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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.

Furloughs or fire drills?

Like Hollywood superheroes, federal workers managed to escape going over the fiscal cliff. But coming up in this regular mini-series is a possible shutdown because of the White House-Congress fight over the debt limit. If you survive that, there is the sequestration time bomb that is ticking and due to go off in March. Other than that, have a nice day.

Wednesday - 01/16/2013, 02:00am EST

Dude, R U essential or expendable?

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: Is your job essential, emergency or mission-critical, and what does that mean? What would happen if you or your agency are told to turn out the lights and go home?

Tuesday - 01/15/2013, 02:00am EST

Furloughs: This may not be a drill

Inside the Beltway is crisis central. The media must report 24/7 and, during the fiscal cliff showdown, they did. But while earlier stories also included a lot of eye-rolling, could the latest sequestration crisis mean it's "this time for sure?"

Monday - 01/14/2013, 02:00am EST

Nest egg blueprint: Measure twice, cut once

Thousands of feds who bailed out of the TSP stock funds during the depths of the recession are now wondering whether they should come back and if so how. For a look at what might have been, and what you can still do, check out Senior Correspondent Mike Causey's Federal Report.

Friday - 01/11/2013, 02:00am EST

Investing via rearview mirror

While most of us invest for the future, the majority of people chart their course by looking backward, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So how's that working out for you?

Thursday - 01/10/2013, 02:00am EST

Piece-of-cake advice for million-dollar nest egg: Just buy low and sell high!

Turning your Thrift Savings Plan into a million-dollar nest egg is simple enough. Invest as much as you can to get the government match and then be sure to buy low (when the market has hit bottom) and be prepared to sell high (when it's peaked). How do you do that? Read Senior Correspondent Mike Causey's Federal Report for more.

Wednesday - 01/09/2013, 02:00am EST

Life after retirement, sex after marriage?

Since the dawn of civilization, mankind (and womankind too) has been vexed by two burning questions: Is there sex after marriage and is their life after retirement? For the correct answer check out Senior Correspondent Mike Causey's Federal Report today.

Tuesday - 01/08/2013, 02:00am EST

Take this raise and store it

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey ponders whether the prospect of a March pay raise - after two years in the deep freeze - makes you giddy with excitement. Have you already started planning on what you will do with that extra dollar a day?

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

Survivor's checklist

It's the first Friday of the new year, so how are you holding up? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: Did you take a break and did it work out or break you? Are you happy we didn't go over the fiscal cliff? If you took time out during the holidays, what were your fellow feds saying about life, their jobs and what's next?

Friday - 01/04/2013, 02:00am EST

2013 - so far, so good...

Tired of those 2012 year-in-review reviews? So are we. Which is why Senior Correspondent Mike Causey has done a condensed year-in-review for 2013. Best part. It doesn't take a long time to read it.

Thursday - 01/03/2013, 02:00am EST

New Years' resolutions for G-men and women

Have you made any job-related New Years' resolutions? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: Are there are things you will or won't do in 2013 to get ahead, or just survive?

Wednesday - 01/02/2013, 02:00am EST

New Year's retirement tsunami headed our way?

What's your worst nightmare? How about Dracula, Frankenstein and Nick Nolte appearing in your bedroom? Or is it the long-predicted retirement tsunami? Because maybe, after 13 years of building up, it's on its way, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tuesday - 01/01/2013, 02:00am EST

Rocky Mountain High coming to your office?

What does the legalization of marijuana in Washington and Colorado have to do with your job performance? Maybe nothing. But Seattle, Denver and Colorado Springs are also home to large numbers of federal workers, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Monday - 12/31/2012, 02:00am EST

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
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