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NARFE reaches goal of $11 million for Alzheimer's research
NARFE
The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association is proud to announce that the Association has met its cumulative giving goal of "$11 million in 2014" raised to support Alzheimer's research. NARFE, in partnership with the Alzheimer's Association, has been engaged in the fight to win the war against Alzheimer's disease since 1985. NARFE members consistently have given generously of their time and dollars, finding creative ways to expand their fundraising efforts. At the NARFE National Convention in August, delegates voted to set a new goal of $12 million by 2016. The program is strictly voluntary in nature, with 100 percent of all donations going to support Alzheimer's research. Members can give via the NARFE website, or use the coupon on the donation page in every issue of narfe magazine.
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FEDERAL BENEFITS QUESTION OF THE WEEK


Thrift Savings Plan
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Question: Can I withdraw money from my Thrift Savings Plan account immediately when I retire?
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We need to talk about your retirement
Government Executive
Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director for the National Institute of Transition Planning Inc., writes: "Pull up a chair. Can I get you a cup of coffee? If you're married, I hope you brought your spouse along. We're going to talk about your upcoming retirement. Welcome to your pre-retirement counseling session."
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FEHBP expert Walt Francis: Take the time to research plan options
Federal Times
Federal employees and retirees have until Dec. 8 to choose a new health insurance plan. While premiums only grew at about 3.2 percent for next year, feds still need to carefully weigh their options to find the plan that is right for them.
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Americans rate USPS highest of 13 major agencies
Gallup.com
While the U.S. Postal Service has recently withstood a barrage of negative attention, from getting hacked to announcing continued multibillion-dollar deficits, it enjoys the most positive image of 13 high-profile government agencies Gallup recently tested. Younger Americans are more likely than older Americans to review the Postal Service favorably.
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Former officials seek new course for SES
Federal News Radio
Former government officials are diving into the debate over the future of the Senior Executive Service by drafting a blueprint for reform. They plan to give it to "anyone who will listen," said Ron Sanders, a former SES member who now is a vice president at Booz Allen Hamilton. It is sponsoring the project with Brookings.
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Lawmakers: The PTO must crack down on telework abusers
Federal Times
The Patent and Trademark Office must crack down on telework abuse and fire employees who try to game the system, lawmakers said at a hearing Nov. 18. The hearing was held in the wake of allegations that some PTO employees were paid for work they didn't do, lied about their hours worked and sometimes waited until the end of a quarter before finishing patent applications.
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As the holiday season approaches, everyone will be looking for the best ways to save money. As a federal employee, you have a number of options to stretch your hard-earned cash. Take advantage of these exclusive deals, because they aren't available to the general public.
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FINANCES


How 1.7 percent Social Security raise impacts retirees
USA Today
Social Security recipients will get a 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment starting in January, according to the Social Security Administration. For the average retired person receiving Social Security, monthly payments will rise $22 to $1,328 from $1,306. The average couple's benefits will rise to $2,176 from $2,140. So what does all this mean for retirees?
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HEALTH


Simple ways to stay healthy and still enjoy this Thanksgiving
Main Street
It has become quite typical these days for people to plan to "cheat" on their diets over the holidays. With all of the temptation that now comes along with these multicourse meals, it is understandable that the majority of the population is destined to consume more calories than normal. However, since the average Thanksgiving meal revolves around turkey, vegetables and pie, the idea of assuming that there is no other choice but to permit a full-on binge day is not necessarily true.
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TRAVEL


Airplane ticket prices on rise despite lower jet fuel costs
NBC News
As families across America get ready for Thanksgiving, they may find it easier to drive to grandma's house now that gas prices have fallen in many parts of the country. But holiday travel won't exactly be a Black Friday bargain. Airplane ticket fares are actually up this season — even as airlines save about $31 million a week on lower jet fuel prices.
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SECOND CAREERS


Alternative paths to an encore career
Forbes
What is the key to crafting a meaningful encore in your work life? Do you need to be an extraordinary person with exceptional resources motivated by a desire to change the world after closing out your first career? Or is some kind of a second act for the greater good available to us all once we hit our 50s or 60s?
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CONSUMER TIPS


Are supermarket loyalty programs worth your privacy?
DailyFinance
Supermarket loyalty programs combine the approach of old-fashioned couponing with our obsession to receive rewards and build up points, such as frequent-flier miles, hotel rewards and gas rebates. However, rewards cards have their critics, including a consumer advocacy group that claims loyalty programs are an invasion of privacy.
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Disclaimer: The articles that appear in NARFE NewsWatch are chosen from a variety of sources to reflect topics of interest to active and retired federal employees. With the exception of Federal Benefits Question of the Week and News From NARFE, an article's inclusion in NARFE NewsWatch does not imply that the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) endorses, supports or verifies its contents or expressed opinions. Factual errors are the responsibility of the listed publication.

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