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COLA for 2015 set for release tomorrow
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The 2015 cost-of-living adjustment for federal annuitants, Social Security recipients and military retirees will be announced tomorrow by the federal government, when the latest increase in consumer prices will be released. Watch for more information from NARFE by email, on the NARFE website and on NARFE's social media sites: @narfehq on Twitter, and NARFE National Headquarters on Facebook.
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FEDERAL BENEFITS QUESTION OF THE WEEK


Disability retirement
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Question: If I retire on disability, would I have to pay the total cost of health insurance under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program?
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2015 COLA for Social Security, federal retirees to be announced this week
FedSmith.com
For the third-straight year, federal retirees, along with millions of Social Security recipients and disabled veterans can expect historically small increases in their cost of living adjustment in January. Preliminary figures suggest the annual COLA will be less than 2 percent; the actual figure is likely to come in at around 1.7 percent. The federal government is scheduled to announce the COLA for 2015 Oct. 22.
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Public-private sector pay gap remains at 35 percent
Government Executive
Federal employees on average now earn 35.2 percent less than their private-sector peers, according to the latest data analyzed by the Federal Salary Council. The council released its report Oct. 17, showing the pay gap — which has widened over the last several years — is about the same as last year's 35.4 percent gulf.
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Lack of movement on new locality pay locations frustrates feds, unions
Federal News Radio
The Federal Salary Council voted Oct. 17 to add 13 cities to a list of municipalities where federal employees are paid more, in an effort to close a growing wage gap between feds and private-sector counterparts in certain regions of the country. Nationwide, the council says, the salaries of federal employees under the General Schedule are 35.18 percent less than that of people doing similar work in the private sector, based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That figure does not include other forms of compensation, such as benefits.
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VA morale low, but actions by new boss could change things
The Washington Post
If Secretary Bob McDonald needed any more confirmation that he waded into a quagmire when he took over the department in July, he got it with VA's 2014 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, which was released Oct. 17. It shows a drop from the previous two years in the percentage of staffers responding positively to a key question: "Considering everything, how satisfied are you with your organization?"
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Obama announces plan to tighten security for debit cards used for federal benefits
The Associated Press via Fox Business
President Barack Obama is announcing a government plan to tighten security for the debit cards that transmit federal benefits like Social Security to millions of Americans. Cards issued by the federal government will now have an internal chip replacing magnetic strips to reduce the potential for fraud, under the program unveiled Oct. 17.
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FINANCES


Top 5 strategies to pay for elder care
Investopedia
Medicare pays doctor and hospital bills for many older Americans, but it doesn't cover everything. For example, long-term custodial care for help with the "activities of daily living," such as bathing, dressing and eating, isn't covered. Many older people will eventually need such care, as a result of physical or mental impairment, and they and their families will have to find a way to pay for it. Unfortunately, it is rarely cheap. In fact, it can quickly wipe out a person's life savings.
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HEALTH


Why swimming may be the best exercise for older adults
LiveScience via Fox News
Falling down and getting hurt is a big problem for older adults, and researchers think that physical activity may lower people's risk of falls. But now, a new study suggests that the only type of exercise that lowers older adults' risk of falls is swimming. Researchers in Australia looked at about 1,700 men ages 70 and older, and compared the types of exercise the men did with their likelihood of experiencing a fall over a four-year period.
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TRAVEL


US toughens Mexico Travel Warning after kidnappings, mass graves in Guerrero
Forbes
Mass kidnappings and the discovery of mass graves in the Mexican state of Guerrero, a prime tourist destination on the Pacific coast, forced the U.S. Department of State to update its Mexico Travel Warning. The new warning, issued Oct. 10, calls on Americans to "defer non-essential travel to all parts" of Guerrero, except for the cities of Acapulco, Zihuatanejo, Ixtapa, Taxco and the caves at Grutas de Cacahuamilpa, where visitors are advised to "exercise caution."
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How to find the right match for your 2nd career
CNNMoney
Wanted: Retirees looking for flexible, paid part-time work in their field of expertise. Now, that's a help-wanted ad many boomers dream of running across in their retirement years, isn't it? Well, for Harry Coleman of Cincinnati that's pretty much what happened, thanks to a "matchmaking" service.
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CONSUMER TIPS


4 ways to save on your holiday shopping now
U.S. News & World Report
It is hard to believe, but the holiday shopping season is only a few short weeks away. If you're like most families, holiday shopping can be a strain on the budget. Many shoppers also fear looking cheap when passing out gifts, which can lead to overspending and blowing the budget. According to the American Research Group, Americans on average plan to spend $801 on Christmas shopping in 2013. That kind of number will have a big impact on a budget. If you're looking for ways to cut down the cost of holiday shopping and still get great gifts, these tips will help.
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