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Retirement News

Last hired, first fired: Where are you in line?

If Uncle Sam really drives off the sequestration cliff in January, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: Do you have a job parachute?

Friday - 09/07/2012, 02:00am EDT

Retirement claims hit highest level since January

Federal employees submitted nearly 9,000 retirement claims in August - more than in any other month besides January, which typically sees a wave of feds taking retirement. The Office of Personnel Management received 8,973 retirement claims in August, nearly a thousand more than it projected. The agency processed 11,896 claims, also surpassing its goals.

Wednesday - 09/05/2012, 05:50pm EDT

Coming soon to YouTube -- Videos about TSP accounts

Kim Weaver, director of the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, told In Depth with Francis Rose feds will soon be able to access videos online explaining some of the more complicated aspects of their Thrift Savings Plan accounts.

Wednesday - 08/29/2012, 07:34am EDT
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Is retirement in your near future?

What do you see when you look in the mirror? Is it a dedicated IRS auditor, a serious federal agent or a compassionate VA employee? Or, do you have a Charles Dickens moment and spot the ghost of Christmas Future - you after you have retired? While feds have mostly held on to their jobs, things could change quickly, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Wednesday - 08/29/2012, 02:00am EDT

When a "COLA" is not a "COLA"

Federal benefits specialist Bob Braunstein and host Bob Leins discuss in detail the pay adjustment system for feds and retirees.
August 27, 2012

Monday - 08/27/2012, 10:49pm EDT
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Legislative roundup: What feds should expect when Congress returns to work

Jenny Mattingley hosts of roundtable discussion of legislation pending in Congress that affect federal workers.
August 24, 2012

Friday - 08/24/2012, 11:07pm EDT
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Is there life after government?

We've been to the surface of the moon, and the bottom of the ocean but as yet, no one has answered the eternal question: Is there life after retirement? Today we have some clues, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Thursday - 08/23/2012, 02:00am EDT

The "best of" your questions, part 3

Bob Leins and Tammy Flanagan discuss the "best of" subjects brought up during recent seminars.
August 20, 2012

Monday - 08/20/2012, 06:39pm EDT
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NY FBI field office boss, highest woman, retiring

Janice K. Fedarcyk has led the FBI's largest field office for two years.

Thursday - 08/16/2012, 08:38pm EDT

Sequestration, the Ryan budget, and more

Host Mike Causey moderates a roundtable discussion of sequestration, postal service buyouts, and more.
August 15, 2012

Wednesday - 08/15/2012, 06:56pm EDT
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OPM breaks down the basics of phased retirement

The Office of Personnel Management released a factsheet to federal agencies in July explaining what phased retirement is and how it will work.

Tuesday - 08/14/2012, 09:14pm EDT

Your Two-Month Timeline...

Unless you get a better offer or drop dead before your time odds are you are going to eventually retire from the government...maybe in the same job you have now. But Senior Correspondent Mike Causey asks, how soon should your realistic retirement planning begin.

Monday - 08/13/2012, 02:00am EDT

Buyouts: Show Me The Money!

Are you a lifer, or are you waiting for Uncle Sam to show-you-the-money? Buyout offers abound in government but many employees say the tough economy is a good reason to stay on the job. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey asks have you hit the tipping point yet?

Wednesday - 08/08/2012, 02:00am EDT

Court rules against State Dept. in age bias case

A divided appeals court panel ruled Tuesday that the State Department improperly dismissed a former employee solely because he turned 65.

Tuesday - 08/07/2012, 01:42pm EDT

OMB budget guide details retirement contribution rates for future feds

The payroll tax cut deal made earlier this year included provisions to increase new federal employees' retirement contributions. We've posted a chart detailing how much employees and agencies will contribute.

Tuesday - 08/07/2012, 08:40am EDT

Retirement claims tick up, but OPM continues cutting backlog

The Office of Personnel Management received more claims than expected last month, but for the third month in a row processed more claims than it expected to. OPM has also made progress cutting the longstanding backlog of retirement claims. At 44,679 claims, there are now fewer retirement claims stuck in the backlog than there were in December 2011, when OPM began tracking them as part of a new push to eliminate the logjam.

Monday - 08/06/2012, 03:08pm EDT

Fed pay, the postal service, and more

NTEU president Colleen Kelley and Steve Watkins and Andy Medici from the Federal Times will talk about some of the big a wide variey of issues affecting federal workers.
August 1, 2012

Wednesday - 08/01/2012, 08:38pm EDT
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TSP returns inch up in July

Returns for most of the basic Thrift Savings Plan basic funds continued inching up in July, with only the S Fund, pegged to stocks of small and medium-sized U.S. companies, dipping into the red for the month.

Wednesday - 08/01/2012, 04:11pm EDT

TSP plans RFP to improve data center security by year's end

The contract includes "very stringent" IT security requirements. The announcement follows a data breach that affected 123,000 TSP participants in 2011.

Wednesday - 08/01/2012, 05:29am EDT
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TSP faces challenges in adopting socially responsible investment fund, report says

The Government Accountability Office compared an existing socially responsible investment stock index to the stock portfolio of the federal Thift Savings Plan and discovered several barriers existed for feds hoping to adopt a more socially conscious approach to their retirement planning.

Friday - 07/27/2012, 05:23am EDT
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