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Benefits News

Is it 'Jaws' or 'Sharknado' for retirees?

Picture yourself floating in a deep, dark swamp, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. There doesn't appear to be any danger, except the pair of eyes watching you from the surface of the swamp. But what harm could they do? Ever hear of the federal version of the "Creature from the Black Lagoon?"

Thursday - 08/29/2013, 02:00am EDT

What's ahead for senior executives?

Senior Executives Association president Carol Bonosaro will discuss a new survey where government execs were asked their opinions on a wide variey of issues.
August 28, 2013

Wednesday - 08/28/2013, 08:03pm EDT
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VA still evaluating benefits for same-sex couples

VA secretary says law governing veterans benefits contained similar language to DOMA

Wednesday - 08/28/2013, 08:40am EDT

What's your state of residence?

Tax attorneys David DeJong and Eric Rollinger discuss how different state taxes affect your federal benefits.
August 26, 2013

Monday - 08/26/2013, 07:48pm EDT
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Private lobbyists get public pensions in 20 states

Private lobbying groups for cities, counties get public pensions in at least 20 states

Monday - 08/26/2013, 04:48pm EDT

New health plan options & reduced retirement benefits

NARFE's David Snell will talk about a health care option for feds without children and Sean Reilly from the Federal Times will give us an update on 2014 budget negotiations and other issues affecting federal employees.
August 21, 2013

Wednesday - 08/21/2013, 06:50pm EDT
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Chained CPI could cost retirees thousands over time, NARFE says

A proposed change to how federal retirees' cost-of-living adjustments are calculated could have a huge, negative impact, according to David Snell of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. NARFE is urging its members and retirees to contact their congressmen during the week of Sept. 16 to express their opposition to the chained consumer price index.

Wednesday - 08/21/2013, 02:57pm EDT
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Coming Up: Your 'my Social Security'

Lester Austin, public affairs specialist for the Social Security Administration, answers your Social Security questions.
August 19, 2013

Monday - 08/19/2013, 10:44pm EDT
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Man collects $340K in deceased mother's federal benefits

After his mother died in 1999, a Washington, D.C. man continued to collect Social Security retirement benefits and Office of Personnel Management annuity checks for 15 years.

Monday - 08/19/2013, 05:44pm EDT

Abortion coverage for Congress under health law?

Lawmakers, staff may gain access to abortion coverage under health law, while other feds won't

Saturday - 08/17/2013, 10:24pm EDT

What's ahead for senior executives?

Senior Executives Association president Carol Bonosaro will discuss a new survey where government execs were asked their opinions on a wide variey of issues.
August 14, 2013

Wednesday - 08/14/2013, 08:03pm EDT
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View from the top: Not so hot

When it comes to salaries, federal executives are somewhere between Wall Street and Wal-Mart. But a new study shows that government execs are unhappy and worried about the future for themselves and their agencies, according to Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Wednesday - 08/14/2013, 02:00am EDT
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Estate planning and the impact of the DOMA ruling

Marc Levine, a principal at Handler and Levine, LLC, discusses the Defense of Marriage Act law and its influence on estate planning and income tax planning going forward.
August 12, 2013

Monday - 08/12/2013, 10:01pm EDT
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Is your health plan on the sick list?

Is your federal health plan heading for the sick list? Could premiums go up and benefits be reduced in the future? That is very possible now that members of Congress and their law-writing staff members will be moving out of the cradle-to-grave FEHBP into state exchanges next year.

Monday - 08/12/2013, 02:25am EDT

Same-sex spouses may get military benefits

Pentagon plan would grant benefits to same-sex spouses but deny them to unmarried gay couples

Thursday - 08/08/2013, 04:18pm EDT

What's ahead for feds and retirees?

NARFE legislative director Jessica Klement and Sean Reilly from the Federal Times will discuss several bills pending in Congress that would affect federal workers and retirees.
August 7, 2013

Wednesday - 08/07/2013, 09:58pm EDT
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OPM provision defines how Congress, staff receive health benefits in 2014

Congress and some congressional staff members will no longer be eligible for the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, when The Affordable Care Act goes in to effect in January. OPM explains what that means.

Wednesday - 08/07/2013, 04:07pm EDT

Retirement backlog grows slightly in July

For the third month in a row, the Office of Personnel Management failed to meet its monthly goal for processing retirement claims. OPM's backlog now sits at 25,601 claims, up slightly from June. OPM blames its reduced processing power on the automatic, across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration. To comply with the budget shortfalls, OPM was forced to suspend overtime for its employees in its Retirement Services division starting April 28.

Monday - 08/05/2013, 12:52pm EDT

Citing sequestration, OPM pushes back retirement processing goal

The Office of Personnel Management now estimates it will not be able to clear a longstanding backlog of retirement claims until next summer. OPM Associate Director for Retirement Services Ken Zawodny told Federal News Radio the suspension of overtime in late April has left the agency essentially treading water when it comes to processing retirement applications.

Monday - 08/05/2013, 10:00am EDT
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COLA? Maybe. Pay raise? Maybe not!

How can you tell the difference between a current government worker and a retired civil servant? One of them is smiling, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Think about it, prices have gone up, taxes have gone up, health premiums have gone up -- but feds at the Pentagon, HUD, Interior and other agencies haven't had a raise in three years.

Monday - 08/05/2013, 02:00am EDT
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