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12:10 pm, May 4, 2015

Pay and Benefits News

Wanted: You. Dead or alive!

Estate planning is not fun and it can be somewhat grim. But the only thing worse than doing it now is not doing it, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Wednesday - 02/18/2015, 03:00am EST

Medicare enrollment: A complex landscape

Federal benefits specialist Bob Braunstein joins host Bob Leins to discuss Medicare enrollment and whether it is an option for you.
February 16, 2015

Monday - 02/16/2015, 08:45pm EST
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The importance of being you

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says one of the benefits of being a big-time Washington-based columnist is learning from the best and brightest -- namely his readers.

Friday - 02/13/2015, 03:00am EST

The politics of feds

Janet Kopenhaver, Washington representative for the group Federally Employed Women, joins host Mike Causey to discuss the political leanings of federal workers.

Tuesday - 02/10/2015, 05:49pm EST

Laura Miller, Senior Military Sociologist, RAND Corporation

The Defense Department provides a number of programs to support military families. One program focuses on spouses, who face a number of challenges in developing a career. The My Career Advancement Account is designed to help military spouses further their education, and secure better employment. But a new study shows only one in five spouses uses the program. Laura Miller, a senior military sociologist at the RAND Corporation, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on MyCAA, and why it's not more widely used.

Tuesday - 02/10/2015, 09:53am EST
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Oil, interest rates and political risk, oh my!

Certified financial planner Kristina E.M. Sturgis joins hosts Bob Leins and Tammy Flanagan for a discussion on investing during rising volatility.
February 9, 2015

Monday - 02/09/2015, 07:21pm EST
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Politics, the Goldilocks Rule and you

Are federal and postal unions that represent most government workers suffering political tunnel vision? Or are they doing the right/smart thing by helping friends (some friendlier than others) and ignoring or blasting foes real and perceived foes? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wonders.

Monday - 02/09/2015, 03:00am EST

Rep. Edwards makes another bid to repeal pension contribution increase

Rep. Donna Edwards reintroduces the Federal Employee Pension Fairness Act to rescind the laws requiring feds hired after 2013 to pay more into their pensions than those hired before them.

Friday - 02/06/2015, 04:47am EST

OPM retirement backlog climbs in January

As is typical for the beginning of the year, retirement claims spiked at the Office of Personnel Management, but the number was slightly smaller than expected. The agency also processed fewer claims than it planned to for the month.

Thursday - 02/05/2015, 02:15pm EST

Answers to your questions about survival benefits

David Snell, retirement director of the federal benefits service department at NARFE, will answer your calls and emails about the federal survivor benefits package.
February 4, 2015

Wednesday - 02/04/2015, 07:13pm EST
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Resetting your expiration date

As a federal or postal employee, or a retiree, you are worth a small fortune to someone you love, care about or who depends on you, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Wednesday - 02/04/2015, 03:00am EST

Jessica Klement, Legislative Director, NARFE

The White House budget proposal includes a 1.3 percent pay raise for federal employees next year. But that doesn't stack up too well against the yearly pay increases for the private sector. Jessica Klement is legislative director of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she says the request for a pay raise is nice, but it's probably not enough to retain talented employees at your agency.

Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 04:43pm EST
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TSP posts mixed results for January

The January numbers for the Thrift Savings Plan funds are a mix of good and bad news, with some funds rising out of the negative and others falling into the red.

Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 04:49am EST

Reality Check: Pay raise vs. take home pay

President Barack Obama released his FY 2016 budget proposal Monday. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says it includes some good news and bad news for feds.

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

Financial security? Be aware, be concerned and address it!

Certified financial planner Dwayne Jackson, principal at Rembert Pendleton Jackson, answers financial planning questions.
February 2, 2015

Monday - 02/02/2015, 08:32pm EST
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Five things every federal employee should know about the Obama budget

A 1.3-percent pay raise, reforms to the Senior Executive Service and increased emphasis on employee feedback are just some of the initiatives proposed in President Barack Obama's 2016 budget.

Monday - 02/02/2015, 03:23pm EST

Cost doesn't factor heavily in military compensation panel recommendations

The nine-member Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission submitted 15 recommendations to bring effectiveness and efficiency, and that would protect, maintain and improve benefits for the service members.

Friday - 01/30/2015, 04:02am EST
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Panel recommending changes to military health care, benefits

Independent panel recommending changes to military health care, retirement

Thursday - 01/29/2015, 04:30pm EST

When is phased retirement coming to your agency?

The waiting game continues for agencies to implement their own guidance and put phased retirement into practice. An OPM spokesman told Federal News Radio it hasn't received any applications for phased retirement so far, and it has no reports on agencies implementing the program.

Thursday - 01/29/2015, 10:12am EST
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Phased retirement: Is it coming to your agency?

Julie Perkins, partner at Shaw Bransford and Roth will answer your questions about phased retirement, and Federal Times Senior Writer Andy Medici will give us an update on a new round of legislation that affects federal workers.
January 28, 2015

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 09:16pm EST
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