Current Federal Employees —
      NARFE is on Your Side

By Martin Wish, Chair Federal Legislative Committee, Maryland Federation

NARFE’s legislative agenda addresses numerous current federal employee issues. First and foremost, NARFE seeks to protect the earned benefits of both current employees and retirees. In protecting retirement benefits, it is also protecting the benefits that all current federal employees will enjoy when they retire.

NARFE vigorously supports and lobbies for Premium Conversion legislation. This legislation would continue into retirement the benefit that current employees have in paying health benefit premiums with pretax dollars, saving them an average of $800 a year. Currently, this benefit terminates at retirement.

NARFE lobbies actively for legislation that would repeal the Government Pension Offset and Windfall Elimination Provision which adversely affects current federal retirees by significantly reducing earned Social Security Benefits and/or spousal Social Security Benefits.

NARFE supports the proposal that would allow federal agencies to reemploy federal retirees on a limited part-time basis without offset of annuity from salary.

NARFE has consistently supported pay increase parity between federal employees and military personnel.

NARFE supports legislation to provide retiring federal employees the option of electing and paying the actuarial cost of additional survivor annuity amounts in 5% increments up to 75% of an unreduced annuity.

NARFE opposes policies on contracting out federal jobs that put employees at an unfair disadvantage in the competitive process.

NARFE is continually on guard against proposals that have surfaced, such as:

NARFE’s legislative agenda and goals are very important for all current federal employees.

Members should be aware that the NARFE national Web site offers easy access to the latest information on legislation important to federal workers and retirees. If you want to dip your own oar into the federal legislative waters (as you should), that site makes it easy to get messages to your senators and representative on Capitol Hill. Here’s a rundown on how you can use the NARFE national Web site to start lobbying them:

Go to Sign in as a member by entering your last name and membership number in the boxes indicated. Once you are signed in, put the pointer on the “Special Section” box at the top of the page, which brings up a menu that includes the “Legislative Action Center.”

Click on the Action Center to bring up the latest information on NARFE legislation along with a box labeled “Take Action.” Click on that to bring up a page with a sample message you can send and step by step directions on how to do it. In addition to “Take Action,” there’s also a box where you can enter your zip code to “Find Your Officials.” That will bring up a lineup of the president, our Maryland senators and the House member that matches your zip code.

Clicking on “Info” below the photo of a senator or House member will bring up contact and other information, including “Cosponsorship Status” on NARFE’s bills. Click on that and you will get a rundown on where the member stands on our legislation and an easy procedure for sending a message via letter or e-mail.

In addition to reporting on the status of pending legislation, the NARFE site offers a wealth of information on other topics important to current or retired feds. Try it. You may like it.

Important Federal Contacts

The phone numbers and e-mail addresses of our elected officials in Washington are on page 4 of our newsletter.

Maryland General Assembly

Would you like to know what’s going on in the Maryland General Assembly? Click that link to find out.

Do you know who represents you in Annapolis? Would you like to contact them? Those links are just what you need.

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This page was updated 16 October 2010.

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