For Your Benefit

Initiatives for the 2019 FEHB Program

Host Bob Leins, CPA® and Tammy Flanagan, Senior Benefits Director at NITP, welcome back Paula S. Jakub, RHU; CEO of The American Foreign Service Protective Association, sponsor of the Foreign Service Benefit Plan. Ms. Jakub is a Subject Matter Expert in Federal Health Insurance and serves on the adjunct faculty of the Foreign Service Institute.

Federal Benefits
Social Security/Medicare
Financial Planning
TSP Options
Tax Planning
Legal and Estate Planning
Retirement Planning
Transition Planning
Federal Open Season
Career Planning
Lifestyle
  • Preparing for federal retirement

    Host Bob Leins, CPA® welcomes Phil Gardner, Federal Benefits Specialist at NITP, Inc.  If you are a Federal employee thinking about retiring in the next 5 to 10 years, this broadcast has important information for you!

  • Best dates to retire

    Host Bob Leins, CPA welcomes Tammy Flanagan, Senior Benefits Director at NITP, and Mike Causey of Federal News Radio, to talk about the best dates to retire.

  • Deposits and redeposits for Federal Retirement: What’s that all about?!

    Join our host, Bob Leins, CPA® as he welcomes Maureen Wilkin, Federal Benefits Specialist at NITP, Inc. If you are or have been a Federal employee, this broadcast has important information.

  • Social Security disability

    Host Bob Leins and co-host John Elliott welcome Lester Austin, Retired Senior Public Affairs Specialist with the Social Security Administration, to talk about Social Security Disability.

  • Population health and wellness in the FEHB Program

    Host, Bob Leins and co-host Tammy Flanagan, Senior Benefits Director at NITP, welcome back Paula S. Jakub, RHU; CEO of The American Foreign Service Protective Association, sponsor of the Foreign Service Benefit Plan, to talk Population Health and Wellness in the FEHB Program. 

  • What could happen? A discussion on the proposed Federal Pay Freeze and retirement changes

    Host Bob Leins welcomes Mike Causey of Federal News Radio. Federal Employees are anxious about the four proposals that the Office of Personnel Management recently sent to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), but were nowhere to be found in the House version of the National Defense Authorization Act, which lawmakers passed Thursday morning with a 351-66 vote, as reported by Federal News Radio. 

  • Roth vs. Traditional IRA – Which is better for your retirement savings?

    Host Bob Leins, CPA® welcomes Joel Cundick, CFP®, AIF®, APMA® for a discussion on Individual Retirement Accounts.

  • Benefits of Life Insurance

    Host Bob Leins, CPA® welcomes Shane Canfield, CEO, Worldwide Assurance for Employees of Public Agencies (WAEPA) and Dave Love, CLU, CLTC with The Love Financial Group to discuss a topic on point for Life Insurance Awareness Month. 

  • How to prepare for a meeting with your financial advisor

    Host Bob Leins welcomes Joe Sullender, CFP®, Managing Director/Investments for the Financial Strategies Group of Wells Fargo Advisors to talk about making the most out of meeting with your financial advisor.

  • Back to school financial planning

    Join our host, Bob Leins, CPA® as he welcomes Karen Schaeffer, CFP®, who specializes in financial planning for Federal government employees, and Megan Schaeffer, Estate Planning Attorney. 

  • Social Security benefits and how they fit into an overall retirement income plan

    Join our hosts, Bob Leins and Tammy Flanagan, Senior Benefits Director at NITP, as they welcome Mary Beth Franklin, Certified Financial Planner® and expert on Social Security Claiming Strategies to the studio.

  • (1) Voluntary Contribution Program (2) Backdoor Roth

    Host Bob Leins welcomes Tammy Flanagan, Senior Benefits Director at NITP, to talk about the Voluntary Contributions Program (VCP).

  • Transition: Planning for retirement before you retire

    Host Bob Leins welcomes Mike Townshend, transition and aging authority and founder of Carpe Diem Coaching.  Mike will talk about the critical importance of planning prior to retirement.

  • Plan for retirement just like you plan for vacation

    Host Bob Leins welcomes Mike Townshend, transition and aging authority and seminar presenter. It’s officially spring and maybe you are already thinking ahead to summer vacation planning. Just like planning for your vacation, Mike will talk about ideas that will help you plan for future retirement life.

  • It’s time to follow your passion more fully

    Former FBI violent crime analyst and senior manager, now author of Quit Bleeping Around: 77 Secrets to Superachieving, speaker, and podcast host, Christina Eanes, shares how we create stories about what we are “supposed” to do and provides strategies for changing those stories so that we can follow our passion more fully right now and after retirement.

  • Private sector job hunting: It’s much different than the Federal job hunt!

    Our host, Bob Leins welcomes Kathy Lavinder, founder of Security & Investigative Placement Consultants, a niche executive search firm, to speak about how the private sector job hunt is much different than the Federal job hunt.

  • Estate tax law changes

    Host Bob Leins welcomes Marc Levine, Esquire, to give an overview of estate tax law changes on the Federal level, as well as more detailed updates for DC and MD, and general updates for the rest of the country.

  • Work after retirement: The perennial workforce

    Host Bob Leins and co-host Tammy Flanagan, Senior Benefits Director at NITP, welcome Marva Goldsmith, author, career coach, consultant, trainer, and entrepreneur.

  • Leadership Development Theory

    Host Bob Leins and co-host Tammy Flanagan, Senior Benefits Director at NITP, 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).

  • Serving those who have served

    Join our host, Bob Leins, as he welcomes Sabrina Clark, Director of Voluntary Service for the Department of Veterans Affairs and Laura Balun, volunteer, VA retiree, and former Director of Voluntary Service. As we quickly approach Veterans Day, we would like to highlight the opportunities to honor the sacrifice and service of Veterans through philanthropic activities in collaboration with VA’s Voluntary Service Program. October 23, 2017

  • The simply irresistible government agency for a multigenerational workforce

    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). June 19, 2017

  • The importance of leadership development

    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. June 12, 2017

  • How to cope with stress

    Host Bob Leins, CPA® welcomes Patti Hudson, Life Coach and Health Educator.  Patti will discuss coping with stress and answer the question, “Can it be helpful?”  

  • The 115th Congress

    Host Bob Leins welcomes Josh Huder, Ph.D., to the studio to discuss the 115th Congress. Josh is a Senior Fellow at The Government Affairs Institute at Georgetown University, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating Federal employees about Congress and its operation.

  • Healthy for the Holidays

    Host Bob Leins welcomes Kari Utz-Wolsky, Nutrition Counselor and Personal Trainer. Tired of gaining weight over the holidays every year – and the time and effort to lose it? Wondering if you should avoid sweets, fatty foods and spirits?

  • The 5 pillars of healthy living

    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