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7:52 pm, November 26, 2014

Pay and Benefits News

CBO deficit report advises smaller fed workforce

In a new report on reducing the federal deficit, the Congressional Budget Office suggests that cutting 70,000 government jobs over the next decade and changing the math used for civilian and military pensions could save $100 billion.

Wednesday - 11/26/2014, 11:24am EST

Two can live as cheaply as one if

Some federal couples try to save money by each purchasing a self-only plan. The total premium will be less, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey, but that could be a problem if both of you have a major illness or accident next year.

Wednesday - 11/26/2014, 02:00am EST

Jim Thomas, Vice President and Director of Studies, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assesments

The resignation of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is bringing the administration's military and foreign policies into a new light. The next secretary will have to deal with the lingering issues of pay and benefits reform, sequestration, and the new technology offset strategy. Jim Thomas, vice president and director of studies at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, analyzed what Hagel's resignation means for the agency's present and future on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 11:08am EST
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The end is near ...

The clock is ticking on open season, when federal employees can switch their health care plans. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says it's not too late to save as much as $1,200 next year.

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 02:00am EST

Open Season continues with AETNA Federal Plans

Tom Bernatavitz, vice president of Aetna Federal Plans, joins hosts Bob Leins and Tammy Flanagan to talk about Aetna health care plans that are available to feds during Open Season.
November 24, 2014

Monday - 11/24/2014, 09:41pm EST
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DoD updates rules to protect servicemembers from shady retailers, creditors

The Pentagon will curtail the types of payments service members are allowed to make to companies directly from their regular paychecks, a move officials said was intended to protect troops from unscrupulous businesses.

Monday - 11/24/2014, 04:20am EST

'Free' health insurance & other tips

Feds have less than a week left in open season to decide which are the best health care plans for them. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey shares some tips on making the best choice.

Monday - 11/24/2014, 02:00am EST

President's immigration plan pushes DHS to restructure personnel, tighten border security

Under President Obama's executive order on immigration, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson released a slew of memos outlining the agency's push to reform its personnel structure, review premium pay, and better secure the U.S.-Mexico border.

Friday - 11/21/2014, 08:33am EST

What are your odds of surviving 2015?

Few of us are going to live into our 100s, but choosing the right health care plan for you may make getting older more comfortable and put money in your wallet too, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Friday - 11/21/2014, 02:00am EST

The FEHBP's three prime numbers

The Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan is a game of numbers. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey shares which three numbers feds should be focusing on during open season.

Thursday - 11/20/2014, 02:00am EST

Beth Asch, Senior Economist, The RAND Corporation

Retirement benefits in the military have one thing in common with Social Security and Medicare: they're budget time bombs yet no one in Congress has the nerve to touch them. Still, numerous proposals for reforming military compensation have been put forth. One of the most comprehensive comes from the RAND Corporation. Beth Asch is a senior economist at RAND, and she joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on how to make military pay less costly and more equitable.

Wednesday - 11/19/2014, 09:27am EST
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Save $1,000 next year in FEHBP premiums

Health insurance premiums for white-collar federal workers or government retirees will run anywhere from $1,200 to nearly $6,000 next year. Wouldn't it be nice to save $1,000? asks Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Wednesday - 11/19/2014, 02:00am EST

Which health insurance plan is the best one for you?

Walton Francis, author of the Consumers' CHECKBOOK Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees will answer your questions about FEHBP open season.
November 18, 2014 (Encore presentation November 26, 2014)

Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 05:22pm EST
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Open season continues with SAMBA and FLTCIP

SAMBA executive director Walt Wilson, deputy executive director Pam Cummings, and Joan Melanson with Long Term Care Partners, will discuss the insurance options for federal employees during open season.
November 17, 2014

Monday - 11/17/2014, 09:59pm EST
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Washington winter weenies' revenge

We "winter weenies" in the D.C. area got some revenge last week as those winter warriors in the Midwest succumbed to an early cold blast. But our time is coming!

Monday - 11/17/2014, 02:00am EST

Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition Planning

Open season 2014 is underway. Feds who turn 65 next year are facing a decision whether or not to enroll in Medicare Part B. If they enroll, they'll be paying an additional $1,200 on top of what they already pay for Federal Employees Health Benefits Program coverage. Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director for the National Institute of Transition Planning, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the pros and cons of enrolling in Part B.

Friday - 11/14/2014, 04:24pm EST
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Postal Service remains financially 'at-risk,' says GAO report

The USPS' ability to carry our its duties and remain financially self-sustaining continues to be at risk, according to a recently released GAO performance audit. Conducted over the past year, GAO's report found that the agency is projecting "unsustainable" losses through 2020.

Friday - 11/14/2014, 03:39pm EST

Art Stein, Certified Financial Planner

Cold temperatures have arrived and with them, the season to think about holiday plans. But you should also start thinking about your investment strategies for 2015 and beyond. Art Stein is a certified financial planner and investment manager. He has long experience with federal employees and their particular concerns. Stein joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with some advice for dealing with the Thrift Savings Plan and other matters.

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 07:03pm EST
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FEHBP open season with Walton Francis

Walton Francis, author of the CHECKBOOK Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees, will answer your calls and emails about FEHBP open season.
November 12, 2014

Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 05:40pm EST

Online Chat: Ask the Open Season Expert

Walton Francis, author of the annual Consumers' CHECKBOOK Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees & Annuitants, joins Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey for an online chat to discuss this year's Open Season.

Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 11:00am EST
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