Your Turn with Mike Causey

Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey discusses everything of interest to federal employees, from pay, benefits and retirement, to buyouts, COLAs and pay freezes.

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The TSP: Is 2018 going to be a down year?

Your Thrift Savings Plan account has had a rough start this year. The TSP is not performing at its hot 2017 levels, so what's happening and what's going to happen the rest of the year? Washington area financial planner Arthur Stein will answer those questions when he joins host Mike Causey on this week's Your Turn radio show. Listen if you can at 10 a.m EDT on 1500 am in the Washington DC area or online at federalnewsradio.com. It will also be archived on our home page so you can listen anytime. If you have questions for him email them to Mike Causey before air time: mcausey@federalnewsradio.com
00:43:25 4/17/2018

Past Episodes

Many say the thin red line between partisan politicians of both parties and the career civil service is the 9,100 members of the career Senior Executive Service. The SES came out of the Carter administration's effort to revamp the civil service and make top executives more mobile ? and responsive ? to their political bosses. Some SES members belong to the Senior Executives Association which generally works closely with federal professional groups, unions and retiree organizations such as the National Active Retired and Federal Employees Association to protect federal benefits which have been under attack for more than a decade. That includes everything from pay freezes under Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump, to major cuts in the Federal Employee Retirement System. SEA president Bill Valdez is my guest on this episode of Your Turn, a radio show (Wednesday's at 10 a.m. EST) streaming on Federal News Radio or at 1500 AM in the D.C. area.
00:43:21 4/3/2018
We take a look at teleworking on this episode of Your Turn radio show. My guest is Frank Landefeld from MorganFranklin. He's an expert in business development and engagement in federal, state and local governments. Rather than restricting telework, he says, "the federal government needs to make it easier to incorporate flexibility" rather than shrink or restrict it as the Agriculture Department plans to do. Landefeld says the pros of a well-managed, flexible teleworking plan are obvious. "It keeps workers off the roads during the terrible D.C. commute (which applies to other major federal centers) and can reduce the real-estate footprint of the federal government, ultimately saving tax dollars," he said. He also believes agencies should develop A and B schedules for telework policies that would increase productivity and decrease the need for office space. Your Turn airs live at 10 a.m. EDT at www.federalnewsradio.com or on 1500 AM in the D.C. area.
00:43:10 3/27/2018
What are the odds of another shutdown either because of man-made political gridlock or because a late March snowstorm ordered up by Mother Nature? Now that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has been ousted who's next? And what's happening to career employees at the State Department, EPA, Interior and other places who may be deemed as disloyal, or non-team players by their political bosses? What's going on at the Department of Veterans Affairs? Is it in trouble and can it be saved? Federal News Radio correspondents Nicole Ogrysko, Jory Heckman, Eric White and David Thornton talk about the hottest topics on their beats and what may be ahead for active and retired feds. Your Turn airs live at 10 a.m. EDT at www.federalnewsradio.com or on 1500 AM in the D.C. area.
48:55:00 3/20/2018
One of the longest-running bull markets in history is celebrating its ninth birthday this month. So how long can it go? Weeks? Months? Years? And when it does correct ? how low will it go? We asked Arthur Stein, a Washington-area financial planner who tracks the Thrift Savings Plan. He's our guest on this episode of Your Turn, a radio show (Wednesday's at 10 a.m. EST) streaming on Federal News Radio or at 1500 AM in the D.C. area.
00:00:00 3/13/2018
For many years experts have predicted that the government was facing an immediate brain drain. A "retirement tsunami" that would leave Uncle Sam without institutional memory and operating without the help of long-time experts and specialists. But the tsunami hasn't happened. Federal News Radio has been tracking the outflow of government workers on a monthly basis. And the numbers are interesting and surprising to lots of tsunami predictors. Following the November 2016 election and the Inauguration ? both of which were supposed to trigger a mass exodus of feds ? the number of retiring feds actually dropped most months compared to previous years. It was less, not more, than in the past even though 31 percent of the workforce could leave today and 45 percent of the federal workforce will never see age 50 again. While more feds filed for retirement in 2017 than in 2016, the larger retirement surges ?100,000 plus per year ? took place in 2011 through 2014 when the government was undergoing shutdowns, furloughs without pay and three years without the regular statutory January pay raise. Those numbers clearly mean something. The question is what? Federal News Radio reporter Nicole Ogrysko has been tracking the tsunami. She's our guest on this episode of Your Turn with Mike Causey. Your Turn airs Wednesday's 10 a.m. ET at Federal News Radio or WFED 1500 AM.
42:52:00 3/7/2018
In addition to a proposed pay raise freeze in January 2019, the White House and Congress are recommending that Congress do away with cost-of-living adjustments for both current and future retirees under the FERS program, which covers most feds still working. They also want to, among other things, reduce the rate of return on the Thrift Savings Plan's Government Securities Investment (G) fund, and base federal pensions for new retirees on the average of the highest five years of salary instead of the highest three. So what do these proposals mean? What are the odds that any (or all) of them will be enacted into law this year? Or at some point in your career? Jessica Klement, staff vice president, advocacy; and Jill Talley, deputy director, public relations, from the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association discuss. So what do these proposals mean? What are the odds that any (or all) of them will be enacted into law this year? Or at some point during your career? We'll find out when we talk with Jessica Klement, staff vice president, advocacy; and Jill Talley, deputy director, public relations, from the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association on this episode of Your Turn with Mike Causey. Your Turn airs Wednesday's 10 a.m. ET at Federal News Radio or WFED 1500 AM.
00:43:22 2/27/2018
Did the recent stock market nosedive send you moving money from the stock indexed C and S funds into the G fund for safety? If so, was that a smart move? And what's next? Are you waiting, as in sweating, a much bigger correction that many experts say is long overdue? We asked Arthur Stein, a Washington-area financial planner who tracks the Thrift Savings Plan what he thinks is going on. Did the recent stock market nosedive send you moving money from the stock indexed C and S funds into the G fund for safety? If so, was that a smart move? And what's next? Are you waiting, as in sweating, a much bigger correction that many experts say is long overdue? We asked Arthur Stein, a Washington-area financial planner who tracks the Thrift Savings Plan what he thinks is going on. He's our guest on this episode of Your Turn, a radio show (Wednesday's at 10 a.m. EST) streaming on Federal News Radio or at 1500 AM in the D.C. area.
00:43:18 2/20/2018
This week on Your Turn from Federal News Radio, Washington area estate tax attorney Thomas O'Rourke joins host Mike Causey to discuss the 2017 Tax Act and how it affects your tax and estate plan. Topics include: Do I need an estate plan in view of the changes in the estate tax law? If I do need an estate plan, what should be included as part of this estate plan? Wills, trusts, powers of attorney? Does it still make sense to contribute to the TSP? You can listen live at www.federalnewsradio.com or at 1500 AM in the D.C. area. If you have questions for Thomas O'Rourke, send them to me before showtime at: mcausey@federalnewsradio.com.
00:43:08 2/13/2018
Big changes are coming to the Thrift Saving Plan. Kim Weaver, director of External Affairs for the TSP, joins host Mike Causey on this week's Your Turn to talk about the changes, which include making it easier for participants to make withdrawals from their accounts.
00:43:22 2/6/2018
We have a triple-header on this Your Turn radio show. Reporters Jory Heckman and Nicole Ogrysko will talk about plans to decentralize federal operations based in the D.C. area and the outlook for feds in 2018. Morning Drive anchor Tom Temin will give us his take on President Donald Trumps State-of-the-Union address.
00:43:12 1/31/2018

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