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Thanksgiving Day Bonus Holiday: For Some

Social Security Administration workers have improved service despite a rough year dealing with the public. As a reward they are going to get an extra day off on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Does that increase the odds for it to happen in your agency? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey thinks so.

Tags: Mike Causey , bonus holiday

Monday - 10/25/2010, 04:00am EDT

How is your financial planner certified?

More and more financial advisers are brandishing a baffling array of new credentials. Arthur Stein, CFP, walks us through the alphabet soup.

Tags: Federal Drive , financial planning , Arthur Stein , Jamie Blanco

Friday - 10/22/2010, 10:31am EDT
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Library of Congress remakes cinematic history

LOC leads the age of archeology for American cinema. The Library's Dr. Patrick Loughney gives us a peek behind the curtain.

Tags: Federal Drive , LOC , Library of Congress , Patrick Loughney , silent movies

Friday - 10/22/2010, 09:41am EDT
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Feds Get Early, Extended Halloween

Halloween is still more than a week away, but for many federal and postal retirees, and retired feds, it started months ago and probably will continue through the end of this year. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey talks about furloughs, a possible pay freeze and even layoffs.

Tags: Mike Causey , scapegoats , pay debate

Friday - 10/22/2010, 04:00am EDT

Opinion: no COLA in 2011 makes sense

One-time $250 payments are a bad idea? Jason Fitchner, former deputy commissioner at the Social Security Administration, says so.

Tags: Federal Drive , COLA , Social Security , $250 payment , Jason Fitchner , Mercatus Center , Suzanne Kubota

Thursday - 10/21/2010, 10:31am EDT
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How to avoid Hatch Act hassles

So far this political season, OSC has fired one federal employee and suspended another without pay for 120 days. Attorney Debra Roth has some tips for not joining the list.

Tags: Federal Drive , management , Hatch Act , Debra Roth , Shaw Bransford & Roth , Suzanne Kubota

Thursday - 10/21/2010, 09:41am EDT
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OPM shakes up retirement office to improve claims processing

The backlog of claims by federal employees who are retiring is growing larger. OPM said it takes more than 100 days to process a claim. OPM Director John Berry said the agency is increasing the claims processing staff and looking at ways technology can improve the process.

Tags: Technology , John Berry , William Zielinski , Matt Perry , Vivek Kundra , OPM , OMB , SSA , Retirement Systems Modernization , retirement benefits processing , Jason Miller , Max Cacas

Wednesday - 10/20/2010, 03:06pm EDT
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Sweetening No-Cal COLAs: A Senior Moment?

Social Security and retired feds won't be getting a cost of living adjustment next year, but they once again may get a flat $250 payment courtesy of Congress and the administration. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey asks is this fair and just, or just another political senior moment?

Tags: Mike Causey , COLA , $250 payment , Social Security

Thursday - 10/21/2010, 04:00am EDT

Is a Roth IRA right for you?

Are you considering a Roth IRA? How do you know if it's the right option for you? Bob Leins of the National Institute of Transition Planning joins Mike Causey on this week's Your Turn. John Montague of WAEPA will also join the show to explain why some life insurance plans may be better than FEGLI for some federal workers.
October 20, 2010

Tags: Roth IRA , special life plan , Voluntary Contributions Program , Bob Leins , NITP , For Your Benefit , John Montague , WAEPA , FEGLI

Wednesday - 10/20/2010, 11:33am EDT
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Pets-Over-Partners Policy Muzzled

Pets over people. Discrimination in the federal health insurance program. Sounds outrageous but Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says it's all a mistake.

Tags: Mike Causey , FEHBP , pet coverage , DOMA

Wednesday - 10/20/2010, 04:00am EDT
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