Federal News Radio 1500 AM Appearances

Through her work as Senior Benefits Director of the National Institute of Transition Planning, Tammy Flanagan has been a prominent regular on Federal News Radio 1500 AM. Through this radio channel she has been a featured guest on Federal Drive with Tom TeminIn Depth with Francis Rose, For Your Benefit, and Your Turn with Mike Causey.

 

 

Your Turn with Mike Causey

https://federalnewsradio.com/category/causey/your-turn/ Experience the difference. Thu, 12 Oct 2017 19:56:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 If you are a federal employee interested in your pay, benefits or retirement, Your Turn is the show for you. Each week, host Mike Causey interviews experts on these issues and more. Your Turn – FederalNewsRadio.com Your Turn – FederalNewsRadio.com moconnell@federalnewsradio.com moconnell@federalnewsradio.com (Your Turn – FederalNewsRadio.com) © 2015 Federal News Radio Your Turn with host Mike Causey http://federalnewsradio.com/wp-content/uploads/powerpress/mike_causey.jpg https://federalnewsradio.com/category/causey/your-turn/ https://federalnewsradio.com/your-turn/2017/10/tips-for-protecting-your-retirement-nest-egg/ https://federalnewsradio.com/your-turn/2017/10/tips-for-protecting-your-retirement-nest-egg/#respond Tue, 10 Oct 2017 21:16:43 +0000 https://federalnewsradio.com/?p=1590341 Are you concerned about how a long-over due stock market correction would affect your TSP accounts? Tune in to this week's Your Turn when financial planner Arthur Stein explains what you can do to protect your retirement nest egg. October 11, 2017

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Are you excited, dazzled and worried — sometimes at the same time — by the stock market boom? Are you concerned about what many experts say is a long-overdue market correction? Do you still have the occasional nightmare about the Great Recession? If so, welcome to the club.

Obviously, nobody knows when, if and for how long, any correction might be. But we asked financial planner Arthur Stein for his take. He’ll also be our guest on Your Turn radio show at 10 a.m. Stein will discuss what’s happening now to your TSP retirement accounts and what’s next.

Got questions? Email them to Mike before showtime (10 a.m. EDT). We’ll get you some answers.

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Find out when federal benefits expert Tammy Flanagan joins host Mike Causey on this week's Your Turn. September 27, 2017

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Although buyouts are out there, the odds that you personally will get a $25,000 to $40,000 payment to leave are slim and none. You can wait, and hope, and maybe, just maybe get lucky. But the deck is stacked against you.

But it is possible for many long-service, retirement eligible feds to create their own buyout: a big chunk of change, in the tens of thousands of dollars, if they are careful with their vacation (annual leave time) and if they retire on the best date. Usually in late December or the first three days in January, depending on whether they are FERS, CSRS or under the CSRS Offset retirement program.

Folks who cover the federal beat say that the two most asked job-related questions are:

  • When eligible, should I take Medicare Part B?
  • What is the best date (or dates) to retire?

The answer is, like most simple questions, “it depends?”

Fortunately, we’ve got the person who knows the answers. Our guest today on our 10 a.m. EDT Your Turn radio show, the answer-lady, is Tammy Flanagan. She’s a long-time, been-there-done-that federal benefits expert and columnist for Government Executive. When Tammy speaks everybody listens. Or should.

On today’s show she’s going to be talking about a number of important things.

  • What are the benefit threats facing federal workers and retirees? What will they “save” the government, meaning what will they cost you both on the job and after you retire?
  • How likely is it that Congress will charge FERS workers more money — anywhere from 4.4 percent to 6 percent more — for their share of the retirement plan costs.
  • What happens to you, active or retired, if Congress reduces future cost-of-living adjustments for CSRS retirees and eliminates them completely for people under FERS? Can you imagine the financial impact of going 20 or 30 years in retirement without any protection from inflation?
  • How do I maximize the amount of annual leave I can carry over, and get paid for at a higher rate by picking the best date to retire? And get a tax break at the same time?

You can listen today on 1500 AM in the Washington metro area or streaming on the internet at Federal News Radio. Because all of the Your Turn shows are archived, you can click on and listen to any of them anytime. This is a particularly good one to tell friends and coworkers about.

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(This show originally aired on September 13, 2017)

Congress and the White House are considering a variety of plans that would alter, in some cases dramatically, how much of their own salary federal and postal workers contribute to their civil service annuity.

Because of these pending (maybe) changes, lots of people are wondering if they should retire before any of the changes are made. But what are the odds? What don’t we know, or haven’t considered? What are the odds anything will happen to the retirement program this year? Or next?

To find out we’ll talk with Jessica Klement, legislative director of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE). She probably knows more than anybody around about political and fiscal pressure to slim down/eliminate portions of the federal retirement program.

Klement will be our guest today on our Your Turn radio show at 10 a.m. EDT. You can listen either at federalnewsradio.com or 1500 AM in the DC area. You can also talk to her direct by calling 202-465-3080 during the show, or send me an e-mail (mcausey@federalnewsradio.com) before showtime.

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It might be a good idea if members of the U.S. House and Senate adopted the first-do-no-harm rule as they return, briefly, to the business of making the nation’s laws. Or not.

There hasn’t been much accomplished this year which, for a lot of people including members of the federal family, is a good thing. But there is still time between now and the end of the fiscal year (September 30th) and the last day of Congress, in December to mess up.

Federal and postal workers and retirees are watching a half dozen proposals that have major support, especially among House Republicans.

They range from limiting and/or eliminating cost of living adjustments for government retirees to a proposal to gradually increase employee contributions to the FERS retirement plan. Yet another proposal will eliminate a financial Social Security safety net for FERS employees who retire early.

So what’s going to happen? Nobody knows, of course. But lots of people have been tracking the situation and have been in this situation before.

Today on Your Turn, host Mike Causey will be talking with FederalNewsRadio reporter Nicole Ogrysko.

Ogrysko has been following the legislative twists and turns and recently explained a Congressional Budget Office report that talked about the savings to the government – which translates into a $$$ loss for you – if any, or all, of the proposed changes becomes law.

That’s 10 a.m. today (EDT) here on federalnewsradio.com or in the DC area at 1500 AM.

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What happens if your job disappears with or without a buyout or severance pay?

Most people have some sort of retirement plan. But it’s unlikely that many have a Plan B in case the date when they retire or otherwise leave the payroll is advanced by a matter of years.

Got questions? Listen to our Your Turn radio show tomorrow at 10 a.m. on Federalnewsradio.com or at 1500 AM in the D.C. area.

Our guest Tom O’Rourke, a specialist in federal employment law and estate planning, talks about what you should know, and what you should be doing, regardless of when you retire or leave government.

If you have questions for O’Rourke, send them to Mike Causey before the show at: mcausey@federalnewsradio.com.

 

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]]> https://federalnewsradio.com/your-turn/2017/08/is-there-a-buyout-or-a-layoff-in-your-future/feed/ 2 https://federalnewsradio.com/your-turn/2017/08/how-to-protect-your-investments-from-inflation/ https://federalnewsradio.com/your-turn/2017/08/how-to-protect-your-investments-from-inflation/#respond Tue, 22 Aug 2017 21:07:07 +0000 https://federalnewsradio.com/?p=1519066 How long should your investments last during your retirement? Find out when financial planner Arthur Stein joins host Mike Causey on this week's Your Turn. August 23, 2017

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Financial planner Arthur Stein says that fear is common and understandable among federal workers, but wrong. The good news, he says, is that while former feds may run low on money, they will never run out — an important difference to be considered when prepping for retirement.

Today at 10 a.m. on our Your Turn show, Stein will talk about how long your investments might (and should) last during retirement. You can listen in the D.C. area on 1500 AM or anywhere, from your computer, at FederalNewsRadio.com. The show will be archived (like all our Your Turn reports), so you can listen later, listen again or refer it to a friend.

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]]> https://federalnewsradio.com/your-turn/2017/08/how-to-protect-your-investments-from-inflation/feed/ 0 https://federalnewsradio.com/your-turn/2017/08/index-funds-the-tsp-follow-the-money/ https://federalnewsradio.com/your-turn/2017/08/index-funds-the-tsp-follow-the-money/#respond Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:51:35 +0000 https://federalnewsradio.com/?p=1511382 The biggest gains federal worker and retiree investors have made in their Thrift Savings Plan accounts have come from the stock-indexed C, S and I funds. But what’s an index and what’s an index fund. And why do you need them in your portfolio? Check out the Your Turn with Mike Causey program featuring financial planner Arthur Stein.

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Hundreds of thousands of federal workers and retirees have millions of dollars for their retirement nest egg in the C, Sand I funds. The C and S funds cover the U.S. stock market and have performed very well over the long haul. The I-fund tracks certain foreign markets which can be more lucrative —and volatile. But the question is what exactly is an Index-fund? And who picks which stocks are in them. And how much you invest in each individual stock every two weeks?

Most financial planners familiar with the federal TSP believe that employees and retirees should have a sizable chunk of their nest egg in the C and S funds. And there is also a place in their portfolio for the higher risk, higher reward I fund too.

Today on our Your Turn radio show we’ll be talking with financial planner Arthur Stein. He’s well known in the D.C. market and several of his federal clients are TSP millionaires. Today he tells us how they got there.

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(This show originally aired on June 28, 2017)

When they leave government, about 49 percent of all account holders move their account balances outside of the Thrift Savings Plan.

How come?

What are the pros and cons of going versus staying?

Today at 10 a.m. on our Your Turn radio show we’ll talk to benefits expert John Grobe. He’s a retired fed who was one of the 49 percent.

So what should you do? And what about legislation Congress is pushing that would make it easier to make withdrawals from the TSP?

That’s 10 a.m EDT on FederalNewsRadio.com or WFED 1500 AM in the Washington, D.C. area.

If you have questions, email them to Mike at: mcausey@federalnewsradio.com before the show, or call while we are on-air at (202) 465-3080.

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(This show originally aired on July 19, 2017)

This week on “Your Turn,” financial planner Arthur Stein tells feds and retirees what, if anything, they should be doing now with their Thrift Savings Plan accounts.

Investments in the TSP are an important part of the retirement program for workers and retirees under the Civil Service Retirement System. But for the majority of feds — who are under the less generous FERS plan — investing (wisely) in the TSP is critical.

You can hear the show today at 10 a.m. on WFED 1500 AM in the D.C. area or anywhere at federalnewsradio.com. If you have questions, email them to Mike at: mcausey@federalnewsradio.com before the show, or call while we are on-air at (202) 465-3080.

