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Pay and Benefits News

Phased retirement and financial awareness

Federal benefits expert Ray Kirk gives his thoughts on OPM's phased retirement guidelines and what they mean for you.
September 1, 2014

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Obama calls for 1 percent pay increase for feds starting Jan. 1

President Barack Obama called for a 1 percent pay increase for federal employees Friday to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2015. Congress still has the ability to block the increase when members return to work Sept. 8.

Friday - 08/29/2014, 06:13pm EDT

The last thong of summer?

As the unofficial end of summer arrives, feds are packing up their sneakers, thongs, spandex and comfortable clothes and donning their professional business attire -- or maybe not, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Friday - 08/29/2014, 02:00am EDT

Pay raises vs. COLAs: Are the numbers cooked?

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says he has lots in common with actor George Clooney. Yet, they may differ on what's cheap, what's a bargain and what's an outrage.

Thursday - 08/28/2014, 02:00am EDT

The COLA countdown

Federal News Radio Federal Drive anchor Tom Temin and Federal Times Senior Writer Andy Medici join host Mike Causey to talk about potential changes to the COLAs for federal, military and Social Security recipients.
August 27, 2014

Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 06:31pm EDT
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Health insurance for life, but only if you ...

Are you going to have to work three, four or five years longer than you expected to ensure that you'll retire with coverage from the federal employee health program? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey explains some of the ramifications of the "five-year rule."

Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 02:00am EDT

Life begins at retirement

Thomas Lee and Daniel Sipe from Lee, Sipe, and Associates answer your retirement and financial planning questions.
August 25, 2014

Monday - 08/25/2014, 09:29pm EDT
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July living costs, January COLA drop

Thanks to a slight dip in July living costs, the tentative inflation-catch up for millions of retired Americans now stands at 1.8 percent. But, feds have two more months to endure before they know what their cost of living adjustment will be next January, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Friday - 08/22/2014, 02:00am EDT

Jonathan Bell, Federal Employment Attorney

The government is on the hook for violating its own labor laws. A federal judge ruled this week that the government failed to provide on-time pay to federal employees who worked during last year's 16-day shutdown. Federal Employment Attorney Jonathan Bell joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on the complaint.

Thursday - 08/21/2014, 02:01pm EDT
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FERS TSP enrollment hits record high

At its monthly board meeting Thursday in Washington, the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board (FRTIB) announced that 87.5 percent of FERS employees are actively contributing to their TSP accounts. The percentage just surpasses the previous record high of 87.4 percent in January 2003. Although participation is increasing, a lower percentage of participants are contributing full match to their TSP accounts.

Thursday - 08/21/2014, 12:45pm EDT
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Options: Feds have plenty of them

So, you're reaping the benefits of your Thrift Savings Plan? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says you still may be missing out on a host of other federal benefits that are available to you.

Thursday - 08/21/2014, 02:00am EDT

The Millionaire Inside of You

Are you a $1 million baby? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says you can be if, like some other feds, you make the most out of your Thrift Savings Plan.

Wednesday - 08/20/2014, 02:00am EDT

TSP Millionaires Club: Want In?

Want to have a $1 million-plus nest egg to play with when you retire? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says any fed can do it with common sense, hard work and time.

Tuesday - 08/19/2014, 02:00am EDT

Phased retirement and financial awareness

Federal benefits expert Ray Kirk gives his thoughts on OPM's phased retirement guidelines and what they mean for you.
August 18, 2014

Monday - 08/18/2014, 09:54pm EDT
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The 12 Days of Congress

It's a good thing Congress had a nice, long break. It has lots to do when it gets back in town and only 12 days to do it, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Monday - 08/18/2014, 02:00am EDT

Van Hollen: Feds need to watch budget, pension talk come September

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) sat down with In Depth's Francis Rose to preview what Congress will be focusing on when they get back to work in September, namely the continuing resolution.

Friday - 08/15/2014, 03:49pm EDT
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Higher health premiums on the way!

While Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck may argue over whether it's rabbit or duck season, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey reminds feds that open enrollment season is fast approaching.

Friday - 08/15/2014, 02:00am EDT

Are you eligible for phased retirement?

FederalNewsRadio.com writer/editor Shefali Kapadia joins host Mike Causey to talk about phased retirement, and Jenny Mattingley, director of Government Affairs at the law firm Shaw, Bransford & Roth will discuss the upcoming federal pay raise and the possibility of a government shutdown.
August 13, 2014

Wednesday - 08/13/2014, 08:57pm EDT

Phased Retirement: Empowered or Embalmed?

Is the perfect job -- one with less work, a shorter commute and less time in the office -- within reach? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says phased retirement may hold the key to a perfect job for some feds.

Wednesday - 08/13/2014, 02:00am EDT

Financial planning tips and strategies for new feds!

Certified financial planner Nick Martinez joins the show to discuss how to handle your finances and establish goals if you are a new federal employee.
August 11, 2014

Monday - 08/11/2014, 08:48pm EDT
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