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Falling in love: It pays to go postal

There are certain times when it pays to go postal, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says ... Especially if you are a federal employee contemplating marriage or already one half of a "mixed marriage."

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , workforce , pay and benefits , health insurance

Thursday - 10/18/2012, 02:00am EDT

A bitter diet COLA coming up ...

Federal, postal and military retirees are about to get an inflation-adjustment. That's the good news. The bad news is that it will be a diet- version and, for most, leave a very bitter aftertaste, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , pay and benefits , COLA , Social Security , retirement

Tuesday - 10/16/2012, 02:00am EDT

How to invest in the TSP

John Jilek, CPF, discusses the Thrift Savings Plan and how to invest in the TSP and get the most for your dollar.

Tags: John Jilek , TSP , For Your Benefit , Bob Leins , John Elliott , retirement , C Fund , L Fund

Monday - 10/15/2012, 06:27am EDT
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TSP notes: TSP Roth launch 'on time'

Tom Trabucco, director of external affairs at the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss the "three-legged stool" of federal retirement, the ballpark-estimate calculator and how it works.

Tags: TSP , pay and benefits , workforce , retirement , Tom Trabucco , FRTIB , In Depth , Francis Rose , Jack Moore

Monday - 01/23/2012, 06:42pm EST
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Roth TSP launch closer with new draft regulations

The rollout of the Roth option for the Thrift Savings Plan, which would allow federal employees to invest already-taxed income, has long been discussed in the federal pay-and-benefits world. That launch moved another step closer, with the planned publication Wednesday of draft regulations in the Federal Register. And TSP participants will soon have more information about what the plan will look like.

Tags: pay and benefits , TSP , Roth TSP , Tom Trabucco , Federal Register , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 02/07/2012, 04:31pm EST

Where's Fido? VA may prevent funding for PTSD service dogs

Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) is calling on the Department of Veterans Affairs to not follow through on a directive that will go into effect on Friday that would prevent funding for service dogs to help veterans with mental disabilities.

Tags: Veterans Affairs , Charles Schumer , Senate , Congress , PTSD , TBI , service dogs , veterans , Michael OConnell ,

Thursday - 10/04/2012, 09:00am EDT

Health plans: The law of averages

When shopping for your family's 2013 federal health plan, even as you enter year three of a pay freeze, there are a couple of things to keep in mind, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , pay and benefits , FEHBP

Monday - 09/24/2012, 02:00am EDT

Premiums for federal health plan set to increase 3.4 percent

The Office of Personnel Management announced 2013 premiums for the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program are set to increase 3.4 percent. That's slightly below last year's increase of 3.8 percent, which had been the lowest since 2008. In 2010, premiums rose 7.3 percent.

Tags: health care , OPM , FEHBP , pay and benefits , John Berry , Walt Francis , Ruben Gomez

Thursday - 09/20/2012, 01:23pm EDT

No pay raise but maybe a COLA?

What's the difference between a pay raise for active-duty federal workers and a cost-of-living adjustment for retirees and Social Security beneficiaries? This time around it's about 1.38 percent, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey. So who's the winner?

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

Tuesday - 09/18/2012, 02:00am EDT

Does the buyout barrage have a silver lining?

Buyouts are popping up all over the government. And even if you are not in the market, they may have an impact on your job, your promotion potential and, if you are planning to retire anyhow, how quickly you get your first full annuity payment, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: pay and benefits , Mike Causey , Federal Report , workforce , buyouts , early retirements , retirement

Thursday - 03/29/2012, 02:00am EDT
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