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Can they hear us now? Add your voice to 'NARFE National Call Congress Week,' Sept. 16-20
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NARFE President Joseph A. Beaudoin is issuing a call to action to every NARFE member to help in the fight to oppose the Chained CPI by contacting his or her representative and senators during NARFE National Call Congress Week, Sept. 16-20. Back in Washington, D.C., after a five-week break, Congress is continuing negotiations over the 2014 budget, sequestration and the debt ceiling. A likely part of that conversation will be a switch to the Chained CPI from the current method (CPI-W) of determining annual cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs), which would result in lower COLAs and hurt seniors already facing increasing costs. Click here for phoning instructions, or find them on page 9 of the September issue of narfe magazine.

NARFE will provide more details this week via its GEMS email messaging system, and in Friday's Legislative Hotline. To ensure you don't miss out on this important legislative call to action, make sure your current email address is listed on your NARFE member record. To add your email address, simply go to the NARFE website at www.narfe.org, log in, then click on "Add Email & Join GEMS" under "What You Can Do Online."
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FEDERAL BENEFITS QUESTION OF THE WEEK


OPM contacts
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Question: I am a retired federal employee. My spouse recently died. I contacted the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) via email, asking for the forms to report the change in the health care plan as well as asking about the annuity change due to his death. I have not yet received a response. How much time should I give them? Do you have phone numbers that I could try?
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FEDERAL UPDATE


Big early-out offer coming at USPS
Federal Times
Another round of early retirement offers is in the works for thousands of U.S. Postal Service executives, postmasters and other managers, according to an organization representing a large chunk of that workforce. In a website notice, the National Association of Postal Supervisors (NAPS) said the offer will apply to all eligible members of the Postal Career Executive Service and all field employees paid under the agency's Executive and Administrative Schedule, with the exception of headquarters staff.
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Congress' to-do list crowded with budget headaches
Federal News Radio
Congress returned to work this week with a crowded agenda and little time. Right off the bat, lawmakers face three major issues related to the federal budget: Setting annual agency funding for when the new fiscal year kicks in Oct. 1; coming up with an alternative to the automatic spending constraints known as sequestration, which are set to take an even bigger bite from federal spending next year; and negotiating a raise in the borrowing limit before the government defaults on its obligations.
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Same-sex spouses now eligible for veterans benefits
Government Executive
President Obama has extended federal benefits to same-sex spouses of military veterans, the Justice Department announced. The move comes after the Supreme Court struck down a major provision of the Defense of Marriage Act — which defined marriage as between a man and a woman — though the law did not apply to veterans benefits specifically.
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New retirements slow, OPM gains on pension backlog
Federal Times
The Office of Personnel Management's processing of new pension claims showed sharp improvement in August, buoyed by a resumption of employee overtime in the agency's retirement services division, according to new data.
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Federal workforce levels off after gradual decline
Government Executive
The federal workforce did not grow between July and August, according to the latest figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Uncle Sam did not add or lose any jobs during the last month, remaining flat at around 2.7 million civilian employees, which includes Postal Service workers.
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FINANCES


10 tax tips for individuals selling their home
Internal Revenue Service via Blanco County News
If you're selling your main home this summer or sometime this year, the IRS has some helpful tips for you. Even if you make a profit from the sale of your home, you may not have to report it as income. Here are 10 tips from the IRS to keep in mind when selling your home.
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HEALTH


More older people find inspiration later in life to start an exercise program
The Washington Post
Most people do less physical activity the older they get. Only one in five American adults overall exercises enough, as defined by guidelines established by the federal Department of Health and Human Services — at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity, plus muscle-building activity at least twice a week. By their mid-50s, it is about one in six, and only one in seven after age 65, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But while only a small share of people are exercising enough, the percentage of those exercising after 65 has been rising.
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RETIREMENT TRENDS


Is working longer really a solution to a stable retirement?
Forbes
For most Americans, retirement by age 65 was always a matter of course. It was supposed to be the culmination of a career, the American Dream's final act. But as baby boomers — the 79 million people born between 1946 and 1964 — approach retirement age, many are discovering that reality doesn’t quite match their expectations.
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SECOND CAREERS


7 signs your job interview is going well
The Fiscal Times via The Week
Carol Kinsey Goman knows a thing or two about telltale body language — and how people in the workplace can figure out when others are being deceitful. But what about "good" body language signs — the kind that indicate you've gotten a job you covet, for example, or suggest you're at least still in the running?
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TRAVEL


Fall travel: Top 3 spots to visit in Maine this September
The Huffington Post
Pack away your beach towels and sunscreen until next year because in many parts of the country, a new travel season is about to begin. And just when you thought it was about to get too cold to explore the states of New England, the beautiful fall colors on the mountains and the many shining lakes of Maine remind you that there is no better time to head north than fall.
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CONSUMER TIPS


5 most dangerous email scams
Yahoo
Scams are really nothing new. For as long as people have been interacting with each other, there have been unscrupulous individuals attempting to dupe others out of what is rightfully theirs. However, with the advent and subsequent worldwide proliferation of the Internet, the sheer volume of scams has increased a thousandfold. Here are five of the most dangerous email scams that you may have seen pop up in your inbox at one time or another.
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