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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.

Worried about retirement? Join the club

Feds who are already retired (and those who plan to retire someday soon) have several worries, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. For those about to take the plunge, the concern is the backlog of applications at the Office of Personnel Management. For those already on the roles the fear is that future benefit increases will be downsized each year.

Friday - 05/31/2013, 02:00am EDT

Sequestration solutions: Furloughs, buyouts, nothing

If you told your giant nationwide operation to make across-the-board cuts, you would think each manager would do roughly the same thing. But since sequestration has been imposed, each federal agency has acted differently, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Some have frozen hiring while others are still recruiting. Some are furloughing employees while some are paying them to leave. So what's your agency doing?

Thursday - 05/30/2013, 02:00am EDT

Self-plus-one health insurance: How come?

What does Jackass: The Movie have to do with the federal health plan, considered the nation's biggest and best? Well it boils down to the risk pool and an administration plan to set up a third category for self-plus-one coverage, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Wednesday - 05/29/2013, 02:00am EDT

'Unchained CPI Melody' bums some

When it comes to those annual cost-of-living adjustments, a growing number of federal workers and retirees actually get diet COLAs each January. And that would get worse -- and extend to all retirees under a White House plan that has strong congressional backing, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tuesday - 05/28/2013, 02:00am EDT

Saluting feds on Memorial Day

Memorial Day is anything but a holiday. It is a time when we remember those who served and whose lives were altered, or ended, by war, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Today we pay tribute to them and to people in the federal family - past, present and future - who served or will serve.

Monday - 05/27/2013, 02:00am EDT

Fast-tracking phased retirement

It's been nearly a year since Congress set up the program to allow employees to take phased retirement, working three or four days a week to help mentor their successors and get used to retirement. And although it's been fast-tracked, it still hasn't happened, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So, what's up?

Friday - 05/24/2013, 02:00am EDT

Off with their heads! What would Mick Jagger do?

For many people involved in the alleged scandals at the Justice Department and the Internal Revenue Service, the solution is simple: Off with their heads. Fire the offenders whether they are political appointees or career civil servants. But this isn't Paris in 1789, it's Washington in 2013 so things will go a little slower, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Thursday - 05/23/2013, 02:00am EDT

Today, everybody's a Sooner

Most Americans live in a handful of states, like California, Texas, Florida, New York, etc. But during tough times, we sometimes blur those borders and our home-town pride and become honorary citizens of a place like Oklahoma which, once again, is having a very tough time, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Wednesday - 05/22/2013, 02:00am EDT

Retiree raise? COLA not a guarantee

Federal, military and Social Security retirees get a cost-of-living adjustment like clockwork each and every year, even during years when federal workers do not get pay raises. But the 2014 cost-of-living adjustment for retirees is up in the air and on attack on two very different fronts, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tuesday - 05/21/2013, 02:00am EDT

Saintly media vs. government devils

When a newspaper reporter fakes a story, we are outraged. When a network TV show gets it wrong, we are stunned. But we tend to forget, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. But when a handful of government workers go rogue, maybe on orders from their political bosses, the entire workforce is tainted for a long, long time.

Monday - 05/20/2013, 07:10pm EDT

Don't work or we'll fire you!

The password next week at several federal agencies is this: Come to work and we fire you. Don't dare show your face on Friday or else, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Friday - 05/17/2013, 02:00am EDT

Uncle Sam's GPS: Are we there yet?

When you're on a vacation trip or long drive, do your kids keep asking "Are we there yet?!" Now, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says, suppose you are Uncle Sam and you've told your 1.8 million kids they are going on a sequestration vacation. If they keep asking are we there yet, what do you tell them?

Thursday - 05/16/2013, 02:00am EDT

Sequestration slaps feds, punches contractors

For many federal workers, the threat of sequestration-triggered furloughs seems to be fading, at least a bit. But for some federal contractors, sequestration has meant layoffs, with perhaps more to come, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So how's sequestration treating you?

Wednesday - 05/15/2013, 02:00am EDT

Hacked, fracked and back...

A funny thing happened on the way to work last week, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. We got hacked but, as you can see, we are back. As setbacks often do, this one has made us smarter and stronger. Glad to be back.

Tuesday - 05/14/2013, 02:00am EDT

Retire?! Are you nuts?

Thinking of retiring within the next 12 to 18 months? Tired of traffic, being beaten up by politicians and facing a furlough? And who knows when the current three-year pay freeze will ever end? So call it a day, right? Put in your papers and everything will be okay, correct? Wrong, wrong wrong. Are you nuts? Retiring is not the answer for everyone, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Friday - 05/10/2013, 02:00pm EDT

Just how essential are you, really...

Back in the day, there were two classes of federal worker. Either you were essential or you were nonessential. Most were nonessential. Thanks to political correctness, the term of art now is emergency or nonemergency, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So what impact does that have when furloughs come a knocking?

Friday - 05/10/2013, 02:00am EDT

Watch out: Well-meaning, VIP zombies are stalking feds

Federal workers have dodged a lot of legislative bullets over the years. Plans to cut and save surface, then disappear. But there is one blueprint out there that has traction, and its No. 1 target is the federal retirement system, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Thursday - 05/09/2013, 02:00am EDT

Furloughs: A soft landing for some?

Sequestration came in like a lion ... While there have been some furloughs, politicians on both sides of the aisle have learned that furloughing air traffic controllers, meat inspectors and FBI agents is not popular, even with fed bashers, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So, is sequestration heading for a soft landing?

Wednesday - 05/08/2013, 02:00am EDT

Your health plan: BFF, WDW, WOOT or WTF?

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: If you wanted to text your BFF about the future of the FEHBP (your health plan) would you describe it as WOOT or WTF?

Tuesday - 05/07/2013, 02:00am EDT

Sequestration: the new heartburn and Alka-Seltzer combo

The threat of furloughs is hanging heavy over tens of thousands of federal workers who say they won't be able to pay the bills if forced to stay home for five to 15 days. So, Mike Causey wants to know, is there light at the end of this tunnel?

Monday - 05/06/2013, 02:00am EDT
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