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Escaping the golden handcuffs

Several hundred thousand federal workers, from Defense to the IRS and OPM are still wearing golden handcuffs, which many are trying to shed. They include some of Uncle Sam's best, brightest and most experienced people, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Tags: FERS , retirement , workforce , Mike Causey

Friday - 08/09/2013, 02:00am EDT

Deposits or redeposits are they for me?

Federal benefits specialist James Marshall answers your calls and emails about your deposit/redeposit options.
May 20, 2013

Tags: retirement contributions , retirement planning , pay and benefits , federal retirement , deposits and redeposits , FERS , Bob Leins , James Marshall , For Your Benefit

Monday - 05/20/2013, 07:07pm EDT
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Vampires and a retirement offer to die for...

What do vampires have to do with a long-lived urban myth about a super-secret federal retirement plan? The short answer is that both are very hard to put to rest, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. But here goes, again ...

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , pay and benefits , workforce , retirement , Triple Nickel

Wednesday - 03/20/2013, 02:00am EDT

Couple navigates FERS-CSRS retirement divide

As part of the special series, FERS: 25 Years Later, Federal News Radio welcomed to its studios a retired federal couple, Neil Schiff and Linda Habenstreit who represent the federal retirement divide. When Schiff retired from the FBI's Office of Public Affairs, he was a FERS enrollee. His wife, a long-time public affairs specialist in the Agriculture Department's Foreign Agricultural Service, was covered by CSRS.

Tags: FERS , FERS: 25 Years Later , Neal Schiff , Linda Habenstreit , pay and benefits , retirement , Federal Drive

Thursday - 12/13/2012, 06:12pm EST
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25 years later, FERS still 'excellent' plan for feds

Arthur Stein, a financial planner and former federal manager, told The Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp Wednesday that FERS has been a boon for feds, both young and old.

Tags: Arthur Stein , FERS , FERS: 25 Years Later , retirement , benefits , Federal Drive , TSP , Roth TSP , Michael OConnell

Wednesday - 12/12/2012, 12:13pm EST
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FERS for dummies

The new Federal Employees Retirement System is suddenly not so new. It turned 25 this year. And next to Social Security, it is the dominant federal retirement program. So how did FERS happen, and why? Check out Senior Correspondent Mike Causey's column.

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , Federal Report , FERS: 25 Years Later , retirement ,

Wednesday - 12/12/2012, 02:54am EST

More feds doing life sentences

Although the number of retirement-eligible feds may be at an all-time high, government workers are holding on to their jobs. The retirement tidal wave first forecast in 1999 has yet to hit, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So what's keeping you?

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , TSP , pay and benefits , FERS , retirement , buyout

Thursday - 10/06/2011, 02:11am EDT

USPS overpays pension obligations by $13.1B, report says

A new inspector general audit revealed that the Postal Service has overfunded its pension benefit obligations by nearly 105 percent. While this might seem to be good news for the cash- strapped agency, legislative action will be required for USPS to get back the $13.1 billion surplus it paid into its employees' pensions.

Tags: USPS , retirement , benefits , FERS , Federal Drive , Michael OConnell , inspector general

Tuesday - 06/26/2012, 07:15am EDT

Retiring - the only way to get ahead?

Worried about another pay freeze next year? Thinking about retiring to get a cost of living adjustment? Timing is everything, and for some people its already too late, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: pay and benefits , retirement , workforce , Mike Causey , Federal Report , FERS , COLA , pay raise

Friday - 04/06/2012, 02:00am EDT

Fed haven for mad money

If you have a stash of cash and you want to park it in one of the safest, most generous places around, where do you go? Tip: It isn't the Thrift Savings Plan, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , pay and benefits , TSP , Voluntary Contributions , Tammy Flanagan

Wednesday - 04/04/2012, 02:00am EDT
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