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Congress is back in session: Here's what to expect
NARFE
Members of Congress returned to Washington, DC, last week. Funding the government for the new fiscal year (beginning October 1), extending highway spending authority (expiring October 29), and raising the debt ceiling (required by mid-November or early December to avoid default) are just three of the critical issues on Congress’ agenda this fall, and all serve as opportunities for Congress to use the federal community as a pay-for. We must remind members of Congress that the federal community already has contributed more than $120 billion toward deficit reduction and that the federal community should not be used as a piggy bank.

There is a new action letter on NARFE's Legislative Action Center that members, friends and family can easily send to their members of Congress. There also are talking points available to share with members' offices during September. NARFE members must make their voices heard on behalf of all federal employees, retirees and survivors. Take action today!
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Question: I am thinking about leaving the federal government to go into the private sector. What happens to my Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) coverage upon leaving the federal government?
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Employee group asks Congress to not cut the G Fund
Federal Times
With a looming budget battle set to command Congress' attention this fall, the federal retirement system's G Fund may once again have a target painted on it. The Employee Thrift Advisory Council, whose members include AFGE, NARFE, NTEU and 12 other federal employee organizations, penned a letter to Congressional leaders on Sept. 9, asking them not to make cuts to the Thrift Savings Plan, the government's 401(k)-styled employee retirement plan, during budget negotiations this month.
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Jessica Klement: Congress considering changes to G-Fund
Federal News Radio
Congress has its eye on the G-Fund again. Some members want to change the way the rate of return is figured. One version of the federal budget in the House estimates savings up to $32 billion to fund other programs. But, members of the Employee Thrift Advisory Council are warning those changes could cause people to get out of the TSP altogether. Jessica Klement, legislative director of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to talk about the proposed legislation.
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OMB readies next phase of cyber sprint plan
FCW
The federal government is putting the finishing touches on its follow-on policy to the "cyber sprint" that came after the massive hack of the Office of Personnel Management, federal CIO Tony Scott told FCW Sept. 11. Agency lawyers are now reviewing the plan, which could feature the furtherance of key cyber programs like Einstein 3A and continuous diagnostics and mitigation.
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STATE ADVOCACY NEWS


Building relationships with statehouse staffers
Congressional Quarterly Roll Call
Building relationships within statehouses across the United States, like any relationship, requires outreach, care and feeding year-round. Congressional Quarterly Roll Call offers some tips to help create and keep a connection. Advocacy and relationship building takes perseverance. Advocacy is a participant sport; you can't get anything done sitting on the sidelines.
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FINANCES


Risk and retirement: Managing your TSP investment
Government Executive
A new law requires the Thrift Savings Plan to invest the automatic contributions of recently hired federal employees into an age-appropriate life cycle fund. Eric Katz outlined this change to the TSP under the Smart Savings Act, which President Obama signed into law in December 2014. The G Fund previously was the default option for the TSP. Besides new employees, the switch also will affect new survivor annuitants and re-hired federal employees who have a zero balance in their TSP account.
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HEALTH


Federal study: Lower blood pressure guidelines could be 'lifesaving'
The New York Times
Declaring they had "potentially lifesaving information," federal health officials said Sept. 11 they were ending a major study more than a year early because it has already conclusively answered a question cardiologists have puzzled over for decades: how low should blood pressure go? The answer: way lower than the current guidelines.
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TRAVEL


Why that hotel safe isn't as secure as you think it is
Fox News
Travelers often assume that those little metal hotel safes are pretty secure when it comes to keeping valuables safe. But how safe are they really? A new YouTube demonstration from Jim Stickley, a cybersecurity expert, shows that with a piece of metal similar to a paperclip — and the right skill set — it's actually pretty easy to break into a hotel safe by bypassing the keypad altogether.
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SECOND CAREERS


5 ways to find second act career options
U.S. News & World Report
There's a little-known fact about second act careers that might surprise you: Most people don't really reinvent their careers for retirement. Instead, they repurpose and recycle their skills in new ways. They take the threads of their hobbies, interests and old jobs and weave them together into new lifestyle-friendly options for the future.
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CONSUMER TIPS


10 things you'll regret buying too cheap
Cheapism.com via DailyFinance
This is a nation of bargain hunters, addicted to thrift, but there are times the cheapest option just doesn't make sense. An item is no bargain when it must be replaced often; when more must be used to do the job; or when the cost in aggravation exceeds the cost in dollars. Instead, look for discounts on high-quality items, and even try haggling. Whatever you do, don't scrimp on these 10 things — you get what you pay for.
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