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9:21 pm, October 20, 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.

Retirement ride: Will you be going 1st, 2nd or 3rd class?

Thanks to some surgical budget-cutting by Congress and the White House, Uncle Sam now has a three-tiered retirement plan: First-, second- and third-class where the service is the same but the price tag is higher for some than others.

Tuesday - 01/14/2014, 02:00am EST

Despite what your significant other says, you're worth more than you think!

Thanks to a portion of the media and many politicians, a lot of federal and postal workers have a low opinion of themselves. But when you crunch the numbers, feds are significant players in the stock market and in the net worth department, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Crunch your own numbers.

Monday - 01/13/2014, 06:12am EST

Uncle Sam's less-fat, more-muscle plan...

Want to lose weight, pack on muscle and become more tech savvy? Uncle Sam has this magic plan in the works, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. When approved, it will benefit young and old alike.

Friday - 01/10/2014, 02:00am EST

How cold was it? It was so cold that...

It's been so cold this week that Washington, D.C. has -- temporarily -- lost its title as Wimp City USA. Places like Chicago, Minneapolis and Boston, tough towns, also surrendered to the frigid arctic weather blast, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So how cold was it?

Thursday - 01/09/2014, 02:00am EST

TSP investments -- everything's gold ... except gold!

If you are a Thrift Savings Plan investor in any of the stock funds, give yourself a pat on the back ... and purse or wallet, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Because everything is gold, except gold itself....

Wednesday - 01/08/2014, 02:00am EST

2014: The year you get that promotion?

Is 2014 shaping up to be the year you get your first promotion in a long time? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says you should check out what could be a retirement surge in February.

Tuesday - 01/07/2014, 02:00am EST

Mission Accomplished, almost...

Hope you had a good holiday season and are ready for whatever 2014 brings, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. It's hardly likely to be worse than 2013, unless of course it is. Keep your New Year's resolutions handy. This time for sure...

Monday - 01/06/2014, 02:00am EST

Young feds: Don't stop thinking about tomorrow

In the fifth guest column in a series of five, a long-time Federal Report reader shares his take on why it's important for young feds to start long-term planning early in their careers.

Friday - 01/03/2014, 02:00am EST

35 years a fed

One of the toughest, most important decisions, any worker ever makes is when to call it quits. Even people who are sick, tired or hate their jobs find it difficult to let go. Will it work financially, and emotionally? What happens next? Today's guest column is No. 3 in our five-part series. These are from real people, some like you maybe, who have been there-done-that-got-the-T-shirt. Today's guest columnist, Connie Hendryx, spent a long (mostly happy) time with Uncle Sam. She advises people how to prep for retirement.

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

Will the January pay raise leave you out in the cold?

The 2014 white-collar pay raise is not for everybody. Feds at the top of their grades in some cities won't be getting anything at all, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

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

Retiring? What a difference a date makes

When deciding to retire there is one day, but lots of different dates, that is best for you, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. How do you figure out the difference?

Tuesday - 12/31/2013, 02:00am EST

Is there life after 50? Short answer: sort of...

In the third guest column in a series of five, a Mike Causey Federal Report reader offers her take on what happens after you age out of the "prime demographic."

Monday - 12/30/2013, 02:00am EST

A few words from a federal old-timer

In the second guest column in a series of five written by Federal Report readers, a federal old-timer shares his thoughts on the workforce and being a political punching bag as he prepares to retire.

Friday - 12/27/2013, 02:00am EST

Christmas confessions of a 'cheap' federal engineer

In this guest column, a Mike Causey Federal Report reader offers some advice for financial security during the holidays and throughout your federal career.

Thursday - 12/26/2013, 02:00am EST

Holiday greetings and thanks

Whatever your reason for working this holiday, be assured that Senior Correspondent Mike Causey feels your pain, but thankfully from afar.

Wednesday - 12/25/2013, 02:00am EST

Will a buyout be in your stocking?

Buyouts were a big deal over the last couple of years, but now they seem to have gone away, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Or gone underground. Are you hearing anything about buyouts?

Tuesday - 12/24/2013, 02:00am EST

It's Dec. 23 ... Why are you working?

How would you label yourself: Indispensable? A loser? Dedicated? A runaway? If you are working today, there has got to be a serious reason, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Monday - 12/23/2013, 02:00am EST

A 2-year (or 2-week) breather for feds?

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: Does the new House-Senate budget agreement buy federal workers and retirees two years of safety, or will the peace treaty unravel two weeks into the upcoming new year?

Friday - 12/20/2013, 02:00am EST

Bonus holiday? Always a tough call

Time off around Christmas is often an easy call for the President, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Unless Dec. 25 falls on a Wednesday, which it does this year. So what goes into the decision-making process?

Thursday - 12/19/2013, 02:00am EST

Couples-only health plan? Good idea or bad idea?

What do you think about a couples-only federal health plan? Would that be fair to the group plan and its group rates? The addition of a self-plus-one health plan could have consequences not only for that couple's premiums but also yours, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Wednesday - 12/18/2013, 05:48am EST
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