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First woman to head major US intelligence agency
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The United States has had three female secretaries of state — but until now has never had a woman lead one of its 16 major intelligence agencies. Letitia A. Long is being elevated Monday to director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in a ceremony at the agency's half-built, high-tech campus in Springfield, Va. More

TSP funds up across the board in July: How do your investments compare to the rest of the federal work force?
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July is frequently a lousy month for stock returns. July 2010 was different though. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed out the month with a gain of 7.1 percent to the blue-chip index. That was the best month in a year. More

Social Security: More going out than coming in
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It's official: Social Security will reach its tipping point this year. For the first time in nearly 30 years, the system will pay out more benefits than it receives in payroll taxes both this year and next, the government officials who oversee Social Security said. And while Social Security cash flow will likely head back into the black for a few years after that, starting in 2015 it looks to stay in the red for the long haul, the trustees said in their annual report. More

Obama orders freeze on bonuses, monetary rewards for federal political appointees
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President Obama ordered a freeze on all bonuses and other monetary awards to federal political appointees, saying: "Like households and businesses across the country, the federal government is tightening its belt." Obama is under intense political pressure to close the federal budget deficit, and a presidential memo he issued is the latest in a series of personnel decisions designed to help do so. More

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Schumer to offer bill on insurer payouts
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Sen. Charles Schumer, D.-N.Y., plans to introduce legislation to change the way some insurers pay beneficiaries on life insurance policies covering federal workers and members of the military. The legislation, if enacted, would require insurers to pay the benefits in a single lump sum unless a beneficiary requests otherwise. Currently, MetLife Inc. and Prudential Financial Inc. establish money-market-like accounts for the funds and provide checks that are used to draw down the funds or withdraw the entire amount of the payout. More

Unanimous Senate OKs $600 million for border
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The Senate voted to hire 1,000 more U.S. Border Patrol agents as part of a $600 million border-security bill, acting swiftly in the hours before they left to face constituents during their five-week summer vacation. Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, who is spearheading his party's immigration-reform efforts, said the money shows Congress is committed to border security as a down payment on eventually legalizing illegal immigrants. More

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Vitamin B may not guard against second stroke, heart attack
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Stroke patients who take vitamin B supplements to lower their homocysteine levels may not be protected from second strokes or heart attacks, a new study finds. Earlier studies found an association between homocysteine, an amino acid, in the blood, and an increased risk for stroke and heart attack. Vitamin B supplements lower homocysteine levels, but whether this really has an effect on stroke and heart attack risk has been unclear, the Australian researchers noted. More

Relationships improve as people grow older
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As she has become older, Marylin Ford believes that her relationship with her daughter has gotten better. Although it seems that our culture is consumed with staying young, older people have the upper hand when it comes to relationships. Personal relationships tend to improve with age, according to newly published research from Purdue University. More

Job hunting really is a full-time job, experts say
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It's a rule of thumb for those looking for work: Treat your search like a job. It's no picnic cold-calling strangers pleading for an interview, but studies have shown a strong correlation between the amount of time put into a job search and the speed with which job seekers find work.Yet few appear to heed the advice. More

Continuing-care retirement communities: Weighing the risks
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Increasing numbers of older Americans are seeking out the security and comfort of a continuing-care retirement community. But a new report from the federal Government Accountability Office warns that such assurances often come at a steep price and "considerable risk." So-called CCRCs—which typically offer fine dining, health clubs and on-site long-term care—have grown in popularity along with the aging of the population, particularly among the upper-middle class and affluent, and are now a multibillion-dollar industry. More

Luxury line Windstar Cruises launches 'two-for-one' sale
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Windstar Cruises has launched a "two-for-one" sale on seven-day sailings to Costa Rica, with voyages marked down to as little as $1,575 per person. The offer from the luxury sailing ship line is for select winter trips on the 148-passenger Wind Star booked by Aug. 14. More

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Planning a dream trip with travel agents
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Planning a major trip can drive even the most confident traveler crazy. Did we get the best deal on a flight? Are we choosing the most sensible dates? Are our itinerary and budget realistic? Rather than try and answer these questions ourselves, we went to travel agents for help. We contacted American Express, AAA and Liberty Travel, all of which offer packaged tours or individual travel bookings. We also visited online portals Tripology and Zicasso, which link travelers to agents. More

Safest cars for teens, seniors
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Almost 34,000 people died in traffic accidents in the United States last year. In general, the two groups of drivers most at risk on the road are teens and seniors. And Consumer Reports just named the vehicles it deems the safest ones for them. More

I want to make sure that my loved ones receive any benefits payable upon my death. What should I do?
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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

Open Season News
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The Office of Personnel Management has announced that the 2010 Federal Benefits Open Season will be Nov. 8, through Dec. 13. During Open Season, federal employees and retirees can enroll in or change their health, vision and dental plans. And federal employees can enroll in a flexible spending program. As usual, NARFE magazine will carry information on Open Season options beginning with the October issue and continuing in the November and December issues. Don't miss an issue!

August is NARFE 'Meet Your Candidates Month'
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NARFE chapters around the country will be using the longest break in the congressional calendar (Aug. 7-Sept. 13) to conduct multichapter, multicandidate forums designed to obtain congressional candidate positions on federal employee and retiree issues. This year, NARFE hopes to improve on this civic exercise first used nationwide by the Association in 2008. Forums will include incumbents, their challengers and candidates in open seats. NARFE members should contact their chapter and federation leaders to find out if a forum is planned in their area.

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