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Feds work a month less per year than private sector, Heritage report finds

The report found federal employees work on average of 38.7 hours a week, compared with 41.4 hours per week in the private sector. That difference adds up to 3.8 fewer weeks per year feds work.

Thursday - 09/13/2012, 10:30am EDT

Disability and disability benefits

Lester Austin, public affairs specialist at the Social Security Administration, explains the disability application process and answer your questions about benefits.
September 10, 2012

Monday - 09/10/2012, 07:15pm EDT
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Health premium surprise

With pay frozen and pensions threatened, federal workers and retirees have been waiting for the next shoe to drop the what's-next moment. But it could be good news for a change, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says, like changes to your health insurance package.

Thursday - 09/06/2012, 02:00am EDT

When a "COLA" is not a "COLA"

Federal benefits specialist Bob Braunstein and host Bob Leins discuss in detail the pay adjustment system for feds and retirees.
August 27, 2012

Monday - 08/27/2012, 10:49pm EDT
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Legislative roundup: What feds should expect when Congress returns to work

Jenny Mattingley hosts of roundtable discussion of legislation pending in Congress that affect federal workers.
August 24, 2012

Friday - 08/24/2012, 11:07pm EDT
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The "best of" your questions, part 3

Bob Leins and Tammy Flanagan discuss the "best of" subjects brought up during recent seminars.
August 20, 2012

Monday - 08/20/2012, 06:39pm EDT
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Bill would expand fertility coverage for veterans

A bill being considered in the Senate would expand the VA's medical benefits package to cover veterans, and their spouses or surrogates.

Monday - 08/20/2012, 06:00am EDT

The Perfect Score: Supporting Small Businesses to Achieve 100% Adoption of Direct Deposit via ACH

Studies have shown that Direct Deposit via ACH use in the U.S. is approximately 75 percent. Direct Deposit is simple, safe, smart, and environmentally friendly, so why are a quarter of Americans still receiving paper checks? In many cases, the answer is surprising - it's because the employer doesn't offer it. Two-thirds of small businesses in the United States don't offer Direct Deposit to their employees. Small businesses in the United States are growing - paying 43 percent of total U.S. private payroll - and these employers have customized needs. More work is needed to help them better understand the role Direct Deposit can play in simplifying their business practices and creating an employee benefit. Panel representatives will discuss this "last mile" in Direct Deposit adoption, efforts to engage small business owners and employees, and what opportunities exist for them in participating in Direct Deposit via ACH.

Wednesday - 08/15/2012, 04:56pm EDT
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Federal Pay: Misteakes Wuz Made

Are the experts doing all those federal pay studies working from the same database and on the same page? Or are they even on the same planet, which would explain why you are either overpaid 50 percent in one study or underpaid at least 20 percent in another, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Tuesday - 08/07/2012, 02:00am EDT

Answers to your long-term care insurance questions

Mary Lou McGuinness, director of care coordination for Long Term Care Partners, discusses who needs long-term care insurance and the policy options that are available.
August 6, 2012

Monday - 08/06/2012, 06:20pm EDT
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Calm Before The Storm

August is hot in DC, Atlanta, Houston, St. Louis and Cincinnati and lots of other places too. But those of us inside the Beltway get a break you don't...that's because for the next month...until after Labor Day, tens of thousands of the people who at times make this such a toxic town are away back with the folks who sent them here in the first place.

Monday - 08/06/2012, 02:00am EDT

Enforcement of SCRA results in expansive settlement with national lender

A recently announced consent decree between Capitol One and the Justice Department is the most sweeping settlement as the Justice Department ramps up enforcement of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act.

Friday - 08/03/2012, 09:09pm EDT
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TSP faces challenges in adopting socially responsible investment fund, report says

The Government Accountability Office compared an existing socially responsible investment stock index to the stock portfolio of the federal Thift Savings Plan and discovered several barriers existed for feds hoping to adopt a more socially conscious approach to their retirement planning.

Friday - 07/27/2012, 05:23am EDT

Less take-home for feds, retirees

Thanks to the 800-pound gorilla in the room, both federal workers and retirees may suffer a cut in take-home pay next year, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tuesday - 07/24/2012, 02:00am EDT

OPM unveils proposed, final rules expanding benefits for same-sex partners

The Office of Personnel Management is planning changes to the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, by proposing to allow children up to age 26 to stay covered by their parents' FEHBP plans. The rule would also apply to children of same-sex domestic partners enrolled in the program. In a separate final rule published in the Federal Register, OPM announced child-care subsidies provided by agencies would also be expanded to include the children of same-sex domestic partners. That rule goes into effect Friday.

Friday - 07/20/2012, 05:24pm EDT

The FEW list

Janet Kopenhaver, Washington representative for Federally Employed Women, will talk about the impact of some bills pending in Congress that affect federal employees.
July 18, 2012

Wednesday - 07/18/2012, 08:32pm EDT
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Planning for your future

Certified financial planner Karen Schaeffer answers the best financial planning questions from recent NITP seminars.
July 16, 2012

Monday - 07/16/2012, 07:06pm EDT
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Navy says 'no' to lawmaker's layoff request

Rep. Scott Rigell's (R-Va.) asked the Navy to postpone its layoff dates for a year. The Navy is laying off 3,000 sailors to help balance its force profile.

Friday - 07/13/2012, 09:17am EDT

VA tackles claims backlog with new priority approach

The agency will organize incoming claims into one of three categories based on the difficulty in solving them as part of an effort to increase efficiency. The Veterans Benefits Administration also is seeking other ways to reduce the number of backlogged cases such as new training for employees, said VA's Allison Hickey, the undersecretary for benefits.

Wednesday - 07/11/2012, 06:12pm EDT

Fortunate feds: Job stability, retirement and health benefits

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey once again turns over to longtime reader, Dennis S., who spent a long time with Uncle Sam and a lot of time in the private sector. He says both the government and the private sector have their upsides and downsides. But he thinks its important to appreciate what you've got and live in the moment.

Monday - 07/02/2012, 02:00am EDT
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