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12:03 am, May 26, 2015

Pay and Benefits News

Furloughed, but not forgotten: Congress pushes DHS shutdown pay

In case of a Friday shutdown at the Department of Homeland Security, the House and Senate have both proposed bills that would give retroactive pay to the agency's 30,000 furloughed employees.

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 12:48pm EST

Surviving 2015: What are the odds?

Will the federal pay raise be 1.3 percent or 3.8 percent or something higher or lower -- or nothing at all? asks Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 03:00am EST

Tax savings now and during the year

Tax and estate planning attorney Tom O'Rourke joins host Bob Leins to answer your questions about tax shelters, the TSP, the Roth TSP, and the Section 529 plan.
February 23, 2015

Monday - 02/23/2015, 05:53pm EST
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Snow wreaks havoc on TSP customer service line

A snowstorm forced the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board to close down one of its call centers on the busiest call day of the year.

Monday - 02/23/2015, 01:50pm EST

The mysteries of estate planning

Host Mike Causey is joined by estate planner Tom O'Rourke who will discuss what you need to do to make sure your estate is in order.
February 18, 2015

Wednesday - 02/18/2015, 06:50pm EST

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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