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4:13 am, July 23, 2014

Pay and Benefits News

The TSP: What's in it for you?

Financial advisor Arthur Stein will answer your calls and emails about the TSP. Also, Nicole Blake Johnson and Andy Medici of the Federal Times will discuss a possible downsizing of the U.S. Postal Service.
March 26, 2014

Wednesday - 03/26/2014, 07:04pm EDT
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House Dems push for larger pay raise for feds

House Democrats are pushing for federal employees to get a pay raise next year that's more than three times larger than President Barack Obama proposed. A bill introduced Wednesday by Reps. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) and Jim Moran (D-Va.) would provide federal employees with a 3.3 percent across-the-board pay raise in 2015.

Wednesday - 03/26/2014, 10:47am EDT

Suze O on the TSP's 'free money'

If your spouse or know-it-all sibling told you about free money you would probably ignore them, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. But if financial guru Suze Orman said it's available through your TSP, you'd stand at attention!

Wednesday - 03/26/2014, 02:00am EDT

Married feds: What happens after you've gone?

Married federal couples face a tough but important choice when they retire, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Should they provide a survivor benefit?

Tuesday - 03/25/2014, 02:00am EDT

Watching your money - the TSP way!

Certified Financial Planner John Jilek provides tips on how to determine which TSP funds are right for you.
March 24, 2014

Monday - 03/24/2014, 06:45pm EDT
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Belt & suspenders: The $1,200 question

If you are in perfect health and plan to stay that way, or if $1,200 a year more or less means little to you, you can skip this column. Otherwise, listen up, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Monday - 03/24/2014, 02:00am EDT

Health & life insurance premiums: Don't overpay!

When you are dealing with Uncle Sam, especially his complex work rules, it is hard to get a straight yes or no answer, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. But there is a way to survive a federal career -- with a little help from the experts.

Friday - 03/21/2014, 02:00am EDT

TSP assets top $400B for first time; L Fund revamp continues

Thanks to a roaring stock market in February, total assets in the Thrift Savings Plan have climbed to the highest level in the plan's history. All told, assets in the TSP exceeded $400 billion at the end of last month. At the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board's monthly meeting Thursday, board members heard another recommendation to revamp the Lifecycle Funds.

Thursday - 03/20/2014, 03:07pm EDT

Lifetime job guidelines -- must read!

Yesterday's online chat with readers/listeners covered the watefront: From life-after-retirement to what to do with your TSP, his and her health plans and when to designate a survivor beneficiary. Check out Senior Correspondent Mike Causey's Federal Report for more.

Thursday - 03/20/2014, 02:00am EDT

Ask the retirement expert

NITP Senior Benefits Director Tammy Flanagan will answer your retirement questions.
March 19, 2014

Wednesday - 03/19/2014, 09:48pm EDT
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Online Chat: Ask the Benefits and Retirement Experts

Tammy Flanagan and Mike Causey join Federal News Radio for an online chat to answer your most pressing pay and benefits issues. Read the archived discussion.

Wednesday - 03/19/2014, 01:00pm EDT

How do you phase in a phase-in?

Although phased retirement became the law in 2012, the government hasn't phased it in just yet. And a lot of people say they are waiting. Apparently, the devil is in the details, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So, when will they phase in the phase-in?

Wednesday - 03/19/2014, 02:00am EDT

Updating GS pay system key to attracting new talent

Steve Condrey, chairman of the Federal Salary Council, tells In Depth with Francis Rose that the key to bringing in new talent -- and making sure they stay -- is modernizing the aging General Schedule system. Congress devised the GS system in 1949.

Tuesday - 03/18/2014, 11:07am EDT
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Art Stein, certified financial planner and investment manager

A financial expert explains what lifecycle investing is and how you can benefit.

Tuesday - 03/18/2014, 09:18am EDT
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TSP 'attack': Was it phish or foul?

About that cyber "attack" on the Thrift Savings Plan, was it a case of phish or foul? Check out Senior Correspondent Mike Causey's column for more details.

Tuesday - 03/18/2014, 02:00am EDT

Whom can you trust?

Marc Levine, of Handler and Levine LLC, offers advice on how to choose your trustees, powers of attorneys and executors.
March 17, 2014

Monday - 03/17/2014, 09:24pm EDT
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Investing for the long haul: a 4-point plan

In time, federal and postal employees may be the only American workers with a guaranteed pension plan, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. The wild card for feds is how, and how much, to invest in the TSP. So what's your plan?

Monday - 03/17/2014, 02:00am EDT

Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition Planning

A pop quiz coming to make sure your retirement's on track.

Friday - 03/14/2014, 06:46pm EDT
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What can USPS learn from TRICARE in funding retiree health care costs?

As lawmakers consider efforts to shore up the Postal Service's financial footing, there's still widespread disagreement over whether the current requirement for the agency prefunding requirement is fiscally responsible, as Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) argued during a House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee hearing Thursday, or an "onerous mandate" only required of the Postal Service, as Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) contended.

Friday - 03/14/2014, 02:48pm EDT

TSP Tip: Pain is a sign you are doing something right!

Here's a TSP tip for you: If it hurts when you invest, you must be doing something right. But be careful how you treat the pain, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. No pain, no gain may be more than just a slogan.

Wednesday - 03/12/2014, 03:31am EDT
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