NARFE

  • Federal employees to see some relief in FEHBP premium increases in 2019

    After several years of premium rate increases that reached as high 6.4 percent, participants in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program will see more modest increases in 2019.

  • How do you know when (or even if) you can afford to retire?

    Are you leaving at the first opportunity? Or are you planning to work extra because you like the job or your coworkers and want to build your annuity?

  • NARFE: Protecting your retirement benefits

    The CSRS and FERS programs are considered the jewel in the crown of federal civil service benefits but the Trump administration wants to cut costs in the giant federal retirement program by totally eliminating future COLAs for FERS retirees. NARFE’s Jessica Klement and John Hatton join host Mike Causey on this week’s Your Turn to discuss what the organization is doing to protect all federal benefits, including the retirement plan. September 18, 2018

  • Retirees looking at last full ‘diet COLA?’

    The Trump administration wants to cut costs in the giant federal retirement program by totally eliminating future COLAs for FERS retirees. If it becomes law the 2019 COLA would be the last.

  • Perfect time to approach your lawmaker

    Many who have been comfortably stationed in Washington for decades are literally running for their political lives this year.

  • Who decides when (and maybe even if) you can afford to retire?

    Are you retiring at the first opportunity? Or are you planning to work extra because you like the job or your coworkers and want to build your annuity?

  • Senate clears 2019 federal pay raise, despite White House opposition

    The Senate included a 1.9 percent federal pay raise in a series of four appropriations bills, which it passed Wednesday. The Senate proposal differs from both the House version and the White House’s recommendation.

  • Federal paid parental leave could help resolve agencies’ recruitment woes, Comstock says

    Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.) again introduced a bill that would provide a federal paid parental leave program for employees. This time, the legislation would authorize up to 12 weeks of leave instead of six.

  • The 46-year federal learning curve

    Guest columnist Tom Trabucco reflects on his 46-year federal career and the cast of characters he met along the way, as well as how he views the current set of civil service reform proposals.

  • ‘Draining the swamp’ while saving your retirement package

    The Trump administration wants to make the federal retirement plan more costly to workers and less valuable to retirees. But officials could probably “drain the swamp” of thousands of bureaucrats if they made the changes effective later rather than sooner.