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Pay and Benefits News

Your link to Arnold Schwarzenegger and Mitt Romney

Don't worry feds, you have more in common with the former "Governator" Arnold Schwarzenegger than you may think, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Tuesday - 09/16/2014, 02:00am EDT

Is it all or nothing on General Schedule reform?

The number of job series should be reduced by at least half, and more likely by three-quarters, says former DHS CHCO Jeff Neal. It also makes for an arduous and overly complex hiring process for applicants from outside government.

Monday - 09/15/2014, 10:20am EDT

Follow the money: Your TSP account

TSP participants may be good at saving cash, but how will they spend that money when the time comes? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey asks. Do you want a lump sum? Do you want monthly payments? What will you need and when will you need it?

Monday - 09/15/2014, 02:00am EDT

Online Chat: Phased Retirement

Federal News Radio experts answer your questions on phased retirement.

Wednesday - 09/10/2014, 11:00am EDT

Nude sunbathing, retirement, death

For today's column, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey suggests you check on your nest egg, get your affairs in order and pack some extra sunblock.

Wednesday - 09/10/2014, 02:00am EDT

Phased retirement: Ready, set, go?

Do you dive headfirst into cold water? Maybe you prefer to ease into it. If so, you might feel the same way about retirement. For those "easing in" kind of feds, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey suggests you consider phased retirement.

Tuesday - 09/09/2014, 02:00am EDT

OPM continues to shrink retirement claims backlog

The Office of Personnel Management received about 1,300 more retirement claims than it expected in August. Even so, the agency was able to cut its claims backlog by 500. It is processing an increasing share of claims, 78.5 percent, within 60 days.

Friday - 09/05/2014, 03:44pm EDT

Behavioral finance: how our emotions sabotage our success

We discuss the stumbling blocks that can sabotage your best intentions to earn what you're worth, save adequately and spend responsibly.

Friday - 09/05/2014, 02:56pm EDT
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OPM: FSA participants can rollover $500 in unused funds

Feds participating in the Federal Flexible Spending Account Program will now be able to rollover up to $500 from one year to the next in unspent funds from their limited expense and health care flexible spending accounts.

Thursday - 09/04/2014, 04:05pm EDT

For a (very) few dollars more

Although feds received a 1 percent pay raise last January and can expect a repeat come 2015, they may still be feeling the effects of the Great Recession, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Thursday - 09/04/2014, 02:00am EDT

Are you eligible for phased retirement?

FederalNewsRadio.com writer/editor Shefali Kapadia joins host Mike Causey to talk about phased retirement, and Jenny Mattingley, director of Government Affairs at the law firm Shaw, Bransford & Roth will discuss the upcoming federal pay raise and the possibility of a government shutdown.
September 3, 2014

Wednesday - 09/03/2014, 08:57pm EDT

Treading water in the pay pool

Federal employees are in the same boat as many private sector workers when it comes to cost-of-living pay increases. But, at least, feds can look forward to a likely 1 percent pay bump next January, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Wednesday - 09/03/2014, 02:00am EDT

GAO to OPM: Hurry up and overhaul the GS System

In a new report, the Government Accountability Office says the Office of Personnel Management needs to be more aggressive in updating the 55-year-old General Schedule, the system that governs pay for most white-collar federal jobs.

Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 03:46pm EDT
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TSP funds rebound in August

All Thrift Savings Plan domestic funds recorded gains in August. In the most dramatic comeback, the S Fund ended August 4.98 percent higher than it began.

Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 09:43am EDT

Phased retirement and financial awareness

Federal benefits expert Ray Kirk gives his thoughts on OPM's phased retirement guidelines and what they mean for you.
September 1, 2014

Monday - 09/01/2014, 09:54pm EDT
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Obama calls for 1 percent pay increase for feds starting Jan. 1

President Barack Obama called for a 1 percent pay increase for federal employees Friday to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2015. Congress still has the ability to block the increase when members return to work Sept. 8.

Friday - 08/29/2014, 06:13pm EDT

The last thong of summer?

As the unofficial end of summer arrives, feds are packing up their sneakers, thongs, spandex and comfortable clothes and donning their professional business attire -- or maybe not, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Friday - 08/29/2014, 02:00am EDT

Pay raises vs. COLAs: Are the numbers cooked?

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says he has lots in common with actor George Clooney. Yet, they may differ on what's cheap, what's a bargain and what's an outrage.

Thursday - 08/28/2014, 02:00am EDT

The COLA countdown

Federal News Radio Federal Drive anchor Tom Temin and Federal Times Senior Writer Andy Medici join host Mike Causey to talk about potential changes to the COLAs for federal, military and Social Security recipients.
August 27, 2014

Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 06:31pm EDT
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Health insurance for life, but only if you ...

Are you going to have to work three, four or five years longer than you expected to ensure that you'll retire with coverage from the federal employee health program? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey explains some of the ramifications of the "five-year rule."

Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 02:00am EDT
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