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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.

Out the door after 32 years

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey continues his vacation. Today's guest columnist is an IRS employee who's retiring after 32 years.

Friday - 01/02/2015, 02:00am EST

Will the January pay raise leave you out in the cold?

The 2014 white-collar pay raise is not for everybody. Feds at the top of their grades in some cities won't be getting anything at all, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Thursday - 01/01/2015, 02:00am EST

Government of the people?

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey is on vacation. Today's guest columnist is involved with non-partisan politics in a D.C.-area jurisdiction, where he and his colleagues put aside personal requirements to get the job done.

Wednesday - 12/31/2014, 02:00am EST

What's Happenin'?

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey is on vacation. Today's guest columnist says that the drop in employee morale can partially be attributable to the decline of faith in career managers.

Tuesday - 12/30/2014, 01:11pm EST

Catch 65: FEHBP enrollees and Medicare

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey is on vacation. Today's guest columnist explains why it might be a good idea for FEHBP participants to enroll in Medicare.

Monday - 12/29/2014, 02:00am EST

Ghosts of the forgotten federal workforce

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey is taking some time off. Today's guest columnist wonders why some federal employees graying workforce, millennials and veterans are getting all the attention while mid-career professionals are being treated like proverbial "red-headed stepchildren".

Friday - 12/26/2014, 02:00am EST

Holiday greetings and thanks

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

Thursday - 12/25/2014, 02:00am EST

A recent retiree's advice: Get out now!

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey is on vacation. Today's guest columnist is a recent retiree who says if you can get out, you should consider it. He's hoping that gridlock in the next Congress will (as it did this year) keep feds out of harm's way.

Wednesday - 12/24/2014, 02:00am EST

What I want to be when I grow up

Did you dream of being a doctor, astronaut or jockey when you grew up? Federal service may not have been your dream job when you were 9, guest columnist Nancy Crosby says, but that doesn't mean it can't be fulfilling or important.

Tuesday - 12/23/2014, 02:00am EST

Testing the VA's new rapid-fire-you weapon

A ruling could have a major impact on the pay, pensions. bonuses and job security of Uncle Sam's 6,000 top career executives, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Monday - 12/22/2014, 02:00am EST

Fake the IRS: Adopt Fido or Boots the Kitty before Dec. 31

If you've ever contemplated fiddling with your federal income taxes, 2014 may be the year to go for it, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Friday - 12/19/2014, 02:00am EST

Washington's secret (until now) shutdown squad

Who are the decision makers in Washington, D.C.? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says it's not who you think.

Thursday - 12/18/2014, 02:00am EST

Executive morale: A blast from the past

Washington is a place where politicians from all sides are unveiling "new ideas." Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says whether an idea is new or a reinvention of the wheel, there are people out there ready to praise or savage it.

Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 02:00am EST

401(k) shakeup coming?

Federal and postal investors are entitled to feel a little bit smug as they follow what could be a landmark pension management case involving one of the nation's biggest firms. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says so can the people who set up and run the federal Thrift Savings Plan.

Tuesday - 12/16/2014, 02:00am EST

Kicking the CIA: Wait your turn!

With the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee's 500-page report, columnists and politicians are pounding the Central Intelligence Agency. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says maybe the Senate should broaden its inquiry.

Monday - 12/15/2014, 02:00am EST

Government shutdowns: The 'real' losers

Many federal employees were impacted by the 2013 government shutdown. But the negative effect such shutdowns have on some groups, such as government contract employees, often goes unnoticed, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Friday - 12/12/2014, 02:00am EST

How safe is your pension? Can you say Detroit!

The primary federal pensions plans -- CSRS and FERS --are the gold-standard compared to virtually any private-sector pension plan. But how safe are they? asks Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Thursday - 12/11/2014, 02:00am EST

Use it or lose it: Guess what people are doing?

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey and some federal benefits experts guessed that lighter traffic in the D.C. area may be due to feds staying home during use-it-or-lose-it December. It turns out they may be right.

Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 02:00am EST

December's disappearing feds

Fewer federal employees are showing up for work in December, because they're using their leave before they lose it in the new year. Maybe that's why your daily commute has improved, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Tuesday - 12/09/2014, 02:00am EST

Bonus holiday and a shutdown - one down one to go

Friday was a good day for feds. They found out they will receive a bonus holiday at Christmas. But will this week bring more holiday joy or will Scrooge show up in the form of a government shutdown, asks Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Monday - 12/08/2014, 02:00am EST
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