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How They Voted: 113th Congress Scorecard in narfe magazine
NARFE
To inform NARFE members about how well lawmakers seeking re-election to Congress have represented the interests of federal employees and retirees, NARFE is providing a compilation of voting of the 113th Congress (2013-2014) in the October issue of narfe magazine, which should be in your mailbox soon. The special pullout section includes descriptions of key Senate and House votes and a state-by-state record of how legislators voted in each instance. This biennial feature — the largest and longest-running in narfe magazine — seeks to empower federal employees and retirees to be informed voters and their own best advocates.

With representatives and senators back on Capitol Hill following the summer recess, congressional leaders are intent on passing an eight-week stopgap funding bill and recessing again to allow members to return home to campaign. A post-election or "lame-duck" session will likely begin November 12. NARFE President Joseph A. Beaudoin urges NARFE members to use this time wisely. "By using the Protect America's Heartbeat Toolkit, the pre-election recess provides another opportunity for NARFE leaders and grass-roots activists to organize candidate forums and meetings."
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Federal Benefits Question of the Week
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Question: I will be age 62 in November. I am under the Federal Employees Retirement System and plan to retire at the end of December. I will draw a FERS annuity as well as Social Security. Will my FERS annuity be considered taxable income to the Social Security Administration, and will my Social Security benefit be taxed for it?
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Shutdown-averting spending bill would allow fed pay raise
Government Executive
When it comes to the federal employee pay raise, no news is good news. And that is exactly what feds received from House Republicans in the spending bill introduced to keep government open past Sept. 30. The $1.01 trillion continuing resolution makes no mention of the raise, meaning it would allow President Barack Obama's 1 percent, across-the-board 2015 pay bump to go into effect.
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Feds issue rule for honoring fallen employees with flag
The Baltimore Sun
Getting a flag from the federal government wouldn't have provided much consolation for the family of the U.S. Postal Service employee who was shot to death last year on his route in Prince George's County, Maryland. But June Barnette, a great-uncle of Tyson Barnette, says a flag would have been a welcome gesture of respect for the 26-year-old letter carrier, whose death sparked a national debate about the safety of after-hours mail delivery.
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Will Congress save the USPS?
Government Executive
Just about everyone agrees the U.S. Postal Service must change the way it does business. It's not hard to see why: In 1970, Congress overhauled what was then known as the Post Office to create USPS, allowing it to operate independently from the rest of the federal government and requiring it to break even financially each year. However, the Postal Service has recorded a loss in 21 of the last 23 quarters.
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Agencies dragging feet on phased retirement programs
Federal Times
Federal employees across government may have to wait longer for phased retirement as agencies struggle to set up their own systems. The Office of Personnel Management released the final phased-retirement rules Aug. 7, which would allow eligible employees to work half-time while receiving half a pension. OPM said agencies could start accepting applicants as soon as Nov. 6.
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Obama push to hire veterans into federal jobs spurs resentment
The Washington Post
President Barack Obama's push to hire military veterans for jobs across the government is fueling resentment in federal offices, as longtime civil servants and former troops on the other side of the cubicle increasingly question each other's competence and qualifications. With veterans moving to the head of the hiring queue in the biggest numbers in a generation, there's growing bitterness on both sides, according to dozens of interviews with federal employees.
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FINANCES


Follow the money: Your TSP account
Federal News Radio
As a TSP participant, you probably have spent many hours watching your investments grow over your career. Your stomach has churned as the markets fell and your spirit has soared along with the bull markets. However, many of us don't think past saving and growing our money.
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HEALTH


Get more protection out of your flu shot like this
Yahoo
Go ahead, give yourself a pat on the back for getting pricked — but don't let your flu-fighting efforts stop there. Why? Because the flu shot isn't guaranteed to keep you healthy, as it's far from 100 percent effective. This lack of surefire protection is no excuse to forego the flu shot, though, according to some experts.
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TRAVEL


How to save money on your next hotel stay
U.S. News & World Report
Whether you're planning to spend two weeks on an island or a weekend in the big city, booking a hotel can be the most important part of any travel budget. Your flight tickets are likely more expensive individually, but your hotel room rate will probably include multiple nights and other costs, like resort fees, meals and activities, tacked on to your final bill. Fortunately, hotels also offer many opportunities to save money if you know where to look.
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SECOND CAREERS


5 strategies for finding meaningful part-time work in retirement
Time
Question: I want to find part-time work to bring in extra income when I retire next year. But I don't want to be a greeter at Wal-Mart. How do I find a job that's meaningful but still flexible enough for me to enjoy my retirement life?
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CONSUMER TIPS


There is an epidemic of medical identity theft
USA Today
We have recently seen the hacking of the Affordable Care Act's HealthCare.gov as well as a massive data breach at Community Health Systems, a hospital chain with medical facilities in 29 states in which the records of 4.5 million patients of Community Health Systems' hospitals, including names, addresses, birth dates and Social Security numbers, were stolen.
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