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Benefits News

The Incredible Shrinking Postal Service

Even if you never, or hardly ever, go to a Post Office there's a good chance you went there Tuesday to mail your taxes, and get an SOS from some worried postal employees, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Thursday - 04/19/2012, 02:00am EDT

The TSP program and the new federal employee

Economist Dave Redden joins host John Elliot to talk about investment options for federal employees.
April 16, 2012

Monday - 04/16/2012, 11:01pm EDT
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Economist: Roth TSP a good deal for young feds

Economist Dave Redden tells For Your Benefit that young people just starting in the federal service stand to gain the most from tax-free funds in retirement.

Monday - 04/16/2012, 02:42pm EDT
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Saving big bucks, the GSA scandal, and more

Allan Roth of CBS MoneyWatch and Federal Times reporters Andy Medici and Steve Losey join host Mike Causey on today's program.
April 11, 2012

Wednesday - 04/11/2012, 08:49pm EDT
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OPM making changes to FEHBP - Is that good news?

In a recent letter to insurers, the Office of Personnel Management requested some changes to federal health plans. Brace yourselves: It's mostly good news. The Federal Drive talked to health-benefits expert Walt Francis to get the details.

Friday - 04/06/2012, 06:06pm EDT
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Support grows for Domestic Partnership Benefits bill

Twenty senators all Democrats have signed on in support of the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act, which would extend health-care benefits to same-sex, domestic partners of federal employees.

Tuesday - 04/03/2012, 01:21pm EDT

Are you better off now than you were two years ago?

Thanks to the two-year pay freeze and two years of higher health premiums many federal workers today are taking home less money than they were in 2010, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Some alert feds are also curious as to whether Congress has plans to extend their pay freeze until 2013, 2014 or maybe even until 2015.

Monday - 04/02/2012, 02:00am EDT

Swing-dancing feds: One step forward, two steps back

When you think of federal workers, the term "swinger" isn't the first thing that pops into your head. But after some of the changes politicians want to make, anything could happen.

Friday - 03/30/2012, 02:00am EDT

OPM: 10 new plans coming to FEHBP in 2013

The Office of Personnel Management will add 10 new health plans to the Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan starting in 2013.

Thursday - 03/29/2012, 01:28pm EDT

Senators concerned over TRICARE fee increases

The Pentagon is telling lawmakers military retirees' share of health care costs is going to have to increase if it's going to meet the budget targets Congress and the President handed over with last year's budget control act.

Thursday - 03/29/2012, 08:56am EDT
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Retirement and SES mobility

Host Mike Causey will talk federal retirement with the NITP's Tammy Flanagan. Senior Executives Association President Carol Bonosaro will talk about a new report that looks at the mobility of members of the Senior Executives Service.
March 28, 2012

Wednesday - 03/28/2012, 09:28pm EDT
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GOP caucus budget cuts feds' retirement, health benefits

The Republican Study Committee, a caucus of House conservatives, laid out a budget blueprint that increases federal employees' pension contributions and incentivize feds to enroll in lower-priced health plans.

Wednesday - 03/28/2012, 12:38pm EDT

Social Security

Lester Austin, public affairs specialist at the Social Security Administration, answers your Social Security questions.
March 26, 2012

Monday - 03/26/2012, 06:13pm EDT
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Living on 1/3 of your income

Thinking about retiring in the next couple of years? Well, here's something to think about, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says: How long and how well could you live if your income was cut by more than 60 percent for months at a time?

Monday - 03/26/2012, 02:00am EDT

Feds: Is that a dust cloud or the Mongol horde?

What do you suppose 13th-century peasants thought just before Genghis Khan's boys rode into town? We can't be sure, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says, but it might be the same sort of unease modern-day federal workers have when Congress mounts its high horse ...

Thursday - 03/22/2012, 02:00am EDT

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
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