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12:02 pm, July 14, 2014

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.

Belt & suspenders: The $1,200 question

If you are in perfect health and plan to stay that way, or if $1,200 a year more or less means little to you, you can skip this column. Otherwise, listen up, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Monday - 03/24/2014, 02:00am EDT

Health & life insurance premiums: Don't overpay!

When you are dealing with Uncle Sam, especially his complex work rules, it is hard to get a straight yes or no answer, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. But there is a way to survive a federal career -- with a little help from the experts.

Friday - 03/21/2014, 02:00am EDT

Lifetime job guidelines -- must read!

Yesterday's online chat with readers/listeners covered the watefront: From life-after-retirement to what to do with your TSP, his and her health plans and when to designate a survivor beneficiary. Check out Senior Correspondent Mike Causey's Federal Report for more.

Thursday - 03/20/2014, 02:00am EDT

How do you phase in a phase-in?

Although phased retirement became the law in 2012, the government hasn't phased it in just yet. And a lot of people say they are waiting. Apparently, the devil is in the details, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So, when will they phase in the phase-in?

Wednesday - 03/19/2014, 02:00am EDT

TSP 'attack': Was it phish or foul?

About that cyber "attack" on the Thrift Savings Plan, was it a case of phish or foul? Check out Senior Correspondent Mike Causey's column for more details.

Tuesday - 03/18/2014, 02:00am EDT

Investing for the long haul: a 4-point plan

In time, federal and postal employees may be the only American workers with a guaranteed pension plan, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. The wild card for feds is how, and how much, to invest in the TSP. So what's your plan?

Monday - 03/17/2014, 02:00am EDT

Investing risk: Sophisticated reasoning!

Now that the stock market is booming, many once-cautious TSP investors feel like they should be walking on the wild side, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. But before they go too far, they should try to remember how they felt about the TSP and risk a few years ago when the recession hit.

Friday - 03/14/2014, 02:00am EDT

D.C.'s annual winter black eye

Despite what may be a record number of weather-induced government shutdowns this year, emergency operations continued without missing a beat. And some Washington-area feds are tired of being the butt of weather jokes that make them out as winter wimps, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Thursday - 03/13/2014, 02:00am EDT

TSP Tip: Pain is a sign you are doing something right!

Here's a TSP tip for you: If it hurts when you invest, you must be doing something right. But be careful how you treat the pain, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. No pain, no gain may be more than just a slogan.

Wednesday - 03/12/2014, 03:31am EDT

Teleworkers vs. commuters: Pick your poison!

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: When federal agencies tell employees to stay home because of bad weather, is it fair to require others to telework from home?

Tuesday - 03/11/2014, 02:00am EDT

The morning after the week that was...

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: Should teleworkers get time off too when their commuting colleagues get a snow day? Or does teleworking mean you work while others rest or play?

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

Good news, bad news, on the pay front

Looking for a bigger paycheck? If you work for Uncle Sam, there is good news, bad news and some bittersweet news, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Friday - 03/07/2014, 02:00am EST

Are you suffering from Laptop Amnesia?

Did you ever use the time-honored, dog-ate-my-homework excuse in school? Now that you are a grown-up, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know if the excuse du jour has switched to laptop amnesia on snow days.

Thursday - 03/06/2014, 02:00am EST

Making political friends and enemies!

With rare exceptions, unions representing federal and postal workers have endorsed Democratic president candidates since the Kennedy administration. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know how that's working out...

Wednesday - 03/05/2014, 02:00am EST

Teleworking: The downside

Back in the day, teleworking was an unusual perk that many bosses didn't like. Today lots of people are doing it, but some of them say it has a downside, especially during snowstorms, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tuesday - 03/04/2014, 02:00am EST

Monday quiz: Which feds are more equal than others?

How can three nearly identical feds the same age, same agency, same grade and same job get paychecks of different amounts? Hint: Some feds are more equal than others, Senior Correspondent MIke Causey says.

Monday - 03/03/2014, 02:00am EST

Bieber, Beyonce or buyout: What are your odds?

Given the choice, would you choose a date with Justin Bieber, an evening with Beyonce or a $25,000 buyout? Given the odds, chances are you will never have to make a choice, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. But be prepared...

Friday - 02/28/2014, 02:00am EST

Are you sleeping with the frenemy?

Unrequited love can, in and of itself, be romantic. But it can also be painful and costly, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So, is it time for federal unions to reevaluate their long-time relationship with politicians?

Thursday - 02/27/2014, 02:00am EST

What happens when you order steak and get Spam cutlets?

When you are expecting a big expensive wedding cake and somebody brings you a single Twinkie it can strain the relationship. That's sort of the situation today between federal and postal unions and the White House, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Wednesday - 02/26/2014, 02:00am EST

The monster under your bed is real!

Was there a monster under your bed when you were a kid? Did demons lurk in your closet waiting for lights out? Well they may be gone, but now as an adult civil servant there's a real terror lurking out there, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tuesday - 02/25/2014, 02:00am EST
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