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Obama signs short-term highway bill; no federal retirement changes are included
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On March 29, President Barack Obama signed a three-month extension of a transportation bill to keep federal highway and transit aid flowing. The move prevents a widespread shutdown of construction projects. However, the stop-gap measure delays a vote in Congress on more comprehensive transportation bills — in both the House and Senate — that included changes to federal retirement benefits. More

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FEHBP to add 10 new health insurance plans
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Employees and retirees will have 10 additional health insurance plans to choose from during this fall's Federal Employees Health Benefits Program Open Season, the Office of Personnel Management recently said. "This is more new plans that have entered the FEHBP than the last five years combined," John O'Brien, OPM's director of health care and insurance, told a conference of FEHBP carriers in Arlington, Va. More

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6 ways spending changes in retirement
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Most people spend less money in retirement than they did while they were working. Retirees have lower expenses largely because they are able to eliminate work-related costs like commuting and office attire, and they no longer have to pay FICA taxes or save for retirement. But retirees often spend more on health care than people who are still in the workforce, especially if they develop a significant health problem that requires long-term care. More

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Complicated link between diet drinks, health
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Studies have hinted that diet-soda lovers could face higher risks of diabetes and heart disease, but new findings suggest that overall diet may be what matters most in the end. More

Find the right nursing home
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You'd never choose a new house without visiting and inspecting it. Yet, too often families do just that for a nursing home. A typical scenario: A fall sends mom to the hospital, and you've got a day or two to find a home prior to her discharge. Care in nursing homes can range from excellent to downright abusive, so it's worth following this plan to create a short list of the best options in your area ahead of time. More

Welcome mat widens at AFVW

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22 tips to refocus and re-energize your job search
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Do you wish you could read all the job-hunting books out there, forgo the trial and error of sloppy interviews, and move right to your best self and career? No need. Here are 22 game-changing tips that are gaining traction. More

Baby boomers size up retirement communities
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In life's later decades, will baby boomers follow in their parents' footsteps — for once? Continuing-care retirement communities are hoping, and even expecting, that they will. In a recent national survey, family members who already had relatives (typically parents) living in CCRCs were asked where they hoped to live later in life, how they expected to be cared for and what lifestyle they anticipated. According to the survey, 77 percent of the primarily baby boom-generation respondents said they were likely to consider a CCRC for themselves. More

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6 ways families can save on spring vacation
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Spring seems to have arrived earlier than expected this year, and you may be wondering how you will afford a spring vacation. Rather than charging a vacation to your credit card and worrying about the bills later, save some dough instead. A little creativity goes a long way, and your bank account will be better off for it. More

Best things to buy in April
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April may be the cruelest month, but not when it comes to deals. Spring weather, graduations and the upcoming wedding season lead retailers to offer bargains on a wide range of goods and services. Here are some of the best things to buy in April, according to savings expert Jeanette Pavini of More

How do TSP transactions work with Roth money?
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Question: I plan to place some money in my Thrift Savings Plan Roth account. How will TSP transactions work with Roth money? More

NARFE warns House-approved budget could have 'dire consequences'
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In a statement after the House approved the budget proposed by Paul Ryan, R-Wis., NARFE President Joseph A. Beaudoin said that "in addition to cutting more than 200,000 vital federal jobs at places like the Pentagon and the CDC, these antagonistic proposals have already caused some of the nation's most experienced employees to leave the government." To read the entire statement, click here.

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