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1:53 pm, March 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.

Pay, pension and TSP 'take-aways' you didn't order

In England and in some parts of this country, a "take away" is when you order a popular fast food and take it home with you. In Washington "take away" is the legislative-political equivalent of bend-over-and-smile-this-is-going-to-hurt-you-more-than-me, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Friday - 03/27/2015, 02:00am EDT

Abolish the IRS. What a great idea

In 18th century Paris, the cry "off with their heads" was directed mainly at aristocrats, many of whom had been living a little too high off the hog. In 21st century Washington, folks nominated for the chop are guilty of one heinous crime. They are taxpayers who also happen to work for the Internal Revenue Service, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Thursday - 03/26/2015, 02:00am EDT

Federal retirement: When, where, why?

Does your retirement game plan have an end date? Have you figured out what you will do with 100 percent more leisure time, asks Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Wednesday - 03/25/2015, 02:00am EDT

Danger pay for feds: Why not?

Instead of a federal pay cut, politicians might want to think about giving hazard pay to lots of government workers, many of which have dangerous jobs, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Tuesday - 03/24/2015, 02:00am EDT

Tax free retirement sound good?

It's tough enough figuring out how much you're going to get from your federal pension, but what states are going to benefit you the most in your retirement years? Before you pack your bags, see what Senior Correspondent Mike Causey has to say.

Monday - 03/23/2015, 03:00am EDT

Pay cut: That ain't funny

Funny is a relative thing, especially when it comes to members of Congress cutting federal pay, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey. It's hard sometimes to see the humor in that.

Friday - 03/20/2015, 03:00am EDT

That deer in the crosshairs is you!

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey explores the connection between federal employees, a retiring congressmen, deer hunters and Downton Abbey.

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 03:00am EDT

Overpaid feds, really?

The issue of whether federal employees are overpaid or underpaid has been around for long time. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey turns to two feds to get their perspective on the debate.

Wednesday - 03/18/2015, 03:00am EDT

Scrambling your retirement nest egg, again ...

For the ninth time in 19 years and the second time in 13 months, the government has run out of authority to borrow. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey explains what that means for your Thrift Savings Plan account.

Tuesday - 03/17/2015, 03:00am EDT

The pay raise vs. the COLA gap is real!!!

The only good news -- so far -- for retirees is that the COLA escalator only goes in one direction. That is up, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Monday - 03/16/2015, 03:00am EDT

Don't drink the proverbial Kool-Aid just yet!

Did you hear Congress was contemplating a 8.7 percent pay cut to federal employees earning more than $100,000 a year? Don't pack your bags just yet, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Friday - 03/13/2015, 03:00am EDT

Rolling back your TSP clock

Where were you putting your retirement money during the Great Recession? asks Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Thursday - 03/12/2015, 03:00am EDT

Investment Tip: Build or buy a time machine

When it comes to investing and most other things, hindsight is 20/20. Past investments in the Thrift Savings Plan may point to strategies for the future, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Wednesday - 03/11/2015, 03:00am EDT

The high-five you don't want to get, or Naked at the office

Many feds dream of the day they'll be able to retire. But Congress may have plans to make that dream something of a nightmare, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Tuesday - 03/10/2015, 03:00am EDT

2016's zero calorie COLA?

Former feds and those about to retire, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey has some news for you -- both good and bad -- about the impact inflation has on your retirement.

Monday - 03/09/2015, 03:00am EDT

Phasing in phased retirement

Phased retirement seemed like such a simple idea. But, it's like the federal government got hung up on the "Stupid" part of the K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple, Stupid approach to implementing it, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Friday - 03/06/2015, 03:00am EST

Dump on D.C. Day deferred

Once spring finally gets here, D.C. will stop complaining about the weather, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey, and get back into the business of being the place the rest of America loves to hate.

Thursday - 03/05/2015, 03:00am EST

Let's play What's My Disease?

What with a three-year bipartisan pay freeze, which was followed by back-to-back annual pay raises of 1 percentage point and ever increasing health premiums, it's been a long time since it was fun to be a fed, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Wednesday - 03/04/2015, 03:00am EST

S&M on Capitol Hill

Some would argue that Republicans and Democrats in Congress make it a habit of torturing each other. But Senior Correspondent Mike Causey knows that they're really there to torture us.

Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 03:00am EST

TSP balance tops $113k: Are you smart, lucky or both?

When it comes to prepping for retirement, federal workers are doing much better than their private sector counterparts, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Monday - 03/02/2015, 03:00am EST
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