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What does a Chained Consumer Price Index mean for COLAs?

A reduced COLA may be part of the debt ceiling negotiations. Arthur Stein is a certified financial planner and he tells you what you need to prepare for.

Tags: Federal Drive , Arthur Stein , retirement , COLA , debt

Friday - 07/15/2011, 10:31am EDT
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DoD too slow in assessing workforce needs

GAO finds the Pentagon isn't moving fast enough in improving the skills of their workforce. House lawmakers focused in the acquisition workforce, specifically. DoD defended its efforts, pointing to the 8,600 new acquisition workers hired over the past few years.

Tags: contracting , vicky hartzler , larry kissell , keith charles , Howard McKeon , Brenda Farrell , DoD , GAO , House Armed Services Committee , acquisition , acquisition workforce , human capital management , High Risk List , Peter Buxbaum

Friday - 07/15/2011, 06:50am EDT

Pay, Pensions, Puppies & The Debt Limit

Which of the following items are NOT at stake in the current White House-Congressional debt limit dance: pay raises, your insurance premiums, the health of your brand-new puppy or future raises for federal and Social Security retirees? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says it's both serious and confusing and, maybe down the road, amusing too.

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , retirement , debt ceiling , budget , Social Security , pay freeze

Thursday - 07/14/2011, 04:00am EDT

Increases in federal workers' comp pass House committee

A bill to modernize the federal workers compensation program unanimously cleared a House committee.

Tags: house committee on education and the workforce , john kline , FECA , injury , NTEU , Colleen Kelley , Jolie Lee , workers

Wednesday - 07/13/2011, 05:44pm EDT

Pay Cuts & Security Clearances

Getting and keeping a security clearance is vital in a growing number of federal jobs. And useful when feds retire and go into the private sector. But are those all-important clearances going to be harder to get, and keep in the future? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey explains.

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , FERS , Congress , Steve Losey , Your Turn , Dan Adcock

Wednesday - 07/13/2011, 04:00am EDT

Federal pay at market-rate?

Some thoughts on reforming government workers' pay to make it truly match up to what their colleagues make in the private sector from John Palguta, vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service.

Tags: Federal Drive , federal pay debate , John Palguta , Partnership for Public Service

Tuesday - 07/12/2011, 10:41am EDT
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Feds As Little Red Riding Hood

Federal and postal workers and retirees are under so many attacks that many of them don't know which of the threats is real and which is most serious. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says a lot of people are worrying about something that probably won't happen while ignoring several bigger threats.

Tags: Mike Causey , FERS , Congress , retirement , pension , Federal Report

Tuesday - 07/12/2011, 04:00am EDT

A practical guide for Roth conversions

Hosts Bob Leins and Tammy Flanagan talk about your options, if you want to convert to your Roth IRA.
July 11, 2011

Tags: Roth IRA , Roth conversion , retirement planning , estate planning , Bob Leins , Tammy Flanagan

Monday - 07/11/2011, 07:09pm EDT
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TSP automatic enrollment explained

The Thrift Savings Plan is often lauded as the best retirement plan in the country. But there's still some confusion about who's eligible for the TSP and how it works.

Tags: TSP , retirement , Tom Trabucco , CNN Money , In Depth , Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board , automatic enrollment , Jory Heckman

Monday - 07/11/2011, 04:56pm EDT
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Law enforcement benefits vs. the rest of FERS

Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director for National Institute of Transition Planning, explains some of those differences.

Tags: Tammy Flanagan , law enforcement , National Institute of Transition Planning

Friday - 07/08/2011, 06:06pm EDT
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