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What are you going to do the first morning you wake up and realize you are retired, or will be reporting soon to a new job? Turning over and going back sleep is one option. But there are others worth considering.

Some people have a Plan B. Some don’t. Maybe some who don’t think they need one, at least not yet, should think again.

If you should suddenly leave or lose your federal job, what about health insurance? What happens to your unused annual or sick leave? Must you withdraw from the federal TSP?

Today on our Your Turn radio show we’ll be talking with benefits expert John Grobe. He’s a former fed and author of the book Career Transition: A Guide for Federal Employees.

So what’s your Plan B? Where do you start? Listen to the show today at 10 a.m. on WFED 1500 AM in the D.C. area or anywhere at federalnewsradio.com. Call in if you like or you can email questions to Mike at: mcausey@federalnewsradio.com.

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This week on “Your Turn”, Bill Valdez, president of the Senior Executives Association (SEA), gives us an update on how things are going for the SEA and the Senior Executive Service (SES).

The SEA is in the midst of an organizational transition, having announced a new strategic direction earlier this year, expanded opportunities for GS 12-15 feds to participate in SEA activities and network with SEA members, and new programs and initiatives including new Communities of Change and a recently completed government-wide State of Career Senior Leadership Survey.

You can hear the show today at 10 a.m. on WFED 1500 AM in the D.C. area or anywhere at federalnewsradio.com. If you have questions, email them to Mike at: mcausey@federalnewsradio.com before the show, or call while we are on-air at (202) 465-3080.

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(This show originally aired on June 21, 2017)

Do you remember what you did when the stock market crashed in 2008? The one we now call the Great Recession?

That big one lasted a long time and it did a number on a lot of investors.

So what about the next time? We don’t know when it will be, but most experts agree the market is long overdue for a “correction.” So what’s your plan? Do something? Nothing? What?

I asked financial planner Arthur Stein about the long-overdue correction. He’s going to be my guest on today’s Your Turn radio show (10 a.m. at FederalNewsRadio.com, or 1500 AM in the Washington area).

Listen to today’s show. If you have questions, email them to Mike at: mcausey@federalnewsradio.com before the show, or call while we are on-air at (202) 465-3080.

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What happens if there is someone in your office, maybe a coworker, maybe a supervisor, who tells offensive or off-color jokes? What if your immediate boss is a hugger or toucher where you are concerned? Maybe he/she has asked you out— for dinner or the weekend — because the old-ball-and-chain is away?

It can be among the worst situations an individual faces, regardless of where they work or their position in the organization.

The problem, as many point out, is that this isn’t going to stop or go away. So what do you do, if anything?

Stephen Paskoff is the president and CEO of ELI, an Atlanta-based firm that specializes in fumigating toxic workplaces. Paskoff was a long-time attorney and investigator before getting into the private sector, and he says federal agencies “can build what we call, and the EEOC has referenced in terms of our work, a ‘civil treatment workplace.'” Easier said than done, but doable, he says.

Paskoff is our guest today our Your Turn show. That’s 10 a.m., streaming right here from federalnewsradio.com or on 1500 AM in the D.C. area.

He will talk about “practical actions that don’t require much expense or time but reflect a serious sustainable commitment tied to mission and mission effectiveness.” Paskoff has said for things to work smoothly throughout the organization, any organization, people have to know what is right and wrong and what won’t be tolerated. And it starts at the top. And with you too, regardless of where you are on the ladder.

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The Trump budget does call for a 1.9 pay raise for civilian federal employees. And while something is better than nothing, the plan to increase employee contributions by 6 percent takes some of the joy out of a small pay raise.

So what’s next? On this week’s Your Turn radio show, Mike Causey talks with Greg Stanford of the Federal Managers Association. FMA is part of a coalition of federal and postal unions, associations representing professionals, managers, senior executives and federal retirees. They’ve already mobilized to fight for the 5.2 millions feds and retirees. But what can they do against what appears to be a stacked political deck? Listen if you can, either online, or, in the D.C. area, at 1500 AM. You can also call in at 202-465-3080 or send me questions or comments at: mcausey@federalnewsradio.com.

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For Your Benefit

https://federalnewsradio.com Experience the difference. Thu, 12 Oct 2017 19:54:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Each week, host Mike Causey interviews experts in the federal pay and benefits, health care and retirement community on the issues that matter most to federal employees. For Your Benefit – FederalNewsRadio.com For Your Benefit – FederalNewsRadio.com jziegler@federalnewsradio.com jziegler@federalnewsradio.com (For Your Benefit – FederalNewsRadio.com) © 2015 Federal News Radio Experience the difference. http://federalnewsradio.com/wp-content/uploads/powerpress/fnr_logo_1400.png https://federalnewsradio.com/category/sponsored-content/for-your-benefit/ https://federalnewsradio.com/for-your-benefit/2017/10/be-proactive-in-keeping-your-retirement-plans-on-track/ https://federalnewsradio.com/for-your-benefit/2017/10/be-proactive-in-keeping-your-retirement-plans-on-track/#respond Thu, 12 Oct 2017 15:39:29 +0000 https://federalnewsradio.com/?p=1592837 Host Bob Leins welcomes Bob Braunstein, Federal Benefits Specialist, to talk about what you can do to be ready for retirement.

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October 16, 2017 – Host Bob Leins welcomes Bob Braunstein, Federal Benefits Specialist, to talk about what you can do to be ready for retirement.

Bob and Bob will talk about proposed changes on the horizon and what they mean from both the benefits and financial perspectives. Such as:

  • Increasing biweekly retirement contributions for FERS employees (without commensurate increase in benefit)
  • Going from a high-3 to high-5 for annuity calculations
  • Elimination of FERS Annuity Supplement
  • Elimination/reduction of COLAs for Federal annuities

What do these things mean for your pocket book, retirement plans, and general overall quality of living now and once you are retired?

Today’s guest will also talk about reasons you might change your FEHB Plan during the 2018 Open Season towards the end of the program.
For questions or comments, email us in advance at ForYourBenefit@nitpinc.com or call 202-465-3080 this coming Monday. Program begins at 10:05 ET and questions are accepted between 10:20 AM and 10:55 AM.

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October 2, 2017

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October 2, 2017 – Host, Bob Leins welcomes back Paula S. Jakub, RHU; CEO of The American Foreign Service Protective Association, to the studio to talk about the upcoming 2017 Federal Open Season. Paula is a Subject Matter Expert in Federal Health Insurance and also serves on the adjunct faculty of the Foreign Service Institute.

Join us and gain valuable insight into the Federal Benefits Open Season, and OPM FEHB program initiatives. Topics include:

FEHB Program

  • Benefits and OPM Initiatives
  • Prescription Drugs
  • Access to Care
  • Wellness Programs

Other Programs for Open Season Consideration

  • Federal Employees Vision and Dental Program (FEDVIP)
  • FSAFEDS

For questions or comments, email us in advance at ForYourBenefit@nitpinc.com or call 202-465-3080 this coming Monday. Program begins at 10:05 ET and questions are accepted between 10:20 AM and 10:55 AM.

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]]> https://federalnewsradio.com/for-your-benefit/2017/09/federal-open-season-and-opm-fehb-program-initiatives/feed/ 0 https://federalnewsradio.com/for-your-benefit/2017/09/early-outs-buyouts-a-financial-perspective/ https://federalnewsradio.com/for-your-benefit/2017/09/early-outs-buyouts-a-financial-perspective/#respond Wed, 20 Sep 2017 17:41:56 +0000 https://federalnewsradio.com/?p=1561026 Join our host, Bob Leins, as he welcomes Karen Schaeffer, Certified Financial Planner®, who specializes in financial planning for Federal government employees, to talk about evaluating early outs and buyouts from a financial perspective.
September 25, 2017

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September 25, 2017 – Join our host, Bob Leins, as he welcomes Karen Schaeffer, Certified Financial Planner®, who specializes in financial planning for Federal government employees, to talk about evaluating early outs and buyouts from a financial perspective.

Today’s talk will answer:

  • Who is the ideal candidate for an early out or buy out?
  • What are the mistakes to avoid?
  • Does the 4% spend down rate still apply?
  • How do TSP decisions change with early outs or buy outs?
  • When is it appropriate to spend money from IRAs and other assets?

To ask a question and have it answered during the show. Email us in advance at ForYourBenefit@nitpinc.com or call 202-465-3080 this coming Monday. Program begins at 10:05 ET and questions are accepted between 10:20 AM and 10:55 AM.

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]]> https://federalnewsradio.com/for-your-benefit/2017/09/early-outs-buyouts-a-financial-perspective/feed/ 0 https://federalnewsradio.com/for-your-benefit/2017/09/the-5-pillars-of-healthy-living/ https://federalnewsradio.com/for-your-benefit/2017/09/the-5-pillars-of-healthy-living/#respond Fri, 15 Sep 2017 17:57:31 +0000 https://federalnewsradio.com/?p=1553893 Join our host, Bob Leins, as he welcomes Kari Utz-Wolsky, Nutrition Counselor and Personal Trainer. Kari will focus on identifying five pillars of healthy living and why so many of us are still struggling. What are you missing?
September 18, 2017

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September 18, 2017 – Join our host, Bob Leins, as he welcomes Kari Utz-Wolsky, Nutrition Counselor and Personal Trainer. Kari will focus on identifying five pillars of healthy living and why so many of us are still struggling. What are you missing?

Today’s talk will answer:

  • Could your diet be sabotaging your health goals?
  • Is there more to health than diet and exercise?
  • What should your priorities be so that you feel your best? (Or what can you personally do to improve your own health?)
  • Why don’t you feel rested when you wake?

To ask a question and have it answered during the show. Email us in advance at ForYourBenefit@nitpinc.com or call 202-465-3080 this coming Monday. Program begins at 10:05 ET and questions are accepted between 10:20 AM and 10:55 AM.

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]]> https://federalnewsradio.com/for-your-benefit/2017/09/the-5-pillars-of-healthy-living/feed/ 0 https://federalnewsradio.com/for-your-benefit/2017/09/honoring-honor-flight-network/ https://federalnewsradio.com/for-your-benefit/2017/09/honoring-honor-flight-network/#respond Wed, 06 Sep 2017 20:54:54 +0000 https://federalnewsradio.com/?p=1540399 Join our host, Bob Leins, as he welcomes Colleen Scallion, Dulles Coordinator of the Honor Flight Network to the studio in recognition of Patriot Day.

