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4:57 am, May 30, 2015

Benefits News

Coming up: How to pick your people

Estate planner Mark Levine joins host Bob Leins to discuss what to look for when picking powers of attorney, health care agents, trustees and executors.
June 1, 2015

Updated 27 minutes, 54 seconds ago

What's your number?

Even if your retirement plan consists of a couple of coin-filled Mason jars behind the refrigerator or buried in the back yard, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says you should to take the numbers test.

Friday - 05/29/2015, 03:00am EDT

What is the best date for you to retire?

Tammy Flanagan with the National Institute of Transition Planning will answer your retirement planning questions, including how to choose the right retirement date for you.
May 27, 2015

Wednesday - 05/27/2015, 05:11pm EDT

40 minutes to a richer retirement

By picking the right date, federal employees can maximize their income for that year, minimize taxes for the following year and get the most money out of their unused annual leave, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Wednesday - 05/27/2015, 03:00am EDT

Discussion of TSP issues by the people who know

The Federal Thrift Retirement Investment Board's Greg Long and Kim Weaver join hosts Bob Leins and Tammy Flanagan to discuss the TSP and plans to use a loan from the G Fund to help fund the federal deficit.
May 25, 2015

Monday - 05/25/2015, 09:12pm EDT
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Fed bashing: How bad is it?

Federal Drive host Tom Temin joins Mike Causey to discuss fed bashing and federal job security, and Federal Times senior writer Andy Medici will tell us Congress has in store for feds after the Memorial Day break.
May 20, 2015

Wednesday - 05/20/2015, 07:22pm EDT

Will this be the year Congress overhauls workers' comp?

In the plan: reducing workers' comp for those who reach retirement age and eliminating the additional family benefits that those with dependents now receive.

Wednesday - 05/20/2015, 02:18pm EDT

How benefits, financial and tax planning coordinate with each other

Certified financial planner John Jilek joins hosts Bob Leins and John Elliott to discuss tax brackets, TSP distributions, retirement tax rates and more.
May 18, 2015

Monday - 05/18/2015, 08:07pm EDT
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New bill aims to improve oversight of FEHBP prescription drug benefits

Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) introduced a new bill that would improve federal oversight of the prescription drug benefits of federal employees and retirees and reduce the cost of prescription drugs.

Monday - 05/18/2015, 06:30pm EDT

Phased retirement: Is it for you?

NITP Senior Benefits Director Tammy Flanagan joins host Mike Causey for an hour long discussion of the pending phased retirement program.
May 13, 2015

Wednesday - 05/13/2015, 05:06pm EDT
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Clarification: Military-Maternity Leave story

Clarification: Military-Maternity Leave story

Wednesday - 05/13/2015, 12:47pm EDT

What does Congress have planned for you?

NARFE legislative director Jessica Klement and Federal Times reporter Andy Medici join host Mike Causey to discuss proposed benefit cuts for federal workers and retirees.
May 6, 2015

Wednesday - 05/06/2015, 05:56pm EDT

TSP withdrawal strategies

Financial planning expert Dave Redden joins host Bob Leins to discuss strategies for withdrawing your TSP funds after you retire.
May 4, 2015

Monday - 05/04/2015, 09:55pm EDT
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New federal leave policies a good start, but more should be done

President Barack Obama's memo directing OPM and federal agencies to implement leave practices that support parental leave was a good start, but more needs to be done, says former DHS human capital exec Jeff Neal.

Friday - 05/01/2015, 04:40am EDT

Answers to your questions about long term care insurance

Joan Melanson, director of program promotion for Long Term Care Partners, joins host Mike Causey to discuss why feds should enroll in the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program.
April 29, 2015

Wednesday - 04/29/2015, 05:09pm EDT
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Rehired annuitants help bridge agency skills gaps, but are they enough?

Agencies' succession and next-generation training plans are unfocused, thanks to hiring freezes and budget cuts. Mission-critical projects pop up, but departments lack the workforce expertise to see them through when long-time federal employees retire. In part 2 of our special report, The Reverse Retirement Wave, we examine how some agencies are turning to reemployed annuitants for help navigating the rough waters.

Tuesday - 04/28/2015, 02:04am EDT
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Understanding financial literacy

NITP federal benefits specialist Ray Kirk joins co-hosts Bob Leins and Tammy Flanagan to discuss what you can do to improve your financial literacy.
April 27, 2014

Monday - 04/27/2015, 06:24pm EDT
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VA pledges broad review of claims processing

VA pledges top-down review of claims processing amid mismanagement in Philadelphia

Sunday - 04/26/2015, 12:30pm EDT

TSP board defends delays in cyber fixes

Participants in the Thrift Savings Plan might not like to hear their accounts don't have all the recommended cybersecurity protections they need. But the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board is taking its insider threat security development so seriously, it's putting its own cybersecurity testers through the ringer.

Thursday - 04/23/2015, 01:55pm EDT
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20 years later: An update on the orphans of Oklahoma City

Steve Bauer, executive director of the Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund, joins host Mike Causey to give us an update on the two hundred children who were given college scholarships after losing at least one parent in the Oklahoma City bombing.
April 22, 2015

Wednesday - 04/22/2015, 05:23pm EDT
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