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10:46 pm, October 24, 2014

Pay and Benefits News

Is there life after a 1.7 percent COLA?

Don't worry. That mournful sound you're hearing is just federal, military and Social Security retirees reacting to the low cost of living adjustment they'll be receiving come January, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Thursday - 10/23/2014, 02:00am EDT

Answers to your health plan questions

Dave Snell, director of retirement benefits for the National Active and Retired Federal Employees, answers your questions about federal health care.
October 22, 2014

Wednesday - 10/22/2014, 07:28pm EDT

Federal workers: All I want for Christmas is a long weekend

A WhiteHouse.gov petition asks President Barack Obama to grant government employees off the Friday after Christmas, creating a four-day weekend.

Wednesday - 10/22/2014, 03:10pm EDT

Online Chat: Ask the Benefits Expert

Benefits expert David Snell of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, joins Federal News Radio's Mike Causey for an online chat about Open Season and federal benefits.

Wednesday - 10/22/2014, 11:00am EDT

Federal retirees to receive 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment in 2015

This is the third year in a row that cost-of-living adjustments for federal retirees, Social Security recipients and disabled veterans will be less than 2 percent.

Wednesday - 10/22/2014, 08:01am EDT

Insurance against the vacation from hell

What if you're a federal employee or retiree who gets sick overseas? Will your health insurance plan cover you? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey has all the answers -- or knows someone who does.

Wednesday - 10/22/2014, 02:00am EDT

GOP to agencies: Why do you pay employees not to work?

Congressional Republicans probe for answers following a GAO report that the government spent nearly $3.1 billion in paid administrative leave over a recent 3-year period. While most employees took such leave for a week or less, 263 spent a year or longer on paid administrative leave.

Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 03:12pm EDT

It's your choice: Bankruptcy insurance or catastrophic coverage

During open season, feds and retirees in the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program have dozens of choices ranging from low-premium health maintenance organizations to plans that provide national and worldwide coverage, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 02:00am EDT

Social Security and retirement

Lester Austin, retired public affairs specialist for the Social Security Administration, answers your Social Security and retirement questions.
October 20, 2014

Monday - 10/20/2014, 08:09pm EDT
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Lack of movement on new locality pay locations frustrates feds, unions

The Federal Salary Council voted Friday to add 13 cities to a list of municipalities where federal employees are paid more, in an effort to close a growing wage gap between feds and private-sector counterparts in certain regions of the country. 12 of the 13 recommendations had been approved previously but have gone unimplemented by the President's Pay Agent, frustrating federal employees and the unions representing feds in those areas.

Friday - 10/17/2014, 02:08pm EDT

2015: New year, old threats

Feds won't need to consult tea leaves or gaze into a crystal ball to see what Congress congress has in store for them next year. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says it will be the same old, same old again.

Wednesday - 10/15/2014, 02:00am EDT

Considerations for your ongoing financial planning

Joe Sullender, certified financial planner and senior vice president of investments of the Financial Strategies Group of Wells Fargo Advisors, answers your financial planning questions.
October 13, 2014 (This show originally aired September 29, 2014.)

Monday - 10/13/2014, 09:04pm EDT
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Agencies get 2017 deadline to move to new procurement ID standard

The Federal Acquisition Regulations Council issued a final rule Monday detailing the timeframe and steps agencies must take to begin using the Procurement Instrument Identification (PIID) numbering system. The PIID only is for new contracting actions after the effective date.

Monday - 10/13/2014, 01:35pm EDT

Maximizing your final hours, or, What a difference a day makes!

Does it really matter which day a federal employee decides to retire? Yes, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey, and he introduces readers to the expert who's come up with a system to help feds choose their best retirement day.

Friday - 10/10/2014, 02:00am EDT

Sleepwalking (or not) through open season

If past is prologue, most federal and postal workers will either sleepwalk through the open season and do nothing. Others will wait until the last minute, shop frantically and, in most cases, stick with the plan they've been in for years, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Thursday - 10/09/2014, 02:00am EDT

When is the best day for you to retire?

The NITP's Tammy Flanagan will discuss the best days to retire and Andy Medici with the Federal Times new problems at the VA, and the high cost of workers compensation.
October 8, 2014

Wednesday - 10/08/2014, 06:54pm EDT
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Finding your magic retirement date

Honesty is the best policy. It's also a best practice for feds trying to decide when they should retire, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Wednesday - 10/08/2014, 02:00am EDT

Feds' health care costs to increase by 3.2 percent in 2015

The Office of Personnel Management released the latest costs for the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program Tuesday, which show an increase of less than 4 percent for the fourth straight year.

Tuesday - 10/07/2014, 02:06pm EDT

Your retirement menu: Farewell lunch or you as the carryout?

Your retirement may be closer than you think. Do you understand how your retirement plan works? asks Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Tuesday - 10/07/2014, 02:00am EDT

Never can say goodbye!

Career Coach Mike Townshend discusses career transitions and offers tips on the right way to change jobs.
October 6, 2014

Monday - 10/06/2014, 08:54pm EDT
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