September 11, 2017

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September 11, 2017 – Join our host, Bob Leins, as he welcomes Colleen Scallion, Dulles Coordinator of the Honor Flight Network to the studio in recognition of Patriot Day. Patriot Day is a call to remember the service of our military and first responders as well as a remembrance of those who gave their all. We want to highlight this very important organization that does that on a regular basis.

The Honor Flight Network recognizes the sacrifice our World War II, Korean, and Vietnam War veterans have made to this country.

Honor Flight Mission: To transport America’s Veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit those memorials dedicated to honor the service and sacrifices of themselves, their families and their friends.

Today’s discussion will include:

  • What is Honor Flight Network?
  • How did it begin?
  • How does it work?
  • Who does it serve?
  • How can you get involved?

To ask a question and have it answered during the show, email us in advance at ForYourBenefit@nitpinc.com or call 202-465-3080 this coming Monday. Program begins at 10:05 ET and questions are accepted between 10:20 AM and 10:55 AM.

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]]> https://federalnewsradio.com/for-your-benefit/2017/09/honoring-honor-flight-network/feed/ 0 https://federalnewsradio.com/for-your-benefit/2017/08/understanding-the-medicare-program-2/ https://federalnewsradio.com/for-your-benefit/2017/08/understanding-the-medicare-program-2/#respond Wed, 30 Aug 2017 20:08:41 +0000 https://federalnewsradio.com/?p=1529383 Host Bob Leins and co-host Ray Kirk, Federal Benefits Specialist, welcome David Santana from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to the studio. September 4, 2017

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September 4, 2017 – Host Bob Leins and co-host Ray Kirk, Federal Benefits Specialist, welcome David Santana from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to the studio.

  • Understand the basics of the Medicare program
  • Recognize the parts of Medicare and coverage choices
  • Evaluate the cost of enrolling in Medicare and premium payments
  • Summarize the choices to make an informed Medicare enrollment decision

To ask a question and have it answered during the show, email us in advance at ForYourBenefit@nitpinc.com or call 202-465-3080 this coming Monday. Program begins at 10:05 ET and questions are accepted between 10:20 AM and 10:55 AM.

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]]> https://federalnewsradio.com/for-your-benefit/2017/08/understanding-the-medicare-program-2/feed/ 0 https://federalnewsradio.com/for-your-benefit/2017/08/grand-parenting-and-hobbies-for-retirement/ https://federalnewsradio.com/for-your-benefit/2017/08/grand-parenting-and-hobbies-for-retirement/#respond Wed, 23 Aug 2017 19:20:12 +0000 https://federalnewsradio.com/?p=1520441 Host Bob Leins welcomes Michael Creedon, D.S.W. Gerontologist, and expert on transitioning to retirement, to talk about the roles of Grandparent and Hobbyist in retirement.
August 28, 2017

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August 28, 2017 – Host Bob Leins welcomes Michael Creedon, D.S.W. Gerontologist, and expert on transitioning to retirement, to talk about the roles of Grandparent and Hobbyist in retirement. There are 70 million grandparents in the USA today. One-third of people over age 30 are grandparents. Today’s topics include:

  • The role of a grandparent
  • Categories of grandparents
  • How family affects grand-parenting
  • A warning for grandparents
  • Finding balance in the grand-parenting role
  • What happens when expectations are not being realized (both sides)
  • Hobbies as a bridge to retirement
  • How to find the hobby that is right for you

For questions or comments, email us in advance at ForYourBenefit@nitpinc.com or call 202-465-3080 this coming Monday. Program begins at 10:05 ET and questions are accepted between 10:20 AM and 10:55 AM.

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August 21, 2017

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Join hosts, Bob Leins and Tammy Flanagan, Senior Benefits Director at NITP, as they discuss an important subject: Survivor Benefits. Do you know what will happen to your family’s finances when you’re not here? Have you re-evaluated your life insurance lately? What if you are married and your spouse dies first… how will you be affected? Today’s show will focus on these important questions and more.

During Employment

  • Beneficiary designations
  • Life Insurance
  • CSRS and FERS “death in service” benefits
  • Family health benefits

Pre-Retirement

  • CSRS and FERS retirement elections
    • Spouse
    • Former Spouse
    • Single
    • Insurable Interest
  • Life insurance elections
  • Health benefits coverage for your spouse
  • TSP distributions
  • Electing Social Security benefits

Post-Retirement

  • Reporting a death to OPM
  • TSP payout
  • Social Security widow and widower benefits

For questions or comments, email us in advance at ForYourBenefit@nitpinc.com or call 202-465-3080 this coming Monday. Program begins at 10:05 ET and questions are accepted between 10:20 AM and 10:55 AM.

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]]> https://federalnewsradio.com/for-your-benefit/2017/08/survivor-benefits/feed/ 0 https://federalnewsradio.com/for-your-benefit/2017/08/unique-topics-in-estate-planning/ https://federalnewsradio.com/for-your-benefit/2017/08/unique-topics-in-estate-planning/#respond Wed, 09 Aug 2017 17:48:00 +0000 https://federalnewsradio.com/?p=1502184 Host Bob Leins welcomes Marc Levine, Esquire, to the studio to talk about unique topics in estate planning.
August 14, 2017

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Host Bob Leins welcomes Marc Levine, Esquire, to the studio to discuss unique topics in estate planning.

  • Potential changes in Estate Tax Law; inheritances, estate tax exemption amounts that could change with “tax reform” – An Update
  • What is probate and how to avoid it
  • Estate and income tax issues for US Citizens living abroad with a non-citizen spouse
  • Are Your Kids Ready for College – Powers of Attorney and Health Care Directives for your “New” Adults
  • Retirement and Relocation – Issues affecting your estate planning documents when you move across state lines.

For questions or comments, email us in advance at ForYourBenefit@nitpinc.com or call 202-465-3080 this coming Monday. Program begins at 10:05 ET and questions are accepted between 10:20 AM and 10:55 AM.

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]]> https://federalnewsradio.com/for-your-benefit/2017/08/unique-topics-in-estate-planning/feed/ 0 https://federalnewsradio.com/for-your-benefit/2017/08/early-retirementbuyout-be-careful-what-you-wish-for/ https://federalnewsradio.com/for-your-benefit/2017/08/early-retirementbuyout-be-careful-what-you-wish-for/#respond Wed, 02 Aug 2017 18:22:11 +0000 https://federalnewsradio.com/?p=1493243 Host Bob Leins welcomes Maureen Wilkin, Federal Benefits Specialist to talk about early retirement. Remember all that glitters is not gold! Do you understand the possible effects of an early retirement on your benefits or retirement?
August 7, 2017

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August 7, 2017 – Host Bob Leins welcomes Maureen Wilkin, Federal Benefits Specialist to talk about early retirement. Remember all that glitters is not gold! Do you understand the possible effects of an early retirement on your benefits or retirement?

Things to consider:

  • Thrift Savings Plan – Are you at least 55 years of age?
  • FEHB – Do you meet the 5 year rule?
  • FEGLI – Do you meet the more specific 5 year rule?
    • Did you make changes during the recent open season?
  • COLA – FERS at age 62; CSRS at any age
  • FERS Annuity Supplement – Begins at MRA for VERA retirees
    • LEO earnings consideration begins at MRA
  • CSRS Annuity reduction for age if younger than 55 years of age

For questions or comments, email us in advance at ForYourBenefit@nitpinc.com or call 202-465-3080 this coming Monday. Program begins at 10:05 ET and questions are accepted between 10:20 AM and 10:55 AM.

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]]> https://federalnewsradio.com/for-your-benefit/2017/08/early-retirementbuyout-be-careful-what-you-wish-for/feed/ 0 https://federalnewsradio.com/for-your-benefit/2017/07/planning-for-kids-what-happens-when-im-gone/ https://federalnewsradio.com/for-your-benefit/2017/07/planning-for-kids-what-happens-when-im-gone/#respond Thu, 27 Jul 2017 18:27:50 +0000 https://federalnewsradio.com/?p=1485625 Host Bob Leins welcomes Karen Schaeffer, Certified Financial Planner®, who specializes in financial planning for Federal government employees, and Megan Schaeffer, Estate Planning Attorney.
July 31, 2017

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July 31, 2017 – Host Bob Leins welcomes Karen Schaeffer, Certified Financial Planner®, who specializes in financial planning for Federal government employees, and Megan Schaeffer, Estate Planning Attorney.

Today’s show will discuss:

  • What happens if you don’t plan
  • How trusts can protect children
  • Strategies for Blended families
  • The difference between a trustee and guardian
  • How to raise financially responsible adults
  • Essential planning for children with special needs

For questions or comments, email us in advance at ForYourBenefit@nitpinc.com or call 202-465-3080 this coming Monday. Program begins at 10:05 ET and questions are accepted between 10:20 AM and 10:55 AM.

 

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]]> https://federalnewsradio.com/for-your-benefit/2017/07/planning-for-kids-what-happens-when-im-gone/feed/ 0 https://federalnewsradio.com/for-your-benefit/2017/07/are-you-ready-for-retirement/ https://federalnewsradio.com/for-your-benefit/2017/07/are-you-ready-for-retirement/#comments Tue, 18 Jul 2017 17:52:21 +0000 https://federalnewsradio.com/?p=1473328 Host Bob Leins welcomes Michael Townshend, Transition Specialist to the show to talk about the difference between being financially ready and being emotionally and socially ready.
July 24, 2017

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July 24, 2017 – Host Bob Leins welcomes Michael Townshend, Transition Specialist to the show to talk about the difference between being financially ready and being emotionally and socially ready.

  • Why you should be concerned about the social and emotional aspects of retirement
  • Why being financially secure isn’t enough
  • Why you should think about how you will fill your time before you retire
  • What being “socially ready” for retirement really means
  • Suggested resources for more information

For questions or comments, email us in advance at ForYourBenefit@nitpinc.com or call 202-465-3080 this coming Monday. Program begins at 10:05 ET and questions are accepted between 10:20 AM and 10:55 AM.

