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Pay and Benefits News

New rule allows TSP to garnish wages of former feds to recover debt

The Thrift Savings Plan could stand to collect more than $500,000 in unpaid debt thanks to expanded authority to garnish employees' pay even after they leave federal service. A final rule published in the Federal Register Wednesday will allow the Treasury Department -- on behalf of the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, which runs the TSP -- to garnish the wages of nonfederal employees who owe the TSP money.

Thursday - 04/24/2014, 03:08pm EDT

Studying women's figures

Lots of important people in government spend a lot of their time studying women's figures. And many agree it is the right, and smart, thing to do, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Also, a lot of women think it is time to stop studying them and get down to action.

Thursday - 04/24/2014, 02:00am EDT

Closing the gender gap in government

FEW Washington representative Janet Kopenhaver, will discuss pay inequity and other issues facing women in the federal government, and Andy Medici and Nicole Blake Johnson from the Federal Times will talk about the federal employee morale survey and the Heartbleed hacking.
April 23, 2014

Wednesday - 04/23/2014, 05:18pm EDT

What women really want!

If you are a red-blooded American male, chances are you ask yourself, a lot, what do women really want? And we've got the answer to one key element: Equal treatment on the job.

Wednesday - 04/23/2014, 02:00am EDT

To TSP or not to TSP? That is the question

Are you sick of the constraints in the Thrift Savings Plan? Are you anxious to get outside investment help? Well before you turn your retirement nest egg over to a bank, or your freelance neighborhood dog walker, check out Senior Correspondent Mike Causey's column today.

Tuesday - 04/22/2014, 02:00am EDT

Financial literacy & estate planning - important together!

Certified Financial Planner Karen Schaeffer and attorney Megan Schaeffer answer your calls and emails about how to create a financial plan for your family.
April 21, 2014

Monday - 04/21/2014, 04:58pm EDT
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3.3 percent pay raise: What are the odds?

In the past three years, federal workers have gotten one raise, valued at 1 percentage point. Now a 3.3 percent increase in 2015 could be in the cards, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So what are the odds? Can you say slim-and-none?

Monday - 04/21/2014, 02:00am EDT

Tammy Flanagan, Senior Benefits Director, National Institute of Transition Planning

You're probably looking at extra cash for your retirement and you might not even know it. Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director for the National Institute of Transition Planning, he shared some advice on In Depth with Francis Rose about ways to find extra money that might help you be more comfortable during retirement.

Friday - 04/18/2014, 04:06pm EDT
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The flat tops of the civil service

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: How can you tell the difference between a long-time GS-15 from San Francisco or Houston and two GS-15s from Huntsville, Ala., or Washington, D.C.?

Friday - 04/18/2014, 02:00am EDT

What's the latest on the federal pay issue?

Federal Managers Association President Pat Neihaus, and Andy Medici and Nicole Blake Johnson from the Federal Times will give us an update on a number of different pay issues affecting feds.
April 16, 2014

Wednesday - 04/16/2014, 05:13pm EDT

Sex and your salary

When you get your paycheck deposit notification, do your thoughts automatically turn to sex? If not, maybe they should, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Wednesday - 04/16/2014, 02:00am EDT

Harry Reid, John Boehner or Lindsay Lohan? Your call

Looking for action, drama and excitement in your life? Forget about Congress this year because you'll get more information and action watching "The Real Housewives of Orange County" on TV, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tuesday - 04/15/2014, 02:00am EDT

Building blocks for financial literacy

Federal benefits specialist Ray Kirk discusses how to achieve your financial goals by using the building blocks provided by the federal government.
April 14, 2014

Monday - 04/14/2014, 08:16pm EDT
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Pay gap shrinks between female and male feds

Female federal employees earn on average 87 cents for every dollar earned by their male counterparts, according to a new review from the Office of Personnel Management. Still, the pay gap between men and women in the white-collar federal workforce has dropped significantly over the past 20 years. And across many individual occupations and grades, men and women now earn comparable levels of pay, according to OPM's new report. OPM's review found much of the continued pay disparity between male and female feds can be explained by their presence in different occupational categories.

Friday - 04/11/2014, 12:16pm EDT

An update on the Senior Executives Service

Carol Bonosaro, president of the Senior Executives Association, will discuss the status of the SES, and Nicole Johnson and Andy Medici from the Federal Times will talk about cloud computing and the likelihood that feds will get a pay raise.
April 9, 2014

Wednesday - 04/09/2014, 04:41pm EDT
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Is this as good as it gets?

They say that in Russia, many older people now long for the good old days when Joseph Stalin ran things. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: What if in the near future federal workers look back to pay freezes, furloughs and shutdowns as if they were the good old days?

Wednesday - 04/09/2014, 02:00am EDT

John Palguta, Partnership for Public Service

The Partnership for Public Service has come up with a new set of civil service reform ideas. Together, they would modernize the decades-old General Schedule system to better reflect the work of today's federal employees. John Palguta, vice president for policy, describes problems with the GS system to Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp.

Tuesday - 04/08/2014, 10:16am EDT
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Are those buzzards or sharks circling your cubicle?

After years of frozen pay, furloughs and shutdowns, federal workers have a new, legitimate, complaint, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. They are lonely and they are being watched at the same time!

Tuesday - 04/08/2014, 02:00am EDT

Determining your financial ability to retire

Certified Financial Planner Joe Sullender answers your questions about retirement planning.
April 7, 2014

Monday - 04/07/2014, 05:53pm EDT
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Medicare Part B: The $1,200 question

With apologies to Shakespeare, the most common question federal workers ask at benefits seminars is the To B or Not to B question. Should they pay $1,200 a year for Medicare Part B, or rely on their federal health plan? Short answer: It depends, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Monday - 04/07/2014, 02:00am EDT
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