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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.

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

Are we having fun yet?

In the 1920s and '30s, a popular singer-bandleader used to ask his audience, "Is everybody happy?" If he were still on the circuit today, he might modify that to, "Is anybody happy?" Starting with the latest budget deal.

Tuesday - 12/17/2013, 02:00am EST

Your own personal Rorschach test

Personality-wise are you usually happy or sad? Would friends and family describe you as an upper or a downer? The way you view the bipartisan budget deal may tell a lot about whether you are a glass-half-full or glass-half-empty person, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Monday - 12/16/2013, 02:00am EST

Black Ice Death Day: What'd you do Tuesday?

TV weather folks designated Tuesday as "Black Ice Death Day." Most of the government closed. But Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: What did people who had to come to work do, and more importantly, what were the legal stay-at-homes up to?

Friday - 12/13/2013, 02:00am EST

Budget deal: Feds dodge a bullet...

Congress went after federal workers and retirees with a meat ax. But instead the new budget agreement is more of a kick in the shins for feds who have yet to be hired, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

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

Phased retirement: Who, when, how?

When you approach a swimming pool for the first time, do you dive straight in or dip your toe first to test the waters? Before you retire, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says, wouldn't it be nice to have the toe-dipping option?

Wednesday - 12/11/2013, 02:00am EST

DC to US: Leave us alone

Memo from D.C. to the rest of the U.S: It's winter and that means snow and ice. So give us a break, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Feel our unique pain.

Tuesday - 12/10/2013, 02:00am EST

Personalize your retirement day

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?

Monday - 12/09/2013, 02:00am EST

Coming up: The dullest, most important weekend of the year

Is the upcoming weekend a time for dinner, dancing and romance or are you going to curl up with a batch of health-insurance brochures? The latter might the smarter choice, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Friday - 12/06/2013, 02:00am EST

The problem and solution are the same thing: You!

What do so many Washington-based politicians have in common with a firefighter with an arson problem? Both spend a lot of time solving problems they created, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Thursday - 12/05/2013, 02:00am EST

Are you perfect in every way? If so, skip this...

If you live a perfect lifestyle and your parents and grandparents celebrated their 85th anniversary in the Bridal Suite of your local Motel 6, you can skip today's column, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Otherwise, listen up.

Wednesday - 12/04/2013, 02:00am EST

January pay raise - not for everybody

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.

Tuesday - 12/03/2013, 02:00am EST
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