Saturday, August 18, 2018

Meeting your Representative or Senator

As beneficial as it is to understand best practices when advocating on behalf of NARFE, it is equally important to understand what not to do when communicating with legislators and congressional staff. Let’s review the top three things according to the Congressional Management Foundation that congressional staff do not like to hear during congressional meetings.

3) Argumentative Meeting Attendees

There is a difference between disagreeing about a policy and arguing with a legislator or staff. Disagreement and healthy debate about an issue are fine; arguing is not. You will be remembered, but not in a good way, and your actions may cast a shadow over NARFE. 

2) Frustration When Space is Limited

Congressional offices are small. If you have more than five people in your group, you may be left standing out in the hallway or in the front of the office. Plus, having many people talking at once dilutes the impact of NARFE’s message. Try to limit your group to no more than five people. If you do have a large group, assign a few people (specifically constituents) the responsibility of delivering the message. Always, before you meet, alert the staffer to how many people will be in attendance.

And the number one pet peeve of congressional staff is:

1) Meetings with Non-Constituents

Members of Congress are elected to represent their constituents. Period. If you are not a constituent or are not connected to the constituents as a representative of NARFE, you are not relevant to them. If you are interested in representing NARFE to engage your legislator, connect with your federation leadership or the NARFE advocacy department to determine how you can best advocate on behalf of NARFE. 

If you have accidentally done these things, don’t worry. Use this knowledge to create a more productive meeting environment for the future.

Report Back After Your Meeting or Event

Share your advocacy activity with the advocacy department by completing the Congressional Meeting or Event Feedback Form on NARFE's Legislative Action Center.

NARFE's August 2018 Legislative Priorities

Click on the links below to call, tweet, or email your legislators via NARFE's Legislative Action Center regarding NARFE's legislative priorities. 

If you aren’t planning to attend a congressional meeting this August you can take action in plenty of other ways: 
Attend a congressional town hall (click here to learn about town hall meetings near you) 
Engage your legislators and their staff at community events, such as state fairs and parades 

Learn more about how to protect your earned pay and benefits in the Grassroots Advocacy Month page of the NARFE website here

Now go advocate! Please contact with any questions about Grassroots Advocacy Month.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Alzheimer's Ticket Winner

Rose Nicely of Edgewood, KY is the August winner of the Alzheimer's Ticket Drawing. Please pass this information to your chapter members.
REMEMBER: Second round of voting for National president is now open. Encourage everyone to vote!!!!!

The Prize Each Month for 1 Winner is $100.00

It is OK to keep some unsold tickets

The 1st. stubs and money should be received before May 2014, the first drawing.
Any late received checks & stubs will be entered for later drawings.

Please remind members that the tickets may be sold to friends and family members. This raffle is not limited to NARFE members. This letter has all necessary information; you may want to copy it and forward it with the Chapter tickets.


August 14, 2018

This issue of NewsWatch is provided to you as a member of NARFE. Please share this newsletter with your federal colleagues and friends!


Three talking points for AugustShare on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
During the congressional recess in August, Grassroots Advocacy Month is important for advocating NARFE legislative priorities to your legislators. Engage and encourage them with fellow NARFE members by detailing the three talking points: postal reform; the proposed 2019 federal pay freeze; and federal benefits cuts.

Check out the talking points document for more information about these three legislative priorities. As NARFE leaders, you play an important role in advancing the association’s legislative priorities. NARFE’s advocacy department wants to make sure you are prepared to organize and lead efforts in your state/district during August, which is NARFE’s Grassroots Advocacy Month. To assist you in your efforts, the materials are available online.

Thank you for representing NARFE and leading your fellow NARFE members to advocate for protecting your earned pay and benefits. Please contact with any questions about Grassroots Advocacy Month.


New pre-retirement webinar September 20Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
All set to retire? Don’t take chances with your paperwork. Get it right the first time with help from federal benefits expert James Marshall in a one-hour webinar titled “Retirement Forms: The Devil’s in the Details.” Learn the process so you will deliver a flawless retirement transition package.

This NARFE Federal Benefits Institute webinar is on September 20 at 2 p.m. ET. Registration is required, and NARFE members register for free. Nonmember registration is $39.95 and includes a one-year NARFE membership. NARFE Membership includes access to the full webinar archive, which helps NARFE members take charge of their benefits and guarantee a secure future. Not yet a member? View the list of programs here and register today!


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Join your fellow Feds at FEDcon18 in Jacksonville, Florida, August 26-28 for a one-of-a-kind leadership and training conference that is especially for the federal community. Registration is still open, and one-dayregistrations are available.

This event includes more than 30 sessions of vital interest to current and retired Feds. Topics range from managing your TSP to learning how to advocate for your benefits locally. Attendees can connect with old friends and meet new friends at one of the many networking events, including Florida Night and the Closing Night Gala, where you can dance the night away.

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3 percent retiree COLA remains elusiveShare on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
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Federal, military and Social Security retirees hoping for a minimum 3 percent cost-of-living adjustment in January will have to wait until at least next month to find out if they hit what for many has been the magic mark. That’s because the official inflation rate actually dropped slightly in July. With two months to go in the inflation-catch-up countdown, the tens of millions who receive civil service benefits, military retired pay or Social Security are currently at the 2.71 percent level.  READ MORE

Federal retirement claims up nearly 16 percent so far in 2018 over the same period last yearShare on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
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The number of federal workers who filed retirement claims with the Office of Personnel Management from January to July is 15.6 percent higher than it was over the same period last year, according to statistics released by the agency Monday. Between January and July 2017, 59,987 federal employees had filed retirement paperwork with OPM. But over the same period this year, that number increased to 69,340.  READ MORE

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Millennials remain one of the most socially minded generations of America. Still, their presence in government — an institution that at its core is designed to promote the general welfare — lags far behind the private sector. Critically, millennials comprise less than 10 percent of information technology employees in the government, according to the Office of Personnel Management’s FedScope data.  READ MORE

Who decides when (and maybe even if) you can afford to retire?Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
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What is or should be the deciding factor in when and if you retire? Are you leaving at the first opportunity? Or are you planning to work extra because you like the job or your coworkers and want to build your annuity? Are you planning a December or January departure to get the best tax break and carry over the maximum amount of annual leave? Does your departure date depend on your spouse, your health or college bills?  READ MORE



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Tammy Flanagan writes, "An essential part of retirement readiness is planning for your life after retirement. Many of my friends and associates are making this transition, and I’m beginning to see a pattern. There are those who jump into retirement headfirst, like my husband. He adjusted naturally to life without an alarm clock, rush hour traffic and someone else setting his schedule."