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7:43 am, March 6, 2015

Pay and Benefits News

Phasing in phased retirement

Phased retirement seemed like such a simple idea. But, it's like the federal government got hung up on the "Stupid" part of the K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple, Stupid approach to implementing it, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Friday - 03/06/2015, 03:00am EST

Walking through the federal minefield

Jennifer Mattingley, director of government affairs with Shaw Bransford and Roth, will discuss the federal pay raise, changes to the retirees cost of living program and other issues affected feds, and Federal Times Senior Writer Andy Medici will talk about phased retirement and possible changes in defense per diem rates.
March 4, 2015

Wednesday - 03/04/2015, 06:45pm EST
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Let's play What's My Disease?

What with a three-year bipartisan pay freeze, which was followed by back-to-back annual pay raises of 1 percentage point and ever increasing health premiums, it's been a long time since it was fun to be a fed, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Wednesday - 03/04/2015, 03:00am EST

Bipartisan House bill challenges DoD travel cuts

Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle are fighting back against the Pentagon's cost-cutting plan for employees who travel for work.

Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 11:24am EST

Estate planning for younger families

Attorney Marc Levine joins host Bob Leins to answer emails about estate planning.
March 2, 2015

Monday - 03/02/2015, 09:36pm EST
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Most TSP funds rise in February

All but one Thrift Savings Plan fund made steady progress last month. The fixed income F Fund lost 0.91 percent.

Monday - 03/02/2015, 12:47pm EST

TSP balance tops $113k: Are you smart, lucky or both?

When it comes to prepping for retirement, federal workers are doing much better than their private sector counterparts, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Monday - 03/02/2015, 03:00am EST

Lt. Gen. Jack Klimp, President, National Association for Uniformed Services

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said he's open to considering changes to the retirement plans for members of the military. The military compensation and retirement modernization commission has submitted its recommendations to the the secretary's office. Retired Marine Lt. Gen. Jack Klimp is president and CEO of the National Association for Uniformed Services. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the commission's work may be a good starting point for the discussion.

Thursday - 02/26/2015, 04:29pm EST
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TSP or an annuity? Look before you leap!

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey shares some expert advice on why converting your TSP balance to an annuity might not be a good idea.

Thursday - 02/26/2015, 03:00am EST

Pension tax, federal pay raise, and more

Greg Stanford and Katie Maddocks with the Federal Managers Association join host Mike Causey to discuss a proposed pay raise for feds, and Andy Medici with the Federal Times gives us an update on pending legislation in Congress that will affect federal workers.
February 25, 2015

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 05:11pm EST
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Furloughed, but not forgotten: Congress pushes DHS shutdown pay

In case of a Friday shutdown at the Department of Homeland Security, the House and Senate have both proposed bills that would give retroactive pay to the agency's 30,000 furloughed employees.

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 12:48pm EST

Surviving 2015: What are the odds?

Will the federal pay raise be 1.3 percent or 3.8 percent or something higher or lower -- or nothing at all? asks Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 03:00am EST

Tax savings now and during the year

Tax and estate planning attorney Tom O'Rourke joins host Bob Leins to answer your questions about tax shelters, the TSP, the Roth TSP, and the Section 529 plan.
February 23, 2015

Monday - 02/23/2015, 05:53pm EST
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Snow wreaks havoc on TSP customer service line

A snowstorm forced the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board to close down one of its call centers on the busiest call day of the year.

Monday - 02/23/2015, 01:50pm EST

The mysteries of estate planning

Host Mike Causey is joined by estate planner Tom O'Rourke who will discuss what you need to do to make sure your estate is in order.
February 18, 2015

Wednesday - 02/18/2015, 06:50pm EST

Wanted: You. Dead or alive!

Estate planning is not fun and it can be somewhat grim. But the only thing worse than doing it now is not doing it, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Wednesday - 02/18/2015, 03:00am EST

Medicare enrollment: A complex landscape

Federal benefits specialist Bob Braunstein joins host Bob Leins to discuss Medicare enrollment and whether it is an option for you.
February 16, 2015

Monday - 02/16/2015, 08:45pm EST
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The importance of being you

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says one of the benefits of being a big-time Washington-based columnist is learning from the best and brightest -- namely his readers.

Friday - 02/13/2015, 03:00am EST

The politics of feds

Janet Kopenhaver, Washington representative for the group Federally Employed Women, joins host Mike Causey to discuss the political leanings of federal workers.

Tuesday - 02/10/2015, 05:49pm EST

Laura Miller, Senior Military Sociologist, RAND Corporation

The Defense Department provides a number of programs to support military families. One program focuses on spouses, who face a number of challenges in developing a career. The My Career Advancement Account is designed to help military spouses further their education, and secure better employment. But a new study shows only one in five spouses uses the program. Laura Miller, a senior military sociologist at the RAND Corporation, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on MyCAA, and why it's not more widely used.

Tuesday - 02/10/2015, 09:53am EST
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