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Benefits News

Surviving at the bottom of a legislative volcano

Being a fed is like living in a nudist colony at the base of a dormant but still active volcano. Or being in an all-glass group house. The scenery is great, but you never know who or what's out there, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Friday - 04/10/2015, 02:27am EDT

Millennials in the federal workforce

Susan Fallon, vice president for Global Strategy and Business Development at Monster Government Solutions will explain why federal agencies should be hiring more millennial workers, and Andy Medici with the Federal Times will bring us up to date on the House and Senate budgets.
April 8, 2015

Wednesday - 04/08/2015, 05:27pm EDT

Obama's family-friendly work policies put to the test at White House

2 senior Obama aides expecting babies, a test of his call for more family-friendly workplaces

Tuesday - 04/07/2015, 06:24am EDT

Personal finance preparations before and during retirement

Career transition coach Mike Townshend joins hosts Bob Leins and Tammy Flanagan to discuss what you should consider as you plan for your retirement.
April 6, 2015

Monday - 04/06/2015, 06:55pm EDT
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Your TSP account: By the numbers

The Thrift Savings Plan is on a roll and Senior Correspondent Mike Causey has got all the details.

Friday - 04/03/2015, 03:00am EDT

Most TSP funds dip in March

Only three of the 10 funds in the Thrift Savings Plan posted positive returns for the month of March.

Wednesday - 04/01/2015, 05:00pm EDT

Discussion of TSP issues by the people who know

The Federal Thrift Retirement Investment Board's Greg Long and Kim Weaver join hosts Bob Leins and Tammy Flanagan to discuss the TSP and plans to use a loan from the G Fund to help fund the federal deficit.
March 30, 2015

Monday - 03/30/2015, 09:12pm EDT
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'Self plus one' offers premium break for two-person families

It's always good to know your options, especially when it comes to figuring out your health insurance premiums next year, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Monday - 03/30/2015, 03:00am EDT

Pay, pension and TSP 'take-aways' you didn't order

In England and in some parts of this country, a "take away" is when you order a popular fast food and take it home with you. In Washington "take away" is the legislative-political equivalent of bend-over-and-smile-this-is-going-to-hurt-you-more-than-me, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Friday - 03/27/2015, 02:00am EDT

House budget targets federal benefits, seeks smaller civilian workforce

The Fiscal Year 2016 budget the House passed Wednesday calls on federal employees to make greater contributions to their retirement plans, while altering the Thrift Savings Plan's G Fund. The budget also seeks to reduce the civilian workforce by 10 percent over the next 10 years through attrition.

Thursday - 03/26/2015, 10:28am EDT

Answers to your retirement questions

David Snell, NARFE's director of retirement services, will answer you retirement questions, and Federal Times Senior Writer Andy Medici will give us an update on the latest news on Capitol Hill.
March 25, 2015

Wednesday - 03/25/2015, 08:35pm EDT

Federal retirement: When, where, why?

Does your retirement game plan have an end date? Have you figured out what you will do with 100 percent more leisure time, asks Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Wednesday - 03/25/2015, 02:00am EDT

How the federal budget may affect your personal financial plan

Hosts Bob Leins and Tammy Flanagan discuss how possible changes to the tax law could affect how you plan for retirement.
March 23, 2015

Monday - 03/23/2015, 08:26pm EDT

House GOP budget targets TSP's G Fund

"It would drop the interest to virtually zero, which would make the G Fund worthless to our participants," the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board's Kim Weaver said of the House proposal.

Monday - 03/23/2015, 02:23pm EDT

5 things that could be coming to your FEHBP plan in 2016

Expect some new health care options when open season rolls around later this year. We break down the Office of Personnel Management's letter to insurers about 2016 coverage.

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 12:35pm EDT

The mysteries of estate planning

Host Mike Causey is joined by estate planner Tom O'Rourke who will discuss what you need to do to make sure your estate is in order.
March 18, 2015

Wednesday - 03/18/2015, 06:50pm EDT

How can Social Security add GREEN to your retirement cash flow?

Lester Austin, retired senior public affairs specialist for the Social Security Administration, answerS your Social Security and retirement questions.
March 16, 2015

Monday - 03/16/2015, 08:07pm EDT
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TSP: Should you take a risk or play it safe?

Host Mike Causey and financial planner Arthur Stein will discuss different investment strategies for the Thrift Savings Plan, and what you can do to make sure you have enough saved for retirement.
March 11, 2015

Wednesday - 03/11/2015, 07:00pm EDT
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Federal employees' groups denounce pension reform bill

"Un-American" was how the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association described a bill to calculate retirement benefits according to an employee's "high five." Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ariz.) sponsored the measure.

Friday - 03/06/2015, 03:38pm EST

OPM retirement backlog reaches 18-month high

Just over 9,200 federal employees filed for retirement benefits in February, enough to swell the government's backlog of retirement claims to its highest point since the summer of 2013.

Friday - 03/06/2015, 11:33am EST
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