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Phased retirement: Who, when, how?

When you approach a swimming pool for the first time, do you dive straight in or dip your toe first to test the waters? Before you retire, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says, wouldn't it be nice to have the toe-dipping option?

Tags: OPM , retirement , phased retirement , Mike Causey ,

Wednesday - 12/11/2013, 02:00am EST

DC to US: Leave us alone

Memo from D.C. to the rest of the U.S: It's winter and that means snow and ice. So give us a break, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Feel our unique pain.

Tags: Mike Causey , workforce

Tuesday - 12/10/2013, 02:00am EST

Personalize your retirement day

When deciding to retire there is one day, but lots of different dates, that is best for you, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. How do you figure out the difference?

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , retirement , Tammy Flanagan , best date to retire

Monday - 12/09/2013, 02:00am EST

Coming up: The dullest, most important weekend of the year

Is the upcoming weekend a time for dinner, dancing and romance or are you going to curl up with a batch of health-insurance brochures? The latter might the smarter choice, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , Open Season , FEHBP

Friday - 12/06/2013, 02:00am EST

The problem and solution are the same thing: You!

What do so many Washington-based politicians have in common with a firefighter with an arson problem? Both spend a lot of time solving problems they created, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , Congress , retirement , retirement contributions , Doug Lamborn , Jim Bridenstine

Thursday - 12/05/2013, 02:00am EST

Are you perfect in every way? If so, skip this...

If you live a perfect lifestyle and your parents and grandparents celebrated their 85th anniversary in the Bridal Suite of your local Motel 6, you can skip today's column, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Otherwise, listen up.

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , FEHBP , Open Season

Wednesday - 12/04/2013, 02:00am EST

January pay raise - not for everybody

The 2014 white-collar pay raise is not for everybody. Feds at the top of their grades in some cities won't be getting anything at all, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , pay increase , step increases , SES , workforce

Tuesday - 12/03/2013, 02:00am EST

Plan B: You need 4 of them when shopping for insurance

In most serious situations, it's good to have a fallback Plan B. When shopping for health insurance you need four of them, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , benefits , FEHBP , Open Season

Monday - 12/02/2013, 02:00am EST

FEHBP, Medicare & the retiree blues

If you are like many federal workers -- and most retirees -- you won't do anything during the health-insurance Open Season, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. And that could be a very costly mistake, especially for workers and particularly retirees in the most popular plans: Blue Cross Standard option and Blue Cross Basic. Both are excellent but one costs nearly twice as much as the other.

Tags: pay and benefits , Mike Causey , Open Season , David Snell

Friday - 11/29/2013, 02:00am EST

Let's talk turkey

This is one of those very special warm and fuzzy holidays, so today Senior Correspondent Mike Causey gets about as warm and fuzzy as you would like. And don't worry, it's OK if the kids see this column.

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Thursday - 11/28/2013, 02:00am EST
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