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March 31, 2016 // This Week’s Notebook: Communicating For Safety 2016, Member Benefits, Seminars, and Much More!

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Communicating For Safety 2016
Our photo album covers the entire conference, thanks to the great work of NATCA members Doug Jones (MIA) and Jay Tilles (ZTL).

See what attendees and viewers across the country had to say about the conference on social media:

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Store Item of the Week: Weston Shirt
This shirt is made of 100 percent polyester. It’s a fashion moisture management box-patterned shirt with a three-button placket. Features solid knit collar and sleeve welts. Price is $36-$41. This includes one custom logo for left chest embroidery (refer to the list of available logos on the store site). Sleeve initials are optional and cost an additional $10. Made in USA.

Click here to view the item. Ladies’ style also available. Order now at the NATCA store. Select USPS or UPS as your shipping preference on your orders. Be reminded, apparel and golf towels take 3-4 weeks to deliver. If you need items by a certain date, please contact NATCA Store Customer Service for arrangement. Expedited shipping charges may apply.

To check on stock availability or for further assistance, call 800.266.0895 or email [email protected].


Benefits Spotlight: Great Wolf Lodge
Looking for a quick anytime getaway for the family? Look no farther. As a NATCA member you are now also a member of the Preferred Pack Club at the Great Wolf Lodge Resorts.

NATCA has partnered with Great Wolf Lodge to bring NATCA members a 20 percent discount off the best available rates at any one of a dozen Great Wolf Lodge locations. There is something for everyone at Great Wolf Lodge including a colossal indoor water park heated to 84 degrees, themed restaurants, and more.

So, book your travel vacation to a Great Wolf Lodge resort near you at a 20 percent discount. You will have to present your NATCA member ID at check in.
Please click here for more information or to make reservations.


Cambridge Corner: 2016 FEGLI Open Season
OPM will hold the 2016 FEGLI open season from Sept. 1-30, 2016. During this time, federal employees who are eligible can elect or increase their FEGLI life insurance by submitting an election to their human resources office. Eligible employees may elect changes by electronic means where this option is available through their employing agency.

OPM noted that subject to FEGLI law and regulation, including applicable pay and duty status requirements, the effective date for changes to FEGLI coverage under an open season election will be delayed one full year to the beginning of the first full pay period on or after Oct. 1, 2017.

Outside of an open season, eligible employees can enroll or increase their coverage by taking a physical exam or with a Qualifying Life Event (retirees can never increase their FEGLI coverage, even during a FEGLI open season). FEGLI life events are marriage, divorce, death of spouse, or acquisition of an eligible child. With a life event, employees can enroll or increase coverage in Basic, Option A, up to five multiples of Option B, and/or up to five multiples of Option C. Employees must submit form SF 2817 to the human resources office within 60 days after the life event.

OPM reminded participants that federal employees and federal retirees can reduce or cancel FEGLI at any time. Enrollees who are satisfied with their current FEGLI coverage do not need to make any elections during the 2016 FEGLI open season.

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. 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, [email protected].


We are now offering Career Optimization and Retirement Education (C.O.R.E.) Seminars in many cities! These seminars are geared towards employees with 0-15 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:

May 26; 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. EDT
July 12; 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. PDT
Oct. 18; 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. CDT
Dec. 6; 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. EST

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, [email protected].