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Mike Causey's Federal Report

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Forget the Oscars -- this one's for you!

Forget the Academy Awards, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. There is another awards event that honors the people who make the government work. People like you.

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

Buyouts and Justin Bieber

The 2014 buyout season is off and running, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So what exactly does speculation about buyouts have in common with talk about pop star Justin Bieber?

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

Buyouts, early-outs arouse KMA Club

Do you know anybody in your office or agency who belongs to the secret KMA Club? It's an ancient and secretive society whose members can be aroused by sacred phrases, such as buyouts and early retirement, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

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

SSA offering early-outs in 2014

The early-out offer at the Social Security Administration is one of the first this year in government. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says it could open up the promotion pipeline for younger, mid-career employees and jump-start early retirement offers in other agencies too. So how are things in your office?

Friday - 01/31/2014, 02:00am EST

The 30-day rule

Trick question, and you will never get the right answer. The question is this: How many days are there in the months of September, August and February? If you said anything other than 30 you lose, and it could impact your retirement benefit, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Thursday - 01/30/2014, 02:00am EST

Finding your magic retirement date

Timing is everything, especially when you retire. And whether you are planning to retire in a few months or 30 years from now, there is a magic date just for you, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Wednesday - 01/29/2014, 02:00am EST

A new kind of 'Cold' War -- with you on the frontline

Have you resolved to brain the next person who says "Is it cold enough for you?" Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: How are you holding up during our little ice age?

Tuesday - 01/28/2014, 02:00am EST

Damned if you do, darned if you don't!

What's the worst job in Washington? Some would say it is being director of the Office of Personnel Management in winter, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. And we found out why last week.

Monday - 01/27/2014, 02:00am EST

Handling your polar vortex

If you can read this, it means you are alive, well and a survivor of the massive polar vortex that froze half the country, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So, how did you and your colleagues do it?

Friday - 01/24/2014, 02:00am EST

A PC, gluten-free investment option --yummy!

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: Do you think you could make more money, or be more supportive of causes to endorse, if Uncle Sam would broaden your investment options?

Thursday - 01/23/2014, 02:00am EST

Back when men were men...

Washington got its first big (for us) snowfall this week and, again, it turned once real men into mice, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So why does this happen year after year?

Wednesday - 01/22/2014, 02:00am EST

Stay home or go home: Nightmare decision

Every time there is a big snowstorm, top government officials are haunted by a 32-year-old nightmare, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tuesday - 01/21/2014, 02:00am EST

How are you spending your day?

Just because today is a holiday doesn't mean Uncle Sam has shut down. Far from it, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Lots of people are in today either because they have to be (as in they are essential) or they want to be (as in dedicated). Either way, have a good day...

Monday - 01/20/2014, 02:00am EST

Cold weather kit: Bread, or beer & birth control

It's been a rough winter so far in much of the country, with the worst yet to come. So how do you prep for ice and snow? In D.C., people stock up on milk, white bread and toilet paper, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. In colder climates, like Buffalo, they go for a B & B: beer and birth control devices.

Friday - 01/17/2014, 02:00am EST

Self-plus-one coverage: What's in it for you?

Lots of people inside government are excited about the pending self-plus-one health plan option, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. It will cost more than self-only, but less than the standard family plan. So who are the winners and losers?

Thursday - 01/16/2014, 02:00am EST

Take me to your leader: Who's in charge?

If other-world aliens landed next to your building and said "take me to your leader," would you head for Washington, your state capital or your boss on the top floor? Also, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: how did the government once manage to slash the number of managers almost overnight?

Wednesday - 01/15/2014, 02:00am EST

Retirement ride: Will you be going 1st, 2nd or 3rd class?

Thanks to some surgical budget-cutting by Congress and the White House, Uncle Sam now has a three-tiered retirement plan: First-, second- and third-class where the service is the same but the price tag is higher for some than others.

Tuesday - 01/14/2014, 02:00am EST

Despite what your significant other says, you're worth more than you think!

Thanks to a portion of the media and many politicians, a lot of federal and postal workers have a low opinion of themselves. But when you crunch the numbers, feds are significant players in the stock market and in the net worth department, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Crunch your own numbers.

Monday - 01/13/2014, 06:12am EST

Uncle Sam's less-fat, more-muscle plan...

Want to lose weight, pack on muscle and become more tech savvy? Uncle Sam has this magic plan in the works, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. When approved, it will benefit young and old alike.

Friday - 01/10/2014, 02:00am EST

How cold was it? It was so cold that...

It's been so cold this week that Washington, D.C. has -- temporarily -- lost its title as Wimp City USA. Places like Chicago, Minneapolis and Boston, tough towns, also surrendered to the frigid arctic weather blast, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So how cold was it?

Thursday - 01/09/2014, 02:00am EST
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