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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

SES mobility not 'musical chairs'

Host Mike Causey will talk career mobility with Carol Bonosaro, president of the Senior Executives Service. Federal Times Senior Writers Stephen Losey and Sean Reilly will talk about how pending legislation in Congress will affect your pay and benefits.
March 14, 2012

Wednesday - 03/14/2012, 11:19pm EDT
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Does happiness trickle down?

Ever seen the sign that reads: If Mama Ain't Happy, Ain't Nobody Happy? The bottom line, according to the book with the same title, is if the boss isn't pleased, everybody suffers, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So how's that working out in your office?

Wednesday - 03/14/2012, 02:00am EDT

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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