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Sad News

Our Good Friend and Past President,

Arnold Hartigan, Has Passed Away.

More details as we receive them.


Idaho Federation Members in Washington, D.C.

Visiting Our Congress While At Training For

Legislative Action






New NARFE webinar Thursday, Feb. 23: 'TSP: Love It or Leave It'  
Your Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) account plays an important role in financing your retirement. But how comfortable are you managing your withdrawals and other investment options? Sign up today for this new NARFE Federal Benefits Institute webinar on Thursday, February 23, at 2 p.m. ET. Federal benefits expert Tammy Flanagan will guide you through the options available so you can maximize your savings. Stay online following the one-hour webinar for a BONUS Q&A chat session. Click here to register.

All NARFE Federal Benefits Institute webinars are free to NARFE members. The nonmember registration fee of $39.95 includes a one-year membership in NARFE with full member benefits, including a subscription to narfe magazine.

The webinar and chat will be available online at for on-demand viewing within 48 hours


**ID Federation Monthly Financial Report for March 2017 Click to See Report


Letter Regarding Protect America's Heartbeat Program
PAH Letter

Important Letter Sent to OPM by NARFE






NARFE Joins Congressional Leaders in Calling for Action on Disproportionate Medicare Premiums Increase

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Idaho Redistricting Authority Map and Additional Information That May Be of Interest
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(Click here to see State Legislative and Boise map)


Important Letter Sent to OPM by NARFE
Regarding the Recent Breach



Important Information Regarding the latest
OPM Computer Hack







Follow this link to access the Library where a lot of information from the Region IX Training is posted Click HERE!  (New Power Point Presentations Added)


Take action to protect your benefits by sending a message to Capitol Hill! For access to your legislators’ bios, their positions on  NARFE-supported bills and suggested text for you to send to your members of Congress, CLICK HERE. (Note: By clicking on this link, you will be redirected to a different Web site.)


Dear NARFE Member,
For the third consecutive summer I have received from the following organizations a large number of letters each requesting a donation.  In 2014 I kept track and listed the number of letters received from each organization.  From the “Senior Citizens League” four letters and two surveys, from the “American Federation of Senior Citizens” one letter and one survey, from the “Alliance for Retired Americans” one letter with a petition, from the “AARP” one letter and three petitions for signature, and from the “National Committee To Protect Social Security and Medicare” 21 letters most with petitions to Idaho’s 1st District Congressman Raul Labrador and both of Idaho’s Senators.  Now if I was to make a minimum contribution of say $5.00 each that would have amounted to $140.00 and over 50% of my Social Security.  I like the idea that they are all working for an $80 increase to Social Security that each of us receives monthly, but the battle rules have changed.
On November 4, 2014, American voters went to the polls and elected to Washington, DC a Republican majority in the US Senate and increased the Republican majority in the House of Representatives. 
Let’s talk about some details that were widely reported by the news media, so let’s call them facts for lack of any better terminology.  Most Republicans are well-meaning persons, with good intentions and strong beliefs that what they are doing is correct.  After the 2012 elections the Republicans said they would not help President Obama and they would repeal the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obama Care. 
In the House of Representatives they voted 50 times to repeal the Affordable Care Act and passed the Ryan Budget twice and a number of other bills that went absolutely nowhere.  They failed to pass any meaningful legislation that would help the nation.  In the US Senate they did even less.  Except the Congress shut down the government and sent all federal workers home and has refused to pay them as they feuded with the President over who was running things. 
During the election process the Republicans managed to sell to voters the idea that this was the President’s problem and that the President caused the problems. And, further, that the lack of meaningful legislation was the result of the majority leader of the Senate and not the Republican Party.  I doubt that I will ever figure out how they completely sold the biggest fairy tale in politics to the voters of the nation, but let’s face it, now we have a Democratic President and a Republican Congress. 
According to the experts let’s take a look at what’s in store for the new Senate? The answer is much of the same gridlock and grind. Why, because President Obama is prepared to use veto power on his most valued issues.  Senator Mitch McConnell in his victory speech pointed to an “obligation to work together on issues where we can agree”.  Meanwhile Republicans in the House say they will recycle a raft of bills, most of them relatively narrow in scope that they’ve passed before but never gotten through the Senate.  Among other things those measures would open up more oil and gas drilling, require government agencies to disclose more about their process of writing regulations, and encourage employers to hire more military veterans.  In short, GOP control of the hill means a rough road for federal workforce.
Even though Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Paul Ryan (R-WI) will not be chairmen of the Government Oversight Committee and Budget Committee, NARFE predictions are that federal employees still have some worries as both have written the Congressional Budget Office asking for the budgetary impact of different options for reforming FERS retirement system.  Congressman Ryan’s budget wants to charge the government employees an additional $125 million, plus pay an additional 5.5% for retirement, and put tough sequestration cuts back into the budget.  At this time it does not appear that the President’s budget will contain the Chained CPI COLA adjustment, but this could change almost any time for almost any reason. 
So if you are a federal employee or a federal retiree get ready for a very busy year.  Be ready to fight to save your benefits.  If you think that someone else can do it for you, be happy with what little you have left!
Daniel J. Bosse
Idaho Federation Legislative Chairman


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The Gemette Spring 2017 Issue
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Chapter Newsletters!
Click to access Chapters 83, 218, 515, 763, 1025 & 1959 Latest Newsletter- If you would like your Chapters newsletter posted, please email the webmaster!


