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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.

Sleep is not an option, some feds say

When you took your federal job, did your game plan include getting eight hours of sleep and most weekends off? If so, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: How's that working out for you?

Friday - 12/28/2012, 02:00am EST

Living With Gadget Creep

Are electronic gizmos and communications aides making work life better and more productive or do you find yourself distracted, tired and nervous in the civil service? Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know your thoughts.

Thursday - 12/27/2012, 02:05am EST

Worry, Yes. Panic, Not So Much...

For years, politicians from both parties have threatened to trim federal benefits, like retirement and health insurance, but nothing has happened. In today's guest column, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey asks benefits expert John Grobe to talk about the history and future of federal benefits.

Wednesday - 12/26/2012, 02:14am EST

A big holiday thanks to federal workers

Whatever your reason for working this holiday, be assured that Senior Correspondent Mike Causey feels your pain, but thankfully from afar.

Tuesday - 12/25/2012, 02:44am EST

Home alone - federal style

The second most trying time in government starts today and runs through the start of the new year. It is a time when many offices are deserted and those with people resemble the Village of the Damned. Check it out, if you dare, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Monday - 12/24/2012, 02:17am EST

Monday holiday rumor accurate - up to a point!

The Thursday morning news seemed too good to be true, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. A major D.C. newspaper was reporting that federal workers would get Monday Dec. 24, the day before Christmas, off. The word spread quickly until people read the fine print. And the name of the president.

Friday - 12/21/2012, 02:00am EST

New retiree diet: 99 ways to serve Hamburger Helper

If Congress and the White House change the yardstick used to measure inflation, will retirees barely notice or will they have to go on a diet of Hamburger Helper and Ramen Noodles? Check out Senior Correspondent Mike Causey's column for more.

Thursday - 12/20/2012, 02:00am EST

Compromise hits highest/lowest incomes

In the fiscal-cliff talks, it now appears that both sides have blinked. Republicans appear willing to accept some higher taxes and Democrats seem to have agreed that Social Security's growing costs must be curtailed. Slightly and slowly. So how will the proposals affect you? Check out Senior Correspondent Mike Causey's column.

Wednesday - 12/19/2012, 02:00am EST

Pay, bonus holiday, retirement: Scrooged again?

If Congress and the White House cut a last-minute deal to avoid sequestration and the fiscal cliff, some of the compromise may come out of your hide, whether you are active or retired, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tuesday - 12/18/2012, 02:00am EST

Diet COLAs for everybody?

If you could pick any historical event to relive, it probably wouldn't be the maiden voyage of the Titanic that didn't go well. And now, 100 years later, federal, military and Social Security retirees are just becoming aware of a political iceberg that could punch a hole in their future benefits, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Monday - 12/17/2012, 02:00am EST

Bonus Holiday/Fiscal (Cliff's) Notes

Feds have more than the usual year end issues on their plate at 2012 draws to a close, according to Senior Correspondent Mike Causey. There is the fast-approaching fiscal cliff, the dangers of sequestration, maybe a bonus pre-Christmas holiday and, of course, the end of the world. Check it out, if you dare.

Friday - 12/14/2012, 02:00am EST

'Twas the Day Before Christmas

Finally, an opinion poll we can believe in: We asked feds if they wanted and thought they deserved to get the day before Christmas as a bonus holiday. No margin of error nonsense here, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. The answer is yes, yes and again, yes.

Thursday - 12/13/2012, 02:00am EST

FERS for dummies

The new Federal Employees Retirement System is suddenly not so new. It turned 25 this year. And next to Social Security, it is the dominant federal retirement program. So how did FERS happen, and why? Check out Senior Correspondent Mike Causey's column.

Wednesday - 12/12/2012, 02:54am EST

Bonus holiday clock is ticking

Time is running out for the president to make a decision on the status of the government on Monday, Dec. 24. Will it be a bonus holiday for feds as it often is, or is this a bad year to make such a call? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey's got the track record.

Tuesday - 12/11/2012, 02:00am EST

Health plans: The end is near - like today

Usually when people say the end is near, they are either kidding or wrong. But if you are in the federal health program or would like to join up the end is near. As in today. Still looking for the best deal? Check out Senior Correspondent Mike Causey's "best buy" shopping list, especially if you are married to another federal worker.

Monday - 12/10/2012, 02:00am EST

Your health plan and the Nixon curse

Did you ever hear of the Nixon curse? Are you sick of having people push you to shop around for a health insurance plan? If so, rejoice, because Monday is the deadline for picking your 2013 health plan. After that, you won't have all those confusing options to kick around anymore for a long time, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Friday - 12/07/2012, 02:00am EST

The New Fed: Superhero or 24/7 puppet?

Uncle Sam is evolving rapidly in the high-tech and mobility world. But is that always a good thing? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: Has it turned civil servants into workout superheroes or are they becoming 24/7 puppets?

Thursday - 12/06/2012, 02:00am EST

Health premiums: It pays to go postal

The health-insurance hunting season ends next Monday. When shopping around, this is a case where it pays to go postal if you can, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Wednesday - 12/05/2012, 02:00am EST

A last-minute and very real pension threat

The next couple of weeks will be make or break time for federal workers and retirees as Congress flounders for a way to put the brakes on before the government goes off the infamous fiscal cliff. Among the endangered species: your future retirement benefits, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tuesday - 12/04/2012, 02:00am EST

Reality check: Shop or drop this Open Season

For most federal workers and retirees going over the fiscal cliff in January isn't the problem du jour. If you or a family member gets really sick, or has a serious accident in the new year that is reality, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. That, rightly so, will be your No. 1 problem. And whether you come out of it alive and kicking or financially strapped could depend on what you do between now and next Monday.

Monday - 12/03/2012, 02:00am EST
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