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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.

The joys and sorrows of shopping naked

Open season is upon us. That's the annual period when federal employees get the chance to change their health plans. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says the vast majority of them -- 96 percent -- don't take advantage of this opportunity and may be losing out on considerable savings.

Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 02:00am EST

11-11-11 Lest we forget

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey reminds us why most feds have off today and why everyone should remember Veterans Day.

Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 02:00am EST

The man who can see into the future

To predict the future, sometimes you have to alter the past. That's one of the lessons Mike Causey learned in a recent column about the mid-term elections.

Monday - 11/10/2014, 02:00am EST

Government not yet brain-dead... but be patient!

The predicted "tsunami" of federal retirees may or may not come. Regardless, if you're planning to retire, you should still take steps to ensure financial security while your retirement is processed, says Federal News Radio's Mike Causey.

Friday - 11/07/2014, 02:00am EST

We're all winners, kinda

If you're consistently right 50 percent of the time, maybe there's a career for you in political punditry, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Thursday - 11/06/2014, 02:00am EST

Lottery tickets or LTC premiums?

Do yourself a favor and think about getting some Long Term Care insurance, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey. Your family will thank you.

Wednesday - 11/05/2014, 02:00am EST

Vote: But please, just once and only if you are still alive. Thank you!

The good news, for federal and postal workers, military personnel and retirees, is that they can vote for their "board of directors" today at the polls, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Tuesday - 11/04/2014, 02:00am EST

Use it or lose it, but first define 'it'

When it comes to lots of things, the rule of thumb is: use-it-or-lose-it. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says this is especially true when it comes to federal employees deciding whether to use sick leave or vacation days.

Monday - 11/03/2014, 02:00am EST

Fatal Attraction: Working for Uncle Sam!

History has shown, working in a federal office can sometimes be dangerous, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Friday - 10/31/2014, 02:00am EDT

Your Halloween Preview: Trick or Treat, except minus the treat

For some feds, every day seems like Halloween, with Congress routinely handing out tricks disguised as treats, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Thursday - 10/30/2014, 02:00am EDT

Parting shot from an old friend of feds

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey talks to an outgoing congressman who has been a loyal supporter of federal employees.

Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 02:00am EDT

How much longer can you afford to work?

Facing pay freezes, cost of living increases and hikes in retirement payments, some feds may wonder if its worth going to work these days, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Tuesday - 10/28/2014, 02:00am EDT

A four-day Christmas weekend for feds?

It's not too early to be thinking about Christmas, especially if you're wondering whether President Barack Obama is going to give feds an extra day off and make it a 4-day holiday weekend, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Monday - 10/27/2014, 02:00am EDT

Could Ebola become Obama's Katrina?

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wonders whether the current "crisis" around Ebola will have a similar impact on President Barack Obama as the Hurricane Katrina crisis did on his predecessor.

Friday - 10/24/2014, 02:00am EDT

Is there life after a 1.7 percent COLA?

Don't worry. That mournful sound you're hearing is just federal, military and Social Security retirees reacting to the low cost of living adjustment they'll be receiving come January, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Thursday - 10/23/2014, 02:00am EDT

Insurance against the vacation from hell

What if you're a federal employee or retiree who gets sick overseas? Will your health insurance plan cover you? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey has all the answers -- or knows someone who does.

Wednesday - 10/22/2014, 02:00am EDT

It's your choice: Bankruptcy insurance or catastrophic coverage

During open season, feds and retirees in the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program have dozens of choices ranging from low-premium health maintenance organizations to plans that provide national and worldwide coverage, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 02:00am EDT

Ebola and your job description

Over the coming weeks and months, many federal workers and military personnel will be involved in the fight to contain, then isolate and eliminate the disease. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wonders what measures agencies will be taking to protect those workers.

Monday - 10/20/2014, 02:00am EDT

Anybody got a $1,000 toilet seat?

Remember the good old days when federal buyers were paying $435 for a claw hammer? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey does and wonders whether the federal government ever really learned its lesson.

Friday - 10/17/2014, 02:00am EDT

A holiday by any other name: Columbus, go home?

Most feds had Monday off thanks to Columbus Day, but some cities celebrate the day as Indigenous People's Day. One IRS worker tells Senior Correspondent Mike Causey the federal government may want to reconsider honoring the Italian explorer.

Thursday - 10/16/2014, 02:00am EDT
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