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Dueling testimony on TRICARE fees

Members of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel are studying the Defense Department's proposal to increase fees for working-age retirees who use the military's TRICARE health insurance benefit. The panel heard, in separate hearings, from DoD officials defending the increase, and retiree groups who fear it is a "camel's nose under the tent."

Tags: DoD , Congress , TRICARE , health care , Robert Gates , Stan Strobridge , Rick Jones , Niki Tsongas , Joe Wilson , National Association of Uniformed Services , Military Officers Association of America , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 03/16/2011, 03:50pm EDT
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How feds help feds survive the worst

The Federal Employees Education and Assistance fund survives on the kindness of federal employees to help federal employees survive disasters from furloughs to floods. We talk with Executive Director Steve Bauer. We also get an update on the latest furlough developments from Federal Times editor, Steve Watkins.

Tags: shutdown , budget , FEEA , retirees , Mike Causey , Your Turn with Mike Causey , Steve Watkins , Federal Times , furlough , USPS , Steve Bauer

Wednesday - 03/16/2011, 12:00pm EDT
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In pay debate, call for General Schedule restructuring

The Partnership for Public Service's Max Stier argues for a restructuring of the General Schedule, a key issue in the debate over federal employee pay.

Tags: pay debate , budget , Congress , Max Stier , Partnership for Public Service , general schedule , restructuring , In Depth , Francis Rose

Wednesday - 03/16/2011, 05:00pm EDT
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AFGE pulls out of NSPS talks

The American Federation of Government Employees said Tuesday it will no longer participate in discussions related to the future status of DoD employees who had been part of the soon-to-be-terminated National Security Personnel System. The labor organization said "union-busting" activities by the Air Force were the reason for its decision.

Tags: DoD , Congress , NSPS , AFGE , John Gage , Air Force , pay-for-performance , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 03/16/2011, 07:40am EDT

Shutdown Survival Tip: Have Lots of Money!

In the event of an emergency like a government-wide shutdown you want to have six months cash to cover your bills while Congress gets its act together. Where, you ask, do you find that financial cushion? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey tells you about how some members of Congress did it in the 1990s.

Tags: Mike Causey , FEEA , shutdown , budget

Wednesday - 03/16/2011, 04:00am EDT

CBO: Reducing fed pay could save $67B over decade

Reducing pay and benefits of federal civilian employees, military and retirees could save the government $10 billion over five years and $50 billion over 10 years, according to a March report by the Congressional Budget Office.

Tags: CBO , budget , raise , military , DoD , Jolie Lee

Tuesday - 03/15/2011, 03:17pm EDT

CRs 'seem to be getting worse'

Something has to give, according to the Partnership for Public Service's John Palguta. In terms of the budget, he says "what we have right now isn't working."

Tags: Federal Drive , John Palguta , Partnership for Public Service , budget , continuing resolution , management , morale ,

Tuesday - 03/15/2011, 10:41am EDT
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Ineffective Government: Are Politicians The Problem?

Are politicians who say federal workers are underworked, overpaid and out of touch onto something or do they have another agenda? And, asks Senior Correspondent Mike Causey, right, or wrong, is it possible that their bureaucrat-bashing will create the kind of government they claim they are trying to avoid.

Tags: Mike Causey , management

Tuesday - 03/15/2011, 04:00am EDT

Debt limit's impact on your Thrift Savings Plan

Does the battle over the debt limit have an impact on the TSP super-safe G fund?

Tags: TSP , Tom Trabucco , debt limit , budget , retirement , GAO , Dorobek Insider

Monday - 03/14/2011, 04:58pm EDT
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Federal employee accountability: Will the rules change with a new Congress?

Bill Bransford, partner at the law firm Shaw, Bransford & Roth, joins host Bob Leins this week.
March 14, 2011

Tags: performance , Bill Bransford , Shaw Bransford & Roth , Bob Leins , NITP , For Your Benefit , accountability

Monday - 03/14/2011, 11:16am EDT
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