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10:35 pm, October 21, 2014

Mike Causey's Federal Report

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It's your choice: Bankruptcy insurance or catastrophic coverage

During open season, feds and retirees in the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program have dozens of choices ranging from low-premium health maintenance organizations to plans that provide national and worldwide coverage, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 02:00am EDT

Ebola and your job description

Over the coming weeks and months, many federal workers and military personnel will be involved in the fight to contain, then isolate and eliminate the disease. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wonders what measures agencies will be taking to protect those workers.

Monday - 10/20/2014, 02:00am EDT

Anybody got a $1,000 toilet seat?

Remember the good old days when federal buyers were paying $435 for a claw hammer? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey does and wonders whether the federal government ever really learned its lesson.

Friday - 10/17/2014, 02:00am EDT

A holiday by any other name: Columbus, go home?

Most feds had Monday off thanks to Columbus Day, but some cities celebrate the day as Indigenous People's Day. One IRS worker tells Senior Correspondent Mike Causey the federal government may want to reconsider honoring the Italian explorer.

Thursday - 10/16/2014, 02:00am EDT

2015: New year, old threats

Feds won't need to consult tea leaves or gaze into a crystal ball to see what Congress congress has in store for them next year. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says it will be the same old, same old again.

Wednesday - 10/15/2014, 02:00am EDT

Are you guilty of procurement?

Uncle Sam is the biggest, shopper, consumer, buyer in the world. Everything from aircraft and weapons systems to protective suits used by medical personnel dealing with Ebola. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey preview's Federal News Radio's special report, "The Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform."

Tuesday - 10/14/2014, 02:00am EDT

Columbus Day 2014: Remember where you were this time last year?

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey channels some government employees from 1492 -- namely, Christopher Columbus and the crews of the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria.

Monday - 10/13/2014, 02:00am EDT

Maximizing your final hours, or, What a difference a day makes!

Does it really matter which day a federal employee decides to retire? Yes, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey, and he introduces readers to the expert who's come up with a system to help feds choose their best retirement day.

Friday - 10/10/2014, 02:00am EDT

Sleepwalking (or not) through open season

If past is prologue, most federal and postal workers will either sleepwalk through the open season and do nothing. Others will wait until the last minute, shop frantically and, in most cases, stick with the plan they've been in for years, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

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

Finding your magic retirement date

Honesty is the best policy. It's also a best practice for feds trying to decide when they should retire, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Wednesday - 10/08/2014, 02:00am EDT

Your retirement menu: Farewell lunch or you as the carryout?

Your retirement may be closer than you think. Do you understand how your retirement plan works? asks Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Tuesday - 10/07/2014, 02:00am EDT

Lights, camera, jail time for feds???

Whoever said that a picture is worth a thousand words knew what he (or she) was talking about. That's especially true of a high federal official photographed in a Las Vegas luxury suite in their birthday suit, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Monday - 10/06/2014, 02:00am EDT

ISO love outside the TSP? Consider the cost

A huge pile of investment capital -- $420 billion-plus and growing daily -- is begging to be rescued by a private sector suitor, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey. The money is 4.6 million Thrift Savings Plan accounts held by current, retired or former federal and postal workers and military personnel.

Friday - 10/03/2014, 02:00am EDT

How's your TSP? Compared to what?

Federal workers are pretty savvy about investing for retirement, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey. The Thrift Savings Plan now has more than 4.6 million account holders and is worth more than $420 billion.

Thursday - 10/02/2014, 02:00am EDT

Lights out for your boss

Most members of Congress are not as cute as Bambi, but they do have some similarities to the four-footed animals that are overrunning the Capitol region, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Wednesday - 10/01/2014, 02:00am EDT

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
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