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9:13 am, September 30, 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.

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

IRS tax dead beats ... maybe not so much!

Last week the headlines screamed, "IRS TAX DEADBEATS GETTING CASH AWARDS." What a story! What's not to like? Except maybe there is another side to the story, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Monday - 04/28/2014, 02:00am EDT

Are you an optimist, pessimist or realist?

The latest IRS "scandal" and the pay gap between men and women in government present the perfect opportunity to find out whether you are an optimist or a pessimist, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Friday - 04/25/2014, 02:00am EDT
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Studying women's figures

Lots of important people in government spend a lot of their time studying women's figures. And many agree it is the right, and smart, thing to do, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Also, a lot of women think it is time to stop studying them and get down to action.

Thursday - 04/24/2014, 02:00am EDT

What women really want!

If you are a red-blooded American male, chances are you ask yourself, a lot, what do women really want? And we've got the answer to one key element: Equal treatment on the job.

Wednesday - 04/23/2014, 02:00am EDT

To TSP or not to TSP? That is the question

Are you sick of the constraints in the Thrift Savings Plan? Are you anxious to get outside investment help? Well before you turn your retirement nest egg over to a bank, or your freelance neighborhood dog walker, check out Senior Correspondent Mike Causey's column today.

Tuesday - 04/22/2014, 02:00am EDT

3.3 percent pay raise: What are the odds?

In the past three years, federal workers have gotten one raise, valued at 1 percentage point. Now a 3.3 percent increase in 2015 could be in the cards, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So what are the odds? Can you say slim-and-none?

Monday - 04/21/2014, 02:00am EDT

The flat tops of the civil service

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: How can you tell the difference between a long-time GS-15 from San Francisco or Houston and two GS-15s from Huntsville, Ala., or Washington, D.C.?

Friday - 04/18/2014, 02:00am EDT

Dead feds with credit cards!

Despite publicity and crackdowns, credit card abuse continues in federal agencies. Sometimes it's shocking, sometimes amusing, sometimes creepy ... as in dead men charging, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Thursday - 04/17/2014, 02:00am EDT
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