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Jessica Klement, Legislative Director, NARFE

The Office of Personnel Management's retirement claims backlog is down by about 10,000 claims in the past 10 months. The average processing time is at 37 days. OPM says an updated case management system will help it do better, but it's not sure yet what exactly that system will look like. Jessica Klement, legislative director for National Active and Retired Federal Employees, and her association's president, Richard Thissen, testified Wednesday before the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, US Postal Service and the Census. She tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the concerns she's hearing from NARFE members.

Tags: Jessica Klement , House , OPM , In Depth

Thursday - 12/11/2014, 04:07pm EST
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How safe is your pension? Can you say Detroit!

The primary federal pensions plans -- CSRS and FERS --are the gold-standard compared to virtually any private-sector pension plan. But how safe are they? asks Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Tags: Mike Causey , Mike Causeys Federal Report , pension , CSRS , FERS , Jessica Klement , retirement , pay and benefits

Thursday - 12/11/2014, 02:00am EST

Jessica Klement, Legislative Director, NARFE

The continuing resolution funding your agency expires in 16 days, on Dec. 11. The possibilities for what happens after that ranges from another CR, to a full government shutdown, or even to Congress passing an omnibus bill. Jessica Klement is legislative director of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she offered predictions on what might happen over the next few weeks.

Tags: Jessica Klement , continuing resolution , omnibus , budget , Congress , In Depth

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 04:51pm EST
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The lull before the lull

Uncle Sam isn't Detroit. At least not yet, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey. But a growing number of politicians -- some seeking better ways to do things, some bureaucrat-haters -- are looking at the government retirement program as the place to make savings.

Tags: Mike Causey , Mike Causeys Federal Report , pay and benefits , chained CPI ,

Monday - 12/01/2014, 02:00am EST

Jessica Klement, Legislative Director, NARFE

The 113th Congress is on pace to be one of the least productive in history, according to the Pew Research Center. When Republicans take over the Senate in January, they'll deal with President Barack Obama entering his lame duck years. Jessica Klement is Legislative Director of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she shared legislation that helps federal employees she'll try to push through the political standoff.

Tags: Jessica Klement , Pew Research Center , Congress , In Depth

Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 04:25pm EST
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Answers to your health plan questions

Dave Snell, director of retirement benefits for the National Active and Retired Federal Employees, answers your questions about federal health care.
October 22, 2014

Tags: pay and benefits , Dave Snell , federal health benefits , Your Turn , Mike Causey

Wednesday - 10/22/2014, 07:28pm EDT

Online Chat: Ask the Benefits Expert

Benefits expert David Snell of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, joins Federal News Radio's Mike Causey for an online chat about Open Season and federal benefits.

Tags: online chat , David Snell , open season , Mike Causey , FEHB , health care , pay and benefits ,

Wednesday - 10/22/2014, 11:00am EDT

What has Congress done for you lately?

Jessica Klement, legislative director for the National Active and Retired Federal Employees association, joins host Mike Causey for a look at how members of Congress voted on legislation that matters to feds.
October 15, 2014

Tags: Jessica Klement , Mike Causey , Your Turn , Congress , Andy Medici

Wednesday - 10/15/2014, 11:57am EDT

Jessica Klement, Legislative Director, NARFE

Next month, 399 representatives and 28 senators seek re-election. That means federal employees can oversee and grade the people who oversee and grade their agencies. The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association releases its annual scorecard in time for the election. It keeps tabs on the 113th Congress and how it votes on key legislation affecting federal employees. Jessica Klement, legislative director of NARFE, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about some of those key votes.

Tags: Jessica Klement , Congress , In Depth

Tuesday - 10/14/2014, 04:06pm EDT
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NARFE finds votes impacting feds, retirees 'more polarized than ever'

Vermont and Rhode Island lawmakers were among those in Congress who consistently voted in favor of federal workers and retirees, according to the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association's latest scorecard.

Tags: Congress , House , Senate , management , budget , oversight , government shutdown , pay and benefits , scorecard , vote , pay freeze , Ginger Whitaker

Thursday - 10/02/2014, 10:34am EDT
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