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Health premium surprise

With pay frozen and pensions threatened, federal workers and retirees have been waiting for the next shoe to drop the what's-next moment. But it could be good news for a change, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says, like changes to your health insurance package.

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , pay and benefits , health premiums

Thursday - 09/06/2012, 02:00am EDT

Bill would expand fertility coverage for veterans

A bill being considered in the Senate would expand the VA's medical benefits package to cover veterans, and their spouses or surrogates.

Tags: Veterans Affairs , Congress , Senate , DoD , Federal Drive

Monday - 08/20/2012, 06:00am EDT

OPM unveils proposed, final rules expanding benefits for same-sex partners

The Office of Personnel Management is planning changes to the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, by proposing to allow children up to age 26 to stay covered by their parents' FEHBP plans. The rule would also apply to children of same-sex domestic partners enrolled in the program. In a separate final rule published in the Federal Register, OPM announced child-care subsidies provided by agencies would also be expanded to include the children of same-sex domestic partners. That rule goes into effect Friday.

Tags: OPM , same-sex benefits , pay and benefits ,

Friday - 07/20/2012, 05:24pm EDT

Navy says 'no' to lawmaker's layoff request

Rep. Scott Rigell's (R-Va.) asked the Navy to postpone its layoff dates for a year. The Navy is laying off 3,000 sailors to help balance its force profile.

Tags: Scott Rigell , Navy , retirement , layoffs , DoD , DoD Report , Federal Drive ,

Friday - 07/13/2012, 09:17am EDT

VA tackles claims backlog with new priority approach

The agency will organize incoming claims into one of three categories based on the difficulty in solving them as part of an effort to increase efficiency. The Veterans Benefits Administration also is seeking other ways to reduce the number of backlogged cases such as new training for employees, said VA's Allison Hickey, the undersecretary for benefits.

Tags: VA , workforce , claims processing , Allison Hickey , Esther Carey , management , claims backlog

Wednesday - 07/11/2012, 06:12pm EDT

Custer's last stand and your retirement

Why is your decision to retire someday, or take a buyout right away, something like the problem Gen. Custer faced during the Battle of the Little Big Horn? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey explains.

Tags: OPM , retirement , retirement backlog , pay and benefits , Mike Causey , Federal Report

Thursday - 01/19/2012, 02:00am EST

Feds on the road to nowhere

Congress is taking a new road, literally, in its drive to trim federal retirement benefits and force civil servants to kick in more to their pension plan, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. This time its the so-called highway bill ...

Tags: pay and benefits , retirement , Mike Causey , Federal Report , Congress , House , Senate

Friday - 02/10/2012, 02:00am EST
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Life in the bullseye. So, what's next?

After 18 months of inactivity and extended vacation, Congress exhibited a blinding burst of speed last week before it left on yet another vacation. The bad news is that the action it took was aimed at future federal workers and you, well into your career, may be next, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

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

Tuesday - 02/21/2012, 02:00am EST

Companies stick agencies with retirement bill

Tom Schatz, president of Citizens Against Government Waste, says the government is paying for private employees' retirements has been a legitimate business expense for years under cost-accounting standards.

Tags: Tom Schatz , Citizens Against Government Waste , Federal Drive , retirement , watchdog , Pay and Benifits , DoE

Tuesday - 02/21/2012, 12:30pm EST
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Are you in the Buyout Zone?

The IRS is the latest agency to join the 2012 buyout parade. Employees in other agencies should study it because it may be the model for similar buyouts governmentwide, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: pay and benefts , retirement , workforce , Mike Causey , buyouts , early retirements , VERA , VSIP

Tuesday - 02/28/2012, 02:00am EST
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