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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.

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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

The Millionaire Inside of You

Are you a $1 million baby? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says you can be if, like some other feds, you make the most out of your Thrift Savings Plan.

Wednesday - 08/20/2014, 02:00am EDT

TSP Millionaires Club: Want In?

Want to have a $1 million-plus nest egg to play with when you retire? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says any fed can do it with common sense, hard work and time.

Tuesday - 08/19/2014, 02:00am EDT

The 12 Days of Congress

It's a good thing Congress had a nice, long break. It has lots to do when it gets back in town and only 12 days to do it, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Monday - 08/18/2014, 02:00am EDT

Higher health premiums on the way!

While Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck may argue over whether it's rabbit or duck season, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey reminds feds that open enrollment season is fast approaching.

Friday - 08/15/2014, 02:00am EDT

Emotional Investors: Sell low then buy high!

Unless you're financially well-off, you need to get to know your Thrift Savings Plan. It may be responsible for one-third to one-half of the income you receive in your retirement, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Thursday - 08/14/2014, 02:00am EDT

Phased Retirement: Empowered or Embalmed?

Is the perfect job -- one with less work, a shorter commute and less time in the office -- within reach? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says phased retirement may hold the key to a perfect job for some feds.

Wednesday - 08/13/2014, 02:00am EDT

Office Attire: The end isn't near, it's here!

Flip-fops and T-shirts and spandex, oh my! Readers share Casual Friday horror stories with Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Tuesday - 08/12/2014, 02:00am EDT

Phased retirement: A double-edged perk

Some of life's toughest, most important choices include marriage, children, divorce and retirement. Not necessarily in that order. Which is why Nov. 6 is the new D-Day for federal workers.

Monday - 08/11/2014, 02:00am EDT

A Midsummer Day's Nightmare

Got a coworker or employee whose fashion sense takes a strange turn during the warm summer months? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to hear from you.

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

Work: Getting there quickly is half the fun ...

What secrets would you reveal to a perfect stranger? A love affair? The misdeeds of a crooked boss? Or, as Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wonders, would it be how long it really takes you to commute to work?

Thursday - 08/07/2014, 02:00am EDT
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