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1:58 am, October 25, 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.

Commuting tools: Trains, ferries, cars ... moose?

Ever wonder how the other half lives? More specifically, how other people get to work every day? In government it can involve trains, planes, cars, bikes, even moose, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Monday - 04/14/2014, 02:00am EDT

30 years of asking: 'Are we there yet?'

The person who first said, "Getting there is half the fun," probably didn't work for the government, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. And certainly didn't have to commute in D.C., Boston, New York or LA. So how do you do it?

Friday - 04/11/2014, 02:00am EDT

Easy Rider -- or Highway to Hell?

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: Is getting to and from work your best time of day? Are you listening to books or learning a language? Or do you have the commute from hell? Do you arrive at work and home having committed murder in your heart?

Thursday - 04/10/2014, 02:00am EDT

Is this as good as it gets?

They say that in Russia, many older people now long for the good old days when Joseph Stalin ran things. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: What if in the near future federal workers look back to pay freezes, furloughs and shutdowns as if they were the good old days?

Wednesday - 04/09/2014, 02:00am EDT

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
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