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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

Feds have become 'easy pickings' for Congress, FMA says

Host Mike Causey will discuss federal pay and benefits with Federal Times Senior Writer Stephen Losey and Federal Managers Association Legislative Director Jessica Klement.
February 29, 2012

Wednesday - 02/29/2012, 09:23pm EST
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Tax-free investment option R U ready?

How would you like it if your Thrift Savings Plan withdrawals were tax-free? Well, get ready because the tax-free end-of-the-rainbow Roth option is coming to your optional retirement package, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Wednesday - 02/29/2012, 02:00am EST

Are you in the Buyout Zone?

The IRS is the latest agency to join the 2012 buyout parade. Employees in other agencies should study it because it may be the model for similar buyouts governmentwide, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tuesday - 02/28/2012, 02:00am EST

Answers to your retirement questions

Co-hosts Bob Leins and John Elliott are joined by federal benefit expert David Redden.
February 27, 2012

Monday - 02/27/2012, 07:23pm EST
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IRS offers targeted buyouts to employees in enforcement divisions

The IRS has offered another, more targeted round of buyouts. The agency, however, plans to grant buyouts and early-outs to a limited number of employees about 270 out of the 1,600 who are eligible, according to a staff email received by Federal News Radio. An IRS email said the targeted nature of the buyouts is different from previous offers and includes specific areas not covered before. The latest round of early-outs is the third set of offers in as many months.

Monday - 02/27/2012, 04:19pm EST

Van Hollen: Protect feds' three-legged retirement stool

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) told The Federal Drive with Tom Temin that he and lawmakers who represent federal employees want to maintain this system for federal employees.

Monday - 02/27/2012, 09:11am EST
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Everybody's got a price: What's yours?

They say that everybody's got a price, so what's yours? What would it take for Uncle Sam to convince you to retire? Because you may be facing that decision soon, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Monday - 02/27/2012, 02:00am EST
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