Benefits

  • What’s ahead for feds in 2017?

    This year, NARFE and other groups believe they will face a hard fight protecting feds and retirees from changes in their health program.

  • AFGE’s take on pay and hiring freezes

    J. David Cox, national president of AFGE, joins host Derrick Dortch on this week’s Fed Access to discuss federal workers will be affected by pay and hiring freezes imposed by President Donald Trump. February 3, 2017

  • Troop increase, hiring freeze could pose problems for military families

    The National Military Families Association wants an increase in family support if end strength numbers rise.

  • Government budget and personnel reform

    With a new administration taking the reins, FEDtalk invites local experts in for a discussion on government reform.

    January 27, 2017

  • TSP tips: Buy high, sell low, right?

    Lots of people wait for sales to buy things. But Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says sales panic lots of federal workers while they are building their retirement nest egg.

  • TSP tips for 2017

    Financial planner Arthur Stein joins host Mike Causey on this week’s Your Turn to discuss TSP investment strategies to help you build your retirement nest egg. January 25, 2017

  • DoD revamping reserve benefits system

    The Defense Department is trying to make benefits administration simpler for reservists. Currently, service members in reserve ranks have more than 30 duty statuses to wade through to figure out what benefits they are entitled to. Often changes in orders lead to gaps in benefits. DoD has a new plan to simplify all of that, and expand benefits.

  • Are pay and hiring freezes on the way?

    Greg Stanford, director of government affairs for the Federal Managers Association, joins host Mike Causey on this week’s Your Turn to talk about the potential for pay and hiring freezes under a Trump administration.

  • The pros and cons of TSP loans

    Tom Walker, a chartered federal employee benefits consultant and founder of Walker Capital Preservation Group, Inc., details what employees need to consider before taking a loan from their retirement savings account.

  • Tammy Flanagan: Changes ahead for feds’ pension plan?

    The defined pension plan has been a remarkably durable feature of federal civil service for a long time. But noise coming from the 115th Congress suggests big changes for the pension system. Higher employee contributions and even ending the defined benefit pension plan altogether are on the table. Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director for the National Institute of Transition Planning, shares her insight on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

  • DoD solidifies plans to simplify byzantine reserve benefit system

    DoD presented a plan to lawmakers last month to consolidate 32 reserve duty statuses into just four. For years reservists received differing pay and benefits depending on which of the duty statuses their orders fell under, causing a bureaucratic mess and gaps in benefits.

  • DoD fix to repay improperly withheld taxes from some veterans’ disability payments

    Defense legislation signed into law by President Barack Obama in December will reverse decades-old mistake of tax withholding from veterans with combat-related disabilities.

  • Brenton Smith: Return Social Security to its roots to fix it

    The Congressional Budget Office recently published its annual predictions for Social Security. No surprise, it found the cherished program will go broke in a few years, unless Congress changes the rules or raises taxes. Brenton Smith, founder of an organization called Fix Social Security Now, isn’t so sure. He’s been studying the program for years and joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin with some ideas.

  • Re-engineering VA MAS program to deliver best value for veterans

    Roger Waldron, president of the Coalition for Government Procurement, discusses a critical issue driving unnecessary costs and other inefficiencies in the government’s purchase of products, including pharmaceuticals.

  • New Beginnings for a New Year

    At the dawn of a new year, celebrate new beginnings with FEDtalk this Friday. January 13, 2017