OUR NEXT MEETING IS 1PM WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2014 (Eat at Noon); PICNIC WED, JULY 16TH

Our meeting is held at the Golden Corral, 995 South Perryville Road, Rockford IL.
We eat at 12 noon and our meeting starts promptly at 1pm and our "no longer than one hour meeting" ends at 2pm.

Our GUEST SPEAKER will be ANNOUNCED

Click on Red ABOUT US above for our By-Laws & Constitution Click on RED FAQ above for listing of Officers and Committee Chairs

ANNUAL PICNIC WEDNESDAY, JULY 16TH, NOON, LOMBARDI CLUB (inside air conditioned), 209 Olive Street, Rockford IL;  Meat & drink furnished;  Bring a dish to pass; Bingo & friends

$15.00 REWARD FOR GOING ON DUES WITHHOLDING

2015 COLA  1.35 (due 01-01-2015)

CLICK ON 'CALCULATOR' LINK IN LEFT COLUMN TO SEE HOW MUCH MONEY YOU WIWOULD HAVE LOST BY CALCULATING YOUR COLA WITH A 'CHAINED CPI'

Change your tax withholding call 888-767-6738. OPM’s hours of operations are from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Eastern time.

Or you can change your withholding amount online athttps://www.servicesonline.opm.gov/     You will need a password you have used in the last few months. OPM cancels your password if haven’t used it in the last six months. If you don’t have a password, you may want to request one when you call OPM.

NARFE Legislative Hotline – July 11, 2014
Message from NARFE President Joseph A. Beaudoin

“The NARFE National Convention, August 24-28 in Orlando, FL, is every member’s opportunity to participate in shaping the future of our organization, including our legislative program. I urge you to join us for this not-to-be-missed event. Use the information below to make hotel reservations. I look forward to seeing you in Orlando!”

NARFE Biennial Convention Hotel Deadline Reminder
The cutoff date for making reservations for the Rosen Centre Hotel -- the NARFE National Convention hotel -- at the low NARFE group rate is fast approaching! The cutoff for reservations is 5 p.m. on Monday, July 21, 2014, to receive the NARFE rate of $95/night. Once this cutoff date has passed, any remaining rooms in the NARFE guest-room block will be released. Late and cancelled/replaced reservations may be made only on a space-available basis.
To make reservations, call 1-800-204-7234 or go to the hotel website, www.RosenCentre.com. To get the NARFE group rate, use Group Code 50485.

Defending Legislative and Political Interests at Convention
NARFE-PAC, NARFE’s Political Action Committee, is a crucial part of our advocacy efforts. After a successful rollout at the 2012 National Convention, the 2014 NARFE-PAC Breakfast will feature a special speaker, Dr. Aubrey Jewett, University of Central Florida associate professor of political science. The breakfast is a gesture of thanks to NARFE-PAC’s generous and sustaining donors, and will encourage members to learn more about NARFE-PAC. To see if you qualify to attend the breakfast, see page 46 of the July narfe magazine, or contact the Legislative Department at leg@narfe.org. Space is limited, so sign up today by emailing leg@narfe.org.

NARFE-Supported Legislation Seeks Equal Treatment for Feds
The Federal Employee Combat Zone Tax Parity Act of 2014 (H.R.4621) is NARFE-supported legislation to extend the tax credit available to military personnel who serve in combat zones to the civilian federal employees working alongside them. This bipartisan measure is sponsored by Reps. Rob Wittman, R-VA; Frank R. Wolf, R-VA; and Gerry E. Connolly, D-VA. Use the NARFE Legislative Action Center to easily send a convincing email to your representative asking for his/her support.

Appropriations Makes Progress, CR Looms
While the annual appropriations process is making some progress, many Congress-watchers are predicting that there just isn’t enough time remaining in this election year to complete all 12 appropriations bills. The fiscal year begins October 1, a month prior to mid-term elections for the entire House and a third of the Senate. If appropriations are incomplete, a near certainty now, a continuing resolution (CR) would be required. Any CR is an opening for mischief. NARFE members and chapters, coming out of summer hiatus, will need to be ready in September for prompt action should the need arise.

OPM’s Mixed Week
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) had a good news/bad news week. The good news: OPM, in June, again made progress on its retirement claims backlog, cutting the number of outstanding applications to the lowest point in years (12,391). The bad news for OPM came in the form of NARFE-pleasing letters from Congress on phased retirement. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-CA, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, sent one of the two chastising letters to OPM. The other letter came from a bipartisan group of lawmakers. Both letters expressed disappointment in the more than two years it has taken for the final regulations on phased retirement to be implemented. Congressional pressure may speed the finalizing process, as many NARFE members are eagerly awaiting this option.