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7:12 pm, July 29, 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.

Are those buzzards or sharks circling your cubicle?

After years of frozen pay, furloughs and shutdowns, federal workers have a new, legitimate, complaint, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. They are lonely and they are being watched at the same time!

Tuesday - 04/08/2014, 02:00am EDT

Medicare Part B: The $1,200 question

With apologies to Shakespeare, the most common question federal workers ask at benefits seminars is the To B or Not to B question. Should they pay $1,200 a year for Medicare Part B, or rely on their federal health plan? Short answer: It depends, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Monday - 04/07/2014, 02:00am EDT

A GS-15 walks into a bar: The bartender says why the long face?

When it comes to pay at the top of the civil-service rungs, all men and women are not created, or at least treated, the same, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Bosses in Houston make more than their counterparts in D.C. Who, in turn, out-earn their colleagues in Cincinnati.

Friday - 04/04/2014, 05:00am EDT

The End Is Near ... again

A wise IRS employee, who is also a movie buff and student of life in government, says that every federal employee should see the classic film, Casablanca. The one where the police chief tells his men, with a wink and a nod, to round up the usual suspects. Seeing the movie should calm down some people who are currently very nervous in the civil service, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Thursday - 04/03/2014, 02:00am EDT

Election-year politics, pay raises & health plans

Is your 2015 pay raise going to be 1 percent or 3.3 percent? Are federal workers going to stay in their own health plans or will they be forced to move into one of the exchanges set up by the Affordable Care Act? Read Senior Correspondent Mike Causey's column for more.

Wednesday - 04/02/2014, 02:00am EDT

Rush hour or sleep late? Your call!

The way things are going, a lot of long-time feds are doing the math to see how much longer they can afford to work. So do you keep fighting rush-hour traffic or give yourself the option to sleep late? Follow the money, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 02:00am EDT

Taxes: Pay them now or pay them later

Where and how you watch the Superbowl or Dancing With the Stars may depend on when and if you pay your taxes, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So how can a Roth TSP help you, maybe, make a million tax-free dollars?

Monday - 03/31/2014, 02:00am EDT

Your 3.3 percent raise and the R Word

Is that 3.3 percent proposed federal pay raise missing an important political component? Some would say it needs the R word to be a winner, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Friday - 03/28/2014, 02:30am EDT

Investing: Channel your inner robot

Investing for retirement might be a lot easier if you were a robot, rather than a flesh-and-blood human-being, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Especially one who watches the news a lot.

Thursday - 03/27/2014, 02:00am EDT

Suze O on the TSP's 'free money'

If your spouse or know-it-all sibling told you about free money you would probably ignore them, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. But if financial guru Suze Orman said it's available through your TSP, you'd stand at attention!

Wednesday - 03/26/2014, 02:00am EDT

Married feds: What happens after you've gone?

Married federal couples face a tough but important choice when they retire, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Should they provide a survivor benefit?

Tuesday - 03/25/2014, 02:00am EDT

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
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