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Retirement News

How can you tell if a federal buyout is a good deal?

It seems like every week another agency is offering employee buyouts and early retirements. But they're not designed to make you rich. So how do you decide when a buyout is right for you? The Federal Drive spoke with registered employee-benefits consultant Ed Zurndorfer to get some answers.

Friday - 04/06/2012, 05:13pm EDT
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USDA takes direct approach to managing workforce, reducing costs

Billy Milton, chief human capital officer at the USDA, tells The Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about the Agriculture Department's successful approach to managing its workforce in tough budgetary times.

Friday - 04/06/2012, 10:13am EDT
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Retiring - the only way to get ahead?

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.

Friday - 04/06/2012, 02:00am EDT

Divorce, federal style

Why is it that some federal workers will never retire? They plan to work till they drop, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Is it love of the job, patriotism, friends at work or is it the ex-spouse lurking out there?...

Thursday - 04/05/2012, 02:00am EDT

Fed haven for mad money

If you have a stash of cash and you want to park it in one of the safest, most generous places around, where do you go? Tip: It isn't the Thrift Savings Plan, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

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

March TSP returns continue 2012 climb

Thrift Savings Plan figures continued to climb in the early months of 2012, as nearly all funds posted positive numbers for the month of March and for the year. Only the F Fund dipped into the negative at the end of the month.

Tuesday - 04/03/2012, 10:57am EDT

House Dems' budget plan not mirror of President's, Van Hollen says

The House Democrats' budget proposal is the most fed-friendly of the plans put forth for fiscal 2013.

Monday - 04/02/2012, 09:41am EDT
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Senate bill seeks to reform Senior Executive Service

Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii) introduced the Senior Executive Reform Act, which would link the General Schedule with the pay system for senior executives and let senior executives include their performance bonuses in their retirement calculation.

Friday - 03/30/2012, 12:25pm EDT
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House OKs GOP budget plan, including pay freeze extension, pension changes

After rejecting a bipartisan compromise and President Obama's budget Wednesday, the House prepares to vote on a Republican plan that calls for an extension of the federal pay freeze through 2015, increased federal retirement contributions and a reduction of the federal workforce by 10 percent.

Thursday - 03/29/2012, 09:19am 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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Does the buyout barrage have a silver lining?

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.

Thursday - 03/29/2012, 02:00am EDT

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

When timing is (just about) everything

A prominent retirement planner said in an ideal world, the last check you write will bounce. Meaning you got the most for your money. The problem is knowing when that day will come, and managing your finances accordingly, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So what to do ... ?

Wednesday - 03/28/2012, 02:00am EDT

USPS plan to set up own health plan faces lawmakers' skepticism

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe testified today before a House subcommittee saying a USPS-sponsored plan would save $7 billion a year. Such a plan, Donahoe said, would offer equal or better coverage to current employees and retirees.

Tuesday - 03/27/2012, 12:57pm 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

Some feds face April 1 deadline for first IRA minimum distribution

April 1 is the deadline for federal employees and annuitants with traditional IRA accounts and are at least 70-1/2 years old in 2011 to make their first minimum required distribution (MRD) for 2011.

Friday - 03/23/2012, 11:29am EDT
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Making love and buyouts the connection

So, what's the connection between making love and getting a buyout? Technique, frequency and careful preparation are central to both, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So how did federal agencies score this year?

Friday - 03/23/2012, 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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