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Budget committee discussions continue,
NARFE urges feds to speak out now

NARFE
NARFE President Joseph A. Beaudoin sent a letter to members of the budget conference committee urging them not to target the federal community in their discussions. "We must ensure every member of Congress hears from us about the sacrifices the federal workforce has already made for deficit reduction," says Beaudoin. "Feds will continue to be perceived as an easy target by Congress unless we make our voices heard loud and clear across the country. Please join me in sending NARFE's 'Enough is Enough' message to show your opposition to the continuing attacks on the federal workforce."
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NARFE opposes Chained CPI at White House rally
NARFE
NARFE and its coalition partners, including the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, AARP and the National Organization for Women, joined Nov. 14 in a rally outside the White House to oppose the Chained CPI. While not a new idea, the Chained CPI appeared in President Barack Obama's fiscal year 2014 budget to Congress, elevating the seriousness with which it will be considered. The Chained CPI is not a better measure of inflation for seniors, and NARFE urged the president to oppose any budget deal that includes the Chained CPI. You can read NARFE's press release on the event here. Thank you to the NARFE members who attended this event.
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Help NARFE celebrate the federal family!
NARFE
For many NARFE members, the decision to dedicate their careers to public service is deeply rooted in family tradition. We invite NARFE members to share their "federal family" with us for an upcoming campaign to highlight the proud tradition of public service among generations of federal workers. If you come from a family with deep roots in the federal government and are keeping the tradition alive, we want to hear from you! Email your story to leg@narfe.org and you may be featured in our upcoming campaign.
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FEDERAL BENEFITS QUESTION OF THE WEEK


FEHBP coverage for spouse
NARFE
Question: Due to my wife's recent full-time employment, including medical benefits, I switched my own Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) plan to self-only. I am having second thoughts about whether to continue with self-only or include her in my federal plan during Open Season. I am concerned that, in the event I pass away while a federal employee, my wife would not be able to join my federal health plan. Upon my death, I want to ensure that she can stop working at any time and be covered under my medical plan. I am retirement-eligible, as I meet the age and service requirements, and have been covered by the FEHBP for at least the past five years.
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FEDERAL UPDATE


Deficit-reduction plans could impact federal workers, military and veterans
The Washington Post
Federal workers, military personnel and veterans could take a hit under more than a dozen deficit-reduction options the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office detailed in a new report recently released.
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Financial planners field anxious queries from federal workers
The Baltimore Sun
Most of the federal workers calling financial planner Stephen Zelcer have an observation and a question. They're worried Congress will kick off a shutdown sequel in January — and they want to know what, financially speaking, they should do to protect themselves. "All the negotiations that we just saw were a temporary Band-Aid and have to be readdressed again in 2014," said Zelcer, a federal employee benefits specialist with Rockville-based Wealth Strategies Group. "As a result of that, a lot of people are second-guessing the security of their job altogether."
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Republican senators propose eliminating new feds' pensions
Government Executive
A group of Republican senators has introduced a bill to slash retirement pensions for new federal employees, saying the current system unfairly compensates public-sector workers as compared to their private-sector counterparts. The Public-Private Employees Retirement Parity Act, introduced by Sens. Richard Burr, R-N.C.; Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga.; and Tom Coburn, R-Okla., would eliminate the defined benefit portion of the Federal Employees Retirement System for all new government workers hired six months after its enactment. New employees would still receive matching agency contributions into their Thrift Savings Plan of up to 5 percent.
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HEALTH


Heart/stroke guidelines call for statins, lifestyle changes
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American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology released new U.S. cardiovascular prevention guidelines to prevent heart attack and stroke. "These new guidelines represent the best of what scientific research can tell us about how to prevent heart disease and stroke," Dr. Mariell Jessup, president of the American Heart Association and the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, said in a statement. "These recommendations will help guide the clinical decisions doctors make every day to protect their patients from two of the nation's biggest killers."
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SECOND CAREERS


Roving retirees do good, live practically free
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For one eclectic group of seniors, retirement is anything but boring — or expensive. These 60-, 70- and even 80-year olds are traveling the country for months at a time, regardless of whether they have flush retirement savings or modest incomes. Their secret: volunteering for nonprofits and state and national parks, often in exchange for free room and board.
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Off-season travel tips: Family favorites with National Geographic Traveler's Marilyn Terrell
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CONSUMER TIPS


IRS warns consumers of possible scams relating to relief of typhoon victims
IRS via Streetsboro Gateway News
The Internal Revenue Service recently issued a consumer alert about possible scams taking place in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. On Nov. 8, Typhoon Haiyan — known as Yolanda in the Philippines — made landfall in the central Philippines, bringing strong winds and heavy rains that have resulted in flooding, landslides and widespread damage.
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