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2:12 am, October 31, 2014

Mike Causey's Federal Report

Mike Causey's Federal Report is the best way to stay up to date on the latest issues affecting federal pay, benefits, and retirement. Plus, Mike's funny. New Federal Report columns can be found each weekday morning right here on FederalNewsRadio.com. Bookmark Mike's homepage or have his columns delivered directly to your email.

Survivors tell how, why they did it!

Unless somebody is reading this to you in your hospital room, you made it through winter, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. At least so far. Cold, snow, ice in the east, drought in the west. Washington lost its title as the "Winter Weenie" capital of the country. Feds elsewhere were too busy fighting Old Man Winter to make fun of us. So how did we do it? Feds tell us what they had in their survival kit.

Monday - 02/24/2014, 02:00am EST

A $48K hit to your retirement? Pray For Gridlock!

Could political gridlock save you up to $48,000 in retirement? It could if it blocks a politically explosive plan to trim future cost-of-living adjustments for retirees, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Friday - 02/21/2014, 01:35pm EST

Term limits for the SES?

Proposals to make it much easier to discipline, demote or fire your career boss are rattling the top rank of the government, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Thursday - 02/20/2014, 02:00am EST

SES shakeup: Reform or hissing contest?

Would your life be better off if your top career boss had a little less job security? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey asks. Or would that put you between a political rock and a hard place?

Wednesday - 02/19/2014, 02:00am EST

DC loses 'Winter Weenie City' title

After years of suffering the slings and arrows of our fellow Americans, those of us who live and work in and around the Beltway can stand tall, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says: We are no longer the "Winter Weenie Capital" of the United States.

Tuesday - 02/18/2014, 02:00am EST

In praise of Millard Fillmore

Another holiday, another big East Coast snowstorm, notes Senior Correspondent Mike Causey. So how are you spending this holiday? At home, at work or stuck by the roadside?

Monday - 02/17/2014, 02:00am EST

Buyouts: From off-the-rack to tailor made

Now that early-outs and buyouts are popping up in various agencies, the obvious question, for younger and older workers is: What's in it for me? Unlike the one-size fits all buyouts of the 1990s, the new version is tailor-made to individual groups, grades and regions, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Friday - 02/14/2014, 02:00am EST

Teleworkers: Orphans of the storm

Do you envy your colleagues who telework from home no traffic, no hassle, even no clothes at times? Well, maybe you should consider what they are doing when you are permitted to stay home, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Thursday - 02/13/2014, 02:00am EST

What are you doing the rest of your life?

Suppose for the next 20 to 30 years, you have to spend 24/7 with your spouse or significant other. Can you handle it? Can he or she? With some planning it might not be too bad, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Wednesday - 02/12/2014, 02:00am EST

Is this your up-or-out year?

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: Is 2014 going to be your up-or-out year? Are you looking at retirement or prepping for a promotion?

Tuesday - 02/11/2014, 02:00am EST

Climate change shrinks buyouts

Remember the good old days when agencies were offering early retirement and $25,000 have-a-nice-life buyouts? Well, it appears that the combination of buyouts and early outs is another victim of climate change, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Monday - 02/10/2014, 02:00am EST

How's your escape planning going?

Does your federal retirement plan involve leaving at the earliest possible date, or having your funeral at the office? Whatever your plan -- retire or expire -- you are not alone, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Friday - 02/07/2014, 02:00am EST

Retire or expire: What's your plan?

When it comes to career planning, do you have a target date for retirement, or are you going to work until you drop? One in three feds could retire now, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So why aren't they?

Thursday - 02/06/2014, 02:00am EST

Forget the Oscars -- this one's for you!

Forget the Academy Awards, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. There is another awards event that honors the people who make the government work. People like you.

Wednesday - 02/05/2014, 02:00am EST

Buyouts and Justin Bieber

The 2014 buyout season is off and running, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So what exactly does speculation about buyouts have in common with talk about pop star Justin Bieber?

Tuesday - 02/04/2014, 02:00am EST

Buyouts, early-outs arouse KMA Club

Do you know anybody in your office or agency who belongs to the secret KMA Club? It's an ancient and secretive society whose members can be aroused by sacred phrases, such as buyouts and early retirement, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Monday - 02/03/2014, 02:00am EST

SSA offering early-outs in 2014

The early-out offer at the Social Security Administration is one of the first this year in government. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says it could open up the promotion pipeline for younger, mid-career employees and jump-start early retirement offers in other agencies too. So how are things in your office?

Friday - 01/31/2014, 02:00am EST

The 30-day rule

Trick question, and you will never get the right answer. The question is this: How many days are there in the months of September, August and February? If you said anything other than 30 you lose, and it could impact your retirement benefit, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Thursday - 01/30/2014, 02:00am EST

Finding your magic retirement date

Timing is everything, especially when you retire. And whether you are planning to retire in a few months or 30 years from now, there is a magic date just for you, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Wednesday - 01/29/2014, 02:00am EST

A new kind of 'Cold' War -- with you on the frontline

Have you resolved to brain the next person who says "Is it cold enough for you?" Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: How are you holding up during our little ice age?

Tuesday - 01/28/2014, 02:00am EST
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