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Pay and Benefits News

Coming up: Estate planning missteps and how to avoid them

Attorney Megan Schaeffer, and Certified Financial Planner Karen Schaeffer, join host Bob Leins to discuss what happens when you don't create an estate plan for your family.
April 20, 2015

Updated 44 minutes, 41 seconds ago

Answers to your questions about long term care insurance

Joan Melanson, director of program promotion for Long Term Care Partners, joins host Mike Causey to discuss why feds should enroll in the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program.
April 15, 2015

Wednesday - 04/15/2015, 05:09pm EDT
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Long-term care: Who, when, why?

Death and taxes are inevitable and not particularly fun to contemplate. But have you given any thought to long-term care? asks Senior Correspondent Mike Causey. That can be scary too.

Wednesday - 04/15/2015, 03:00am EDT

The millionaires (TSP) among you

Who are the feds who have $1 million or more in their Thrift Savings Plans? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says it could be that person sitting next to you in your carpool.

Tuesday - 04/14/2015, 06:02am EDT

The top 6 financial planning questions

Joe Sullender, managing director/Investments for the Financial Strategies Group of Wells Fargo Advisors, and host Bob Leins answer the most-asked financial planning questions.
April 13, 2015

Monday - 04/13/2015, 05:46pm EDT
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Who's the TSP's $4 million mystery man/woman?

Having a $1 million nest egg is something that a lot of federal and postal workers have learned is possible through investing smartly in their Thrift Savings Plan accounts. A growing number of them (4,167 to be precise) now have million-dollar-plus account balances, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Monday - 04/13/2015, 02:59am EDT

Jeff Neal, Senior Vice President, ICF International

The House and Senate budget plans for fiscal 2016 could transform the federal workforce. The House plan would save $281 billion over ten years through staffing cuts and benefits reform. The Senate plan would save $170 billion in similar ways. Jeff Neal, senior vice president of ICF International and former chief human capital officer of the Homeland Security Department, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about his predictions for some potential consequences of the budget plans at your agency.

Friday - 04/10/2015, 04:53pm EDT
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Surviving at the bottom of a legislative volcano

Being a fed is like living in a nudist colony at the base of a dormant but still active volcano. Or being in an all-glass group house. The scenery is great, but you never know who or what's out there, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Friday - 04/10/2015, 02:27am EDT

Death by a thousand cuts or improving the civil service?

There are a lot of proposals floating around Washington that purport to be solely for cost savings or making government more efficient. Jeff Neal, a former chief human capital officer, examines these claims in a new commentary.

Thursday - 04/09/2015, 06:00am EDT

Obama's family-friendly work policies put to the test at White House

2 senior Obama aides expecting babies, a test of his call for more family-friendly workplaces

Tuesday - 04/07/2015, 06:24am EDT

Doomsday: Will you be on the bus or under it?

People always seem to be predicting doom and gloom. But, after one look at what lawmakers have in store for federal employees in their budget plans, some feds are starting to prepare for the worst, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Tuesday - 04/07/2015, 03:00am EDT

Personal finance preparations before and during retirement

Career transition coach Mike Townshend joins hosts Bob Leins and Tammy Flanagan to discuss what you should consider as you plan for your retirement.
April 6, 2015

Monday - 04/06/2015, 06:55pm EDT
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Spring break for feds

It's spring break for federal workers and retirees, mainly because Congress is out of town, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Monday - 04/06/2015, 03:00am EDT

Pension envy impacts mixed marriages

While it's not quite as tragic as "Romeo and Juliet", marriages between feds with one in the CSRS retirement plan and the other in FERS can be a tricky thing, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Thursday - 04/02/2015, 03:00am EDT

No more fireproof feds

Members of Congress are pursuing legislation that would make it easier to fire federal employees for misconduct or malfeasance. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says the lawmakers are focusing on career civil servants, namely members of the Senior Executive Service.

Wednesday - 04/01/2015, 03:00am EDT

Jessica Klement, Legislative Director, NARFE

Both the House and Senate's budget plans for fiscal 2016 aim to reduce the federal deficit. And to help do that, both plans include provisions to increase federal employee pension contributions. Jessica Klement is Legislative Director of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, NARFE said those and other provisions tantamount to a pay cut for federal employees.

Tuesday - 03/31/2015, 04:24pm EDT
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Feeling lonely? Defense by the numbers

Do you know how many fellow federal workers live in your city, your congressional district or your state? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says you probably don't, but you should take comfort in knowing that you're most likely not alone.

Tuesday - 03/31/2015, 03:00am EDT

Discussion of TSP issues by the people who know

The Federal Thrift Retirement Investment Board's Greg Long and Kim Weaver join hosts Bob Leins and Tammy Flanagan to discuss the TSP and plans to use a loan from the G Fund to help fund the federal deficit.
March 30, 2015

Monday - 03/30/2015, 09:12pm EDT
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Pay, pension and TSP 'take-aways' you didn't order

In England and in some parts of this country, a "take away" is when you order a popular fast food and take it home with you. In Washington "take away" is the legislative-political equivalent of bend-over-and-smile-this-is-going-to-hurt-you-more-than-me, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Friday - 03/27/2015, 02:00am EDT

Answers to your retirement questions

David Snell, NARFE's director of retirement services, will answer you retirement questions, and Federal Times Senior Writer Andy Medici will give us an update on the latest news on Capitol Hill.
March 25, 2015

Wednesday - 03/25/2015, 08:35pm EDT
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