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11:24 am, January 29, 2015

Pay and Benefits News

Acquisition reform

Today's FEDtalk will feature a roundtable discussion of one of this year's hottest topics - acquisition reform.
January 9, 2015

Friday - 01/09/2015, 09:03pm EST

2015 Pay Raise: The silence of the lambs!

This year, again, feds got a 1 percent raise. So that's 2 percent (slightly more with compounding) in five years. So did anybody notice? asks Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Friday - 01/09/2015, 02:00am EST

Roth IRA conversions

NITP hosts Bob Leins and Tammy Flanagan discuss the Voluntary Contribution Program and offer advice on transferring funds to a Roth IRA.
January 5, 2014

Monday - 01/05/2015, 08:21pm EST
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So, you wanna be a millionaire? Is 2015 the year of your Roth TSP?

While most people know that the Roth option exists, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says many don't understand exactly what it is or does.

Monday - 01/05/2015, 02:00am EST

Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition Planning

Good news is on the horizon for federal employees that plan to retire in 2015. The Office of Personnel Management's processing times for retirement claims are accelerating, and the agency will try for the fifth time to digitize the process. Tammy Flanagan is Senior Benefits Director for the National Institute for Transition Planning. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she shared her Top 3 for 2015. She told Federal News Radio's Sean McCalley the faster processing times will most help people retiring early in the year.

Friday - 01/02/2015, 04:25pm EST

Some TSP funds dip into the negative after November rebound

After a month of growth for all Thrift Savings Plan funds, December saw some federal retirement accounts dipping into the negative.

Friday - 01/02/2015, 03:51pm EST

Reaction to President Obama's meeting with the SES

Carol Bonosaro, president of the Senior Executives Association, will give her thoughts on President Barack Obama's speech to members of the Senior Executives Service.
December 31, 2014

Wednesday - 12/31/2014, 07:13pm EST

Our readers' favorite stories of 2014

Even without all the fireworks caused by furloughs and the government shutdown that occurred in 2013, Federal News Radio readers found plenty to intrigue them in 2014. Read our 10 most-read stories for 2014.

Wednesday - 12/31/2014, 11:56am EST

Government of the people?

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey is on vacation. Today's guest columnist is involved with non-partisan politics in a D.C.-area jurisdiction, where he and his colleagues put aside personal requirements to get the job done.

Wednesday - 12/31/2014, 02:00am EST

Jessica Klement, Legislative Director, NARFE

A budget resolution early in 2015 is a top priority for the incoming 114th Congress. Republican leaders have already said they're interested in passing some federal workforce reforms. Jessica Klement is legislative director for the National Active and Retired Federal Employees association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said she's worried about the possibility of a budget reconciliation, and what that could mean for federal employee benefits in the future. In her Top 3 for 15, she says she's keeping a closer eye on federal workforce policy reforms coming from the new Congress.

Tuesday - 12/30/2014, 05:29pm EST

Catch 65: FEHBP enrollees and Medicare

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey is on vacation. Today's guest columnist explains why it might be a good idea for FEHBP participants to enroll in Medicare.

Monday - 12/29/2014, 02:00am EST

Former GAO employee got worker's compensation for 30 years, IG says

The inspector general of the Government Accountability Office says a former worker had been receiving improper payments from GAO for decades.

Friday - 12/26/2014, 03:06pm EST

Holiday greetings and thanks

Whatever your reason for working this holiday, be assured that Senior Correspondent Mike Causey feels your pain, but thankfully from afar.

Thursday - 12/25/2014, 02:00am EST

Too many feds or not enough?

Author and University of Pennsylvania professor John Dilulio joins host Mike Causey to discuss his new book: "Bring Back the Bureaucrats".
December 24, 2014

Wednesday - 12/24/2014, 06:58pm EST
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A recent retiree's advice: Get out now!

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey is on vacation. Today's guest columnist is a recent retiree who says if you can get out, you should consider it. He's hoping that gridlock in the next Congress will (as it did this year) keep feds out of harm's way.

Wednesday - 12/24/2014, 02:00am EST

Koskinen: IRS faces tough FY 2015 with budget, workforce woes

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said the agency is between a rock and a hard place in finding thanks to budget cuts.

Tuesday - 12/23/2014, 11:41am EST
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What I want to be when I grow up

Did you dream of being a doctor, astronaut or jockey when you grew up? Federal service may not have been your dream job when you were 9, guest columnist Nancy Crosby says, but that doesn't mean it can't be fulfilling or important.

Tuesday - 12/23/2014, 02:00am EST

Retirement - an opportunity to re-invent ourselves

Career transition coach Mike Townshend talks about retirement planning.

Monday - 12/22/2014, 10:00pm EST
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Obama signs NDAA deal with pay raise, higher co-pays for troops

President Barack Obama signed the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act deal Friday. The House and Senate Armed Services Committees arrived at a compromise over troop benefits in the fiscal year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act that will give soldiers a 1 percent pay raise, as well as a $3 increase in most prescription co-pays. House Armed Services Committee chairman Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) released a summary of the ups and downs of this fiscal year's $585 billion NDAA, expected to be finalized before Congress leaves for the holidays.

Monday - 12/22/2014, 05:00am EST

Obama approves retroactive mass-transit benefit for workers

President Obama signed a broad $41.6 billion program of tax breaks into law that will retroactively raise the monthly mass-transit subsidy to $250 per month for 2014. The extension of these tax breaks, however, will only last until the end of 2014.

Monday - 12/22/2014, 04:39am EST
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