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NARFE's 2013 advocacy accomplishments recognized by Capitol Hill newspaper
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NARFE was recently listed by The Hill — a widely distributed Capitol Hill newspaper and a staple in every congressional office — as having achieved one of the "Top 10 Lobbying Victories for 2013." Here is what The Hill had to say about NARFE:

9. American Federation of Government Employees, National Treasury Employees Union, National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association

Federal workers took a hit from furloughs this year but flexed their lobbying might to win back pay after the government shutdown. And while retirement benefits for new federal workers are cut in the budget deal, the unions won a lower cap on contractor pay and the addition of a lower-cost option for their workers' healthcare benefits.

The budget pact also leaves the retirement benefits of the current government workforce untouched. In addition, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., secured a promise from President Obama that he wouldn’t propose new cuts to federal workers' retirement in his budget next year.


NARFE President Joseph A. Beaudoin applauded the article, saying, "This recognizes that NARFE is a powerful and successful lobbying organization that can be counted on to vigorously defend its members and the entire federal community from unfair legislation. But our professional and highly proficient lobbyists didn't do this alone. Without our grass-roots advocates on the ground, we would not have enjoyed these successes in 2013. And for that I say thanks, and keep up the good work!"
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FEDERAL BENEFITS QUESTION OF THE WEEK


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Question: I am the daughter of a federal retiree. My father is age 83, a widower, living under my care and experiencing dementia. Because of his age and condition, it is difficult for him to go to the bank to withdraw his monthly annuity. Is there a way for me to help him get his monthly annuity without his having to make the difficult trip to the bank?
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FEDERAL UPDATE


Budget deal brings some stability to federal workforce
The Washington Post
The new federal budget means Frankie and Flo Fed don't have to worry about being shut out by a government shutdown at least for a couple of years. With the recent Senate vote, Congress gave final approval to the measure and managed to overcome the brinksmanship form of governing that's become so familiar in Washington.
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Federal Salary Council: Federal 'pay gap' continues to grow
Federal Times
The pay advantage that private-sector employees enjoy over their federal General Schedule counterparts widened slightly to 35.4 percent this year, the Federal Salary Council said recently, up from 34.6 percent last year.
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Nearly half of feds deemed eligible to telework
Nextgov
December marks the three-year anniversary of the passage of the Telework Enhancement Act, and agencies finally have a measure from the Office of Personnel Management on how the law has affected telework programs and participation across the federal government.
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Postal reform isn't happening in 2013
Government Executive
There's always next year. Such has become the refrain for the often discussed, much sought after prize of overhauling the U.S. Postal Service. Lawmakers were again set to deliver postal reform in 2013, and at various points of the year set goals of March, August and Thanksgiving for passage. But after the latest in a series of setbacks, the window for acting on legislation in 2013 has closed, and reformers will have to renew their fight after New Year's.
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Federal workers' job satisfaction falls
The Washington Post
Federal employees who deal with homeland security matters remain some of the government's least-satisfied, as overall workforce morale hit its lowest point in a decade, according to a report that began ranking agencies on such issues in 2003.
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FINANCES


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Next Avenue
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HEALTH


Snacking your way to better health
The New York Times
Nuts to you! No, that's not an insult. It's a recommendation to add nuts to your diet for the sake of your health and longevity.
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SECOND CAREERS


Steps to a successful second career
MainStreet
There's a big focus on retirement planning and having enough money when we don't want to work anymore. But who plans for a second income-producing career later in life or takes into account that the first career might end before we are ready? That's when it's time for a career do-over. Baby Boomers — the most highly educated American generation born between 1946 and 1964 and 78 million strong — are driving this trend.
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TRAVEL


Travel resolutions to make for 2014
The Huffington Post
It's true ... many of us are pretty lousy at keeping up our New Year's resolutions. But this year, vow to stick to it and master something on your list. Here are a few travel resolutions to help get you started.
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CONSUMER TIPS


The most dangerous email subject lines to watch for
ZDNet
New research has revealed the email subjects most likely to represent a "phishing" lure, as well as the 10 countries that are most likely to host campaigns for cybercriminals. According to researchers at Websense, as cloud infrastructure becomes more easily scalable, the cost of conducting extensive phishing campaigns has declined.
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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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