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OPM reduces retirement claims backlog in March
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The Office of Personnel Management's effort to fix its long-standing pension processing backlog is progressing faster than expected — even though many more feds have been retiring in recent months than expected. OPM has struggled for decades to process pension claims quickly and accurately. As a result, tens of thousands of new federal retirees wait months to receive their complete annuities — some for more than a year — and, in the meantime, they have to get by on reduced interim pensions. More

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Bill would extend benefits to same-sex partners
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Legislation that would allow a range of benefits for same-sex domestic partners of federal employees gained a boost with the announcement of 20 new Senate co-sponsors and the endorsement of 35 organizations. The announcement from the bipartisan chief sponsors of the bill, Sens. Joseph I. Lieberman, I-Conn., and Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, came in the wake of the Obama administration's decision to allow, for the first time, employer-sponsored health benefits for the same-sex partner of a federal worker. More

A wake-up call for federal employees    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
According to one attorney who represents federal employees, the recent scandal that has plagued the General Services Administration should serve as a wake-up call for federal employees who conduct business travel. John P. Mahoney, a partner at Tully Rinckey PLLC in Washington, D.C., and chair of the firm's Labor and Employment Law Practice Group, says that all federal workers have a responsibility for controlling taxpayer money and must adhere to the Federal Travel Regulations as outlined in the Code of Federal Regulations. More

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American public thinks federal employees work less and earn more    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Rasmussen recently released the results of a survey that indicated a significant percentage of American adults believe that federal employees have it easier and earn more money than private-sector workers. The survey showed that 66 percent of the individuals surveyed believe private-sector workers work harder than federal workers, and 56 percent said that they believe federal workers earn more money. More

Save by shopping for drugstore finds online
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We all shop at local drugstores for health and beauty needs, but with gas prices on the rise, online drugstores are a great way to get all of your personal items without leaving the comfort of your home. As an added bonus, shopping online can actually save you money versus shopping at a brick-and-mortar store. More

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10 surprising benefits of quitting smoking
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Rick Morris, a CNN viewer participating in the CNN Fit Nation Triathlon Challenge, writes, "About two months ago, I quit smoking. At the time there were many reasons influencing my decision to finally choose a smoke-free lifestyle. I was worried about my health. Now that I've been without tobacco for the past couple months (63 days, to be exact), I've noticed some changes in the way I'm living. So I thought I would list those changes and explain how I have been affected by each. Though my list is restricted to 10, it is by no means an exhaustive one." More

Senior drivers worry about giving up the car keys
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Almost half the nation's older drivers worry about losing their freedom and mobility when it's time to give up driving, according to a new survey by auto club AAA. Eighty-eight percent of drivers age 65 and older said the inability to drive would be a problem, and 57 percent said it would be a somewhat serious or very serious problem. "By 2020 — just eight years from now — it's estimated that nearly 1 in 6 people will be age 65 or older," said Robert Darbelnet, president and CEO of AAA. More

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Make your cover letter matter
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So, what is the deal with cover letters? Why do people take the time to attach them to an application if they are so indistinguishable? Isn't the point of a cover letter to explain what sets you apart from the rest and to highlight your exceptional skills? Add details to your cover letter to avoid sounding average. More

Many seniors prefer reinventing themselves
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Call it a second phase, an encore, a reinvention. Just don't call it retirement. More people are entering their mid-60s — stuck, perhaps, with skimpy savings accounts, but blessed with sound health and many years ahead of them — and deciding that retirement doesn't top their agenda. More

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AAA Travel lists top summer vacation destinations
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Large numbers of vacation loyalists are still traveling despite rising fuel costs, according to a recent AAA travel agent survey and travel sales data. AAA Travel's lists of top summer vacation destinations include choices popular with American families for generations, within the United States and around the world. More

7 simple ways to save money on healthy food
U.S. News & World Report    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Eating a diet of mostly unprocessed, wholesome, raw and even organic foods can help you maintain a healthy weight and even give you more energy. However, healthy food doesn't always come cheap. Free-range eggs, organic chicken, and many organic fruits and vegetables are often priced at a premium, and you might find only a very limited selection of healthy foods at your local grocery store. More

Deciding on whether to use the new Roth TSP option
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Question: I am trying to decide if I want to contribute to the new Roth option in the Thrift Savings Plan. Do you have any advice? More

NARFE National Convention will feature speech by OPM director
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NARFE's 32nd Biennial National Convention, Aug. 26-30, in Reno-Sparks, Nev., will feature a keynote address by John Berry, director of the Office of Personnel Management, and "Lunch-and-Learn" training sessions, a new convention offering. Convention registration is now open. Registration forms may be found in every issue of NARFE magazine, and online registration is available. To find out more about the Convention or to register online, go to, sign in as a member and click on the Convention logo in the middle of the Members Home Page. NARFE will mail delegate designation forms to all chapters in April. Chapters must submit completed chapter delegate forms to NARFE National Headquarters no later than June 30.

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