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1:58 pm, November 27, 2014

Mike Causey's Federal Report

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Your Halloween Preview: Trick or Treat, except minus the treat

For some feds, every day seems like Halloween, with Congress routinely handing out tricks disguised as treats, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Thursday - 10/30/2014, 02:00am EDT

Parting shot from an old friend of feds

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey talks to an outgoing congressman who has been a loyal supporter of federal employees.

Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 02:00am EDT

How much longer can you afford to work?

Facing pay freezes, cost of living increases and hikes in retirement payments, some feds may wonder if its worth going to work these days, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Tuesday - 10/28/2014, 02:00am EDT

A four-day Christmas weekend for feds?

It's not too early to be thinking about Christmas, especially if you're wondering whether President Barack Obama is going to give feds an extra day off and make it a 4-day holiday weekend, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Monday - 10/27/2014, 02:00am EDT

Could Ebola become Obama's Katrina?

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wonders whether the current "crisis" around Ebola will have a similar impact on President Barack Obama as the Hurricane Katrina crisis did on his predecessor.

Friday - 10/24/2014, 02:00am EDT

Is there life after a 1.7 percent COLA?

Don't worry. That mournful sound you're hearing is just federal, military and Social Security retirees reacting to the low cost of living adjustment they'll be receiving come January, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Thursday - 10/23/2014, 02:00am EDT

Insurance against the vacation from hell

What if you're a federal employee or retiree who gets sick overseas? Will your health insurance plan cover you? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey has all the answers -- or knows someone who does.

Wednesday - 10/22/2014, 02:00am EDT

It's your choice: Bankruptcy insurance or catastrophic coverage

During open season, feds and retirees in the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program have dozens of choices ranging from low-premium health maintenance organizations to plans that provide national and worldwide coverage, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 02:00am EDT

Ebola and your job description

Over the coming weeks and months, many federal workers and military personnel will be involved in the fight to contain, then isolate and eliminate the disease. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wonders what measures agencies will be taking to protect those workers.

Monday - 10/20/2014, 02:00am EDT

Anybody got a $1,000 toilet seat?

Remember the good old days when federal buyers were paying $435 for a claw hammer? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey does and wonders whether the federal government ever really learned its lesson.

Friday - 10/17/2014, 02:00am EDT

A holiday by any other name: Columbus, go home?

Most feds had Monday off thanks to Columbus Day, but some cities celebrate the day as Indigenous People's Day. One IRS worker tells Senior Correspondent Mike Causey the federal government may want to reconsider honoring the Italian explorer.

Thursday - 10/16/2014, 02:00am EDT

2015: New year, old threats

Feds won't need to consult tea leaves or gaze into a crystal ball to see what Congress congress has in store for them next year. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says it will be the same old, same old again.

Wednesday - 10/15/2014, 02:00am EDT

Are you guilty of procurement?

Uncle Sam is the biggest, shopper, consumer, buyer in the world. Everything from aircraft and weapons systems to protective suits used by medical personnel dealing with Ebola. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey preview's Federal News Radio's special report, "The Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform."

Tuesday - 10/14/2014, 02:00am EDT

Columbus Day 2014: Remember where you were this time last year?

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey channels some government employees from 1492 -- namely, Christopher Columbus and the crews of the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria.

Monday - 10/13/2014, 02:00am EDT

Maximizing your final hours, or, What a difference a day makes!

Does it really matter which day a federal employee decides to retire? Yes, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey, and he introduces readers to the expert who's come up with a system to help feds choose their best retirement day.

Friday - 10/10/2014, 02:00am EDT

Sleepwalking (or not) through open season

If past is prologue, most federal and postal workers will either sleepwalk through the open season and do nothing. Others will wait until the last minute, shop frantically and, in most cases, stick with the plan they've been in for years, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Thursday - 10/09/2014, 02:00am EDT

Finding your magic retirement date

Honesty is the best policy. It's also a best practice for feds trying to decide when they should retire, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Wednesday - 10/08/2014, 02:00am EDT

Your retirement menu: Farewell lunch or you as the carryout?

Your retirement may be closer than you think. Do you understand how your retirement plan works? asks Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Tuesday - 10/07/2014, 02:00am EDT

Lights, camera, jail time for feds???

Whoever said that a picture is worth a thousand words knew what he (or she) was talking about. That's especially true of a high federal official photographed in a Las Vegas luxury suite in their birthday suit, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

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

ISO love outside the TSP? Consider the cost

A huge pile of investment capital -- $420 billion-plus and growing daily -- is begging to be rescued by a private sector suitor, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey. The money is 4.6 million Thrift Savings Plan accounts held by current, retired or former federal and postal workers and military personnel.

Friday - 10/03/2014, 02:00am EDT
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