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6:31 pm, December 17, 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.

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

Sex and your salary

When you get your paycheck deposit notification, do your thoughts automatically turn to sex? If not, maybe they should, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Wednesday - 04/16/2014, 02:00am EDT

Harry Reid, John Boehner or Lindsay Lohan? Your call

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.

Tuesday - 04/15/2014, 02:00am EDT

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
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