Monthly Archives: May 2014

Memorial Day 2014 Legislative Update from your Maryland Federation Legislative Committee

As we acknowledge Memorial Day, we not only salute our departed warriors but particularly recognize with gratitude our Veterans and Active Duty Military men and women in our Maryland NARFE family.  We must always remind ourselves of the sacrifices they and their families have made, and continue to make each day, to keep us out of harm’s way.

Our legislators on Capitol Hill have advanced a few bills of special interest to our Maryland NARFE members.

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee held several meetings on the Postal Reform Act, S. 1486, and voted to approve the Bill on February 6, 2014.  Senator Mikulski (D-MD), in response to NARFE Maryland Federation’s First Vice President and Legislative Chair Bishop Dr. Roundtree stated:  “…I understand your concerns about proposals to change health or retirement benefits for postal workers or change workers’ compensation for any federal employees injured on the job.  Knowing of your concerns will be very helpful to me, should this legislation be debated by the full Senate.”  On May 21, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee approved H.R. 4670, requiring the U.S. Postal Service to convert 1.5 million addresses per year, for the next 10 years, from “to the door” delivery, to neighborhood clusterboxes.  NARFE strongly opposes this proposal noting the covert danger where: “seniors especially would have to walk several blocks to retrieve their daily mail.”

The House approved Fiscal Year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act by 325-98.  The Bill: (automatically) provides cost-of-living 1.8 percent pay raise for troops (more than the Administration’s proposed one percent); freezes pay for general and flag officers in FY 2015 (recommended by the Administration); prohibits DOD from using funds to close Commissary stores (government-subsidized stores on bases for service members and their families); includes an amendment that extends for another five years, government agencies’ authority to re-hire federal retirees without a salary offset (recommended by NARFE); rejects the Administration’s reductions to TRICARE (DOD’s health care program); ditches the Administration’s proposal to execute another round of base closures, and directs DOD Secretary to submit a report by March 1, 2015 on BRAC effectiveness.

The Senate’s recess extends from May 26 to 30, and June 30 to July 4.  The House recesses from June 2 to 6, and June 30 to July 4.  Both Chambers are on summer recess from August 1 through September 5.

Updated Survey Results and Questions Provided by SLC Chair Ed Bice

TO: Executive Committee, Federation Committee Chairs, Chapter Presidents, SLC Committee Members and Chapter Legislative Points of Contact

FROM: State Legislative Chair Ed Bice

Comments from Ed Bice:

The survey results should be shared with your members before the primary date of June 24 as the candidates were informed that the results of the survey would be shared with their constituents. The results can be shared by email, chapter newsletters, and/or at chapter meetings. Results of the survey can be used as a guide for member voting.

You may click here to view the survey as a PDF file.

Also, here is the survey for legislators so you may read the three questions posed to each. If the cell is blank on the survey it is because that legislator or gubernatorial candidate did not send a response. Blank indicates no response.

Maryland Governor Candidates’ Forum – May 16, 2014

You’re Invited!
Maryland Governor Candidates’ Forum
Friday, May 16, 2014
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

All Candidates for Maryland Governor invited
Frederick Hilton Garden Inn
7226 Corporate Court, Frederick, MD 21703
Free and Open to the Public

Sponsored by:

  • Business & Professional Women of Maryland
  • Business & Frederick Community College (FCC)
  • American Association of University Women (AAUW)
  • Maryland Legislative Agenda for Women (MLAW)
  • Francis Scott Key Lions Club
  • Maryland Federation of National Active and Retired Federal Employees
  • Business & Professional Women’s Foundation of Maryland

For additional information and sponsorship opportunities, please contact or Conference Chairman Theresa Foster @ 410-591-8970 or


50+ Vital Living through Volunteering

Montgomery County Vital Living Network is hosting a workshop for those 50+ that are interested in volunteering.  A free one-hour workshop, “50+: Vital Living Through Volunteering,” will be presented at the Germantown Library on Tuesday, May 20 from 11 a.m. to noon, followed by a question-and-answer session.  The library is located at 19840 Century Blvd.

For details on this event, click here.

Jewish Council for the Aging – 50+ Employment Expo: May 12, 2014

The Jewish Council for the Aging – 50+ – will be holding an Employment Expo on May 12, 2014. For further details click here.