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]]> https://federalnewsradio.com/for-your-benefit/2017/07/are-you-ready-for-retirement/feed/ 1 https://federalnewsradio.com/for-your-benefit/2017/07/social-security-where-its-been-where-it-is-now-where-its-going/ https://federalnewsradio.com/for-your-benefit/2017/07/social-security-where-its-been-where-it-is-now-where-its-going/#respond Wed, 12 Jul 2017 14:29:54 +0000 https://federalnewsradio.com/?p=1465624 Host Bob Leins and co-host John Elliott welcome Lester Austin, Retired Senior Public Affairs Specialist with the Social Security Administration, to talk about where Social Security has been, where it is now, and where it’s going in the future.
October 9, 2017

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October 9, 2017 – Host Bob Leins and co-host John Elliott welcome Lester Austin, Retired Senior Public Affairs Specialist with the Social Security Administration, to talk about where Social Security has been, where it is now, and where it’s going in the future.

Social security is sometimes an overwhelming topic for federal employees. Many of them tackle it head-on but far too many seem to avoid thinking about it!

The questions we hear most often are:

  • When should I claim my SSA benefit?
  • I understand that it may be possible to file a restricted application. What is a “restricted application” and what are the requirements to file a “restricted application?”
  • If I am receiving a Social Security benefit based on a former spouse’s earnings, can I delay my own benefit until 70 years of age?
  • Does the FERS annuity supplement affect my Social Security benefit and how is it taxed?
  • Please explain the dual entitlement rule.

For questions or comments, email us in advance at ForYourBenefit@nitpinc.com or call 202-465-3080 this coming Monday. Program begins at 10:05 ET and questions are accepted between 10:20 AM and 10:55 AM.

 

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]]> https://federalnewsradio.com/for-your-benefit/2017/07/social-security-where-its-been-where-it-is-now-where-its-going/feed/ 0 https://federalnewsradio.com/for-your-benefit/2017/07/an-educational-discussion-on-long-term-care/ https://federalnewsradio.com/for-your-benefit/2017/07/an-educational-discussion-on-long-term-care/#respond Thu, 06 Jul 2017 18:27:54 +0000 https://federalnewsradio.com/?p=1458492 Host Bob Leins welcomes Dave Love, CLU, CLTC with The Love Financial Group to the studio for an educational discussion about long term care. Morningstar investment analysts' research shows that approximately 70% of Americans over age 65 will become cognitively impaired or unable to complete the activities of daily living. Baron’s says the average need for LTC is almost four years for women and just under two and a half years for men.
July 10, 2017

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July 10, 2017 – Host Bob Leins welcomes Dave Love, CLU, CLTC with The Love Financial Group to the studio for an educational discussion about long term care. Morningstar investment analysts’ research shows that approximately 70% of Americans over age 65 will become cognitively impaired or unable to complete the activities of daily living. Baron’s says the average need for LTC is almost four years for women and just under two and a half years for men. Today’s discussion will focus on:

  • What is LTC?
  • Why is it a real concern?
  • How does it work?
  • Purchased annuities
  • How is each a benefit to the person(s) covered? How can each potentially not be a benefit?
  • Statistics, tax advantages, Medicare and LTC, and HIPAA regulations
  • Options that will impact premiums

To ask a question and have it answered during the show, email us in advance at ForYourBenefit@nitpinc.com or call 202-465-3080 this coming Monday. Program begins at 10:05 ET and questions are accepted between 10:20 AM and 10:55 AM.

 

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June 19, 2017

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June 19, 2017 – Host Bob Leins and co-host Bob Braunstein welcome Dr. Bill Brantley, Adjunct Faculty at the University of Maryland’s Project Management Center for Excellence. Dr. Brantley also works in the Enterprise Training Division at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (opinions expressed today are his own and do not represent those of USPTO).

The Simply Irresistible Organization was created from research by Josh Bersin (Deloitte) and is an organization with meaningful work, supportive management, fantastic environment, growth opportunities, and trust in leadership.

Dr. Jennifer Deal has been a Generations researcher for over twenty years. She has found that:

  • All generations have similar values, and all generations want respect.
  • Trust matters.
  • Loyalty is contextual and not generational.
  • Everyone wants to learn and be coached.

Five points about Millennials:

  • Millennials work hard and like to hack their work.
  • Millennials strongly want learning and development opportunities.
  • Millennials want to do good and well.
  • Millennials are high-tech and high-touch.
  • Millennials are committed until they are not.

Teaching and training is undergoing significant changes as a response to the learning and development needs of the millennials. Learning and development focused on the different generations is the key to creating the Simply Irresistible Government Agency.

To ask a question and have it answered during the show, email us in advance at ForYourBenefit@nitpinc.com or call 202-465-3080 this coming Monday. Program begins at 10:05 ET and questions are accepted between 10:20 AM and 10:55 AM.

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https://federalnewsradio.com Experience the difference. Thu, 12 Oct 2017 19:56:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Each week, host Mike Causey interviews experts in the federal pay and benefits, health care and retirement community on the issues that matter most to federal employees. For Your Benefit – FederalNewsRadio.com For Your Benefit – FederalNewsRadio.com jziegler@federalnewsradio.com jziegler@federalnewsradio.com (For Your Benefit – FederalNewsRadio.com) © 2015 Federal News Radio Experience the difference. http://federalnewsradio.com/wp-content/uploads/powerpress/fnr_logo_1400.png https://federalnewsradio.com/category/sponsored-content/fyb-archives/ https://federalnewsradio.com/for-your-benefit/2017/09/federal-open-season-and-opm-fehb-program-initiatives/ https://federalnewsradio.com/for-your-benefit/2017/09/federal-open-season-and-opm-fehb-program-initiatives/#respond Thu, 21 Sep 2017 21:13:24 +0000 https://federalnewsradio.com/?p=1562965 Host, Bob Leins welcomes back Paula S. Jakub, RHU; CEO of The American Foreign Service Protective Association, to the studio to talk about the upcoming 2017 Federal Open Season.
October 2, 2017

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October 2, 2017 – Host, Bob Leins welcomes back Paula S. Jakub, RHU; CEO of The American Foreign Service Protective Association, to the studio to talk about the upcoming 2017 Federal Open Season. Paula is a Subject Matter Expert in Federal Health Insurance and also serves on the adjunct faculty of the Foreign Service Institute.

Join us and gain valuable insight into the Federal Benefits Open Season, and OPM FEHB program initiatives. Topics include:

FEHB Program

  • Benefits and OPM Initiatives
  • Prescription Drugs
  • Access to Care
  • Wellness Programs

Other Programs for Open Season Consideration

  • Federal Employees Vision and Dental Program (FEDVIP)
  • FSAFEDS

For questions or comments, email us in advance at ForYourBenefit@nitpinc.com or call 202-465-3080 this coming Monday. Program begins at 10:05 ET and questions are accepted between 10:20 AM and 10:55 AM.

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September 25, 2017

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September 25, 2017 – Join our host, Bob Leins, as he welcomes Karen Schaeffer, Certified Financial Planner®, who specializes in financial planning for Federal government employees, to talk about evaluating early outs and buyouts from a financial perspective.

Today’s talk will answer:

  • Who is the ideal candidate for an early out or buy out?
  • What are the mistakes to avoid?
  • Does the 4% spend down rate still apply?
  • How do TSP decisions change with early outs or buy outs?
  • When is it appropriate to spend money from IRAs and other assets?

To ask a question and have it answered during the show. Email us in advance at ForYourBenefit@nitpinc.com or call 202-465-3080 this coming Monday. Program begins at 10:05 ET and questions are accepted between 10:20 AM and 10:55 AM.

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September 18, 2017

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September 18, 2017 – Join our host, Bob Leins, as he welcomes Kari Utz-Wolsky, Nutrition Counselor and Personal Trainer. Kari will focus on identifying five pillars of healthy living and why so many of us are still struggling. What are you missing?

Today’s talk will answer:

  • Could your diet be sabotaging your health goals?
  • Is there more to health than diet and exercise?
  • What should your priorities be so that you feel your best? (Or what can you personally do to improve your own health?)
  • Why don’t you feel rested when you wake?

To ask a question and have it answered during the show. Email us in advance at ForYourBenefit@nitpinc.com or call 202-465-3080 this coming Monday. Program begins at 10:05 ET and questions are accepted between 10:20 AM and 10:55 AM.

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]]> https://federalnewsradio.com/for-your-benefit/2017/09/the-5-pillars-of-healthy-living/feed/ 0 https://federalnewsradio.com/for-your-benefit/2017/09/honoring-honor-flight-network/ https://federalnewsradio.com/for-your-benefit/2017/09/honoring-honor-flight-network/#respond Wed, 06 Sep 2017 20:54:54 +0000 https://federalnewsradio.com/?p=1540399 Join our host, Bob Leins, as he welcomes Colleen Scallion, Dulles Coordinator of the Honor Flight Network to the studio in recognition of Patriot Day.

September 11, 2017

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September 11, 2017 – Join our host, Bob Leins, as he welcomes Colleen Scallion, Dulles Coordinator of the Honor Flight Network to the studio in recognition of Patriot Day. Patriot Day is a call to remember the service of our military and first responders as well as a remembrance of those who gave their all. We want to highlight this very important organization that does that on a regular basis.

The Honor Flight Network recognizes the sacrifice our World War II, Korean, and Vietnam War veterans have made to this country.

Honor Flight Mission: To transport America’s Veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit those memorials dedicated to honor the service and sacrifices of themselves, their families and their friends.

Today’s discussion will include:

  • What is Honor Flight Network?
  • How did it begin?
  • How does it work?
  • Who does it serve?
  • How can you get involved?

To ask a question and have it answered during the show, email us in advance at ForYourBenefit@nitpinc.com or call 202-465-3080 this coming Monday. Program begins at 10:05 ET and questions are accepted between 10:20 AM and 10:55 AM.

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]]> https://federalnewsradio.com/for-your-benefit/2017/09/honoring-honor-flight-network/feed/ 0 https://federalnewsradio.com/for-your-benefit/2017/08/understanding-the-medicare-program-2/ https://federalnewsradio.com/for-your-benefit/2017/08/understanding-the-medicare-program-2/#respond Wed, 30 Aug 2017 20:08:41 +0000 https://federalnewsradio.com/?p=1529383 Host Bob Leins and co-host Ray Kirk, Federal Benefits Specialist, welcome David Santana from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to the studio. September 4, 2017

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September 4, 2017 – Host Bob Leins and co-host Ray Kirk, Federal Benefits Specialist, welcome David Santana from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to the studio.

