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Financial planning and a view from the 'cliff'

Certified Financial Planner Joseph Sullender on how to best prepare for your retirement.
December 17, 2012(Encore presentation December 24, 2012)

Monday - 12/17/2012, 10:41pm EST
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Man charged in Arizona Social Security explosion

A man charged with detonating a homemade explosive device outside a Social Security Administration office in Arizona had researched how to construct a particular explosive that authorities say has been used in terrorist bomb plots, according to a criminal complaint.

Monday - 12/03/2012, 06:57pm EST

Customer satisfaction with e-government down slightly but near record highs

Satisfaction with federal e-government sites remained high throughout most of 2012, according to a quarterly report from ForeSee and the American Customer Satisfaction Index. On a 100-point scale, customer satisfaction with federal websites now sits at 75.3. That's actually down slightly from last quarter, which had set an all-time high, according to the latest report.

Monday - 10/22/2012, 08:06pm EDT

Social Security benefits get a 1.7 percent bump

More than 56 million Americans on Social Security will get raises averaging $19 a month come January, one of the smallest hikes since automatic adjustments for inflation were adopted in 1975, the government announced Tuesday.

Tuesday - 10/16/2012, 04:09pm EDT

SSA to close offices earlier to cut overtime

The Social Security Administration will begin closing its offices around the country 30 minutes early starting Nov. 19. A spokeswoman said "significantly less funding" than the agency requested forced it to adopt this tactic.

Thursday - 10/04/2012, 06:26am EDT

Report: Social Security lax on disability claims

Social Security is so overwhelmed by disability claims that some officials are awarding benefits without adequately reviewing applications, potentially adding to the program's financial problems as it edges closer to the brink of insolvency, congressional investigators say in a new report.

Thursday - 09/13/2012, 11:04am EDT

Disability and disability benefits

Lester Austin, public affairs specialist at the Social Security Administration, explains the disability application process and answer your questions about benefits.
September 10, 2012

Monday - 09/10/2012, 07:15pm EDT
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OMB touts $4B in efficiency savings

Acting Director Jeff Zients wrote in a blog post today that agencies have met half of President Obama's goal to save $8 billion by the end of 2013.

Tuesday - 09/04/2012, 05:00pm EDT

Why does Social Security need 174,000 bullets?

It didn't take long for the Internet to start buzzing with conspiracy theories after the Social Security Administration posted a notice that it was purchasing 174,000 hollow-point bullets.

Tuesday - 09/04/2012, 01:32pm 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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SSA offers early retirement to 9,000 employees

To be eligible, employees must have 20 years of creditable service and be at least 50 years of age, or have at least 25 years of creditable service at any age, including five years of civilian service, according to an SSA email to Federal News Radio.

Wednesday - 08/08/2012, 10:02am EDT

Services expanding removal of SSNs on documents

The Defense Department is expanding the removal of Social Security numbers from service member documents.

Monday - 08/06/2012, 08:10am EDT

Inspector General: SSA sitting on $134 million in uncashed checks

The inspector general for the Social Security Administration estimated the agency is sitting on about $134 million for benefit checks that sit uncashed by recipients for more than a year - money subsequently returned to the agency. But the IG report found most of the recipients who didn't cash their checks are still eligible for the assistance and the SSA could take additional steps to ensure they receive them.

Tuesday - 07/24/2012, 07:58pm EDT

2012 Causey Awards Winner - Kevin O'Brien

Kevin O'Brien, a human resources specialist in the Social Security Administration's Office of the Inspector General, was nominated for leading the organization's telework initiative.

Monday - 07/16/2012, 04:21am EDT
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Incomplete SSA records lead to payments to dead people

Information regarding a person's death is not always correctly transferred between the Social Security Administration's databases, according to a new report from the agency's inspector general. As a result, various agencies may be sending money to dead people or fraudsters.

Friday - 07/13/2012, 02:23pm EDT

Federal Drive interviews -- June 15

Todd Ramsey of IBM and Jonathan Breul, executive director of the IBM Center for the Business of Government, offer the contractor's point of view on acquisition. Carolyn Colvin of the Social Security Administration details a new program to help veterans apply for disability. Roy Smith of ITG discusses the Rapid Acquisition Program.

Friday - 06/15/2012, 10:12am EDT

OMB alumni to suggest revisions to cyber section of A-130

The group will create a white paper with recommendations this summer to modernize the 10-year-old policy. Among the areas they are looking at are continuous monitoring, cloud computing, shared services and the definition of a system. Updating A-130 will help agencies move from a 'checklist' mode to monitoring systems in real time for threats and vulnerabilities, said Frank Reeder, a former OMB official.

Friday - 06/01/2012, 05:43am EDT
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SSA, AFGE sign off on final contract

After more than two years of tough negotiations, the Social Security Administration and its largest union, The American Federation of Government Employees, have signed off on final contract. The contract includes changes to office travel and vision benefits.

Monday - 05/07/2012, 05:27pm EDT

DoD, Social Security aim to speed up wounded warrior benefits

A new project lets SSA disability case processing sites take in DoD electronic medical records originating in multiple locations. That capability went nationwide this week. The centers simply log onto a single DoD website.

Tuesday - 05/01/2012, 09:41am 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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