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Pay and Benefits News

Retirement plan distribution opportunities

Attorneys Steve Widdes and Micah Bonaviri give you advice on how to maximize the value of your retirement plans.
September 16th, 2013

Monday - 09/16/2013, 10:47pm EDT
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Investigators: 36k got improper disability pay

Congressional investigators: 36,000 workers got $1.3 billion in improper disability payments

Monday - 09/16/2013, 05:40am EDT

Payroll snafu leads to delayed paychecks for many feds

Employees at multiple federal agencies, who would normally receive a direct deposit electronic paycheck today, will have to wait until Tuesday because of a mix-up by the Interior Business Center, one of the largest federal payroll processors. Affected agencies include the National Archives and Records Administration, NASA, the National Transportation Saftey Board, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Federal Trade Commission.

Friday - 09/13/2013, 04:13pm EDT

Getting a head start on the retirement process

Hosts Bob Leins and Tammy Flanagan offer advice on what you need to do if you are planning to retire in the next few months.
September 9, 2013

Tuesday - 09/10/2013, 12:11am EDT
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Bill Tracker 2013: Proposals affecting fed pay, benefits and more

There's been no shortage of legislation introduced this year affecting the federal workforce. Federal News Radio's Bill Tracker follows the bills that would affect federal pay and benefits, the size of the workforce and more.

Monday - 09/09/2013, 03:57pm EDT

White House proposes new rules on employer mandate

The Obama administration on Thursday released new proposals for carrying out a major requirement of the federal health care law that was postponed earlier this summer.

Thursday - 09/05/2013, 06:30pm EDT

Feds won't enforce same-sex veterans law

Feds to stop enforcing law blocking marriage benefits for same-sex spouses of veterans

Thursday - 09/05/2013, 08:42am EDT

Pay raise? Call in the psychics

Want to know the size of the next federal pay raise? Your best bet is to take $20, or the going rate, and find yourself a first-class tarot card reader. If she deals you the Ace of Pentacles you will be in the money, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

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

Self plus one, chained CPI, & COLAs

NARFE's David Snell will discuss the impact of a proposed change to how federal retirees' cost-of-living adjustments are calculated.
September 4, 2013

Wednesday - 09/04/2013, 08:26pm EDT
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Texas Guard refuses to process same-sex benefits

Texas, Miss. National Guards won't give same-sex benefits at some sites, cite gay-marriage ban

Wednesday - 09/04/2013, 05:30am EDT

TSP tanks in weak August

Funds in the Thrift Savings Plan took a plunge last month. With the exception of the government-securities G Fund, all the funds in the Thrift Savings Plan finished August in negative territory.

Tuesday - 09/03/2013, 01:22pm EDT

Tax and benefit planning - perfect together!

Bob and Bob trade places, as federal benefits specialist Bob Braunstein plays host to the show's usual host, tax expert Bob Leins.
September 2, 2013

Monday - 09/02/2013, 01:10pm EDT
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Obama ends federal pay freeze; Congress could still block

President Barack Obama issued some good news for federal workers before the start of Labor Day weekend, calling for a 1 percent pay increase for feds in 2014. But Congress could still prevent the raises through legislation. Federal employees have had their pay frozen since January 2011.

Friday - 08/30/2013, 08:02pm EDT

Paying 2013 prices with 2010 dollars

So how do you manage to pay 2013-level bills -- like rent, food and health insurance -- on a 2009 pay scale. Look around you. Look in the mirror. It's what millions of federal workers have been doing for the past three years, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Friday - 08/30/2013, 02:00am EDT

OPM to manage part of Affordable Care Act program

The launch of state insurance exchanges will have little impact on most federal employees, the Office of Personnel Management says. It's a different story for OPM, itself, however. Due to its experience managing the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, OPM has been tasked with managing a part of the new health exchange system.

Thursday - 08/29/2013, 04:37pm EDT

Is it 'Jaws' or 'Sharknado' for retirees?

Picture yourself floating in a deep, dark swamp, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. There doesn't appear to be any danger, except the pair of eyes watching you from the surface of the swamp. But what harm could they do? Ever hear of the federal version of the "Creature from the Black Lagoon?"

Thursday - 08/29/2013, 02:00am 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 28, 2013

Wednesday - 08/28/2013, 08:03pm EDT
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VA still evaluating benefits for same-sex couples

VA secretary says law governing veterans benefits contained similar language to DOMA

Wednesday - 08/28/2013, 08:40am EDT

A foursome you don't want?

Ever hear the old saying that bad things come in threes? It's been around a long time, and it often seems to work out that way. Bad news, bad weather, whatever. Unless you happen to work for the federal government, in which case, make that bad news comes as a foursome, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Wednesday - 08/28/2013, 02:00am EDT

Are you mentally prepared to retire?

More and more baby boomers are approaching retirement age, but that doesn't mean they are leaving the workforce. Part of the reason is the mental satisfaction they get from their jobs, according to a new report.

Tuesday - 08/27/2013, 07:40am EDT
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