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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.

Uncle Sam's dilemma: In-house or the outhouse!

Just as many cats get very nervous around dogs, many federal workers tense up when the discussion turns to the subject of federal contractors. And while there is tension, there are also instances when feds become contractors and contractors turn into civil servants. The ongoing NSA leak flap has many people thinking anew about the sometimes uneasy alliance between insiders and outsiders, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Thursday - 06/13/2013, 02:00am EDT

Feds at DEFCON-2! Are you having fun yet?

More is often better than less, unless its ants at a picnic, your expanding waistline or the number of threats to your pay and benefits. So just how bad are things, and what's next for members of the federal family, retirees and people who get Social Security benefits? Checkout Senior Correspondent Mike Causey's Federal Report.

Wednesday - 06/12/2013, 02:00am EDT

Feds grin and bare it, literally...

What do you do when your friends and neighbors are told how to find out exactly how much money you make because you work for the government? Do you think it's public information? Do you grin and bare it? Or do you get mad? Lots of people are unhappy with the latest federal pay information dump, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tuesday - 06/11/2013, 02:00am EDT

Salary dump has feds in the dumps

What would your neighbor, your bragging brother-in-law and your ex-spouse say if they knew how much you really make as a government worker? Did you maybe forget to tell your significant other about that big bonus you got in 2012? Now the world knows, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Monday - 06/10/2013, 02:00am EDT

Phased retirement: Here but not for everybody!

The good news is that phased retirement is here at last. OPM has issued the draft regulations that will permit some people to transition into retirement. The not-so-good-news is that phased retirement isn't for everybody, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. You may want it, but does it want you?

Friday - 06/07/2013, 02:00am EDT

D-Day plus 69 years

D-Day, some call it the longest day, began 69 years ago today. Veterans of World War II are all old men and women now. They are dying at the rate of more than 1,000 a day. If you know or knew any of them you are lucky. Either way, take a second to give them a salute, even if they can't see you, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Thursday - 06/06/2013, 02:00am EDT

LTC: Perfect gift for him, her & you

Did you know the majority of Americans who go bankrupt do so because of high medical bills -- even though most of them have health insurance, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So, what's the perfect way to protect yourself? Can you say long-term care insurance?

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

Sequestration: World's dullest soap opera?

Welcome to sequestration, which is currently the world's longest-running interactive game show starring you, your granny, and all your friends and neighbors, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. The question is: Are you having fun yet?

Tuesday - 06/04/2013, 02:00am EDT

Sequestration: Is there pain beyond the Beltway?

The Washington area is alive and very well as it enters the third month of sequestration, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. But what about feds in other places? Is their life beyond the Beltway? What's sequestration doing to feds in Ogden, Utah, and Maricopa County. Ariz.? How are communities like Hampton, Va., and Huntsville, Ala., holding up?

Monday - 06/03/2013, 02:00am EDT

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
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