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Your 2009 federal pay raise, and the retiree COLA are safe and sound. But what about all those other pro-fed benefits Congress has been working on? The answer, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says, is that they haven't been working very hard.

Tags: P&B , pay raise , bonus holiday , Windfall/Offset , Mike Causey

Wednesday - 11/19/2008, 04:00am EST

Cashing In On The COLA

By now many people have figured out that the January cost of living adjustment for retirees will be bigger than the pay raise for working feds and some want to cash in on it. But Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says, for most of you, that ship has sailed.

Tags: timing retirement , CHART ,

Tuesday - 10/21/2008, 04:00am EDT

Cashing In On The COLA

By now many people have figured out that the January cost of living adjustment for retirees will be bigger than the pay raise for working feds and some want to cash in on it. But Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says, for most of you, that ship has sailed.

Tags: timing retirement , CHART

Tuesday - 10/21/2008, 04:00am EDT

Best COLA Since 1982 On The Way

Federal and military retirees will get a 5.8 percent cost of living adjustment in January. That's solid and its the biggest COLA since 1982, but some people say the cost of the increase could be a political problem down the line.

Tags: innout

Friday - 10/17/2008, 04:00am EDT

Best COLA Since 1982 On The Way

Federal and military retirees will get a 5.8 percent cost of living adjustment in January. That's solid and its the biggest COLA since 1982, but some people say the cost of the increase could be a political problem down the line.

Tags: innout

Friday - 10/17/2008, 04:00am EDT

Don't Worry, Be Happy

After a few brutal weeks of economic news we should all welcome a time out. Even though this is a holiday for most federal workers, there are three good news items in the works. Check out Senior Correspondent Mike Causey's column and send it on to a friend.

Tags: Columbus Day , federal holiday , bonus holiday

Friday - 10/10/2008, 12:26pm EDT

Don't Worry, Be Happy

After a few brutal weeks of economic news we should all welcome a time out. Even though this is a holiday for most federal workers, there are three good news items in the works. Check out Senior Correspondent Mike Causey's column and send it on to a friend.

Tags: Columbus Day , federal holiday , bonus holiday

Friday - 10/10/2008, 12:26pm EDT

Pay Raises, COLAs and the Crisis

Are you worried about the impact of the current financial crisis on your January pay raise or retiree cost of living adjustment? If so, welcome to the club, but Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says it's not as bad as all that.

Tags: pay raise , honeyfugler

Thursday - 10/02/2008, 04:00am EDT

Your Fast-Moving 2009 Pay Raise

Your 2009 federal pay raise has, as usual, been moving at a snail's pace this year. But now in the final days of Congress, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says your raise is moving fast and it looks like 3.9 percent-plus for most.

Tags: 2009 Pay Raise , RUS , locality pay

Friday - 09/26/2008, 04:00am EDT

Dinosaurs and Your COLA

Times are tough but what does the asteroid that destroyed the dinosaurs have to do with your retirement program? The short answer, according to Senior Correspondent Mike Causey, is "not much" and in these troubled times that's a very good thing.

Tags: FERS flu , sick-leave credit , worst breakfast

Thursday - 09/25/2008, 04:00am EDT
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