2013 Legislative Training Conference announced
NARFE has announced that its Legislative Training Conference will be March 9-12 at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel in Arlington, Va. The conference will include plenary sessions with guest speakers and break-out training sessions. On the final day of the conference, March 12, attendees will participate in a rally on Capitol Hill, followed by meetings with members of Congress. Additional information, including registration and hotel information, will be available in the November issue of NARFE magazine and online at www.narfe.org.
Cost-of-living adjustments for 2013 CSRS retirees
Question: I retired in January of this year under the Civil Service Retirement System. Will I get the full cost-of-living adjustment for CSRS retirees in 2013? More
Report urges government to scrap across-the-board pay raises
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To help close pay gaps between federal and private-sector workers, the government should scrap General Schedule across-the-board increases in return for more flexibility to boost salaries within grades, a panel of experts said in a recent report. Lower-tier federal workers tend to be overpaid in comparison with their private-sector counterparts, while the reverse is true for employees higher up the ladder, according to the report by the National Academy of Public Administration and the American Society for Public Administration. More
Legislation stalled as 2nd USPS default nears
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For the second time in as many months, the cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service says it will default on a required payment to fund future postal retirees' health benefits. The default on the $5.6 billion, due Sept. 30, will not affect mail delivery or current employees' pay and benefits, the postal service said. The announcement comes after the agency similarly missed a $5.5 billion payment in August, and as long-term legislative solutions languish in Congress. More
President signs bill delaying STOCK Act provision
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President Barack Obama signed into law Sept. 28 legislation delaying the implementation of controversial parts of the STOCK Act, which requires the online posting of some federal employees' financial disclosure information. In a pro forma session, the House approved the bill by unanimous consent, which the Senate did the week of Sept 17. The bill delays until Dec. 8 the online posting of financial information for over 28,000 civil service employees, members of the Senior Executive Service and congressional staffers required to fill out disclosure forms. More
The high cost of out-of-pocket expenses
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It comes as a shock: how much people have to spend on medical care for a frail older relative in the last several years of life. A common assumption is that Medicare will pay for almost everything. But that's mistaken. As a new study by researchers at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in Manhattan documents, out-of-pocket costs for older adults at the close of life often place a significant financial burden on individuals and families. More
Guide: The 31 healthiest foods of all time (with recipes)
Are you befuddled by what nutrition experts mean by "eating healthy"? The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends loading up on more fruits, veggies, whole grains and lean meats — sure, sounds simple, but which fruits and veggies? What kinds of whole grains? And what constitutes a lean meat? With the help of several nutrition experts, Healthland has taken the guesswork out of creating the perfectly healthy diet for you and your family. With the right kinds of foods, you can stave off heart disease, stay slim and boost your immune system. More
Nursing homes' arbitration agreements can contain hidden risks
If you find yourself with the unenviable task of checking mom or dad into a nursing home one day, or if you're signing yourself in, chances are you'll find a document tucked inside the stack of admissions papers that says you agree to arbitrate disputes, should they arise, rather than take the case to court. Don't sign it, say consumer advocates. If something bad happens, you'll likely be on the hook for a share of the arbitrator's fee and, research shows, you may wind up with a smaller award than you would if you took your case to court. More
Fox: Boomers reinventing senior living; no longer 1-size-fits-all
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The assisted-living communities of today look vastly different from the stereotypical images many conjure up when thinking of where their grandparents lived out their final days. More options have been developed to meet the changing demands and preferences of successive generations, and, as the boomers storm into their golden years, that trend will continue. More
Top 10 most visited cities in the world
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It wasn't hard to determine which cities Americans travel to most outside of the U.S. The challenge? Narrowing down the must-see sights for first-timers — and veterans. Where do Americans travel most outside the states? That was the question asked when compiling Budget Travel's Top 10 Most Visited Cities by U.S. Travelers. More
5 senior discounts worth turning 50 (or 60) for
These days, older Americans get thousands of discounts on everything from french fries to cruises to gym memberships — without having to resign themselves to the equivalent of eating dinner at 4:30 p.m. on a weeknight. Deals for Americans age 50 and up have been around for a while. Sometimes, companies offer these deals in the hopes that they will attract a new customer base among the big (and fast-growing) boomer demographic; more recently, it's often been a tactic to boost sales when business is slow, says Jon Lal, the founder of cash-back and coupons website BeFrugal.com. More
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