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Easy Rider -- or Highway to Hell?

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: Is getting to and from work your best time of day? Are you listening to books or learning a language? Or do you have the commute from hell? Do you arrive at work and home having committed murder in your heart?

Tags: Mike Cause , workforce , commute

Thursday - 04/10/2014, 02:00am EDT

Is this as good as it gets?

They say that in Russia, many older people now long for the good old days when Joseph Stalin ran things. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: What if in the near future federal workers look back to pay freezes, furloughs and shutdowns as if they were the good old days?

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits

Wednesday - 04/09/2014, 02:00am EDT

Are those buzzards or sharks circling your cubicle?

After years of frozen pay, furloughs and shutdowns, federal workers have a new, legitimate, complaint, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. They are lonely and they are being watched at the same time!

Tags: Mike Causey , workforce , pay and benefits

Tuesday - 04/08/2014, 02:00am EDT

Medicare Part B: The $1,200 question

With apologies to Shakespeare, the most common question federal workers ask at benefits seminars is the To B or Not to B question. Should they pay $1,200 a year for Medicare Part B, or rely on their federal health plan? Short answer: It depends, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: pay and benefits , Mike Causey , retirement , Medicare Part B , David Snell

Monday - 04/07/2014, 02:00am EDT

A GS-15 walks into a bar: The bartender says why the long face?

When it comes to pay at the top of the civil-service rungs, all men and women are not created, or at least treated, the same, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Bosses in Houston make more than their counterparts in D.C. Who, in turn, out-earn their colleagues in Cincinnati.

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , pay

Friday - 04/04/2014, 05:00am EDT

The End Is Near ... again

A wise IRS employee, who is also a movie buff and student of life in government, says that every federal employee should see the classic film, Casablanca. The one where the police chief tells his men, with a wink and a nod, to round up the usual suspects. Seeing the movie should calm down some people who are currently very nervous in the civil service, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits

Thursday - 04/03/2014, 02:00am EDT

Election-year politics, pay raises & health plans

Is your 2015 pay raise going to be 1 percent or 3.3 percent? Are federal workers going to stay in their own health plans or will they be forced to move into one of the exchanges set up by the Affordable Care Act? Read Senior Correspondent Mike Causey's column for more.

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , Congress

Wednesday - 04/02/2014, 02:00am EDT

Rush hour or sleep late? Your call!

The way things are going, a lot of long-time feds are doing the math to see how much longer they can afford to work. So do you keep fighting rush-hour traffic or give yourself the option to sleep late? Follow the money, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , workforce , pay and benefits , retirement , David Snell , COLAs , NARFE

Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 02:00am EDT

Taxes: Pay them now or pay them later

Where and how you watch the Superbowl or Dancing With the Stars may depend on when and if you pay your taxes, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So how can a Roth TSP help you, maybe, make a million tax-free dollars?

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , retirement , TSP

Monday - 03/31/2014, 02:00am EDT

Your 3.3 percent raise and the R Word

Is that 3.3 percent proposed federal pay raise missing an important political component? Some would say it needs the R word to be a winner, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , pay raise , Congress

Friday - 03/28/2014, 02:30am EDT
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