  • Understand the basics of the Medicare program
  • Recognize the parts of Medicare and coverage choices
  • Evaluate the cost of enrolling in Medicare and premium payments
  • Summarize the choices to make an informed Medicare enrollment decision

To ask a question and have it answered during the show, email us in advance at ForYourBenefit@nitpinc.com or call 202-465-3080 this coming Monday. Program begins at 10:05 ET and questions are accepted between 10:20 AM and 10:55 AM.

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]]> https://federalnewsradio.com/for-your-benefit/2017/08/understanding-the-medicare-program-2/feed/ 0 https://federalnewsradio.com/for-your-benefit/2017/08/grand-parenting-and-hobbies-for-retirement/ https://federalnewsradio.com/for-your-benefit/2017/08/grand-parenting-and-hobbies-for-retirement/#respond Wed, 23 Aug 2017 19:20:12 +0000 https://federalnewsradio.com/?p=1520441 Host Bob Leins welcomes Michael Creedon, D.S.W. Gerontologist, and expert on transitioning to retirement, to talk about the roles of Grandparent and Hobbyist in retirement.
August 28, 2017

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August 28, 2017 – Host Bob Leins welcomes Michael Creedon, D.S.W. Gerontologist, and expert on transitioning to retirement, to talk about the roles of Grandparent and Hobbyist in retirement. There are 70 million grandparents in the USA today. One-third of people over age 30 are grandparents. Today’s topics include:

  • The role of a grandparent
  • Categories of grandparents
  • How family affects grand-parenting
  • A warning for grandparents
  • Finding balance in the grand-parenting role
  • What happens when expectations are not being realized (both sides)
  • Hobbies as a bridge to retirement
  • How to find the hobby that is right for you

For questions or comments, email us in advance at ForYourBenefit@nitpinc.com or call 202-465-3080 this coming Monday. Program begins at 10:05 ET and questions are accepted between 10:20 AM and 10:55 AM.

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August 21, 2017

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Join hosts, Bob Leins and Tammy Flanagan, Senior Benefits Director at NITP, as they discuss an important subject: Survivor Benefits. Do you know what will happen to your family’s finances when you’re not here? Have you re-evaluated your life insurance lately? What if you are married and your spouse dies first… how will you be affected? Today’s show will focus on these important questions and more.

During Employment

  • Beneficiary designations
  • Life Insurance
  • CSRS and FERS “death in service” benefits
  • Family health benefits

Pre-Retirement

  • CSRS and FERS retirement elections
    • Spouse
    • Former Spouse
    • Single
    • Insurable Interest
  • Life insurance elections
  • Health benefits coverage for your spouse
  • TSP distributions
  • Electing Social Security benefits

Post-Retirement

  • Reporting a death to OPM
  • TSP payout
  • Social Security widow and widower benefits

For questions or comments, email us in advance at ForYourBenefit@nitpinc.com or call 202-465-3080 this coming Monday. Program begins at 10:05 ET and questions are accepted between 10:20 AM and 10:55 AM.

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August 14, 2017

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Host Bob Leins welcomes Marc Levine, Esquire, to the studio to discuss unique topics in estate planning.

  • Potential changes in Estate Tax Law; inheritances, estate tax exemption amounts that could change with “tax reform” – An Update
  • What is probate and how to avoid it
  • Estate and income tax issues for US Citizens living abroad with a non-citizen spouse
  • Are Your Kids Ready for College – Powers of Attorney and Health Care Directives for your “New” Adults
  • Retirement and Relocation – Issues affecting your estate planning documents when you move across state lines.

For questions or comments, email us in advance at ForYourBenefit@nitpinc.com or call 202-465-3080 this coming Monday. Program begins at 10:05 ET and questions are accepted between 10:20 AM and 10:55 AM.

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]]> https://federalnewsradio.com/for-your-benefit/2017/08/unique-topics-in-estate-planning/feed/ 0 https://federalnewsradio.com/for-your-benefit/2017/08/early-retirementbuyout-be-careful-what-you-wish-for/ https://federalnewsradio.com/for-your-benefit/2017/08/early-retirementbuyout-be-careful-what-you-wish-for/#respond Wed, 02 Aug 2017 18:22:11 +0000 https://federalnewsradio.com/?p=1493243 Host Bob Leins welcomes Maureen Wilkin, Federal Benefits Specialist to talk about early retirement. Remember all that glitters is not gold! Do you understand the possible effects of an early retirement on your benefits or retirement?
August 7, 2017

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August 7, 2017 – Host Bob Leins welcomes Maureen Wilkin, Federal Benefits Specialist to talk about early retirement. Remember all that glitters is not gold! Do you understand the possible effects of an early retirement on your benefits or retirement?

Things to consider:

  • Thrift Savings Plan – Are you at least 55 years of age?
  • FEHB – Do you meet the 5 year rule?
  • FEGLI – Do you meet the more specific 5 year rule?
    • Did you make changes during the recent open season?
  • COLA – FERS at age 62; CSRS at any age
  • FERS Annuity Supplement – Begins at MRA for VERA retirees
    • LEO earnings consideration begins at MRA
  • CSRS Annuity reduction for age if younger than 55 years of age

For questions or comments, email us in advance at ForYourBenefit@nitpinc.com or call 202-465-3080 this coming Monday. Program begins at 10:05 ET and questions are accepted between 10:20 AM and 10:55 AM.

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]]> https://federalnewsradio.com/for-your-benefit/2017/08/early-retirementbuyout-be-careful-what-you-wish-for/feed/ 0 https://federalnewsradio.com/for-your-benefit/2017/07/planning-for-kids-what-happens-when-im-gone/ https://federalnewsradio.com/for-your-benefit/2017/07/planning-for-kids-what-happens-when-im-gone/#respond Thu, 27 Jul 2017 18:27:50 +0000 https://federalnewsradio.com/?p=1485625 Host Bob Leins welcomes Karen Schaeffer, Certified Financial Planner®, who specializes in financial planning for Federal government employees, and Megan Schaeffer, Estate Planning Attorney.
July 31, 2017

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July 31, 2017 – Host Bob Leins welcomes Karen Schaeffer, Certified Financial Planner®, who specializes in financial planning for Federal government employees, and Megan Schaeffer, Estate Planning Attorney.

Today’s show will discuss:

  • What happens if you don’t plan
  • How trusts can protect children
  • Strategies for Blended families
  • The difference between a trustee and guardian
  • How to raise financially responsible adults
  • Essential planning for children with special needs

For questions or comments, email us in advance at ForYourBenefit@nitpinc.com or call 202-465-3080 this coming Monday. Program begins at 10:05 ET and questions are accepted between 10:20 AM and 10:55 AM.

 

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July 24, 2017

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July 24, 2017 – Host Bob Leins welcomes Michael Townshend, Transition Specialist to the show to talk about the difference between being financially ready and being emotionally and socially ready.

  • Why you should be concerned about the social and emotional aspects of retirement
  • Why being financially secure isn’t enough
  • Why you should think about how you will fill your time before you retire
  • What being “socially ready” for retirement really means
  • Suggested resources for more information

For questions or comments, email us in advance at ForYourBenefit@nitpinc.com or call 202-465-3080 this coming Monday. Program begins at 10:05 ET and questions are accepted between 10:20 AM and 10:55 AM.

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October 9, 2017

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October 9, 2017 – Host Bob Leins and co-host John Elliott welcome Lester Austin, Retired Senior Public Affairs Specialist with the Social Security Administration, to talk about where Social Security has been, where it is now, and where it’s going in the future.

Social security is sometimes an overwhelming topic for federal employees. Many of them tackle it head-on but far too many seem to avoid thinking about it!

The questions we hear most often are:

  • When should I claim my SSA benefit?
  • I understand that it may be possible to file a restricted application. What is a “restricted application” and what are the requirements to file a “restricted application?”
  • If I am receiving a Social Security benefit based on a former spouse’s earnings, can I delay my own benefit until 70 years of age?
  • Does the FERS annuity supplement affect my Social Security benefit and how is it taxed?
  • Please explain the dual entitlement rule.

For questions or comments, email us in advance at ForYourBenefit@nitpinc.com or call 202-465-3080 this coming Monday. Program begins at 10:05 ET and questions are accepted between 10:20 AM and 10:55 AM.

 

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]]> https://federalnewsradio.com/for-your-benefit/2017/07/social-security-where-its-been-where-it-is-now-where-its-going/feed/ 0 https://federalnewsradio.com/for-your-benefit/2017/07/an-educational-discussion-on-long-term-care/ https://federalnewsradio.com/for-your-benefit/2017/07/an-educational-discussion-on-long-term-care/#respond Thu, 06 Jul 2017 18:27:54 +0000 https://federalnewsradio.com/?p=1458492 Host Bob Leins welcomes Dave Love, CLU, CLTC with The Love Financial Group to the studio for an educational discussion about long term care. Morningstar investment analysts' research shows that approximately 70% of Americans over age 65 will become cognitively impaired or unable to complete the activities of daily living. Baron’s says the average need for LTC is almost four years for women and just under two and a half years for men.
July 10, 2017

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July 10, 2017 – Host Bob Leins welcomes Dave Love, CLU, CLTC with The Love Financial Group to the studio for an educational discussion about long term care. Morningstar investment analysts’ research shows that approximately 70% of Americans over age 65 will become cognitively impaired or unable to complete the activities of daily living. Baron’s says the average need for LTC is almost four years for women and just under two and a half years for men. Today’s discussion will focus on:

  • What is LTC?
  • Why is it a real concern?
  • How does it work?
  • Purchased annuities
  • How is each a benefit to the person(s) covered? How can each potentially not be a benefit?
  • Statistics, tax advantages, Medicare and LTC, and HIPAA regulations
  • Options that will impact premiums

To ask a question and have it answered during the show, email us in advance at ForYourBenefit@nitpinc.com or call 202-465-3080 this coming Monday. Program begins at 10:05 ET and questions are accepted between 10:20 AM and 10:55 AM.

 

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June 19, 2017

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June 19, 2017 – Host Bob Leins and co-host Bob Braunstein welcome Dr. Bill Brantley, Adjunct Faculty at the University of Maryland’s Project Management Center for Excellence. Dr. Brantley also works in the Enterprise Training Division at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (opinions expressed today are his own and do not represent those of USPTO).

The Simply Irresistible Organization was created from research by Josh Bersin (Deloitte) and is an organization with meaningful work, supportive management, fantastic environment, growth opportunities, and trust in leadership.

Dr. Jennifer Deal has been a Generations researcher for over twenty years. She has found that:

  • All generations have similar values, and all generations want respect.
  • Trust matters.
  • Loyalty is contextual and not generational.
  • Everyone wants to learn and be coached.

