OUR NEXT MEETING IS 1PM WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2014 (Eat at Noon);

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

Our listing of Officers and Committee Chairs is listed in left hand column.

$15.00 REWARD FOR GOING ON DUES WITHHOLDING

2015 COLA  1.8 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 25, 2014                                                               Message from NARFE President Joseph A. Beaudoin

“Uncertainty creates opportunity. While it is clear the final week of July will be the last week before the five-week congressional summer recess, most everything else on Capitol Hill is uncertain. I urge each NARFE member to harness this opportunity by seeking out incumbent lawmakers and their challengers during the recess, August 1 through Labor Day. Use your August narfe magazine, page 33, to show incumbents that the federal family votes in every state and district. Share NARFE issue priorities with all candidates.”

Choose Your Own Advocacy Adventure

This summer, senators and representatives will spend more time in their home states and districts, meeting with constituents and campaigning for office. NARFE members must not let this opportunity to interact with their legislators and candidates pass them by. August is “NARFE Grass-Roots Advocacy Month.” If you’re unsure where or how to start, use the new “Choose Your Own Advocacy Adventure” flowchart on NARFE’s homepage. Complete a new chart for each representative, senator and candidate for those offices. The NARFE Legislative Department staff is willing and eager to assist, so don’t hesitate to contact us at leg@narfe.org.

What Lies Ahead

After the recess, Congress will have about three weeks in September to fund the government for at least part of fiscal year 2015, which begins October 1. While the House has passed several appropriations bills, all 12 bills are far from enactment. If that were not enough, Congress is also grappling with these issues: the looming insolvency of the Highway Trust Fund, expired tax provisions, an influx of unaccompanied minors along the border, and a seemingly endless debate over the future of the VA. The lame-duck period between the November elections and the start of the new Congress in January could prove to be a busy one.

Congressional Election Handicapping and Resources

Organizations in Washington with deep pockets spend lavishly for information that is very similar to what others make available for free. The University of Virginia’s Center for Politics offers an electronic newsletter, “Crystal Ball,” that provides excellent election forecasting. To become a subscriber, click here. Roll Call, the longest running of the three Capitol Hill tabloids, has just posted updated campaign finance summaries for competitive and open House seats and the 36 Senate seats on 2014 ballots. OpenSecrets gathers Federal Election Commission campaign finance data and makes it available for free. For instance, OpenSecrets allows you to find how much outside spending, and by whom, is occurring in House and Senate races.

Consumer Prices Rise in June

On July 22, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov/cpi or 202-691-6994) reported that the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) rose to 234.702 in June, an increase of 0.21 percent from May. With three months remaining in the measurement year, the June index is 1.9 percent higher than the 2013 third-quarter average index (230.327). For Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA) beneficiaries, the first six months of the calendar year have seen a 2.4 percent increase from the December 2013 index (229.174). COLAs for FECA beneficiaries are determined by each calendar year’s percentage change in the CPI-W. July consumer price indices will be released on Tuesday, August 19. The final puzzle piece, September data, is to be released on October 22. More information is available to NARFE members on our website.