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8:37 am, May 6, 2015

Pay and Benefits News

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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The pay raise vs. the COLA gap is real!!!

The only good news -- so far -- for retirees is that the COLA escalator only goes in one direction. That is up, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Monday - 03/16/2015, 03:00am EDT

Don't drink the proverbial Kool-Aid just yet!

Did you hear Congress was contemplating a 8.7 percent pay cut to federal employees earning more than $100,000 a year? Don't pack your bags just yet, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Friday - 03/13/2015, 03:00am EDT

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

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

The new Congress

Ken Gold, director of the Government Affairs Institute at Georgetown University, will give his thoughts on some of the issues that Congress will be addressing over the next few months.
March 9, 2015

Monday - 03/09/2015, 08:47pm EDT

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

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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Let's play What's My Disease?

What with a three-year bipartisan pay freeze, which was followed by back-to-back annual pay raises of 1 percentage point and ever increasing health premiums, it's been a long time since it was fun to be a fed, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Wednesday - 03/04/2015, 03:00am EST

Bipartisan House bill challenges DoD travel cuts

Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle are fighting back against the Pentagon's cost-cutting plan for employees who travel for work.

Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 11:24am EST

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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Most TSP funds rise in February

All but one Thrift Savings Plan fund made steady progress last month. The fixed income F Fund lost 0.91 percent.

Monday - 03/02/2015, 12:47pm EST

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
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