                     JOIN NARFE TODAY

Membership is open to civilians employed in any agency of the Federal or D.C. governments, including:

  • Retirees
  • Current employees
  • Spouses of current employees or retirees
  • Former employees eligible for deferred annuity
  • Survivors of those eligible to join NARFE

Enrollment includes membership in a Chapter, State Federation and the National Association, with a subscription to NARFE's monthly magazine "Retirement Life" and NC Federation paper. Members are encouraged to have dues withheld from their annuities.



NARFE's mission has remained the same since 1921, to protect and improve the retirement benefits of federal retirees, employees and their families.

Our current legislative agenda focuses on enacting bills to:

Extend the Premium Conversion rights that federal and postal employees have to federal annuitants, so that retirees too can pay their Federal Employee Health Benefits premiums with pre-tax dollars and save an average $400 each year; and,
Repeal the Social Security Government Pension Offset (GPO) and Windfall Elimination Program. (WEP), two provisions which can substantially reduce the expected retirement income of retired federal workers.

People who join NARFE know the most effective means of change starts from within. Each NARFE member's voice and support carries twice its strength in making a difference on Capitol Hill.

People who join NARFE know the only way to make change is to pursue what is right and just so that the only result is the outcome they seek. People who join NARFE know legitimate legislative change involves time, money, dedication and the constant pursuit of what is right and just. It is with this in mind that NARFE has helped change the future for the federal community.

Click here to see how NARFE has influenced the federal community.

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NARFE realizes that information is the most powerful key in unlocking the potential of your future. Federal employees, retirees and survivor annuitants who are well informed and actively involved in NARFE are the best defense against the potential erosion or stagnation of the future you've earned.

Federal benefits and insurance issues can be complicated. The federal workforce knows how difficult it can be to get information in this era of shrinking human resource personnel. Overwhelmed and understaffed, personnel offices often do not have time to help employees plan their futures one by one. Retirees and survivors know how difficult it can be to reach OPM.

NARFE provides the solution with the resources you need. Members of NARFE have access to a wealth of information through our Web site, monthly magazine, newsletters, NARFE staff, and volunteers located throughout the country. Join forces with the ultimate federal retirement guides and get the answers you need.

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I Just Retired. What Happens Now?

Your personnel office prepares a "Certified Summary of Federal Service" which lists your verified Federal civilian and military service. You should be given an opportunity to review and sign this summary. Your personnel office will also;

(1) certify your Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance coverage to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) if you are eligible to continue coverage into retirement
(2) forward any current designation of beneficiary for your life insurance, or the amount of your retirement contributions, to OPM
(3) process the personnel action to separate you from Federal service
(4) complete the Agency Checklist of Immediate Retirement Procedures.

After your personnel office completes all of its actions, your application and related records are sent to your payroll office. Your payroll office will authorize your final salary payment from your agency after you separate for retirement, and a lump sum payment for any unused annual leave.

Your payroll office will also certify your Individual Retirement Record card, which is the official record of your current service, pay rates, unused sick leave, last day of pay, date and type of separation, and other information used by OPM to determine your retirement benefits. Payroll will then complete the agency checklist and certify your basic pay for life insurance, if necessary.

Your retirement package is then forwarded on a Register of Separation and Transfers to the OPM Retirement Operations Center, Boyers, Pennsylvania16017. Some Federal agencies are transmitting retirement information to OPM by computer tape, which allows OPM and your payroll office to both take needed actions. The package should be forwarded to OPM within 30 days of your separation, although this does not always happen. If the package is not forwarded, contact your agency. OPM cannot act until they have your records.

Note that disability applicants must have their disability approved before any of the above separation process can take place. Preliminary information will be sent to OPM with your disability application to complete the disability finding first. Receipt of a retirement claim number is part of the disability process, and does not mean that your application has been approved.

Shortly after they receive your application and register of separation, OPM will send you an acknowledgement. This will include a "CSA" claim number. The claim number is important because it is the number used by OPM to locate your retirement file, and records on their computer.

OPM can authorize interim annuity payments to provide you with an income until work on your retirement is completed. OPM will send you a notice informing you of the amount, usually between 85% and 95% of the regular amount you will be due- after deductions, such as for health insurance. Interim payments are paid on the first of the month for the previous month. These payments continue until work is completed on your retirement.

The goal at OPM is to complete your retirement within 45 days of the time they receive your records from your payroll office. If your records have left your payroll office, you can check on the status of your retirement by calling 202-606-0500 in the Washington D.C. area or 1- 888-767-6738 toll free outside of Washington. Hearing impaired can call 1-800-878-5707.

If you want to make immediate changes to your Federal or state tax withholding, or purchase savings bonds by deduction from your annuity, you can use Annuitant Express. Have your annuitant identification card with your CSA number, and your Social Security number handy. Then call the toll free number 1-800-409-6528 on a touch tone telephone. You need to be ready to indicate the exact amount of Federal income tax you want withheld from your monthly annuity, if this is the change you want to make.

OPM is also making the above services, and others, available on the Retirement Information Office number 1-888-767-6738 (202-606-0500 in the Washington D.C. area). You will need a PIN (personal identification) number to use this system. A PIN can be obtained by contacting the Office of Personnel Management, Retirement Services Division, Room 1312, Attention PIN, Washington DC 20415.

Also see our information on the Thrift Savings Plan and Social Security if these will apply to you.






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