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Benefits News

When should you retire?

Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director at the National Institute of Transition Planning joins host Mike Causey to talk about what you should do to plan for your retirement.
March 21, 2012

Wednesday - 03/21/2012, 11:05pm EDT
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Retiring and skydiving: Do it right the first time

What do skydiving and retiring have in common? Short answer is that many people only do each once, and it is a really good idea to do it right the first time, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Wednesday - 03/21/2012, 02:00am EDT

Social Security and federal pensions

Federal benefits specialist James Marshall discusses how your benefits could be affected by Social Security.
March 19, 2012

Monday - 03/19/2012, 09:16pm EDT
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GOP plan would open FEHBP to non-feds

Four senators introduced a bill that would add Medicare patients to the Federal Employee Health Benefits Plan, as Medicare is gradually phased out. The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association tells feds to be wary of the bill.

Friday - 03/16/2012, 10:50am EDT

Buyout season winding down

Uncle Sam's five-month buyout season is about to end. So if you were thinking about leaving with a $25,000 check, grab it while you can, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Friday - 03/16/2012, 02:00am EDT

SES mobility not 'musical chairs'

Host Mike Causey will talk career mobility with Carol Bonosaro, president of the Senior Executives Service. Federal Times Senior Writers Stephen Losey and Sean Reilly will talk about how pending legislation in Congress will affect your pay and benefits.
March 14, 2012

Wednesday - 03/14/2012, 11:19pm EDT
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Does happiness trickle down?

Ever seen the sign that reads: If Mama Ain't Happy, Ain't Nobody Happy? The bottom line, according to the book with the same title, is if the boss isn't pleased, everybody suffers, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So how's that working out in your office?

Wednesday - 03/14/2012, 02:00am EDT

Shuffling the SES deck

Is your top management dead in the water? Are your SES bosses living in silos and afraid to even look outside the boss? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: Is shuffling the SES deck a good idea?

Tuesday - 03/13/2012, 02:00am EDT

The Roth TSP - Part II

Registered investment advisor Jerry Cannizzaro talks Roth TSP with hosts Bob Leins and John Elliot.
March 12, 2012

Tuesday - 03/13/2012, 12:33am EDT
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Federal benefits changes often follow state, private-sector plans

State and local governments are either pulling back on pensions, or stopping them completely — and private sector employers have pretty much eliminated them. This could be a bad omen for federal benefits, some experts say, because changes to the federal workforce often follow provisions that have been put in place by the states or private companies. Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director at the National Institute of Transition Planning, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss the pattern.

Friday - 03/09/2012, 07:37pm EST
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It's time to use or lose flexible spending account money

March 15 is the last day federal employees can use money they set aside in their healthcare flexible spending account in November 2010.

Friday - 03/09/2012, 12:26pm EST
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Retirements, buyouts, and downsizing

NARFE's David Snell and Federal Times reporters Stephen Losey and Sean Reilly join host Mike Causey to talk about the issues affecting your job and retirement.
March 7, 2012

Wednesday - 03/07/2012, 08:50pm EST
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Life in the SES: Star track or Star Trek?

Members of the SES are under attack from politicians, think tankers and the media for their lack of mobility more than half have never changed jobs. To which Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says: Let's consider the source, as in look who's talking ...

Wednesday - 03/07/2012, 02:00am EST

TSP funds post positive numbers in February

Thrift Savings Plan figures continued to climb in the early months of 2012, as all funds posted positive numbers for the month of February and for the year.

Tuesday - 03/06/2012, 05:41am EST

Unofficial quotas: Fact or fiction

Is there a silent and invisible quota system operating in your agency? If so, it could be costing some of the government's best and brightest money and hurt their future job opportunities, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tuesday - 03/06/2012, 02:00am EST

The new Roth TSP: Who should choose it?

Hosts Bob Leins and John Elliot talk about the plan with certified financial planner Joe Sullender.
March 5, 2012

Monday - 03/05/2012, 08:31pm EST
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Buyout barrage: Mixed blessing?

Buyouts are popping up all over the government. And even if you are not in the market, they may have an impact on your job, your promotion potential and, if you are planning to retire anyhow, how quickly you get your first full annuity payment, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Monday - 03/05/2012, 02:00am EST

Treasury's paperless initiative means no more paper benefit checks

Those who are already receiving paper checks for federal benefit payments have until March 1, 2013, to sign up for direct deposit or direct express.

Friday - 03/02/2012, 10:23am EST
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Light at end of tunnel: Sunshine or trainwreck?

For federal workers traveling through the congressional tunnel: Is that light they see sunshine or an oncoming train wreck? Either way their journey isn't over by a long shot, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Friday - 03/02/2012, 02:00am EST

Pay raise or retiree COLA: Timing is everything!

Worried about another pay freeze next year? Thinking about retiring to get a cost of living adjustment? Timing is everything, and for some people its already too late, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Thursday - 03/01/2012, 02:00am EST
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