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Obama: Hurricane recovery effort to last for weeks
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President Barack Obama pledged Aug. 28 that federal agencies would spend the next few weeks aiding in recovery efforts up and down the East Coast in the wake of Hurricane Irene. "This is not over," Obama said in a statement delivered at the White House. Obama praised the efforts of federal agencies to work in cooperation with state and local officials on response efforts. "This has been an exemplary effort of how good government at every level should be responsive to people's needs and work to keep them safe and protect and promote the nation's prosperity," he said. More

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USPS health, retirement plan proposal met with skepticism
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The U.S. Postal Service's proposal to pull out of federal health care plans would shift the bulk of nearly a half-million retirees' health care coverage onto Medicare. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe recently told a mail industry conference that the Postal Service currently isn't taking full advantage of Medicare. By offering its own health coverage, he said, the Postal Service could make Medicare the first option for its roughly 480,000 retirees, and the agency's self-run plan would be a backup. The Postal Service announced Aug. 11 that it planned to pull out of the Office of Personnel Management-run Federal Employees Health Benefits Program and federal retirement programs, and set up its own systems. More

Performance.gov finally debuts to public
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Performance.gov — created last year to report agencies' progress in meeting high-priority goals — finally is accessible to citizens. Previously open only to federal employees, the site can now both help agencies learn from each other and help taxpayers hold the Obama administration accountable, White House officials recently said. More

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Long-term care insurance gets a makeover
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Less than two decades ago, Meryl Comer and her husband, Dr. Harvey Gralnick, embodied the American dream: He was a physician, while she had built a career as an Emmy-winning reporter, producer and broadcast journalist. Everything looked perfectly in place for their careers to soar, their nest egg to grow. Then came the news any couple would dread: Gralnick was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's at 57. Soon he couldn't recognize Meryl, and the couple went into financial free-fall as Comer took over his round-the-clock care. Comer, who serves as president of the Geoffrey Beene Foundation Alzheimer's Initiative, has become an outspoken advocate of long-term care insurance — an option barely understood, if not downright ignored, by most American consumers, including an alarmingly large percentage of baby boomers. More



Overuse of antibiotics may wipe out good bacteria permanently
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Antibiotic overuse doesn't just lead to drug-resistant superbugs, it may also permanently wipe out the body's good bacteria. Good bacteria in the gut help people in many ways, including helping make vitamins and boosting immunity. Some researchers think that killing them off with antibiotics may be contributing to rises in chronic health conditions, such as obesity, asthma and cancer. More

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Forgetting the grandparent factor
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In the NBC television show "Parenthood," a Generation X daughter with two millennial children moves back into her parents' home because she can't afford to live on her own. It's art imitating life. A new study shows the nation's 65 million grandparents are playing a greater role in raising their grandchildren. As the American economy has squeezed those under 45 particularly hard, aging boomers — many of them winding down well-paying careers and enjoying or looking forward to generous retirement benefits — are kicking in for everything from college costs to housing. More



Self-defeating job-search moves to avoid
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Despite the healing economy, employers are often slow to post openings and make hiring decisions. It's a frustrating situation that can cause eager job candidates to act in counterproductive ways, scotching promising opportunities. Here's a list of 10 real life job-search misfires that will hopefully serve as cautionary tales for job hunters. Don't replicate these counterproductive deeds. More

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Top 7 cheap, easy foreign cities to retire
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With the recent turmoil over the debt-ceiling debacle, U.S. debt downgrade and soul-sapping market drops, the idea of finding a cheap and easy country in which to retire, some might say hide, is a somewhat comforting notion. International Living magazine has chosen seven "easy" and affordable foreign cities that make for great retirement destinations. The list favors Central and South America, and outlines some of the costs retirees can expect to pay should they decide to make the move. More



Last-minute Labor Day: 5 strategies to savings
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The final long weekend of summer is scarily close — Labor Day is Sept. 5 — but that doesn't mean it's too late to plan a getaway. With last-minute deals flooding the Web, your weekend away can be had on a budget — with these smarter-travel strategies. More



Social Security mistakenly declares thousands dead each year
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Could you be dead and not even know it? Bounced payments and missing government checks could be one sign that your Social Security number has been put out to pasture even if you're still among the living. About 14,000 people each year are wrongly declared deceased due to data-entry errors at the Social Security Administration, according to a CNNMoney story. The government agency shared approximately 2.8 million death records with the Public Death Master File in 2010, but 1 in 200 records were incorrectly entered. These fatal errors can lead to life-altering stress for thousands of Americans. More

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A NARFE member asks how long it takes for annuity payments to begin
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Question: I am thinking of accepting an early-out retirement. How long will I have to wait to receive my annuity payment? More



NARFE reminds members about Disaster Relief Fund
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In the wake of Hurricane Irene, NARFE is reminding members about the availability of the NARFE Disaster Relief Fund. Following a declared natural disaster, NARFE members can request a grant for assistance. Grants are subject to funds available and are limited to a maximum of $500 per family. NARFE members can request a grant application by:
  • Calling the Federal Employee Education & Assistance Fund (FEEA), toll-free, at 800-338-0755 (or 800-323-4140 after hours); or
  • Sending an email to rmartillaro@feea.org; or
  • Downloading an application from the NARFE website Click here; or
  • Writing to:
    NARFE-FEEA Disaster Fund
    c/o FEEA
    3333 S. Wadsworth Blvd.
    Suite 300
    Lakewood, CO 80227.


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