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NARFE defends federal pay and benefits
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A new study shows that federal worker pay rose an average of 1.3 percent for the year that ended Sept. 30, 2011. NARFE Legislative Director Julie Tagen defended the pay and benefits of federal workers and retirees on a CNBC broadcast. More

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What you missed over the holidays
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Whether on purpose or by coincidence, the White House and federal agencies released several notable nuggets of news over the holidays when most reporters were out of town or preoccupied with college football bowl games and the beginnings of the presidential campaign. The "Federal Eye" kept tabs over the holidays on anything of importance released between Dec. 21 and Dec. 31, 2011. More

US Postal Service ranked tops
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At the end of a dismal year for the U.S. Postal Service, let's end on an upbeat note: For all its problems, the nation's mail carrier is the best-performing among those of major developed countries. That's the judgment of Oxford Strategic Consulting, a British firm that recently took a look at the operations of 19 national posts, including those of Great Britain, China, India and Japan. More


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Are federal buyout incentives worth taking?
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More than a few employees in and outside government dream of being paid to leave their jobs. In an ideal world, workers would take the money and run. The reality is, for most people, $25,000 just doesn't stretch as far as it once did. That's the maximum amount of cash — before taxes — available to eligible federal employees in buyouts, or voluntary separation incentive payments, as they are known in government jargon. For workers who are not planning an imminent retirement already and for those enrolled in the Federal Employees Retirement System — which is the bulk of the government workforce — taking a buyout can mean losing more money over time. More

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Silent strokes linked to memory loss in the elderly
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New research links silent strokes, or small spots of dead brain cells, found in about one out of four older adults, to memory loss in the elderly. The study is published in the Jan. 3 print issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. For the study, a group of 658 people ages 65 and older and free of dementia were given MRI brain scans. Participants also underwent tests that measured their memory, language, speed at processing information and visual perception. A total of 174 of the participants had silent strokes. More

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'Sandwich' caregivers balance dual responsibilities
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About 66 million Americans take care of a parent, spouse, relative or other loved one. Roughly a third also are raising children, according to the nonprofit National Alliance for Caregiving. With women having children later in life and the elderly living longer, aging and family experts say more people could be pulled into double-duty caregiving. More

Career advice for 2012 job seekers    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The key to your employment success in 2012 will depend primarily on two things: where your career path ultimately leads to and which road or roads you should take to get there. According to career coach Adriana Llames, the career road in 2012 leads to digital media and health care careers, though Llames believes that "green" jobs will be hot in 2012 as well. Whether you are just starting out in the jobs game, or in the midst of a career change due to corporate downsizing, there are some tips that, once utilized, may help you fulfill your career dreams much faster. More

Study: Older Americans expect to work longer; many expect to never retire    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As older Americans in the workforce continue to progress toward retirement, the recent recession has left many of them expecting to work longer or even to never retire, according to data from the Employee Benefit Research Institute. The EBRI analysis found that just before the recession in 2006, 11.2 percent of workers age 50 or over expected to retire at age 70, but by 2010 (after it had officially ended) that had increased to 14.8 percent. More

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To go or not to go? 11 places with a bad rap    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
To go or not to go ... that is the question, indeed, if you're savvy enough to know that places that make headlines for the wrong reasons — natural disasters, political unrest, problems with a nuclear power plant — can also become travel bargains. This article helps weigh the pros and cons to determine when to cash in on that discount and when to wait. More

Your 2012 winter home maintenance checklist
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It's January, and if you're like many Americans, you're kicking yourself right about now for putting off weatherproofing your home for winter. Freezing temperatures and snow are right around the corner (if you haven't experienced them already), and correctly winterizing your home can mean the difference between a peaceful winter season and total disaster. Check out this winter home maintenance checklist for tips on weatherproofing your house. More

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Would survivor's benefit reduce my Social Security payments?
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Question: My husband is a Civil Service Retirement System retiree and has elected a survivor's benefit for me, should he pass away before me. I plan to retire in March from the private sector and need to put in my paperwork soon. If I begin receiving Social Security benefits on my own work record, would these payments be reduced if I also receive a survivor's annuity from the Office of Personnel Management? I am confused by the information about the Government Pension Offset on the Social Security website. More

Deadline approaches for NARFE photo contest
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NARFE members have until Feb. 10 to submit photos for the 2013 NARFE Photo Contest Calendar. Each year, the Association showcases the winning photos in its fundraising calendar. All NARFE members, except professional photographers, are eligible to participate. Photos must be 8 x 10-inch or 8 x 11-inch horizontal format. Members should put the following information on the back of each photo: name, address, chapter number, and phone number or email address. All photos must be submitted in hard copy; no more than five photos per member may be entered. No photos of pets or children, please. Send photos to NARFE Headquarters, Public Relations Department, 606 N. Washington St., Alexandria, Va., 22314. For more information, call 703-838-7760, ext. 268; or email

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