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Benefits News

So you've retired...now what?

Retirement coach Mike Townshend talks about what feds should think about as they plan for their retirement.
May 27, 2013

Monday - 05/27/2013, 09:59pm EDT
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VA chipping away at oldest disability claims in backlog

All veterans who have waited two years or more for a decision will have their cases decided by next month, the Department of Veterans Affairs told Congress. Half of the Veterans Benefits Administration's oldest cases already have been removed from the backlog.

Friday - 05/24/2013, 07:16am EDT
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Deposits or redeposits are they for me?

Federal benefits specialist James Marshall answers your calls and emails about your deposit/redeposit options.
May 20, 2013

Monday - 05/20/2013, 07:07pm EDT
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Where is sequestration heading?

Federal News Radio's Francis Rose and Jim McElhatton from the Federal Times join Mike Causey to talk about the impact of sequestration and what happens next.
May 15, 2013

Wednesday - 05/15/2013, 06:38pm EDT
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What you need to know now for your taxes

Tom O'Rourke, principal with the law firm Miles and Stockbridge, P.C., talks about your 2013 taxes with host Bob Leins.
May 13, 2013

Monday - 05/13/2013, 05:51pm EDT
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Watch out: Well-meaning, VIP zombies are stalking feds

Federal workers have dodged a lot of legislative bullets over the years. Plans to cut and save surface, then disappear. But there is one blueprint out there that has traction, and its No. 1 target is the federal retirement system, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Thursday - 05/09/2013, 02:00am EDT

Q&A....just for feds

Federal benefits expert Bob Braunstein answers your retirement and career planning questions.
May 6, 2013

Monday - 05/06/2013, 11:54pm EDT
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All TSP funds continue positive trend in April

All Thrift Savings Plan funds continued to perform well in April. While only two funds reported higher return rates for the month compared to March, all funds posted positive returns.

Thursday - 05/02/2013, 06:19am EDT

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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Bill would ax FEHBP in favor of Affordable Care Act plan

Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.) introduced legislation to require federal employees, the president, vice president and members of Congress to use insurance under the Affordable Care Act instead of the current federal program.

Wednesday - 05/01/2013, 12:24pm EDT

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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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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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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VA expedites disability claims for vets at back of the line

Veterans waiting more than a year for a decision on their disability claims are moving to the front of the line, under a new program announced Friday.

Friday - 04/19/2013, 06:40pm EDT

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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LTC = Long-term peace of mind

Joan Melanson of Long Term Care Partners answers calls and emails about the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program.
April 15, 2013

Monday - 04/15/2013, 09:44pm EDT
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FEHBP modernization plan receives cautious optimism from Hill

The Office of Personnel Management told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that the 50-year-old law creating the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) has hurt its ability to keep the FEHBP up-to-date. The agency estimates billions in savings over the next decade should Congress approve the White House's proposals in the 2014 budget request.

Thursday - 04/11/2013, 07:54pm EDT
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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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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
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