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6:32 am, December 21, 2014

Pay and Benefits News

Considerations for your ongoing financial planning

Joe Sullender, certified financial planner and senior vice president of investments of the Financial Strategies Group of Wells Fargo Advisors, answers your financial planning questions.
September 29, 2014

Monday - 09/29/2014, 09:04pm EDT
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DoD to propose stricter lending protections for military members

The Defense Department is set to propose tighter rules that it says would close several loopholes in current regulations that are designed to protect service members from predatory lenders. This story is part of Jared Serbu's Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook.

Monday - 09/29/2014, 04:17am EDT

Pay, pensions, premiums. Going up!

Pay, pensions and health insurance premiums are all going up in the next several months. But definitely not at the same rate, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey. White collar workers know what their January 2015 raise will be. But the cost of living adjustment for retirees is still to be decided, and new (and in some cases higher) health premiums will be unveiled in October.

Monday - 09/29/2014, 02:00am EDT

Pentagon wants tighter soldier loan protections

Aiming to restrict lenders who prey on members of the military, the Obama administration on Friday moved to close legal loopholes that have placed hundreds of thousands of service members at risk of excessive payday and other short-term loan fees.

Saturday - 09/27/2014, 03:40pm EDT

Unsolved mysteries...like your COLA!

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know, do you believe our government is telling the truth or concealing details about some very important things, like retiree COLAs?

Friday - 09/26/2014, 02:00am EDT

Why it's important to check your TSP account before you really check out!

Nearly half of all Thrift Savings Plan participants close their accounts when they leave government. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey explains why.

Thursday - 09/25/2014, 02:00am EDT

New, standardized VA forms aim to speed up disability claims process

The Department of Veterans Affairs is set to introduce new, standardized disability claims forms to help streamline the claims process. The goal is to make it easier for veterans and their survivors to clearly state their claims and also provide necessary documentation.

Wednesday - 09/24/2014, 03:30pm EDT

Your incredible shrinking COLA

Federal retirees will soon know their cost of living adjustment for January 2015. The bad news is, it might be lower than they were hoping, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Wednesday - 09/24/2014, 02:00am EDT

A look at your federal retirement annuity estimate!

Federal benefits specialist Bob Braunstein takes you through the process of understanding your retirement annuity estimate.
September 22, 2014

Monday - 09/22/2014, 08:15pm EDT
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Join the government and become a millionaire?

Over the past several years, the number of federal workers will million-dollar Thrift Savings Plan accounts has jumped dramatically. That's due, no doubt, to the surging stock market, and some TSPers who stayed the course through tough times, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Friday - 09/19/2014, 02:00am EDT

Investments and the smell test

Some people go outside the TSP because they want to have a wider choice of investment options. Would you do the same? asks Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Thursday - 09/18/2014, 02:00am EDT

Congress approves inflation increase for veterans

Congress approves inflation increase for veterans receiving disability, other benefits

Wednesday - 09/17/2014, 02:10pm EDT

TSP: Are you a lifer? Should you be?

Forty-five percent of TSP investors who left government in 2012 closed their federal accounts within a year, according to a survey by the Board that runs the giant 401(k) style program. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wonders why.

Wednesday - 09/17/2014, 02:00am EDT

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
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