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12:41 am, September 15, 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.

Memorial Day Salute

Memorial Day isn't a holiday as such. But it is an important time to remember people we honor on a special day like this, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So we turned to a retired fed in Florida who explains what this day is all about.

Monday - 05/26/2014, 02:00am EDT

Buyouts and bats: Endangered species?

Remember when you were a kid driving to or from vacation, and you kept asking are we there yet? Now you're an adult civil servant and the question du jour is: Where are the buyouts? Check out Senior Correspondent Mike Causey's column for more.

Friday - 05/23/2014, 02:00am EDT

'Best in Show' federal agencies

Every year, different groups, associations and magazines publish their lists of best federal agencies, best places to work, etc. A few places are always near the top but the lists do change. Partly because some places try harder and get better and partly because if the rankings didn't change, there would be no reason for a list, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So who's on your personal best list?

Thursday - 05/22/2014, 02:00am EDT

Federal quiz clue: Marilyn's toes

Think you are pretty smart? Could you make it on Jeopardy? Try out our numbers game to test your quiz IQ, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Wednesday - 05/21/2014, 02:00am EDT

Guess who's going up 1.35 percent?

Guess who is getting a 1.35 percent increase next year? If you work for Uncle Sam, count yourself out. You're looking at, maybe, 1 percent. The lucky people are retirees whose increases are linked to inflation -- not politics, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tuesday - 05/20/2014, 02:00am EDT

TSP -- room for a LOT more customers?

What would it mean to the federal-military investors in the Thrift Savings Plan if everybody in the country were allowed to join up? Nobody knows for sure, but higher fees, for everybody, would seem to be a likely outcome, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Monday - 05/19/2014, 02:00am EDT

Phased retirement: 49 and 1/2 shades of gray

What's maybe going to top the summer must-read list for federal workers? It's one of the hottest topics in government: phased retirement. Coming soon, we think, to a cubicle near you, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Friday - 05/16/2014, 02:00am EDT

TSP? Maybe ... FERS? No!

When it comes to certain federal benefits, President Barack Obama and Florida Senator Marco Rubio have something in common. One of them is admiration for the federal Thrift Savings Plan, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey Says.

Thursday - 05/15/2014, 02:00am EDT

Hunting season on feds extended, expanded

The long hunting season on federal bureaucrats just got longer -- and with an expanded range of targets: Including your retirement plan and your boss's job security, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Wednesday - 05/14/2014, 02:00am EDT

Feds on the menu: Fried, boiled or stewed?

Ever play the horrible choices game? My kids loved it. They would give me three or four options, all of them disgusting and dangerous, and I had to pick one. When I cracked and did, they would go eeewww! Because I made such a disgusting choice. Anyhow, you may want to learn the rules.

Tuesday - 05/13/2014, 02:00am EDT

Counterfeit feds

Should you even be doing your job? Is it possible that a private sector firm could do what your agency does at less cost to the taxpayers? It's been tried before, namely in the IRS, with very, very mixed results.

Monday - 05/12/2014, 05:18am EDT

Time to privatize your job?

What if you could sign up for Social Security at Sears or file your taxes at Walmart? That hasn't yet but the Postal Service has a plan to open up offices in Staples stores nationwide, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey. People employed by Staples, not the U.S. government, would sell stamps, handle package, sort mail, etc. So, what could go wrong?

Friday - 05/09/2014, 02:00am EDT

Is this the code to future buyouts, RIFs?

Is the key to possible buyouts or layoffs next year contained in a new directive, M-14-07, out of Washington? Maybe you can solve the riddle, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Thursday - 05/08/2014, 02:00am EDT

Gridlock's not such a dirty word

Looking for action, drama and excitement in your life? Forget about Congress this year because you'll get more information and action watching "The Real Housewives of Orange County" on TV, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Wednesday - 05/07/2014, 02:00am EDT

Disability retirement: Avoid it if you can!

There are certain policies and benefits that you hope never to collect. That includes getting back the premiums you pay for homeowners' fire insurance, long-term care health premiums and disability retirement benefits, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tuesday - 05/06/2014, 02:00am EDT

Pension benefits: Not all feds are created equal

When it comes to retirement benefits, not all federal workers pay the same, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey say. In fact, the giant Federal Employees Retirement System, or FERS, now has three tiers.

Monday - 05/05/2014, 02:00am EDT

A buyout offer you cannot refuse!

They say everybody has a price, so what's yours? How much money would you have to have, in the form of a buyout, to retire? Would $50,000 do it? Go a little higher, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Friday - 05/02/2014, 02:00am EDT

Is it your turn for a buyout?

Are you waiting for a buyout offer before you retire? Is your plan to work until you drop unless Uncle Sam shows you the money? If so, you are not alone, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Thursday - 05/01/2014, 02:00am EDT

The G-Man who never was -- and still isn't

How would you like it if the government told you that you didn't officially exist? And if it did, it would say you were an alien from a town and country that is no longer there! Check out Senior Correspondent Mike Causey's column for the story of the "Fed Without A Country."

Wednesday - 04/30/2014, 02:00am EDT

What's the best age to leave government -- how about NEVER?

Are you part of the Botox Generation? Are you thinking about leaving your federal job because you are sick of being unappreciated, attacked and even furloughed? Before you do anything, remember the immortal words of the late, great comedian, Henny Youngman, when he was asked, "How's your wife?" Check out Senior Correspondent Mike Causey's column for more.

Tuesday - 04/29/2014, 02:00am EDT
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