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Fed advocacy org celebrates 100th birthday

The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association is celebrating 100 years of its hard work in behalf of federal workers.

The organization was founded back in 1921. It currently reports roughly 175,000 members and more than 800 chapters across the country.

“For 100 years, NARFE has been fighting to preserve and enhance the earned pay and benefits of federal employees and retirees,” NARFE President Ken Thomas said in a statement. “And NARFE’s centennial celebrates that dedication.”

NARFE, in pursuit of preserving and advancing its goals, conducts everything from deep legislative research, to advocacy, to providing guidance to elected officials and the media on issues of fair compensation, benefits and related matters of interest to federal employees.

In recognition of the group’s indispensable contribution over the decades, and its remarkable longevity, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution commemorating the event.

“NARFE is grateful to Sens. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and James Lankford (R-Okla.), for introducing S.Res. 76, recognizing the vital contributions NARFE and its members have made to the United States over the past 100 years,” Thomas said in a release. “NARFE’s success relies on leaders like Senators Cardin and Lankford, who join us in promoting and defending the important work that federal employees do for this nation.”

“On behalf of the 5 million federal employees, retirees and their survivors represented by NARFE, I am honored that the Senate passed the resolution by unanimous consent,” Thomas continued. “The bipartisan spirit on display today on Capitol Hill is a tribute to the federal workforce, which serves our nation and its citizens regardless of political views or affiliation.”

Reader comments

Tue, Mar 9, 2021

Happy birthday to an organization that is the puppet of the current administration whims.

Fri, Mar 5, 2021

NARFE goes along with what the president and his associated idiots in congress and senate decide. Remember they are millionaires while most federal employees are not. That includes retirees. Both the democrats and republicans have it out for the federal employees who are not in management roles.

Wed, Mar 3, 2021

With luck organizations like this one and the unions will be able to hold the line and protect fed retiremen better than they have the last decade. Feds have lost some ground.

Tue, Mar 2, 2021

It is too bad that these two senator are not supporting the repeal or revision of the GPO/WEP laws which takes away some if not all SS benefits of federal employees. Over the 100 years that NARFE has been around Congress as a whole has done little to support their efforts to protect the benefits of the civil servants rather looking at them as handing fruit in which they can pluck away their benefits.

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