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Benefits News

Rehired annuitants help bridge agency skills gaps, but are they enough?

Agencies' succession and next-generation training plans are unfocused, thanks to hiring freezes and budget cuts. Mission-critical projects pop up, but departments lack the workforce expertise to see them through when long-time federal employees retire. In part 2 of our special report, The Reverse Retirement Wave, we examine how some agencies are turning to reemployed annuitants for help navigating the rough waters.

Tuesday - 04/28/2015, 02:04am EDT
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Understanding financial literacy

NITP federal benefits specialist Ray Kirk joins co-hosts Bob Leins and Tammy Flanagan to discuss what you can do to improve your financial literacy.
April 27, 2014

Monday - 04/27/2015, 06:24pm EDT
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VA pledges broad review of claims processing

VA pledges top-down review of claims processing amid mismanagement in Philadelphia

Sunday - 04/26/2015, 12:30pm EDT

TSP board defends delays in cyber fixes

Participants in the Thrift Savings Plan might not like to hear their accounts don't have all the recommended cybersecurity protections they need. But the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board is taking its insider threat security development so seriously, it's putting its own cybersecurity testers through the ringer.

Thursday - 04/23/2015, 01:55pm EDT
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20 years later: An update on the orphans of Oklahoma City

Steve Bauer, executive director of the Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund, joins host Mike Causey to give us an update on the two hundred children who were given college scholarships after losing at least one parent in the Oklahoma City bombing.
April 22, 2015

Wednesday - 04/22/2015, 05:23pm EDT

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

Monday - 04/20/2015, 07:10pm EDT
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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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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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Ron Abrams, Joint Executive Director, National Veterans Legal Services Program

A number of veterans organization are suing the Veterans Affairs Department over a new rule regarding disability claims. The rule only went into effect a week ago, but the lawsuit claims it's eliminated most informal VA claims, and limits the types of claims VA can adjudicate. One change means that letters written into VA no longer count as claims; now everything has to be on a standardized form. Ron Abrams is a former VA staff member, and now the joint executive director of the National Veterans Legal Services Program. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on the lawsuit and its ramifications.

Monday - 04/13/2015, 09:36am 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

Millennials in the federal workforce

Susan Fallon, vice president for Global Strategy and Business Development at Monster Government Solutions will explain why federal agencies should be hiring more millennial workers, and Andy Medici with the Federal Times will bring us up to date on the House and Senate budgets.
April 8, 2015

Wednesday - 04/08/2015, 05:27pm 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

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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Your TSP account: By the numbers

The Thrift Savings Plan is on a roll and Senior Correspondent Mike Causey has got all the details.

Friday - 04/03/2015, 03:00am EDT

Most TSP funds dip in March

Only three of the 10 funds in the Thrift Savings Plan posted positive returns for the month of March.

Wednesday - 04/01/2015, 05:00pm 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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'Self plus one' offers premium break for two-person families

It's always good to know your options, especially when it comes to figuring out your health insurance premiums next year, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Monday - 03/30/2015, 03:00am EDT

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

House budget targets federal benefits, seeks smaller civilian workforce

The Fiscal Year 2016 budget the House passed Wednesday calls on federal employees to make greater contributions to their retirement plans, while altering the Thrift Savings Plan's G Fund. The budget also seeks to reduce the civilian workforce by 10 percent over the next 10 years through attrition.

Thursday - 03/26/2015, 10:28am 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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