Five points about Millennials:

  • Millennials work hard and like to hack their work.
  • Millennials strongly want learning and development opportunities.
  • Millennials want to do good and well.
  • Millennials are high-tech and high-touch.
  • Millennials are committed until they are not.

Teaching and training is undergoing significant changes as a response to the learning and development needs of the millennials. Learning and development focused on the different generations is the key to creating the Simply Irresistible Government Agency.

To ask a question and have it answered during the show, email us in advance at ForYourBenefit@nitpinc.com or call 202-465-3080 this coming Monday. Program begins at 10:05 ET and questions are accepted between 10:20 AM and 10:55 AM.

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June 12, 2017

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June 12, 2017 – Host Bob Leins and co-host John Elliott welcome Tom Fox, Vice President of Leadership and Innovation for Partnership for Public Service, a non-profit, nonpartisan organization that strives for a more effective government for the American people.

Despite the lean times that lie ahead, the great challenges facing our nation and the need for more effective government call out for investing in the development of leaders. Many executives are too busy to consider ongoing professional development, but the most effective executives recognize that continuous learning is essential to high performance.

  • According to our “Best Places to Work in the Federal Government” results, leadership is the most important factor influencing federal agency performance and government effectiveness.
  • While Best Places to Work effective leadership scores rose between 2015 (51.6) and 2016 (53), effective leadership has continuously been one of the lowest-rated workplace categories.
  • Best in class private-sector organizations understand that improved employee engagement leads to better performance and improved outcomes.
  • The most significant investment in leadership development should be the time current leaders are spending developing an agency’s future leaders. This is one area that won’t require new appropriations, but will require a renewed commitment on the part of senior leadership.

Today’s discussion will also include tips for supporting leadership development.

To ask a question and have it answered during the show, email us in advance at ForYourBenefit@nitpinc.com or call 202-465-3080 this coming Monday. Program begins at 10:05 ET and questions are accepted between 10:20 AM and 10:55 AM.

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https://federalnewsradio.com Experience the difference. Thu, 12 Oct 2017 19:56:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Each week, host Mike Causey interviews experts in the federal pay and benefits, health care and retirement community on the issues that matter most to federal employees. Tom Temin Federal Drive – FederalNewsRadio.com Tom Temin Federal Drive – FederalNewsRadio.com jziegler@federalnewsradio.com jziegler@federalnewsradio.com (Tom Temin Federal Drive – FederalNewsRadio.com) © 2015 Federal News Radio Experience the difference. http://federalnewsradio.com/wp-content/uploads/powerpress/fnr_logo_1400.png https://federalnewsradio.com/category/tom-temin-federal-drive/ https://federalnewsradio.com/federal-drive/2017/10/joseph-petrillo-appealing-to-a-contracting-officer-can-be-problematic/ https://federalnewsradio.com/federal-drive/2017/10/joseph-petrillo-appealing-to-a-contracting-officer-can-be-problematic/#respond Thu, 12 Oct 2017 13:22:24 +0000 https://federalnewsradio.com/?p=1592607 Short of protesting a contract award to a competitor, there's nothing a contractor can do when it gets a bad performance rating.

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Short of protesting a contract award to a competitor, there’s nothing a contractor can do when it gets a bad performance rating. Well, not quite. But remedies beyond appealing to the contracting officer can turn into a bureaucratic donnybrook. For more, Federal Drive with Tom Temin turns to Joseph Petrillo, a procurement attorney with Petrillo and Powell and a consultant for his new blog, Patterns of Procurement.

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It’s no secret, a lot of appointed policy and management jobs remain vacant for the Trump administration. One glaring example is the Office of Personnel Management. It even had an acting director for the last year of the Obama administration. Now there’s an OPM nominee at least one employee group can get behind. The nominee is Jeff Tien Han Pon. Renee Johnson, national president of the Federal Managers Association, tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin why he’s the right man for the job.

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A small part of Northern Command has Army troops across the U.S and its territories. At one end they’re helping with the hurricane cleanup in Puerto Rico. At the other end, they’re helping put out wildfires in the West. U.S. Army North has a short roster of permanent billets, but big leverage when help is needed. At this week’s Association of the U.S. Army convention in Washington, Federal Drive with Tom Temin caught up with Army North’s commander, Brig. Gen. John Hashem.

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  • Thrift Savings Plan participants are one step closer to seeing more flexibilities with their retirement plan. The House passed the TSP Modernization Act. The bill lets participants make multiple age-based and post-separation withdrawals from the TSP. The bill now goes to the full Senate for a vote. (National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association)
  • Defense Undersecretary for Acquisition, Technology and Loggistics Ellen Lord wants to cut DoD’s contract delivery time by 50 percent. The initiative is part of the Pentagon’s mandate to split its acquisition office. Lord said DoD will cut contracting time by drawing on existing authorities and simplifying the acquisition process. (Federal News Radio)
  • Kay Kapoor, the president of AT&T Government Solutions is resigning. Multiple sources confirmed to Federal News Radio that Kapoor is leaving after more than four years on the job. Sources said Xavier Williams, a long-time AT&T executive, will replace Kapoor. Williams has been with AT&T since 1990, and spent the last seven months as president of business operations. Kapoor also has worked at Accenture, ITT and Lockheed Martin during her career. It’s unclear what Kapoor will do next. (Federal News Radio)
  • President Donald Trump nominated Kirstjen Nielson, now his deputy chief of staff, to be the next secretary of the Homeland Security Department. Nielson has been there before. She was John Kelly’s chief of staff when he was secretary, before Kelly moved to the White House. Nielson was a special assistant to President George W. Bush. She also had a stint at the Transportation Security Administration as its legislative policy and government affairs chief. (Associated Press)
  • After multiple security breaches, Acting Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Kent Rochford pledged improved physical security at NIST facilities. He told Congress he was leading a culture change at the agency. Rochford said the agency recently completed a security sprint and was working with leadership on employee training efforts. (Federal News Radio)
  • Defense Department officials told Congress the agency can handle its own security clearances. They cited DoD’s already mature continuous evaluation and insider threat programs, which they said could serve as the base system for doing background checks of defense personnel. There is a chance the Pentagon will get that responsibility back in the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act. (Federal News Radio)
  • The Justice Department charged Issac Avant, former chief of staff for Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), with lying on a security clearance form. Avant did not file tax returns between 2008 and 2012. He then failed to mention that when filling out a Standard Form 86 when he was given a position with the House Homeland Security Committee. (Department of Justice)
  • A former congressional staffer pleaded guilty for his role in a scheme to use money from a charity to pay for his personal expenses and his boss’ campaign. According to the Justice Department, Jason Posey, aide to former Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas), illegally funneled $15,000 of charitable proceeds into Stockman’s campaign bank account, then lied to the Federal Election Commission about it. (Department of Justice)
  • The Veterans Affairs Department stepped back a proposal to suspend a 50-year-old ethics law. The law, first passed in 1966, requires VA to fire any employee who also works for a school whose students receive VA benefits. The department had planned to completely stop enforcing that requirement by next Monday, since some of its employees also work as adjunct professors at for-profit colleges. But it abruptly walked back the regulatory change on Wednesday after complaints from veterans groups who said the waivers should only be granted on a case-by-case basis. (Federal News Radio)

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They support operations. They house families. They store everything a big army might need. Now the Army is rethinking its facilities. Leading the effort is Randy Robinson, the acting assistant Army secretary for installations, environment and energy. Federal Drive with Tom Temin spoke with him about the installation of the future at the Association of the U.S. Army convention in Washington,

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A strong, statutory framework exists for transitions. It was strengthened by the Presidential Transitions Improvement Act of 2015. Against this backdrop, GAO looked carefully at the most recent transition.

Some things the incoming Trump team did do:

  • Signed memorandums of agreement with the Obama administration and the General Services Administration. These covered access to federal personnel, changes to the transition team, and use of GSA offices and its help.
  • Provided a legally required report, 30 days after inauguration, on its transition fundraising. It raised $6.5 million in private funds to augment the $7 million provided by the government.
  • Made public the names and funding sources of so-called landing team members. Those are the groups that do advance work at agencies ahead of inauguration.
  • Had transition members sign codes of ethical conduct barring conflicts of interest and use of government information. But the transition team did not name an ethics oversight official.
  • Had President Trump himself deliver a financial disclosure report to the Office of Government Ethics (in June) covering 2016.
  • Followed required travel procedures during the transition period.
  • Made 60 calls between either President-elect Trump or Vice President-elect Michael Pence to foreign leaders during transition. Before its first inauguration, the Obama-Biden team made 70.

The GAO report describes the constitutional ban on foreign gifts, but makes no comment on whether an “emolument” violation has occurred.

Some things the Trump transition or President Trump himself did not do:

  • Establish a blind trust for the president’s assets or “limiting investments to non-conflicting assets.”
  • Give OGE appointees’ financial information so it, OGE, could conduct blind reviews, not knowing the person’s name or affiliation.
  • As noted, appoint an independent overseer of team members’ ethics practices. But it had brought in an outside ethics adviser, Stefan Passatino.
  • Withhold announcements of nominees until after their ethics packages had cleared OGE, a practice the administration later reversed.
  • Respond to GAO auditors’ requests for interviews with administration officials on various components of transition such as legal structure, use of OGE.
  • Do much consulting with OGE or seem to pay a lot of attention to its advice before issuing an executive order on ethics commitments.
  • Spend all of the federal money available for transition. The transition spent only 45 percent of the $7 million provided, plus presumably the $6.5 million it raised on its own.

The report states clearly that certain ethical strictures do not apply to the president or, in some cases, to the vice president. It also points out since OGE has advised incoming presidents for many years, it’s probably best if they act as if all the rules applied to them. GAO provides many more facts. But reading with my unpracticed eye, I don’t get a clear picture. Ethical? Unethical?

This report shows GAO in “just the fact, ma’am” mode. It’s neither a guide to impeachment, nor an endorsement of unimpeachable rectitude. If you’re looking for one or the other, you’ll have to keep looking.

