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8:19 am, September 30, 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.

What happens in Vegas does not stay in Vegas!

Remember when conferences were fun-filled, let-it-all-hang-out events? Those good old days may be gone for good, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Tuesday - 09/30/2014, 02:00am EDT

Pay, pensions, premiums. Going up!

Pay, pensions and health insurance premiums are all going up in the next several months. But definitely not at the same rate, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey. White collar workers know what their January 2015 raise will be. But the cost of living adjustment for retirees is still to be decided, and new (and in some cases higher) health premiums will be unveiled in October.

Monday - 09/29/2014, 02:00am EDT

Unsolved mysteries...like your COLA!

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know, do you believe our government is telling the truth or concealing details about some very important things, like retiree COLAs?

Friday - 09/26/2014, 02:00am EDT

Why it's important to check your TSP account before you really check out!

Nearly half of all Thrift Savings Plan participants close their accounts when they leave government. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey explains why.

Thursday - 09/25/2014, 02:00am EDT

Your incredible shrinking COLA

Federal retirees will soon know their cost of living adjustment for January 2015. The bad news is, it might be lower than they were hoping, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Wednesday - 09/24/2014, 02:00am EDT

Pantless in D.C.

You've no doubt heard about someone "losing their shirt." Have you heard the one about the senior correspondent who lost his pants? Mike Causey has and he lived to tell about it.

Tuesday - 09/23/2014, 02:00am EDT

Our half-(p)assed Congress

It's safe to come out. Congress has wrapped up its two weeks of work and fled D.C. again. At least they passed a continuing resolution to fund the government through Dec. 11 before they left, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Monday - 09/22/2014, 02:00am EDT

Join the government and become a millionaire?

Over the past several years, the number of federal workers will million-dollar Thrift Savings Plan accounts has jumped dramatically. That's due, no doubt, to the surging stock market, and some TSPers who stayed the course through tough times, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Friday - 09/19/2014, 02:00am EDT

Investments and the smell test

Some people go outside the TSP because they want to have a wider choice of investment options. Would you do the same? asks Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Thursday - 09/18/2014, 02:00am EDT

TSP: Are you a lifer? Should you be?

Forty-five percent of TSP investors who left government in 2012 closed their federal accounts within a year, according to a survey by the Board that runs the giant 401(k) style program. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wonders why.

Wednesday - 09/17/2014, 02:00am EDT

Your link to Arnold Schwarzenegger and Mitt Romney

Don't worry feds, you have more in common with the former "Governator" Arnold Schwarzenegger than you may think, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Tuesday - 09/16/2014, 02:00am EDT

Follow the money: Your TSP account

TSP participants may be good at saving cash, but how will they spend that money when the time comes? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey asks. Do you want a lump sum? Do you want monthly payments? What will you need and when will you need it?

Monday - 09/15/2014, 02:00am EDT

9/11 plus one: The morning after

No matter how terrible, painful, heartrending an event may be, somebody always eventually asks, "What's for lunch?" Senior Correspondent Mike Causey reminds us that there is always a morning after.

Friday - 09/12/2014, 02:00am EDT

9/11: Lest we forget

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey and his readers look back at where they were on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001.

Thursday - 09/11/2014, 02:00am EDT

Nude sunbathing, retirement, death

For today's column, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey suggests you check on your nest egg, get your affairs in order and pack some extra sunblock.

Wednesday - 09/10/2014, 02:00am EDT

Phased retirement: Ready, set, go?

Do you dive headfirst into cold water? Maybe you prefer to ease into it. If so, you might feel the same way about retirement. For those "easing in" kind of feds, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey suggests you consider phased retirement.

Tuesday - 09/09/2014, 02:00am EDT

9/11/01: Where were you?

Everyone remembers where they were on 9/11/01, this generation's equivalent of "Where were you when Pearl Harbor was bombed?" Senior Correspondent Mike Causey asks readers to share their memories of 9/11.

Monday - 09/08/2014, 02:00am EDT

Sound off, your turn

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey shares feedback from his readers about working on Labor Day.

Friday - 09/05/2014, 02:00am EDT

For a (very) few dollars more …

Although feds received a 1 percent pay raise last January and can expect a repeat come 2015, they may still be feeling the effects of the Great Recession, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

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

Treading water in the pay pool

Federal employees are in the same boat as many private sector workers when it comes to cost-of-living pay increases. But, at least, feds can look forward to a likely 1 percent pay bump next January, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Wednesday - 09/03/2014, 02:00am EDT
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