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7:46 am, September 17, 2014

Benefits News

Feds given more flexibility updating FEDVIP plans

The Office of Personnel Management just issued a final rule that lets a subset of federal employees enroll in or switch dental and vision plans outside of the open enrollment periods. The amendment goes into effect next month.

Thursday - 07/17/2014, 11:21am EDT

Ask the retirement expert

NITP Senior Benefits Director Tammy Flanagan will answer your retirement questions.
July 16, 2014

Wednesday - 07/16/2014, 09:48pm EDT
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Proposed Senate USPS reforms could save $17 billion

The Congressional Budget Office estimates the Senate's postal reform plan would save just under $17 billion. Changes to the agency would include maintaining increased postal rates and cutting delivery to five days per week.

Wednesday - 07/16/2014, 03:54pm EDT

VA cites progress on backlog; Congress disagrees

VA cites progress on benefits backlog, but congressman accuses agency of 'hiding' numbers

Tuesday - 07/15/2014, 05:02pm EDT
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House easily passes TSP restructuring bill

The Smart Savings Act would make the Lifecycle Funds the default investment option in the Thrift Savings Plan for new federal employees.

Tuesday - 07/15/2014, 03:55pm EDT

Insurance: What should you know about it? What do you need?

Host Bob Leins and co-host John Elliott discuss the need to purchase insurance, what types to consider and why.

Monday - 07/14/2014, 06:51am EDT
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Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition Planning

Making the call to turn your investment decisions over to a financial planner is a big decision for just about anybody, but there are several important factors that make that decision even more complicated for federal employees. Tammy Flanagan is Senior Benefits Director for the National Institute of Transition Planning. She's writing about some of the elements of that decision making process for soon-to-retire feds, and shared her thoughts on In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu.

Friday - 07/11/2014, 04:47pm EDT
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House panel debates merits of Senior Exec Service, comes down hard on VA

In examining the viability of the Senior Executive Service, House members called out the Veterans Affairs' compensation program, with a pledge to introduce another piece of legislation to take back bonuses. The Senior Executives Association relayed concerns that talent is fleeing senior executive positions.

Friday - 07/11/2014, 02:08pm EDT

TSP scores high, flexible spending low in latest federal employee benefits survey

While federal employees gave high marks on usefulness and importance to the Thrift Savings Plan, only a small percentage said they had flexible spending accounts because they saw little value in the program. The results are part of a survey that OPM has been doing since 2004 to gauge worker opinions on the health and wellness benefits it offers.

Thursday - 07/10/2014, 03:30pm EDT

Retirement planning and the state of the civil service

Benefits expert John Elliott will discuss what you should be doing to prepare for retirement, and OPM Director Katherine Archuleta will talk about the status of phased retirement, the retirement-claims backlog and other civil service issues.
July 9, 2014

Wednesday - 07/09/2014, 07:20pm EDT
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Bob Tobias, American University

A new performance award strategy could rise from the ashes of a now-defunct pay system at the Defense Department. DoD tried to replace the General Schedule system with a National Security Personnel System back in the mid-2000s, but the White House repealed it two years ago. Bob Tobias is Director of Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University. He was part of a Task Force that tried to improve the system back in 2009. He said one bright spot in the system could be the key to building a new performance culture across the federal government on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Wednesday - 07/09/2014, 04:45pm EDT
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Committee outlines drastic changes to military as it works toward pay and benefits recommendations

A specially-formed commission tasked with modernizing military compensation released an interim report in anticipation of its full recommendations due in February. The document reviews massive changes that have occurred since the military switched to an all-volunteer force in 1973.

Tuesday - 07/08/2014, 05:18pm EDT

A look ahead

Co-hosts Bob Leins and Tammy Flanagan talk about the state of the federal workforce and legislation under consideration in Congress that could affect federal employment.
July 7, 2014

Monday - 07/07/2014, 05:05pm EDT
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Ask the retirement expert

NITP Senior Benefits Director Tammy Flanagan will answer your retirement questions.
July 2, 2014

Wednesday - 07/02/2014, 09:48pm EDT
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The TSP: What's in it for you?

Financial advisor Arthur Stein will answer your calls and emails about the TSP, and CBS MoneyWatch Columnist Allan Roth discusses what you can do to maximize your TSP investments.
June 25, 2014

Wednesday - 06/25/2014, 06:51pm EDT
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Is your retirement system the right one?

Federal benefits expert Bob Braunstein will discuss the Federal Erroneous Retirement Coverage Corrections Act.
June 23, 2014

Monday - 06/23/2014, 08:47pm EDT
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The state of the Civil Service & the VA controversy

On this week's Your Turn radio show, an encore presentation of host Mike Causey's interview with OPM Director Katherine Archuleta. She discusses the status of phased retirement, the retirement-claims backlog and other civil service issues. Andy Medici from the Federal Times joins the show live to discuss President Obama's executive order banning discrimination among LGBT employees of contractors.
June 18, 2014

Wednesday - 06/18/2014, 06:41pm EDT

Retirement programs, VA scandal, shrinking workforce

NARFE's Jessica Klement and Andy Medici from the Federal Times discuss a number of issues affecting feds, including proposed changes to the federal retirement program and the scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
June 11, 2014

Wednesday - 06/11/2014, 06:03pm EDT

We answer your questions, federal employees!

Show co-hosts Bob Leins and Tammy Flanagan will talk about a wide variety of benefit programs for federal workers and retirees.
June 9, 2014

Monday - 06/09/2014, 08:19pm EDT
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IG encourages USPS to follow private sector lead for benefit programs

The Postal Service Inspector General recommended that USPS make changes to its decades-old benefit programs that cost the agency millions.

Thursday - 05/29/2014, 04:11am EDT
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