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Recruitment and retention challenges are big ones for the government trying to maintain continuity. Fresh research by Deloitte and the Senior Executives Association shows many federal executives feel don’t trust the systems in place to develop and keep talent. To discuss highlights and how agencies can better invest in senior leadership, Federal News Radio’s Eric White speaks with Margot Conrad, director of Education and Outreach at the Partnership for Public Service, on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

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The Army is preparing to grow for the second year in a row. But like all federal departments, it’s dealing with budget stops and starts. And it’s operating in a world situation you might say is a bit unstable. The human side of the Army is in large measure the responsibility of Lt. Gen. Thomas Seamands, the deputy chief of staff. At the Association of the U.S. Army convention in Washington, Federal Drive with Tom Temin asked Seamands about the challenges of uncertainty.

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  • A second investigation into Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin’s travels has been launched by the agency’s inspector general. CNNMoney reports Treasury’s IG Counsel Rich Delmar said their office is requesting more records after it was discovered Treasury had not given all the details about a trip Mnuchin took to Trump Tower in New York back in August. The trip cost taxpayers $15,000. (CNNMoney)
  • The Trump-Pence transition team didn’t spend any of its $1 million for political appointee orientation and still has more than $4 million in transition funding to use. The Government Accountability Office’s review found the team met some of the requirements of the Presidential Transitions Act. But it only implemented some of the recommendations from the Office of Government Ethics. Most notably, the transition team did not have a dedicated government ethics expert to reduce the ethical risk for incoming officials. (Government Accountability Office)
  • The Office of Government Ethics has reminded agency leaders they’re supposed to be good role models of government ethics. Acting OGE Director David Apol said he’s concerned actions from agency leaders are harming the public’s perception of government ethics. Apol’s memo to management includes suggestions for better promoting an ethical culture. (Office of Government Ethics)
  • A report from the Government Accountability Office said the Energy Department and NASA need to work together to improve the process for producing a particular kind of plutonium isotope, used for space travel. The report said NASA has enough plutonium-238 to last it for the next few years. But DoE faces many technical hurdles to reaching the goal of producing 1.5 kilograms of Pu-238 a year by 2025. (Government Accountability Office)
  • It looks like 2018 will be a big contracting year for the Defense Department. Agencies are expected once again to spend more on procurement this fiscal year. Market research firm Deltek estimates federal contract spending could top $500 billion in 2018. This would be the first time since 2012 that agencies reached the half-trillion mark. Government contractors will be following the money to the Defense Department. Deltek said DoD opportunities account for about 71 percent of all expected procurement actions this year. The firm also estimates that 91 percent of all contracts will be follow-on opportunities.
  • More than 110 lawmakers want to know who advised President Donald Trump on his military transgender ban. Since the ban was announced in July, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft and Navy Secretary Richard Spencer have spoken out against it. The lawmakers want any documents or transcripts relating to the ban. (Federal News Radio)
  • More fallout from the collision involving the Navy’s destroyer USS John McCain. The service has fired the ship’s commanding officer Cmdr. Alfredo Sanchez, and executive officer Cmdr. Jessie Sanchez (no relation). The Navy said both were relieved due to loss of confidence, and that the collision was preventable. (Navy)
  • A small Army unit is ensuring military help reaches domestic disaster zones. Army North has only 350 permanent billets. But it works through Northern Command and the Joint Staff to secure troops when called for by FEMA or a state governor. Its commander, Brig. Gen. John Hasham, said Army North now has soldiers working from hurricane-damaged Puerto Rico to the Umpqua region of Oregon, where they’re fighting fires. Hasham said Army North has planners in each of FEMA’s 10 regions.
  • A search commission has been set up by the Veterans Affairs Department to find candidates for its undersecretary for benefits position. The position does require Senate confirmation. The candidate should have experience managing programs of a similar size and scope to the Veterans Benefits Administration. (Department of Veterans Affairs)

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After an exhaustive, months-long review, the Army has arrived at a seven-point plan to fix its tactical IT network, with focus areas ranging from better policing of requirements, to a more coordinated oversight process, to enforcing Army-wide technology standards and a rapid “adapt and buy” approach to acquiring new equipment.

In many cases, the technology the Army has been fielding to its combat formations of late is based on requirements from more than 10 years ago, when the military was heavily engaged in fights with low-tech adversaries, and considerations about interoperability, enemy electronic attacks and the vulnerability of command posts because of their prominent electromagnetic signatures weren’t seen as of much consequence.

But the network review, presided over by Gen. Mark Milley, the Army chief of staff, put into stark relief the degree to which the world has changed in the intervening decade. When it comes to cyber and electronic warfare, the Army no longer talks about potential fights against “near peers.” It’s subtracted the word “near” from the conversation about some of its potential adversaries, who in some ways already outmatch its own capabilities and defenses.

“We’ve concluded that our tactical network, in its current state, will not work in a highly mobile, contested fight against a peer adversary,” Lt. Gen. Bruce Crawford, the Army’s chief information officer, told reporters at the Association of the U.S. Army’s annual conference in Washington this week. “And strategically, my greater concern is our inability to capitalize on technical advancements in our current processes. Addressing this issue cannot wait. The urgency of now is upon us.”

In that spirit, the Army is hoping for at least a few “quick wins” over the next 12 months while it lays the foundation for what a more secure and sustainable network architecture might actually look like. Crawford calls it a 16-year problem in need of a one-year solution.

For instance, the service plans to focus heavily on reducing its reliance on satellite communications that a sophisticated enemy could jam, including by “thickening” its terrestrial network with more land-based radios, replacing some of the communications equipment that makes up the Army’s WIN-T program with smaller, much more mobile versions of equivalently-capable hardware, and consolidating dozens of different versions of hardware and software used in Army command posts to one single baseline: a vision the Army has been pursuing for years as part of a notion called the “common operating environment.”

“If you go inside a command post today, every one of the warfighting functions — fires, intel, maneuver — they all have their own mapping solution, they all have their own software infrastructure,” said Gary Martin, the Army’s program executive officer for tactical command, control and communications. “They’re all going to use the same mapping, security, login infrastructure, and the first version will go to operational testing in 2018. It will eliminate four of our legacy capabilities.”

By March of next year, the Army also says it will have implemented a new, common, IP-based standard for all of its networks to use when transporting information across networks, something it’s never had before. The new transport layer will apply to both tactical systems and garrison-based ones, and officials argue it will let network defenders do a far better job of fighting off cyber attacks, since they’ll be able to see all of the Army’s networks all at once.

Brig. Gen. James Mingus, the director of the Army’s Mission Command Center of Excellence, said the Army’s network study revealed a spaghetti bowl of disparate networks. At the enterprise level, there were 15 aligned to specific organizations and five more designed for specific functions. At the tactical level, the study found at least 17 more.

“We came up with ways to make that all work because we were in a static environment in Afghanistan and Iraq, but none of it was designed [for interoperability],” he said. “As we go to the future, this is going to let us converge our networks and data centers, go to identity management and a true unified common operating environment.”

Now that the Army is in the process of converging its IT capabilities, it also wants to ensure its networks don’t reblossom with more non-interoperable systems that can’t communicate with one another.

So, effective immediately, the Army has placed severe restrictions on which organizations are allowed to create new requirements for new network capabilities. Going forward, all of those requirements will have to be funneled through the Army Cyber Center of Excellence with an additional sign-off by the Mission Command Center of Excellence.

Above that, the Army has set up a new IT Oversight Council, a new organization chaired by the Army’s vice chief of staff and its undersecretary.

But in the interest of rapid decision making, Crawford said the ITOC would supplant some of the other decision authorities the Army already has in place, rather than simply adding another oversight layer on top of them.

“You need one lead integrator, and we’ve had multiple integrators,” he said. “You’ve got to remember that the warfighting mission area is only one of the four in the Army network. The business, intelligence, and enterprise areas are still work we need to do in the future, and the reason we need one oversight council is that we have a lot of work to do to integrate the other three. It’s about horizontal integration, it’s about one group of decision makers on all things that have to do with the network: resourcing, prioritization and strategy. Right now, there are multiple governance strategies that are going to have to be folded into the ITOC.”

Over the longer term, the Army and the vendors from whom it buys products need to do all they possibly can to shift their thinking away from “programs of record” like WIN-T, the $4.6 billion program that the Army plans to cease spending money on by the end of next year, officials said.

Instead, the mentality should be “standards of record,” a clearly-communicated body of requirements that systems need to meet before they’re allowed to do business on the Army’s network.

“We’re going to halt programs that can’t be sufficiently remedied, we’re going to fix the programs we absolutely have to have in order to be able to fight tonight, and then we’re going to pivot to an adapt-and-buy approach,” Mingus said. “The commercial sector surpassed us a long time ago, and we will never keep up. There’s either joint, commercial or (special operations forces) solutions that are out there and probably meet the majority of our needs. So after you’ve identified a gap, let’s go find it, adapt it and buy it, instead of us going through these long developmental and linear programs.”

If any of the themes involved in the Army’s latest network plan seem familiar, they should.

Many of them, such as promises to bring an enterprise-wide coherence to the service’s requirements process, implement the Common Operating Environment and rely more on commercial technology, have been consistent features of the Army’s public descriptions of its network modernization initiatives since at least 2011.

Asked why those promises are any more believable or achievable now, officials said the Army simply has no option but to adapt.

“I acknowledge many of the basic tenets are exactly the same,” said Maj. Gen. John Morrison, the director of the Cyber Center of Excellence. “But that picture was not threat-informed. We were still trying to bring together all of our programs of record to figure out exactly what it was that we had in our network. There was a point in time where the Army was not even interoperable with itself. That problem is going to get fixed it the next 18 months.”

Right now, the symptoms of the Army’s network dysfunction make the systems it’s been buying obnoxiously difficult for soldiers to use. But the study illuminated for leaders that the same problems could wind up getting a lot of those soldiers killed if the U.S. winds up in a conflict with a nation-state with sophisticated network warfare capabilities, or a proxy that’s enabled and supplied by one.

Some of those realizations were born from a close study of Russia’s capabilities during its incursion into Ukraine.

“When you start to see this kind of threat, it’s a new thing,” Crawford said. “Not only can a peer find you, they can immediately connect that information to a shooter who can destroy you. That’s a game changer on the battlefield. We’ve made some moderate improvements over the years, but they’re not acceptable. It is completely unacceptable based on the threat we currently have and the capability our warfighters deserve today.”

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How much does a question cost?

Thanks to a new online resource from the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE), you can get the answer. CIGIE’s Oversight.gov is a new one-stop shop that brings together the work of 73 federal IG offices, offering stakeholders — and fellow federal auditors — the opportunity to see real-time inspector general reports and recommendations.

