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TSP scores high, flexible spending low in latest federal employee benefits survey

While federal employees gave high marks on usefulness and importance to the Thrift Savings Plan, only a small percentage said they had flexible spending accounts because they saw little value in the program. The results are part of a survey that OPM has been doing since 2004 to gauge worker opinions on the health and wellness benefits it offers.

Tags: OPM , survey , TSP , flexible spending accounts , long-term care insurance , FEHB , Dena Levitz , NARFE , David Snell

Thursday - 07/10/2014, 03:30pm EDT

Q&A with the experts: Retirement, benefits and TSP

Last month, Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director for the National Institute of Transition Planning, joined Federal News Radio's senior correspondent, Mike Causey, to answer feds' questions as part of an exclusive online chat. The experts fielded dozens of questions from readers -- but couldn't get to all them. So, Federal News Radio went back to the experts to answer another round of questions for readers. In this special Q&A, find the experts' take on everything from the best date to retire this year and what happens to insurance premiums when you retire to whether the Thrift Savings Plan plans to offer in-plan conversions.

Tags: pay and benefits , retirement , TSP , Tammy Flanagan , John Elliott , NITP , Kim Weaver

Friday - 05/09/2014, 09:42am EDT

Pension benefits: Not all feds are created equal

When it comes to retirement benefits, not all federal workers pay the same, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey say. In fact, the giant Federal Employees Retirement System, or FERS, now has three tiers.

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

Monday - 05/05/2014, 02:00am EDT

OPM wants to keep FEHBP premium increases 'in check'

Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta says she wants to keep premium increases for federal employees' health coverage "in check." In a keynote speech at the annual FEHB Program Carrier Conference in Arlington, Va., Thursday Archuleta also called on insurance carriers to make prescription drugs more affordable and urged more federal employees to sign up for wellness programs.

Tags: OPM , pay and benefits , FEHBP , Katherine Archuleta , wellness programs , FEHBP Carrier Conference , Jack Moore

Thursday - 03/27/2014, 11:34am EDT

Married feds: What happens after you've gone?

Married federal couples face a tough but important choice when they retire, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Should they provide a survivor benefit?

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , pay and benefits , retirement , Tammy Flanagan

Tuesday - 03/25/2014, 02:00am EDT

Belt & suspenders: The $1,200 question

If you are in perfect health and plan to stay that way, or if $1,200 a year more or less means little to you, you can skip this column. Otherwise, listen up, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

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

Monday - 03/24/2014, 02:00am EDT

Health & life insurance premiums: Don't overpay!

When you are dealing with Uncle Sam, especially his complex work rules, it is hard to get a straight yes or no answer, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. But there is a way to survive a federal career -- with a little help from the experts.

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , Tammy Flanagan , pay and benefits , retirement

Friday - 03/21/2014, 02:00am EDT

Gates: Compensation, benefits more than a third of DoD budget

When Robert Gates was secretary of Defense, he tried three years in a row to increase out-of-pocket expenses for TRICARE participants. But Congress voted that down every time.

Tags: Robert Gates , DoD , budget , Quadrennial Defense Review , TRICARE , In Depth , Michael OConnell

Wednesday - 03/05/2014, 05:39pm EST
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