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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

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
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