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TSP scores high, flexible spending low in latest federal employee benefits survey

While federal employees gave high marks on usefulness and importance to the Thrift Savings Plan, only a small percentage said they had flexible spending accounts because they saw little value in the program. The results are part of a survey that OPM has been doing since 2004 to gauge worker opinions on the health and wellness benefits it offers.

Tags: benefits , OPM , survey , TSP , flexible spending accounts , long-term care insurance , FEHB , Dena Levitz , NARFE ,

Thursday - 07/10/2014, 03:30pm EDT

Medicare Part B: The $1,200 question

With apologies to Shakespeare, the most common question federal workers ask at benefits seminars is the To B or Not to B question. Should they pay $1,200 a year for Medicare Part B, or rely on their federal health plan? Short answer: It depends, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: pay and benefits , Mike Causey , federal report , retirement , Medicare Part B ,

Monday - 04/07/2014, 02:00am EDT

Rush hour or sleep late? Your call!

The way things are going, a lot of long-time feds are doing the math to see how much longer they can afford to work. So do you keep fighting rush-hour traffic or give yourself the option to sleep late? Follow the money, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , federal report , workforce , pay and benefits , retirement , COLAs , NARFE

Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 02:00am EDT

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.

Tags: Mike Causey , federal report , pay and benefits , FEHBP , benefits ,

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

Under budget deal squeeze, will future feds opt out of TSP?

If the proposed budget deal becomes law, new federal workers will see a total of 10.6 percent of their salaries automatically withheld from their paychecks to cover their retirement benefits. That could lead to them contributing less or not at all to their voluntary Thrift Savings Plan accounts, experts said.

Tags: workforce , pay and benefits , retirement , TSP , NARFE , Greg Long , FRTIB , budget , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 12/11/2013, 03:26pm EST

FEHBP, Medicare & the retiree blues

If you are like many federal workers -- and most retirees -- you won't do anything during the health-insurance Open Season, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. And that could be a very costly mistake, especially for workers and particularly retirees in the most popular plans: Blue Cross Standard option and Blue Cross Basic. Both are excellent but one costs nearly twice as much as the other.

Tags: pay and benefits , Mike Causey , federal report , Open Season ,

Friday - 11/29/2013, 02:00am EST

Best buys during Open Season

Walton Francis, author of the Checkbook Guide to the Health Plan for Federal Employees, and NARFE's David Snell will answer your open season questions.
November 20, 2013 (Encore presentation November 27, 2013)

Tags: pay and benefits , health care , FEHBP , Open Season , Walton Francis , Checkbook Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees , NARFE , Federal Times , Andy Medici , HealthCare.gov , IT procurement , FBI , Mike Causey , Your Turn

Wednesday - 11/20/2013, 05:36pm EST
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Survive Open Season and save a thousand bucks!

Do you have 3-1/2 minutes to invest in a project that could save you $1,000 to $2,000 next year? Check out Senior Correspondent Mike Causey's column for more.

Tags: Mike Causey , federal report , pay and benefits , FEHBP , Walt Francis ,

Wednesday - 11/20/2013, 02:00am EST

Self plus one, chained CPI, & COLAs

NARFE's David Snell will discuss the impact of a proposed change to how federal retirees' cost-of-living adjustments are calculated.
September 4, 2013

Tags: NARFE , Your Turn with Mike Causey , chained CPI , phased retirement , self-plus-one , benefits , retirement , workforce , OPM , Mike Causey

Wednesday - 09/04/2013, 08:26pm EDT
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Chained CPI could cost retirees thousands over time, NARFE says

A proposed change to how federal retirees' cost-of-living adjustments are calculated could have a huge, negative impact, according to David Snell of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. NARFE is urging its members and retirees to contact their congressmen during the week of Sept. 16 to express their opposition to the chained consumer price index.

Tags: NARFE , Your Turn with Mike Causey , chained CPI , phased retirement , self-plus-one , benefits , retirement , workforce , OPM , Michael OConnell

Wednesday - 08/21/2013, 02:57pm EDT
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