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Pay and Benefits News

Disability retirement: Avoid it if you can!

There are certain policies and benefits that you hope never to collect. That includes getting back the premiums you pay for homeowners' fire insurance, long-term care health premiums and disability retirement benefits, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tuesday - 05/06/2014, 02:00am EDT

Federal government as an employer -- Is the glass half full or half empty?

While the federal government is probably not a model employer, for a lot of reasons, it is a very good employer.

Monday - 05/05/2014, 05:00am EDT

Pension benefits: Not all feds are created equal

When it comes to retirement benefits, not all federal workers pay the same, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey say. In fact, the giant Federal Employees Retirement System, or FERS, now has three tiers.

Monday - 05/05/2014, 02:00am EDT

Most TSP funds see slight gains in April

All funds in the Thrift Savings Plan showed gains in April, except for the S Fund. This is the second month in a row that the S Fund has returned in the red.

Friday - 05/02/2014, 08:27am EDT

A buyout offer you cannot refuse!

They say everybody has a price, so what's yours? How much money would you have to have, in the form of a buyout, to retire? Would $50,000 do it? Go a little higher, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Friday - 05/02/2014, 02:00am EDT

House lawmakers vote to block their pay hike

House lawmakers vote to block their cost-of-living pay hike

Thursday - 05/01/2014, 04:10pm EDT

Military benefits survive defense cuts

Military benefits emerge unscathed as Congress begins work on defense bill

Thursday - 05/01/2014, 10:20am EDT

The TSP: What's in it for you?

Financial advisor Arthur Stein will answer your calls and emails about the TSP. Also, Andy Medici and Amber Corrin of the Federal Times will discuss, among other things, Public Service Recognition Week and the recently passed DATA Act.
April 30, 2014

Wednesday - 04/30/2014, 07:04pm EDT
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What's the best age to leave government -- how about NEVER?

Are you part of the Botox Generation? Are you thinking about leaving your federal job because you are sick of being unappreciated, attacked and even furloughed? Before you do anything, remember the immortal words of the late, great comedian, Henny Youngman, when he was asked, "How's your wife?" Check out Senior Correspondent Mike Causey's column for more.

Tuesday - 04/29/2014, 02:00am EDT

Financial literacy wrap-up

Hosts Bob Leins and John Elliott answer your questions in the final of a series of programs on financial literacy.
April 25, 2014

Monday - 04/28/2014, 06:59pm EDT
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IRS tax dead beats ... maybe not so much!

Last week the headlines screamed, "IRS TAX DEADBEATS GETTING CASH AWARDS." What a story! What's not to like? Except maybe there is another side to the story, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Monday - 04/28/2014, 02:00am EDT

Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

There's no doubt federal employees would like a pay raise in 2015. But whether they will get it and how much it will be worth is still up for debate. Federal News Radio Web Manager Julia Ziegler told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp what feds had to say.

Friday - 04/25/2014, 10:57am EDT
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Are you an optimist, pessimist or realist?

The latest IRS "scandal" and the pay gap between men and women in government present the perfect opportunity to find out whether you are an optimist or a pessimist, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Friday - 04/25/2014, 02:00am EDT
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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
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