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Retirement News

House GOP budget calls for increase in feds' retirement contributions

House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-Ga.) released his $3.8 trillion budget plan, which includes language calling for an increase to federal employees' contributions to their retirement plans. All federal employees would pay 6.6 percent of their pay into their retirement plans. The bill also increases funding to the Defense Department's Overseas Contingency Operations fund, while keeping total DoD spending under sequestration caps.

Tuesday - 03/17/2015, 03:06pm EDT

Scrambling your retirement nest egg, again ...

For the ninth time in 19 years and the second time in 13 months, the government has run out of authority to borrow. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey explains what that means for your Thrift Savings Plan account.

Tuesday - 03/17/2015, 03:00am EDT

How can Social Security add GREEN to your retirement cash flow?

Lester Austin, retired senior public affairs specialist for the Social Security Administration, answerS your Social Security and retirement questions.
March 16, 2015

Monday - 03/16/2015, 08:07pm EDT
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Four bills that could affect your federal job, salary

The 114th Congress has introduced numerous bills, many of which directly target the federal workforce. Here are four recently introduced bills that, if they become law, could affect your job and paycheck.

Thursday - 03/12/2015, 10:44am EDT

Rolling back your TSP clock

Where were you putting your retirement money during the Great Recession? asks Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Thursday - 03/12/2015, 03:00am EDT

TSP: Should you take a risk or play it safe?

Host Mike Causey and financial planner Arthur Stein will discuss different investment strategies for the Thrift Savings Plan, and what you can do to make sure you have enough saved for retirement.
March 11, 2015

Wednesday - 03/11/2015, 07:00pm EDT
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Investment Tip: Build or buy a time machine

When it comes to investing and most other things, hindsight is 20/20. Past investments in the Thrift Savings Plan may point to strategies for the future, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Wednesday - 03/11/2015, 03:00am EDT

Sanders: Government needs uniform exit survey to gauge millennials

Four out of 10 federal employees are eligible to retire in the next five years. The Office of Personnel Management has a new strategy to attract new hires to government, and get millennials who are already in government to stay. The strategy is called Recruitment, Engagement, Diversity and Inclusion. Ron Sanders is vice president at Booz Allen Hamilton and a former chief human capital officer for the intelligence community. He detailed the strategy on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Tuesday - 03/10/2015, 05:06pm EDT
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The high-five you don't want to get, or Naked at the office

Many feds dream of the day they'll be able to retire. But Congress may have plans to make that dream something of a nightmare, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Tuesday - 03/10/2015, 03:00am EDT

2016's zero calorie COLA?

Former feds and those about to retire, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey has some news for you -- both good and bad -- about the impact inflation has on your retirement.

Monday - 03/09/2015, 03:00am EDT

Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition Planning

Your agency's human resources department calls getting married a "life event." Life events can have a big impact on your future retirement plans and the benefits you receive. Tammy Flanagan is Senior Benefits Director for the National Institute of Transition Planning. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she answered questions people are asking about marriage.

Friday - 03/06/2015, 05:14pm EST
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Federal employees' groups denounce pension reform bill

"Un-American" was how the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association described a bill to calculate retirement benefits according to an employee's "high five." Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ariz.) sponsored the measure.

Friday - 03/06/2015, 03:38pm EST

OPM retirement backlog reaches 18-month high

Just over 9,200 federal employees filed for retirement benefits in February, enough to swell the government's backlog of retirement claims to its highest point since the summer of 2013.

Friday - 03/06/2015, 11:33am EST

Phasing in phased retirement

Phased retirement seemed like such a simple idea. But, it's like the federal government got hung up on the "Stupid" part of the K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple, Stupid approach to implementing it, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Friday - 03/06/2015, 03:00am EST

Walking through the federal minefield

Jennifer Mattingley, director of government affairs with Shaw Bransford and Roth, will discuss the federal pay raise, changes to the retirees cost of living program and other issues affected feds, and Federal Times Senior Writer Andy Medici will talk about phased retirement and possible changes in defense per diem rates.
March 4, 2015

Wednesday - 03/04/2015, 06:45pm EST
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Estate planning for younger families

Attorney Marc Levine joins host Bob Leins to answer emails about estate planning.
March 2, 2015

Monday - 03/02/2015, 09:36pm EST
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TSP balance tops $113k: Are you smart, lucky or both?

When it comes to prepping for retirement, federal workers are doing much better than their private sector counterparts, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Monday - 03/02/2015, 03:00am EST

Lt. Gen. Jack Klimp, President, National Association for Uniformed Services

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said he's open to considering changes to the retirement plans for members of the military. The military compensation and retirement modernization commission has submitted its recommendations to the the secretary's office. Retired Marine Lt. Gen. Jack Klimp is president and CEO of the National Association for Uniformed Services. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the commission's work may be a good starting point for the discussion.

Thursday - 02/26/2015, 04:29pm EST
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TSP or an annuity? Look before you leap!

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey shares some expert advice on why converting your TSP balance to an annuity might not be a good idea.

Thursday - 02/26/2015, 03:00am EST

Kim Weaver, Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board

More of your colleagues than ever invest for retirement in the Thrift Savings Plan. 88 percent of FERS employees across government save in TSP accounts. Kim Weaver is director of external affairs at the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she told what the TSP thinks that number means.

Tuesday - 02/24/2015, 04:30pm EST
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