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Benefits News

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

Pension, health care changes key to Senate postal reform plan

The Senate postal reform bill calls on the Office of Personnel Management to change the way it calculates how much the U.S. Postal Service must pay into the Federal Employees Retirement System and the Civil Service Retirement System. The change could result in a $6 billion surplus for the debt-burdened USPS.

Friday - 08/02/2013, 08:19pm EDT

Electronic identification for veterans

Blake Hall, co-founder of ID.me, will discuss how his company's electronic identification process, is helping veterans get the benefits they have earned.
July 30, 2013

Tuesday - 07/30/2013, 09:38pm EDT
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Contractors seek answers on ACA implications for business

Government contractors have more questions than answers regarding how the Affordable Care Act will impact business, and how coverage requirements will inform contract pricing evaluations.

Friday - 07/26/2013, 06:10am EDT
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Special employment and retirement provisions

Bob Braunstein, a federal benefits specialist, explores the special retirement provisions for LEOs, FF, ATC and foreign assignments.

Thursday - 07/18/2013, 07:52pm EDT
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Your 'my Social Security'

Lester Austin, public affairs specialist for the Social Security Administration, answers your Social Security questions.
July 15, 2013

Monday - 07/15/2013, 10:44pm EDT
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Labor's FECA benefits proposal gets push back from House

Members of the House have doubts about the Labor Department's proposal to set a uniform benefit rate for FECA beneficiaries. A GAO study found that such propositions will decrease benefits to injured workers with dependents. FECA benefits would also align more closely with Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) benefits once injured workers reach retirement age.

Thursday - 07/11/2013, 06:56pm EDT

Phased retirement: Is it for you?

Federal benefits expert Bob Braunstein will answer your questions about phased retirment.
July 10, 2013

Wednesday - 07/10/2013, 07:28pm EDT
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OPM encouraging managers to prepare for post-DOMA benefit changes

The Supreme Court struck down parts of DOMA on June 26. Federal managers now must decide how to recognize legal same-sex marriages. Agencies also must update their enrollment systems to include same-sex spouses and their children.

Monday - 07/08/2013, 07:41pm EDT
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