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8:10 pm, April 23, 2014

Retirement News

Furloughs, retirement backlogs, and more

Host Mike Causey will talk furloughs with Federal Career Experts owner John Grobe, and hiring, retirement backlog, and more with Stephen Losey and Sean Reilly from the Federal Times.
May 1, 2013

Wednesday - 05/01/2013, 07:08pm EDT
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So, what's next?

Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey answers your calls and emails about a wide variety of issues affecting federal workers.
April 29, 2013

Monday - 04/29/2013, 11:24pm EDT
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Sequestration could cause delays in retirement processing, OPM says

The Office of Personnel Management says sequestration cuts have forced the agency to suspend overtime hours for employees working in its Retirement Services office and to curtail call-center hours.

Monday - 04/29/2013, 07:59pm EDT

Menu for retirees: Steak, to hamburger, to Alpo

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: Would the new plan to revise future cost-of-living adjustments put federal and Social Security retirees on a more realistic (and healthy) steak-to-beans diet? Or would each non-raise get a little worse?

Friday - 04/26/2013, 02:00am EDT

Chained CPI, TSP, and the 2014 budget

Financial Planner Art Stein and Federal Times Senior Staff Writer Stephen Losey join host Mike Causey to talk about a number of issues affecting federal workers.
April 24, 2013

Wednesday - 04/24/2013, 06:52pm EDT
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Zen and your diet COLA

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: If I chopped a couple of bucks off each of the future cost-of-living adjustments made to your federal retirement or Social Security benefits would you even notice? Or, would you pick up the fact that over time that is a lot of money that you will never see.

Wednesday - 04/24/2013, 02:00am EDT

TSP board quashes extra loan option for furloughed feds

The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board says offering federal employees an extra loan option through their Thrift Savings Plans to cushion the impact of furloughs would require too much effort to implement and may not help the employees all that much. Several federal-employee unions have lobbied the board to add a second general purpose loan option to help cushion the blow of furloughs. But at a Employee Thrift Advisory Council meeting April 22, the board quashed the idea, citing the complexity surrounding the changes.

Tuesday - 04/23/2013, 06:04pm EDT
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Taking the mystery out of Medicare

David Santana, with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, answers your calls and emails about the Medicare system.

Monday - 04/22/2013, 11:37pm EDT
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Military groups fight to stop DoD budget proposal

Advocacy organizations are criticizing the Pentagon's proposed fee increase for TRICARE as unfair and discriminatory.

Friday - 04/19/2013, 05:24am EDT
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Chained CPI, TSP, and the 2014 budget

Financial Planner Art Stein and Federal Times Senior Staff Writer Stephen Losey join host Mike Causey to talk about a number of issues affecting federal workers.
April 17, 2013

Wednesday - 04/17/2013, 06:52pm EDT
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Crunching your COLA numbers

Federal, military and Social Security retirees would receive smaller benefits in the future if the government switches to a new yardstick to measure inflation. How much would it cost you? Maybe more than you think, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Wednesday - 04/17/2013, 02:34pm EDT

Fed employee group calculates lost benefits under chained CPI

President Barack Obama's proposal to change the way retirees' cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) are calculated has drawn the ire of federal-employee groups and unions. The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) has released a calculator designed to show retirees and policymakers how benefits would be reduced if the chained CPI were implemented.

Tuesday - 04/16/2013, 05:34pm EDT

Never-gonna-happen furloughs happening

When sequestration was proposed, politicians said it would never happen. It did. When it triggered furlough warnings, some said they would never take place. Except they are happening right now, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Monday - 04/15/2013, 02:00am EDT

Feds in Survivor Island mode

President Barack Obama wants to make federal service cool again. But his budget proposals, which would reduce future retirement benefits and force feds to pay more for them, has a lot of current civil servants hot under the collar, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Friday - 04/12/2013, 02:00am EDT

Is your retirement check shrink-proof?

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: Would you be willing to accept a slightly smaller retirement benefit if it would help get the country out of debt? What if future cost-of-living adjustments to your civil service benefit were reduced by a mere 0.3 percent each year?

Thursday - 04/11/2013, 02:00am EDT

The John Berry legacy at OPM

Carol Bonosaro, president of the Senior Executives Association, and NFFE president William R. Dougan will give their thoughts on John Berry's four years as director of the Office of Personnel Management.
April 10, 2013

Wednesday - 04/10/2013, 10:10pm EDT
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President's 2014 budget includes pay increase, but retirement changes loom large

Federal employees would see a slight pay bump next year under President Barack Obama's proposed budget for 2014. But at the same time, the White House budget outline proposes sweeping changes to federal employees' retirement benefits, including reductions to annual cost-of-living increases for retirees.

Wednesday - 04/10/2013, 01:43pm EDT

DoD's 2014 budget: Fewer civilians, higher retiree health fees

The Defense Department's 2014 budget proposal reduces the size of the civilian workforce slightly, increases TRICARE premiums, and requests another round of base closures. It also calls for a slight raise for both civilian employees and uniformed servicemembers. The budget significantly exceeds the Defense spending caps in current law.

Wednesday - 04/10/2013, 12:52pm EDT

Leaner retirement in the works

In your golden retirement years, will you be dining on steak or Hamburger Helper? Some people say the latter may be on the menu thanks to a White house plan to trim future cost-of-living-adjustments for federal, military and Social Security retirees, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tuesday - 04/09/2013, 02:00am EDT

Retirement twilight zone

Bob Leins hosts a roundtable discussion of some strange but true retirement planning stories.
April 8, 2013

Monday - 04/08/2013, 09:59pm EDT
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