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11:44 pm, September 17, 2014

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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.

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

Laboring on Labor Day! What gives?

Was Labor Day just another work day for you? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to hear from feds who kept on working while the rest of us cooked hot dogs and went to the beach.

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

Lifeguard duty on Labor Day

Even though it's a federal holiday, the one when working folks are supposed to rest, Uncle Sam has millions of lifeguards - civilian and military - on duty today. For obvious reasons. And even if you can't see them, they are there, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Monday - 09/01/2014, 02:00am EDT

The last thong of summer?

As the unofficial end of summer arrives, feds are packing up their sneakers, thongs, spandex and comfortable clothes and donning their professional business attire -- or maybe not, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Friday - 08/29/2014, 02:00am EDT

Pay raises vs. COLAs: Are the numbers cooked?

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says he has lots in common with actor George Clooney. Yet, they may differ on what's cheap, what's a bargain and what's an outrage.

Thursday - 08/28/2014, 02:00am EDT

Congress returns: Tanned, rested and ready to rest some more ...

Members of Congress are returning to Capitol Hill with a full plate of issues to resolve, namely a Continuing Resolution to fend off a potential government shutdown. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says they better hop to before they head out on the campaign trail.

Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 02:00am EDT

Health insurance for life, but only if you ...

Are you going to have to work three, four or five years longer than you expected to ensure that you'll retire with coverage from the federal employee health program? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey explains some of the ramifications of the "five-year rule."

Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 02:00am EDT

Enjoy yourself, it's later than you think

It was just a year ago that feds were facing furloughs and worrying about a possible government shutdown. Things sure have changed, haven't they?

Monday - 08/25/2014, 02:00am EDT

July living costs, January COLA drop

Thanks to a slight dip in July living costs, the tentative inflation-catch up for millions of retired Americans now stands at 1.8 percent. But, feds have two more months to endure before they know what their cost of living adjustment will be next January, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Friday - 08/22/2014, 02:00am EDT

Options: Feds have plenty of them

So, you're reaping the benefits of your Thrift Savings Plan? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says you still may be missing out on a host of other federal benefits that are available to you.

Thursday - 08/21/2014, 02:00am EDT
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