“One of the very important benefits of this site is for the public to see what kind of work their watchdogs are doing, because ultimately that’s who we are as 73 inspectors general,” said Michael Horowitz, Justice Department IG and CIGIE chairman, in an interview with Federal News Radio. “We’re there to make sure that taxpayer money is being wisely used, appropriately used, not wasted, and that government programs are being run effectively and efficiently.”

Oversight.gov launched Oct. 1, the first day of fiscal 2018, and notably, the site included information from fiscal 2017. That launch date was chosen on purpose, Horowitz said, so that visitors to the site even on the first day of the fiscal year could see the IG community identified more than $26 billion in potential cost savings for 2017.

“And if they go there today they can see that the new bar graph has started for this fiscal year for the IG community, and we have at this time over $1 million in identified question costs a couple days into the fiscal year,” Horowitz said. “I’m guessing that number will rapidly increase given each year we identify about $20 billion [in cost savings]. I would assume that number will jump substantially as IGs start putting in their reports and start issuing their new fiscal year reports.”

Annual cost savings is just one area highlighted on the site’s front page, along with the number of uploaded reports, and IG recommendations. Horowitz said those focal points were a product of more than a year of planning and development for what the oversight online resource would offer to users.

Horowitz said there are about 6,000 reports and that number will continue to grow as more reports are added.

“The idea of the site is, and this is how it is now working, IGs have committed to when they post a public report on their own website, they will simultaneously post the report to Oversight.gov,” Horowitz said. “And so stakeholders that follow individual IGs will continue to do that, but they’ll also be able to go to this website and see the work of the other IGs that they might not be following regularly where in the past they would have to go to 73 different websites to find.”

The site is less than two weeks old, but Horowitz said plans are already in motion to expand the site.

One of the things CIGIE plans to do in the next few months is to build a new webpage off the site that highlights oversight of disaster assistance.

“That’s something we began at the Council of IGs after [Hurricane] Katrina and continued that through other disaster funding that has occurred, most recently the Sandy funding,” Horowitz said. “And we’ll build a website that will have content on it that allows the public to see how their money’s being used for that disaster assistance and what kind of oversight we and others are providing in that space.”

Horowitz said there is also a new Twitter handle, @oversightgov, which alerts followers when a new report is posted to the site.

A team effort

The idea for the site started a few years ago among Horowitz, CIGIE Vice Chair and National Science Foundation IG Allison Lerner, and then-Postal Service IG David Williams. Horowitz said discussion started about the need to bring together the IG community, so that stakeholders could go to one place and see the work of the 73 inspectors general who publicly issue reports.

In December 2015, during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee hearing, the idea gained momentum, Horowitz said.

“It became a team effort with the Postal Service OIG, which had and has a very strong tech team that had already built the platform we could use and work off of, which led to the building of the guts of the site, the IT architecture of the site, as well as web design along with a working group of IGs that came together to in essence form a steering committee that moved us forward and we plowed ahead,” Horowitz said. “We spent the last 18 months working to build this site, slowly growing as a community in terms of posting information to the site.”

But the path wasn’t without its hurdles. Not having direct appropriations was a challenge for CIGIE, which is why it relied on the Postal Service’s IG tech team for help building the site. Horowitz said another of the first challenges was deciding on “common business terms” for when users came to the site’s dashboard.

“What were they going to see when they typed in ‘Oversight.gov’ and went to that landing page,” Horowitz said. “And then what kind of functionality could we build in to the site that would enable users to do what we want which is to not only see what our reports said and what they found, but also try and understand and appreciate the breadth and scope of the work of the IG community and the kind of work we do across the community. So we wanted to build a landing page that’s laid out in nice, clear ways how much a question costs; in other words how much money did we believe our recommendations found could be saved, if the agencies implemented our recommendations.”

The result is a place where users can read the IG community’s most recent reports, the most reviewed reports, and fine tune their search for a particular topic. Users can even click on a map of the U.S., to highlight reports for a particular state or more localized area.

“In these times when the federal government needs to identify cost savings given the deficits, given what kind of funding restrictions agencies are dealing with and Congress is looking through the appropriations process to figure out which programs to fund and which programs maybe shouldn’t be funded … this is a tool that will allow them to go to the website, one webpage and look and see what programs are working, compare programs to one another. They can type in a search term like ‘opioids,’ in dealing with opioid crisis, and see which IGs have issued reports on those subjects and what they’ve found,” Horowitz said.

In a statement from Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) who was chairman of the subcommittee that heard the Oversight.gov idea, the senator called the website “an important step forward to ensure transparency and accountability in our government.”

“I applaud the council for their commitment to developing this website that will make it easier for the American people to monitor whether federal agencies are operating in an open and efficient manner,” Lankford said in a statement.

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D) who also sat on that subcommittee, said in a statement that the site will make sure federal agencies are “responsive when waste, fraud, and abuse occurs, and that they are working to address outstanding issues.”

“It’s a good day for taxpayers when their government is more accountable and transparent,” Heitkamp said.

Horowitz said aside from stakeholders like the public and policymakers, the inspectors general community is also going to benefit from best practices and lessons learned that are shared through the site.

“What I think is particularly interesting for all of us in the IG community is it allows us to see what our fellow IGs are doing day in and day out,” Horowitz said. “What processes substantively — and process-wise — what their reports look like, what’s the design, what’s the substance. All the things we all want to know about but it wasn’t any more possible for us than it was for the public to follow 73 pages simultaneously.”

Horowitz said the hope is to get more users to the site to get a feel for the opportunity and oversight power it offers, which in turn could drive up support. How dynamic the site is in the future largely depends on funding, Horowtiz said.

“Some of these other things that we’d like to do, like an open recommendations page, and a more dynamic disaster assistance working group page would require greater substantive administration by CIGIE,” Horowitz said, “and right now at least we don’t have the staff to do that.”

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Congress is thinking about federal employees this week. A new House bill is named for a Veterans Affairs Department whistleblower who committed suicide. Another would give bonuses to employees who expose waste. These debates take place against a backdrop of ongoing budget talks. Loren Duggan, editorial director of Bloomberg Government, shares the details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin

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If you fly, you’ve probably noticed how much airport procedures have continuously evolved ever since 9/11. It takes a team to establish innovation in something as complicated as airport passenger screening. Steve Karoly, acting TSA administrator in the Office of Requirements and Capabilities Analysis, tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin about the makeup and mission of the agency’s innovation task force.

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]]> https://federalnewsradio.com/federal-drive/2017/10/steve-karoly-tsas-innovation-task-force-keeps-travelers-moving/feed/ 0 https://federalnewsradio.com/federal-drive/2017/10/matt-weir-irs-enforcement-team-faces-major-challenges/ https://federalnewsradio.com/federal-drive/2017/10/matt-weir-irs-enforcement-team-faces-major-challenges/#respond Tue, 10 Oct 2017 12:48:55 +0000 https://federalnewsradio.com/?p=1589760 In recent years, budges have fluctuated or fallen at the Internal Revenue Service. Now the IRS operating with 400 fewer agents than it had before.

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Internal Revenue Service criminal investigators had their highest annual budget back in 2012. Since then, budgets have fluctuated or fallen. Now it’s operating with 400 fewer agents than it had then. You don’t have to guess what that means. Fewer investigations and fewer recovered dollars for the Treasury. Matt Weir, assistant inspector general for compliance and enforcement operations at the Treasury Inspector General For Tax Administration, joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin with all the details.

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  • The Office of Personnel Management has a new online course to help agency supervisors and managers improve employee engagement and performance. OPM hopes it’s in time to help agencies comply with the performance management requirements in the Office of Management and Budget’s reorganization memo. The course encourages managers to continually talk with their employees about performance goals. (Chief Human Capital Officers Council)
  • The market for federal contracting intelligence is getting a bit smaller. Market research and enterprise services firm Deltek is buying rival Onvia for $70 million. Onvia provides public sector businesses with federal, state and local government contracting leads, including RFPs and future spending data. This is at least Deltek’s ninth acquisition since 2010. (Deltek)
  • Members of the Senate Banking Committee want the Internal Revenue Service to cancel a contract recently awarded to the credit reporting agency Equifax. The company has been in the news lately for revealing a data breach which affected nearly 150 million Americans. In a letter to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, the senators said Equifax cannot be trusted with sensitive information. (Sen. Jon Tester)
  • A big General Services Administration contract has gained a big customer. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is going all in for the OASIS governmentwide professional services vehicles. CMS officials signed a memorandum of understanding with GSA to use both sets of contracts, unrestricted and small business. The unrestricted side of OASIS has 76 contractors. The small business side carries 129 contractors. Together they represent 364 separate contracts. (General Services Administration)
  • National Guard leaders want commanders to assume more risk and allow guardsmen to skip potentially unnecessary training. Guardsmen say they are stretched too thin by ancillary training. Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel Daily said there’s no time to do all the training required and commanders need to decide what is most important. (Federal News Radio)
  • The Army said it’s pushing toward one of its biggest organizational changes in the past 40 years. Army leaders said they intend to stand up a new command in charge of all aspects of how the Army modernizes its equipment by midway through next year. The exact details won’t be ironed out until a newly-appointed task force delivers its recommendations to the secretary of the Army four months from now. But officials said the objective is to consolidate several of the organizations that have a role in acquisition into a single command, with new processes that emphasize feedback from soldiers at the very beginning of the process. (Federal News Radio)
  • Federal IT and acquisition executives continue to shuffle chairs. The Homeland Security Department and the Government Publishing Office are getting new IT executives, while the Veterans Affairs Department will need to hire a new acquisition leader. Barry West has accepted a limited-term Senior Executive Service appointment and became acting deputy chief information officer at DHS. Tracee Boxley loses the acting from her title and is now the permanent CIO for GPO. And Greg Giddens is retiring from VA after 37 years of federal service. Giddens has led the Office of Acquisition, Logistics and Construction since 2015 and has been on detail to the Office of Enterprise Integration since April. (Federal News Radio)
  • The National Institutes of Health is turning to small businesses for help during flu season. NIH issued a market survey to gauge small businesses’ ability to produce more than 18,000 flu vaccines for employees at its main campus in Bethesda, Maryland. Flu vaccines are mandatory for employees and contractors who come into contact with patients and offered to all employees at the NIH campuses. (FedBizOpps)
  • The National Cancer Institute needs a new IT platform for an upcoming cancer study. NCI’s Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics issued a solicitation for a multi-tiered platform to support systems to collect, access, and share data for up to 200,000 patients in the study. (FedBizOpps)

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