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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.

Alice In Washington Wonderland

Thanks to Congressional budget cutters and the White House sequestration program, two of the most important federal operations - the IRS and the Social Security Administration - are getting smaller and slower. So, how much longer can we afford these 'savings', Senior Correspondent Mike Causey asks?

Monday - 06/23/2014, 02:00am EDT

Hail to the You-Know-Who Persons!!!

What happens when a tiny federal agency tells a man worth billions of dollars that his business is racist and offensive? It boils down to what's in a name, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Friday - 06/20/2014, 02:00am EDT

Furloughs: Can we 'afford' the savings?

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: If the score is 32,000 them and 0 you, do you change your game plan? If your significant other says no 32,000 times in a row, do you consider another tactic? Do Congress and the White House need a new playbook?

Thursday - 06/19/2014, 02:00am EDT

Retiree COLA outpacing workers' pay raise

What's one area where federal retirees are financially better off than feds who are still working? If you said cost-of-living adjustments, you are a winner, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. The January COLA for retirees will be bigger than the planned pay raise for active-duty feds.

Wednesday - 06/18/2014, 04:56pm EDT

Gridlock: And the winner is you?

The mid-term elections are upon us, and some people are complaining about political fatigue and gridlock. But for federal and postal workers and retirees these may be the good old days, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tuesday - 06/17/2014, 02:00am EDT

Fat cat feds? Up to a point

It will be months, at least, before the full scope of the VA scandal is known. But for many taxpayers, it is further proof that federal workers are overpaid, underworked and fireproof, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Monday - 06/16/2014, 01:20pm EDT

Did dangerous political climate change start this week?

Does an upset in a political primary in Richmond, Virginia, mean permanent political gridlock in Washington? According to some pros, everything changed last Tuesday, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Friday - 06/13/2014, 02:00am EDT

Too many vets spoil the soup?

One of America's new guessing games is trying to figure out what went wrong at the Department of Veterans Affairs and how to fix it. Some have suggested the problem is that the VA has too many vets?

Wednesday - 06/11/2014, 02:36pm EDT

Picking feds out of a lineup!

How do you find the handful of feds interested in leaving federal service in a large, bored, lookalike crowd? Answer: Shout out the words "buyout" and/or "phased retirement" and stand back, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Wednesday - 06/11/2014, 02:00am EDT

The Vacation Kings return

Congress is back at work, after its most recent vacation, and members are filled with righteous indignation. Fortunately for federal workers, it isn't directed at their pay, benefits or retirement package, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tuesday - 06/10/2014, 02:00am EDT

Cover-ups 101

Scandal-rocked federal agencies could, probably should, take survival training from Detroit auto-makers, who know how to handle little and sometimes not so little problems, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Monday - 06/09/2014, 02:00am EDT

D-Day plus 70

Today is the 70th anniversary of D-Day. If you have living link to the Greatest Generation, cherish it. I lost mine yesterday, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Friday - 06/06/2014, 02:00am EDT

When at first you don't succeed ... Give it up!

When you try something 32,000 times, including 1,600 times in one 8-hour period and fail, there is a lesson there. And the lesson is that despite what you've read, heard and been taught, failure is an option. Especially if you work for the government, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Thursday - 06/05/2014, 02:00am EDT

VA: Brush fire or forest fire?

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: Is the ongoing VA scandal just a small brush fire, or is it likely to spread to other agencies, impacting bonuses and job security?

Wednesday - 06/04/2014, 02:00am EDT

Bonuses: Attaboy or entitlement?

Does your agency hand out bonuses to the truly deserving, or are they handed out among the elite on an its-your-turn-rotation system? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: Is your last bonus really going to to be your last?

Tuesday - 06/03/2014, 02:00am EDT

Off with their heads ... Oh, and you too!

Regardless of how you feel about the VA scandal, it's probably going to get worse before it gets better and you, and especially your boss, have a major stake in the "solution" to the problem, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Monday - 06/02/2014, 02:00am EDT

Buy low, sell high -- how hard can it be?

The way to make money in the stock market is to buy when share prices are down and sell when they go up. Yet most people do just the opposite, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Are you a closet market-timer?

Friday - 05/30/2014, 02:00am EDT

Alice In Wonderland Lite

Have you ever been to a relatively big-bucks bonus banquet where the winners get a handshake and a good meal, but no bonus check? If not, stand by for next Thursday's State Department reception honoring the 2013 finalists for the Presidential Rank awards, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Thursday - 05/29/2014, 02:00am EDT

Your one-on-one with the OPM director

Have a question for OPM Director Katherine Archuleta? Check out Senior Correspondent Mike Causey's Federal Report to find out how to get it answered.

Wednesday - 05/28/2014, 02:00am EDT

Don't fold, staple or mutilate me

Feds whose jobs put them in direct contact with the public must be treading lightly these days, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. That includes people at the IRS, the Social Security Administration, TSA and, right now, the Veterans Affairs Department.

Tuesday - 05/27/2014, 02:00am EDT
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