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April 15, 2016 // This Week’s Notebook: Disability Benefits, Retirement Seminars, and Much More!

Item of the Week: Poly Ottoman Shirt
Features of this polo shirt: 100 percent moisture wicking polyester material, has “retail detail” on the collar, subtle texture on the body, color-matched buttons, taped placket, open cuffs and side vents. The logo is embroidered on the left chest.

Sizes: S-4XL.
Price: $32-$36.
Made in USA.

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To see the item and how to order: Click here. Select USPS or UPS as your shipping preference on your orders. Reminder: Apparel items take three to four weeks to deliver from date of order. If you need items by a certain date, please contact NATCA Store customer service for arrangements. Expedited shipping charges may apply.
To check on stock availability or for further assistance, call 800.266.0895 or email natcastore@natcadc.org.


Benefits Spotlight: UNUM
No matter what it is, things cost money. We’ve all invested heavily in our careers so we can have a better quality of life for both ourselves, and our loved ones. But, one of the inherent risks of this career is that it can be taken from us at a moment’s notice.

You know someone this has happened to, because it happens FAR too often. It’s a nightmare. Your way of providing a livelihood as you knew it is gone. You have to be thinking ASAP on what you are going to do next to provide for you and yours. But, while you are buried with whatever situation led to losing your career, your bills are piling up and savings can be depleted very quickly.

While this is obviously a terrible, all-too-common situation, you have the ability NOW to prevent it from being a catastrophic nightmare. You can protect 50 percent of your GROSS MONTHLY SALARY for up to FIVE YEARS with TAX FREE income while you sort out how to move forward. In your career, this situation WILL happen to someone you know. If that someone is YOU, how will you move on?

For information on how to keep the unthinkable from become a catastrophic nightmare, visit natcadisability.com.


Cambridge Corner: Got a divorce in your history?
If you have a divorce in your history, do you know the complete procedure you’ll need to follow in order to get any owed TSP funds paid out correctly? What about your retirement paperwork? Do you know what needs to be sent to OPM so you can retire without a hitch?

If you’ve been divorced, there are two distinct scenarios where you’ll need clear and complete paperwork in order to move on successfully. First, if your former spouse has been awarded a portion of your TSP but agreed not to touch your pension, you need to submit a copy of your court-approved divorce decree to the TSP as soon as possible – anytime in your career. This will make sure TSP knows how much needs to be distributed and who is to receive it. Then TSP can get those funds distributed to your former spouse and you can go on with your career.

If your former spouse also has a claim to a portion of your FERS or CSRS pension, you will need an additional document called a Qualified Domestic Relations Order or QDRO. The QDRO should be submitted to OPM’s Court Orders branch as soon as possible by trackable mail. OPM will then communicate with you and your attorney to clarify how your pension will be split. Obviously, it is highly recommended that you use a qualified divorce attorney who understands the Federal regulations.

Call 888-900-4690 or click here for more information on how Cambridge Financial Partners can help you.


Upcoming Retirement Seminars Provided By 4 Square:

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Standard seminar for members with more than 15 years of service held from 3-9 p.m. local time.

Register by signing on to the NATCA Portal. Please verify the personal information listed for you including email and cell phone number. If any information is incorrect or missing, please correct or add it under the “My Profile” tab.

To register for a seminar, click the “Events” tab, followed by “2016 Retirement Seminars”. Complete the requested information and click “Next”. When you come to the screen listing the seminars, select the one you wish to attend, hit “Next”, verify your requested seminar information and then click “Done”. You will receive a confirmation email that your registration was complete.

A second email will be sent two to three weeks prior to the seminar giving you the logistical information for the seminar. Also included in this email will be instructions on how to obtain a benefits estimate at the seminar.

Spouses and significant others are also invited to attend. Please ensure that you add them to the registration when asked if you will be bringing a guest.
Please try to register three weeks prior to the seminar. Walk-ins are permitted to attend as long as they can provide their membership ID number. However, you will be unable to obtain a benefits estimate at the seminar.

For any questions or problems with registration, please contact Grace Colby, NATCA Executive Administrative Assistant: (202) 220-9829, gcolby@natcadc.org.

Upcoming Retirement Seminars

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We are now offering Career Optimization and Retirement Education (C.O.R.E.) Seminars in many cities! These seminars are geared towards employees with zero to 15 years of service who want to maximize their retirement benefits and plan for financial stability in retirement. Log in to the Portal today to see which cities are offering this great new program.


NATCA EDGE – Designed exclusively for NATCA members!
Can’t get to an in-person retirement seminar? We’ll bring the seminar to you!

Presenting an all-new, flexible access, web-based session of our popular retirement benefits seminar:
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To register for a session, visit the NATCA Portal. Click “Events” on the menu bar on the home page, then select the “2016 NATCA Edge Online Retirement Webinar” link. Follow the questions and directions from there.

Personalized benefit estimate for participants paid for as an exclusive benefit for NATCA members. You will never be solicited or sold anything, ever!

For any questions or problems with registration, please contact Grace Colby, NATCA Executive Administrative Assistant: (202) 220-9829, gcolby@natcadc.org.