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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.
Thanks to congressional redistricting, many members of the House of Representatives have jobs for life if they choose to keep running for reelection. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wonders: Is it maybe time for term limits for everybody?
Much of the media is treating the threat of a 22-day federal furlough as if it were a sporting event, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. But this is big-time, heavy economic stuff. A revenue-choker for struggling state and local governments and a possible threat to economic recovery.
Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: Is it geography, topography, history or location that makes Washington — your headquarters town — such a nervous city in the winter? Or, is it the number of lawyers, government workers or tourists that make getting around town so tough, and us so cautious?
To the vast majority of feds who work beyond the Beltway, the people at headquarters (that would be Washington, D.C.) are a bunch of out-of-touch wimps. Especially when it snows, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So are they right, or missing the point?
Many federal workers, fed up with pay freezes and budget teasers, are hoping for a buyout that will let them depart with a cash bonus. But in reality most feds are more likely to get a pay cut than a buyout, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.
If you want to be secretary of the Interior, the first thing you do is make sure you are born west of the Mississippi, preferably in California, Arizona, New Mexico or Colorado, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So what does that do to the job chances of Maryland-born, Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry who is said to be on the short-list for the Interior job?
If you want to survive the next four years of service with a new political boss, there are six tips you need to know and practice. Remember he or she is temporary, but be sure you outlast the boss, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.
Even with threats of budget cuts and sequestration, the jobs of the vast majority of career civil servants are safe, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. But if you are one of Obama's 8,000 political appointees, a second term could be the end of act three for a lot of them.
How does a recent contract arbitration between the U.S. Postal Service and the National Association of Letter Carriers take a page from King Solomon? Read Senior Correspondent Mike Causey column for more.
Federal workers with long memories can remember a time when most of them were considered to be nonessential, and when Washington area civil servants got a special holiday every four years, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Check out inaugurations then and now.
If you live in the D.C. area, you either are from somewhere else or you know lots of people who hail from other parts of the country. Places where schools never close because of the weather and people grin and bear it even if they must commute on snowshoes, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Here, not so much...
Just about every federal investor knows that the super-safe, never-has-a-bad day Treasury securities G Fund is the place to be when times are tough, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. But what happens if Uncle Sam loses the ability to borrow in order to pay off debts? Where should G Fund investors go?
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.
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?
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?"
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?