Feds would contribute more to pensions under Obama's deficit plan
President Barack Obama on Sept. 19 released a deficit-reduction proposal that recommends increasing the amount federal employees contribute to their pensions beginning in 2013. The plan proposes raising the employee contribution rate by 1.2 percent over three years beginning in 2013 — a rate of 0.4 percent each year during that time. More
FAA shutdown averted
The fate of the Federal Aviation Administration remained in the hands of one combative senator — Oklahoma Republican Tom Coburn — as the clock ticked on a deal that would prevent a shutdown of the agency on Sept. 16. But on Sept. 15, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., announced a deal had been reached with Coburn, averting both a weekend session and a repeat of this summer, when a partial FAA shutdown put thousands of aviation workers around the country out of work. More
Federal workers shine at awards ceremony spotlighting individuals' good work
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Those who make sport out of denigrating the federal workforce should meet the winners of this year's Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals. During a period when some people think that federal employees are overpaid, and they face the uncertainty of budget cuts, the awards — better known as the Sammies — are a welcome and needed relief. More
Study: Contractors paid far more than feds for comparable work
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Contractors are paid almost double what federal employees earn and more than double what the private sector pays its employees for similar services, according to a Project on Government Oversight report. POGO's report attempts to settle the debate on who costs less for the government — a federal employee or a contractor. More
6 estate-planning flaws to avoid
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Some people are their own worst enemies. Or, in some cases, they are their families' worst enemies. Read on to learn the frequent estate-planning errors people make. More
Flesh-eating bacteria's rise tied to antibiotic cream
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After getting a cut, many Americans reach for a tube of over-the-counter antibiotic cream to ward off infection. But that widespread habit, a new paper suggests, may be contributing to the rise of one of the most concerning strains of drug-resistant bacteria. More
Employers should support caregivers
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Author Kirstan Hartman writes, "A discussion piece recently published in The New York Times titled, Easing the Stress of Daily Caregiving, led me to wonder: What are employers doing to support their employees who are family caregivers? In the piece, author Eilene Zimmerman addresses a reader's concern about the stress she feels while juggling the tasks of working full time with caring for an aging loved one." More
10 tips to boost your interview skills
Even the smartest and most qualified job seekers need to prepare for job interviews. Why, you ask? Interviewing is a learned skill, and there are no second chances to make a great first impression. So study these 10 strategies to enhance your interview skills. More
Why are retirement savings rates falling again?
Apparently, the lesson didn't take. When the financial crisis hit in 2008 and 2009, Americans seemed to get more serious about saving for retirement. According to the Employee Benefit Research Institute, the percentage of Americans who say they have saved for retirement jumped from just 66 percent in 2007 to 72 percent in 2008. It rose again in 2009, to 75 percent. More
Google Flight Search now boarding
Five months after settling a Justice Department antitrust lawsuit to permit its acquisition of air travel technology provider ITA Software, Google has launched its own flight-search service. Google Flight Search provides users with the ability to find and book air travel using Google's search engine. Google is so popular as a general search engine, many specialized travel search engines fear that those planning trips using Google will not look beyond Google Flight Search when searching for air travel options. More
How to complain to companies (and get results)
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As all of us inevitably experience at some point, companies make mistakes, and sometimes those mistakes are costly. From erroneous health-insurance claim rejections to double charges on credit cards, consumers who aren't paying attention can end up forking over more money than they should. Consumers also report that they often find mistakes on credit cards, cellphone bills and government benefit checks. More
A NARFE member asks about rolling over a Voluntary Contribution Program account upon retirement
Question: I am retiring soon. I have contributed to the Voluntary Contribution Program available to Civil Service Retirement System employees. I understand the interest portion of my account can be rolled over to my Thrift Savings Plan account and be tax-deferred. Can the after-tax contribution portion be rolled directly to a Roth IRA or does it have to go to a traditional IRA and then a Roth IRA? There is a lot of conflicting information on this. More
NARFE calls president's proposal a 'tax increase for middle-class federal workers'
NARFE President Joseph A. Beaudoin has issued a statement opposing President Obama's proposal to require federal employees to contribute more to their annuities, calling it a "tax increase for middle-class federal workers." The president's proposal was included in recommendations to the congressional supercommittee working on cutting the federal deficit. More
NARFE supports passage of postal legislation
NARFE President Joseph A. Beaudoin has urged members of Congress to oppose a proposal by the United States Postal Service to remove postal employees and retirees from the federal retirement and health benefits systems. Instead, Beaudoin asked the legislators to pass H.R. 1351, the "USPS Pension Obligation Recalculation and Restoration Act of 2011." This bill, he said, "provides a fair and effective means for rehabilitating the finances of the postal service without doing it wholly on the backs of our nation's postal workers and retirees." More
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