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Retirement News

What's the best date to retire?

Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director for the National Institute of Transition Planning and 'the' expert on choosing the right federal retirement date, joins host Mike Causey for this week's show.

Wednesday - 01/29/2014, 12:46pm EST
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Latest postal reform bill includes USPS-only health plan

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee debated an updated version of postal reform legislation Wednesday that would allow the cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service to restructure its health benefits program. Included in the revised postal reform bill from Sens. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) is a proposal that would create a new postal-only health plan within the broader Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP).

Wednesday - 01/29/2014, 10:48am EST

Senators urge about-face on new military retirement cuts

Pentagon leaders expressed disappointment on Tuesday at the retiree cost of living cuts under the Ryan-Murray budget deal and urged Congress to repeal them. But officials also pressed lawmakers to wait for an independent study group's conclusions before making more piecemeal changes to the military compensation system.

Wednesday - 01/29/2014, 04:06am EST
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Finding your magic retirement date

Timing is everything, especially when you retire. And whether you are planning to retire in a few months or 30 years from now, there is a magic date just for you, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Wednesday - 01/29/2014, 02:00am EST

Perspectives on a federal career

Host Bob Leins and guest Bob Braunstein discuss their experiences as employees in the federal government and provide tips on what you need to know to maximize benefits during your career.
January 27, 2014

Monday - 01/27/2014, 05:51pm EST
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A PC, gluten-free investment option --yummy!

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: Do you think you could make more money, or be more supportive of causes to endorse, if Uncle Sam would broaden your investment options?

Thursday - 01/23/2014, 02:00am EST

Investing in the Thrift Savings Plan

Financial planner Arthur Stein will answer your questions about the TSP, and Federal Times writers Andy Medici and Nicole Blake Johnson will discuss what's ahead for feds in 2014.
January 22, 2014 (This show originally aired Jan. 8, 2013)

Wednesday - 01/22/2014, 04:59am EST
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What do I need to know about Social Security?

Federal benefits expert James Marshall will answer your questions about Social Security benefits.
January 20, 2014

Monday - 01/20/2014, 07:34pm EST
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Archuleta studying best ways to ensure OPM continues HR evolution

Katherine Archuleta has spent her first few months as director at the Office of Personnel Management learning, listening and asking questions to figure out how to ensure continuous improvement. Archuleta said she expects a new plan to improve the agency's technology by the end of February.

Thursday - 01/16/2014, 04:16am EST
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Retirement ride: Will you be going 1st, 2nd or 3rd class?

Thanks to some surgical budget-cutting by Congress and the White House, Uncle Sam now has a three-tiered retirement plan: First-, second- and third-class where the service is the same but the price tag is higher for some than others.

Tuesday - 01/14/2014, 02:00am EST

Retire or keep working? Keep this job or move on to another?

Retirement coach Mike Townshend will discuss what you should be thinking about when considering a career change or retirement.
January 13, 2013

Monday - 01/13/2014, 08:41pm EST
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Uncle Sam's less-fat, more-muscle plan...

Want to lose weight, pack on muscle and become more tech savvy? Uncle Sam has this magic plan in the works, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. When approved, it will benefit young and old alike.

Friday - 01/10/2014, 02:00am EST

By the numbers: 2013 federal retirements

The exodus of employees from the federal workforce was a big story this past year: More federal employees retired in 2013 than the year before, providing grist for the mill for predictions of a coming federal retirement wave. Meanwhile, the Office of Personnel Management's efforts to clear a longstanding backlog of new retirement applications faced hurdles because of the steep sequestration budget cuts that hit government. Federal News Radio parsed through the data over the past year. In the series of charts and graphs below, track the latest trends.

Wednesday - 01/08/2014, 09:55am EST

TSP investments -- everything's gold ... except gold!

If you are a Thrift Savings Plan investor in any of the stock funds, give yourself a pat on the back ... and purse or wallet, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Because everything is gold, except gold itself....

Wednesday - 01/08/2014, 02:00am EST

Investing in the Thrift Savings Plan

Financial planner Arthur Stein will answer your questions about the TSP, and Federal Times writers Andy Medici and Nicole Blake Johnson will discuss what's ahead for feds in 2014.
January 8, 2014

Tuesday - 01/07/2014, 06:59pm EST
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2014: The year you get that promotion?

Is 2014 shaping up to be the year you get your first promotion in a long time? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says you should check out what could be a retirement surge in February.

Tuesday - 01/07/2014, 02:00am EST

A look back at 2013 and some projections for 2014 with Mike Causey

Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey joins hosts Bob Leins and Tammy Flanagan to talk about the big issues affecting feds in 2013 and what's ahead in the new year.
January 6, 2014

Monday - 01/06/2014, 04:48pm EST
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Federal retirements taper off in December

Fewer federal employees filed for retirement in December than in any month in nearly the last two years, according to updated statistics from the Office of Personnel Management. Just 4,952 federal employees filed for retirement in December. But even with fewer employees retiring in December, OPM's retirement processing failed to keep pace with projections. The agency had expected to process 11,500 retirement cases but actually ended the month clearing a little more than 6,440.

Monday - 01/06/2014, 10:51am EST

Young feds: Don't stop thinking about tomorrow

In the fifth guest column in a series of five, a long-time Federal Report reader shares his take on why it's important for young feds to start long-term planning early in their careers.

Friday - 01/03/2014, 02:00am EST

Issa bill would repeal military COLA cuts, allow USPS to move to 5-day delivery

A new bill would repeal reductions in military pensions approved by Congress late last month as part of the bipartisan budget deal and allow the U.S. Postal Service to reduce regular mail delivery to five days a week. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, introduced the legislation Dec. 19, shortly before Congress decamped for the holidays.

Thursday - 01/02/2014, 04:10pm EST
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