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OPM slashes retirement backlog in first part of 2014

The Office of Personnel Management cut the longstanding backlog of pending retirement claims by more than a third in the first half of 2014. By the end of May, the inventory of claims had fallen to about 14,500, according to new OPM data released Thursday. That's down 38 percent from a peak of more than 23,500 claims in February.

Tags: OPM , retirement backlog , Jack Moore

Thursday - 06/05/2014, 05:21pm EDT

Tammy Flanagan, Senior Benefits Director, National Institute of Transition Planning

Unless your name is Tammy Flanagan, you probably don't know everything about planning a federal retirement. Which means you might be leaving benefits on the table you never knew you had. Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director for the National Institute of Transition Planning, is hosting a series of webinars starting on Thursday, June 12, to help explain the basics and three big mistakes people make when navigating the Federal Employees Retirement System.

Tags: Tammy Flanagan , National Institute of Transition Planning , In Depth

Friday - 05/30/2014, 05:24pm EDT
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Buy low, sell high -- how hard can it be?

The way to make money in the stock market is to buy when share prices are down and sell when they go up. Yet most people do just the opposite, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Are you a closet market-timer?

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

Friday - 05/30/2014, 02:00am EDT

Jessica Klement, Legislative Director, NARFE

The door to come back to government and get paid for it is still open for federal retirees or current employees getting close. The House passes an amendment to the fiscal 2015 National Defense Authorization Act so federal agencies can keep re-hiring federal retirees without cutting into their pensions. Jessica Klement, legislative director of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to explain the details of the provision and what it means for current and future federal retirees.

Tags: Jessica Klement , NARFE , hiring , In Depth

Tuesday - 05/27/2014, 06:22pm EDT
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House bill would let federal law-enforcement officers access retirement funds early

A bipartisan House bill would reform federal tax law so that federal law-enforcement officers and firefighters can access funds from their 401(k)-style Thrift Savings Plans when they're eligible to retire without facing a penalty. Jon Adler, national president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, called the current situation "one of those glaring inequities that needed to be addressed and fixed."

Tags: pay and benefits , workforce , TSP , FLEOA , Jon Adler , Dave Reichert , Bill Pascrell , Jack Moore , In Depth , Francis Rose

Tuesday - 05/27/2014, 01:22pm EDT
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Financial literacy: what does it mean to me?

Hosts Bob Leins and Tammy Flanagan answer listeners' questions relating to finances and retirement.
May 26, 2014 (This show originally aired on May 5, 2014)

Tags: pay and benefits , For Your Benefit , Bob Leins , Tammy Flanagan , TSP , Social Security , financial literacy , high 3

Monday - 05/26/2014, 12:06pm EDT
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Financial literacy: what does it mean to me?

Hosts Bob Leins and Tammy Flanagan answer listeners' questions relating to finances and retirement.
May 5, 2014

Tags: pay and benefts , For Your Benefit , Bob Leins , Tammy Flanagan , TSP , Social Security , financial literacy , high 3

Monday - 05/05/2014, 12:06pm EDT
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House bill extends agency authority to rehire retired feds

A measure included in the massive Defense policy bill approved by the House Thursday would ensure agencies maintain the flexibility to bring federal retirees back on board on a part-time basis. An amendment to the 2015 Defense Authorization Act, introduced by Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), extends the authority for agency heads to rehire retirees without specific approval from the Office of Personnel Management.

Tags: workforce , hiring , Gerry Connolly , House , Congress , Jack Moore

Thursday - 05/22/2014, 05:06pm EDT

TSP -- room for a LOT more customers?

What would it mean to the federal-military investors in the Thrift Savings Plan if everybody in the country were allowed to join up? Nobody knows for sure, but higher fees, for everybody, would seem to be a likely outcome, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , pay and benefits , TSP , Marco Rubio , Kim Weaver

Monday - 05/19/2014, 02:00am EDT

Phased retirement: 49 and 1/2 shades of gray

What's maybe going to top the summer must-read list for federal workers? It's one of the hottest topics in government: phased retirement. Coming soon, we think, to a cubicle near you, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

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

Friday - 05/16/2014, 02:00am EDT
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