrawals are also on the rise. The release of the findings suggests that hard times are far from over regardless of some signs of recovery. While the average 401(k) balance was up 15 percent from last year to $61,800, so too were initiations of loans and hardship withdrawals, Fidelity found. More



Before buying frequent-flier miles, you better do the math
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Investors who follow the adage buy low, sell high may want to avoid airline "bonus mileage" programs. Travelers who buy frequent-flier miles pay about three cents per mile, but then they typically redeem them for tickets at 1.5 cents each—or even less. Mileage bonus programs—in which consumers buy frequent-flier miles directly from the airline—are popular with travelers. More

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5 simple tips for minimalism
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Less is more - no doubt that saying has been heard before. Following a decade of excess and consuming, minimalism is becoming a more popular lifestyle choice with America feeling an urge to get back to basics. More



A NARFE member asks about TSP options
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Question: I have a Thrift Savings Plan account and am considering three options for handling my account when I retire. One is getting a series of equal payments directly from the TSP for a certain number of years. The second is having the TSP purchase an annuity that would yield me monthly payments. Third, I am considering transferring my money to an individual retirement account. What would be the pros and cons of each option? More



NARFE National Convention starts Aug. 29, in Grand Rapids, Mich.
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NARFE will hold its 31st Biennial National Convention in Grand Rapids, Mich., beginning Aug. 29. As many as 1,400 national delegates, members, spouses and guests will attend the five-day event. More
 
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