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The best of the best of your questions answered

We answer listener questions and emails this week.
May 10, 2010

Tags: Pay & Benefits , For Your Benefit , Bob Leins , John Elliott , CSRS

Thursday - 05/06/2010, 02:07pm EDT
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Federal/Social Security COLA Stalling?

Federal, military and Social Security retirees were delighted last month when it appeared they were on track for a January cost of living adjustment of around 3.3 percent, but Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says living costs are down, believe it or not, and the COLA may be in danger of stalling.

Tags: Social Security , retirement , COLA , Mike Causey , federal report , CPI , chained CPI , BLS , pay and benefits

Monday - 07/18/2011, 02:01am EDT

Pay Cuts & Security Clearances

Getting and keeping a security clearance is vital in a growing number of federal jobs. And useful when feds retire and go into the private sector. But are those all-important clearances going to be harder to get, and keep in the future? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey explains.

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , federal report , Congress , Steve Losey , Your Turn , Dan Adcock

Wednesday - 07/13/2011, 04:00am EDT

Feds As Little Red Riding Hood

Federal and postal workers and retirees are under so many attacks that many of them don't know which of the threats is real and which is most serious. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says a lot of people are worrying about something that probably won't happen while ignoring several bigger threats.

Tags: pay and benefits , Mike Causey , Congress , retirement , pension , federal report

Tuesday - 07/12/2011, 04:00am EDT

USPS FERS suspension raises legal questions

After Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) questioned the Postal Service's decision to stop paying to FERS, attorney Bill Bransford said Issa may be concerned that USPS is setting a precedent for subsidizing other financially unstable agencies.

Tags: Bill Bransford , Shaw Bransford & Roth , USPS , pay and benefits , retirement , benefits , Courtney Thompson

Thursday - 06/30/2011, 01:18pm EDT
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Six Percent Pay Cut is Still Halfway Home

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey has something to take your mind off the possibility of an extended pay freeze. Forget about that and concentrate on the highly-likely prospect of a 5 to 6 percent permanent pay cut.

Tags: pay and benefits , retirement benefits , CSRS , Mike Causey

Wednesday - 06/29/2011, 04:00am EDT

Geithner urged to protect federal pension funds

Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) is asking the Treasury secretary to block efforts to increase the amount federal employees must contribute to their pensions.

Tags: pay and benefits , Mikulski , Geithner , Zurndorfer , Paul Ryan , pensions

Monday - 06/13/2011, 03:00pm EDT

Retirement threats - separating fact from fiction

FMA's Jessica Klement discusses the biggest legislative threat to federal employees' pensions.
June 1, 2011(Encore presentation June 29, 2011)

Tags: pay and benefits , retirement , Congress , Jessica Klement , FMA , Your Turn , Mike Causey , budget , defined pension ,

Wednesday - 06/01/2011, 12:56pm EDT
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Your Threat Assessment Score Card!

If you are feeling paranoid, that is you are convinced that people in high places are out to get you, you can relax. You are not crazy. That's the good part. The bad part, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey, is you are right to worry because your pay, pension and health insurance package are all on the chopping block. You need a scorecard to keep track, and we've got it.

Tags: pay and benefits , Mike Causey , scorecard , pay freeze , health premiums , CSRS , retirement

Friday - 05/27/2011, 04:00am EDT

Federal employee's guide to the known and unknown benefits universe

NITP presenters Bob Braunstein and James Marshall will answer your questions about Social Security, the TSP, and other federal benefits programs.
May 23, 2011

Tags: pay and benefits , federal benefits , TSP , CSRS , FERCCA , Social Security , LTC , Medicare , Medicare Part B , NITP , Bob Braunstein , James Marshall , Bob Leins , For Your Benefit , insurance , retirement

Monday - 05/23/2011, 09:37pm EDT
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