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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.

Retiring: Pays to plan ahead...

The No. 1 complaint people have after retiring is how long it takes them to get the first full annuity payment. Depending on a lot of things it can take anywhere from a couple of months to more than a year.

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

Retiring someday? A word to the wise

There are some things that many of us only do once. That includes retiring and dying. So it pays to get it right the first time, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Monday - 07/01/2013, 02:00am EDT

A friendly home invasion

The sad truth is that a lot of you aren't going to be around this time next week. You will be away. Not that kind of away, but away from the office, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. And we'd like to be home with you.

Friday - 06/28/2013, 02:00am EDT

Talkin' 'bout your generation

Teens who once thrilled to The Who's "My Generation" have entered the workforce, grown older and are, in many cases, high-ranking employees and managers. In other words, they are the old fogies they once railed against. "Federal Report" readers react to the office age-gap in this guest column.

Thursday - 06/27/2013, 02:00am EDT

Summer of feds' discontent

Things have rarely been worse for members of the federal family, according to benefits expert John Grobe, of Federal Career Experts. The white-collar federal pay freeze is in its third year. The White House and GOP-led House of Representatives are seeing eye-to-eye on a number of changes in the federal benefits package that, if they become law, could cost you big bucks in the future.

Wednesday - 06/26/2013, 02:00am EDT

Generation whine?

They're entitled, narcissistic, "free spirits," who chafe at the confines of ordinary desk work. They grew up in the era of Little League trophies for everyone, are tied to their smartphones and live out much of their lives on Facebook. At least that's what some of you think about millennials. We're talking Generation Y in today's guest column. Even if you're not part of the under-30 crowd, we bet you have an opinion.

Tuesday - 06/25/2013, 02:00am EDT

Take this job and ... evaluate it!

This is the third in a series of guest columnists who writing on their own time are filling in the blanks while Senior Correspondent Mike Causey's on vacation. This one is from a long-time Social Security employee who has seen the civil service reinvented (also folded, stapled and mutilated) a number of times.

Monday - 06/24/2013, 02:00am EDT

Surf's up (maybe): Timing the retirement wave

We've been hearing for a dozen years about the upcoming federal retirement tsunami, when thousands of baby boomers with years of technical expertise leave the federal service for the golf courses and RV parks of retirement communities. But timing the retirement wave can be tricky.

Friday - 06/21/2013, 02:00am EDT

Pay raise - to be or not to be?

Imagine William Shakespeare were alive today and a federal employee. Would he still come up with stuff like "to be, or not to be, that is the question?" Or would he be preoccupied by the prospect of a furlough? Check out Senior Correspondent Mike Causey's Federal Report for more.

Thursday - 06/20/2013, 02:00am EDT

Furlough song: Laugh or you'll cry

When the going gets tough, some people laugh, some cry and some, apparently, burst into song. Like the fed who recently penned the furlough song to a tune you already know, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Wednesday - 06/19/2013, 02:00am EDT

Ripple effect of furloughs: Life beyond the Beltway

Despite dire predictions, the world didn't end when sequestration started. It was more whimper than bang. But that is changing as never-gonna-happen furloughs have started to happen, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. The problem is that the people who devised the medicine the White House and Congress don't have to take it.

Tuesday - 06/18/2013, 02:00am EDT

Fed dreams: Love, promotions, finally acronyms

Do federal workers dream and, if so, about what? Apparently, many have the same dream sequence starting with love, then moving to the promotion ladder and finally it ends with lusting for acronyms. So, where are you in the dream cycle? Check out Senior Correspondent Mike Causey's column for more.

Monday - 06/17/2013, 02:00am EDT

Furlough reality begins to bite feds

If traffic is a little light today, don't credit it entirely to the weather or people on alternative work schedules. In many places you can chalk it up to the presence of the F-word, which is becoming part of the deal if you work for Uncle Sam, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Friday - 06/14/2013, 02:00am EDT

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
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