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I would like to wish NARFE members and federal employees and retirees across the country and around the world a happy holiday season. I know you join me in the fervent wish that all Americans will enjoy, in safety and good health, the celebrations the next few weeks will bring. Our ability to do so comes in no small part from the service to this country that so many of you have provided over the course of your careers. Thank you, and happy holidays!





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FEDERAL BENEFITS QUESTION OF THE WEEK


Court-ordered benefits
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Question: Is there a publication on the rules that apply to court orders affecting benefits under the Civil Service Retirement System, the Federal Employees Retirement System and the Federal Employees’ Group Life Insurance program?
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Retirement savings: Auto-enrollment in the TSP's lifecycle funds begins next fall
Federal News Radio
Beginning next fall, new federal employees will have 3 percent of their paychecks automatically go into lifecycle retirement accounts determined by their age, thanks to a bill that Congress passed the week of Dec. 8. As the employees grow older, their investments will automatically downshift to less-risky options.
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Millennials exit the federal workforce as government jobs lose their allure
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Six years after candidate Barack Obama vowed to make working for government "cool again," federal hiring of young people is instead tailing off, and many millennials are heading for the door. The share of the federal workforce under the age of 30 dropped to 7 percent this year, the lowest figure in nearly a decade, government figures show.
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FINANCES


Federal report highlights the effects of medical debts on credit
The New York Times
One in 5 American consumers — 43 million people — have blemishes on their credit reports because of overdue medical bills, while medical debts make up more than half of collection items on credit reports, according to a newly released federal report. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released the report Dec. 11 ahead of a public hearing on medical debt collection in Oklahoma City.
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HEALTH


Glaucoma: Could low blood pressure be a cause?
Epoch Times
Three million North Americans suffer from glaucoma, the second-leading cause of blindness in North America. Glaucoma has been called the "sneak thief of sight," as half of the people with this disease do not know they have it. Fluid is continually forced into the eye to nourish the lens and other structures. It normally dribbles out of the eye at a controlled rate through a narrow channel.
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TRAVEL


5 tips to affordable retirement travel
Bankrate.com
If your retirement dream is to get out and see the world, a tight budget doesn't have to keep you tethered to the house. Airlines, hotels, attractions and other travel vendors offer a variety of incentives to court senior travelers, but you may need to do a little extra sleuthing to find these bargains.
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CONSUMER TIPS


7 tips to protect against ID theft during holidays
USA Today
The Federal Trade Commission reported that consumers lost more than $1.6 billion to fraud in 2013. And considering some of the high-profile data breaches and online security problems lately, including an October data breach at JP Morgan Chase & Co. that compromised the information of some 76 million households and 7 million small businesses, that number could be even higher this year.
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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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