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5:05 am, March 31, 2015

Benefits News

Discussion of TSP issues by the people who know

The Federal Thrift Retirement Investment Board's Greg Long and Kim Weaver join hosts Bob Leins and Tammy Flanagan to discuss the TSP and plans to use a loan from the G Fund to help fund the federal deficit.
March 30, 2015

Monday - 03/30/2015, 09:12pm EDT
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'Self plus one' offers premium break for two-person families

It's always good to know your options, especially when it comes to figuring out your health insurance premiums next year, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Monday - 03/30/2015, 03:00am EDT

Pay, pension and TSP 'take-aways' you didn't order

In England and in some parts of this country, a "take away" is when you order a popular fast food and take it home with you. In Washington "take away" is the legislative-political equivalent of bend-over-and-smile-this-is-going-to-hurt-you-more-than-me, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Friday - 03/27/2015, 02:00am EDT

House budget targets federal benefits, seeks smaller civilian workforce

The Fiscal Year 2016 budget the House passed Wednesday calls on federal employees to make greater contributions to their retirement plans, while altering the Thrift Savings Plan's G Fund. The budget also seeks to reduce the civilian workforce by 10 percent over the next 10 years through attrition.

Thursday - 03/26/2015, 10:28am EDT

Answers to your retirement questions

David Snell, NARFE's director of retirement services, will answer you retirement questions, and Federal Times Senior Writer Andy Medici will give us an update on the latest news on Capitol Hill.
March 25, 2015

Wednesday - 03/25/2015, 08:35pm EDT

Federal retirement: When, where, why?

Does your retirement game plan have an end date? Have you figured out what you will do with 100 percent more leisure time, asks Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

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

How the federal budget may affect your personal financial plan

Hosts Bob Leins and Tammy Flanagan discuss how possible changes to the tax law could affect how you plan for retirement.
March 23, 2015

Monday - 03/23/2015, 08:26pm EDT

House GOP budget targets TSP's G Fund

"It would drop the interest to virtually zero, which would make the G Fund worthless to our participants," the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board's Kim Weaver said of the House proposal.

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

5 things that could be coming to your FEHBP plan in 2016

Expect some new health care options when open season rolls around later this year. We break down the Office of Personnel Management's letter to insurers about 2016 coverage.

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 12:35pm EDT

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.
March 18, 2015

Wednesday - 03/18/2015, 06:50pm EDT

How can Social Security add GREEN to your retirement cash flow?

Lester Austin, retired senior public affairs specialist for the Social Security Administration, answerS your Social Security and retirement questions.
March 16, 2015

Monday - 03/16/2015, 08:07pm EDT
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TSP: Should you take a risk or play it safe?

Host Mike Causey and financial planner Arthur Stein will discuss different investment strategies for the Thrift Savings Plan, and what you can do to make sure you have enough saved for retirement.
March 11, 2015

Wednesday - 03/11/2015, 07:00pm EDT
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Federal employees' groups denounce pension reform bill

"Un-American" was how the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association described a bill to calculate retirement benefits according to an employee's "high five." Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ariz.) sponsored the measure.

Friday - 03/06/2015, 03:38pm EST

OPM retirement backlog reaches 18-month high

Just over 9,200 federal employees filed for retirement benefits in February, enough to swell the government's backlog of retirement claims to its highest point since the summer of 2013.

Friday - 03/06/2015, 11:33am EST

Walking through the federal minefield

Jennifer Mattingley, director of government affairs with Shaw Bransford and Roth, will discuss the federal pay raise, changes to the retirees cost of living program and other issues affected feds, and Federal Times Senior Writer Andy Medici will talk about phased retirement and possible changes in defense per diem rates.
March 4, 2015

Wednesday - 03/04/2015, 06:45pm EST
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Estate planning for younger families

Attorney Marc Levine joins host Bob Leins to answer emails about estate planning.
March 2, 2015

Monday - 03/02/2015, 09:36pm EST
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Most TSP funds rise in February

All but one Thrift Savings Plan fund made steady progress last month. The fixed income F Fund lost 0.91 percent.

Monday - 03/02/2015, 12:47pm EST

Pension tax, federal pay raise, and more

Greg Stanford and Katie Maddocks with the Federal Managers Association join host Mike Causey to discuss a proposed pay raise for feds, and Andy Medici with the Federal Times gives us an update on pending legislation in Congress that will affect federal workers.
February 25, 2015

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 05:11pm EST
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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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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
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