Online Chat: Ask the Benefits and Retirement Experts

Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director for the National Institute of Transition Planning, joined Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey for an online chat about the latest federal benefits and retirement issues.

The two answered dozens of questions from readers about the best dates to retire, the Federal Employees Health Benefits program, TRICARE, the Thrift Savings Plan and phased retirement, among other topics.

Prior to the chat, Tammy joined Mike on his Your Turn radio show where the two also answered questions from readers. Listen to an archived version of the show.

Flanagan has spent over 25 years helping federal employees understand their benefits and plan for the future, while Causey has spent over 48 years covering pay, benefits, and retirement issues for feds.


View the archived version of this chat below. Please note, there is no audio attached to this chat. Mike and Tammy’s answers are in text format only.

Update (05/09/14): Tammy and Mike received over 100 questions during this online chat and were not able to answer them all. Federal News Radio has since gone back to Tammy and other experts for answers to many of those remaining questions. Find those answers here.

Federal News Radio takes live questions from listeners during our For Your Benefit radio program hosted by the National Institute of Transition Planning, Mondays at 10 a.m., and on Mike Causey’s Your Turn show, Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Ask your questions live by calling 202-465-3080 during those shows.

As always, feel free to submit any questions you might have about federal retirement and benefits to Mike Causey via email. You can also submit your questions to the National Institute of Transition Planning on their website.

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