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House approves telework bill
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The House approved legislation that would jump start the federal government's telework program by expanding work-at-home options. The vote was 290-131. A similar bill passed the Senate in May, and the policy has broad support from the Obama administration. A new survey of federal workers released found that just 10 percent do their jobs from home. More

Spotting the signs of a Ponzi scheme
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Spotting a Ponzi scheme operator is difficult. Even some financial experts who had met Kenneth Wayne McLeod didn't know what he was up to. But in retrospect, there were signs of trouble. Kurt Coront retired from the Drug Enforcement Agency in 2005 based on what he believed was a solid nest egg invested in McLeod's sham firm, Federal Employees Benefits Group Inc. More

21 ways to make extra money in retirement
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Retirees need to budget carefully to stay within their fixed income. If the value of their investments sinks after retirement, seniors often have little choice but to spend less or return to the work force. But there are plenty of ways to make a little of extra cash without having to deal with an alarm clock and a commute. More

What to expect from the new Office of Management and Budget director
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President Obama has called in a ringer to fix the federal government's budget — and his renewed focus on the deficit could end up hitting feds where it hurts. Jacob "Jack" Lew, who was selected last to replace Peter Orszag as director of the Office of Management and Budget, headed the agency in the late 1990s, when the Clinton administration and congressional Republicans reached an agreement to balance the budget and turned deficits into a $236 billion surplus. More

Fears grow as millions lose jobless benefits
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Under the federal and state programs, which are administered by state governments and partly funded by taxes on business, only full-time workers are eligible for benefits. Within federal guidelines, benefits and eligibility vary from state to state. As the downturn left more Americans out of work for longer periods, Congress voted to provide funding to extend benefits to as long as 99 weeks in some areas. More

Low vitamin D in senior citizens signals cognitive decline; higher Parkinson's risk
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Senior citizens with low levels of vitamin D are likely to experience declines in thinking, learning and memory over a six-year period, according to a study in the July issue of Archives of Internal Medicine. More

Making homes safer for dementia patients
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Just about everyone with an older parent living alone worries about falls, and there is no shortage of suggestions on how to minimize trips and slips. But experts say it is also important to minimize household dangers for people with dementia and Alzheimer's disease. More

Tips for updating your resume
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A new resume is a vital job search tool. Most job seekers don't realize that they should not just send out one resume for all job announcements. They need to adjust the resume to meet criteria and include key words present in each job announcement. The reasons for this are that an employer is looking for specific skills and qualities in the job seeker, and that most resumes have to make it through the scanning process. More

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Top 5 places to retire abroad
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Deciding where to retire abroad is a tough decision but Shelter Offshore has offered its view on the top five destinations. France, Turkey and Cyprus all feature, while Belize and New Zealand also made the list, which was based on criteria including cost and standard of living. More

Study shows Americans have reduced retirement expectations
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Recent research by the Pew Research Center's Social and Demographic Trends Project shows many Americans have reduced expectations about retirement and providing for their children's futures. Most Americans are concerned the recovery of their finances and home values will take several years. During the 30 months since the Great Recession began, 55 percent of adults have reported experiencing work-related issues such as pay cuts, reduced hours, unpaid leaves and forced part-time. More

Carnival launches new "cash back" promotion for cruises
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In what could be a sign of a softening market for cruises, industry leader Carnival has launched another "cash back" sale on voyages booked by the end of July. The "1-2-3 Go! Sale," as the line is calling the promotion, comes on the heels of a similar "cash back" sale in June but applies to more destinations and includes an additional "best available" upgrade component. More

Keep cooling costs in check
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Waiting for that next electric bill can be nerve-wracking if you've been blasting the air conditioner in this summer heat. Consumers are expected to spend roughly 4 percent more this year due to the high temperatures. Kelli Grant, Senior Consumer Reporter for has advice on how to keep your cooling costs in check. More

A NARFE member asks: What survivor benefits can I select for my legally separated spouse?
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Questions answered by staff in NARFE's Retirement Benefits Service Department. For more Q&As, make sure to read NARFE magazine every month. More

NARFE president testifies before the Debt Commission, urges protection for federal workers and retirees
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NARFE President Margaret L. Baptiste, in testimony before the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, has urged the 18-member, bipartisan commission to protect the compensation and retirement value of benefits for federal workers, retirees, their spouses and survivors. More

Are you a member of NARFE? If not, join today!
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The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association is the only organization dedicated solely to protecting and enhancing the health care and retirement benefits of federal employees and their survivors. More
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