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10:39 pm, May 29, 2015

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.

What's your number?

Even if your retirement plan consists of a couple of coin-filled Mason jars behind the refrigerator or buried in the back yard, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says you should to take the numbers test.

Friday - 05/29/2015, 03:00am EDT

Leaving the TSP: Is that really a good idea? Or, engineering a 28 percent nose dive

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey explains what impact a recent Supreme Court decision will have on your Thrift Savings Plan.

Thursday - 05/28/2015, 03:00am EDT

40 minutes to a richer retirement

By picking the right date, federal employees can maximize their income for that year, minimize taxes for the following year and get the most money out of their unused annual leave, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Wednesday - 05/27/2015, 03:00am EDT

Why are feds leaving free money on the table?

Cut out smoking, if you smoke. Drinking, if you drink. Starbucks, if that is your thing. The point is to put something into the Thrift Savings Plan every pay period, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey in response to readers' comments about the low proportion of FERS employees contributing to the TSP.

Tuesday - 05/26/2015, 03:00am EDT

Memorial Day salute

More than summer road trips and barbecues, Memorial Day is a time to remember and honor. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey and a former soldier with 30 years of service reflect.

Monday - 05/25/2015, 03:00am EDT

Ghost of Memorial Days' past

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey goes back in time to a Memorial Day when honoring the fallen, not to mention not passing out, was the order of the day.

Friday - 05/22/2015, 03:00am EDT

The $200 million free state tax refund

A quarter-million-plus feds live or work in Maryland. So, given the U.S. Supreme Court's recent finding that counties in The Free State have been double-taxing some residents, will federal workers score big time? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey turns to a tax expert.

Thursday - 05/21/2015, 03:00am EDT

Real victims or self-anointed wimps?

Is fed-bashing, by politicians and the media, worse than ever? Or is life in the federal government so much sweeter than everywhere else, except maybe Wall Street?

Wednesday - 05/20/2015, 03:00am EDT

Tax-deferred pay raise? No thanks!

More than a quarter of FERS employees are not contributing the full 5 percent salary amount into the TSP. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says it's a case of free money being turned down for no good reason.

Monday - 05/18/2015, 03:00am EDT

The few, the proud, the mailman?

Federal employees have it tough. Especially, if you're a letter carrier. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says you better be careful, because it's a dog-bite-mailman world out there.

Monday - 05/18/2015, 03:00am EDT

Does GOP actually stand for Go-Away-Please?

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wonders if one political party is targeting federal employees' pay and benefits more than the other.

Friday - 05/15/2015, 03:00am EDT

When no good deed goes unpunished

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey ponders how bad occurrences may actually lead to positive outcomes, despite what you first might think.

Thursday - 05/14/2015, 03:00am EDT

Phased Retirement: When, where and is it for you?

Although phased retirement has been in the works for a couple of years, nobody is sure what it will look like, how it will work and how it may vary from agency-to-agency, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Wednesday - 05/13/2015, 03:00am EDT

Pay raise: Bad news, good news, back to bad ...

Just as it takes two to tango, the only way to make money in politics, the law and the media is to have at least two sides, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Tuesday - 05/12/2015, 03:00am EDT

What's on the menu besides you: Prey or pray?

After weeks of negotiations, the House and the Senate passed a compromise budget. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey asked the Federal Managers Association to review the plan to see what it means for feds.

Monday - 05/11/2015, 03:00am EDT

Tax-free government CD, or peel me another grape!

People under the old Civil Service Retirement System have a little-known perk called the Voluntary Contribution program. Lucky them, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Friday - 05/08/2015, 03:00am EDT

New reality show: Feds on the edge

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey asks: How would you like to go to the "office" every day knowing that danger could be lurking anywhere, in many forms?

Thursday - 05/07/2015, 03:00am EDT

Feds/Congress: The Fear Factor

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says Congress and the White House have made his job easier ... namely by giving him plenty of stories to write about that scare federal employees!

Wednesday - 05/06/2015, 03:00am EDT

You know you're back on the East Coast when ...

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey returns to the Nation's Capital after a week in sunny California and learns there's no place like home.

Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 03:00am EDT

Special savings plan for CSRS types

How would you like the option to amass a separate tax-free retirement fund in addition to the CSRS annuity you will get when you retire from government? asks Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Monday - 05/04/2015, 03:00am EDT
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