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Feds: Is that a dust cloud or the Mongol horde?

What do you suppose 13th-century peasants thought just before Genghis Khan's boys rode into town? We can't be sure, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says, but it might be the same sort of unease modern-day federal workers have when Congress mounts its high horse ...

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

Thursday - 03/22/2012, 02:00am EDT

Retiring and skydiving: Do it right the first time

What do skydiving and retiring have in common? Short answer is that many people only do each once, and it is a really good idea to do it right the first time, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: pay and benefits , retirement , workforce , retention , Mike Causey , Federal Report

Wednesday - 03/21/2012, 02:00am EDT

GOP plan would open FEHBP to non-feds

Four senators introduced a bill that would add Medicare patients to the Federal Employee Health Benefits Plan, as Medicare is gradually phased out. The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association tells feds to be wary of the bill.

Tags: Rand Paul , retirement , Lindsey Graham , Jim DeMint , Mike Lee , FEHBP , NARFE , Joseph Beaudoin , Medicare , Michael OConnell , Congress , Senate

Friday - 03/16/2012, 10:50am EDT

Federal benefits changes often follow state, private-sector plans

State and local governments are either pulling back on pensions, or stopping them completely — and private sector employers have pretty much eliminated them. This could be a bad omen for federal benefits, some experts say, because changes to the federal workforce often follow provisions that have been put in place by the states or private companies. Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director at the National Institute of Transition Planning, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss the pattern.

Tags: workforce , pay and benefits , Tammy Flanagan , In Depth , Francis Rose

Friday - 03/09/2012, 07:37pm EST
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It's time to use or lose flexible spending account money

March 15 is the last day federal employees can use money they set aside in their healthcare flexible spending account in November 2010.

Tags: Ed Zurndorfer , pay and benefits , flexible spending accounts , Federal Drive , healthcare

Friday - 03/09/2012, 12:26pm EST
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Unofficial quotas: Fact or fiction

Is there a silent and invisible quota system operating in your agency? If so, it could be costing some of the government's best and brightest money and hurt their future job opportunities, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: workforce , retention , pay and benefits , pay , Mike Causey , Federal Report

Tuesday - 03/06/2012, 02:00am EST

Light at end of tunnel: Sunshine or trainwreck?

For federal workers traveling through the congressional tunnel: Is that light they see sunshine or an oncoming train wreck? Either way their journey isn't over by a long shot, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: pay and benefits , pay , Mike Causey , Congress , workforce , FERS , pay freeze , retirement contribution

Friday - 03/02/2012, 02:00am EST

Pay raise or retiree COLA: Timing is everything!

Worried about another pay freeze next year? Thinking about retiring to get a cost of living adjustment? Timing is everything, and for some people its already too late, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: pay and benefits , pay , retirement , workforce , Mike Causey , Federal Report , buyouts , pay free , pay raise , COLA

Thursday - 03/01/2012, 02:00am EST

Tax-free investment option R U ready?

How would you like it if your Thrift Savings Plan withdrawals were tax-free? Well, get ready because the tax-free end-of-the-rainbow Roth option is coming to your optional retirement package, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: pay and benefits , retirement , TSP , Mike Causey , Federal Report , Roth TSP

Wednesday - 02/29/2012, 02:00am EST

Even after retirement, TSP planning focuses on long-term

Tom Trabucco, the director of external affairs at the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, which oversees federal employees' TSP accounts, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss some TSP tips for retiring feds.

Tags: pay and benefits , Tom Trabucco , FRTIB , In Depth , Francis Rose , retirement

Monday - 02/27/2012, 07:38pm EST
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